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Breath of Fire Improved

Hack of Breath of Fire

Description:

This is a major rebalance hack that makes this game play more like the later games in the series, plus a few tweaks.

  • Some weapons and all armors have thier att/def and weight altered to the values of their later game counterparts
  • Level pacing is greatly altered with stat gains being reduced and levels occurring much more frequently (Max level stats based off of typical endgame stats in this game and a few tweaks based on later games.
  • Snes palette restored by ThegreatBen
  • more frequent occurrence of good equipment in Flea market
  • REMOVED DAMAGE CAP
  • Bleu (now renamed Deis) gains spells slower, forcing you to use lower tiered ones until further in the game.
  • Gobi buffed slightly
  • Version 1.1 fixed a glitch with text
  • version 1.2 fixed leveling issues, refined the flea market changes (still gives better equips more often) and removed StarHR (is now a free Mallet)
  • version 1.3 Restored StarHR, fixed more level up bugs, buffed some bosses that were still too weak.
  • version 1.4 adjusted Karn’s fusion AP requirements
  • version 2.0 renamed all remaining items and spells to match the later games (most names have been extended to 8 letters), allows Bo to equip gloves with bows, and fixed some reported bugs.

2.4 replaces G with Zenny, fixes a few small bugs and adds the Sara edition optional patch.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Platform Game Boy Advance
  • ROM format Gameboy Advance rom image
  • External Header No
  • File Size 4194304 (400000)
  • ROM Size 4194304 (400000)
  • ROM CRC32 4BBBE9A2
  • ROM SHA-1 04C15F2B2E7C504F40B97E3A30F2CD591BC7AEF8

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
ThegreatBenHacking
vivify93Original HackingUsed his text cleanup patch
AsakiOriginal WorkColor restoration patch
BregaladOriginal WorkMusic restoration

User Review Information

Like Seeing an Old Friend

Reviewed By: ParkerMcFly on 24 Jul 2018

I played Breath of Fire on the SNES back when it first came out. It was my first RPG and quickly became my favorite. I returned to it about 10 years later, still loving it, but finding it to be easier than I remembered.

I returned to it again using this hack, hoping for more of a challenge and a grand experience. I was not left disappointed.

Pros:

  • Story makes a lot more sense
  • Karn’s Doof transformation isn’t superseded by Puka due to MP
  • Leveling feels good. It really feels like you are getting stronger as you progress.
  • Bosses are challenging with the HP pool you are given
  • Sounds is amazing - just like the SNES
  • Color is amazing - just like the SNES

Cons:

  • The first time you run into the “Midget” enemy is not fun. A group of 3 is way too overpowered for just Nina and Ryu.
  • Magic damage doesn’t seem scaled correctly for the new HP pools of your characters. Zog’s fire magic easily kills Nina and Bleu in one hit. The same can be said for some of the enemies’ magic in the dream world.

Notes:

  • The Rudra Dragon shrine is no joke. If you go in as soon as you can, getting critically hit once will likely mean you have to start over.
  • Nina’s levels come fast… TOO FAST. And then they just stop around 45. It’s like hitting a wall. This allows your other characters time to level up to her spot, but it doesn’t feel good when she just stops leveling all together.
  • Gobi’s flee market has new items! I found 3xS.Helm, 2xS.Armor, and 1xS.Arms. These overpowered items only show up once in a blue moon (I must have spent 5 or 6 hours looking for them). The appearance rate must be mad low. I wish there was more information on these occurrences.
  • Unless you rock the Agni dragon in the final fight, you’re going to have one hell of a battle ahead of you.

TL;DR: I highly recommend this hack.

Version 1.4 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Well made, but not perfect.KingSpilly12 Jul 20212.4Yes
A refreshing way to replay BoF up until endgamedbbbb06 Jul 20212.3Yes
Excellent hackfunkjaw21 Jun 20202.4Yes
Good packageAyoyo04 Apr 20202.3Yes
The Best Version of BoF1 AvailableShade Aurion03 Oct 20192.0Yes
Like Seeing an Old FriendParkerMcFly24 Jul 20181.4Yes
Amazing Jobamerk07 Feb 20181.4Yes