Final Descent Manipulation

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Final Descent Maniuplation is the process of manipulating Field Map RNG to reduce the number of encounters that are obtained during the Final Descent.

A list of all possible Final Descents can be found here.

Proactive Manipulation[edit | edit source]

The FInal Descent can be manipulated proactively by manipulating Field RNG such that it is in a specific favorable state when the player reaches the FInal Descent. Since the Field RNG state is split between the Stone and List values, these must be manipulated separately.

Stone Manipulation[edit | edit source]

Manipulating Stone is significantly easier than manipulating List, as Stone is set at only three points throughout the game: Squats, the Shinra Elevator, and digging at Bone Village.

via Bone Village[edit | edit source]

When the game fades out and loads the digging version of Bone Village, Stone is set based on the current In-Game Time. Using this, Stone can be set relatively easily and relatively quickly to any value without resetting the game.

More specifically, Stone is set to 16 * (s mod 16) + 1 where s is the current IGT seconds value (out of the current minute, from 0-59).

Stone by IGT Second on fadeout
1 17 33 49 65 81 97 113 127 143 161 177 193 209 225 241
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47
48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59

This method is used to set Stone to 49 in Any% and No Slots, and 177 in No Major Skips.

via Hard Reset[edit | edit source]

Hard Resetting the game (with the Power Button on PSX or by closing and re-opening the game on PC or HD) will set the Stone value to 1. This is good since you can consistently set the game to a known stone value (and List is also set), however hard resetting takes significant time (especially on PSX). Stone 1 is also mediocre, as despite it having a low maximum number of encounters at 6, it cannot produce a 0-encounter descent.

List Manipulation[edit | edit source]

via Cosmo Canyon[edit | edit source]

A glitch in the field map script in cos_top can be used to set Field RNG to a specific set of values. This is primarily used in Any% and No Slots.

The following is a representation of the field map script for the object COOK's Main script:

Wait 30 Frames
Play Animation
Label 1:

Set random value to Var[5][10] (8-bit)

If Var[5][10] == 0:
    Wait 160 Frames
    Play Animation
Label 2:

If Var[5][10] == 1:
    Wait 30 Frames
    Play Animation
Label 3:

If Var[5][10] == 2:
    Wait 300 Frames
    Play Animation
    Wait for animation to finish
    Play Animation
Label 4:

If Var[5][10] == 3:
    Wait 90 Frames
    Play Animation
Label 5

Goto Label 1

The problem in this script is that the function "Set random value to Var[5][10] (8-bit)" sets Var[5][10] to a random value from 0 to 255, not from 0 to 3 as is expected by the rest of the script. Therefore, 252/256 of the time that the main loop is ran, none of the conditions are met and it simply loops back to the top. This results in the game quickly jumping to the List values that result in the random numbers 0, 1, 2, or 3 being generated.

via Raid on Midgar[edit | edit source]

via Hard Reset[edit | edit source]

Routes[edit | edit source]

Stone 49 (PSX Any%, No Slots)[edit | edit source]

Reactive Manipulation[edit | edit source]

The older versions of Final Descent Manipulation reacted to the current RNG state and adjusted it to result in a more favorable Final Descent.

Via Hojo Sparks[edit | edit source]

The main method used for this was to learn the current RNG state from the pattern of sparks emitted during the cutscene before the Hojo boss fight.