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Creator / Drayano60

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Drayano60 is a competitive Pokémon player and ROM Hacker famous for his enhanced versions of Generation 3, 4, and 5 games. The most common traits of his hacks are high difficulty and every Pokémon coded into a game being obtainable without trading.

His projects include:

Tropes associated with his ROM hacks:

  • Adaptational Badass: Nothing gets left behind when it comes to getting love in his hacks. His hacks are notorious for giving even the weakest Pokémon stat boosts, new typings, or new moves. Even the likes of Unown and Delibird are a threat.
  • All There in the Manual: All the numerous changes are listed in the documentation.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: His hacks generally feature a variety of quality of life features that make it so the player can easily obtain ideal Pokémon for difficult parts of the game (which is usually most of them), such as infinite access to TMs in pre-Generation V games, incredibly streamlined EV training and level grinding and all Pokémon being able to fully evolve without trading.
  • Com Mons: Averted where possible. Mostly overlooked Pokémon are buffed to the point of being usable without feeling like you've gimped yourself, and less memorable ones are given sets that make them somewhat stand out.
  • Degraded Boss: In the first release of Blaze Black and Volt White, Legendaries were all catchable on the bottom floor of Challenger's Cave.
  • Guide Dang It!: Locations of all Pokémon obtained through unique events.
  • 100% Completion: All Pokémon are obtainable in-game without trading or promotional items.
  • Nintendo Hard: The entire point. The difficulty has been increased massively, with some postgame encounters using level 100 Legendaries, and important trainers running competitive movesets that try and negate the common strategy of "use super-effective move 6 times".
  • Optional Boss:
    • Steven and Cynthia, the champions of Hoenn and Sinnoh respectively, shows up in at least three of them. Steven's fought as an optional boss in all of his DS ROM hacks barring the first Blaze Black and Volt White, while Cynthia appears as an Optional Boss in all of the Unova ROM hacks, the Johto remakes, and just serves as the Final Boss proper of Renegade Platinum.
    • In Blaze Black 2 and Volt White 2, the Hoenn Gym Leaders serve as extra bosses to fight, usually appearing in towns with Gyms.
  • Recursive Fanfiction: His hacks have become popular enough that some ROM hacks have been made which use these hacks as a base. For a couple of examples:
    • walnut3072's Sun Gold and Moon Silver are built off of Sacred Gold and Storm Silver, with added features such as the Fairy type, several new moves, and a revamped type chart into the game.
    • Lithobraker's Altered Platinum is built off of Renegade Platinum and adds its own changes, including a buff to Ice-types, the removal of effort values, and the addition of Sinnohan Forms into the game.
    • A particularly ambitious one is Pokémon Renegade Battle Revolution by PomTrom, a mod of Pokémon Battle Revolution that is compatible with and incorporates all the changes in Renegade Platinum.
    • In general, "Drayano hacks" have become a catch-all term in the Pokémon hacking community for hacks that play out like his: increased difficulty, all Pokémon available without trading, many Pokémon being heavily modified to make them more formidable, and easily trained Pokémon.
  • True Final Boss: From Sacred Gold and Storm Silver onwards, Arceus serves this role in Drayano's hacks. If you want to get it, you need to register every Pokemon in the Pokedex (As well as obtain all of the plates in Sacred Gold and Storm Silver and Renegade Platinum), and there isn't much else you can do with the games after you catch it.