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Old June 25th, 2014 (05:53 PM). Edited March 2nd, 2015 by slashtiki.
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DJTiKi's Guide to Planning Your Rom Hack!
Hello, newbies(or experienced hackers). You have somehow tumbled to my thread. I am DJTiKi. And you my friend, need some advice. I know, I know, don't even need to tell me. I always had ideas for hacking but planning wise, always stumbled. But that was a year ago. And now I'm here to share, how you can fully plan your ideas, and put them to action. I'm not gonna waste my breathe, on telling you how to use rom hacking tools, or tools you'll need. No. Dark Sneasel had already explained that in a most admirable way so go to this link to see all the things you need in terms of tools:


Okay, are you done? Good. Now let us begin your guide to planning a rom hack!

Part 1: Beginning Stages
Well Sir(or Madame), you just sat down one day, and suddenly, you have an idea. But it isn't as fleshed out as you want it to be, so grab some pen and paper, and start jotting. This is the first thing you need to do, any ideas relating to the topic, must be written down, whether it'd be on paper or on computer, even your mobile device will do! Just start jotting away. Now since that is done, try thinking about the mechanics, and what exactly it is. There are very common types of rom hacks, out there: Overhaul Hacks, Diffuculty Hacks, and Update Hacks! The spoiler contains my descriptions of said hacks.

Spoiler:

Overhaul Hacks- These rom hacks, are most common. They have completely revamped story arcs, as well as, new characters, more Pokémon, and sometimes, even a NEW region. These take the most time to complete, they are usually made by a whole team. Hacks like these can take up to YEARS, to finish. These are also the more admirable, in terms, of the casual demographic.

Diffuculty Hacks- These rom hacks, are also common. They do not add much to the rom, but increases its difficulty, by a WHOLE lot. These range from, altered Pokemon, from base stats to changed typing, even their movepools could be changed. Things, such as trainers, have been made harder to defeat. There are a numerical amount of ways this could go about. These hacks are especially popular in the YouTube community of Pokétubers. Calls for a more competitive Pokémon players. These usually don't take TOO long to complete, maybe a few months to a year.

Revamping Hacks- These rom hacks, are not as common. These do not add ANYTHING to the game, but updates a few things, such as NPC dialogue, updated graphics, and more Pokémon. Nothing too big here, so I will not go in-depth on them(probably not at all).


There are alot of abadoned hacks, which breaks this norm. So if you do decide to make this hack. Try to break way from these That way, your rom hack brings a different experience that all could play by. Its encouraged to think of whatever crazy idea, you have, which I'm sure you can. A small list of non-common ones can be listed here:

Spoiler:

Demakes- These hacks put alot of content from newer titles, in Pokémon games, and simplifies them. Most of time, these hacks, are really nice, and sometimes surpasses the actual game.

"Specific" Hacks- These hacks range from ASM, music, graphics, whatever.

Updated Hacks- Similar to Demakes, except they bring classic titles, and update them to a newer refined engine, adding layers to the experience.


So now that you've seen what type of hacks, are usually out there, for people to play on, now you need a foundation. Ask yourself, what base rom would you like? Of course, I will not be linking ANY roms, but there are a variety of roms to choose from and each of them have their own tools corresponding to it. Look at the link I provided above, so that Dark Sneasel may enlighten you.

Okay, I don't feel I should state this, but its better that I do. Here on PC, we abbreviate the titles for Pokémon games. So if you are wondering, what they mean, they are provided in the Spoiler below. So when someone asks you "HEY DUDE, did you use R/S as your rom base, you want be staring at your computer, like "Wat?"

Abbreviation
Spoiler:

Gameboy(1st Generation)
R/B/Y- Pokémon Red or Pokémon Blue or Pokémon Yellow
Gameboy Color(2nd Generation)
G/S/C- Pokémon Gold or Pokémon Silver or Pokémon Crystal
Gameboy Advance(3rd Generation)
FR/LG- Pokémon Fire Red or Pokémon Leaf Green
R/S/E- Pokémon Ruby or Pokémon Sapphire or Pokémon Emerald
Nintendo DS/Lite/DSi(4th and 5th Generation)
D/P/P- Pokémon Diamond or Pokémon Pearl or Pokémon Platinum
HG/SS- Pokémon Heart Gold or Pokémon Soul Silver
B/W- Pokémon Black or Pokémon White
B2/W2(or BW2)- Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2
Nintendo 3DS(6th Generation)
X/Y- Pokémon X or Pokémon Y
OR/AS- Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire(To be released this November)


So since that's out of the way, its best to note that each game has its own capabilities. While Generation 3 is easy to understand, in my opinion, it's boring and kinda standard, but alot of tools support it. But DS games are harder to hack, but looks ALOT better than its 3rd generation counterpart. Now I know what you may ask, "But what about 6th gen?" There are no 6th gen hacking tools, or roms for that matter, and won't be for a VERY VERY VERY long time.

Well we didn't do much this part, but its the beginning, its expected So its time to develop some characters !

Part 2: Character Planning

This part is rather important, there is no game, that doesn't have characters, silent, talkative, ANYTHING, you just need to work out their personal bios. But this is alot of work, you must establish relationships, between the main character(the person you play as) and others. So because this is important, this will be split into multiple parts followed as so:
1. Main Character
2. Rivals
3. Antagonist
4. Character Development Tips By Yours Truly.

Main Character:

Well, believe it or not, unless you have multiple paths in your hack, or the character talks(which barely happens), there is absolutely NOTHING special about the main character. Yeah, I know, "Tiki, you play as him, how is the main character, not special?" Well....all you do is play as them, that person has no greater significance than just that. By all means, don't get mislead by what I say, if you want to get a speaking protagonist, then go ahead.

But if you are a speaking protagonist. Then by all means, go a million miles with its development. There are a couple things, you kind of wanna look out for. When making a main character, that speaks, it is IMPERATIVE that you have:

A relatable personality, one that would suit all players alike.

Well.....this will be very difficult. No one has a set personality, in which everyone will agree with. So trying to create that perfect character, will be tough work. As roleplay puts it, trying to create a "Mary Sue" or a "Gary Stu". So if you really, really, REALLY, want to make that awesome relatable character that everyone can agree. I'd ask roleplay, how one would make a "Mary Sue" or a "Gary Stu" since these are the templates for "perfect" characters. The thing is about this choice, if someone doesn't like it, they won't have a good time, spending 20+ hours with the this character.

How would you go about developing this character? Easy, develop this character, how you'd go about developing any character, which I will go more in-depth, later.

Rival:

Oh geez, this topic. Okay, every hack NEEDS a rival. One who is always pestering you, in the most inapporiate moments. One who is always your equal. "A sound rival rests within a sound region, and a sound plot, which makes for a sound game". Since your rival is practically your one-way stop to an annoying tag-along, its best that this character, in PARTICULAR, has good development. There are many ways to go about making a rival, but you can always expect to see a certain type of them. What am I getting at? What I'm getting at, is that there are different types of rivals, the ones most commonly found, and typically shares a similar personality. Here is my take on Rival types.

