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FireRed hack: Sword and Shield Ultimate GBA English Version

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    • Seen Mar 26, 2024
    Hi Everyone!

    I've been obsessed with the idea of GBA demakes for later games for a little while now. I stumbled across PCL.g and Jean star's Sword and Shield GBA game.

    There are a few versions of this game floating around online. The regular version and an ultimate version. The regular version is in both Portuguese and English, while the Ultimate version is only in Portuguese.

    While very cool in concept, these games all suffer from compatibility issues. They can only be played on specific emulators with specific settings. I did a deep dive into all of these roms in order to try to gain functionality on real hardware (ie, flashable repro. carts). The non-ultimate versions have a bug which will not allow you to progress past the title screen and will crash. I have had no success in fixing that version.

    That left me with the Ultimate version. The Ultimate version worked...kinda. It contained game breaking bugs which caused crashes when you try to view either your bag or your party. This makes it impossible to catch Pokemon, use items, and many other issues which you could conceive.

    I have fixed those bugs and now the game is playable on all emulators I have tested (mGBA, VBA-M, and no$gba) and functions on reflashed reproduction cartridges as well as on the Analogue pocket's openFPGA.

    The game was still only in Portuguese. As a native English speaker, I wanted to play in my own language. I have faithfully translated the Ultimate version into English.

    Here I am sharing a .ups patch which you can patch to a base Fire Red ROM which you may use to play on any medium of your choosing!

    I want to again emphasize. I take no credit for the creation of this ROM hack, I merely translated it to English and fixed some bugs to make it compatible with real hardware. I asked PCL.G for permission to distribute this version and he approved my request.

    Credit:
    Full credit to PCL.G and Jean stars, and various other members of their team who helped bring this rom to life originally!

    Features:

    - Full Gym Challenge.
    - Full Sword and Shield Story.
    - Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra post-game.
    - Auto-run by pressing L.
    - Dexnav in the menu.
    - Dynamax by pressing R on a move in battle when Dynamax is possible.
    - Gigantimax
    - Mega evolution
    - Z-moves
    - Ultra beasts



    Screenshots:
    View attachment 155297View attachment 155298View attachment 155299View attachment 155300View attachment 155302View attachment 155303View attachment 155304View attachment 155305

    Bugs:
    In the Wyndon train station, there is an eevee kid that will freeze the game if you speak to them prior to the piers event.
    Do not return to Rose Tower after you have beaten it, Piers will block the way and you will be stuck!

    Shiny palettes are not present in this game, so you may run into a non-color changed shiny! I thought this was sorta funny, so I boosted the shiny odds.

    Support:
    I have created a discord server to support this version:

    Download:
    Attached zip of .ups file. Left file patch to FireRed USA, Europe (Rev1), Right patch to squirrels. Patch using Rom Patcher JS

    Hi Everyone!

    I've been obsessed with the idea of GBA demakes for later games for a little while now. I stumbled across PCL.g and Jean star's Sword and Shield GBA game.

    There are a few versions of this game floating around online. The regular version and an ultimate version. The regular version is in both Portuguese and English, while the Ultimate version is only in Portuguese.

    While very cool in concept, these games all suffer from compatibility issues. They can only be played on specific emulators with specific settings. I did a deep dive into all of these roms in order to try to gain functionality on real hardware (ie, flashable repro. carts). The non-ultimate versions have a bug which will not allow you to progress past the title screen and will crash. I have had no success in fixing that version.

    That left me with the Ultimate version. The Ultimate version worked...kinda. It contained game breaking bugs which caused crashes when you try to view either your bag or your party. This makes it impossible to catch Pokemon, use items, and many other issues which you could conceive.

    I have fixed those bugs and now the game is playable on all emulators I have tested (mGBA, VBA-M, and no$gba) and functions on reflashed reproduction cartridges as well as on the Analogue pocket's openFPGA.

    The game was still only in Portuguese. As a native English speaker, I wanted to play in my own language. I have faithfully translated the Ultimate version into English.

    Here I am sharing a .ups patch which you can patch to a base Fire Red ROM which you may use to play on any medium of your choosing!

