FINAL FANTASY IX

FINAL FANTASY IX

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Tirlititi Aug 4, 2016 @ 1:24pm
Final Fantasy IX: Alternate Fantasy
Hi there !

Final Fantasy IX: Alternate Fantasy is a mod aiming to increase the difficulty and, above all, to give a new fresh experience of FF9 for those who already know the game well.
In the new version you can also recruit Beatrix in the party.

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To install it, you only have to replace some of the game's files by the ones from the .zip.

What are the modifications?
A lot of them. Most are gameplay related but a few of them are also scenaristical. There are two kinds of scenaristical changes :
1) A few dialogs that were suppressed during the game's development were put back in this mod. It includes the dialogs from the "Hidden Dialogs" patch plus a few others for which only the texts were kept.
2) As Beatrix can be permanently recruited after getting the airship (optional), cutscenes are changed from this point onward to include Beatrix in them.

Gameplay-wise now...

Abilities, be it the player characters' or the enemies' ones, have been modified.
One of the point of the mod is too enhance the statuses. Some basic spells deal statuses additionnally to their damage.

Here is a list of the principal changes for the player's abilities :

Zidane
Trance skills deal much less damage
What's that?! inflicts Blind to everyone now
Annoy has been replaced by Free Energy : a regular attack with 100% accuracy and no backrow reduce
Sacrifice has been replaced by Regenerate : use an ether on the team
Lucky Seven has been replaced by Warm Up : increase Zidane's strength by 25%
Thievery has been replaced by Transcend : bring Zidane to Trance

Vivi
Fire spells have a chance to inflict Heat (base : 5%, 10% and then 20%)
Ice spells have a chance to inflict Freeze (base : 5%, 10% and then 20%)
Thunder spells have a chance to inflict Slow (base : 10%, 20% and then 40%)
Slow has been replaced by Annoy (80% of inflicting trouble)
Demi has been balanced from 30% of max HP with 40% accuracy to 25% of max HP for 80% accuracy
Death has been replaced by Gradual Petrify (75% accuracy)
Break is now an Earth elemental attack in addition to inflicting Petrify (30% accuracy)
Water sometimes inflict Shell to its targets
Meteor has been replaced by Waterga : Water damage plus Silence (50% accuracy)

White Magic
Panacea only cures Poison but is multi-targeting
Stona only cures Gradual Petrify but is multi-targeting
Confuse and Berserk are now magical attacks in addition to inflicting statuses
Most of status-inflicting spells have their accuracy upscaled
Holy sometimes inflict Regen to its target

Dagger
The full powered Ark now deal damage twice, allowing to deal more than 9999

Eiko
Fenril is a wind eidolon by default

Quina
LV5 Death has been replaced by LV5 Flare : inflict non-elemental damage to enemies with lvl multiple of 5
LV4 Holy has been replaced by LV4 Def-less : randomly decrease defence of enemies with lvl multiple of 4
LV3 Def-less has been replaced by LV3 Aerial Slash : inflict Wind damage to enemies with lvl multiple of 3
Doom has been replaced by Lightning : Thunder damage plus Silence to one target (50% accuracy)
Roulette has been replaced by Self-Destruct : convert Quina's current HP into damage on all the enemies
Aqua Breath has 75% accuracy instead of 50%
Matra Magic has been replaced by Zombie Breath : non-elemental damage plus Zombie on one target (20% accuracy)
Limit Glove has been replaced by HP Switching : switch Quina's current HP with an ally's ones
Twister has 50% to inflict Float in addition to its Wind damage
Earth Shake has 100% to inflict Slow in addition to its Earth damage
Frog Drop has been replaced by Devil's Snack : use a Dead Pepper on all enemies
Freeze has been replaced by Cocytos : Ice damage and inflict Slow on one target (100%)
Mustard Bomb has been replaced by Phlegethon : Fire damage and inflict Haste on one target (100%)

Freya
Lancer's damage are increased, as well as its MP cost
Dragon Breath has been replaced by Dragon Life : apply Auto-Life on Freya
Six Dragons has became single-targeting for 15 MP
Cherry Blossom is more powerful
Dragon's Crest has been replaced by Ikari : deal physical damage and Trouble to all the enemies (50%)

Amarant
Aura has been replaced by Starburst : deal 60 times an enemy's level as damage
Demi Shock's accuracy has been upscaled from 50% to 80%
Countdown has been replaced by Concentrate : increase an ally's Magic by 33% for 28 MP

Steiner
Iai Strike has been replaced by Quadraslash : a physical attack using the elemental power of Fire, Ice, Thunder and Water
The accuracy of the 4 break abilities have been upscaled
Thunder Slash now inflict 21% of target's max HP as thunder damage
Climhazzard has been replaced by a weaker Shock : deal 2 times the physical damage on one target
Shock has been replaced by Sword Dance : deal 2 times the physical damage on all enemies ; it's a magical attack

Marcus
Added 2 abilities for the time he is with you on the disc 2 : Strong Hit (more damage but harm Marcus) and Contaminate (100% to inflict Poison)

Beatrix
She was given a set of supporting abilities to learn. Also, a few of her regular abilities (that she doesn't use against you) is not available from the start.

