How to cheat on PCSX2

Ever wondered how to use cheat codes such as Codebreaker or Armax on pcsx2?. Maybe this simple guide can help you on how to cheat on pcsx2.

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Before i get started, i just want to let you know that there are three methods that you can use to cheat on pcsx2. And that three methods are:

1. Using External Memory Editing program
2. Using internal PCSX2 patch finder function
3. Using RAW Codes that is available freely on the internet such as Codetwink, and many other site as well

And in this guide i’ll explain on how to use the RAW codes that can be obtained from various website to use in PCSX2 which is more simple because it requires no work :P … unless obviously … you can’t find the codes you were looking for of course and in that case you’ll need to search for that address manually using PCSX2 patch finder function or using External Memory editing program but i’m not going to write it again here because previously i’ve wrote on how to hack game yourself using memory editing program (PCSX2 patch finder function basically the same as memory editing) ;)

And so let’s begin the guide

Using RAW Codes on PCSX2

1. Let’s take a code from somewhere, and in this case i’m going to take an example from Final Fantasy XII Codes (converted to RAW)

Press L3 to Recover HP for All Characters :
4054A150 00060071
0000270F 00000000

Press L3+R1 to Recover MP for All Characters :
E002F7FD 0056BADC
4054A154 00060071
000003E7 00000000

2. For this step we are going to get the game CRC’s and so start your desired game on PCSX2 (in this case Final Fantasy XII) and then press ESC / Escape key (if you run the game in fullscreen mode) and look at the PCSX2 Console Window and see the game CRC (look at the image below for the exact location of where you can see the game CRC)

Getting Game CRC's on PCSX2

3. After we get the game CRC’s, and so the next step would be creating a PNACH file extension with the game CRC as the filename, for example because Final Fantasy XII crc is 0779FBDB so you need to create a new text file named 0779FBDB.pnach inside your PCSX2/patches folder or PCSX2/cheats folder if you’re running a more recent version of PCSX2 (if you’re not playing FF XII or you have different version of FF XII, you’ll need change the CRC filename accordingly to the game you’re going to use the patch for otherwise it won’t work). So basically the .pnach file should look like XXXXX.pnach where XXXXX is the game CRC

4. Now you need to open that .pnach file you just created using your favorite text editor, and use below format to create your own pcsx2 patch

gametitle=GAME NAME
comment=Anything you want
// Describe what the code is

Where XXXXXXX is the first part of the code and YYYYYYYY is the second part of the code you’re going to use

Here’s a complete example of the Final Fantasy XII PCSX2 PNACH file looks like using the above code (that is shown at the first step)

gametitle=Final Fantasy XII ( U )
comment=FF XII Codes
// Press L3+R1 to Recover MP for All Characters
// Press L3 to Recover HP for All Characters

5. Now for the next step, start PCSX2, and make sure that Enable Patches / Cheats is checked under Misc in order for PCSX2 to use your patch

6. And you’re done … enjoy cheating on pcsx2 ;)

Note: In most case PCSX2 don’t need Master Code, so there’s no need to put master code into your pnach file, unless it’s not working then you should try putting the Master Code into the PNACH file, but if you already put the master code and its still not working that means there’s something wrong with the Code or PCSX2 doesn’t support that code type yet

Using Codebreaker and ARMax codes on PCSX2

Because both Codebreaker / Codetwink codes and ARMAX codes are encrypted, you’ll need special tool in order to convert those codes into RAW Codes and so you can use it on PCSX2. But fortunately Pyriel managed to create such tool and other than that he also distribute it for free without charge and that tool is called OmniConvert (back then you’ll need to use separate tools to convert Codebreaker and ARmax using a program named CB2Crypt and MaxConvert but now it’s all integrated into one application) ;)

And here’s the link to download OmniConvert

Anyway, since the tool itself is easy to use i don’t think i need to write special explanation here. Because all you have to do is just paste the Codebreaker Codes / Armax Codes in the Left area and then change the input to the code type you’re using (Armax or CB) and then switch the output into Unencrypted / Standard … and voila … you’re done converting to RAW Codes … but for an example purpose here’s what the FF XII Codes looks like if it’s converted to ARMAX or Codebreaker format (if iyou convert it to RAW you’ll get the RAW codes displayed at the Using Raw Codes section)

As for the rest of the steps after you get the raw codes, you just need to follow everything from step #2 at the Using Raw Codes on PCSX2


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46 comments on “How to cheat on PCSX2

  1. -romTrying to cheat harvest moon, a wonderful life special edition via cd-rom. I think I’ve done everything right but it says error code 2, can’t fine path. I’ve gone through all my psx files and folders and copied it to them just to be sure that it would be in whatever folder it needs (running off desktop, I guess it installed to program_files(86) and whatnot. There’s a cheats folder in each with the file inside.
    I dunno why but it comes with a pnach file inside already, so I wonder if perhaps I need to convert my text document somehow or what?
    I dunno if its any help but I’m reading at
    Gametitle=harvest moon: a wonderful life
    Comment= cheats
    // infinite gold
    // enablecode

  2. OK, i just used a pnatch file i found in the cheats folder and renamed it with the correct CRC but instead of cheating it crashed PCSX2. Each time i tried in fact. this is what i put. help if you can.

    gametitle=Dragonball Z Budokai Tenkaichi 3
    comment=This Better Work
    // Enable Code
    // Infinite Health P1
    // Have All Items

  3. I tried everything maybe its my format i dont know but it says “no cheats found resuming without cheats” heres my format:

    gametitle=Aliens vs. Predator-Extinction (PAL-Unk) [SLES-51792]
    //Max Money Code

  4. i tried these codes on my Final Fantasy XII on pcsx2, the cheats were enabled, I did everything that you said, but it doesn’t work… can you help me please? :)

