Activating Pokemon Game Boy Advance GameShark code cheats sometimes tricky. Some of our readers complain that our listed GameShark codes don’t work for them, while some said it works, but there are some weird glitches happening.
What could be the main reasons for this? In my more than four years of experience playing different Pokemon game titles and ROM hacks using different emulators across several devices, there several possible reasons why certain cheat fails work.
Possible Reasons Why Cheats Don’t Work and How To Fix Them
Note: This article is applicable to Pokemon GBA games but can be also applied to other related games on Game Boy Advance.
1. You forgot to enter and activate the master code
Solution: Some cheats needs to have master code activated before the main cheat, be sure to activate them. More information you can find by reading this guide.
2. The Cheat Isn’t Compatible with your Pokemon Game Version
Solution: Double check your game title.
3. You Have 1.1 ROM Version
Solution: Look for the V1.0 ROMs as this version supports most of the cheats. Doing a simple Google search, you can easily find downloadable ROMS, but most of these ROMs have version 1.1. Unfortunately, most cheats will not work for this version.
Update: I recently discovered this Reddit post wherein a member gives a link file for v1.0 FireRed rom, have a look at it before the file gets deleted. Another news I have for you, check Emuparadise and you’ll see that the download links for their Pokemon roms are now back and live.
4. Your Emulator Does Not Support GameShark Code, Action Replay or CodeBreaker
Solution: Use recommended emulators such as My Boy for Android users, Visual Boy Advance for Windows, GBA4iOS for iOS users and Bluestacks or Nox App Player for Mac users.
5. You entered the cheat code in a wrong format
Solution: Some emulator such as open emu requires “+” to be entered to separate a line of code. Read FAQ’s, Instructions and Help articles regarding your emulator.
6. You Have the Free version of Emulator
Solution: The popular GBA emulator for Android – My Boy, offers paid and free version of the app. The free version works perfectly but if you use cheats, you may need to pay for the premium version. But if paying for the app is not an option at this moment, the simple trick of adding multiple-liner codes as a separate cheat works well in many cases.
7. Too Many Enabled Cheats
Your ROM will get confused when too many cheat codes are activated at once, this could result in various bugs, glitches, random crashing, and game freezing.
Solution: Disable unused cheats and activate only the cheat you need.
8. You Have Chosen the Wrong Cheat Type
This is popular to emulators that don’t have auto cheat type detection feature and chances are, you have chosen the wrong cheat type. The quick solution for this is simply find the appropriate type for your cheat, it could be GameShark, Action Replay or Code Breaker.
9. Question Mark Sprite on Encountered or Caught Pokemon?
A common issue with two possible reasons; First, more likely that you entered the wrong Pokemon encounter code. Second, the Pokemon code and sprite don’t exist in the game. This issue happens a lot when playing ROM hacks. Solution? Double check if the code or the Pokemon exist in the game.
It’s frustrating when you can’t activate a cheat and there are plenty of reasons why this thing is happening. Hopefully the solution and information above gives you the insights to finally solve your problem.
Just in case the solution above doesn’t work, feel free to drop your comments below and I will do my best to help you as humanely as possible.