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Old November 5th, 2011 (8:41 AM). Edited March 25th, 2016 by miksy91.
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Dark Energy is back in action! ;)
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    What happens if you mix up traditional Pokemon gaming with the RPG style of Final Fantasies, Chrono Trigger and all that?
    The answer is right in front of you...

    Pokémon Dark Energy

    Hack of: Pokemon Silver (U)

    You're a 19-year-old university boy from the Southern Edge of The Capital. The Capital is the biggest city in the world we live in, Suden.

    The game itself starts surprisingly with a cutscene, not involving the main hero in it. It looks like some strange fellow, Maxime, has come to see Mr. Burton, one of the richest people in all of Suden. Maxime tells him about 5 precious stones, Elemental Orbs, that are scattered across the world. He couldn't seek out the Orbs all by himself so he asks if Mr. Burton paid for building an organization which could look for the Elemental Orbs in their place. Mr. Burton isn't interested about the idea at all, and asks Maxime to leave. Suddenly, some strange light knocks Mr. Burton down and when he awakes, he surprisingly accepts Maxime's offer. Maxime, then again, couldn't even "feel anything". I wonder what that was about? But thus, Team Darkness was born.

    Finally, the game begins with the main player, a 19-year-old university boy from The Capital, the biggest city in world we live in, Suden. The player gets a phone call to go to see his professor at the university due to an exceptional found in Rocky Mountain in eastern part of Suden. The finding is old writing about Elemental Orbs and how they were created around 1000 years ago. Due to how the timeline in the game works, no one should have heard of the Elemental Orbs by now, not even Maxime..

    And the further you progress, the more you'll start discovering about the Elemental Orbs, a thing called The Crisis and disappearance of energy in the past. What does all this mean? Find out by starting to play already today!

    • Explore a whole new world with everything made from scratch: maps, texts, scripts etc.
    • Unique storyline, doesn't include trying to become a pokemon champion, that's for sure!
    • Elements of other RPG games; sidequests, character development and more
    • An organization, Team Darkness, who seems to have the same plan to unlock these secrets... or are they up to something else?
    • Minigames such as "Magical Book" and "Magikarp man" (and there are more than that!)
    • Lots of boss fights and each one having an actual purpose
    • Plenty of game-engine hacks
    Read Me before playing!

    Pokemon Dark Energy offers a unique gameplay experience by mimicing that of Final Fantasy series;
    There are lots of quests and the gameplay is focused on development of the story rather than "traveling from town to town".
    Even so, most gameplay related things are borrowed from the original game the hack is based on, Pokemon Silver.

    Below, you can find information you might want to know before starting to play. This information mostly contains changes to the way the game engine works.
    (After all, you would normally assume several things function the way they would in the game the hack is based on.)

    Naming Characters
    There will be situations when you can give a name to a certain person. If you give it an "empty" name and click END, a default in-game name is picked for that person.

    Battle Modes
    There are two battle modes you can choose from - Normal and Active.
    The current battle mode can be changed by opening Options from the Menu.

    Move Tutors
    Certain people, who have pokemon with moves they couldn't normally learn, can teach your pokemon the same abilities.
    Only a few may do this though.

    There are 7 sidequests you can finish in this beta. A rumor is that if you complete at least 5 of them, and talk to a certain person, something might be unlocked...Other than that, finishing all of the sidequests doesn't serve for any special reason, at least not yet. But every sidequest as its own gives you a handy prize!

    Pokemon Changes
    • Traded pokemon always obey.
    • "Trade-evolution" pokemon evolve now by leveling them up (some evolutions could be changed to evolution stone evolutions though).
    • Eevee and its upper forms have had lots of changes. All that's related to this is revealed in the game.
    • Magikarp evolves now by Water Stone (due to certain in-game sidequest).
    • All the pokemon that evolve with evolution stones have their upper-forms' movesets edited. How this works is that you don't have to wait for the pre-form to learn a certain move (like Pikachu's Thunder or Vulpix' Flamethrower) before giving them the evolution stone. Their upper forms, in this case, Raichu learns Thunder and same way, Ninetales also learns Flamethrower.
    Usually when you think you got stuck, try talking to people around the area and that should give you the "keys" to move forward.
    But if you, for one reason or another, run out of options, you can check the FAQ below.

    • BlueEmerald - Correcting loads of grammar errors, and drawing overworld sprites.
    • Poketto - Drawing battle sprites.
    • Roareye - Drawing battle sprites.
    • jwibagi - Testing, and giving ideas.
    • Mateo - Testing, helped me out back in the day.
    • Tauwasser - Giving advice with various game-mechanism hacks. Also, maker of the Scripting Compendium.
    • Koolboyman - Inventing the base of Running Shoes routine I borrowed. Also, wrote lots of handy documents I needed.
    Apart from everyone above, I like to thank all of the following guys on the list.
    Getting help has been awesome!

