After hearing about it for too long I finally picked up Undertale (and a Switch, too). I'm attempting to avoid spoilers as best I can, but I know there are multiple paths -- I'm afraid even googling this question will lead to spoilers.

That said, while the game is fun, I'd rather not slog through all the fights again if possible (of course, I'm pretty sure the fights are plot relevant...). Do subsequent playthroughs get easier/quicker? At that point I'm interested in the plot points.

Edit: To clarify, I'm asking if the game mechanics get easier with the New Game Plus feature (faster walking, easier fights, either through stat-carryover or less objects to dodge, etc, etc).

  • Just a side note -- for others searching for this question; When I asked this I assumed I was maybe 20% into the game (having had most of my experience with games like final fantasy or breath of fire); instead I was probably 85% of the game through. This appears to be a game that is meant to be replayed, so a single playthrough actually isn't nearly as long as I thought it would be.
    – Sidney
    Apr 2, 2020 at 17:38

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How you play definitely has an effect on the difficulty/gameplay, but new runs don't have any in-game mechanism for making subsequent playthroughs noticeably easier or quicker that I'm aware of.

One of the main differences between different runs is your goal during each fight. This can change the encounters quite a bit. Trying to have a conversation with a monster without dying is obviously going to be different than trying to kill it without dying. So difficulty may change with how you choose to run the game, but not due to the fact that you have already beat it.

There is at least one small exception to this, where if you do the same type of run multiple times, you may not have to fight the last boss again; but I doubt that is your main concern.

So no, the mechanics don't get quicker in any noticeable way, or the fights any easier, due to subsequent playthroughs. The nature of encounters, and even the encounters you run across, can change quite significantly based on how you choose to do your run, though.

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