Submission #4096: janus's Genesis Phantasy Star IV in 1:26:34.35

Console Sega Genesis Emulator Gens 11a
Game Version USA Frame Count 311260
ROM Filename Phantasy Star IV (4) (!).gmv Frame Rate 59.922751013550524
Branch Rerecord Count 176872
Unknown Authors janus
Game Phantasy Star IV
Submitted by janus on 10/22/2013 10:52:46 PM

Submission Comments

In this final installment of the famous Phantasy Star series, the protagonist, while out on a routine assignment, uncovers evidence pointing to a sinister threat to the entire solar system. One thing leads to another and he and the rest of his party eventually find themselves fighting the root of all evil. Such a quest would normally take at least ten hours, but with copious amounts of luck manipulation, it can be reduced to just under an hour and a half.
Yes, I'm back with a vengeance! While I was doing the other PS IV speedruns, I noticed that the silver tusk gave quite an advantage against monsters of evil (i.e. most of them). So I tried a first test and save 5600 frames. I also tried to let Chaz live so he could fight Profound Darkness with a higher level; that was worth it too. Here are the major changes
  • Igglanova: Tristal suggested that I paralyze Igglanova so it wouldn't spawn... and it worked! -513 frames (setting the appropriate macro took about 120 frames)
  • Shadowblade: Tristal suggested that Hahn and Alys be killed immediatly. -146 frames
  • Juza: Gryz' animation is much shorter than Alys' and her Vortex. -301 frames
  • Gy-Laguiah: I couldn't get Chaz to do decent damage with tsu. +76 frames
  • Zio: I got luckier on that fight, despite Rika's failure (which was compensated by Demi's high attack). -110 frames
  • Chaos Sorcerer: Rika was able to attack first! -4 frames
  • DF I: I was luckier during that fight. -81 frames
After that, I had to get the Silver Tusk, so it was a detour. +2444 frames when arriving in Meese
  • Xe-la-thoul: Not only did I use the Silver Tusk, but I remembered that using macros save frames (so I killed the 3rd one first so the others could be taken care of with macros). -1771 frames
  • Lashiec: Rika was so strong that I needed healing only twice. -1438 frames (I also saved frames against Specter, but I didn't calculate it)
  • DF II: We were so strong that we didn't need to heal. -1711 frames
  • DF III: It's still long and tedious, but less so. -1098 frames
  • Tower of Force: I don't need to use double slash after all. -63 frames
  • Tower of Courage: I needed Chaz to stay alive (15-20 frames each time he is idle), so it was bound to be longer. +318 frames
  • PD I: Chaz was swinging his sword like crazy. -174 frames
  • PD II: I missed less since Chaz was at level 14. -390 frames
  • PD III: I was able to finish it in less than 10k frames. -2104 frames
Total save: 6498 frames. Possible improvement: better luck manipulation against Gy-Laguiah for sure
Frame suggestion: 10500, when paralyzing Igglanova

feos: Judging...
FractalFusion: Added Youtube module.
feos: Accepting and publishing this improvement.

Last Edited by on 1/1/2022 6:13 PM
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