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Difficulty is a system on Candy Crush Saga Wiki to measure how difficult a level is.

Difficulty code usage

There are 12 types of difficulty. They are:

0 None
1 Very easy
2 Easy
3 Somewhat easy
4 Medium
5 Somewhat hard
6 Hard
7 Very hard
8 Extremely hard
9 Nearly impossible
any Variable
? Impossible

Changes to difficulty colour-coding

With effectiveness TBD, difficulty coding in the wiki will undergo a small change:

  • The "Nearly Impossible" difficulty will be introduced as the new top difficulty, above "Insanely Hard". This will apply to levels which are almost unbeatable without the use of boosters.
  • The "Insanely Hard" difficulty will be renamed to "Extremely Hard". This will be the second-highest difficulty, below Nearly Impossible" and above "Very Hard".
  • Levels originally are "Insanely Hard" will be automatically changed to "Nearly Impossible", unless the level does not receive 70% votes for "Insanely Hard" ("Nearly Impossible"), which will result in an instant downgrade to "Extremely Hard".

Change map

The following tables illustrate the colour codes and changes for each difficulty rating.

  • The first column shows the new colour codes, ie. those currently in effect.
  • The second column tells you whether/how this difficulty colour was changed.
  • The last column shows the old colour codes.
New Colours change Old Colours
undetermined
none
very easy
easy
somewhat easy
medium
somewhat hard
hard
very hard
extremely hard
nearly impossible
variable
impossible
(same)
(same)
(same)
(same)
(same)
(same)
(same)
(same)
(same)
renamed from
introduced
(same)
(same)
undetermined
none
very easy
easy
somewhat easy
medium
somewhat hard
hard
very hard
insanely hard
(new)
variable
impossible


Usage criteria and examples

Grading Description Concrete examples
None
  • Theoretically impossible to fail in any method save pressing the quit button or in a Dreamworld level, use lollipop hammers to unbalance the scale. You win 100% of the time no matter how you play.
  • This is reserved for only a few levels. Levels which you can certainly guarantee a win should you play properly, but can be failed if you play improperly are not included.
    • You will certainly win if you combine the already-supplied combo in level 4. You may still lose if you do not combine them.
    • You will certainly win if you follow the tutorial on mobile level 606. You may lose if you refuse to use the Candy Frog or clear the candies through alternate methods.

*Almost exclusive to tutorials*

Level 1
The level that is impossible to be failed unless you click the quit button.
Very easy
  • Can be done in one (most of the time) or rarely two attempts.
  • There is a high probability of succeeding the level. Your chance of winning is above 95%.
  • Blockers should not be hindering the success of finishing a level or contributing the success of finishing a level.
  • Episodes with this difficulty should take no more than 1 hour.

*Rare Difficulty Level in the Later Levels*

Level 236
Despite the mystery eggs, this level can almost always be done within 5 moves. Unfavourable outcomes are very rare. In fact, the mystery eggs will finish it for you in just one move if you are lucky!
Easy
  • Can be done within 3 attempts. 
  • There is a high probability of succeeding the level. Your odds of winning is above 80%.
  • Blockers should not hinder too much the success of finishing a level.
  • Episodes with this difficulty can take 1-6 hours.

*Uncommon difficulty level

Level 52
Blockers can hinder your success in passing the level, but with abundant moves, it is easy to deal with the blockers.
Level 504
There are islands in the level, but with the given Jelly Fish, it is possible to clear all jellies within 40 moves.
Somewhat easy
  • Can be done within full set of lives (w/o Charm of Lives, but that's nonexistent.)
  • There is a moderate high probability of succeeding the level. Your odds of winning is around 66.66%.
  • Blockers are starting (not too much) to hinder the success of finishing a level; some of them can be also quite difficult to clear.
  • Episodes with this difficulty can take 6-18 hours.
*Common difficulty level*
Medium
  • Can be done within 10 attempts.
  • The probability of succeeding is self-explanatory in this case. Your odds of winning is around one half.
  • Blockers can be threatening here. They may hinder moderately the success of finishing a level.
  • Episodes with this difficulty can take 1-3 days.
*Common difficulty level*
Somewhat hard
  • Can be done within 15 attempts.
  • The probability of succeeding is rather low. Your chance of winning is around 33.33%.
  • Blockers are threatening here, so be sure to handle them as fast as possible.
  • Episodes with this difficulty can take 3-5 days.
*Common difficulty level*
Hard
  • Can be done within 30 attempts.
  • The probability of succeeding is low. Your odds of winning is around 17%.
  • Blockers are threatening and can be difficult to remove. The shape of the level can be awkward and hinder the success of finishing a level.
  • Episodes with this difficulty can be done in one week.
*Common difficulty level*
Very hard
  • May take up to 70 attempts.
  • There is a very low chance of passing the level. Your chance of winning is approximately 10%.
  • Blockers are pretty challenging to remove and are threatening.
  • Levels above this difficulty are frustrating enough to possibly make players quit.
  • Episodes with this difficulty can take a few weeks to complete.

