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For windows. Requires Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0. Your computer should have it, unless you never update (if the program runs, you have it). Info/Downloads .Net framework.
For Linux: The program should be more or less compatible with Wine, but I haven't tested.

Select the ff7 data folder and which files to patch. It's easy.
If it's your 1st time patching you should pick all files, unless you don't want new bosses, equipment tweaks etc. (see the "info" in the patch application). On updates after v1.01, there is no need to patch battle.lgp.
flevel.lgp was updated last in v1.0.5

Works with re-release (2012), steam release and original release (the 1998 release for the PC. The app says 1997 though). There is an option in the program where you can select what release you have. If you use Kranmer's new-to-old patch on the re-release, then select the "original (1997)" option.

STEAM USERS (before 1.0.6s only. As of 1.0.6s ignore this):
Select re-release (2012). Ten click "..." at the top right and select the FF7 data folder. By default this would be here: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Valve\Steam\SteamApps\common\FINAL FANTASY VII\data" or "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\FINAL FANTASY VII\data". You may want to have the FF7.exe checkbox unchecked as it may cause problems with steam. Finally click "PATCH!".
Video explanation (Sega Chief): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4wu9QDhYY0


Original (1998) release only:
To fix the MDEF bug in the game I would suggest using Aali's custom graphic driver.
OR
Mdef bug fix by NFITC1 and dziugo. Get it HERE!.
How to use it is explained HERE!

Re-release and STEAM:
You must select the language you play with, or else the game won't be patched. Click "Detect" to find your right language.

new in 1.0.6s (27.06.2014)
*Added the "Adjust for STEAM" button. No files updated for actual gameplay. Forgot to fix the "1997" type-o.

Files updated in 1.0.6: scene.bin, kernel2.bin.
new in 1.0.6 (22.08.2012):
  • Fixed file errors in scene.bin and kernel2.bin.
  • Fixed a possible crash in shinra HQ.
  • Minor enemy tweaks (scene.bin).
  • Updated the dragon in the materia caves to reflect the Mt. Nibel Dragon.
  • Compatible with re-release.

Files updated in 1.0.5: scene.bin, kernel.bin, flevel.lgp and ff7.exe.
New in 1.0.5 (19.10.2011):
  • Fixed Seph's AI (again(?), kernel.bin)
  • FF7.exe will be patched for limit breaks. Each level 4 limit ignores defence.
  • Summons are a bit stronger (kernel.bin).
  • Command Counter is in the blue materia cave (flevel.lgp).
  • Minor enemy tweaks (scene.bin).
  • The Mount Nibel Dragon's AI is heavily tweaked. Easier to escape from early on.
  • Fixed the "Pick Install Folder" for 64 bit OS.
  • Fixed some bugs in 3 Northern Crater fields (flevel.lgp).
  • A new "Restore Backups" button.

What it does:
Basically boosts the game difficulty. This mod mainly strives to refresh the gameplay by sticking to the original settings, BUT it also tweaks some enemy AI, spell effect, equipments, etc, for different reasons. For instance, there are quite a few bugs in the AI and field scripts. Most of these have been fixed (all I know of). Also, many equipments, spells and enemy skills are useless, gets obsolete and/or are overpowered or cheap. Thus some equipments and attack effects are tweaked in an attempt to balance things out. With the above said, keep in mind I try to keep all things as close to the original as possible while refreshing the gameplay. I don't want a new FF7, I want a refreshed, more difficult FF7.

This mod also add some new enemies and bosses to the game. Basically at every summon materia there is a new boss.
For more information, click the "info." button in the patch application.

Stuck on a boss?
Sega Chief over @ Youtube have uploaded a neat boss play-through that includes this mod.
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHycnnWEuVLzv55BKJ88g3h75qmuyU_gJ

Possible issues (for moders):
The patch will not overwrite files in battle.lgp. If you have added new battle models to battle.lgp, models with same names as mine will not be touched. This will make the game likely to crash when you encounter these models in-game. To avoid this, simply rename your models. My models starts with name sn**, and ends with ud**. Which means you can start at ue**.
This will only be a problems if new models were added to battle.lgp, not replaced.

Scene.bin, kernel.bin, kernel2.bin and several field files in flevel.lgp will be overwritten. To avoid inconsistencies with any translation project you may want to not patch kernel2.bin. The field files overwritten by this patch usually don't contain much dialogue (See the log file (after the patch is done) to see which files inside flevel.lgp that were overwritten). For more info.on the files: read the info. in the patch app (click info.). 

