UPDATE 3/4: Unfortunately, this has now been patched out on the 3DS! You can still do it if you don't update, but it means not being able to play online.

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Some people turn their noses up at hacked Pokémon, in the same way that people look down, say, a fake Rolex. But let's say you wanted a hacked Pokémon to play within your own copy of Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire or Pokémon X/Y. Here's how to make one.

Earlier this week we covered how Pok√©mon cheaters figured out a way to use the 3DS camera to import Pokemon‚ÄĒpremade Pok√©mon. Today, we're going to walk you through how to actually make your own Pok√©mon, with moves that you pick, the level you want, and the build you desire‚ÄĒall without having to capture, train or breed it. You're going to need three things:

1) An older 3DS. The New 3DS doesn't work with this exploit.

2) This program, which is only available for PCs. Sorry, Mac users.

3) An internet connection. Your 3DS must be connected to the internet, and you must be able to move files from your computer to a website online.


And...that's it. That's right, you don't need to purchase something like an Action Replay.

First thing's first. You need to download PKHeX, a program that lets you edit your Pokémon game. Open the program up. You're going to see something like this:


It looks daunting, but don't sweat it. You're mostly going to be punching in info to the relevant boxes, and the entire thing should be over in about 25 minutes, tops.

The first thing you're going to want to do is, click on "Tools", and then select "Toggle Box Interface." Your screen should now look like this:


On the first tab, you're going to have to input all the relevant information. For PID, click on "reroll." The program should give you a number automatically. This is short for "Pokemon ID Number," and you can read more about that here‚ÄĒdon't worry about it for these purposes.

If you want this Pokémon to be shiny, click on the star icon next to the PID number. If you don't care about that, leave it alone.

Next, select your species. What Pok√©mon do you want? You can pick anything, including Pokemon that aren't actually released yet. But do note that you'll have to jump through extra hoops should you decide to generate a hacked legendary or event Pok√©mon‚ÄĒso while your first instinct might be "LETS MAKE A HOOPA!," it might be a bigger headache than you're anticipating.


In any case, under that you can dictate the level of the Pok√©mon you're creating. Don't worry about figuring out the amount of experience‚ÄĒjust type in the level you want, and it'll automaticlaly fill in the specific experience amount to make that.

Under that, you can choose what nature the Pok√©mon is, and what they're holding. All personal preference‚ÄĒgo nuts.

Next, you can punch in how friendly the Pokémon is. 255 is the max, and there's no reason not to max it out, really. If your Pokémon comes in different forms, then select your desired one right next door, too. Otherwise, don't worry about it.


Then, you can decide if you want the Pokémon as an egg, if you want the Pokémon to have Pokerus, or if you don't want it to be susceptible to Pokerus. I'd keep this simple. Don't make a level 50 Pokémon into an egg. Don't cure your Pokémon, either.

Finally, select your country and the region of you 3DS. Don't mess around with this‚ÄĒput in your actual info. If you're following along, you should end up with something like this:


In my case, I'm making a high-level shiny Bidoof named Butts. He's jolly, friendly to me, and he's American. Cool.

Okay! That's one tab down. A few more to go. These ones should be a bit quicker. Next, click on the "Met" tab. It should take you to something that looks like this:


I would also keep things simple here. For origin game, set it to either ORAS or X & Y, unless it's impossible to attain the Pokémon in either of those games. In that case, you'll want to get specific about where this Pokémon would normally appear. For the rest of us, though, "AS" does fine.

Next, met location. If you care about making this look legit, select an area where the Pokémon would actually appear. If you don't care, just select whatever.

Ball should be obvious: that's where you can specify what ball the Pokémon will appear in. Met level is also up to you, but again, if you want to make it legit, you might want to look up around what levels the Pokémon in question appears at in the area you selected beforehand. Consistency!


Under that, you can say when you met the Pokémon you're creating. It'll default to the year 2000, but under the calendar menu, there should be something that says "Today's Date." Tweak as desired.

