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Pokémon DP Save File Structure

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General Save File Structure

A Pokémon Diamond and Pearl save file is divided into two pairs of blocks. Each pair consists of one general block, one storage box block, and one hall of fame block. The storage box block contains current information regarding Bebe's storage system, including stored Pokémon, box names, box wallpapers, and the current open box. The general block contains current information on every other aspect of the game's progress, such as the trainer's name, ID number, acquired badges, party Pokémon, items, and much more. The hall of fame block contains information about the Pokémon used to defeat the Elite 4. The other pair is a backup from the previous save.

The first general block in the file begins at 0x00000. The first storage block begins at 0x0C100. The first hall of fame block starts at 0x20000. The second general, storage, and hall of fame blocks are at the same address + 0x40000. The current blocks are not always stored in linear order in the save file (i.e. if the second general block is the more current, the first or second storage box block can possibly be the current as well).

Block Footers

The last 20 bytes of each general and storage box block is a footer. The last 24 bytes of each hall of fame block is a footer. The footer is used to determine:

  • The size of the block
  • Whether the block is current or a backup.
  • Which big & small blocks link together.

General/Storage Box Footer

Offset Purpose
0x00 - 0x03 Storage Block Save Count
0x04 - 0x07 General Block Save Count
0x08 - 0x0B Size of block
0x0C - 0x0F Run-time usage
0x10 - 0x11 Run-time usage
0x12 - 0x13 Checksum

Hall of Fame Footer

Offset Purpose
0x00 - 0x03 Save ID number
0x04 - 0x07 Save index number
0x08 - 0x0B Run-time usage
0x0C - 0x0F Run-time usage
0x10 - 0x13 Size of block
0x14 - 0x15 Run-time usage
0x16 - 0x17 Checksum

Loading/Saving A Save File

When one starts a new game for the very first time, every byte of the save file is set to 0xFF. The first time the game is saved, the "current" info is written to the second half of the save file. This is important to note when loading a save.

When the game loads a save file, it first compares the small block save count of both general blocks. If the general block with the highest save count has a correct checksum, then the game moves on to check the storage blocks. The storage block with the highest storage block save count is chosen first, and if its general block save count matches the currently chosen general block (and has a correct checksum), the file is successfully loaded. If both storage blocks have the same storage block save count, then the storage block with a higher general block save count is chosen instead, and the if the checksum is correct, the file is successfully loaded. If the checksum was incorrect for either block, the game falls on the other pair of general and storage blocks; if the checksums are correct in both, the game reports a save file corruption error, and that is the data loaded. If the checksum in either block is incorrect, the game reports a save file corruption error, and the save file is not loaded. A new game must be started at that point.

When the game saves data, the general block save count is incremented + 1. If nothing in the storage block has changed, then no changes are made to the storage block and no further changes are made to the general block. However, if changes have been made to the storage block, then the storage block save count is incremented by 1 in both the storage block and general block footers. At this point, the backup general block is overwritten with the new general block data, and (if changes were made to the storage block), the backup storage block is also overwritten. This is the reason why the game varies on how long it takes to save.

Thus, either general block can be linked with either storage block, and the current pair is identified using the footer information.

Small block offsets

Adventure Started - 0x34

  • Unsigned 32bit integer.
  • Number of seconds since 1/1/2000 00:00:00

Pokémon League Champ Date - 0x3C

  • Unsigned 32bit integer.
  • Number of seconds since 1/1/2000 00:00:00

Trainer Name - 0x64

Trainer ID - 0x74

  • Random unsigned 16bit integer
  • The visible identification number of a trainer
  • Determines ownership of Pokémon.

Secret ID - 0x76

  • Random unsigned 16bit integer
  • The hidden identification number of a trainer
  • Determines ownership of Pokémon.
  • Determines variation in the game.

Money - 0x78

  • Unsigned 32bit integer.
  • Limited to 0xF423F (999,999)

Trainer Gender - 0x7C

  • 0 if male, 1 if female.
  • Determines ownership of Pokémon.

