A Muzukashii difficulty is now for those who got used to osu!taiko; who know how to handle basic patterns and different spacings. These properties from Kantan and Futsuu appear in a Muzukashii as well, but in a large amount. - Patterns can become longer and spacings more infrequent. Additional to this, a Muzukashii can also provide short 1/4, 1/3 and 1/6 patterns which structure is preferable monotonically and short. The rule of thumb is the following one:
This difficulty carries the properties from Kantan and Futsuu in a larger amount and follows the song itself in a closer way. Patterns can become longer and spacings more infrequent. While this difficulty works as a bridge to the harder difficulty bracket of Oni, it is still important to have a good portion of rest moments, especially when patterns become harder due to possible use of shorter 1/4 or 1/3.
Difficulty setup should include a high drain rate and medium / high hit accuracy (OD: 5~6).
Try to consider these:
And try to avoid these:
It should be noted that the more 1/4 are in use, the more breaks should appear to give the player the possibility to prepare themself for the upcoming patterns. Also keep in mind that a pattern should not be longer than 5 notes and cheap tricks such as sudden increase in scroll speed or excessive large notes should be prevented. And remember: Less is more. Try to keep 1/2 patterns small.