*Common difficulty level especially in high episodes*

Level 70 (Pre-Nerfed Reality)
The jellies are in an isolated portion of the level. If the liquorice locks aren't cleared after the chocolate is cleared, chocolate will take over, rendering the level almost impossible.
Level 169
Six colours and difficult combinations and chocolate make this level no easy task. The target score is also very high.
Extremely hard
  • May take up to 250 of attempts.
  • The probability of succeeding is extremely low. Your odds of winning is approximately 3%.
  • Blockers are an enormous hindrance.
  • Without good understanding of the level along with good strategy and enormous luck, it can be nearly impossible to complete.
  • Episodes with this difficulty can take between 35 and 45 weeks to complete.

*Rare difficulty level in the earlier levels, but very common in the later levels*

Level 181 (Pre-Nerfed Reality)
The ingredient columns are not connected to the main part of board, and the two islands consist of three-layer and four-layer icing, which make this level Extremely Hard.
Level 430 (Dreamworld)
After buffing, you need to collect 8 more colour bombs and deal with 6 locked 10-move bombs in 16 moves even with some 4-move moon strucks. It's almost impossible to deal with.
Nearly impossible
  • Theoretically winnable. However, the chances are practically too low that it should be promptly nerfed.
  • May take more than 2,250 attempts without boosters.
  • Your chance of winning is approximately 0.33%.
  • This will definitely take lots of tries.
  • It is extremely frustrating without boosters.
  • It only appears very lately; the first nearly impossible level is pre-nerfed level 677.
  • Episodes with a Nearly Impossible difficulty only occurs very late in the game. Such episodes will have the overwhelming majority of the levels being at least Extremely Hard, and may take even a lot of months to complete!

*Rare difficulty level*

Level 1803
It is almost impossible to get that much points with a restricted space.
Variable
  • Number of attempts will vary because of undetermined or mostly extremely high difficulty. One may finish a variable level in 1 try while some may take hundreds. This difficulty can only be given if there is a significant risk (>30%) that it will be at least extremely hard to complete.
  • Usually assigned to levels whose outcome is based on its initial board outcome, such that it is purely luck-based, and that there is a high chance that the outcome represents an Extremely Hard difficulty..
  • The probability of succeeding is really hard to tell, but usually an unfavorable outcome will arise. Some may say a level in this difficulty is easy while others say it can be one of the hardest.
  • Blockers may or may not hinder process, depending on where they are, and what they are.
  • These levels are easier on Mobile, as you can prevent the consumption of a life by quitting once you see an unfavourable starting outcome.
  • Usually used on any levels that can't determine a real difficulty due to placement of ingredients/jelly, or on luck-based levels.
  • This is a rare difficulty level. Only seven levels are Variable.

*Very Rare Difficulty Level*

Level 645
Depending on where the ingredient is, the difficulty can be easy ranging to extremely hard.
Level 976
You have only five moves to clear two striped candies and two color bombs. The outcome of the candy colors and whether a suitable special candy can be formed and activated in the proper place is enough to either guarantee you a win or a loss.
Impossible
  • Proven to be unwinnable without any boosters, cheats, and glitches.
  • These levels are the result of design or mechanics errors which render the level unplayable through normal means. An update usually follows soon after by fixing the design error.
  • The use of impossible levels is deprecated and it is not shown in the legends. They have an undefined difficulty value in calculating the average difficulty. If an impossible level exists in an episode, the entire episode is rendered unplayable.
  • This is the rarest difficulty level. Only 15 levels ever had an Impossible rating; only five are ever playable at one point, and most of them have been fixed immediately or shortly once identified.