Common Rival Persona:
Spoiler:

The Snob- The most common one. This is the very competitive and downright mean one. They usually vow to surpass you, like Vegeta to Goku all like, and annoys everyone. As I'd like to call it, the Lovable Bastard. (Ex. Gary Oak and Silver)

The Hardheaded- These are the ones, who isn't practically mean to you, but carries traits from The Snob. They want to surpass you, and become stronger. But they also lose their way, in doing so. (Ex. Cheren and May)

The Free-Spirited- These guys don't know, when to say die. They are also the more humourous ones. They get around, but if they lose, it doesn't bother them too much. They shrug it off and try again. Of course, when push comes to shove, they are there for you.(Ex. Barry)

The Nice- These rivals, are always nice to you. They don't always have a goal to surpass you, but they are there as nice friends. They admire you, and sometimes even a bit jealous. (Ex. Bianca and Serena)

The Irrelevant- These are the rivals, you need to AVOID. I see it both rom hacks and the main game. They are just there, to have the title "Rival". They aren't anywhere as strong as you, they have NO development. And they are annnoying! If you have any creative writing skills, chances are, you'll make one that isn't as worse than these guys.(Ex.XY "Friends"excluding Serena)


When making a Rival, you gotta be sure that they are memorable and a challenge. This is important. The moment, someone or yourself forgets a Rival's name , thats a que, to go back to Square One. You never saw anyone forget who Gary Oak was(spoiler alert: he became the champion) These guys must be in your face, their apperance and identity MUST be known, in some ways, their development comes above the playable character's. So you don't have to follow the norm of everyday rivals, give these rivals, a personality that will be remembered by the player for a long time to come.

Antagonist:

If I had a dollar for everytime someone messes up the antagonist in a rom hack. I'd have a nice set of around 30-70 candy bars. Well, antagonist....for those who doesn't know what an antagonist is; The antagonist is the villain of the game, the one always in conflict, with the main character. These guys are just as important as everyone else. And if you screw them up, then that's half your game down the drain.

Antagonist Names? Well usually, villain names are Team [Insert here]. So making your team name will not first. I know, I know, names are important. But really, there names come from a variety of different factors. So for this section, I'll be using examples. Antagonist must have the following:
Spoiler:

Goal- What in the world, are these guys fighting for? What is important to them?
Colors- Yes, yes, they need colors. Just as badly, as street gangs need theirs. This way, they are easily identified.
Leader- Well. He's the leader, what he says go.
Agenda to Goal- What are the villains gonna do to achieve their goal? Maybe burn down a forest. Take control of a multi-billion company, you name it?
Admins- These guys are first-in-command. After the leader, they're in charge.
Pokémon- Each gang, i mean, Team, has a set of Pokémon they like to use. Do they use Poison mostly? Perhaps some flying types. Idk, it'll reveal itself to you, as you get the above five.


Let's start off with their goal. Now I want you to look at this spoiler; you look at it, and then, in your head, try to identify, what's wrong, and we can fix it together.
Spoiler:
Team Cyber wants to destroy buildings.

OKAY, there is a lot wrong with this. For one, this is a very basic goal. We want to flesh it out a bit. Why do they want to destroy buildings? Hmmm....maybe because they want to keep plants alive, and animals alive too. So its justifiable. So now since that's over with, lets insert it, shall we.
Spoiler:
Team Cyber wants to destroy buildings, because they believe buildings are killing off plants and animals.

Okay, great, but there is one tensy-little problem, the name makes absolutely no sensee. Team Cyber? You'd expect them to hack into the League database or something. So if they like plants, how about Team Earth, instead?
Spoiler:
Team Earth wants to destroy buildings, because they believe buildings are killing off plants and animals.

Now that looks much better, sounds like they have a clear goal. That's why I said names don't come first, their name will reveal itself, as you work on the other things. Okay let's keep the Team Earth theme, for the end of this section.

Now, its time to represent your Team with colors! This is a minor annoyance of mine, when a Team's color, does not reflect the actual villain team. So let's briefly touch on this. Colors MUST reflect either the team name, or what they are doing. For instance, are you going to expect Team Earth to be cladded in purple and pink. No. You'd expect them to be in some green, and some brown on the side. So when going over this topic, just try to find the best fitting colors, because it just makes sense, you know?

I told you, I'll only be briefly touching colors. So let's skip Leaders, for now, and go to the Agenda. Well, how are they going to achieve this goal of theirs? Well, most likely, your goal states this perfectly fine. I'll restate the goal for you:
Spoiler:
Team Earth wants to destroy buildings, because they believe buildings are killing off plants and animals.

Okay, so we know, they are targeting buildings. But saying that "They just want to destroy buildings" doesn't sound right. So let's do a little wordplay, shall we?

If you know anything about how a city is organized, let me give a classroom refresher. Cities are built upon infrastructure. The infrastructure of a city, contains roads, industrialization, and most importantly, buildings. So now that we have a good synonym for buildings, let's insert it.

Spoiler:
Team Earth, in order to achieve their goal, will destroy the region's infrastructure.

Perfect! It's pretty basic, but now you have a good foundation to work off from. Now you won't be lost when constructing the plot, more on that later.

Well, I am not going over Admins or Pokémon, as those are pretty obvious. So its time to explain the Leader. Okay, the leader runs it all, this person has the most passion, in what his or her team is doing, in order to achieve their goal. Think of it, as an evil Rival. The difference is that, they must have a justified reason to destroy buildings, for instance. They can't just wake up, and say "Hey, I feel like doing something bad!". They need a backstory. Something that tells you, why they are going about in their manner. Like Rivals, their appearance and identity MUST be known to the player, if not, then try harder, because a strong villain team, can't be ruled by some pushover.

Grunts too. These guys, while just dispatches of a large army. Must believe that they are fighting for a worthy cause. Let me give you an example from the main series of Pokémon games. Team Magma and Aqua. The grunts believed in the expansion of either land or sea, and fought against each other. Team Galactic. They believed that they had a strong leader, Cyrus, and followed him. Team Plasma, had fully believed that they were helping the cause, to release Pokémon, especially N.

Now let me give a bad example of Grunts, Team Flare. These guys, just seemed to be nobodies, who were nothing more than Lysandre's subjects. Even the Admins, had no names. Even though Lysandre had good character development, his subjects didn't. They didn't seem to care, and that's a REALLY bad thing. Don't make your Grunts like them

Well, that's all there is to Antagonist. Now let's go over some simple tips.

Character Development Tips:

Well I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but if I were to tell you anything on making a character, is to basically make character bios, one that you can understand. So start up a list of questions, like:
Who are they?
Where are they from?
Favorite food?
Pet-peeves?
Personality traits? Etc.


In this way, when you answer all these questions, making their dialogue appropriate, would be very simple. Major characters should also have a backstory to them, something, that made that character, who they are today. So always try to make character bios, for each and every character, you'll see that its not as intimidating as I may make it seem.