There is a new boss here if you haven't picked up that materia yet (Omega):

If you use Aali's custom graphic driver v0.7.3b or below, there will be a glitch on one of it's attacks that crashes the game. This glitch is NOT a problem with my mod, and will occur on 1 other enemy in the game (Emerald weapon) if you use Aali's cgd. The problem is fancy_transparency. Open ff7_opengl.cfg and turn fancy_transparency off. (at least v0.7.3b and below. If you use a newer version this glitch may not appear. All versions are here).

If you wish, you can donate your own mod, and in future releases I will include it as an option in the patch. PM me and we'll take care of it.

Thanks to:
Qhimm forum members.
M4v3R: Scene Reader and Scene Edit.
Lord Ramza: Scenester
Squall: Hojo
Borde: Kimera
Synergy Blades: Meteor
dziugo: 9999 Limit Breaker (for testing purposes)
NFITC1: Wall Marked and Proud Clod
DLPB and luksy: For spotting file errors
Christian Maas: Hex-editor XVI32
And myself for awesome handsomeness!!
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« Reply #1 on: 2007-06-23 02:29:24 »
I wouldnt consider this hard.  Its more like normal difficulty.  I only tested a few fightas and they dont' appear hard.   They put up a fight but not hard at all.    And their appears to be some random encoutners taht are extremely hard and can only be defeated later in the game.   I have a problem with that cause the random super enimies appears quite often and extremely hard to run away from.

Nice try though.  I'm always looking for someone who can make a scene.bin file thats reasonibly very hard.

Keep up the good work but for the time being I guess I like my files better since its 1.5x to 3x harder then yours in disc 1.    And during mid disc 2 to disc 3 is so hard(I use alot of HP pluses to max HPs)  I have to run from alot of the fight if I dont have limits ready or I don't have much MPs for summons.  Yeah my mid disc 2 is probably supidly hard but its near the end and I should balance it out alittle more but I got lazy.
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« Reply #2 on: 2007-06-23 03:30:08 »
Thank You for trying it ARMs. I'm honored. I may have something to add...

...I didn't say it was THE hardest version. I know you didn't suggest it but this wasn't supposed to be as hard as possibe. I edited it to MY likings. How i feel the game should be. And to add I did make it easy in the beginning with purpose. I don't like spending hours in the beginning to progress the story. It don't actually gets "hard" until sector 8 or Gea's Cliff or so +-. In other words when a normal/ first time gamer (or a gamer that don't go too deep) has the resources and level to deal with it. And I also kept in mind that there might be people who'd never tried anything harder before, thus giving the explanation I did (not just keeping the enter button down all the time lol). I know normal/first time gamers'll probably never try this so it might be vague... This being said I do expect only experienced FFVII gamers to try it.

I must admit though, that the bosses (and many enemies) are still way too wimpy. I intend to correct this, and many other things. Like adding status effects to attack, attacks effecting all etch. What I've edited 'til now is just what Scenester "allowed" me to edit.

Please give me more feedback. Appreciate it!!  :-D

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And their appears to be some random encoutners taht are extremely hard and can only be defeated later in the game.   I have a problem with that cause the random super enemies appears quite often and extremely hard to run away from.

Yes I have added some "extremely" hard encounters early in the game. As I said I only expect "skilled" FF players to test this, and those players are sane enough to save often when they know it is harder. So I got the idea of adding 1 (or more) "unbeatable" enemy in each area. And those monster should be next to impossible to run away from. What is the point if not.  Later in the game you can beat 'em and claim the spoils. There are however ways of defeating them early, but that is supposed to be a secret for gamers to figure out. I believe this spice up the idea of random encounters witch FF1-10 are all about.
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« Reply #3 on: 2007-06-23 04:25:04 »
Actually mines not as hard as you may think.  Making them 1.5 times stronger then what yours is doing still doesn't require much leveling if you got skill.   to make things hard you have to maek them deal enough damage to at least deal 20 percent damage to your characters health up to 75 percent of damage while they are in back row.   How ever if they get a back attack against you sometimes you it will get quite deadly.

When edition you should lay down markers of levels that you think is required when you enter that area.

Examaple is this:

By the time you exit midgar the players character level should be around 16.
Reach junion Level 19.
Jenova Birth level 21.
Dyne level 23
Gi Nattak level 30
Materia keeper Level 34 with HP Pluses Required
Rapps level 40
Demons Gate level 45 with HP pluses Required.

Thing about HP pluses is that If you don't enclude it into the equation it totally breaks the difficulty.

