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This page is an explanation of how to use the hacking lists on this shrine for people who do not yet know how to hack save states.  First off, you will need a hacking program.  Go here and install the one there (Hex Editor); that is the one I use.  Once it is installed, open it up and open a Tales of Phantasia save state. (They end in ZST, or ZS1 through ZS9.)   There is a column of 8 digit numbers all the way to the left.  You can not alter that column.  It is just there to determine where you are in the code.   Then there are 8 columns of 4 digit numbers (or, to be more exact, 16 columns of 2 digit numbers with spaces after every second set of 2 digit numbers).  Those are the things you alter.  Ignore the stuff to the right of that.  If you're opening this program for the first time there may be a small pop up window towards the upper right hand portion of the screen.  Close that and don't ever worry about it again.  On the status bar (the bar at the bottom of the hex editor) you will see a thing which says offset: then an 8 digit number.  That is the place in the code your cursor is located.  My hacking list is divided into two sections, places in the code and things to put into places in the code.  If you want to edit the first character's (Cless's) Luck, it should read 7701, so go down until you see 7700 on the left, and across 1 column so that it does.

There are two different ways to hack a save state in Tales of Phantasia.  The first is just putting in a number.  You use this one for altering a character's statistics (HP, Strength, Agility, etc.), your gold, Food, total fights, and number of items.  For example, if you want Cless's strength to be 7, you would go to the offset in the code which controls his power, and change it to 7.  Not tough.  There is a catch though.  Save states are saved in hexidecimal (base 16), which is not the normal way of counting.  Normally the first number to the left of the decimal is the 1s column (note that 1 is 10^0), the one to the left of that is the 10s column (note that 10 is 10^1), the one to the left of that is the 100s column (note that 100 is 10^2), and the one to the left of that is the 1000s column (note that 1000 is 10^3).  However, in hexidecimal the first column to the left of he decimal is the 1s column (note that 1 is 16^0), the one to the left of that is the 16s column (note that 16 is 16^1), the one to the left of that is the 256s column (note that 256 is 16^2), and the one to the left of that is the 4096 column (note that 4096 is 16^3).  So in order to make 0 through 15 all fit into the 1s column they use letters in addition to numbers.  A 0 in decimal (regular numbers) is a 0 in hexidecimal, a 1 is a 1, a 2 is a 2... a 9 is a 9, but a 10 in decimal is an A in hexidecimal, an 11 is a B, a 12 is a C, a 13 is a D, a 14 is an E, and a 15 is a F.   Keep that in mind when entering numbers.  Just as a quick reference, 99 in decimal is 63 in hexidecimal (9*10^1+9*10^0=6*16^1+3*16^0).

The second is just plugging in the value for whatever it represents.  This is used for items and equipment.  If you want the first character (Cless) to have an Excalibur as his weapon, go to the offset for his right hand (771F) and enter the value for an Excalibur (8B).