Pokemon Fire Red Kai
- Creator: Princess Gabrielle
- Version: v2.0
- Hack of: FireRed
- Updated: October 12, 2022
Major features and mechanics!
- The level curve of the game has been re-balanced. That does not necessarily mean increased: in fact, the level caps that represent the level curve are not much higher than the original game. What has been re-balanced is the progression of the level curve, originally too low in the mid-game section and spiking at the end, which now flows better into the later parts of the game. It is easier to keep up with the trainers, as well as pick up new Pokémon to add to your team, all with minimal grinding.
- The game is generally more challenging, thanks to improved team structures and movesets to the opposing trainers.
- During the main story, all the original Kanto Pokémon are available, as well as their cross-generational Johto evolutions and pre-evolutions. Of course, this means the game no longer prevents you from evolving Pokémon such as Golbat before the National Pokédex is obtained.
- The locations and encounter rates of several Pokémon have been changed and improved.
- The rest of the Johto Pokédex will be available in the post-game portion.
- The physical/special move split has been added.
- To account for it, as well as to improve certain movepools, the following moves have been added to the game:
- Drill Run, Poison Jab, Dark Pulse, Air Slash, Iron Head, Earth Power, and Flash Cannon. (All these moves currently have placeholder animations, taken from other moves that I thought fit the role.)
- The level-up, TM/HM, and Move Tutor learnsets for every Pokémon have been completely revamped from scratch. (Currently, only the learnsets of the 151 Kanto Pokèmon and their respective cross-generational evolutions have been changed. Johto Pokémon will only appear in the post-game, which is yet to be completed.)
- The majority of moves, abilities, and Pokémon stats have been updated to their current modern state. There are only a few exceptions to this. (Explosion and Self-Destruct keep their effective Base Power of 400 and 500 for added flavor. Growth is not currently updated to its modern effect because of a bug that we are figuring out.)
- Several moves have been changed and buffed in order to make them more enjoyable and convenient to use.
- Some TMs have been changed to account for the new moves or to improve accessibility.
- Only a few select, bottom-of-the-barrel Pokémon have been directly base stat-buffed: these are Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Onix, Lickitung, Farfetch’d, and Ditto.
- The inconvenient evolution methods of many Pokémon have been changed and improved: mainly, trade evolutions and friendship evolutions are now more easily obtainable.
Other nifty features!
- The player now begins the game with the Running Shoes and can run indoors, making movement faster and more efficient.
- TMs and Move Tutors can now be used infinitely, allowing players to experiment with different move sets and strategies without worrying about running out of moves.
- HM moves can now be forgotten at any moment, allowing players to switch up their move sets and avoid being locked into using a certain move.
- The Move Reminder has been relocated to Fuchsia City, and now offers his services for free, making it easier for players to relearn moves that were forgotten or passed over.
- The prizes at the Celadon Game Corner have been reworked, making them more affordable and easier to obtain.
- Gift Pokemon given to the player throughout the game have had their levels raised to better match the improved level curve, and fossil Pokemon can now be revived at a more reasonable level.
- In-game trades have been changed, making them more fair and balanced.
- The chance of wild Pokemon holding rare items has been raised to 10%, making it more rewarding to capture and defeat wild Pokemon.
- Held items, including evolutionary items, can now be found in the overworld, and multiple copies can be obtained by stealing them from wild Pokemon.
- TM36 Sludge Bomb has been relocated to Silph Company, and TM45 Poison Jab (previously Attract) has been relocated to Cinnabar Mansion, making it easier for players to obtain and use these moves.
Note: You can find detailed information about the various features mentioned above in the documentation.
Pokemon Fire Red Kai is a passion project by a first-time ROM hacker aimed at enhancing and rebalancing the original Pokemon Fire Red game while preserving its core essence.
The developer has focused on making changes to improve the overall gameplay experience. These changes include the addition of new moves, items, and abilities, as well as modifications to the game’s mechanics to create a more balanced experience.
One of the primary goals of the project is to ensure that the game remains faithful to the original story and feel of Fire Red. The developer has strived to keep the game’s story and characters intact while also making small tweaks to make the game more enjoyable.
While the game is playable until the end of the main story, it is still a work in progress as the developer continues to learn and improve their skills. Despite this, the game already offers a unique experience for both new and returning players of the original Fire Red game.