Well a lot was covered in this section, so I'll review what we went over:

1. A Main Character's Role
2. The Do's and Don't of Rivals
3. How To Make A Thought Out Antagonist
4. Simple Tips to Making Character Bios.


Part 3: Gameplay and Balance

You can't have a game, without some gameplay, amirite? No. Okay. Well, in a lot of ways, this is what makes or breaks your game. So this section will be VERY LONG, because I'm going to cover every aspect, of how to make your gameplay, better through planning. This is what I plan to go over:
1. The Region
a. Region Map
b. Cities
c. Towns
d. A Whole New World(or Region, whatever)
2. Pokémon
a. Wild Encounters
b. The Pokemon Themselves
c. Fakémon
d. Starters
e. Filling The Dex 101
f. Legendary and Event Pokémon
3. Trainers
a. Vanilla Trainers
b. Gym Leaders
c. Elite Four
d. Champion
4. Difficulty
a. The Basics of Making A Difficulty Hack
b. The Yeah's and Naw's of Difficulty
c. Difficulty Curves For The Soul
5. Personal Wants and Don'ts

The Region:
You can't have a Pokémon without a region to explore it in. And that is the truth. Unless your game has no region, then I guess you proved me wrong. Think of a region, like this:

The player will be seeing this, throughout the entire playthrough.

There are two things, that you are guaranteed to see at ALL times throughout the playthrough: The playable character and the region. So its best that the region is well constructed. I think everyone can agree on that. So let's talk about how you should go about making a region.

Well for starters, I'd find something to write with and a piece of paper. Now try to draw out a region, in your head, then draw it on paper. Simple. It'll come together, may take a while, but it will. Take your time, don't rush. It's not the end of the world.

Now, since you are done, its better that you begin putting your labels on each and every aspect of the map. Routes, towns, cities, mountains, everything needs a label. Okay, now you have your region map(give yourself a pat on the back), but we are not finished here. I need to go over towns and cities, first.(Btw, I'm not going over region names, I don't need to, its easy)

Cities:

A city has more than you think it does. Cities are actually an integral part of Pokémon. We all love cities. And you'll need to learn all the things which makes a city, a city. So that your city, is the best city, like no city ever was.(I counted 8 cities :p)

Cities are, as previously stated, big. They are definitely bigger than towns, and in the main series, held some pretty important events. Cities also have the pleasures of being the homes, of Pokémon Gyms. Constructing a city, isn't too hard, you don't even need to follow Pokémon tradition, and have them in the city. Typically though, cities are more interesting than towns. So I'm going to give a few pointers, on what a city, in my opinion, should be:
Spoiler:
Large In Size: They are usually 48x40 or larger.
Has A Pokémon Gym or something of greater significance
Lots of NPC's
Some sort of important event



When constructing your city, jot down, some traits of it. I'm again, going to give you a few pointers on city trait questions:
Spoiler:
What does it look like?
Does it have a particular set of weather patterns?
What important buildings does it have?
Is this a early-game, mid-game, late-game, or post-game city?
Are there any important characters, who reside here?



And with that, we are done covering cities. You see, it didn't take too long.

Towns:

Towns are relatively simple. So I'm only going over a few things. Towns are smaller than cities, obviously. Towns usually have a smaller amount of NPCs. They may have a few NPCs that can help you out in progression(perhaps a person who gives you an HM) or these towns may have entrances to caves or other dungeons. But towns are simple, and don't take too much time to make. So let's go over some pointers of how, in my opinion, you should construct your town:
Spoiler:
Small In Size: Between 24x20 and 48x40
Usually only has a few NPCs that are important for progression
Not many NPCs



As with towns, make sure to note traits of them:
Spoiler:
What does it look like?
Does it have a particular set of weather patterns?
What important buildings does it have?
Is this a early-game, mid-game, late-game, or post-game town?
Are there any important characters, who reside here? Etc.



So with that we are done covering Towns.

Another Region:

Hey, you know what's better than one region? Two regions? And you know what's better than two regions? Three. This is your chance to think over, if you want to have multiple regions, in your rom hack. The casual demographic loves it when a developer puts all their efforts into making another region, possible to the player. But it's best to note that multiple regions, dramatically changes, how you should go about the difficulty and level curve(more on this later)

So the first question is: What region shall it be? There are an expansive amount of regions, you could choose from. Be it, a region established by GF, or a region of your very own. So once you've decided. Well, how is this region, going to be accessible? Most likely, you may have it accessible after you beat the champion of the first region. But its always great to break out of the norm. So you can go about making a second region however you may want.

But that means, you must plan a lot more things. Such as the plot, the characters, Pokémon, and potentially, more rivals and antagonist. So when making your new region, you'll have put as much planning into it, as you do with the first one.

Another thing we should talk about, is if you plan to make the second region, one that was already established, how are you going to change it? What? "Change it?" Yes. Nobody wants to play a second region if you there isn't anything "new" about it. So let's take for instance Kanto:

Kanto is a pretty simple region. But let's look at two spoilers and tell me, which one is better, and which one you will be more inclined to play, in your opinion.

IDEA #1
Spoiler:
Playthrough Kanto, once again, with everything you knew, still there. When you arrive at Pallet Town, go to Oak's lab, and you can meet Blue there, and get your starter, and play through the exact same story, with no connotation to the first region of the game.


IDEA #2
Spoiler:
Playthrough Kanto, once again, as things aphage changed. Blue became Champion. And Red is now leader of (Insert Evil Team from the first region). Now it's up to you, to team up with the new Gym Leaders, such as Daisy, and Mr.Fuji, to take down Red and defeat Blue, as you explore the newly defined Kanto region


Now out of those two, I'd rather play the second one. It may not be the best idea out there, but its a change from the typical normality of the Kanto Region. So keep this in mind when making a second region, to change up a few things about it, and give a different experience.

After a long hiatus, here is more of the guide.

Pokémon:
Every likes Pokémon. Pokémon are small. Pokémon are tall. Pokémon are cute. Pokémon are just ugly. Whether, you like them are not(your on Pokécommunity, I'm pretty sure you do), you have to have Pokémon, in a Pokémon ROM Hack; It only makes sense. So I'm back after trying to rewrite this, to bring you guys, more helpful planning tips.

Wild Encounters:

Hey look, your a kid and you got these little red balls, and you catch wild animals with it. Then you raise them like your children and battle them. Seems legit. Now, how in the hell are you going to make your wild encounters good? Because you can screw them up and its imperative that you, the creator, doesn't do this. So I'm gonna give my insight to this.

Okay, let me give you an example. Pokémon Fire Red. In my opinion, this game was horrible in its encounters. Nothing was really planned together, with this. Of course with Pokémon Red, it was excusable. There were only 151 Pokémon, and it was the first game(to an extension, it excuses their horrific glitches), so they didn't know. But 2nd and 3rd generation came by very fast and they had time to refine the formula, and they had alot more Pokémon this time. Yet in FireRed, they didn't allow for 3rd generation Pokémon until you beat the game, and yes its a remake, but as a BIASED opinion, I felt that it could've been done better; MIND you that FireRed didn't have that expansive of a post-game. And in my opinion, the game got stale post-Elite Four. So adding a bit of variety in your hack, can come a long way.