    1. Hello Jessica, the example codes that is shown here (the FF XII codes) can be used only on Final Fantasy XII NTSC US version ( SLUS_209.63 ). To check whether you’re running that version you can either do this:

      – Mount the ISO Image of FFXII cd using virtual cd
      – OR open the iso file using 7-zip (but do not change anything inside that iso file if you decide to open it using 7-zip) and then see if there’s a filename named SLUS_209.63 (if it’s SLES or SLUS other than the one i mentioned it’s not going to work)

      2. Look at the games CRC displayed in PCSX2 Console Window. If it’s not 0779FBDB (the FFXII version i’m using), unfortunately it’s not going to work

    1. You can create the folder by yourself if it’s not there :) (actually it should’ve been there by default)

  5. Can someone please tell me the raw code for this:

    00284796 0000000Z

    i found it off a website and i tried converting it but it keeps giving me the same value.
    And when i try to use it in game it doesnt work / its not activated.

  6. I tried to cheat in RE4 but it didnt work.
    I did everything like you said and when i start up the program it says
    “Cheats Found!”
    “Cheats loaded 2”

    this is what i typed in the Pnach file:

    gametitle=Resident Evil 4
    comment=Resident Evil 4 Cheats
    // Infinite ammo

    the first code i think is the master code

  7. I used the above ways, still don’t know why can’t work. i use this Monster Hunter 2 DOS codebreaker:
    F0100208 0000000E
    Guild Registry Code:
    005D7186 00000001

    and changed it using omniconvert (input codebreaker v7) and get:
    // Master Code

    // Guild Registry Code

    but it doesn’t effect anything. but using Codebreaker V10 in this site
    it succesfull.
    i tried using input CB v1 but get the same result.

    btw in folder cheats i found cheat for persona 4. but the line is a bit different:

    it use “word”, but your line use “extended”. whats the different?

  8. plz help me… i dont know why is psx2 showing this this for…
    [wx] can’t open file ‘cheats\44a8a22a.pnach’ (error 2: the system cannot find the file specified.)

    I have followed each one of your steps…

    Kindly help, Thanks

    1. You need to put the cheat file you’re using inside the cheats directory, and in your case the filename must be named 44a8a22a.pnach

  9. Thank you oh god of emulators for giving me back my cheats! I played my ps 2 into the ground and buying a non back compatible ps3 seemed stupid to when there are so few games for it. Plus my favorite thing to do after i beat a game was screw around with cheats after so no i can again. As a side not my emulator puts a 0x in front of the CRC so you might want to mention that part doest belong on the patch name. Probably computer savy guy common sense.

  10. i have followed your steps step by step and everytime i run the pcsx2 emuator with the editted pnach file it returns an error on the code i am trying to use. the game i am trying to use codes for is Final Fantasy X (NTSC)

  11. Just use Cheat Engine.

    Very simple, no need to make patches or any of this complicated BS.

    I worked for an hour trying to make a Disgaea 1 patch, only to have the emulator crash on every attempt.

    Used Cheat Engine, took me less than 5 minutes to get max cash working.

    1. Actually that’s why i wrote at the beginning part of this article this is used if you already found the codes that you want from various website that gives you RAW Codes or Gameshark or Codebreaker codes (because you don’t want to find it by yourself by using pcsx2 itself or external memory finder) ;)

  12. Ok i have tried and tried everything you guys said and my code breaker causes an error and shuts everything down for some reason so I may need to get a new one of those but I cant get the file to work not sure why I even waited to put the file in till after vaan was in my control. what should i do.

  13. Okay I am having a heck of a time getting this to work the game I am trying to cheat on is FFXII I created the 0779FBDB.pnach inside my Pcsx2/patches folder. I checked the CRC and they are the same. I copied and pasted your entry

    gametitle=Final Fantasy XII ( U )
    comment=Patch and code mod by Reaper-X original code by Skiller
    // Press L3+R1 to Recover MP for All Characters
    // Press L3 to Recover HP for All Characters

    inside the text document and saved it 0779FBDB.pnach

    My first question is first off the folder has a bunch of .pnach files but the one I created still says under file type as a text document not a PNACH File.
    Second when I check my Console Window it has the same error yours does about XML Loader returned an error. Trying to load patch, but where yours says gametitle: Final Fantasy XII ( U ), mine says.

    No Patch found.Resuming execution without a patch . patchnumber: 0

    And enable patches is on please help been working on this all day.

    1. Well turns out you need to shut off UAC User Account Control on Vista because Vista won’t let you modify files in the patches folder :( even if you are Admin while UAC was on I couldn’t edit that folder. Oh and BTW your walk through was excellent However I would like to throw this out there IF YOU ARE TRYING HIS CHEATS on FFXII BE AWARE THE CODES (at least for me) WILL NOT WORK UNTIL YOU TAKE CONTROL OF VAAN! I spent the better part of 2H modifying controller config and trying different cheats.

    2. Ah lol, and it seems i forgot to write about that part (about the code only work after you’re in control of Vaan) :D

      Thank you very much Havoc :)

  14. Just to add-on, with converted codes you may need the Enabler Code, if when you convert the code it begins with a 7 or F, DO NOT USE IT. Remove that line, and use the others.

    1. Thanks for the info ByteStorm :)

      as for the enable code, based on my experience, all of the games i’ve tested don’t need master code lol. But of course some games might require the use of Master code ;)

    2. Actually, this is how you find out IF it needs one. Convert the enablers from codebreaker, if all of the lines begin with 7 or F, then you don’t need it.

      A couple of my games do, Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is one of them. Generally, if the enabler code is used to fix checksum errors in savegames when you cheat, you’ll probably need it in the emulator.