    I want to again emphasize. I take no credit for the creation of this ROM hack, I merely translated it to English and fixed some bugs to make it compatible with real hardware. I asked PCL.G for permission to distribute this version and he approved my request.

    Credit:
    Full credit to PCL.G and Jean stars, and various other members of their team who helped bring this rom to life originally!

    Features:

    - Full Gym Challenge.
    - Full Sword and Shield Story.
    - Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra post-game.
    - Auto-run by pressing L.
    - Dexnav in the menu.
    - Dynamax by pressing R on a move in battle when Dynamax is possible.
    - Gigantimax
    - Mega evolution
    - Z-moves
    - Ultra beasts



    Screenshots:
    View attachment 155297View attachment 155298View attachment 155299View attachment 155300View attachment 155302View attachment 155303View attachment 155304View attachment 155305

    Bugs:
    In the Wyndon train station, there is an eevee kid that will freeze the game if you speak to them prior to the piers event.
    Do not return to Rose Tower after you have beaten it, Piers will block the way and you will be stuck!

    Shiny palettes are not present in this game, so you may run into a non-color changed shiny! I thought this was sorta funny, so I boosted the shiny odds.

    Support:
    I have created a discord server to support this version:

    Download:
    Attached zip of .ups file. Left file patch to FireRed USA, Europe (Rev1), Right patch to squirrels. Patch using Rom Patcher JS.
    So I want to catch a horsea and eventually evolve it into a Kingdra, so I'm here to ask do I have to trade it with a dragon scale to do it?
     
  • 1
    Posts
    66
    Days
    • Seen Mar 24, 2024
    You can patch it to squirrels for the squirrels patch, or fire red USA Rev1 which you would have gotten from a legitimate copy of fire red. I have provided both patches for compatibility. Please make sure you are patching for the correct version or it will not work as the base roms are quite different. I'd recommend using version 2.0 or later (more up to date versions in my discord, will add another version when enough changes are made on here).
    Which is the difference between Squirrels and Squirrels V2?

    Are they the same thing? I can't find Squirrels V2 anywhere.

    Edit: Is Scorbunny in the game? My nephew loves Sword and is obsessed with Scorbunny.
     
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  • 1
    Posts
    64
    Days
    • Seen Mar 28, 2024
    hi!!! can anyone help me get this game i tried using the patch but i dont know where i went wrong.
     

    Attachments

    • Sword and Shield Ultimate GBA English Version
      Screenshot 2024-03-26 202105.png
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  • 2
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    65
    Days
    • Seen Apr 21, 2024
    It's good game Sir but it's nice to add a trade link too.. for link local.
     
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  • 40
    Posts
    111
    Days
    • Seen yesterday
    Hey All!

    I've been dropping updates on my discord, but I have released version 3.0. There have been quite a few iterations since, but I was waiting until I had a finalized version on here. There are still a few known bugs, and a few "soft-locks", but I'll outline them here to the best of my ability. This is likely the final update for this rom.

    Sword and Shield Ultimate GBA English version 3.0:


    Changelog from version 1.0:

