Save modification tools
Save modification tools are PC apps that allow players of the Pokémon games to edit the properties of their save files. Depending on how they are used, these tools may be considered as cheating the game.
Due to the potential corruption and/or loss of data, it is recommended that players back up their save files prior to editing them.
The Pocket Monsters Save Data Editing Tool (Japanese: ポケットモンスター セーブデータ改造ツール) or POKESAV is a Windows API-based app for Windows 95 and later that edits saves of specific core Pokémon games, developed by a Japanese programmer known by the alias "COM".
POKESAV can read the save data of every language the games are available in; however, due to programming limitations, its interface is unable to display Hangul.
If changes are made before being written to the save file, players can use POKESAV's function to undo the changes (ファイル再読み込み reload file), which restores the data in the file to the initial state. Action Replay DS codes to perform the changes directly in-game can also be generated and exported.
There are four different editions of the app, each for use only with the games it targets.
- The Diamond and Pearl edition, which is at version 0.40d.
- The Platinum edition, which is at version 0.06e.
- The HeartGold and SoulSilver edition, which is at version 0.03a
- The Black and White edition, which is at version 0.06c.
- A PC/AT-compatible or NEC PC-9800 series machine
- The Japanese releases of Windows 98 or later (Windows 95 also supported but only with Internet Explorer 3.01 or later installed)
Because the app is not written in Unicode, it will present mojibake to non-Japanese Windows users. To work around this, users of Windows XP may use AppLocale while users of Windows 7 and later may use Locale Emulator. Users of Windows Vista need to change the system's locale (language for non-Unicode software) to Japanese; this method may also be employed in the other versions of Microsoft Windows. Changing the system's locale will affect all apps, however.
Pokémon Generator or PokeGen is a Windows API-based app created by Project Pokémon Forums user "Codr". It supports the save files of every core Generation IV and V game. The latest release is 3.1.13 and runs on Windows XP and later.
PokeGen, like POKESAV, is able to read the data of saves from every language but its interface is also limited when it comes to displaying Korean characters.
By default, PokeGen backs up the player's save file after writing to it (the backup is stored with the file extension
.bak) and makes use of tooltips that explain how the app works; both these features can be disabled at will. Unlike POKESAV, PokeGen is written in Unicode and runs properly in non-Japanese Microsoft Windows systems, making it more popular among Western players. However, PokeGen cannot edit certain properties of the save, like the map coordinates.
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