*Extremely rare difficulty level*

Level 578 and Level 380 (Dreamworld) (Before correction)
There was a jelly behind the chocolate spawner, since you can't destroy a chocolate spawner; the only way to clear the jelly was to use a Jelly Fish booster.
Early versions of level 615 (web only) and 1780
The order required colours that never spawned on the board, and there were no lucky candies to assist the order. These are caused by wrong colour scheme.
Level 1352 (Before correction)
The ingredient cannot slide into exit area since new candies always spawn from above. The only way to clear is to use a free switch to snatch the ingredient out of dead zone.
A variation of 1535 on mobile (Before correction)
An ingredient usually spawns in the area without exits. Unless in extremely rare circumstances, this version cannot be cleared even with boosters.
A past version of 1601 on mobile (Before redesign)
Due to different mechanic of magic mixers on mobile, there will not be enough chocolate for the order within given moves, even at best scenario of clearing chocolate.

Past changes

Effective August 7th, 2015, the difficulty colour coding in the wiki was changed. The new colour codes used were thought to be more intuitive, as they form a gradual progression through the colour spectrum.

Key points

  • The new colour for hard (red) was previously used for very hard.
  • The new colour for very hard (maroon) was previously used for impossible.
  • No colour coding is added to levels whose difficulty is undetermined.

Change map

The following tables illustrate the colour codes and changes for each difficulty rating.

  • The first column shows the new colour codes, ie. those currently in effect.
  • The second column tells you whether/how this difficulty colour was changed.
  • The last column shows the old colour codes.
New Colours change Old Colours
undetermined
none
very easy
easy
somewhat easy
medium
somewhat hard
hard
very hard
insanely hard
variable
impossible
removed
(same)
(same)
(same)
new
new
new
new
new
(same)
new
new
undetermined
none
very easy
easy
somewhat easy
medium
somewhat hard
hard
very hard
insanely hard
variable
impossible


Trivia

  • It originated from the List of Levels, which the difficulty of levels were once graded as "considerably hard for some", "considerably hard", "hard", and "extremely hard".
  • No-one really knows who actually created this difficulty system.
  • The colour of "Medium" was once between blue and purple, but the colour is too similar to purple, so it is changed to the colour salmon. Now, the colour of medium is gold.
    • This happened again on "Variable", where it was formerly yellow. It was changed to green to make it easier to see on a white background. Now, the colour of variable is purple.
    • It also happened with "Impossible". The former colour of impossible was white (it was specially designed for April Fools). However, once this difficulty was officially implemented, for the glitched Level 578, it was changed to dark red. Now, the colour of impossible is grey.
  • Before, there was no "Impossible" difficulty. It was first given out to Level 1 as an April Fools Joke, represented by the colour white.
    • In the same year all Very Easy levels were reassigned "extremely hard" and all the rest levels reassigned to "Very Easy".
    • When Level 578 was found out to be impossible without Jelly Fish, it was still white at the time the Impossible difficulty is handed out.
    • Level 276/Dreamworld was once given the Impossible rating.
  • The first "very hard" level was Level 30, but it got downgraded afterwards. The first one currently is Level 92.
  • The first "extremely hard" level was Level 35, but then it got downgraded and then redesigned. The first one currently is Level 305.
  • The hardest levels (and impossible levels) in the game are shifting during the process of making this game. First having level 35, then moving on to level 65. After that, the infamous level 147 was released and maintained to be the hardest level in 2013. Since then, level 350 appeared to take over level 147. However, between the release of Dreamworld episode Cookie Cabana and the nerf of level 147/Dreamworld, it became the hardest level in the game. With the nerf taken place to level 350 on May 28, level 578 became the hardest level in the game, and initially it was even impossible without using boosters. With the nerf of level 578, level 276/Dreamworld became the hardest since getting 300 blue candies with limited moves and blockers is an excruciatingly difficult job, which is almost impossible. Then, these two levels received another nerf and possibly the hardest level in the game became level 289/Dreamworld as there are almost no extremely hard levels in reality and level 289/Dreamworld became the only level that most players agree that it should be extremely hard. However, then Level 380/Dreamworld took place because it is impossible without boosters like 578 in reality. However, after the nerf of 380, it has now been Level 677 pre-nerf, because like level 276 of Dreamworld, is almost impossible without boosters. And in Dreamworld, more new extremely hard levels released by extremely hard episodes starting with Funky Fortress, which continues until Snoozy Slopes (and Rambunctious Riffs is excluded from this), and later episodes of Reality contains tons of hard levels.
  • Extremely hard difficulty should have more than 70% of votes in the poll, which is why there are very few levels that are rated extremely hard. However, it is false in the later levels since most of them are much harder.

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