Grim Dawn has three difficulty levels: Normal, Elite and Ultimate.
As with Titan Quest and other games of the ARPG genre, the game must be completed in each difficulty before progressing to the next.
In addition, there is the option on Normal to select Veteran mode, which provides additional challenge and difficulty for those who desire it.
Hardcore mode[edit | edit source]
On creation of a new character the player has the option of selecting Hardcore mode. In this mode a character's death is permanent and is no longer playable.
On the character selection menu, hardcore characters are shown with a golden aura, while dead HC characters appear as a ghost in black and white with a grey aura.