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Intro
I've been playing Pokémon ROM hacks since I was a kid, starting with Quartz, Ruby Destiny Reign of Legends, and Shiny Gold, all of which helped spiral my obsession, making me a long-time lurker in the community. Although I have made attempts to make one myself, I simply lacked the knowledge or dedication to make anything happen. Now, around 10-12 years later, seeing how far ROM hacking has advanced and with more confidence in my skills, I've decided to revisit developing my own ROM hack.

Fire Red enhancement hacks are definitely a dime a dozen these days, so you're probably wondering what this hack has to offer. I personally enjoy difficulty hacks the most, which is why I consider ROM hacks like Clover and Vega to be the two best ones out there.
This hack is at its core a difficulty hack with additional features; if I had to draw a comparison it'd be quite similar to Drayano60's enhancement hacks, which provide access to nearly all the Pokemon while also adding relevant buffs to make all sorts of different Pokémon and playstyles viable.
This is a joint project with me and a friend koala4; although I've handled pretty much everything on the technical side he's assisted me immensely in balancing, giving suggestions, doing the wild Pokemon locations for the most part, testing, and more.

Features
This hack utilizes the Complete FireRed Upgrade engine (!!!!) and Dynamic Pokemon Expansion.
I'd recommend checking out the thread for the immense amount of features and upgrades it provides, but I'll list the important ones below.

Provided by CFRU and DPE
Spoiler:
  • Physical/Special split + Fairy Typing
  • All Pokémon up to Gen 8 obtainable (with some exceptions, see further down)
  • Moves up to Gen 8, including some of the Isle of Armor DLC moves!
  • Updated Pokémon sprites
  • Mega Evolution
  • Abilities up to Gen 8
  • All important battle items (with some exceptions)
  • Raid Battles
  • Reusable TMs
  • Expanded TM list
  • Additional move tutors
  • EV Training Gear
  • Ability popups during battle
  • Gen 8 Exp Share
  • Hidden Abilities
  • Day and Night
  • DexNav, which allows you to search for Pokemon with hidden abilities and other neat things!
  • Even faster turbo speed (!!!)
  • Abilities like Magma Armor have field effects like recent Gens
  • Destiny Knot, Everstone have updated breeding mechanics
  • ... and more!

Additional Features
Do keep in mind many of these are also provided by CFRU.
Spoiler:
  • Much higher difficulty
    • Bosses have max IVs with proper EV spreads (barring the early bosses), along with optimized movesets/hold items
    • Improved AI
    • Battle style forced to Set
    • Can't access bag against Gym Leaders and other select bosses
    • Similar to Pokemon Clover, there is a soft level cap based on the next boss battle. Many "challenge" hacks can easily be beaten by simply spamming turbo boost and overlevelling. This prevents you from doing so, instead allowing you to reevaluate your team and strategy to defeat bosses.
    • Bosses near the end will randomly choose between 1 of 3 teams
    • Elite Four Members each have a Legendary
    • Gym Leaders have access to Mega Evolution before you do
    • Some optional side bosses will have their levels scale according to your team
    • Johto Gym Leaders as additional side bosses(Some mandatory, but mostly optional)
    • Brendan as an additional Rival
    • Archer and Ariana present as Admins
    • Thief/Magician won't steal from trainers
    • An additional Team Rocket event right before the 8th gym
  • My own curated buffs to a lot of deserving Pokémon, including Megas!
    • May include type changes, stat changes, ability changes, an additional learnsets
  • Brand new abilities (Some taken from Clover, others exclusive to this game)
  • A revamped Game Corner
    • No more coins/Coin Case, just exchange with regular Pokecoins
    • Sells pseudo legends for a steep price, with options to upgrade to Shiny
    • Sells even more TMs
  • IV grade and colored natures on Summary Screen
  • An IV perfecter in Celadon for a very steep price
  • EV checker/reducer in Saffron
  • An ability swapper also in Saffron, along with an option to swap to Hidden Ability in exchange for an item
  • EV training areas with its corresponding EV training gear
  • Move relearner moved to Cerulean
  • Move tutor that teaches Egg moves
  • Additional Legendaries obtainable before the Elite Four:
    Spoiler:
    Virizion, Cobalion, Terrakion, Keldeo.
    Roamers: Raikou, Suicune, Entei, Landorus, Thundurus, Tornadus, Latios, Latias, Victini, Meloetta
  • Gym leaders may ask for rematches or side quests for their Mega Stones and other rewards
  • Day care south of Cerulean now can hold two Pokemon allowing for earlier breeding
  • ... and more!

