Pokemon Fire Red “Hardcore Challenge”

Pokemon Fire Red “Hardcore Challenge”

Download Pokemon Fire Red “Hardcore Challenge” GBA ROM (Pre-Patched)

Pokemon Fire Red “Hardcore Challenge” is a GBA ROM Hack by Hack Lab based on Pokemon Fire Red in English. It is now available to download and was last updated on December 6, 2022.

  • Creator: Hack Lab
  • Version: 2.0
  • Hack of: FireRed
  • Updated: December 03, 2022
  • Language: English


It is simply a Nuzlocke Variant Binary ROM, as it has many features of it.

Hardcore Features

  • Game Over (Delete save and reset game after black out/white out.)
  • Release Fainted Pokémon (Any Pokémon that faints is considered dead and must be released.)
  • Forcing Set Battle Style (No switching before the enemy sends out a Pokémon.)
  • No EV Grinding (Removed, it would be very cruel if combined with Release Fainted Pokémon.)
  • No IV Grinding (All Pokémon have IVs 0~1, this balances the gameplay a lot.)
  • No Overleveling (Disable Exp Until Certain Badge/Your Pokémon will never be stronger than the GYM Leaders.)
  • Damage Range (You will always get the lowest rolls, while your opponent will always get the highest rolls.)
  • Speed Tie (You will always lose speed ties.)
  • Disable Medicine in Battle (Including Stat-raising items and Berries.)
  • All GYM Leaders have 6 Pokémon.
  • All Elite Four have 6 Pokémon.
  • All Trainers have amplified AI.
  • Drastically Reduced Money Rate. (Need Persian + Pay Day + Amulet Coin ‘-‘)
  • Evolution by Happiness: 87% > 99%

Other Features

  • Catch All Pokémon
  • GEN IV Moves & Abilities
  • Updated Stats
  • Physical/Special/Status Split
  • Constant Hidden Power
  • UnHidden Power
  • Nature Colors
  • Modern Repel System
  • Evolve Without National Dex
  • Running Indoors
  • Metric System
  • Updated Status Conditions
  • Critical Hit Probability from GEN VI
  • Mew is the Roaming Pokémon
  • Hyper Beam & Variations from GEN I
  • Same Hidden Power + Equivalent Held Item = 2nd Type (Only Works in Single Type Pokémon)


  • Poison Survival
  • TMS Shop (But you will spend money instead of simply reusing infinitely.)
  • Berries Shop
  • Full Exp for Participating in a Battle
  • Exp When Catch Wild Pokémon
  • Shiny Base Rate (1/256)
  • Evolve by Level Up if Holding an Item
  • Link Stone (No more Pokémon that evolve when traded.)
  • Egg Move Relearner
  • Ability Capsule
  • Display Effectiveness

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You can download the Pokemon Fire Red “Hardcore Challenge” GBA ROM from this page and you can download an Emulator for your device from this link to play the game.