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Agent is the easiest of the 3 difficulty settings in both GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark. Enemies are inaccurate and cause less damage than in the higher difficulties. Body Armor is abundant and easily accessible. Players also have fewer objectives to complete. In Perfect Dark, players must complete 3 objectives in normal missions and 1 in special missions, whereas the number of objectives varies in Goldeneye. The higher difficulties are Secret Agent and 00 Agent in Goldeneye and Special Agent and Perfect Agent in Perfect Dark.

Practically speaking, this means the main focus when playing for speed times on Agent difficulty is on speed and accuracy of strafing, and general technique with buttons and gadgets and so on. Combat with the enemy is basically optional; enemies are only killed if they ARE critical mission objectives or they obstruct critical mission objectives (i.e. it would be slower to leave them alive).

Technical Details

Damage Reduction

Exclusive to agent difficulty is reduced damage when at lower health.[1]

Bond's health, H, can take any value from 0 to 1, as can Bond's body armour, B. The only relevant value in calculations is their sum, or your 'total health', T = H + B

When taking damage, D:

  • If T > 0.6, then D is subtracted as normal.
  • If T < 0.125, then only half of D is subtracted from T
  • In between 0.125 and 0.6 the value subtracted changes linearly - it is a straight line. So at the midpoint, 0.3625, 3/4 of D is subtracted from T


  1. Whiteted. "the-elite forum Goldeneye facts post on Damage on Agent". Retrieved July 18, 2021.