Quality of Life changes
Spoiler:
Thanks to CFRU:
  • No need to teach HMs (Even Dig and Teleport show up as Field Moves if you have the TM and a Pokemon that is capable of learning it - does not need to be taught!)
  • Use DexNav to easily get a specific encounter you want, in addition to a chance of getting Egg Moves, better IVs, Hidden Abilities, and higher Shiny odds!
  • Press Start in the bag to sort items
  • Use L to toggle Auto Run
  • Can select multiple key items
  • Press L on a move you're using in battle to check its info
  • Toggleable Gen 6 Exp Share
  • Pokemon receive boosted EXP when above 220 points of affection
  • Item Image on obtain
  • Base stats on Pokedex summary screen
  • Press B on the Bike gives a boost
  • Removed Poison damage in OW

Other significant QOL improvements:
  • Lucky Egg boost increased from 1.5x to 2.5x
  • A Nature Changer in every Pokemon Center!
  • Frisk now boosts chance of Wild Pokemon holding items(along with Super Luck and CompoundEyes) for maximum item farming efficiency
  • Macho Brace EV multiplier boosted from 2x to 4x (16x after becoming Champion)
  • Power Item EV Yield boosted from 8 to 24 (They give 252 EVs after becoming Champion)
  • Consumable held items come back after trainer battles (but not wild or raid battles)
  • Pokemon holding Amulet Coin do not need to participate in battle in order to receive the prize money boost
  • Thiefed items go straight to the bag
  • Shadow Tag/Arena Trap on Wild Pokemon no longer prevents the player fleeing from battle
  • Magma Armor/Steam Engine/Flame Body now reduce egg steps by 4x instead of 2x
  • Macho Brace/EV training items reduce speed by slightly less
  • Catch rate universally increased after becoming Champion
  • Significantly reduced the price of Potions (Potion->Full Restore, Revives, Paralyz Heal, etc) as they have much less use in this game. Price of Repels have also been reduced.

Screenshots (some screenshots are outdated...)


GIFs:


Release Version 2.1
Spoiler:
Playable up until the first Pokemon League challenge. Please do look at the known bugs before playing!
Changelog from 2.0f to 2.1 (there is a smart filter on the changelog, no idea why..)
Anything from 2.0 forward is compatible with any foreseeable future releases
Changelog from 1.11a to 2.0
Please patch to Fire Red Squirrels!
PLEASE DO NOT REPORT BUGS IF YOU USED CHEATS. This should be self explanatory, but... using cheats will impact your games in many ways and will lead to bugs that would not have happened otherwise.

Known Bugs
Incompatible with PizzaBoy, Eclipse emulator. Tested to perform fine on: mGBA, VBA-M, VBA, OpenEmu, myBoy, JohnGBA

Hall of Fame
Version 2
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Version 1
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Koala4 (cocreator)

Xan (Tester)

kururu

Ghabra (Tester)

Datudou x3

To you, 2000 years later x2

Erik Thorn

ablahblah987 x2

Etsen x2

Burger-Meister

WyrmCzar

Goomyboi

SevenChurches

shinysamuraisamurott

alarm153 x2

Trains

Darkar

matty boi

Officer12

Setsuna

nkfishere

Lowkey7ft4

ShadowKirbae

Hail

Darth Scrub

alvarosrodrigues

KledOnMushroomJuice

dad



Credits
Spoiler:
Complete Fire Red Upgrade: Skeli789, ghoulslash and team - For this powerful, super accessible resource and their extremely useful documentation; this hack would be completely irrelevant without it.
koala4: Co-creator. Testing, wild Pokemon locations, balancing, suggestions, and for being a good friend throughout the process.
Drayano60: Game draws a lot of inspiration from his enhancement hacks.
Pokemon Clover: Game draws some inspiration from this hack (Level cap, Dream Ball, Abilities Striker and Blademaster more specifically)
Smogon CAP: Inspiration for Mega Coloassal's ability Mountaineer
Noodlewhiz on Discord: Helping me implement the Hidden Ability swapper
Kalerie: For these overworld sprites used in Leon's base
Leparagon, and everyone that contributed to DS-style Gen VII and Beyond Pokémon Sprite Repository in 64x64
Everyone that contributed to theGen 8 Sprite Project
LarryTurbo for Gen 8 Icons
Professor Leon for the DPE/CFRU ROM Base
hyo oppa for the brendan sprites
NateRiver, Omega/WesleyFG Custom Battle Backgrounds
Nisarg, JK For updated bag graphics
! hackito Updated Textbox
YoY-XPlatinum HP Bar
Delta231FRLG HGSS Style Sprites
Pokemonrater Silver OW Sprite
thebrawlunit archer/ariana/giovanni sprites,
Jo7A Johto Gym Leader Sprites
VentZX, DrSeuss Sword Shield style Type Icons
Varrio: The header picture with the Mega Houndoom :D
Ghabra, Khaospire, Daina, mossedUp, Sergio, Gress, moods, Xan, Cubism, ExpoSeed, Datudou, Kled, Nikki, Manny, Hail, Maliboo, matty boy : For testing, and being great pals.