Country of Origin - 0x7D

  • Unsigned 8bit integer.
  • Determines whether or not Pokémon get an outsider EXP bonus.
0x1 = 日本語 (Japan)
0x2 = English (US/UK/AU)
0x3 = Français (France/Québec)
0x4 = Italiano (Italy)
0x5 = Deutsch (Germany)
0x7 = Español (Spain/Latin Americas)
0x8 = 한국어 (South Korea)

Badges - 0x7E

  • Unsigned 8bit bitfield
  • Determines what PokéMart items are for sale, what level outsider Pokémon will obey until, and flags certain in-game events.
0x01 = Coal Badge
0x02 = Forest Badge
0x04 = Cobble Badge
0x08 = Fen Badge
0x10 = Relic Badge
0x20 = Mine Badge
0x40 = Icicle Badge
0x80 = Beacon Badge

Multiplayer Avatar - 0x7F

  • Unsigned 8bit integer.
  • Determines the sprite seen by other players in a multiplayer environment such as the Union Room.
0x00 = None
0x03 = School Kid
0x05 = Bug Catcher
0x06 = Lass
0x07 = Battle Girl
0x0B = Ace Trainer Male
0x0D = Beauty
0x0E = Ace Trainer Female
0x0F = Roughneck
0x1F = Pop Idol
0x23 = Social
0x25 = Cowgirl
0x2A = Ruin Maniac
0x32 = Black Belt
0x3E = Rich Boy
0x3F = Lady
0x46 = Psychic

Total Playtime - 0x86

  • Hours = unsigned 16bit integer.
  • Minutes = unsigned 8bit integer.
  • Seconds = unsigned 8bit integer.

Number of Current Party Pokémon - 0x94

  • Unsigned 8bit integer.

Party Pokémon - 0x98

The Pokémon in the trainer's party.

  • 6 blocks of 236byte structures
Main article: Pokemon NDS Structure

General Items - 0x624

Main article: Other items

The items in the Trainer's general Items bag pocket.

  • 165 blocks of 4 byte structures (two bytes for item index, two bytes for quantity)

Key Items - 0x8B8

Main article: Key items

The items in the Trainer's Key Items bag pocket.

  • 50 blocks of 4 byte structures (two bytes for item index, two bytes for quantity).

TMs & HMs - 0x980

Main article: TMs and HMs

The items in the Trainer's TMs & HMs bag pocket.

  • 100 blocks of 4 byte structures (two bytes for item index, two bytes for quantity).
  • TMs & HMs are auto-sorted by item index in ascending order.

Mail - 0xB10

Main article: Mail

The items in the Trainer's Mail bag pocket.

  • 12 blocks of 4 byte structures (two bytes for item index, two bytes for quantity).

Medicine - 0xB40

Main article: Medicine

The items in the Trainer's Medicine bag pocket.

  • 40 blocks of 4 byte structures (two bytes for item index, two bytes for quantity).

Berries - 0xBE0

Main article: Berries

The items in the Trainer's Berries bag pocket.

  • 64 blocks of 4 byte structures (two bytes for item index, two bytes for quantity).
  • Berries are auto-sorted by item index in ascending order.

Balls - 0xCE0

Main article: Pokéballs

The items in the Trainer's Balls bag pocket.

  • 15 blocks of 4 byte structures (two bytes for item index, two bytes for quantity).

Battle Items - 0xD1C

Main article: Battle items

The items in the Trainer's Battle Items bag pocket.

  • 56 (?) blocks of 4 byte structures (two bytes for item index, two bytes for quantity).

Starter Pokémon - 0xDFC

The Pokédex number of the starter chosen.

  • Unsigned 16bit integer.

Lotto number - 0xE14

  • Unsigned 16bit integer.

Fly Locations - 0x1112

  • 9byte bit field

Has obtained lotto prize - 0x1131

  • 1 if obtained, 0 if not yet obtained

Pokétch Enabled (?) - 0x114C

  • 0x00 if disabled, can be 0x03 or 0x07 if enabled

Number of Pokétch Apps Enabled - 0x114D

  • Max number = 25 (0x19)

Currently Selected Pokétch App - 0x114E

Pokétch app currently viewed in DS bottom screen.