So what do you need to do, to make your game have better wild encounters? Well, its more simple than you may actually think. The thing is, the Pokémon that you have accessed to mid-route, kind of spells out what challenges you'll be facing in the future. So let's talk some bad examples, once again, look at the spoiler and tell me, what's wrong.

Spoiler:
Route 1: 40% encounter rate
Level 10 Rattata(20%)
● Level 10 Metapod(20%)
● Level 10 Beedrill(20%)
● Level 10 Skarmory(15%)
● Level 10 Oddish(15%)
● Level 15 Sunkern(5%)
● Level 15 Ditto(5%)

Gym Leader Blaine:
Level 16 Growlithe
● Level 16 Ponyta
● Level 16 Charmeleon
● Level 16 Larvesta


There is alot wrong with this. Okay, let's start of with the most obvious. The Pokémon levels for the first route are WAY too high, for a first route. Most likely, you have a starter that starts out at level 5. When you enter the grass.....then that 40% chance encounter rate, will bite you in the ass. Here's why. Route 1 for FireRed and LeafGreen are set at 7%(or 6, I always forget) For me, Route 1 is very annoying to get through. Now let's nearly multiply it 7 times! The player will be very annoyed by how many times, it runs into a Pokémon. And when they do, they will be 5 levels above it, so you can't run away, because they are most likely faster than your starter. For those who are not aware, the chances of you running away, is calculated by precise comparisons between both Pokémon, the lower your speed, the harder it is to run. And once you faint, you will be sent back to the last city, lose money, and repeat. You won't be getting anywhere, neither in experience nor progression. Fun.

Problem #2. The Pokémon Selection itself is very off. Some Pokémon aren't even NFE's. Take for instance that Beedrill. When making a route, take into consideration of which Route it is. Late game routes for evolved Pokémon. Early game routes for NFE's. Also some of these Pokémon, are not even related to other Pokémon, at all. That Skarmory and Ditto sticks out sore thumbs. Now what, is REALLY off, about this? I kinda hinted this with Blaine's description. Yes, most of the Pokémon are weak to Fire-types, and that's a big problem. You see, depending on the starter you chose, you maybe fine, or absolutely screwed. That's what the problem was with Brock, if you chose Charmander. You barely had any Pokémon to counter his, and dealing with his Rock-types were a pain.

Problem #3. Little gripe, but WHY, in the world of Pokémon, would anyone make the weakest Pokémon, in the series, rare encounters. It's like your parents saying "For Christmas, we are gonna give you something special", and you know in your mind, that if it were going to be "special" it'd be that new car, you always been asking for. Then when Christmas rolls around, you get a pair of socks. It doesn't feel good. So at least, have some rewards for the player, for getting a rare encounter.

So let's fix this, shall we?:

Well, first off, let's lower that encounter level a bit, like I said before, Route 1's encounter rate is 7%. So that's a reasonable amount.
Spoiler:
B]Route 1:[/B] 7% encounter rate
Level 10 Rattata(20%)
● Level 10 Metapod(20%)
● Level 10 Beedrill(20%)
● Level 10 Skarmory(15%)
● Level 10 Oddish(15%)
● Level 15 Sunkern(5%)
● Level 15 Ditto(5%)

Well...now let's lower the levels of these Pokémon a bit. Since the starter you get is usually Level 5. Making them Level 3, would be a perfectly reasonable level.
Spoiler:
B]Route 1:[/B] 7% encounter rate
Level 3 Rattata(20%)
● Level 3 Metapod(20%)
● Level 3 Beedrill(20%)
● Level 3 Skarmory(15%)
● Level 3 Oddish(15%)
● Level 3 Sunkern(5%)
● Level 3 Ditto(5%)


Good now, let's address two issues right now. The Pokémon Selection, and Rare encounters for this route. Alright, as we may know, almost the entirety of this list is weak to fire, and the first gym will be Fire. So let's add in a few Pokémon, that can counter it. So what is Fire weak to?
Spoiler:
Rock, Ground, and Water

Now let's think of a few Pokémon who fits this bill. While we can just put in any water NFE, it's best that it makes sense to be able to find it on land, rather near or on water. Marill can ge found in tall grass, and so can Psyduck. Now a common Pokémon for Rock and Ground, is Geodude. Now that we have our Pokémon, let's put them in. Make them harder to find, than the common encounters, for the route. So here's the result!
Spoiler:
B]Route 1:[/B] 7% encounter rate
Level 3 Rattata(20%)
● Level 3 Metapod(20%)
● Level 3 Beedrill(20%)
● Level 3 Marill(15%)
● Level 3 Geodude(15%)
● Level 3 Sunkern(5%)
● Level 3 Ditto(5%)

Let's do something about that Beedrill. It's simple, replace it with its pre-evolved form, we'll also do the same with Metapod.
Spoiler:
B]Route 1:[/B] 7% encounter rate
Level 3 Rattata(20%)
● Level 3 Caterpie(20%)
● Level 3 Weedle(20%)
● Level 3 Marill(15%)
● Level 3 Geodude(15%)
● Level 3 Sunkern(5%)
● Level 3 Ditto(5%)

Finally, let's change these rare encounters. Something that is both useful and appealing according to your personal prefrence will fit the bill here. So let's take away the Sunkern and Ditto, and add some of my favorite NFE's, Ralts and Eevee.
Spoiler:
B]Route 1:[/B] 7% encounter rate
Level 3 Rattata(20%)
● Level 3 Caterpie(20%)
● Level 3 Weedle(20%)
● Level 4 Marill(15%)
● Level 4 Geodude(15%)
● Level 5 Ralts(5%)
● Level 5 Eevee (5%)

GREAT! You did it, now you have a planned out Route, that not only takes into account, challenges up the road, but added more variety and fixed a few issues it had, without causing new problems to appear.

So in order to make your encounters better, you have to realize what lies ahead for the player, and what challenges that player must overcome. Without this, comig up with aqeuate encounters will prove rather challenging.

The Pokémon Themselves:

You need Pokémon, in your Pokémon ROM Hack. Obviously. So Game Freak, had this uncanning idea, as to confuse our innocent minds, with misleading designs, and some weird typings. So that's why, Pokémon can make absolutely zero sense, sometimes. "Why is it that Sudowoodo is pure Rock, and not at all Grass?". So you get the point, Pokémon makes NO sense, sometimes, and you want to make some innocent changes that you hope everyone will love. Well, I got news for you, it ain't simple. When making changes to Pokémon, its better that it makes sense. No one is expecting, your changes to a Pokémon to ring in their heads, the moment they see it.