Also,
Ragtime Mouses Quizz has been refreshed
The Cotton Robe money trick was removed (they sell a bit less)
The enemies are stronger and more resistant
Few weapons can be used by several characters (for instance, Dagger can use the... dagger)
The ultimate weapons give a big boost to main characteristics (Strength, Magic, Speed and Spirit)
Enemies' spells have been modified using similar principles as the player's spells
Phoenix Pinions now cure Doom ; they also cost and sell cheaper
A mini-game has been re-added at the beginning of disc 3. It was half present in the game's code and had the following comment in the japanese version :
また制作途中なのでバグレポート不要で〜す
Which means in short that it was too much buggy and boring to be in the final game. While the bugs have been corrected, it will likely not keep you on tenterhooks for hours ^^"
Excalibur II can now be acquired by two different methods :
1) Reach and beat Hades in less than 14 hours,
2) Get all the collectable treasures of the game (there are 3 little mistakes allowed) to obtain the higher treasure rank. Including a few Mimics, that makes 404 unique treasures to find.

And much more... I won't tell you everyting but let you discover it by yourself ;)


Enjoy !

EDIT : Since the source files of the mod are available, people can do variations of it. Those are not links of Alternate Fantasy but mods based on it.
Beatrix with Supporting Abilities + Hidden Scenes
Alternate Fantasy v4.3 + Tweaks to allow lvl 1 Game

The source files of Alternate Fantasy can be dowloaded here[www.hiveworkshop.com].
Last edited by Tirlititi; Aug 16, 2018 @ 10:37am
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TehMighty Aug 4, 2016 @ 2:25pm 
Finally! Your a ♥♥♥♥in beast Tirlititi! Been waiting for your mod since this came out!
Gin17 Aug 4, 2016 @ 3:06pm 
Holy moly,

really lookin' forward to try this.

Beatrix as a permanent character without crashes?! A dream come true.

May I ask you some questions?

- How are you able to change the cutscenes to include Beatrix?
- Will she only be able to wield the "Save the Queen"?
- Is she able to learn support abilities?
- She is a seperate character isn't she? Or does she replace Steiner or someone else?

Thanks in advance :)

Btw if you now find a way to shrink the menus to the original size in your mod, you would be my personal hero.
Last edited by Gin17; Aug 4, 2016 @ 3:10pm
Tirlititi Aug 4, 2016 @ 3:59pm 
Thanks TehMighty

@ Gin17:
- I can modify the cutscenes, that's all ^^
- She can wield the other Knight Swords except for Excalibur II which is Steiner-only (she can wield the Ultima Sword, Excalibur and Ragnarok).
- No, she can't learn supporting abilities, surely for a future version but it would need to modify the game's engine further and I don't do that for now,
- Yes, she is a separate character and you don't have to give up Steiner for her. For some reason, she is easier to include in the team than Blank, Marcus or Cinna (she has a permanent character slot for her alone). Maybe the devs had the idea to include her in the final team at some point.

As for menus, that also requires to modify the engine. That and a few bugs (the Tetra Master rank, for instance) will be fixed in a future release (but I don't plan to make it soon).
Maybe make Mini be able to be used on your own party. For whatever reason (and be able to cure Mini.)
Moogy Aug 4, 2016 @ 8:07pm 
Wow thats so cool !!
Does this disable achievements in any way?
Is there a time mod that stops time as well?
Moogy Aug 4, 2016 @ 8:07pm 
Thank you for this, now i can finally enjoy the PC version for reals !
Tirlititi Aug 5, 2016 @ 3:17am 
@ ColdReactive: that's already the case, isn't it?

@ Moogy: what do you mean, "stop time"? For Excalibur II?
I made a no-time-requirement mod for EII a little while ago, you can still find it in the board I guess. But that's incompatible with Alternate Fantasy as I changed the requirements for EII in it as well (see the end of the OP).
Moogy Aug 5, 2016 @ 12:07pm 
Originally posted by Tirlititi:
@ ColdReactive: that's already the case, isn't it?

@ Moogy: what do you mean, "stop time"? For Excalibur II?
I made a no-time-requirement mod for EII a little while ago, you can still find it in the board I guess. But that's incompatible with Alternate Fantasy as I changed the requirements for EII in it as well (see the end of the OP).