Tools used:
Advanced Map 1.9.2/1.9.5
HxD
G3T
NSE
XSE
Overworld Manager

Other Resources Used:
Summary Screen Patch
Party Screen Patch
Colored Natures
IV Rankings
Pokemon Sprites

FAQ
Spoiler:
How do I play the game? I can't open it!
Download the .ups file provided in #updates .
Find original Fire Red 1.0 rom ( 1636 Fire Red Squirrels.gba).
Use a patching tool to apply the .ups patch file onto the Fire Red rom (Tsukuyomi/NUPS for Windows, Unipatcher for Android. Alternatively, there is a rom patcher website marcrobledo.com/RomPatcher.js/ that you can use as well.)
Follow simple interface in these tools to apply the patch. Also, check the next question before you start playing.

I get a warning about real time clock not being enabled. I can't save in-game. Day/night cycle isn't working. What to do?
Make sure your emulator has Real Time Clock (RTC) enabled. Also, save type HAS to be set to flash 128K. If you started playing without this, you will have to start over. Delete your save file, make sure your emulator is set up correctly and ONLY THEN open the rom. If you did everything correctly, there shouldn't be a warning about RTC not being enabled anymore.

What about HM moves? Do I need HM slave(s)?
No, HM moves have been reworked, you no longer need to teach it to your Pokémon to progress the game. All you need is the corresponding badge and the HM in your bag.

Where is the move relearner?
The move relearner is in Cerulean City, he wants shrooms in return.

Is there an EV checker/EV subtracter? Is there a way to change Pokémon's ability?
Yes, there are nerds in Saffron City's fan club house.

Where is the name rater?
The name rater is in Lavender Town, same as in vanilla FR/LG.

Where is the happiness checker guy?
Happiness checker guy is in Cerulean City, replacing the Barry Master guy from vanilla FR/LG. In the house next to him is also a guy that can groom your Pokemon to increase their happiness.

Are Sevii Islands available?
As of now, the game ends after becoming the Champion. Sevii Islands are currently not part of the game.

How does the EXP. Share work?
It's gen 8 EXP. Share. The EXP from battles is distributed amongst ALL of your party Pokemon even if some of them did not participate in the battle. You receive it early on, before the 1st gym battle. It can be toggled.

My Pokemon get almost no experience from battles? Is my game broken???
If your Pokemon gets reduced amount of experience, it means it hit a level cap before the next important battle (gym leaders, Team Rocket boss, E4 etc.). When you beat the next important battle, the level cap will increase again.

The game is too hard! Make it easier!
The point of this hack was to make it hard and challenging in a reasonable way, not just increasing level curve like crazy. If it's too hard for you, then this hack is probably not for you.

I found a bug, what to do?
First, check the Known Bugs document in the Google Drive to see if that bug isn't already known. If it isn't there, report the bug in #bugreports , if possible, provide screenshots and videos and be as detailed as possible.

Where can I restore fossil Pokémon?
Same as in vanilla FRLG, Cinnabar Island's Pokémon Lab.

How do I transform the three forces of nature Pokémon to their alternate forms?
Talk to a scientist in Cinnabar Island's Pokémon Lab.

Is there an egg tutor?
Yes, he is located in Fuchsia City. He wants Heart Scales in return.

Are there any other move tutors?
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1n4ixvYwvZQmK02oA5vJg5dO-z50UAeTlpBoSd59dbU0/edit?usp=sharing

What are the chances of finding a Pokemon with hidden ability using Dex Nav?
the odds of finding hidden ability is 5% at search level 10, 15% at search level 25, 20% at search level 50, 23% at search level 100

How do I mega evolve?
You get Mega Ring after finishing the Silph Co. event, right before Sabrina. If you have the proper mega stone equipped, you can mega evolve your Pokémon during battle by pressing the select button before selecting a move.