I actually use those levels cause by those points of the game reaching it would reiqure maybe 5 to 10 extra minutes of leveling (after you done searching the dugeons for Treasures) between each dungeions and trying to overlevel would take quite the large amount of time.   And if your skill you should think up strategys to beat the bosses at levels close to the mark.

I'm not telling you to use those level marks but something close to it where it woudlnt be easy to accidently overlevel by a large margin.
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« Reply #4 on: 2007-06-23 05:06:34 »
U have good points there ARMs. I don't intend making it harder in the beginning. But I consider making it harder after rocket village. 'Cause that is the first time in the game the places you choose to go to are optional. My level chart isn't very different from yours. I think I'm 5-10 lvls below u against Demon Gate. And it is important to consider what is available at all times in the game like the HP plus materia as you stated. But I don't consider damage dealt by enemies the only factor to making it difficult.

I intend to add many status alignments using a hex editor. There are plenty of other factors that can improve battles. example, the enemies Speed and defense can play a major role.

This version is just half done. Maybe not even that. And I haven't even tested it properly. I just used the debug room to check that there wasn any bugs. And I always went with a lvl 99 Cloud, lvl 10 Barret and a lvl 50 Yuffie to check the damage differences with half good armor and weapons equipped.  Both dealt and taken. I haven't actually played it myself yet but I intend to. However i can't atm 'cause I'm visiting my parents and I didn't bring the game :P

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« Reply #5 on: 2007-06-23 08:15:55 »
Trust me on this I have done all this already that your talking about and well....   Adding status ailments are good an all but ribbon negates nearly everything.   And even if you have put stat ailments if the damage is not high enough it just doesn't matter cause most status ailments can be easily nulled.


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« Reply #6 on: 2007-06-23 09:57:38 »
Of course! As i said: You have to consider what is available at all times in the game. In the beginning you don't have anything to prevent any status alignment. In the end you probably have everything there is, thus the monsters must be based on that. You could make things available early on (like Guard scorpion dropping a ribbon), and "calculate" the difficulties based on that, but imo it's better to just use the original pattern the game has. it would be too tedious to make a new system like that, and I don't have the time.

What i plan to do however is to make several items (Grenades, Mute mask etch) available more instead of potions all the time. Something I've done already is to add 'Ink' and 'Dream Powder' as a drop from Marines (one example I remember now. There was more but I kept my notes at home).

One thing I also want to do is to lower the strength of KOTR and change the effect of Ribbon. Lets say Ribbon prevents Poison/Silence/Blind or anything but all effects. That would be an effective way of increasing the difficulty. Still u can just use Added Effect+Hades. Though this also removes the uselessness of many items.

An additional thing I want to add is more MP based damge, so you generally have depend on more items for healing. Thus spending more money. This includes removing the laughable sell rate of the Master All materia. 

And may I add that when all characters have reached lvl 99 you should have a certain control over the game. The only thing left to do at this point is to beat the game, so IMO the hardest part must be the final showdown.

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« Reply #7 on: 2007-06-23 11:20:49 »
Yeah I'm trying to find out where the data for selling materia is at.   I can't seem to lower the ammount for a mastered materia.  The game has it set at 70x the price at the Shops.   Thats rediculously high.

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« Reply #8 on: 2007-06-24 10:33:07 »
Yeah I'm trying to find out where the data for selling materia is at.   I can't seem to lower the ammount for a mastered materia.  The game has it set at 70x the price at the Shops.   Thats rediculously high.

Yeah! Didn't find it either. It should be in the Kernel somewhere, but WHERE? Oh and btw ARMs you have a copy of your Scene. Would like to try it. Though I can't before I get home again (ca 2-3 weeks). But I could keep it on my HD 'til that.

I'm still waiting for a tip to get the final bosses (all of 'em) harder. All I did was raising their stats. I bet I'll find out something when i get home but doesn't hurt to get some experienced tip lol.

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« Reply #9 on: 2007-06-24 11:51:36 »
well sorry but i'm not gonna distribute my scene files anymore.   If someone else here or somewhere has it and is willing to share it with you thats fine by me.   I done some more editing since then but its still close to what I had before.

If you want to see some sweet mods you should check out youtube.  Theirs some great stuff out there that's not listed as any patch here.

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« Reply #10 on: 2007-06-24 16:31:03 »
Lol, one tip to make the final bosses harder might be to add other enemies into the fight.
Not impossible but would take alot of patience with the Hex editor and looking at hex numbers for a loooong time.

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« Reply #11 on: 2007-06-25 04:43:36 »
well sorry but i'm not gonna distribute my scene files anymore.   If someone else here or somewhere has it and is willing to share it with you thats fine by me.   I done some more editing since then but its still close to what I had before.

