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Final Fantasy Tactics - War of the Lions Tweak

Hack of Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions


War of the Lions Tweak is a balance and quality-of-life improvement mod for Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, designed to make the game more fun and less annoying to play. This mod is not intended to create a wholly *new* experience - instead, its goal is an idealized version of the same game that we all know and love. Play this mod if you intend to replay FFT or experience it for the first time.

Version 2.50 was the first release to embrace game balance as a goal itself, rather than as part of QoL. It added several ASM hacks in order to even further enhance the game. V2.52 is a balance and bugfix update that adds additional optional patches as well!

The full mod source is included in the archive for those who would like to mod the mod or just snoop the ASM code.

Major features include:

  • PSP spell effects slowdown fix
  • Controllable “Guest” characters
  • JP Boost always in effect
  • Treasure Hunter always in effect and always finds the rare item
  • No missable items or spells
  • Multiplayer items are obtainable in the campaign
  • All rare (but not unique) items can be purchased at the end of the game
  • Broken and Stolen equipment can be repurchased at the Poachers’ Den
  • Poachers’ Den now opens earlier
  • Special characters can go on Errands
  • Balance pass across the game - reduced difficulty spikes, increased chapter 4 and postgame difficulty
  • Gender equality - female and male characters have the same stats and equipment access
  • ASM weapon formula improvements (axes are no longer terrible)
  • Quicker spellcasting speeds
  • Spellcasting quotes reimplemented
  • Endgame job prerequisites reduced
  • Optional Feature: Only fight random battles when you want to
  • Optional Feature: No random battle level scaling
  • …and much more!

Please consult the readme file for the details and reasoning for every change!

ROM / ISO Information:

  • Use only on an unmodified US version ISO file!
  • Serial Number: ULUS-10297
  • MD5: 18d1169cefed2d5ed77a599694f2f871
  • SHA1: 5120ff66f78cfd31f6e90d8ef4be8200eca563f7
  • CRC32: 0d6a3d9f



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User Review Information

A Great Addition to a Great Game, But…

Reviewed By: Josephine Lithius on 23 Dec 2022

Two things about this hack caught my attention.

  • Optional Feature: No random battle level scaling

This, alone, is worth the price of admission, to me.

At the start of the game, I spent so long grinding my characters up enough to unlock all the cool jobs, like Dark Knight and Mime. As I did, I noticed that the random battles were scaling to meet my level, making the grind even harder than it needed to be. On top of that, I noticed that when I actually started to play through the campaign, event / story characters were still waaay down low in levels and skill while the randos were, as mentioned, scaled up to my highest level. To me, this really threw the balance of the game off and made me far less interested in actually playing the game.

What they should have done, in my opinion, is have story characters also scale to the player’s highest level. That way, there’s no ridiculously unbalanced engagements where neither the enemy has, like, Level 4 characters on their team. Alternately, something to completely nullify XP gain would work equally as well. While I know there are ways to level down characters, it’s really not an option in the early game, so…

The other thing that caught my attention was this:

  • Gender equality - female and male characters have the same stats and equipment access

why? If you’re gonna go for “equality”, make the Dancer job available to males and the Bard job available to females. If you’re just looking to “balance stats”, though, you may as well lock everyone’s Faith and Bravery stats at 50, then. Why should a rando recruit get less healing just because they happen to not be as devout as the person next to them? And why should a coward get less critical hits that someone willing to jump in the middle of eight Bomb-class enemies? Plus, the game gives females higher Faith and males have higher Bravery, generally speaking. That doesn’t seem very “gender equal”, to me.

Go big or go home. Commit or forgeddaboudit! Be equal in all regards, or equal in none! That’s how I see it.

There are a few other things about this hack that I would like to see made optional.

  • The “JP Boost always in effect” and “Treasure Hunter always in effect” things make leveling the Squire and Chemist up high somewhat pointless.
  • “Quicker spellcasting speeds” is a little iffy, to me – I happen to like the occasional flavor text or the over-the-top battle animations.
  • (Edit: This is already implemented!) Speaking of, I’d love to see the spellcasting text re-implemented, if that’s within Tzepish’s power. Of course… that would require actually translating them, then changing them into Elizabethan dialect, but I’m sure the work’s been done, already.
  • Not sure Guest / story characters should be able to do errands, either, and I don’t think Guest characters should be controllable right from the first battle.
  • And, of course, anything that outright alters the difficulty / challenge of the game should probably be made optional.

Despite all of this, I say that this is an absolute must-have hack for people who want to make a good game even better! I highly recommend it for the “no level scaling” patch, alone!

12/23/22 Update:

Tzepish actually has re-implemented and redone the dialect of the spellcasting text. Thank you for pointing this out, Tzepish! My apologies!

Version 2.50 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Near Perfection of a Timeless ClassicMetawraith16 Jan 20232.52Yes
Under-Leveled FFT is Surprisingly Great!magictrufflez07 Jan 20232.50Yes
A Great Addition to a Great Game, But…Josephine Lithius23 Dec 20222.50Yes
Very Much Worthwhile Revisit To A Beloved ClassicRunningWild25 Dec 20222.50Yes
Best choice for QoLdarist19 Jul 20222.01Yes
Rapha probably loves you so much!paprikamayo21 Jul 20212.01Yes
Awesome tweak by a great modderseajay122120 Feb 20212.01Yes
Makes the game overall more enjoyable.TheChristoph31 Aug 20191.06Yes
Nice changesElderMateo29 Jun 2014N/AYes