How do I update the game to a newer version without having to start over?
Save your current progress using the in-game save (not save state!) in a safe place. (a Pokémon Center for example)
Close the game and delete the patched .gba file. (or better, move it to a different folder in case you mess this up)
Patch the new version .ups onto a CLEAN fire red rom again (1636 squirrels).
Place the newly patched .gba game into the same folder where your previous version was. Make sure the name of your game and save file is the same.
Open the newly patched .gba and load your save.

Where do I find Mega Stones for my starter Pokémon?
Go to the building that connects Cycling Road and Celadon City, and talk to the aid upstairs.

What are the level caps for each boss?
Spoiler:
15, //Before Brock
27, //Before Misty
34, //Before Surge
44, //Before Erika
47, //Before Celadon Giovanni
56, //Before Archer/Ariana Tag battle
57, //Before Giovanni Saffron
59, //Before Sabrina
68, //Before Koga
73, //Before May
76, //Before Blaine
79, //Before Archer/Ariana B2b
80, //Before Giovanni Cerulean Boss
81, //Before Claire
82, //Before Brendan
85, //Before E4


Features I'd Like to Add in the Future:
Spoiler:
  • More varied trainer classes throughout, Vanilla FR doesn't use that many
  • Graphical updates (Tiles, Title Screen update)
  • Additional optional areas so the game feels less squished
  • Custom music

Join the Discord server for updates, bug reports, discussion, and more!
Docs to view Evolutionary Changes, Buffs/Nerfs, Pokemon locations, and more!
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Oh man, this is sweet. I don't think I've played a hack that uses CFRU, so I'm interested how it plays out. Congrats on the hack.
Thanks a lot for the kind words and your interest :) Some features I've added in the past 2 days while the thread was getting approved:
- Soft level cap based on the next boss battle, similar to Pokemon Clover
- An ability swapper along with an option to swap to a Pokemon's Hidden Ability for a specific item in Saffron.

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I absolutely love what you've done, I've been meaning to revisit Fire Red again, and your hack seems like a perfect reason to wait a bit. I do have a small suggestion though, i think it would be dope if you could change the players in battle back sprite because it sort of clashes next to the ORAS Sprite if Brendan and the Team Rocket admins. Even a change to the main player's Overworld sprite would be dope. Regardless, eagerly waiting on a release!
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Reminds me quite a bit of Nameless FireRed which is one of my favorite hacks in general. I look forward to seeing what's in store here once it's released.
I'm humbled by your comparison, although I don't think my hack has nearly the same amount of polish. But, I do think it has lots to offer in its own right :)

I absolutely love what you've done, I've been meaning to revisit Fire Red again, and your hack seems like a perfect reason to wait a bit. I do have a small suggestion though, i think it would be dope if you could change the players in battle back sprite because it sort of clashes next to the ORAS Sprite if Brendan and the Team Rocket admins. Even a change to the main player's Overworld sprite would be dope. Regardless, eagerly waiting on a release!
I absolutely agree with your suggestion but to be frank anything related to graphical insertion is not my forte(hence why new item images are something I've put off til the end)... to elaborate on that I'm a bit of a novice hacker(learning things within the past two months in quarantine) although I do have a CS background. The Brendan backsprite isn't even inserted by me, it's another neat option provided by the almighty CFRU. It's definitely something I'll keep in mind for future releases, but it won't be present for the first release. And I guess if that bothers you, I'll regretfully note that the Johto Gym leaders won't have their OW sprites in the first release.
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Since you've made Joltik evolve earlier, why not do the same for the likes of Deino, Larvesta, Rufflet, Vullaby, and Mienfoo?
i specifically did joltik since it's complete poop and you get it early on in viridian forest, I considered doing the rest of the Gen 5 cast that evolve really late for whatever silly reason but haven't chosen to do so yet since you obtain most of them later on in the game anyway. I'll reconsider this request, though, so thank you for the suggestion

This looks really good
Better than a lot of ROM hacks ive seen
Cant wait for release
There are a million of these type of hacks but this one looks very impressive. I can't wait to play this one.
Thanks y'all!

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Regarding Dewpider going from level 22 to level 23 upon evolution, you've probably given Araquanid a lower experience growth rate. All Pokemon in the same evolutionary line need to have the same experience growth rate (1,000,000 points for Dewpider and Araquanid), otherwise you get level jumping issues on evolution.
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Regarding Dewpider going from level 22 to level 23 upon evolution, you've probably given Araquanid a lower experience growth rate. All Pokemon in the same evolutionary line need to have the same experience growth rate (1,000,000 points for Dewpider and Araquanid), otherwise you get level jumping issues on evolution.
we went back and realized the evolution was working fine haha, thank you for your input though!

