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The Fiend's Cauldron in Kid Icarus: Uprising

The Fiend's Cauldron is a system that lets the player choose the difficulty of a stage by offering a certain amount of Hearts. It appears at the start of every stage in Kid Icarus: Uprising. The higher the intensity, the more monsters there are and the harder the stage is to clear. However, the higher intensity the player sets it to, the better chance the player has of getting more hearts and better weapons. The lowest intensity on the Fiend's Cauldron is 0.0 and the highest is 9.0.
Fiends Cauldron

The Fiend's Cauldron as seen on the bottom screen of the Nintendo 3DS.

2.0. is the standard difficulty and does not cost any hearts. Lowering or increasing the difficulty requires the player to spend more hearts. Retreating will make the player lose those hearts.
  • 0.0- Effortless
  • 1.0- Easy
  • 2.0- Standard
  • 3.0- Tougher
  • 4.0- Challenging
  • 5.0- Heatin' Up
  • 6.0- Extra Spicy
  • 7.0- Infernal
  • 8.0- White Hot
  • 9.0- Nothing Harder!
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Intensity difference


Intensity Costs

Chapter 0.0 1.0 3.0 4.0 5.0 6.0 7.0 8.0 9.0
The Return of Palutena 330 (+200) 130 80 190 (+110) 350 (+160) 570 (+220) 960 (+390) 1660 (+700) 2960 (+1300)
Magnus and the Dark Lord 610 (+370) 240 140 350 (+210) 640 (+290) 1040 (+400) 1750 (+710) 3030 (+1280) 5410 (+2380)
Heads of the Hewdraw 770 (+460) 310 180 440 (+260) 810 (+370) 1320 (+510) 2220 (+900) 3830 (+1610) 6840 (+3010)
The Reaper's Line of Sight 1070 (+640) 430 250 620 (+370) 1120 (+500) 1830 (+710) 3080 (+1250) 5320 (+2240) 9490 (+4170)
Pandora's Labyrinth of Deceit 1010 (+610) 400 240 580 (+340) 1060 (+480) 1730 (+670) 2910 (+1180) 5020 (+2110) 8970 (+3950)
Dark Pit 820 (+500) 320 190 470 (+280) 850 (+380) 1390 (+540) 2340 (+950) 4040 (+1700) 7220 (+3180)
The Seafloor Palace 1050 (+630) 420 250 600 (+350) 1100 (+500) 1790 (+690) 3010 (+1220) 5190 (+2180) 9270 (+4080)
The Space-Pirate Ship 1520 (+920) 600 360 870 (+510) 1590 (+720) 2590 (+1000) 4350 (+1760) 7510 (+3160) 13410 (+5900)
Medusa's Final Battle 1890 (+1140) 750 450 1080 (+630) 1970 (+890) 3220 (+1250) 5400 (+2180) 9330 (+3930) 16650 (+7320)
The Wish Seed 1670 (+1000) 670 400 960 (+560) 1750 (+790) 2860 (+1110) 4790 (+1930) 8270 (+3480) 14770 (+650)
Viridi, Goddess of Nature 1280 (+770) 510 300 740 (+440) 1340 (+600) 2190 (+850) 3670 (+1480) 6340 (+2670) 11330 (+4990)
Wrath of the Reset Bomb 1530 (+920) 610 360 880 (+520) 1600 (+720) 2620 (+1020) 4390 (+1770) 7580 (+3190) 13540 (+5960)
The Lunar Sanctum 1630 (+980) 650 390 940 (+550) 1710 (+770) 2790 (+1080) 4670 (+1880) 8070 (+3400) 14410 (+6340)
Lightning Battle 1230 (+740) 490 290 710 (+420) 1290 (+580) 2110 (+820) 3540 (+1430) 6110 (+2570) 10910 (+4800)
Mysterious Invaders 1180 (+710) 470 280 680 (+400) 1230 (+550) 2010 (+780) 3380 (+1370) 5840 (+2460) 10420 (+4580)
The Aurum Hive 1690 (+1020) 670 400 970 (+570) 1770 (+800) 2880 (+1110) 4830 (+1950) 8340 (+3510) 14900 (+6560)
The Aurum Brain 1270 (+760) 510 300 730 (+430) 1330 (+600) 2180 (+850) 3650 (+1470) 6300 (+2650) 11250 (+4950)
The Ring of Chaos 1300 (+780) 520 310 750 (+440) 1360 (+610) 2220 (+860) 3720 (+1500) 6430 (+2710) 11480 (+5050)
The Lightning Chariot 2340 (+1410) 930 560 1340 (+780) 2440 (+1100) 3990 (+1550) 6680 (+2690) 11540 (+4860) 20610 (+9070)
Palutena's Temple 1110 (+670) 440 260 640 (+380) 1160 (+520) 1890 (+730) 3170 (+1280) 5480 (+2310) 9780 (+4300)
The Chaos Vortex 1570 (+940) 630 370 900 (+530) 1650 (+750) 2690 (+1040) 4500 (+1810) 7780 (+3280) 13890 (+6110)
Scorched Feathers 1020 (+620) 400 240 580 (+340) 1070 (+490) 1740 (+670) 2920 (+1180) 5040 (+2120) 9000 (+3960)
Lord of the Underworld 1520 (+920) 600 360 870 (+510) 1590 (+720) 2590 (+1000) 4350 (+1760) 7510 (+3160) 13410 (+5900)
The Three Trials 1420 (+860) 560 340 810 (+470) 1480 (+670) 2420 (+940) 4050 (+1630) 7000 (+2950) 12500 (+5500)
The War's End 1010 (+610) 400 240 580 (+340) 1060 (+480) 1730 (+670) 2910 (+1180) 5020 (+2110) 8970 (+3950)

Idol Description

Dropping hearts into this pot raises the Intensity, making enemies stronger but also causing valuable weapons and items to appear. If you fail the level, you'll lose hearts, though you can choose to continue at a lower Intensity.

Intensity Gallery

Trivia

Reaper's Hearts

Where Hearts go after they were spilled from the Fiend's Cauldron.

  • In Chapter 19, the player can bet more hearts than any other chapter, going as high as 20,000 or more hearts (for 9.0).
  • Before moving out, the player can tap on the Fiend's Caulron to give it a nudge, though it does't affect anything in the game.
  • As the player raises the intensity, the mood on the Fiend's Cauldron changes.
Heart Overload

This is what happens if one lost too many hearts.

  • When the player dies and the Fiend's Cauldron spills heats, the player can see where the hearts go by pressing down on the control pad. The amount of hearts overall that the player lost will be seen, even if it is a lot.
  • The difficulty selection from Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / Nintendo 3DS is based on the Fiend's Cauldron, with a balance replacing the cauldron and coins instead of Hearts.

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