Final Fantasy 16: Story Vs Action Modes [Comparison]

Learn both modes in Final Fantasy 16: Action Vs. Story mode to see which one is better for completing your playthrough with ease.

Final Fantasy 16 Story Vs. Action modes want to cater to all types of players, among which some excel due to their skills, and the rest try to go through FF16 by opting for the easy mode to complete the story. This is why this time, Final Fantasy 16 has introduced two modes according to players.

Players can choose any one of them according to their preferences. One of them is an easy mode that will let you experience the story mode without fighting many battles. This makes some players stress-free from fighting a tough battle again and again.

Key Takeaways
  • Final Fantasy 16 has two modes: Story Mode and Action Mode.
  • Story Mode is easy, allowing effortless enemy defeats with less focus on combat skills.
  • Action Mode requires manual accessory selection and proficiency in hack-and-slash combat.
  • Story Mode provides four pre-selected timely accessories for ease.
  • New players are advised to start with Story Mode.
  • Unlock Final Fantasy mode by completing either Story or Action Mode.
  • Author’s Note:  I’ve played Final Fantasy XVI for more than 110 hours on Steam, experiencing every mechanic and element the title has to offer.

Story Vs Action Mode

Story ModeAction Mode
More focused on story and involves less battles Involves a lot of battles and fights throughout the gameplay
Much easier as the main focus on building the storyIt has a lot of tough battles and is relatively hard as compared to story mode
Has 4 Timely accessoriesHas 2 Timely accessories
All the accessories are already given to you and you can change it if you wantYou have to choose your own accessories according to your preference

Difference Between Story And Action

Final Fantasy Story Vs Action
All the modes available in Final Fantasy 16 [Image Credits: eXputer]

Important: Both modes will have the same outcomes, and the story does not change if you choose a different mode.

As soon as you begin Final Fantasy 16, you must opt for either the Action or Story modes. The only difference is that you will get different types of accessories for the two modes. As the name suggests, the story mode is more focused on the story and has less action, while the action mode will contain plenty of combats. Both will contain a different number of accessories to help you in difficult parts of the gameplay.

1. Story Mode

The story mode gets you 4 Timely accessories which will be given when you complete the combat practice. These accessories are given as:

  • Clive already equips two accessories
  • The other two can be found in the inventory

These accessories will aid the players when the combat becomes tough, or they are stuck at some point. You can even change the accessories whenever you want and choose the ones that are more beneficial for you.

Final Fantasy 16: Story Vs Action
Story Vs. Action Mode [Image Credits: eXputer]
The Timely accessories include:

  • Ring of Timely Strikes: Enables powerful combos with increased damage with a single square button press.
  • Ring of Timely Assistance: You can use the accessory to get full control of Torgal.
  • Ring of Timely Evasion: Aids in blocking incoming attacks, but counterattacking may not be possible.
  • Ring of Timely Focus: Slows down time during enemy attacks, allowing you to dodge and avoid damage

2. Action Mode 

The action mode is full of fun, thrills, and much more battles. It is the normal difficulty of FF16, and it will include a lot of tough battles. However, you can win these tough battles by using accessories. The action mode allows you to choose your accessories which is unlike the story mode.

It might require a bit of patience and lots of fighting. Players who consider themselves proper gamers should start with this mode to challenge themselves.

How To Change Mid-Game

If, at any point, you feel like the mode you chose is not in your best interest, you can change it. Simply just follow a few steps and change the mode while playing Final Fantasy 16.

  1. Press the menu button, which lies on your controller
  2. Go to the systems in the menu
  3. Choose the option of “Game Settings.”
  4. Visit the option for gameplay.
  5. Finally, change the mode and live a new experience.

What Is The Unlockable “Final Fantasy” Mode? 

The Final Fantasy mode offers new enemies along with additional weapons, abilities, and equipment. There is a new story that is different from the previous ones. The mode offers a level of 100, and you need to prepare more while playing this mode.

You can select the Final Fantasy mode by:

  1. Going to the menu of the Final Fantasy 16
  2. Visiting the option of New Game+
  3. You will see the unlocked option of Final Fantasy mode along with action and story mode.

The Final Fantasy 16 Story vs. Action modes are dependent upon the players. For new players, it is highly recommended to start with the story mode, which is an easy mode to complete the missions while focusing more on the story. The other mode is action mode which gets you more battles that are much tougher than the story mode.

You can unlock the Final Fantasy mode when you complete either of the two modes: Story or Action. Players can experience a continuation of the story while playing the Final Fantasy mode through New Game+.


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Usama Mehmood is a Games Specialist, and writer on eXputer who's either hunting for the richest loot in Destiny 2 or endlessly playing his favorite games such as Yakuza or Final Fantasy. Usama has been gaming for 15+ years during which he has accumulated 4000+ hours on Destiny 1 & 2. His constant adoration for video games has allowed him to pursue eXputer as a platform to showcase his striving talents in writing helpful articles. Get familiar with Usama's extensive gaming library on his Steam, PSN, and Xbox profiles.

Experience: 2+ Years || Mainly Covers Reviews And Guides || Education: Bachelors in Physiotherapy.

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