There are 4 modes to choose from when playing Shaiya. When you first begin playing, only Easy and Normal modes will be available. Once you have reached level 50 in Normal mode, Hard mode becomes available. After reaching level 60 in Hard mode, Ultimate becomes available.
Easy Mode - Think of Easy mode as a tutorial. Leveling is fast as little XP (experience points) is needed to progress. However, Easy mode is capped at level 30, you cannot join nor create a guild in Easy mode, and the Special Skills in classes are not available. You are also unable to use items labeled Dread, Legend, or Goddess. You gain 5 Stat points (to increase your basic character attributes) and 3 Skill Points (to gain new skills or increase current skills) per level while in Easy mode. You are also unable to use armor or weapons labeled Dread, Legend, or Goddess.
Normal Mode - Normal mode is where most players will begin. You need more experience to gain levels than in Easy, but the level cap is removed. You are able to use all items usable in Easy mode, plus you are able to use Dread items. You gain the same Stat and skill points as in Easy mode; 5 Stat and 3 Skill per level.
Hard Mode - You will need more experience than you did in Normal to gain levels, but the rewards are also greater. You can use all the items you could in Normal, but now you can also use Legend items. You gain 7 Stat points and 4 Skill points per level.
Ultimate Mode - The pinnacle of power is Ultimate Mode. Gaining levels takes skill and patience. Your increased stat and skill points here will make your character the most powerful possible: 9 Stat points and 5 Skill points per level. You can use all items in the game, including the devastating Goddess weapons. However, this power comes at a cost: if your character dies, you have only 3 minutes to be resurrected... or your character is deleted and you must start all over.