Difficulty is a mechanic in Minecraft Dungeons that influences the balance by affecting how challenging the gameplay is.
There are three sequential difficulty modes: Default (), Adventure (), and Apocalypse (). Defeating the boss at Obsidian Pinnacle and completing it on a difficulty setting opens the next mode.
On higher difficulty modes, Mobs are harder to defeat, more numerous, and Enchanted Mobs occur more often with new enchantments. However, equipment of higher power is rewarded to players as they traverse higher difficulties, alongside with new gear and artifacts drops and increased experience from mobs. Players can switch between unlocked difficulty modes at any time from the Select Mission Map, retaining all their equipment, and can re-play accessible missions at lower difficulty modes.
The three difficulty modes are assigned a skull icon that is used to depict them, with each skull becoming more menacing, possibly to represent the increased challenge provided with each difficulty. They also have their own colour, mob, and sound cue to represent the difficulty in the Difficulty Mode selection screen, with Default using blue, a Chicken Jockey mob, and a Chicken sound , Adventure with pink, a Necromancer mob, and a Vindicator sound, and Apocalypse with red, a Redstone Golem mob, and a Ghast Scream sound.
Difficulty Exclusive Equipment
Difficulty influences the equipment drop pool for missions. As the difficulty increases, some equipment that was already available in default appear in more locations and new equipment that cannot be obtained in default become available for the taking.
At Adventure Difficulty, the following equipment becomes available:
At Apocalypse Difficulty, the following equipment becomes available:
- Double Axe
- Cursed Axe
- Dark Katana
- Master's Katana
- Fortune Spear
- Whispering Spear
The higher the Threat Level, the higher the minimum and maximum power of weapons, armors, and artifacts that can drop during and after the mission. The number of enemies and the damage they inflict in a mission also increase.
For each Threat Level, a recommended power level is assigned to provide guidance to players. When opening the Threat Level Panel for a mission, the game positions the slider at a recommended Threat Level for the player based on the mission's recommended power and the player's power. This practice is known as Dynamic Game Difficulty Balancing. In a multiplayer game, the game instead uses the average power of all players present to determine a recommended Threat Level.
Some missions have a set minimum Threat Level. The only mission with no adjustable Threat Level is Squid Coast, the tutorial mission, which is always set at Default I and is inaccessible when set to Adventure or Apocalypse diffculty modes.
|Difficulty Scale[note 1]||1.0x||1.7x||2.7x||4.1x||5.5x||7.4x||9.9x||9.9x||12.8x||16.4x||21.1x||28.6x||38.8x||52.4x||52.4x||67.3x||86.4x||100.9x||151x||204.9x||277.6x|
Apocalypse Plus is an extension upon the existing Apocalypse difficulty mode that aims to be, especially at its most difficult state, an "impossibly hard"
challenge for players and encourage the use of "highly optimised" 
Consisting of 25 Threat Levels appended upon Apocalypse VII, sharing the Threat Level Slider, Apocalypse Plus applies stat enhancing modifiers to mobs and permit equipment classed as Rare to drop more frequently, in addition to increasing the maximum equipment power obtainable.
Players unlock the first three Apocalypse Plus Threat Levels after completing any mission at Apocalypse VII. To gain access to the next triplet of Threat Levels, the player must complete a number of Boss Missions at the higher end of the accessible triplet. The number of Boss Missions required increases, up to a maximum of 7, with each Threat Level Triplet. Each boss will only count once per Threat Level.
Boss Missions include: Pumpkin Pastures, Soggy Swamp, Redstone Mines, Fiery Forge, Desert Temple, Obsidian Pinnacle, ???, Overgrown Temple, Frosted Fjord, Lone Fortress, Gale Sanctum and Abyssal Monument. Interestingly, the Lost Settlement, Crimson Forest and Basalt Deltas aren't counted as boss missions despite them harboring one or two bosses in them.