    Graphical help
    • Solar
    • Cheestendo
    • Squall
    • Ben
    ASM help
    • IIMarckus
    • Sawakita
    Tool makers
    • Lin
    • Harrison
    • score_under
    And of course you and everybody else who has taken their time reading all this!
    Hope you enjoy the hack!

    Need help in getting the hack running ?
    You'll need a Pokemon Silver (U) rom and an ips patching utility to apply the "Dark Energy Beta 4.1".ips patch to the Pokemon Silver (U) rom for the game to work.

    Ips-patching utilities



    The first two are a bit outdated though.


    I can't get to The Capital!
    Read what's written in the Read Me.

    You said you implemented Running Shoes in the game. Why can't I run by holding down B button then ?
    Running Shoes can be received by escorting the little girl, next to the university, back home.

    Is the encountered Squirtle meant to be shiny ?

    How am I able to get past North Star ?
    You need to defeat the gym leader of Little Stone, and you'll be rewarded with Woolly Hat, which protects against cold.

    Where do I get the First-Aid Kit ?
    Keep playing till you reach Area 104. After that, it's kinda straightforward.

    Why did you make Isaac's pokemon so powerful ?
    You're not supposed to beat him at that time, only win the access to Milky Village.

    What to do with the De-Stone ?
    You'll hear when you find the first Page and return it to the magical book.

    After reaching Milky Village, I got stuck. What to do?
    Explore Milky Village!

    What's the code you should enter to that PC in Argent Warehouse ?
    Loaning the words of a certain scientist:
    0118....0118..881? No, that was not it either. Darn it! I have forgotten the damn melody!

    What should I do after I've gotten HM03 (Surf) ?
    You may find neat things by exploring the areas you've already been to. To continue with the normal gameplay, you should first go training to Western Lake from Argent Warehouse and then fly back to The Capital and leave surfing towards Brightbulb City.

    Are you kidding me? Should I really enter the Cave of Illusions?!
    Yep, but that place is far from as confusing as you would think. Inside, you'll run into a certain person who you gotta follow. Follow him to his hideout, and you'll learn how to pass the cavern. Don't worry about getting stuck, it's made certain you won't.

    Some thief stole my money and got away. Where did he go?
    Talking to people might help as usual.

    Where does the hack end?
    Answering this question is literally impossible since there are tons of things you should be able to do after reaching the "end point". But in case of how long the game is, I'd say it's going to take you as least as much time to beat as an official pokemon game. And even so, it's still just a beta but a long beta indeed. This project been worked on for almost 4 years you know...

    Where can I get the HMs ?
    HM01 - Eventually by playing
    HM02 - Milky Village
    HM03 - Eventually by playing
    HM04 - Area 120
    HM05 - Brightbulb City
    Rest are currently unobtainable (or will never be obtainable).

    Can I find Elemental Orbs in the current beta ?

    Support banners

    • Mateo - Creating the support banner
    • Poketto - Battle sprites of Ashlyn and Goon
    • Cheestendo - Battle sprite of Cactus / Main character
    Changes between betas

    Beta 4.1 is an improved version of beta 4.0 which I wanted to release by the end of 2013, but I was out of the hacking scene for quite a long time but have returned to continue working on this project and finally finished everything for beta 4.1.
    There are some changes here and there but nothing that drastic. Probably the biggest improvement I can think of right now is re-coding how feeling cold works in North Star. In 4.0, you would freeze by walking on spots where there are trigger events that "activate" the freezing. Now in 4.1 it's adjusted to real-time clock and you may get frozen just by standing at the same spot for too long.

    Other things I can pick up are for example re-writing the script for the gentleman asking for Super Onix, making it possible to insert the code of the PC (in Argent Warehouse Central) automatically once you have done it before, and re-writing dialogue in the beginning to give a better view on who Maxime really is.

    Beta 4.1 is almost a bug free version. However, it does contain one simple bug that is a major one which could be fixed by editing a single byte. This will be removed in the next release.
    When you get to Milky Village and are asked to open the gate to the farm, always open it! If you choose No, the game will freeze due to a pointer glitch.
    The buttons you've been looking for...

    Current version: Beta 4.1
    Length: Ends at Granaldo City in East-Suden although you can do many sidequests after reaching that point as well. Contains more gameplay than in many original pokemon games made by Gamefreak.

    Other stuff I have done

    In case you got interested with this one, see also my earlier (though much worse) hacks in this website.
    And thanks for taking the time paying attention to the thread!

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