Pokémon Ruby (Debug Version)

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The leaked debug version of Pokémon Ruby is, of all things, in German.

Download.png Download Pokemon Ruby (German Debug Version)
File: Pokemon Ruby (German Debug ROM).7z (4.2 MB or so) (info)

Be sure to set the Save Type to Flash 128K, and the ROM should run in most emulators/flash carts.

To do:
  • Someone more familiar with the game and/or the German language will have to replace some of the German names with their English translations.
  • A work-in-progress English patch can be found here.



Test Menu
Test Menu
Debug Menu
Debug Menu

General Info


The debug functions mostly use the game's existing menu system, but lack the polish of a finished product. Some menu items are in Japanese (which displays as gibberish due to font changes), some are in English, and most of the text is in German. Most submenus don't return to their parent menu when closed but just return to the game entirely, sometimes leaving textboxes or cursors on the screen. Some don't make any cursor movement sound, etc. Many options don't give any indication that they've done anything.

Some menus have multiple pages; press left/right to switch page. A activates, B cancels. Some have other controls shown on the screen.

Items described as "???" don't have any apparent effect.


The filename is pokemon_ruby_german_final_d.bin, and the "d" probably stands for "debug" or "development". The "final" suggests that there may be prototypes around as well.

Debug Functions

During any battle, press R + Select to instantly win.

Build Date

This string is present at offset 0x2084D0:

$Name: debug-Euro-2003-05-09-A $

Message Translations

  • Ja/Nein (Yes/No)
  • PokéRIEGEL (Pokéblock)
  • Es existiert kein Speicherstand. Uhrzeit kann nicht eingestellt werden. (There is no save point. Time can not be set.)
  • Verbindungsfehler... Die Kabelverbindungen überprüfen und die Geräte aus- und wieder einschalten. (Connection error... Check the cable connections and switch the devices off and on.)
  • Du kannst ohne MÜNZKORB nicht spielen. (You can not play without a Coin Case.)
    • The Coin Case is item #260.

Most of the corrupted text could probably be read (in Japanese) by replacing the font with that of the Japanese ROM or reading tile numbers from VRAM to see what characters are supposed to appear.