Will this on real hardware so it can be played on a DS/3DS?
I don't think the CFRU upgrade is keen on being played on a DS/3DS. Furthermore, this has only been tested on VisualboyAdvance-M, so I'm going to say probably not. Sorry about that!

EDIT: The game has since been revamped so that it is compatible with any emulator so please disregard this answer
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Been checking this very frequently. Honestly so hyped to give this an actual spin!
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Been checking this very frequently. Honestly so hyped to give this an actual spin!
Hey, I appreciate your excitement! I originally wanted to release it this week, but I've realized there are a lot more loose ends than I originally realized(along with new things I wanted to add). I also want this to be tested thoroughly before a release; first impressions obviously make a big impact. It's close, but it'll be a little while longer.
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Looking good cant wait till the first release
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Added a couple of new screenshots, one of them showcases the new Radical Red exclusive signature abilities of the Simis! Also added a GIF to the videos section that showcases a pretty substantial buff to Slaking: you can now use healing moves on turns you're supposed to be loafing around in Truant (excuse the horrible cropping...)

First release should be soon, hang tight :)
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Added a couple of new screenshots, one of them showcases the new Radical Red exclusive signature abilities of the Simis! Also added a GIF to the videos section that showcases a pretty substantial buff to Slaking: you can now use healing moves on turns you're supposed to be loafing around in Truant (excuse the horrible cropping...)

First release should be soon, hang tight :)
Love the fact that you are generating new abilities and adding buffs to Pokemon that really deserve some love. Although I do have a doubt, I'm assuming that Simisage's new ability doubles SP attack use at the price of using only one move, don't you think this would be broken if it was made to hold a choice specs coupled with its impressive speed stat?
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Love the fact that you are generating new abilities and adding buffs to Pokemon that really deserve some love. Although I do have a doubt, I'm assuming that Simisage's new ability doubles SP attack use at the price of using only one move, don't you think this would be broken if it was made to hold a choice specs coupled with its impressive speed stat?
Sage Power basically mirrors Gorilla Tactics from Sword and Shield (Galar-Darmanitan's signature ability) but for Special Attack; it's not a 2* boost it's 1.5x. Although he'll definitely be powerful if you stack it with a Choice Specs/Choice Scarf he certainly won't be broken considering their limited movepool and subpar stat distribution. At least, that's my take on it. The buffs are something that I've put a lot of thought in, so I may create a monstrosity in the process, but I'm trying my best to evaluate them to make sure nothing is too crazy :) And I should clarify that it's the Simis hidden ability; the hidden ability switcher isn't available until after the 4th Gym, and he does need a special item for his service.

EDIT: New abilities, both ideas taken from Clover:

I always thought some of their abilities would be cool if they were on actual Pokemon, so here's one! Striker gives a 1.3x boost to kicking moves and are the new Hidden Abilities of Hitmonlee and Tsareena.


Blademaster gives a 1.2x boost to sword/cutting moves on top of a +1 crit hit ratio. It's an insane buff to Mega Gallade, so his attack has been reduced from 165->155. Blademaster will also be on Farfetch'd and Duoblade.

Also, new addition to Castform's signature ability Forecast: If you give it its corresponding weather rock (i.e Icy Rock, Damp Rock, Smooth Rock, Heat Rock) it will activate that weather along with changing to its corresponding form. Will post a video tomorrow showcasing this. On top of that, all its base stats have been buffed from 70 to 90.
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Also, new addition to Castform's signature ability Forecast: If you give it its corresponding weather rock (i.e Icy Rock, Damp Rock, Smooth Rock, Heat Rock) it will activate that weather along with changing to its corresponding form. Will post a video tomorrow showcasing this. On top of that, all its base stats have been buffed from 70 to 90.
That and the Slaking buff is insane, I'm even more excited to play this.
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That and the Slaking buff is insane, I'm even more excited to play this.
Yeah, buffing Slaking is a bit tricky since he already has an insane movepool/BST, he's just completely held back by his trash ability(and I obviously can't take that away). I suspect even this change could be a little too significant but I'm having some testers try him out and see how strong he is. In competitive I think he wouldn't too too powerful but ingame he might be a complete beast. And if those buffs interest you, Arcehops' Defeatist has also been changed from activating at half health to activating at 1/3 health.

Happy to hear you're excited :)
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