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Guide So you want to make a ROM hack?

Started by esperance August 2nd, 2015 11:12 AM
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esperance

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ROM Hacking Walkthrough (pending rewrite)


You can view the old write-up here, which will be replaced in the future:
Spoiler:

Greetings, denizens of the ROM Hacking section! I am Hopeless Masquerade, a now five year member of PokéCommuninty, and I've been hacking since I was a new member all those years ago. If you're anything like I was back then, then you know that ROM hacking is actually a lot harder than you expected, what with managing all that data and knowing all kinds of fancy terms and techniques. It sure would have been nice if someone was able to walk you through it, and not with stuff from like 2004, am I right? Well I am here to do just that. I will be creating a hack and sharing all the steps that I take as I go through it, and you'll be able to make your own version of it alongside me! Think of it as a huge interactive tutorial, and by the end we'll all have made a fun little hack of our own.

I will be sorting my steps below in the order I post, and I will be posting them for as long as I can keep going. Each step will have its own thread so that people can ask questions pertaining to each topic there.

About the Hack


Here is where I'll be posting information about the hack as it comes together!

Hack of: Pokémon FireRed
Features:
  • Four gyms
  • Fairy type
  • Updated battle mechanics
  • You can catch some legendaries

Region: The Tokan Region



Steps


In Order

1. Choosing your ROM
2. Planning the Game
3. You Think You're Ready?
4. Your First Map

Topics Covered


Planning

1. Choosing your ROM
2. Planning the Game

General Hacking

3. You Think You're Ready?
4. Your First Map

Mapping

4. Your First Map

Tools of the Trade


And finally here is a list of tools you'll need if you want to follow along. Be sure to check back because I will add more.
  • HxD (a hex editor)
  • Advanced Map 1.92
  • XSE 1.1.1
  • Lunar IPS
What are you so afraid of?

esperance

Age 22
Male
Ohio
Seen 3 Days Ago
Posted June 23rd, 2019
3,827 posts
9.5 Years
When is step 5 coming?
Not anytime soon unfortunately. The computer I was using to work on this is out of commission for the time and I won't be able to get it going for a while. I can't give you an estimate, but worst-case I'll be able to continue this in May, and if I can I'll try and get something out sooner.
What are you so afraid of?
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