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  1. So, you want to make a ROM hack? First, you need to decide on a ROM base: FireRed, Ruby or Emerald. There are various pros and cons to each, but in general FireRed has the most documentation and research, with Emerald hacking becoming an emerging art and Ruby being a piece of shit you should avoid at all costs because it was made by a GameFreak who don't know what they're doing.
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  3. Once you've chosen either FireRed or Emerald, download the following tools:
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  5. http://ampage.no-ip.info/index.php?seite=details&program=AdvanceMap&ver=1.92 -AdvanceMap 1.9.2
  6. http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=85025 - eXtreme Script Editor
  7. http://mh-nexus.de/en/downloads.php?product=HxD - HxD
  8. http://vba-m.com - VisualBoy Advance-M
  9. http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=320113 - Generation 3 Hacking Suite
  10. http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=311461 - Generation 3 Tools
  11. http://serenesforest.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=26913 - GBA Graphics Editor
  12. http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=149454 - Nameless Tile Map Editor
  13. http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=85025 - Advanced Palette Editor
  14. http://www.irfanview.com/ - IrfanView
  15. http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=205687 - Nameless Sprite Editor Classic
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  17. You might then want to check out some tutorials on getting started:
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  19. http://www.pokecommunity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=66
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  21. Scripting: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=164276
  22. Flags and variables: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=302347
  23. Tile editing: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=193377
  24. Editing cries: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=293830
  25. Editing battle backgrounds: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=302401
  26. Adding new Balls: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=326311
  27. Tilesets and tilemaps: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=298030
  28. Adding the Gen 4 Physical / Special / Status split: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?p=7465618#post7465618 and http://www.pokecommunity.com/showpost.php?p=6976957&postcount=114
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  31. FIRE RED (MAYBE LEAFGREEN) EXCLUSIVE:
  32. Title Screen Hacking: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=325944
  33. Pokédex Expansion: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=318569
  34. Adding new types: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=313872
  35. Creating new items: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?p=7202888
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  37. EMERALD EXCLUSIVE:
  38. Title Screen Hacking: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=283345
  39. Pokédex Expansion: http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=324892
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  41. Other resources:
  42. http://www.pokecommunity.com/showthread.php?t=267728 - Resized all Gen 4 and 5 sprites to 64x64, as well as Gen 4 sprites of Gen 1, 2 and 3 sprites
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