If you want to see some sweet mods you should check out youtube.  Theirs some great stuff out there that's not listed as any patch here.

NP ARMs. It doesn't really matter. I've tried plenty but nothing met my satisfaction. Thats (one of the reasons) why i decided to make my own.
Those on youtube are too much for my taste. At least those I've seen. But I saw someone who removed the animation for 'Super Nova' and replaced it with something else. I liked that. Not that I don'r like that move but it's way too long to see many times in a looong fight.

Lol, one tip to make the final bosses harder might be to add other enemies into the fight.
Not impossible but would take alot of patience with the Hex editor and looking at hex numbers for a loooong time.

Thanks for the tip Skill. Though I must say i don't like that idea. Perhaps with another boss but not them. lol It would be funny to add one or more Sephiroths though (the very last one) to the fight.

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« Reply #12 on: 2007-06-25 05:09:23 »
Thanks for the tip Skill. Though I must say i don't like that idea. Perhaps with another boss but not them. lol It would be funny to add one or more Sephiroths though (the very last one) to the fight.
Please don't add more Sephiroths to the final fight. That would be pretty immersion breaking, IMO.

Looking forward to the development of the mod. :D

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« Reply #13 on: 2007-06-25 06:28:49 »
Well i hope you can make a good scene then.   I woudln't mind a normal difficulty setting that i could breeze threw if it was done right, when i'm frustrated with my hard patch or someones hard patch thats actually good.   

I think its stupid to have a hard setting where in first reactor you had to spend time level till your level 18 and guard scorpion still kills you.  I've never seen this one but i did hear it from someone.  when he or she asked for the particular patch.   My first comment was do you actually enjoy something like that?.

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« Reply #14 on: 2007-06-25 07:28:48 »
Please don't add more Sephiroths to the final fight. That would be pretty immersion breaking, IMO.

Looking forward to the development of the mod. :D

lol that suggestion wasn't serious twip. But it had been fun to test it. Imagine 3 Sephiroths under the real thing he, he. Like his goons or something. And yeah I look forward to edit more. But for now it's vacation and sun time. I'll get back to business in 2-3 weeks.

I think its stupid to have a hard setting where in first reactor you had to spend time level till your level 18 and guard scorpion still kills you.  I've never seen this one but i did hear it from someone.  when he or she asked for the particular patch.   My first comment was do you actually enjoy something like that?.

Well I wouldn't. Others maybe. It could be a challenge to only try the 1st reactor then quit. To do this for the entire game would be way too tedious.

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« Reply #15 on: 2007-06-25 09:36:09 »
Uh, yea adding more Sephiroths to 1 Sephiroth would be overkill.
With previous bosses it is easier, because there are other enemies in the same scene file, so it is easy to copy paste and enemy into the fight.
Bare in mind you need to work out how to position them - I didn't get that far..

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« Reply #16 on: 2007-06-25 15:35:18 »

lol that suggestion wasn't serious twip. But it had been fun to test it. Imagine 3 Sephiroths under the real thing he, he. Like his goons or something. And yeah I look forward to edit more. But for now it's vacation and sun time. I'll get back to business in 2-3 weeks.
haha, I'm noticing it, now. :D

I got two small questions for you, if you don't mind:

1) Did you use FFSceneEditor (the supposedly bug-free scene editor) for you work?

2) Have you any opinions to share about http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=6810.msg84903#msg84903 ?

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« Reply #17 on: 2007-06-25 16:19:43 »
There are 2 main scene editors and neither are bug free.
One has the famous potion item bug, while the other has elemental properties incorrectly listed.
I did my main editing manually with a hex editor after I realised I had the elemental damage incorrect.

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« Reply #18 on: 2007-06-26 19:13:37 »
I got two small questions for you, if you don't mind:

1) Did you use FFSceneEditor (the supposedly bug-free scene editor) for you work?

2) Have you any opinions to share about http://forums.qhimm.com/index.php?topic=6810.msg84903#msg84903 ?

See you later,
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1: I used Scenester. The two of 'em are pretty similar. The main difference is that Scenester lets you see every scene file while SceneEditor shows every monster only. There are drawbacks with both imo. 'Cause if you want some monsters of similar type to be different from each other, you can't do that with SceneEditor (unless you've already edited 'em before). I believe it searches for all similar monsters within the files and displays 'em. SceneEditor is somewhat faster to work with though, if you don't care 'bout this. Scenester got more options than Sceneeditor.

