How to Change the Difficulty on Your Factorio Server

Factorio uses a dynamic difficulty system to affect progression rate, enemy behavior, and expansion. By using various commands, you can alter your world and/or playstyle post world generation

NOTE: Using these commands will disable achievements in your map!

Changing Difficulty Mid-Game Via Console Command.

To use the in-game console, press the Tilde key below the ESC key. This will open a text box where you can chat with other players and use console commands.

Changing Enemy Difficulty

Expansion is a group of biters/spitters that leave their base to create a new base, which will consist of as many worms/nests as there are members in the group.

To read more about Enemies, visit the enemies page on the Factorio Wiki here.

Expansion Settings

Each second in-game is 3600 ticks, so for a time frame multiply it by that.

Setting minimum expansion:
/c game.map_settings.enemy_expansion.min_expansion_cooldown = <minutes>*3600

Setting maximum expansion:
/c game.map_settings.enemy_expansion.max_expansion_cooldown = <minutes>*3600

Keep in mind, these values must be between 43600 and 123600.

Other adjustments you can make to enemies

Biters ignore player structures and build next to walls
/c game.map_settings.enemy_expansion.min_player_base_distance = -1

Distance bases can spawn next to each other (default 3)
/c game.map_settings.enemy_expansion.min_base_spacing = 1

Distance between an existing and new base (default 7)
/c game.map_settings.enemy_expansion.max_expansion_distance = 4

Speed at which Enemies evolve based on pollution
/c game.map_settings.enemy_evolution.pollution_factor=game.map_settings.enemy_evolution.pollution_factor*2

You can visit the Wiki for more information on console commands here.

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Mitchell Smith

Managing Director @ Shockbyte

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