    • Untranslated text for if you selected a female character.
    • Names of pokemon with regional forms do not have period in front of them.
    • When you recieve the rotom phone, the description is now in english.
    • If you try to enter the route to magnolias house before you talk to leon at the lab, he will now tell you to go talk to leon instead of to go and get a potion.
    • Portuguese text after loosing to Hop at magnolias house
    • Portuguese text at the desk in the Motostoke Stadium
    • Portuguese text during the initial bike encounter at the bridge.
    • Portuguese text when looking at the "tapestries" for the darkest day story
    • EV / IV checker desription modified, Item sprite changed to a Carbos (seemed fitting)
    • Evolution items descriptions translated to english
    • League card item names and descriptions translated
    • Other various key items descriptions modified
    • Changed the trainer on route 2 to say Squirtle instead of caterpie.
    • Added a note to Sonia's dialogue when she gives you rotom phone to let you know its also a PC.
    • Battle tower now fully translated
    • Mystery gift translated
    • tart and sweet apple now work correctly
    • various translation and grammer corrections.
    • shiny rate dropped from ~1/250 to 1/8192. You should not get any more palette-less shinies.
    • Bag graphics modified to white background
    • Text boxes now have a slight grey border.
    • Karrablast/Shelmet evolution method corrected, evolves via link cable item
    • Umbreon and Espeon can now be obtained via Moon and Sun Stone for those who dont have RTC. Normal time based methods can still be used
    • Rockruff can be evolved via Moon, Dawn, and Dusk stone for Midnight, Midday, and Dusk form Lycanroc for those who don't have RTC. Normal time based methods can still be used.
    • Poliwhirl evolves to Politoed via link cable.
    • Pikachu evolves to Alolan Raichu via water stone.
    • Dusclops evolves via Reaper Cloth like a stone.
    • various grammatical corrections.
    • various remaining Portuguese translated to English.
    • Town map on the walls will now load correctly.
    • Allister league card name corrected
    • Various Trainer named fixed.
    • various typos corrected.
    • untranslated text in crown tundra translated.
    • Shaderoot carrot name translated
    • NPC security guard at Kabu's gym will now direct the player to the hotel to battle Marnie to help prevent players from getting lost.
    • Added Hisuian Typhlosion, Decidueye, and Samurott, evolve from 2nd stage using Link Cable.
    • Added Archeludon, Evolve from Duraludon using Link Cable.
    • Added Dipplin and Hydrapple, evolves from Applin via level up at level 30 and 44 respectively.
    • Split evolution regionals like Exeggcute, Cubone, Koffing, and Mime Jr. evolve into their kanto forms by default. Use a link cable to evolve to Alolan/Galar form, or use an ice stone on Mime Jr. for ice type Mr. Mime.
    • Added new Wild Area water spawns (fishing and surfing) to Wild Area 1 (near Motostoke Station), Wild Area 6 (Ice), Wild Area 8 (Dragon).
    Credit to thedarkdragon11 on pokecommunity for Hisuian sprites, Archeludon, and Dipplin. Credit to DegelAlex on deviantart for the basis of the Hydrapple back sprite, and https://twitter.com/EBaruON on twitter/X for the basis for the Hydrapple Front sprite. I did modify the Hydrapple sprite myself to properly downsize it to 64x64 for use in this rom.

    Known Bugs:

    • In the Wyndon train station, there is an Eevee kid that will freeze the game if you speak to them prior to the piers event.
    • Do not return to Rose Tower after you have beaten it, Piers will block the way and you will be stuck!
    • Do not forget to go to the left of the stow-on-side gym for the mural event. Missing this event will mess up the corviknight flying taxi system.
    • in the mission to get the Z-bracelet, please give the man his Mudsdale back. Holding on to it will cause issues.
    • in the Isle of Armor, the absolute last thing you should do is battle Honey, she gives you the crown pass. She may give it to you if you haven't completed everything else.
    • Some collision issues.
    • Few scenarios where there are blank or repeated text boxes.

    Wyndon Gift Codes:

    • "3211"
    • "4092"
    • "4284"
    • "4418"
    • "4493"
    • "5377"
    • "5563"
    • "7060"
    • "7268"
    • "7877"
    • "7909"
    • "7950"
    • "8033"
    • "8992"
    • "2023"
    • "oizber"
    • "ufhgdz"
    • "jsvmru"
    • "uhqyek"
    • "bluestars4"

    Support:

    Visit the discord server for support! There are many resources there that you may find useful to your playthrough. I even have a patching guide there!


    Downloads:

    There are two patch versions which both create an identical rom. This is done for compatibility, so you can patch to either Fire Red (USA, Europe) (Rev1) or 1636 Fire Red (U) (Squirrels).
     

    Attachments

    • Pokemon Sword and Shield Ultimate GBA patch v3.0 for Fire Red (U) (Squirrels).zip
      8.3 MB · Views: 94
    • Pokemon Sword and Shield Ultimate GBA patch v3.0 for Fire Red (USA, Europe) (Rev1).zip
      13.5 MB · Views: 71
  • 40
    Posts
    111
    Days
    • Seen yesterday
    Which is the difference between Squirrels and Squirrels V2?

    Are they the same thing? I can't find Squirrels V2 anywhere.