2: Yeah I've urged for that as well. I've actually made some enemies harder based on speed instead of strength/magic. Lets say Speed x2-x3 and HP+STR x 1.5 only. You may not notice it. It depends on your playing style (playing in active you'll def notice). This can get leathal if you alter their attacks as well. This requiter a hex editor.

The general idea (not only with Speed) is to make each fight as "unique" as possible.

And I've already increased the HP a lot towards the end. I added minimum 5x HP in Northern Cavern pr monster.

I agree all bosses must be at least 10 times harder than what they originally were. not Palmer lol, and mabye Emerald and Ruby don't need to be 10 times harder, but harder indeed. The 1st time I played it, ca 10 years ago, I was honestly somewhat disappointed with the difficulty. I think the last time I played it seriously was 6 or 7 years ago. But recently I got a sudden urge to play it and the idea of making it harder consumed me at once he, he.

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« Reply #19 on: 2007-06-27 03:20:07 »
That's great!
I'm looking forward to playing this game again, too. :D

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« Reply #20 on: 2007-06-27 09:30:46 »
Which is the editor that lets you see the enemy formation? I remember there was a button to see the enemy "parties" for that scene file?
Thats the editor with the incorrect Elemental properties, while the other one had a bug in that every enemy you edit regardless of the item you can only steal/win a potion. Thats why in Elentor's patch all you would win was potions, made for a truly ridculous difficulty.

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« Reply #21 on: 2007-06-27 17:28:07 »
and what's the editor that produces "random encounters", like seemingly-undefeatable enemies in early game?

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« Reply #22 on: 2007-06-27 21:14:32 »
I think that was corruption, or something on the users part?

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« Reply #23 on: 2007-06-28 06:07:38 »
Hows this mod going along? is it complete... as in can i play the game start to finish on with harder difficulty?

Just a little something that might help.
From what i remember the starting character's speed for each character in the party is 255/3 = 85, with dexterity & agility haveing no recognisable impact of their speed. so imo each monsters speed should be also set to 85... the default monster speed is much lower, even most bosses only get to attack once for 2 of yours.
One other thing that always annoyed me is monsters with spell casting abilities need to have their mp + magic str multiplied by at least 10, as theres nothing sadder than seeing a creature cast demi only to take off 12hp.

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« Reply #24 on: 2007-06-28 06:40:52 »
Which is the editor that lets you see the enemy formation? I remember there was a button to see the enemy "parties" for that scene file?
Thats the editor with the incorrect Elemental properties, while the other one had a bug in that every enemy you edit regardless of the item you can only steal/win a potion. Thats why in Elentor's patch all you would win was potions, made for a truly ridculous difficulty.

In Scenester you can view the formations. I didn't test it. SceneEditor is the one with the item bug (I believe :P). I don't think I've tried Elentor's patch, but I did DL a patch called "hard patch" or something from another topic a while ago. I belive that might be it, but I'm unable to try it now. Had been fun to test it.

Hows this mod going along? is it complete... as in can i play the game start to finish on with harder difficulty?

Just a little something that might help.
From what i remember the starting character's speed for each character in the party is 255/3 = 85, with dexterity & agility haveing no recognisable impact of their speed. so imo each monsters speed should be also set to 85... the default monster speed is much lower, even most bosses only get to attack once for 2 of yours.
One other thing that always annoyed me is monsters with spell casting abilities need to have their mp + magic str multiplied by at least 10, as theres nothing sadder than seeing a creature cast demi only to take off 12hp.

It isn't complete but every monster in the game is edited. You wil notice an increase in difficulty. Not that much in the beginning. At Gea's Cliff (or whatever it was called) and after I believe it would get pretty hard. I'm not entirely sure 'cause I haven't actually game tested it myself. I only tested it for bugs with a party with huge lvl gaps (Cloud lvl 99, Yuffie lvl50, Barret lvl 10).

And those monsters who's fast isn't just 2x in speed but +100 or so. I can't remember clearly.

The enemies magic power isn't decided on their Magic stat alone. It's lvl and the actual attack matters just as much. In each scene there are 28 bytes pr attack. One of those bytes is a power modifier for the attack. So increasing it to 0xFF would help a great deal lol. It is impossible to increase every monsters magic by 10x 'cause the cap is 255 (1 byte). A monster having 70 in magic would turn out to 700. It's better just to double it and increase the lvl. Same goes for strength. However increasing MP and HP by 10x is possible.

See 1st post. I'll make an "what to do" list. I'm going to Germany today, and after that I'll have a little more quality time with my family before I return home and continue with this mod.