Hard Mode is a Medal in Bug Fables. It raises the difficulty of the game in exchange for additional EXP from battles and special medals from Artis for defeating bosses with it equipped.

It can be obtained by talking to Artis at the Explorers' Association after Maki's tutorial.

Defeating bosses in Hard Mode will have Artis reward you with a Special Medal, depending on what boss you defeat. However, this doesn't count for the refights, so if you miss it, you'll have to buy the medal from the Caravan.

According to the developers, Hard Mode was originally designed as the default difficulty.


List of Changes in Hard Mode[edit | edit source]

  • Most enemies have more HP, sometimes less.
  • Most enemies have more ATK.
  • Some enemies have more DEF.
  • Multi hit enemy attack hit more times.
  • Enemies' special abilities that don't use up their turn activate more often.
  • Some enemies get new attacks.
  • An enemy's resistance to a status increases by more every time it is inflicted.
  • Getting first hit by an enemy will cause each enemy to get a free attack instead of just the front one.
  • EXP from battles is increased by 1.12 times.
  • Item drops from battles are more often.
  • Kabbu's basic attack will only flip enemies upon a successful attack.

Medals Obtained From Artis[edit | edit source]

Medal After Defeating Description
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Quick Flea
Spider A favorite for those who know when to retreat. Makes fleeing a bit easier.
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Break
Zasp and Mothiva (Chapter 2) Grants Leif the "Break" skill, which reduces an enemy's defense for 2 turns.
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Spiky Bod
Venus' Guardian When blocking, Kabbu will damage enemies that touch him with his horn.
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Life Stealer
Monsieur Scarlet Reduces an ally's attack by 1, but their attacks will steal life from enemies.
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Deep Taunt
Ahoneynation Kabbu's taunt will now reduce enemies' defense by 1, but will boost their attack by 1.
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Empower
Heavy Drone B-33 Grant's Leif the "Empower" skill, which boosts an ally's attack for 2 turns.
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Miracle Matter
Broodmother If the equipped ally falls in battle, they will revive in 2 turns.
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TP Core
Mother Chomper The party recovers 2 TP every 2 turns.
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Heavy Throw
Kali Grants Vi the "Heavy Throw" skill, which can deal high damage to an enemy.
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Triumph Buzz
Astotheles After a successful battle, the party recovers 2 HP.
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Hard Charge
Dune Scorpion Allows the equipped bug to use the "Hard Charge" skill, which grants maximum charge in exchange for HP.
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Enfeeble
The Watcher Grants Leif the "Enfeeble" skill, which reduces an enemy's attack for 2 turns.
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Reverse Toxin
The Beast Being poisoned heals the equipped ally instead. However, it reduces defense by 1 while poisoned.
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Berry Finder
Riz Increases berries found after defeating enemies.
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TP Plus
Zasp and Mothiva (Chapter 6) Increases the party's TP by 3.
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Resist All
Primal Weevil Decreases an ally's chances of receiving bad status effects by 50%.
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HP Plus
Cenn and Pisci Increases an ally's HP by 2.
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Block Heal
Zommoth If the equipped ally performs a Super Block, they heal 1 HP
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Antlion Jaws
ULTIMAX Tank Boosts an ally's basic attack, making them ignore 1 point of enemy defense.
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Random Start
Carmina The equipped ally starts the battle with a random status buff/condition.
Medals
A.d.b.p. enhancer icon.png A.D.B.P. Enhancer Antlion jaws icon.png Antlion Jaws Back support icon.png Back Support Berry finder icon.png Berry Finder Berserker icon.png Berserker
Block heal icon.png Block Heal Break icon.png Break Break+ icon.png Break+ Bug me not! icon.png Bug Me Not! Charge up icon.png Charge Up
Charge up+ icon.png Charge Up+ Crazy prepared icon.png Crazy Prepared Deep taunt icon.png Deep Taunt Defense exchange icon.png Defense Exchange Detector icon.png Detector
Electric needles icon.png Electric Needles Empower icon.png Empower Empower+ icon.png Empower+ Enfeeble icon.png Enfeeble Enfeeble+ icon.png Enfeeble+
Eternal venom icon.png Eternal Venom Exp booster icon.png EXP Booster Extra freeze icon.png Extra Freeze Favorite one icon.png Favorite One First plating icon.png First Plating
Fortify icon.png Fortify Fortify+ icon.png Fortify+ Freeze resistance icon.png Freeze Resistance Front support icon.png Front Support Frostbite icon.png Frostbite
Hard charge icon.png Hard Charge Hard hits icon.png Hard Hits Hard mode icon.png Hard Mode Heal plus icon.png Heal Plus Heavy sleeper icon.png Heavy Sleeper
Heavy throw icon.png Heavy Throw Hp core icon.png HP Core Hp plus icon.png HP Plus Last attack icon.png Last Attack Last stand icon.png Last Stand
Leaf cloak icon.png Leaf Cloak Life cast icon.png Life Cast Life stealer icon.png Life Stealer Luckier day icon.png Luckier Day Meditation icon.png Meditation
Mightier pebble icon.png Mightier Pebble Mighty pebble icon.png Mighty Pebble Miracle matter icon.png Miracle Matter Numb resistance icon.png Numb Resistance Poison attacker icon.png Poison Attacker
Poison defender icon.png Poison Defender Poison needles icon.png Poison Needles Poison resistance icon.png Poison Resistance Poison touch icon.png Poison Touch Power exchange icon.png Power Exchange
Prayer icon.png Prayer Quick flea icon.png Quick Flea Random start icon.png Random Start Reflection icon.png Reflection Resist all icon.png Resist All
Reverse toxin icon.png Reverse Toxin Secure pouch icon.png Secure Pouch Seedling affinity icon.png Seedling Affinity Shock trooper icon.png Shock Trooper Sleep resistance icon.png Sleep Resistance
Sleepy needles icon.png Sleepy Needles Spiky bod icon.png Spiky Bod Spy specs icon.png Spy Specs Status booster icon.png Status Booster Status mirror icon.png Status Mirror
Status relay icon.png Status Relay Strong start icon.png Strong Start Super block+ icon.png Super Block+ Tardigrade shield icon.png Tardigrade Shield Tp core icon.png TP Core
Tp plus icon.png TP Plus Tp saver icon.png TP Saver Triumph buzz icon.png Triumph Buzz Victory buzz icon.png Victory Buzz Weak stomach icon.png Weak Stomach
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