Let's give yet another example. But this time, let's paint a picture in your head. Let's say you are playing a Pokémon ROM Hack, and you run into a wild Dunsparce. In your mind, you think "It's a Normal-type" let's send out my Hitmonchan(or lee or top, whatever your presence may be). You decide to go for Mach Punch, thinking that it would OHKO it. You go for it, but here's the thing, it doesn't do super-effective damage, rather, it resists it. Dunsparce then goes for Dazzling Gleam, and completely knocks you out. How would you, the hypothetical player, feel at a time like that? Assuming that no aesthic changes were made to the Pokémon, and that you figured out that Dunsparce was now Fairy typed, without any notification that it was. Pretty upset huh? Or maybe not, but misleading the player, isn't something you want to constantly do. So, when making changes, you need to have it ring in the player's ears that it is now a thing.

Good Example:
Let me give you a good example, and a bad example. Let's start of with the good example. You see Drayano's hacks, always stuck out to me, not only because they were diffucult, but that the retypings, made so much sense. Let me point you in the direction of Electivire. He was retyped to be Electric/Fighting. Make sense? Okay, glad we are on the same page. You see, GF, already tipped us with Electivire's design. Big, burly fists, coupled with its intimidating stature, how wasn't this thing part-Fighting?! To casuals and veterans alike, you could already have an idea for Electivire's typing, based off appearances alone. So when you can make a retyping, that makes sense with the Pokémon's aesthetic changes, it then makes sense to the player. So they won't feel cheated, if the Pokémon, had a typing that eventually swept them, because it was completely faulted by the player, if you change a type, that would only make sense.

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Now a bad example, and yet another reason, why I don't personally like Generation 1. Gengar. Yes, we were all wondering, why I didn't choose Gyarados or Charizard, for lacking in a Dragon-typing. But Gengar's the worse, out of them. You see, in Generation 1, Psychic type, had no equals. It had no resistances, and its only weakness, Bug, were the weakest links. Now Psychic types also had another weakness, Ghost. But Ghost only had one move, that one being Lick, which isn't even a strong move. Now in comes Gengar, the only Ghost-type, introduced in Generation 1. Buckle your seatbealts, because this is going to get a bit crazy:

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Ehem....Gengar typing as we all know is Ghost/Poison. As we may also know, that Psychic is neutral to Ghost. Alakazam has a faster base speed total than Gengar, that being 120 to Gengar's 110. Because of this, Alakazam usually outsped, and used Psychic, this would OHKO Gengar with super-effective damage, because of its Poison typing, NOT because of its Ghost typing. Because of the Gameboy's limitations, there was nothing to signify that it was part Poison, these clues, being that it had a purplish palette, in later entries. Gengar, like I said earlier was the only Ghost type in Generation 1, and being how most Poison types were either obviously designed(Muk), or paired with Grass types(Bulbasaur), so it was a safe bet to assume that Gengar was just Mono-Ghost. This misled alot of players to believe that Psychic were good against Ghost which was not the case.


This is misleading the player to its very worse. While it maybe one thing to have a misleading Pokémon, its worse when a type's strength and weaknesses are put into question. There is a few more things, I want to talk about with Pokémon. What moves it gets leveling up?

You see, a Pokémon's move, hints at what it is. As I know, that you guys aren't stupid, I'll breifly touch on this. A Pokémon's moveset is very important. It determines alot, in relation to its battling capabilities. These battling capabilities determines how strong a Pokemon can acually be. This is why we don't see Quagsire with Sap Sipper, becuase its asking to be abused. You know what I mean? So it's important that what moves you give them, if you you choose to change them, not only reflect the Pokemon, you gave the new moves too, but not overpowered to an extent, that it could get abused. Let's give an example. Let's say we wanted to make Altaria a Dragon/Fairy, from which it was orignally a Dragon/Flying(as most of you know). Simply changing the type, will not be enough to hold itself.

Altaria only learns one Fairy type move, which is Moonblast, at Level 60. Other than that, it only learns Dragon and Flying type moves(Obviously). So if we are changing its secondary type to Fairy, we don't want Altaria's moveset to be filled with Flying and only one Fairy move....so we want to change it around. In the spoiler is a link to Altaria's learnest



If you looked at the link, it'll tell you that Altaria learns more Normal moves than Dragon or Flying moves. So we have room to replacement. Some moves on here, can be replaced with better moves, but we don't want to remove ALL the Flying moves. It won't make much sense to do so. We just want to replace some Flying moves, as well as add Fairy moves to be used.

So by viewing its learnset, we can see that its safe to replace its starting moves, Pluck and Peck. Sky Attack can be replaced by Moonblast, since Moonblast is currently the strongest Fairy-type move. Pluck and Peck can sit on the opposite spectrum, so we can replace those with Fairy's weaker moves. These moves are Disarming Voice and Fairy Wind. So let's view its moveset with these changes:

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Start: Moonblast
Start: Disarming Voice
Start: Fairy Wind
Start: Growl
Start: Astonish
Start: Sing
4: Astonish
8: Sing
10: Fury Attack
13: Safeguard
15: Mist
18: Round
21: Natural Gift
25: Take Down
29: Refresh
34: Dragon Dance
35: Dragon Breath
42: Cotton Guard
48: Dragon Pulse
57: Perish Song
60: Moonblast
64: Sky Attack


Okay, with that out of the way, I'll leave it here. Mainly because I said, I wouldn't touch on this much, as its only finding moves you want to replace and finding a good alterantive to them(or expand the learnset using GH3S), I'll make only one more point. Since Swablu evolves into Altaria at Level 35, it means that to have access to moves it learns before Level 35, you need a move remember. If Move Remembers aren't in your game, I suggest having moves you want Altaria to learn before Level 35, to be in Swablu's learnset as well, of course, before Level 35(not sure if I came across clearly enough).

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This tutorial is great and covers a lot of highly important points, and don't get me wrong it's downright awesome, but you forgot a most important part that I hope ends up in a very recent update:

The gameplay, and balance between it and the story.
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This tutorial is great and covers a lot of highly important points, and don't get me wrong it's downright awesome, but you forgot a most important part that I hope ends up in a very recent update:

The gameplay, and balance between it and the story.
Oh, of course, you'll get to see that, it'll be coming up very soon
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Very nicely written. Although you should have these in mind when you make a ROM hack, a friendly reminder is always appreciated :D. Thanks Tiki.
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Very nicely written. Although you should have these in mind when you make a ROM hack, a friendly reminder is always appreciated :D. Thanks Tiki.
You are very much welcomed. :D
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There are a lot of misleading points in here, so I'll state what I think about some of the things said here.
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any ideas relating to the topic, must be written down, wheter it'd be on paper or on computer, even your mobile device will do!
Not really. You could just as easily get through creating a ROM hack without writing things down, just have a good idea of what you want to happen as you are hacking.
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There are THREE types of rom hacks, out there: Complete Hacks, Diffuculty Hacks, and Update Hacks!
I highly disagree with this one. For starters:
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Complete Hacks- These rom hacks, are most common.
They have completely revamped story arcs, as well as, new characters, more Pokémon, and sometimes, even a NEW region. These take the most time to complete, they are usually made by a whole team. Hacks like these can take ip to YEARS, to finish. These are also the more admirable, in terms, of the casual demographic.
Last time I checked, PC was cluttered with unfinished/abandoned hacks, and the list of completed ones doesn't even compare with the list of unfinished ones.