Then, you can select whether or not you met this Pok√©mon as an egg. Whether or not you want to say that depends on whether or not you want to make the Pok√©mon look legit‚ÄĒdo you want to make it seem as if you hatched this Pok√©mon, for example? Is that actually possible with the Pok√©mon in question? If not, don't select "as egg." This is the sort of thing you'll want to look up, if you care.

This is what I ended up with‚ÄĒI'm not really concerned about making this look real, because it's not, soooo...


Now we're getting to the fun stuff. Click on the "Stats" tab. It should look like this:


If you have a specific idea of what your Pok√©mon build should look like, input your numbers. This will only apply to hardcore players, but for the rest of you...IV determines how strong a specific stat is - 31 is the highest, 1 is the lowest. EVs determine how much training you're giving a specific stat. You can read more about these hidden stats here‚ÄĒfor now suffice it to say that, the higher an IV is, the stronger your Pok√©mon is. So feel free to click on "randomize IVs" until you get a sort of build that's acceptable to you, that emphasizes your desired stat. Same thing with EVs...just make sure that the total at the bottom doesn't exceed 510. Anything more than 510 is not actually possible in the game.

If you don't care about the stats of your hacked Pokémon, simply click "randomize IVs" once and "randomize EVs" once. Boom. You're done with that part of the program.

Next, click on the Attacks tab. It should look like this:


Here, you can select four different moves for your Pok√©mon, as well as how much PP the move has. You can give your Pok√©mon any move whatsoever, even if it can't normally learn that move in-game. Of course, again, if you want to make something that's not completely ridiculous, you might want to stick to moves that the Pok√©mon can actually learn. This will require research. I recommend Bulbapedia, where you can see what moves a Pokemon can learn and when. Since I'm doing this for demonstrative purposes, I don't actually care what my Bidoof knows‚ÄĒI picked the moves completely at random, and it automatically filled in how much PP those moves normally have:

I'm not even sure Bidoof can learn any of these moves. Yay, cheating.

Okay, we're almost at the home stretch here. Click on "OT/Misc." It should look like this:


TID/SID aren't really things you have to worry about if you're solely going to be using this Pok√©mon in your own copy of the game (versus playing multiplayer) so...we're not going to cover it here. Just leave it as-is. OT, however, is the original trainer‚ÄĒyou might want to put something in there. Ideally, your in-game trainer name.

Once you do that, click on "Encryption Constant: Reroll" once. You're almost done! Now that you've done all that, go back to each individual tab and make sure the info is correct/what you want it to be. If everything seems squared off to you, right click on the uppermost left square of the green box area, and click "set." Whatever Pokémon you created should now appear on this spot:


Now click on 'File,' and save the Pokémon. Put the file on your desktop. That'll make the next step easier.

Now, once you have the file on your desktop, open up this page. Drag the file you just saved from your desktop to the square on the page. It should automatically generate a QR code for you, like so:


Mind, that specific QR code is for Butts the Bidoof. Yours will look different!

With that in hand, you can begin the importing process. We originally described how to do that in this post, but we'll take you through all the steps in this post, too.

First, you'll need to grab your 3DS. Open up your internet browser, and delete both your history and cookies. You can find both of these options in the settings menu:


Then, you need to access your in-game PC in whatever Pokémon game you're playing, and you need to leave the first slot in the first box empty, like so:

Try the 'organize boxes' option for the fastest results.

Then, after making sure that your character is still standing in front of the PC, press the home button on your 3DS. Open up the camera. You can do this quickly by pressing the L and R buttons on your 3DS.


Tap on the QR code reader icon, and scan your the code you just generated. Once you scan a code, you should get something like this:

Tap 'OK.' The 3DS should ask you if you want to open up the link. If you say yes, the browser will crash, and you'll get an error message. From here, you can go back into your game. Open up the PC, check the first slot, and voila. Your hacked monster awaits. Here's my program-created Butts the Bidoof, for example:


Note that, in the actual box, Bidoof appears as invisible. If that happens to your Pokemon, don't worry. Just leave the box, and then re-open it. The Pokemon should now appear as he normally would. It should also work in-game, too! Here's Butts the Bidoof in action:

Happy battling!

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