Ah ok, so all i need to do is gather all treasures ? Thats awesome
But what about the achievements ?
Moogy Aug 5, 2016 @ 12:56pm 
And another thing i love the ability switching but LV5 Death and Dragon Breath are one of my favorite attacks.
Are they removed because they're too OP ?
Because for the Dragon Breath to be effective anyway, you have to use first another ability with 9999 damage.
And lv5 Death is perfect for farming Grand Dragons.

Definetly agree with most of the other stuff though.
Im just concerned about removal of some abilities and possibilities of achievements not working.
Last edited by Moogy; Aug 5, 2016 @ 12:56pm
Tirlititi Aug 5, 2016 @ 1:41pm 
The achievments still work, yes, sorry. I'm not sure if Beatrix counts for Femmes Fatales and there's a way to get more moonstones, but other than that, there's no problem.

The mod was thought to be hard but not require grinding (at least not before the last boss). Lvl 5 Death is quiet uninteresting other than farming (and going through the Desert Palace without doing any real fight), so I replaced it.

Dragon Breath is a 9999 skill and I removed them. Dealing 9999 damage (not necessarily in 1 hit) beforehand is not such a hard requirement. Plus it's multi-targeting, so yeah I would call it OP :p
Moogy Aug 5, 2016 @ 4:01pm 
Originally posted by Tirlititi:
The achievments still work, yes, sorry. I'm not sure if Beatrix counts for Femmes Fatales and there's a way to get more moonstones, but other than that, there's no problem.

The mod was thought to be hard but not require grinding (at least not before the last boss). Lvl 5 Death is quiet uninteresting other than farming (and going through the Desert Palace without doing any real fight), so I replaced it.

Dragon Breath is a 9999 skill and I removed them. Dealing 9999 damage (not necessarily in 1 hit) beforehand is not such a hard requirement. Plus it's multi-targeting, so yeah I would call it OP :p

Thats true considering how low on HP the enemies are, but how can we kill Yans efficiently now ? Lol

But dude thank you for you hard work ! Really appreciate it
Aidyr (Banned) Aug 5, 2016 @ 5:23pm 
Is Tirlititi the owner of this tool? if so, I must say this again:
First I commend and thank the hell outta ya for making such an amazing tool! :steamhappy: (Its better than ♥♥♥♥ing gameshark I'll tell ya that!)
Secondly,
"why can't I load the modded files made with the tool? whenever I try to load modded files it crashes, good thing I made backups of the original beforehand, I would have to always put back the original files to load up the tool, then I can open the mod file .hws. But sometimes, it crashes when I do that.
I didn't make a backup of the Assembly-CSharp.dll file, but when I got the original back from another re-install of the game, the tool crashed and refused to open.

But aside that it still works. Imma try this mod for a while (see if its all what its hyped up to be: HARD)
But could you make it EVEN MORE HARDER?! Like But all bosses immuned to everything and make then have higher health than usual with crazy high stats? That would be a challnged I'd be willing to take on!

Also, I wanted Vivi to be able to have Dagger's Eidolons to learn, so I tried changing his ability "Fire" with Dagger's Ifrit, but when I started the game, and entered a battle, things got all glitched up, the ATB gauge was full, but no command window, character's with regen ability regenerated HP at endless fast speed, couldn't do anything but quit the game. Is there a way to work around this?

Thirdly, now where can you export and import sfxs from the game?
Also, how can you get Beatrix in a permanent party? Is there a readme with all the info I missed or something?
Aidyr (Banned) Aug 6, 2016 @ 12:10am 
So, its confirmed, this tool really is broken. Refusing to open the .hws file now altogether, I can't eblieve I wasted my time with this! One of the most unstable mods ever. I hate FF9 now.
Tirlititi Aug 6, 2016 @ 2:33am 
I'm not gonna waste my time answering you, Aaliyah. I know your past as a troll here.

My tool is not bug-free and I know it. I try to help anyone who struggle with it.
However, when lies are melted together with truth, it's impossible to detect which problem is at hand.

Besides, this is not the appropriate topic.

EDIT: People have started to quote this message as an "evidence" of Aaliyah being a troll. It is dishonest to quote this 2 years-old message without quoting my answer to it:
Originally posted by Tirlititi:
I have revised my position since then.

The guy is not a troll in the sense that he is not doing it on purpose and having fun with being aggressive. It's rather the contrary: that's painful for him. He does have a different mental health condition, and if he decided not to tell you what, I won't say it myself, but that is a real thing.

It doesn't excuse insults or changes his personality. But don't take his words too personally and please, if my words have any influence, go easy on him.
Last edited by Tirlititi; Jul 16, 2018 @ 2:23am
Moogy Aug 6, 2016 @ 5:12am 
You can also add this to the mod section, and also into the Final Fantasy modding group.
http://steamcommunity.com/groups/ff-modding/discussions/13/

Btw this works well for me so far
Last edited by Moogy; Aug 6, 2016 @ 5:13am
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