Another point from this: Saying that 'complete hacks' have all of the features listed above is extremely misguiding. A complete hack is any hack that has fulfilled its creators goal of becoming what he/she wanted it to be like. Saying that a complete hack has a new region, more Pokemon, etc, is ruling out all of the completed Slideshow Showcase hacks, as well as other small hacks that don't have all of these features.

Going to back to there only being three types of hacks: I disagree. Hacks I've seen have ranged from: demakes, difficulty, updates, ASM specifically, music specifically, graphics, multiple things at once (basically means most of the stuff in Hacks Showcase), etc. Also, saying there are only three types of hacks can discourage people from branching out and being creative with what they create. Maybe you could throw the word 'common types' in there?
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but increases its difficulty, by a WHOLE lot.
Not necessarily. Difficulty hacks don't have to skyrocket the difficulty of the game. It can vary depending on how the creator sees fit.
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While Fire Red is easy to understand, it's boring and kinda standard
Not at all. Hacking Fire Red is just like hacking any of the third gen games. If you say that hacking FR compared to Ruby is boring and 'standard' (not even sure what you mean by 'standard'), then what is so boring about it that isn't boring about hacking Ruby/Emerald?
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Well....all you do is play as them, that person has no greater significance than just that.
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The story revolves around your actions, and since you are silent, you have no character development.
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Sure, you could always change its sprite, but don't try to waste your breathe, making a relatable main character, if he doesn't use more than 15 words of dialogue.
This one is a big no-no for me. The main character (usually being you) is the most important character in the game, not just some guy that runs around observing. You even contridicted yourself by saying "The player has no significance" and then saying "the story revolves around your actions". That makes no sense.

Just because you are a silent character doesn't mean you have no character development. You even pointed out RD LoG as an example of a good story that revolves around the player, yet the player in that game is 99.98% silent. Even though the player is silent in that game, you still have lots of character development going on, such as: choosing evil, normal, or good side, learning about your past mistakes and correcting them (if you chose the evil side), going from an innocent boy to a region hero, etc.

If you're not making a relatable character because he only has '15 words of dialogue', that's just a lame excuse. Again, just because a character is silent, that doesn't mean he can't be interesting and relatable.
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But if you are a speaking protagonist. Then by all means, go a million miles with its development.
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Multiple story arcs is tough work, but it also gives the player, freedom to mold the story, however they like, hince, reflecting their personality.
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There are good examples of multiple story arcs. Pokémon Life of Guardians, did this very well.
Focusing on the first quote: So if you don't speak, you can't do any character development?

Saying that you can only have multiple story archs if your player speaks is ridiculous. Again, right after saying this, you state how RD LoG has multiple story archs and it does a good job at it, even though the player doesn't speak 99.98% of the time.

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All in all, I think this is a good thread for planning, but I also believe a lot needs to be changed/added/deleted in order for it to be truly useful.
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Thank you for pointing those out im sure to fix them. I'm always open to criticism. Thanks again.

EDIT: Just made all the corrections, I felt, I should've taken.
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This one is a big no-no for me. The main character (usually being you) is the most important character in the game, not just some guy that runs around observing. You even contridicted yourself by saying "The player has no significance" and then saying "the story revolves around your actions". That makes no sense.

Just because you are a silent character doesn't mean you have no character development. You even pointed out RD LoG as an example of a good story that revolves around the player, yet the player in that game is 99.98% silent. Even though the player is silent in that game, you still have lots of character development going on, such as: choosing evil, normal, or good side, learning about your past mistakes and correcting them (if you chose the evil side), going from an innocent boy to a region hero, etc.

If you're not making a relatable character because he only has '15 words of dialogue', that's just a lame excuse. Again, just because a character is silent, that doesn't mean he can't be interesting and relatable.



Focusing on the first quote: So if you don't speak, you can't do any character development?

Saying that you can only have multiple story archs if your player speaks is ridiculous. Again, right after saying this, you state how RD LoG has multiple story archs and it does a good job at it, even though the player doesn't speak 99.98% of the time.
I disagree with the point you're making here. The protagonists of the Pokemon games are not simply mute people, they're literally silent. Mute characters still have personalities and emote to communicate, while silent protagonists are meant to have their traits and personality projected onto them by the player. Character development, by definition, for these types of protagonists has to be minimal. I think you're confusing the very few concrete traits that that the Pokemon playable characters have, along with their interactions with the plot, as character development where no such development exists.

Take, for example, Lucas (the male hero from D/P/Pt). He shares a few concrete personality traits with all the other playable Pokemon protagonists. Namely, he likes Pokemon, appears to care for the well being of Pokemon (both his own and others), and is talented as a Trainer. That's really it. Everything else is projected onto him by the player. The plot happens around Lucas, but it is driven by the other characters. Lucas, as a character, arguably makes no actions on his own, but simply flows with the actions taken by other characters. Replace Lucas with any of the other Pokemon protagonists and it would be the same story, with the same development, with no change to the hero's personality at all. They're all the same blank slates, and thus, all interchangeable.

Therefore, if a hacker is making a game with the traditional silent protagonist, their only goal is to replicate the blank slate that Game Freak normally throws at us. The rest of the protagonist's "character development" needs to go into the plot. This is because it is the plot that will allow the player to step into the hero's shoes, and it has to be constructed carefully enough as to not break the player's suspension of disbelief, nor give the protagonist (i.e. the character, not the player) too much agency or autonomy.

Basically, the silent Pokemon protagonist should be the traditional blank slate, and the plot should be crafted in such a way that the player doesn't feel like their character is making choices on his or her own. The protagonist can hold up some parts of the plot, and affect some outcomes, but much of it should be driven by the other characters. Whether it be the evil team goading the player into some action, or the professor bequeathing upon the player a task, the plot is largely happening regardless of the player, not because of him or her.


Also, I believe "complete hacks" was meant as more of a "hacks that completely change the story and setting" and not as "hacks that have a final beta". You basically argued over semantics there.
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So what you have to re-write is:
Spoiler:
2. Pokémon
a. Wild Encounters
b. The Pokemon Themselves
c. Fakémon
d. Starters
e. Filling The Dex 101
f. Legendary and Event Pokémon
3. Trainers
a. Vanilla Trainers
b. Gym Leaders
c. Elite Four
d. Champion
4. Difficulty
a. The Basics of Making A Difficulty Hack
b. How To Make YOUR Hack A Teensy-Bit Challenging
c. The Yeah's and Naw's of Difficulty
d. Difficulty Curves For The Soul
e. When The Game is Too Hard
f. Buffs and Nerfs
5. Personal Wants and Don'ts(Suggestions 4 Your Hack)


Any idea how long this will take?

Your suggestions have been a great help to me. I now have 4 rich text documents containing the plans for my future projects. This will help me to start up again after a break, if I must take one for whatever reason.

