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Difficulty Overhaul
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Sep 1, 2017 @ 10:37pm
Sep 10, 2017 @ 7:31am
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Difficulty Overhaul

This an overhaul to both Starbound’s overall difficulty as well as Difficulty+. It takes my favorite parts of Difficulty+ and Difficulty+ Nightmare Edition, their add-ons, and what I learned when making B.Y.O.S Megapack and combines it all into one mod.
Difficulty Overhaul requires a new character (unless you previously made this character with Difficulty+ Nightmare Edition).

What Difficulty Overhaul Is
Difficulty Overhaul is the latest version of Difficulty+, which significantly changes Starbound in the most compatible way possible to make the game harder and more consistent. It doesn’t change difficulty by changing what happens when you die or rather or not you must eat. Instead, the stats of every weapon, piece of armor, monster, and NPC are changed irrelevant if they are from vanilla or a mod. By rebalancing all these stats to make the player relatively weaker in health while on par in damage the game becomes harder while keeping combat fast paced and fun[].

Some other features of Difficulty Overhaul include:
  • A new version of Alternative Armor Scale
  • Increased overall damage (things die more quickly here than in vanilla, especially you).
  • Removal of player invulnerability frames (you no longer phase out of reality because you stubbed your toe).
  • Armor no longer increases your health (separator armor provides a bonus to defense)

In vanilla Starbound, if you have all the right equipment for a tier, combat will be easier in that tier than what it was in the previous tier. From tier to tier, the player’s health, damage, and defense increase faster than it does for NPCs and fauna. Difficulty Overhaul fixes that.

Other Thoughts
  • Before you ask a question, make sure to read the (P).F.A.Q. (it’s in the discussions section) and at least the first page of comments.
  • Difficulty Overhaul is not compatible with Difficulty+ (including Nightmare Edition and their add-ons).
  • Difficulty Overhaul will be receiving its own add-ons.
  • I am aware that numbers for armor are not rounded for armor description GUI (this may vary with mods). This is a problem that is caused by the values not being rounded before being displayed and has to do with the GUI and not directly Difficulty Overhaul.
  • Please leave a like if you like the mod.
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ICE spirit May 29 @ 8:40am 
I'm so sorry, but it seems like the game, especially FU is not made for that amount of damage. It makes the game almost impossible. It's also possible that I just suck at fighting in Starbound
Lukiwarble Dec 25, 2020 @ 9:56am 
" 4.b. Will you make a mod or add-on to this mod that increases monster (and/or NPC) health to (insert stupid proportion here)?
No. "

To bad, because thats exactly what i just did
Lakuna Apr 26, 2020 @ 12:53pm 
I don't know if this mod is still in active development, but I've noticed an issue where high defense values make me invincible to anything that doesn't ignore armor (i.e. lava and status effects). I've singled out this mod as the issue, although I do have plenty of others installed.
Xaliber Apr 10, 2020 @ 8:46pm 
Hey, SomethingRetarded! I'm helping maintain Supper's Combat Overhaul right now, and would love to make your mod compatible with it. I need your help though: to make this mod loads after Supper's.

I only need you to modify your include line in _metadata (like you did with FU):

"includes" : ["FrackinUniverse", "sup_overhaul"]

Could you please do that? It'd help me and many users immensely. Thanks a lot in advance!
Fagio di Fapo Dec 29, 2019 @ 1:52pm 
The lack of invulnerability frames makes fire traps and others an instakill. Is that the indended behaviour?
Dr. Coomer Nov 5, 2019 @ 11:26am 
I would like to use this mod, I what starbound to be a lot tougher
Jazz Aug 7, 2019 @ 6:58pm 
Is this mod outdated?
Lykis Jun 29, 2019 @ 9:09pm 
I would literally pay for someone to update this mod to current.
Ciryl Lyn Jun 27, 2019 @ 4:32pm 
can there be a version of this mod that doesnt reduce monster hp or does one already exist?
NerdCuddles Apr 25, 2019 @ 8:39am 
On early game planets