Using the code on the PCSX2 emulator is a royal pain in the butt and will be very difficult to figure out if you are inexperienced with computers or a naturally impatient person. This guide explains how to set up the code in the simplest terms possible and also points out the most common mistakes you make when trying to get these codes working.
Before I get started, here is a brief list of all the steps for those who prefer information in this type of format:
- Find your game CRC #
- Find Your PCSX2 Cheat Directory
- Create a .pnach file with your game’s CRC #
- OmniConvert v1.0.3 . download
- Use Omniconvert to convert your code to a format that the emulator can recognize
- Add the code to the .pnach file using the format I have shown
- Test your code to see if it works in-game
The first step is to find out what the CRC code is for the game you are playing. To do this boot your game then select "Miscellaneous" and "Show Console" on the PCSX2 toolbar. This will bring up the box you see in the screen shot below.
Scroll through all the text until you find the game CRC = the part I’ve highlighted in my screen shot above. The game I am playing/using for the purposes of this guide is Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King; The CRC number you see above is for that game.
You only need the last part of the CRC number, F4715852, 0x should not be used when creating a .pnach file. Write down this number when you locate the PCSX2 directory on your computer or simply leave the console open. Mine is in the docs, which I assume is what the program installs itself by default, but yours may be in Program Files.
Here are the only two directories I’ve ever heard of:
C: Program Files (x86) > PCSX2 > Cheats
docs > PCSX2 > Cheats
Open this folder and right click anywhere inside the folder to bring up a set of options, select “New” and create a text document. This will probably be the only file in the entire folder for you, but in the screen shot below you will see that I have a text document as well as several .pnach files in the folder.
It really helps me to easily demonstrate to you the difference between these two files; As you will see the files in this folder have suffixes like .pnach and .txt. If you can't see it on your computer and can only see it in my screen shots then you'll need to enable them. If you are using Windows 10 you can enable these by going to the top right corner of the folder and selecting "File name extension" as you see in my second screen shot below.
Note: If you are on an older version of Windows you can access this option by right clicking on the folder and selecting “Properties”. Or you can go to Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Folder Options and uncheck “Hide extensions for known file types”.
Right click on the text document you just created and rename it to whatever crc# your game is and change the extension of the file to .pnach. For the purposes of this guide, the My Dragon Quest VIII file was named F4715852.pnach. Double click on the file to open it.
Below you'll see a screen shot of the inside of this file, which has some cheats I've already added and can confirm they work; At the bottom of this screen shot I have a raw text version of these same cheats that we're going to refer to for the second part of this guide.
gametitle=Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
comment=Almar’s Guides: How to set up the code on PCSX2?
Experience Times Two
patch=1, ee, 203609D4, extended, 8FA2319C
patch = 1, ee, 203609D8, extended, 00021040
Enemies always drop stuff
patch = 1, ee, 20296 fb0, extended, 9454004A
patch=1, ee, 20296 fb4, extended, 10000027
As you can most likely already tell, these cheat codes look nothing like the ones I found on my Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King codebreaker code page. In order to use any codes you find on my website, as well as any PS2 codes you find online with the PCSX2 emulator, you must first convert the code to RAW format. There are many ways to do this but the most common way is to use OmniConvert 1.0.3 which you can download here. I have personally used this download link and can confirm that there is no malware or spyware, but you should scan it to be sure. Get used to doing this - don't trust me blindly. You'll need Winrar to extract OmniConvert after you've downloaded it, another free program you can get by googling.
Note: If this download link no longer works, google for information about Omni Convert 1.0.3… I’m sure you’ll be able to find it somewhere; It is not a huge program and does not require any kind of installation so it can be shared easily.
OmniConvert 1.0.3 and you
Once you have downloaded and extracted OmniConvert 1.0.3 using Winrar, your next step will be to run the Omniconvert.exe file which will bring up the window shown in my screen shot below. Depending on what type of cheat you're inserting into OmniConvert, you'll want to go to "Input" and select the cheat you're inserting from the list of options. For the purposes of this guide, we are using the Codebreaker codes on my Dragon Quest 8 Codebreaker code page. I chose the Max Gold (Max Gold: 2A8B1C65 05F5E0FF) code from my list of codes and I placed it to the left of the Omniconvert shown in the screen shot below.