  • Pokétch apps are ordered like so:
0x00 = Digital Watch
0x01 = Calculator
0x02 = Memo Pad
0x03 = Pedometer
0x04 = Pokémon List
0x05 = Friendship Checker
0x06 = Dowsing Machine
0x07 = Berry Searcher
0x08 = Day-Care Checker
0x09 = Pokémon History
0x0A = Counter
0x0B = Analog Watch
0x0C = Marking Map
0x0D = Link Searcher
0x0E = Coin Toss
0x0F = Move Tester
0x10 = Calendar
0x11 = Dot Artist
0x12 = Roulette
0x13 = Trainer Counter
0x14 = Kitchen Timer
0x15 = Color Changer
0x16 = Matchup Checker
0x17 = Stopwatch
0x18 = Alarm Clock

Pokétch Apps Enabled - 0x114F

  • 25 one byte flags, each corresponding to one Pokétch app (in the same order as above)
  • 1 = enabled, 0 = disabled

Map ID Number - 0x1238

Main article: List of Maps
  • Unsigned 16bit integer.

Sinnoh Pokédex Unlocked - 0x1414

  • 1 if unlocked, 0 if not unlocked.

National Pokédex Unlocked - 0x1415

  • 1 if unlocked, 0 if not unlocked.

Berry Trees - 0x1E84

Main article: Berry Trees

Rival's Name - 0x25A8

Map X Coordinate - 0x25FA

  • Unsigned 16bit integer.

Map Y Coordinate - 0x25FE

  • Unsigned 16bit integer.

Map Z Coordinate - 0x2602

  • Unsigned 16bit integer.

Players Met Underground - 0x3A2C

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Spheres Obtained - 0x3A38

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Fossils Obtained - 0x3A3C

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Gifts Given - 0x3A40

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Traps Hit - 0x3A44

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Traps Triggered - 0x3A48

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Flags Captured - 0x3A60

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Poffins - 0x5050

  • 98 (?) blocks of 8byte structures
0x00: Poffin Type (Overall flavor?)
0x01: Spicy/Cool Level
0x02: Dry/Beauty Level
0x03: Sweet/Cute Level
0x04: Bitter/Smart Level
0x05: Sour/Tough Level
0x06: Smooth Level
0x07: value is 0

Trainer Card Signature - 0x5904

The signature on the back of the Trainer Card.

  • 192 blocks of 8 byte structures
  • The signature can be changed by speaking to the NPC behind the leftmost counter on the top floor of any Pokémon Center. It is created using the stylus.
Main article: Trainer Card Signature

Score - 0x5F08

A measure of the player's progress or performance in the game.

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Pokémon Caught - 0x5F2C

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Pokémon Met While Fishing - 0x5F30

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Pokémon Eggs - 0x5F34

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Pokémon Defeated - 0x5FAC

  • Unsigned 32bit integer
  • Max value = 999999 (0xF423F)

Single Battle Wins - 0x5FCA

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Consecutive Single Battle Wins - 0x5FCC

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Double Battle Wins - 0x5FCE

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Consecutive Double Battle Wins - 0x5FD0

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Multi Battle Wins - 0x5FD2

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Consecutive Multi Battle Wins - 0x5FD4

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Link Multi Battle Wins - 0x5FD6

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Consecutive Link Multi Battle Wins - 0x5FD8

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Wi-Fi Battle Wins - 0x5FDA

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Consecutive Wi-Fi Battle Wins - 0x5FDC

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Contests Won - 0x5FE2

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Ribbons - 0x5FE6

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Capsules in PC - 0x6050

  • 12 blocks of 24 bytes structures.

Battle Points - 0x65F8

  • Unsigned 16bit integer
  • Max value = 9999 (0x270F)

Safari Zone Pokémon - 0x72D0

  • Unsigned 32bit integer result from the ARNG.
  • Four daily safari zone Pokémon
  • Indexn = ( ARNG >> ( n * 0x5 ) ) & 0x1F
  • List of Safari Zone Pokémon
  • Notes: Both Safari Zone Pokémon and Swarm Pokémon have the same ARNG value.

Swarm Pokémon - 0x72D4

Daily Trophy Pokémon Today - 0x72DC

Daily Trophy Pokémon Yesterday - 0x72DE

Honey Trees - 0x72E4

Main article: Honey Trees

GTS Pokémon - 0x73E8

One Pokémon

  • 1 block of 236byte structures
  • The data for the Pokémon currently uploaded to the GTS (if any).
Main article: Pokemon NDS Structure
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