Spherical Ice

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Posted September 24th, 2019
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Pokémon Gaia Version - a hack of FireRed


Story

The storied Orbtus region was once populated by a prosperous civilization. They created several monuments to their gods and guardians. Their untimely demise was brought about by a series of disastrous earthquakes; all that remains of their society are their temples, idols and story, as relics of the past.

In the present day, local archaeologist and Pokémon Professor, Professor Redwood, has noticed an increase in the region's seismic activity. Propelled by a growing concern for Orbtus' safety, he seeks the assistance of new Pokémon Trainers with a flair for adventure in the rural Celanto Town, a seaside town near the mysterious totem poles, and your home! Will you, along with the help of the Professor and your rival, be able to prevent the earth from consuming the region once more?

Features

  • The Physical / Special / Status split
  • Pokémon from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova and Kalos
  • New moves and updated move sets, accurate to OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire, and with working effects and animations
  • Modern competitive items like the Choice Specs, Assault Vest, Ability Pill, and more
  • Modern abilities, ranging from Mega Launcher to Sheer Force
  • An in-battle Mega Evolution system, with Mega Stones hidden throughout the region
  • Fairy-type and the new type chart
  • Updated Pokémon sprites
  • Updated Trainer sprites and accurate over world sprites
  • Original songs, like Windmist City's theme and the battle music for the Elder Knights
  • Rock Climb and climbable walls
  • Dive and underwater maps, fully ported from Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald
  • Hidden Grottoes and Secret Temples, which reward exploration with rare items and Pokémon with unique move sets
  • The Bug-Catching Contest
  • The Battle Marsh, a Battle Maison-esque facility
  • Sideways stairs
  • Various quality of life changes:

  • The player faces Trainers before battles
  • Running Shoes can be used indoors
  • Pokémon, item, location, etc. names are in title case
  • A bonus Premier Ball is given for every purchase of ten or more Poké Balls
  • Repellents give reuse prompts upon expiration
  • Experience Points are gained upon Pokémon capture
  • Technical Machine items are reusable
  • Field moves have faster animations

Screenshots (as of v3)



Team

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Special thanks and credits

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Tools used



Awards

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  • First Place, Overall Favourite, Best Mapping, Best Scripting, Best Storyline, Best Gameplay, Most Engaging Hack

    Hack of the Year: 2015
  • First Place

    /r/PokemonROMHacks' Hack of the Month: October 2015
  • Second Place, Best Mapping & Overall Favourite

    Hack of the Year: 2014
  • First Place
    Hack of the Month: June 2014


Frequently Asked Questions

  • NOTE! The patching tutorials below refer to 1635, but 1636 should work fine as well!
  • How do I play on a Windows computer?
    Spoiler: Instructions for playing Gaia on a Windows computer
    Download the pokemon_gaia_v3.2.zip file in the Downloads section of this post.
    Extract all of its files into a folder.
    Find and download the 1635 - Pokemon Fire Red (U)(Squirrels).gba ROM, and move it to the folder.
    Use the included patching programs (either NUPS or tsukuyomi) to apply the pokemon_gaia_v3.2.ups file to the 1635 - Pokemon Fire Red (U)(Squirrels).gba file.
    Download a GBA emulator; I recommend VBA-M.
    Configure the emulator, ensuring that its save type is Flash 128 KB.
    Load the patched .gba file with the emulator, and play!
  • How do I play on an Apple computer?
    Spoiler: Instructions for playing Gaia on an Apple computer
    Download the pokemon_gaia_v3.2.zip file in the Downloads section of this post.
    Extract all of its files into a folder.
    Find and download the 1635 - Pokemon Fire Red (U)(Squirrels).gba ROM, and move it to the folder.
    Download a program capable of patching .ups files; I recommend Multipatch.
    Use the patching program to apply the pokemon_gaia_v3.2.ups file to the 1635 - Pokemon Fire Red (U)(Squirrels).gba file.
    Download a GBA emulator; I recommend OpenEmu.
    Configure the emulator, ensuring that its save type is Flash 128 KB.
    Load the patched .gba file with the emulator, and play!
  • How do I play on an Android mobile device?
    Spoiler: Instructions for playing Gaia on an Android mobile device
    Download the pokemon_gaia_v3.2.zip file in the Downloads section of this post.
    Extract all of its files into a folder.
    Find and download the 1635 - Pokemon Fire Red (U)(Squirrels).gba ROM, and move it to the folder.
    Download an app capable of patching .ups files; I recommend ROM Patcher, which can be found on the Play Store.
    Use the patching app to apply the pokemon_gaia_v3.2.ups file to the 1635 - Pokemon Fire Red (U)(Squirrels).gba file.
    Alternatively, follow one of the above tutorials and patch the ROM, then transfer the patched .gba file to your Android mobile device.
    Download a GBA emulator; I recommend MyBoy.
    Configure the emulator, ensuring that its save type is Flash 128 KB.
    Load the patched .gba file with the emulator, and play!
  • How do I play on an Apple mobile device?
    Spoiler: Instructions for playing Gaia on an Apple mobile device
    I am not aware of any apps for Apple mobile devices capable of patching .ups files; follow one of the above tutorials to patch your ROM, then transfer the patched .gba file to your Apple mobile device.
    Download a GBA emulator; I recommend GBA4IOS.
    Configure the emulator, ensuring that its save type is Flash 128 KB.
    Load the patched .gba file with the emulator, and play!
  • Can I reuse my save from previous versions of Gaia for v3?
    No. Unfortunately, creative decisions mean that saves from previous versions of Gaia will not be compatible with v3. You will have to start over.
  • What about my save from v3? Will I be able to use that in future releases?
    Yes, forwards-compatibility is planned for saves from v3.