    Edit: Is Scorbunny in the game? My nephew loves Sword and is obsessed with Scorbunny.
    I just released patch version 3.0. Squirrels is just squirrels. When I said version 2.0, I was referring to the patch, not the base rom. There is no Squirrels V2. Scorbunny is one of the starters.
     
  • 1
    Posts
    1
    Years
    • Seen Apr 28, 2024
    Is there a way to check what pokemon you'll be battling in Dynamax raids? Or even figure out what pool of Pokemon you could be battling?
     
  • 1
    Posts
    1
    Years
    • Seen Apr 13, 2024
    Every time I open up the start menu and try to navigate, the game hangs for a bit before becoming responsive again. Anyone else have this issue? Using mGBA
     
  • 2
    Posts
    1
    Years
    • Seen May 10, 2024
    Hi Everyone!

    I've been obsessed with the idea of GBA demakes for later games for a little while now. I stumbled across PCL.g and Jean star's Sword and Shield GBA game.

    There are a few versions of this game floating around online. The regular version and an ultimate version. The regular version is in both Portuguese and English, while the Ultimate version is only in Portuguese.

    While very cool in concept, these games all suffer from compatibility issues. They can only be played on specific emulators with specific settings. I did a deep dive into all of these roms in order to try to gain functionality on real hardware (ie, flashable repro. carts). The non-ultimate versions have a bug which will not allow you to progress past the title screen and will crash. I have had no success in fixing that version.

    That left me with the Ultimate version. The Ultimate version worked...kinda. It contained game breaking bugs which caused crashes when you try to view either your bag or your party. This makes it impossible to catch Pokemon, use items, and many other issues which you could conceive.

    I have fixed those bugs and now the game is playable on all emulators I have tested (mGBA, VBA-M, and no$gba) and functions on reflashed reproduction cartridges as well as on the Analogue pocket's openFPGA.

    The game was still only in Portuguese. As a native English speaker, I wanted to play in my own language. I have faithfully translated the Ultimate version into English.

    Here I am sharing a .ups patch which you can patch to a base Fire Red ROM which you may use to play on any medium of your choosing!

    I want to again emphasize. I take no credit for the creation of this ROM hack, I merely translated it to English and fixed some bugs to make it compatible with real hardware. I asked PCL.G for permission to distribute this version and he approved my request.

    Credit:
    Full credit to PCL.G and Jean stars, and various other members of their team who helped bring this rom to life originally!

    Features:

    - Full Gym Challenge.
    - Full Sword and Shield Story.
    - Isle of Armor and Crown Tundra post-game.
    - Auto-run by pressing L.
    - Dexnav in the menu.
    - Dynamax by pressing R on a move in battle when Dynamax is possible.
    - Gigantimax
    - Mega evolution
    - Z-moves
    - Ultra beasts



    Screenshots:
    View attachment 155297View attachment 155298View attachment 155299View attachment 155300View attachment 155302View attachment 155303View attachment 155304View attachment 155305

    Known Bugs:

    • In the Wyndon train station, there is an Eevee kid that will freeze the game if you speak to them prior to the piers event.
    • Do not return to Rose Tower after you have beaten it, Piers will block the way and you will be stuck!
    • Do not forget to go to the left of the stow-on-side gym for the mural event. Missing this event will mess up the corviknight flying taxi system.
    • in the mission to get the Z-bracelet, please give the man his Mudsdale back. Holding on to it will cause issues.
    • in the Isle of Armor, the absolute last thing you should do is battle Honey, she gives you the crown pass. She may give it to you if you haven't completed everything else.
    • Some collision issues.
    • Few scenarios where there are blank or repeated text boxes.

