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Balance Spell MP Cost

Hack of Secret of Mana

Description:

This hack increases or decreases the MP cost of a wide range of spells improve the utility of useless spells and reduce the appeal of commonly overused spells in order to incentivize using a wider range of spells more often rather than the original game’s propensity to result in players leaning hard on a few spells at the expense of all the others.

Notably, this hack explicitly declines to alter spell power or the behavior of spells in order to maximize compatibility with other hacks that address those issues directly. So to achieve perfect spell balance, you will probably want to combine this hack with other hacks that modify spells as well. See compatibility notes below for more information about that.

Likewise, this hack considers making Evil Gate more useful out of scope. There are other hacks which address this issue.

This hack’s specific changes:

Primm spells price increases:

  • Cure Water: 2mp → 4mp
  • Remedy: 1mp → 3mp (Change not applied by default; meant for use with the “Energy Absorb for the Girl” hack)
  • Fire Saber: 2mp → 4mp
  • Moon Saber: 2mp → 4mp

Primm spells price reductions:

  • Ice Saber: 2mp → 1mp
  • Stone Saber: 4mp → 2mp (Change not applied by default; meant for use with the “Mud Saber” hack)
  • Defender: 2mp → 1mp
  • Speed Up: 3mp → 1mp
  • Thunder Saber: 3mp → 2mp
  • Light Saber: 5mp → 2mp
  • Lucent Beam: 8mp → 2mp
  • Lunar Boost: 2mp → 1mp
  • Moon Energy: No price reduction, but can now be multi-targeted.
  • Wall: 6mp → 4mp
  • Revivifer: 10mp → 4mp

Popoi spells price increases:

  • Energy Absorb: 2mp → 3mp
  • Energy Absorb: 2mp → 1mp (Change not applied by default; meant for use with the “Freezing Rain” hack)
  • Freeze: 2mp → 3mp
  • Acid Rain: 3mp → 4mp
  • Gem Missile: 2mp → 3mp
  • Earth Slide: 3mp → 4mp

Popoi spells price reductions:

  • Silence: 2mp → 1mp
  • Sleep Flower: 2mp → 1mp
  • Burst: 4mp → 2mp
  • Burst: 4mp → 0mp (Change not applied by default; meant for use with “Suicide Burst” or “Burst - Health Cost” hacks)

Compatibility notes:

  • Some companion hacks to alter the costs of spells further are supplied that are meant for use if you are also using the “Energy Absorb for the Girl,” “Freezing Rain,” Mud Saber,” “Suicide Burst,” or “Burst - Health Cost” hacks.
  • This hack is compatible with “Herbal Boost,” “Lunar Magic Boss Gravity Attack,” “Hellfire,” and other hacks that modify spells, but generally you will want to apply those hacks after applying this hack, not before.
  • If you applied “Herbal Boost” first, you can apply the companion hack “Apply Herbal Boost MP changes” to restore compatibility.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Secret of Mana (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Super Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20180813-062835)
  • File/ROM SHA-1: 8133041A363E3CC68CEDEF40B49B6D20D03C505D
  • File/ROM CRC32: D0176B24

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Credits:

Credits
ContributorType of contributionListed credit
KethinovHacking

User Review Information

Needs work

Reviewed By: hmsong on 29 Aug 2019

This hack has lots of potentials, but sadly, it needs more work to be actually balanced. Don’t get me wrong. Some spells have indeed been balanced (such as Moon Saber and Primm’s enhancements). However, Things like Gem Missile (the weakest spell) cost going up, or worse, Cure Water going up… that’s just too much.

I hope Kethinov works on this patch more, to really be balanced.

Version 1.0 Recommended - No

User Reviews
HeadlineAuthorDateVersionRecommended
Needs workhmsong29 Aug 20191.0No