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Pokemon Retcon Micropatch Collection (FireRed)

Hack of Pokémon: FireRed Version

Description:

Retcon - Short for “retroactive continuity”, a practice in media where previously-established information is changed in order to fit with a new direction that the series is going.

The Pokémon Series, for the most part, does not retcon. Instead, they create elaborate reasons for why things didn’t exist before. One example of this is in Eevee’s evolutions. Rather than simply adding new evolutions, GameFreak came up with increasingly complex reasons why Eevee couldn’t evolve to new forms in previous games. First it was because of happiness, then because it must evolve in certain locations, then because it needs to know a specific move. In other cases, they pass off bugs as intentional decisions. For example, Pinsir is a Bug Type Pokémon that learns only Fighting Type moves. However, since it wasn’t a Bug/Fighting Type from the beginning, that will never be corrected.

The refusal to retcon has added up over the years. Enter this Micropatch Collection. It targets Gen III games and makes a series of retcons to provide a fuller, richer experience for longtime players.

It contains 2 main categories: evolution/breeding changes and type changes. Each patch is fully compatible with all of the others, and SHOULD be compatible with most other hacks, as they only change one byte here and there. The reason this is released as a “micropatch collection” and not one big patch is to allow players to choose which changes they want to make, and which they want to ignore.

All-In Patch

Contains all of the patches listed below.

Evolution/Breeding Changes

  • azurill.ips - Azurill’s gender ratio corrected to 50%/50%, and its type is changed to Water
  • eevee.ips - Eevee evolves to Espeon by Sun Stone, and to Umbreon by Moon Stone
  • nidorina.ips - Nidorina’s and Nidoqueen’s egg groups corrected to Monster/Field, allowing breeding
  • mrmime.ips - Mr. Mime’s gender ratio corrected to 100% Male
  • babyless.ips - Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Azurill, Wynaut, Tyrogue, Smoochum, Elekid, and Magby are able to breed.
  • happiness.ips - Smoochum, Elekid, and Magby evolve by happiness. Pichu, Cleffa, Igglybuff, and Azurill all evolve at Level 13. Marill evolves via Water Stone.

Type Changes

  • badkitty.ips - Changes Meowth & Persian to Dark. Pay Day changed to Dark.
  • clamperl.ips - Changes Huntail to Water/Dark and Gorebyss to Water/Psychic
  • dragons.ips - Changes Bulbasaur to Grass, Charizard to Fire/Dragon, Blastoise to Water/Steel, Gyarados to Water/Dragon, and Sceptile to Grass/Dragon
  • lightningbug.ips - Changes Volbeat and Illumise to Bug/Electric
  • lugia.ips - Changes Lugia to Water/Flying
  • normalize.ips - Changes Unown, Wobuffet, and Wynaut to Normal
  • pinsir.ips - Changes Pinsir to Bug/Fighting
  • porygon.ips - Changes Porygon & Porygon2 to Electric
  • psydark.ips - Changes Girafarig to Psychic/Dark and Absol to Dark/Psychic
  • psyduck.ips - Changes Psyduck and Golduck to Water/Psychic
  • purity.ips - Changes Geodude/Graveler to Rock and Gastly/Haunter to Ghost

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Pokemon - Fire Red Version (USA)
  • (No-Intro version 20130720-015858)
  • ROM/File SHA-1: 41CB23D8DCCC8EBD7C649CD8FBB58EEACE6E2FDC

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User Review Information

Interesting premise.

Reviewed By: Chronosplit on 03 Apr 2019

Game Freak does some strange things sometimes. Instead of backporting updates from later games like mechanic changes, this collection instead is more of a collection of “what should have happened in the first place.” I very much enjoy this line of thinking especially in the Kanto games, and it does add just that little bit of spice to the game.

The only one thing which I would like to see added to this, is a patch that changes Dark to a physical type and Ghost to a special type. Sure, it’s fixed nowadays with damage split. But Gen 3 beforehand it sounds like something that would very much fit here.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Interesting premise.Chronosplit03 Apr 20191.0Yes