    Wyndon Gift Codes:

    • "3211"
    • "4092"
    • "4284"
    • "4418"
    • "4493"
    • "5377"
    • "5563"
    • "7060"
    • "7268"
    • "7877"
    • "7909"
    • "7950"
    • "8033"
    • "8992"
    • "2023"
    • "oizber"
    • "ufhgdz"
    • "jsvmru"
    • "uhqyek"

    UPDATE:

    Changelog from version 1.0:

    • Untranslated text for if you selected a female character.
    • Names of pokemon with regional forms do not have period in front of them.
    • When you recieve the rotom phone, the description is now in english.
    • If you try to enter the route to magnolias house before you talk to leon at the lab, he will now tell you to go talk to leon instead of to go and get a potion.
    • Portuguese text after loosing to Hop at magnolias house
    • Portuguese text at the desk in the Motostoke Stadium
    • Portuguese text during the initial bike encounter at the bridge.
    • Portuguese text when looking at the "tapestries" for the darkest day story
    • EV / IV checker desription modified, Item sprite changed to a Carbos (seemed fitting)
    • Evolution items descriptions translated to english
    • League card item names and descriptions translated
    • Other various key items descriptions modified
    • Changed the trainer on route 2 to say Squirtle instead of caterpie.
    • Added a note to Sonia's dialogue when she gives you rotom phone to let you know its also a PC.
    • Battle tower now fully translated
    • Mystery gift translated
    • tart and sweet apple now work correctly
    • various translation and grammer corrections.
    • shiny rate dropped from ~1/250 to 1/8192. You should not get any more palette-less shinies.
    • Bag graphics modified to white background
    • Text boxes now have a slight grey border.
    • Karrablast/Shelmet evolution method corrected, evolves via link cable item
    • Umbreon and Espeon can now be obtained via Moon and Sun Stone for those who dont have RTC. Normal time based methods can still be used
    • Rockruff can be evolved via Moon, Dawn, and Dusk stone for Midnight, Midday, and Dusk form Lycanroc for those who don't have RTC. Normal time based methods can still be used.
    • Poliwhirl evolves to Politoed via link cable.
    • Pikachu evolves to Alolan Raichu via water stone.
    • Dusclops evolves via Reaper Cloth like a stone.
    • various grammatical corrections.
    • various remaining Portuguese translated to English.
    • Town map on the walls will now load correctly.
    • Allister league card name corrected
    • Various Trainer named fixed.
    • various typos corrected.
    • untranslated text in crown tundra translated.
    • Shaderoot carrot name translated
    • NPC security guard at Kabu's gym will now direct the player to the hotel to battle Marnie to help prevent players from getting lost.
    • Added Hisuian Typhlosion, Decidueye, and Samurott, evolve from 2nd stage using Link Cable.
    • Added Archeludon, Evolve from Duraludon using Link Cable.
    • Added Dipplin and Hydrapple, evolves from Applin via level up at level 30 and 44 respectively.
    • Split evolution regionals like Exeggcute, Cubone, Koffing, and Mime Jr. evolve into their kanto forms by default. Use a link cable to evolve to Alolan/Galar form, or use an ice stone on Mime Jr. for ice type Mr. Mime.
    • Added new Wild Area water spawns (fishing and surfing) to Wild Area 1 (near Motostoke Station), Wild Area 6 (Ice), Wild Area 8 (Dragon).
    Credit to thedarkdragon11 on pokecommunity for Hisuian sprites, Archeludon, and Dipplin. Credit to DegelAlex on deviantart for the basis of the Hydrapple back sprite, and https://twitter.com/EBaruON on twitter/X for the basis for the Hydrapple Front sprite. I did modify the Hydrapple sprite myself to properly downsize it to 64x64 for use in this rom.



    Support:
    I have created a discord server to support this version:

    Download:
    Download Version 3.0:
    Attached zip of .ups file. Left file patch to FireRed USA, Europe (Rev1), Right patch to squirrels. Patch using Rom Patcher JS. Patching tutorial available on the discord.
    Discord link please
     
  • 40
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    111
    Days
    • Seen yesterday
    Every time I open up the start menu and try to navigate, the game hangs for a bit before becoming responsive again. Anyone else have this issue? Using mGBA
    This happens when you change the "help" settings. Revert them back to default and it will resolve.
     
  • 40
    Posts
    111
    Days
    • Seen yesterday
    Is there a way to check what pokemon you'll be battling in Dynamax raids? Or even figure out what pool of Pokemon you could be battling?
    No way to tell in advance, as far as I can tell, it seems random, but i only translated this rom hack, so I didnt insert the CFRU, thus I don't know that info.
     
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