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Crystalis QOL & Ungrind

Hack of Crystalis


This is intended to be a general quality-of-life hack for Crystalis, with the option of making it less grindy and unfairly difficult at points. It also comes with a version compatible with ROMs patched with Stardust Crusaders’ translation for God Slayer.


  • Equipping orbs and bracelets is no longer necessary. Upon exiting the inventory screen, the respective Power will go into effect for your equipped sword.
  • Attempting to cast a spell with insufficient MP now leads to a single error beep and no interruption of gameplay, rather than a pause and a window opening up.
  • There is now an additional way to get Tornel to return home, that is a more reasonable prerequisite. In the God Slayer version of this patch, Stom now gives a hint to this instead of a red herring; a hint was also changed for how to progress at Mt. Sable to reflect a different stumbling block.
  • Dialog boxes should no longer cause screen wobbling on certain emulators (credit to steve_hacks for inspiration/vector). Running on Fceux/Mednafen is confirmed fixed, at least. If your emulator of choice (such as gnes) now has wobble or other issues when it didn’t before, use the respective anti_antiwobble IPS for your ROM version.
  • Fixed a bug preventing one from using level 3 charge attacks when current MP was exactly equal to their MP cost. Additionally, level 3 Bolt had its flashing toned down (it couldn’t be fully removed yet still display the associated graphics).
  • Fixed the Skeleton so that it now has paralysis immunity instead of poison, and shoots bones instead of webs. (I suspect someone typed in data from the line above in the spreadsheet (Blue Spider) here.)

Additionally, in the ungrind patches:

  • Most enemies had their gold and XP rewards increased to 200-300% of their original values, so almost no grinding should be required in order to progress or complete the game, if you defeat every enemy that crosses your path.
  • Several enemies had their damage nerfed to more-reasonable levels, and some damage sponges were adjusted so that they should no longer require more than ~6 hits to defeat (at expected levels/equipment). A few enemies had their elemental resistances modified.
  • Bosses had their level requirements lowered to 1, so there should be fewer cases of encountering a level gate. Note: despite this, late-game bosses have high defense that is insurmountable at too low a level, which isn’t fixable without substantially nerfing them (or some recoding effort that’d have broad balance implications). This precludes completing the game below approximately level 14.
  • Halved MP costs for level 3 charged sword attacks. They should be more useful relative to other spells now.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Database match: Crystalis (USA)
  • Database: No-Intro: Nintendo Entertainment System (v. 20210216-231042)
  • File SHA-1: FD0DCDE4F1708B30D5C3DE1E463F1DDE89C5CB64
  • File CRC32: 1BD39032
  • ROM SHA-1: 8A49FE60B6A151C055A63639894CD366935A7EE9
  • ROM CRC32: 1335CB05




ContributorType of contributionListed credit
MentilHackingHacking, text changes, bug fixes

User Review Information

An Excellent Refinement for an excellent game!

Reviewed By: lexluthermiester on 09 Aug 2022

This project refines the Crystalis experience in a way that calls to my teenage self. Many annoyances are removed and problems resolved. While I never had much of a problem with the effort needed to gain levels, it is nice not to have to grind nearly as much. It’s also a strange challenge to fight bosses and stronger enemies at lower levels.

Well done this! If you’re a fan of Crystalis or even a new player, this is an experience not to be missed!

Version 1.01 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
An Excellent Refinement for an excellent game!lexluthermiester09 Aug 20221.01Yes
Overdone hack that makes an easy game even easierHaniel08 Aug 20221.01No
PerfectCrystalMethionine02 Aug 20221.01Yes