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Make and Create your own Pokémon game

Updated on June 20, 2012

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Intrigued by the image above. Well, if you are reading this hub, then you should be! The image above is a minute taster of what can be done with a Pokémon game. You can change practically anything, required you have the time and patience. You can 'edit' (most people prefer to call it hacking) any of the Pokémon games available for Game Boy Advance, however I find that it is easier to 'edit' Pokémon FireRed or LeafGreen. So, let's begin...

The first thing that you will want to decide is what you plan to change in your current Pokémon game. As I have already mentioned, you can change anything in the game. If you don't have a lot of time on your hands, then I would recommend adding a new map and new NPC's into the game. However, if you have all the time in the world, then you should just go all out and create a virtually brand new game with the starting game (FireRed, Ruby etc.) as a foundation.

Once you have decided what you're going to edit, it's time to get the essential programs. There are numerous programs needed to edit the overall game, so I will provide details about the programs and links to them when they come up. However, you will need a program which you can play GBA files on; I recommend Visual Boy Advance (VBA) or No$Gba (however No$Gba is based at playing NDS games). Also, don't forget to download a Pokémon ROM as it is essential to continue.

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Editing - Maps -Part 1


Required programs -

I am going to start with the easiest part of creating a Pokémon game; editing and adding maps. For those of you that don't know, a map is what you walk on, most of the game is actually played on maps. So, it would be a very good thing to actually change them, if you want to create an entirely new game.

So the first thing you will want to do is to download Advance Map and open it. Once it is open you will want to Open your ROM, to do this either click on File - Load ROM or click on the GBA cartridge with an arrow pointing diagonally right. Once your ROM is open, you will need to find which map you wish to change. As I am using a FireRed ROM directions may be slightly different to Ruby, Sapphire or Emerald ROMs. To open current maps select 'From Header' (from the list below the GBA cartridges), then select whichever area (the area is where there are several maps under one name e.g. Pallet Town has 5 different maps, the town, your house (2 floors - 2 maps), your rival's house and Prof. Oak's lab), for this example I am going to use Pallet Town. After you have opened the area folder, open the first map. To do this, just double click the name. Now you should be presented with your first real map. The first thing that you should take into account is the collection of images on the right hand side. These images are what are currently being used in the map. To change any part of the map just click on an image on the right hand side and click on the map to place it. I would just recommend changing the houses into caves for now, just to let you try out the software. The reason that I am telling you to only change the houses is because an event takes place on the map. If you put an image over the top of the event then the event will just cancel any effects out and will make it look silly and unprofessional (unless used with the right images).

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      kean 

      6 years ago

      i know how to do that! Yeah ! contact me :D

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      Azh@r 

      6 years ago

      the grass i create with advance map does not contain pokemon please help

    • danmad1 profile imageAUTHOR

      danmad1 

      7 years ago

      Do you mean the link is dead? as in it no longer works

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      random guy 

      7 years ago

      can i play anyones game pls

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      i'm a mew 

      7 years ago

      this is NOT what i was looking for but wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      epicpokemon 

      7 years ago

      pichu is your starter charizard is your starter mewtwo is your starter

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      UmbreonLillipup 

      7 years ago

      I love Umbreon and Lillipup more.

    • danmad1 profile imageAUTHOR

      danmad1 

      7 years ago

      well thats awesome

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      youpoke 

      7 years ago

      hi there i think pokemon is awesome

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      grey and bronze 

      7 years ago

      it,s awsome

    • danmad1 profile imageAUTHOR

      danmad1 

      7 years ago

      I have now completed part 2. It's at the end of my hub.

    • Pikachusif profile image

      Pikachusif 

      7 years ago from Castelia City, Unova

      Well, I've seen Chaos Black and I've read the reviews on it. Everyone says it is a terrible excuse for a fake game, so how do I know if this will be any better?

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      ADAM 

      7 years ago

      POKEMON ARE COOL WHEN POKEMON LEVEL UP THEY A EVOLE

      IT'S AWSOME WHEN POKEMON A EVOLES WHEN THEY LEVEL UP

      GUY THAT'S COOL

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      ADAM 

      7 years ago

      I LIKE POKEMON GAMES THEY ARE AWSOME GUYS

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      bla 

      7 years ago

      can you change pokemon sprites cries and names?

    • danmad1 profile imageAUTHOR

      danmad1 

      8 years ago

      @Amanda Metzler - how exactly wont they work, when you try to load them onto advancemap or when you try to play the rom

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      Amanda Metzler 

      8 years ago

      why wont the ROMS work for me? I have Advanced Map downloaded, but they wont work

    • danmad1 profile imageAUTHOR

      danmad1 

      8 years ago

      There are many programs available so if you check the website i recommended to jary, then you should be able to find something to help you

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      BlitZBlaZe 

      8 years ago

      You said "you can change anything in the game". So obviously I can change my character sprite, right? Though, what I really want to know is if I can add/change the music in the game? Since I find the music in the pokémon games very annoying.

    • danmad1 profile imageAUTHOR

      danmad1 

      8 years ago

      @jary

      unfortunatly my laptop has broke so i will not be able to continue the guide however try this website as it goes through everything with every program:

      http://wahackpokemon.com/en/

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      jary 

      8 years ago

      wears part 2?

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      Dries 

      8 years ago

      wicked, its very cool to do

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