Pokemon SunGold & MoonSilver (NDS Rom Hack)

Pokemon SunGold & MoonSilver

Author: walnut3072
Release Year: 2016
Original Version: Pokemon HeartGold & SoulSilver [US] 
Language: English
Version: Completed


The main point of all changes is to bring out the potential every Pokemon from rarely-used to over-used so that players can use their favorite Pokemon in tough battles. That also means, not only weaker Pokemon are made better (with reasonable stat boost, new moveset,…) the commonly-seen ones are given new abilities, moves or even type to create a fresher experience. Some notable type change includes:

Fairy-type Pokemon: Besides 20 Fairy pokemon in gen VI official games, there are additionally 13 suitable Pokemon receiving Fairy as their secondary type (e.g., Meganium, Mareep line, Milotic, Misdreavus, etc.).
New Dragon-type Pokemon: Charizard, Onix, Steelix, Sceptile, and Huntail.
• Other than that, some Pokemon have their type modified to match their appearance better (e.g., Gyarados – Water/Dragon, Seviper – Poison/Dark, etc.) and/or, hopefully, more competitively viable (e.g., Ledian – Bug/Fighting, Quilava & Typhlosion – Fire/Ground, Butterfree – Bug/Psychic, etc.).
Starters are now more competent with new abilities, moves and type changes such as Venusaur with Thick Fat, Blastoise with Drizzle, Feraligatr with Shed Skin, Sceptile with Adaptability, or the Water/Ice-type Empoleon with Snow Warning. However, to maintain the balance in game evolution level are raised to 25 for 2nd stage and 46 for final stage Pokemon, whose Lv-up rates are also changed to slow. I think it’s great to spend more time in the game with the 1st and 2nd stage Pokemon.
All details are fully documented.

Pokemon SunGold & MoonSilver

There is a total of 157 moves receiving changes in this hack. Generally, there are 3 levels of change:
1. Slight adjustments in terms of power or accuracy.

2. More significant revamps such as type or category changes (e.g., Pay Day is now a special Steel-type move with 65 power while its ‘bonus-gold’ effect is still there). These moves are indicated in bold in the document and can now be learned by much more suitable Pokemon when leveling up.
• Rarely-used early status moves such as Tail Whip, Sand Attack, Smokescreen,… are now either special or physical damaging moves with their effects kept unchanged. Leer is now an early way to get items from wild Pokemon in the first routes since they may now hold some useful items.
• Sonic Boom (Power: 15) and Power Whip (Power:30) now hits 3 times in a row with their power rising by 10 after each hit.

3. And lastly, 30 moves have been totally transformed into new ones with new effects, type, and power. Some notable groups include:

Draining MovesDraining KissVampiric BiteVampiric AuraPurification and Cold Embrace.

Raise-all-stat Moves: Sacred Fire, Primal LightNature Grace and Lucky Break. All moves from this group (including Ancient Power, Silver Wind and Ominous Wind) have had their power and effect chance boosted to 72 and 20%, respectively. Lucky Break is the only move in this group having an increased priority and it’s only available to the Lv-up movesets of low-stat Pokemon.

Pokemon SunGold & MoonSilverCool-looking-but-rarely-used moves such as Blast Burn, Frenzy Plant, Storm Blast, Fissure, Mist Ball,… have been greatly revamped for competitive use as well as distributed to the Lv-up moveset of many relevant Pokemon.

Random Effect Moves (like Tri Attack): Dragon Breath, Void Vortex and Ghost Punch

Gen 5 and 6 similar moves: PowerUpPunch, Volt Switch, Steam Shower (same as Scald), and some Fairy-type moves.

Pokemon SunGold & MoonSilverAnd lastly, two ‘theme’ moves of this hack: Sunraze and Moonraze have also been distributed to the movesets of 29 suitable Pokemon.

Pokemon SunGold & MoonSilver

Check out the Pokemon Changes document to see which Pokemon can learn these new moves. In-game move description texts have also been changed to match the new effects. All details are carefully documented.

Version Differences

While both versions had all the changes and add-ons I mentioned above, there are still differences. In SunGold, you’ll play with the followings:
• The original story of HGSS.
• Randomized Wild Encounter (with similar strength to the original so that it won’t break the game). However, I’ve modified it so that the Kanto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh starters will appear at the first 3 areas in the game, Route 29, 30, and 46, respectively. Isn’t this great for Nuzlocke Challenge?
• Gym Leaders and Elite Four now all have mix-typed teams with increased difficulty and adjusted level curve.
• Instant Text Speed
• Prepare for this time encountering Red cuz his Pokemon not only got the new moves but also make you surprised for their enhanced power.
• Action Replay Codes supported. (You can find in it own document)

And MoonSilver can be regarded as an expansion of Sacred Gold & Storm Silver since it maintains most of Drayano’s scripts. However, there are changes including the followings:

• Most trainers and Leaders’ Pokemon now have their movesets updated with the new moves.
• Gym Leaders’ Pokemon’s levels are slightly adjusted to further reduce the gap between player’s Pokemon’s levels. Falkner and Whitney’s first team now has 4 and 5 Pokemon, respectively, instead of 6. Some trainers, as well as Gym Leaders, have been given new Pokemon in their team, especially those who received substantial enhancement like starters. For instance, Lance (or Clair, I don’t remember clearly), who has the full-dragon team, now has one of his Dragonairs replaced with Sceptile, a new Dragon-type in this game.
• The places where you received Kanto starters and Sinnoh starters by Quiz Masters have been swapped so that Piplup (Water/Ice-type) or Turwig (who now learns a Rock-type move very early) can assists you in the battle with Falkner. There is also a slim chance that you’ll now encounter Bulbasaur/Charmander/Squirtle in the morning/day/night at the very first place to catch wild pkmn, route 29.
• Cynthia now gives you a Castform instead of an Eevee since I think having one of the eeveelutions (whose stats are too high for early game) would likely make the game less challenging. Don’t worry, you’ll still be gifted an Eevee later by Billy at Goldenrod City.
• Prepare for this time encountering Red cuz his Pokemon not only got the new moves but also make you surprised for their enhanced power.
• Action Replay Codes supported. (You can find in it own document)
• A note for those who’re playing this version, when you’ve progressed to Route 43, where an additional event of Drayano (which is indeed very cool) about Team Rocket taking over the Safari Zone takes place, remember to save often since the game may crash at any moment. Other than that, I’ve never had that kind of issue in this game.


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