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Faster Weapon Grinding

Hack of Secret of Mana


This hack offers four different options for increasing the pace of weapon grinding.

Technical details: The weapon skill gain point formula uses a constant of 9, subtracts current weapon level, then divides that by either 2 or 4 depending whether or not you got the kill or the enemy’s level is higher than yours. This hack increases the constant of 9 to up to 15 in order to step up the pace of weapon level grinding.

Hack list:

  • “A Bit Faster” - Only slightly faster than the original game.
  • “Moderately Faster” - This will be noticeably faster than “A Bit Faster.”
  • “Much Faster” - This will be significantly faster than the first two hacks.
  • “Zippy” - Fastest.

Why only faster skill gain options and no options to slow it down? Two reasons:

1. Weapon skill gain is already pretty slow in the original game. You’ll never be able to get close to level 8 on most weapons unless you do a lot of unnecessary level grinding.

2. Adjusting the formula in this way can’t be used to slow down weapon skill gain without creating unacceptable side effects. It is technically possible to make a hack that slows down weapon skill gain, but it would require significantly rewriting the weapon experience subroutines to do it, which should be covered by a different (more complex) hack.

Apply this to an unheadered ROM.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Secret of Mana (U) [!].SMC
  • Header: NO
  • CRC32: 229BA7E4
  • MD5: 759A3837E5C16AF31464EF6192731EEB
  • SHA1: 4E214F3C987F842C2C68E77B99FC9760F6BB753D



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User Review Information

Essential if you are anti-grinding

Reviewed By: zoolgremlin on 05 Nov 2019

Tested as part of the ongoing Secret of Mana Turbo Project, by Queue (with various resources provided by zhaDe as part of Secret of Mana: New Game Improvement). Latest version used.

Although the grinding in Secret of Mana is not quite so severe, as it has been in some of the Final Fantasies (such as X), we must keep in mind two things:

1. People’s lives, generally, are not getting any less busy, contrary to what the dreamers of yesteryear may have been forecasting.

2. There is a far greater selection of games that people could be playing, instead of this or basically any game that feels more like work than fun.

So right there, you have all the reason to take at least some of the grinding out of games, and this does so for the Weapon System. A good start.

I would recommend combining this with Faster or Slower Spell Grinding so as give the Magic System the exact same benefit. Then, the only grinding that is really left is XP for Levels. Which isn’t quite so bad, but can also be made much faster, if desired.

There is really nothing to recommend against this mod or the Spell variation, unless you are a self-proclaimed “hardcore” gamer with way more free time than most. That label does not include the vast majority of people, and the explanation for that has already been provided.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
This does at least helpMKnightDH11 Jan 20211.0Yes
Essential if you are anti-grindingzoolgremlin05 Nov 20191.0Yes
I think this is SickWaltzIn13 Apr 20191.0Yes