FF4 Encounter Seed Tutorial.xlsx
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Hi Everyone, this spreadsheet will try and explain how to manipulate battle RNG in Final Fantasy IV using an initial "Seed" value
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What is a Seed?
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A seed is basically just a value set by some sort of action that you take in a game. The value is then used to determine other things that happen in the game (like how many steps you take to get into a battle)
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How does this help us?
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One seed that is very helpful is the "Encounter" Seed. I'm sure there are plenty of amazing undiscovered uses for this seed but the main one used currently is in the very beginning of the game, getting from Baron castle to the mist dragon while getting into the least amount of battles as possible.
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The seed that will allow us to get all the way with no encounters is number 92
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How is the seed set?
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This seed value is determined by the frame in which you push the A button on the title screen. There are 255 possible values and the one that we want is number 92
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That sounds hard, how the heck do I know when to push the button?
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You are damn right it is hard, but you wouldn't be speedrunning a game if you didn't like a challenge. Sadly there is no "easy way" to do this other than practice. Look at the other tabs of this spreadsheet and you will find a detailed list of what step numbers trigger a battle for each seed (Thank you very much to The_Roth for sending this to me). Then, follow the below instructions to try and find the right seed.
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1. Load a save file outside baron.
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2. Walk around and use the spreadsheet to figure out which seed you are on. (e.g. seed 100)
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3. Save on any file, then power off console (resets seed value in cartridge).
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4. Wait 15 seconds, then power on console.
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5. Choose an audio cue in the title screen music to press A on (e.g. the high note in the song)
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6. Load save file, then walk around to find which seed you are on. (e.g. seed 210)
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7. This seed number - previous seed number = actual seed value according to the audio cue you used to load file. (e.g. seed 210 - 100 = seed 110)
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8. Then just keep choosing audio cues until you get to seed 92!
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I don't understand all the numbers on this sheet :(
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It took me a minute to understand it as well so I'll give an example.
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Lets say you managed to get seed 0, below is what would happen (example chart to the right):Battle 1Battle 2Battle 3Battle 4Battle 5Battle 6Battle 7
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Your first battle will happen on step #37
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Your second on step #87 (50 steps after the first one)
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Your third battle on step #97 (10 steps after the second one)
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I think you probably get the idea by now
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