What Are Hard Levels in Candy Crush Saga?

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There Are Multiple Types of Hard Levels Actually

Hard levels in Candy Crush Saga are easy to understand, right? They are the levels that make you hate the game and are the most frustrating!

Well, that is how players would define hard levels. But in this guide, I am specifically going to explain how Candy Crush Saga decides what levels are hard.

Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush Saga
Developer: King
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What Is a Hard Level?

Hard levels in Candy Crush Saga are marked levels on the map. These levels have various forms of skulls floating over them. It is not stated how King decides what levels are considered hard.

A normal and two hard levels are shown on the world map.
Screenshot of the Candy Crush Saga Android game.

The Different Types of Levels Based on Difficulty

Four level Types

There are four level difficulties in Candy Crush Saga. I am going to list them from easiest to hardest.

  1. Normal levels
  2. Hard levels
  3. Super hard levels
  4. Nightmare levels

Normal Levels

Normal levels are the most common level type in Candy Crush Saga. These levels have a pink background.

The start of Candy Crush Saga moves level 899. Get 452920 points in 32 moves!
Screenshot of the Candy Crush Saga Android game.

Hard Levels

Hard levels have a skull on them on the map, and they have a purple background on the level select screen. There can be multiple hard levels in episodes.

A Candy Crush Saga hard level.
Screenshot of the Candy Crush Saga Android game.

Super Hard Levels

Super hard levels are skulls with horns on the map. They have a deep blue background on the level select screen.

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Screenshot of the Candy Crush Saga Android game.

Nightmare Levels

Nightmarishly hard or nightmare levels are a skull and crossbones on the world map. They have a black background on the level select screen.

A nightmare Candy Crush Saga level.
Screenshot of the Candy Crush Saga Android game.

Only One Super Hard or Nightmare Level Each Episode

According to the Candy Crush Saga wiki, episodes can have one super hard or one nightmarishly hard level.

But no episode has more than one of either level type, and they both can’t show up in an episode.

The Difficulty of Hard Levels Varies

I have found the super hard or one nightmarishly hard levels tend to be accurate. These levels often are very hard.

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But purple hard levels are not always difficult. In fact in a few cases I had a harder time with levels that were not marked hard.

It should be noted that there are other systems to mark hard levels.

If you check the Candy Crush Saga wiki, they have their own system for level difficulty. This system is more complex than the one used in the game.

Of course, players may personally rate levels differently compared to the game and the wiki!

What I Think About Hard Levels

I normally save up my boosters and use them on hard levels.

Since I am still pretty low level in the game, I have not seen how hard the game truly can get. For now, I feel most levels are possible with enough time.

To me, what makes a level hard is the life timer more than the difficulty. I don’t mind spending many lives to beat a level. Waiting for them to come back is what is the real buzzkill.

My record for the longest time to beat a level was over six months. I quit playing the game because of this level, and I came back to it and beat it later. I wish I could remember the level number. But I can’t anymore.

By Eric Farmer

I have always loved playing video games, and it is one of my passions in life. I decide to write about my experiences to inform and entertain others.