My only complaint here is the fact that you use far too many commas. Sorry if that seems rude, but it's a bit annoying to read as it is.

Regardless, thank you for the wonderful tips and take your time writing the rest out. Perhaps only write one section at a time? (eg. Pokemon Section is one post, Trainers Section in the next post, etc)

Thank you for reading and have a nice day,
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So what you have to re-write is:
Spoiler:
2. Pokémon
a. Wild Encounters
b. The Pokemon Themselves
c. Fakémon
d. Starters
e. Filling The Dex 101
f. Legendary and Event Pokémon
3. Trainers
a. Vanilla Trainers
b. Gym Leaders
c. Elite Four
d. Champion
4. Difficulty
a. The Basics of Making A Difficulty Hack
b. How To Make YOUR Hack A Teensy-Bit Challenging
c. The Yeah's and Naw's of Difficulty
d. Difficulty Curves For The Soul
e. When The Game is Too Hard
f. Buffs and Nerfs
5. Personal Wants and Don'ts(Suggestions 4 Your Hack)


Any idea how long this will take?

Your suggestions have been a great help to me. I now have 4 rich text documents containing the plans for my future projects. This will help me to start up again after a break, if I must take one for whatever reason.

My only complaint here is the fact that you use far too many commas. Sorry if that seems rude, but it's a bit annoying to read as it is.

Regardless, thank you for the wonderful tips and take your time writing the rest out. Perhaps only write one section at a time? (eg. Pokemon Section is one post, Trainers Section in the next post, etc)

Thank you for reading and have a nice day,
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About the commas, yeah...,I tend to do that alot xD
Thank you again. I'm planning on adding more once I get the Pokémon part finished.
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About the commas, yeah...,I tend to do that alot xD
Thank you again. I'm planning on adding more once I get the Pokémon part finished.
I look forward to your next post :)

And I was having a bit of a bad day, sorry I was nitpicking. (Yes, I tend to make myself as polite as possible, even when I'm enraged. I know it's quite strange lol.)

As I said in my previous post, take your time, DJTiki. I would rather have a continuation of the quality shown in your previous posts than to have a rushed guide that is difficult to understand, or one that fails to provide any tips.

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I look forward to your next post

And I was having a bit of a bad day, sorry I was nitpicking. (Yes, I tend to make myself as polite as possible, even when I'm enraged. I know it's quite strange lol.)

As I said in my previous post, take your time, DJTiki. I would rather have a continuation of the quality shown in your previous posts than to have a rushed guide that is difficult to understand, or one that fails to provide any tips.

Thank you for reading and have a nice day,
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Thank you very much, for reading my guide. Glad it could help you.
I've officially resumed development on an old project with this guide as my inspiration. Really, I should be the one thanking you. :)
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I've officially resumed development on an old project with this guide as my inspiration. Really, I should be the one thanking you.
Well, then, you are very much welcomed its people like you, that make me want to complete the guide, after I lost my motivation after most of it being deleted.
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Thanks for the guide dude. I'm definitely following its advice as I go along making my first ever rom hack. The bit with Gengar's Ghost/Poison typing really hit the mark and describes me perfectly, as I didn't find out Gengar was part Poison until Gen 2 when I caught a Haunter.
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I have to say this guide is extremely helpful for those who are new, or just struggle with coming up with things for their ROM hacks, it also likely the first guide I've seen that helps with almost every pinpoint with planning a hack. I can't wait to see more involving this guide as it makes some planning really simple.
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Thanks its greatly appreciated. I still have 3 major parts to cover, which was in the poll. Its gonna tell me, which one you guys want first(due to how long these take me to write, and even go over). Nice to see you care.
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I still have 3 major parts to cover, which was in the poll. Its gonna tell me, which one you guys want first(due to how long these take me to write, and even go over). Nice to see you care.
As for which part I want to see written out first, it definitely goes to Post-Game. Over 90% of the hacks I've played have almost no Post-Game plot and it follows that once I complete the core story there is little remaining in the game.

I'd like to see your opinions on what would be best for Post-Game plot and I'd really like to see some quality hacks produced as a result of this guide.

Quick question regarding Post-Game: Would it be better to add a second region with many more Pokemon and a few dozen side quests (But no Gyms or League) or modify existing areas to include Post-Game side quests? I just don't want there to be too much clutter, and I plan to add at least 60 Post-Game side quests.
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As for which part I want to see written out first, it definitely goes to Post-Game. Over 90% of the hacks I've played have almost no Post-Game plot and it follows that once I complete the core story there is little remaining in the game.

I'd like to see your opinions on what would be best for Post-Game plot and I'd really like to see some quality hacks produced as a result of this guide.

Quick question regarding Post-Game: Would it be better to add a second region with many more Pokemon and a few dozen side quests (But no Gyms or League) or modify existing areas to include Post-Game side quests? I just don't want there to be too much clutter, and I plan to add at least 60 Post-Game side quests.
Hey, I like a game with some good sidequest too But mainly I like a modified region, with a little more put into it, its what I'm planning on my hack. If there is a second region, I'd rather it have some connotation to the first region, so its not at all misplaced.
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Hey, I like a game with some good sidequest too :) But mainly I like a modified region, with a little more put into it, its what I'm planning on my hack. If there is a second region, I'd rather it have some connotation to the first region, so its not at all misplaced.
So it would probably be better to create a second region. Yay, my mapping skills are sub-par at best lol.

Still, one more reason to improve! Thank you for the feedback. :3
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So it would probably be better to create a second region. Yay, my mapping skills are sub-par at best lol.

Still, one more reason to improve! Thank you for the feedback. :3
You are very much welcomed. Not everyone can be good at everything teams usually covers everyone's weaknesses. Like I'm not the best scripter but I'm pretty good at Pokemon editing and mapping.
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You are very much welcomed. Not everyone can be good at everything :) teams usually covers everyone's weaknesses. Like I'm not the best scripter but I'm pretty good at Pokemon editing and mapping.
I'm not really good at anything yet lol. I guess my only strong point is being able to think up decent stories and characters. Beyond that I have little skill in hacking, in any form. As such, I doubt any team would want me lol. But I'll keep learning, little by little.

Thanks again for the guide, it really is making a difference in my hack, even though the guide isn't even finished yet! :3
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I already gave my input to the beginning of this guide, so I might as well give my two-cents on the updates as well~

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Hey, you know what's better than one region? Two regions? And you know what's better than two regions? Three.
Not necessarily. In fact, having multiple regions would be extremely hard to balance with what the player has at the time of changing regions. It might also come off as overwhelming to the player.

There really wasn't much that I disagreed with in your second post, so good job with that. It gave a good amount of information without suggesting much excess information.

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Figured I'd point this out here. Fix your spelling and grammar mistakes, they really get in the way and make your guide less comprehensible.