For more, check out the #faq Discord channel.

Locations and Info [SPOILERS!]


Known Bugs

To see a list of known bugs, please visit the #known-bugs channel of Pokémon Gaia's Discord server. It is kept up-to-date with known bugs, and also indicates which bugs have been fixed internally (that is, bugs which have been fixed but the fix has not been released yet in a bugfix update). If you find a bug not at this link, please report it either here, in this thread, or in the #bug-reports channel of Pokémon Gaia's Discord server.

Downloads

  • Gaia Beta v3.2
    Release date: 8th November, 2018
    Mirror Download: http://sphericalice.com/romhacking/hacks/gaia/pokemon_gaia_v3.2.zip
    Notes: v3.2 is a bugfix update for v3 (changelog). Saves from v3.0 and v3.1 ARE compatible with v3.2. However, as with v3.0, saves from versions v2.5 or before of Gaia are NOT compatible with v3.2. This beta ends after the credits roll in the Pokémon League, with all eight Gym battles, the full main story, and the Elite Four and Champion battles. Please read the included README.txt file for important information, or visit the Discord server linked above. On top of the purely new content added to this release, a lot of content has also been added in between Gyms, as well as lots of bugfixes from Beta v2.5, balancing, and in general the hack has a greater degree of polish. Saves from previous versions are NOT compatible with this version. There is no postgame in this release; there is a v4 planned which will tie up the loose ends of the story, as well as feature two new islands-worth of content, and more items, Pokémon and legendary encounters.
    Previous version v3.1: [dropbox] [mirror]
    v3.1 Release date: 16th October, 2018
    Previous version v3.0: [dropbox] [mirror]
    v3.0 Release date: 14th October, 2018
  • Gaia Beta v2.5
    Release date: 2nd November, 2015
    Notes: v2.5 is a content and bugfix update for v2.0. Saves from v2.0 are NOT compatible with v2.5. This beta ends in Precimos Island, with a total of six Gym battles. Please read the included README.txt file for important information. v2.5 introduces a whole host of new features, from Mega Evolution to The Bug-Catching Contest. A lot of content has also been added in between Gyms, as well as an additional sixth Gym. Lots of bugs from Beta v1 and v2 have been fixed, and in general the hack has a greater degree of polish. Saves from previous versions are NOT compatible with this version.
    Previous version v2.0: [dropbox]
    v2.0 Release date: 11th May, 2015
  • Gaia Beta v1.1
    Release date: 18th October, 2014
    Notes: v1.1 is a bugfix update for v1.0. Saves from v1.0 ARE compatible with v1.1. This beta ends in Windmist City, after the second Gym battle. Please read the included text files for information on how to try and use older saves to play, as well as for important things to note, incomplete things, as well as information regarding the new Pokémon, moves, and much more.
    Previous version v1.0: [dropbox]
    v1.0 Release date: 27th September, 2014

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