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Changing difficulty on Flashpoints


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midnitemonster
12.13.2011 , 08:40 AM | #1
I never got the chance to check this out while in Beta. Can anyone shine some light on how you change the difficulty?
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wagbag
12.13.2011 , 10:13 AM | #2
Upped the difficulty in Black Talon, didn't notice anything, but that was during beta almost a month and a half to two months ago.

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FulcanMal
12.13.2011 , 01:42 PM | #3
How did you up the difficulty. What is the process?
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Meriki
12.13.2011 , 02:41 PM | #4
Didn't run this enough to know for sure. But it seemed they increased the strength of some of the mobs. The boss was definitely buffed up. Soloed it pretty well at 12 I think then was flat out owned by the boss.
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Erevan_Kindelar
12.13.2011 , 02:47 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by midnitemonster View Post
I never got the chance to check this out while in Beta. Can anyone shine some light on how you change the difficulty?
This is not a single player game, so you cannot manually change the difficulty.

There are 2 classes of flashpoint (someone correct me if I am wrong there), and 2 classes of Operation: Normal Flashpoints, which are easier than Normal Operations (the "Normals" are the type that you do at "any" level), then Heroic Flashpoints which are harder than Normal Operations but easier than Heroic Operations.

As far as I know, the Heroic versions become available when you hit level 50.

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GarrettPLC
12.13.2011 , 03:32 PM | #6
But isn't there a way to set a given operation or Flashpoint from Normal to Heroic?

I was under the impression that that was the OP's question.

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Tixall
12.13.2011 , 04:18 PM | #7
I don't think you can change the difficulty of flashpoints until L50. A lot of flashpoints like Black Talon have normal modes which you are supposed to do while levelling up, I don't think it'd make sense to have different difficulty modes at the lower levels, since people would just outlevel them fairly quickly, and completely negate any increase in difficulty by doing the same flashpoint 1 or 2 levels higher.

At 50 there's most likely a hard mode version of each of the levelling-up flashpoints, and they'd just be like the normal version tuned for L50 players - that would make more sense because people won't be able to out-level these.

I don't know if there's any normal-mode L50 flashpoints yet, but presumably those would have a L50 hard mode too, otherwise maybe those kinds of flashpoints are going to get added to the game in a future patch.
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Tixall
12.13.2011 , 04:21 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Erevan_Kindelar View Post
This is not a single player game, so you cannot manually change the difficulty.

There are 2 classes of flashpoint (someone correct me if I am wrong there), and 2 classes of Operation: Normal Flashpoints, which are easier than Normal Operations (the "Normals" are the type that you do at "any" level), then Heroic Flashpoints which are harder than Normal Operations but easier than Heroic Operations.

As far as I know, the Heroic versions become available when you hit level 50.
BioWare announced 3 difficulty levels for Operations: Normal, Hard, Nightmare.

I also vaguely remember they announced the same 3 difficulty levels for flashpoints too (There were definitely 2), but maybe that was just wishful thinking and perhaps the 3rd "Nightmare" mode was only for operations.


Quote: Originally Posted by GarrettPLC View Post
But isn't there a way to set a given operation or Flashpoint from Normal to Heroic?

I was under the impression that that was the OP's question.
I don't know for sure, but if I were to take a wild guess, I would expect the group leader to have a "difficulty mode" setting in their right-click menu when they click on their portrait ... But the reason I expect that is because I've played WoW for too long :P

But in any case, the right-click portrait menu seemed fairly familiar to me from WoW when I tried Black Talon in beta (around L11-L12, I wasn't the party leader, just a groupie). There were all kinds of options such as "leave party" and marking mobs and players with icons like a yellow star.. Very familiar :P
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Solantharius
12.13.2011 , 07:32 PM | #9
In order to do any Flashpoint you have to pick up the quest to enter it first as you all know.

Once you hit level 50 these flashpoint quest NPCs will have TWO quests instead of only one, both a Normal Mode and then a Hard Mode Quest for the FP. Whichever quest you pick up determines the difficulty of the FP when you enter it.

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FulcanMal
12.14.2011 , 09:39 AM | #10
Well this seems rather absurd. Only able to change the difficulty of Flashpoints at max level?
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