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Pokémon Fire Red. In my opinion, this game was horrible in its encounters. Nothing was really planned together, with this.
I fail to see how the game was horrible with it's encounters. After reading your little guide about 'making encounters good', I feel that Fire Red did exactly what you said were good things to do.
But seeing as how you didn't even bother giving an explanation on what you are suggesting makes me think that you're biased towards other games.

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Of course with Pokémon Red, it was excusable. There were only 151 Pokémon, and it was the first game(to an extension, it excuses their horrific glitches), so they didn't know.
I'm reading this for a third time, yet I still don't understand what you're trying to say.
You didn't give any good reasons why bad game design is excusable for Pokemon Red and not it's remake, Pokemon Fire Red. You also point out how, just because Pokemon Red is the 'first game' in the franchise (by the way, what about Blue and Green versions?), the glitches can be totally excused. To my knowledge, just because a particular game happens to be one of the first of it's kind, that doesn't mean it's glitches can be looked-over and not accounted for.
You also state that the devs 'didn't know' about their glitches. Trust me, they have game-testers for that kind of stuff.

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But 2nd and 3rd generation hit you up like "OW, OH MY GOD, dammit, geez, that hurt"
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and they had time to refine the formula, and they had alot more Pokémon this time.
Not sure what formula you're talking about, but it seems like you're talking about how the devs only included 151 Pokemon as opposed to 300+ (which isn't even a formula).
I'm pretty certain that 151 characters in their game is a huge amount already, so adding more in doesn't really help in any way.

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Yet in FireRed, they didn't allow for 3rd generation Pokémon until you beat the game
It's a remake.

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So what do you need to do, to make your game have better wild encounters?
Wah, wait, what? I literally forgot I was reading a guide on wild encounters. You might want to get to the point quicker instead of shoving a bunch of irrelevant information at me first.

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Late game routes for evolved Pokémon.
I understand that this is really just a design opinion, but I believe that it makes more sense for a hack to have their wild Pokemon relative to their levels. In other words, if you have a Kakuna level 12 on Route 3, you might as well make it a Beedrill for consistency's sake.

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That's what the problem was with Brock, if you chose Charmander. You barely had any Pokémon to counter his, and dealing with his Rock-types were a pain.
I understand the point you're making about there not being many Pokemon that you can catch that are good against Brock's Pokemon, but you can't really bring Charmander into the situation. Charmander was given Metal Claw specifically for the gym battle with Brock, so the devs were forgiving in that respect. I know that this doesn't have much to do with the guide, but I just wanted to throw that in for the sake of having more information on Fire Red's balancing.

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Level 5 Ralts(5%)
Level 5 Sentret(5%)
This isn't the best example of 'rare encounter rates'. As you stated, your rare encounters shouldn't be overly generic Pokemon like Sentret (Ralts is a good choice, however).

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You need Pokémon, in your Pokémon ROM Hack. Or else, you get a cruel, sick joke that everyone will be mad about.
Excess information.

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You could've fooled me when you told me that Gyarados was part-flying, when I first got into Pokémon. So you get the point, Pokémon makes NO sense, sometimes
Actually, the devs gave Gyarados a secondary flying type instead of dragon for a good reason.
Not going to go into it, but it's out there if you don't already know.
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I already gave my input to the beginning of this guide, so I might as well give my two-cents on the updates as well~


Not necessarily. In fact, having multiple regions would be extremely hard to balance with what the player has at the time of changing regions. It might also come off as overwhelming to the player.

There really wasn't much that I disagreed with in your second post, so good job with that. It gave a good amount of information without suggesting much excess information.


Figured I'd point this out here. Fix your spelling and grammar mistakes, they really get in the way and make your guide less comprehensible.


I fail to see how the game was horrible with it's encounters. After reading your little guide about 'making encounters good', I feel that Fire Red did exactly what you said were good things to do.
But seeing as how you didn't even bother giving an explanation on what you are suggesting makes me think that you're biased towards other games.


I'm reading this for a third time, yet I still don't understand what you're trying to say.
You didn't give any good reasons why bad game design is excusable for Pokemon Red and not it's remake, Pokemon Fire Red. You also point out how, just because Pokemon Red is the 'first game' in the franchise (by the way, what about Blue and Green versions?), the glitches can be totally excused. To my knowledge, just because a particular game happens to be one of the first of it's kind, that doesn't mean it's glitches can be looked-over and not accounted for.
You also state that the devs 'didn't know' about their glitches. Trust me, they have game-testers for that kind of stuff.


???


Not sure what formula you're talking about, but it seems like you're talking about how the devs only included 151 Pokemon as opposed to 300+ (which isn't even a formula).
I'm pretty certain that 151 characters in their game is a huge amount already, so adding more in doesn't really help in any way.


It's a remake.


Wah, wait, what? I literally forgot I was reading a guide on wild encounters. You might want to get to the point quicker instead of shoving a bunch of irrelevant information at me first.


I understand that this is really just a design opinion, but I believe that it makes more sense for a hack to have their wild Pokemon relative to their levels. In other words, if you have a Kakuna level 12 on Route 3, you might as well make it a Beedrill for consistency's sake.


I understand the point you're making about there not being many Pokemon that you can catch that are good against Brock's Pokemon, but you can't really bring Charmander into the situation. Charmander was given Metal Claw specifically for the gym battle with Brock, so the devs were forgiving in that respect. I know that this doesn't have much to do with the guide, but I just wanted to throw that in for the sake of having more information on Fire Red's balancing.


This isn't the best example of 'rare encounter rates'. As you stated, your rare encounters shouldn't be overly generic Pokemon like Sentret (Ralts is a good choice, however).


Excess information.


Actually, the devs gave Gyarados a secondary flying type instead of dragon for a good reason.
Not going to go into it, but it's out there if you don't already know.
Thank you, can always count on you to actually give me some criticsm. I'll fix it. Also that one bit about Gen 2 and 3, I was very tired. But I know what you said about my biased opinions, but as respect for my own opinions, I'm not changing that. I felt strongly about Gen 1, and I stated before said biased opinions, that they were 100% opinionated, and was hoping that they be taken to a grain of salt. But all the things I will change, and agree with you.

EDIT: Can you please pinpoint exactly where the sentence were, for my typo.(anymore typos will be appreciated).
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Thank you, can always count on you to actually give me some criticsm. I'll fix it. Also that one bit about Gen 2 and 3, I was very tired. But I know what you said about my biased opinions, but as respect for my own opinions, I'm not changing that. I felt strongly about Gen 1, and I stated before said biased opinions, that they were 100% opinionated, and was hoping that they be taken to a grain of salt. But all the things I will change, and agree with you.
Right, and I was going to add a little sentence at the end there about some of my points being opinion based, but I digress. Anyway, change what you will. Just trying to get my thoughts across on the guide because I see a lot of people coming here for some quality advice.

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EDIT: Can you please pinpoint exactly where the sentence were, for my typo.(anymore typos will be appreciated).
The spelling/grammar mistakes don't make too much of a distraction, so I'm not going to put the time into finding them specifically. I'd just suggest skimming over your guide in 'edit mode' and the Internet will point most of them out for you~
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