|Difficulty Scale[note 1]||379.5x||474.3x||592.9x||741.2x||1019.6x||1297.6x||1650.9x||2099.7x||2669.8x||3393.7x||4312.6x||5478.9x||6958.8x||8836.3x||11217.5x||14237.1x||18065.3x||22917.9x||29067.7x||36860.1x||46731.9x||59235.8x||75071.0x||95121.5x||120492.1x|
|Reroll for Rares||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||2||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||3||4|
|More Enchanted Mobs||3.0x||3.1x||3.1x||3.2x||3.2x||3.3x||3.3x||3.4x||3.4x||3.5x||3.5x||3.6x||3.6x||3.7x||3.7x||3.8x||3.8x||3.9x||3.9x||4.0x||4.0x||4.1x||4.1x||4.2x||4.2x|
|Mob stagger resistance||1.5x||1.9x||2.2x||2.6x||2.9x||3.3x||3.6x||4.0x||4.3x||4.7x||5.0x||5.4x||5.8x||6.1x||6.5x||6.8x||7.2x||7.5x||7.9x||8.2x||8.6x||8.9x||9.3x||9.6x||10.0x|
|Number of different Boss Missions to complete at X Threat Level||
- relative to Power Level 0
|Dungeons Beta||Default and 6 (I-VI) Threat Levels are accessible.|
|Beta Update April 3||Changed difficulty of Default V and Default VI to be higher.|
|220.127.116.11||Adventure, Apocalypse, and their 6 respective Threat Levels are accessible.|
|18.104.22.168||Added Threat level VII to all difficulties.|
|Changed Obsidian Pinnacle minimum Threat Level V -> IV.|
|22.214.171.124||Fixed menu sound effects not playing when selecting Threat Level VII.|
|126.96.36.199||Added Apocalypse Plus Threat Levels|
|Changed Daily Trial difficulty to be lower and provide better rewards. Mob enchantments are now significantly scarier.|
|188.8.131.52||Added Threat Level Slider to Daily Trials.|
|184.108.40.206||Changed difficulty-emeralds scaling: At the end of Apocalypse VII, 33% less emeralds from salvage compared to before but 100% more emeralds from emerald loot sources like mobs, pots, Piggy Bank, and chests.|
|220.127.116.11||Partially fixed Apocalypse Plus prompt appearing after every completed mission, now appears at camp upon every game reload.|
|February 17, 2021||Apocalypse Plus alterations for update MCD:18.104.22.168 explained in Dev Blog.|
|22.214.171.124||Changed Apocalypse Plus: Threat Levels 20 -> 25, Previous 20 Threat Levels condensed into 10, Mob revival removed, Frequency of Tier 2 and 3 mob variants reduced, difficulty curve to be more difficult early on but easier towards the end, Every 3rd Threat Level requires completing one or more boss missions to unlock, Gear guaranteed to have three enchantment slots partway through Apocalypse Plus.|
|Difficulty Scale[note 1]||339.4x||379.5x||467.2x||546.1x||633.9x||732.2x||842.7x||967.4x||1109.2x||1271.2x||1457.8x||1673.9x||1926.0x||2221.9x||2571.5x||2986.6x||3482.1x||4076.2x||4790.9x||5651.2x|
|Reroll for Rares||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||2||2||2||2||2||2||3||3||3||3||3||3||4|
|More Enchanted Mobs||3.0x||3.2x||3.3x||3.4x||3.5x||3.6x||3.7x||3.8x||3.9x||4.0x||4.1x||4.3x||4.4x||4.6x||4.7x||4.9x||5.2x||5.4x||5.7x||6.0x|
|Mob stagger resistance||1.5x||1.9x||2.3x||2.7x||3.0x||3.3x||3.6x||3.8x||4.1x||4.4x||4.7x||5.1x||5.5x||5.9x||6.4x||7.0x||7.6x||8.3x||9.1x||10.0x|
|Chance for Mobs to revive||5%||6%||7%||8%||9%||10%||11%||12%||13%||14%||15%||16%||18%||20%||22%||25%|
- relative to Power Level 0
|High Treason||Post Post-Apocalypse|
|Taming The Storm|
Flames of the Nether
|Trial by Fire|
|Turn the Tide||Glow and Behold|
- Oct 29th 2020 Developer Q&A at the official Dungeons Discord Chrispy: "Balancing is hard, and is a work-in-progress. Apocalypse 20 was intentionally "impossibly hard," to give players a goal to work towards. We welcome feedback."
- Oct 29th 2020 Developer Q&A at the official Dungeons Discord Dragonene (MansOlson) " The intention was to make Apocalypse +20 really hard to give players something to keep fighting for if they want to. It's the one mode and difficulty where we're encouraging people to play highly optimized builds, and to try their very hardest. I don't think it necessarily caters to everyone, but I'm hoping it's interesting for players who want a real challenge.."