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How to Use SA2 Character Mods in SADX

A Tutorial for Sonic Adventure DX (2004)

With MainMemory's SA2 Sonic mod, not only can you play with the vanilla SA2 model, you can use it to play with custom models made for SA2! In order to do so, however, we'll need to do a few things to set it up.

Tools required:
  • SA2 Sonic by MainMemory
    You will probably want to use the 'Base Version', unless you intend to use the alternate costumes.
  • SA2 custom Sonic model of your choice
  • TextureEditor from SA Tools

  1. To get started, we'll make a new mod. You can do this in the mod manager by clicking New... below the mod list. Fill in the info, and a new folder will be created in your mods directory.
  2. Copy SA2Sonic.dll or SA2SonicBase.dll from SA2 Sonic into your new folder, and add this line to your mod.ini:
    DLLFile=SA2Sonic.dll
  3. Create the following folders:
    system/
    - sonicmdl/
    Textures/
  4. Copy a few more files over from SA2 Sonic:
    Textures/metalsonic.pvmx
    Textures/supersonic.pvmx
    system/sonicmtn/
    system/metalsonicmtn/
    system/sonicmdl/71.sa2mdl
    system/sonicmdl/328.sa2mdl
    system/sonicmdl/418.sa2mdl
    71 is Super Sonic's model, and 328+418 are for Metal Sonic. For this tutorial, we won't be touching them.
  5. Now we're ready to start work on the custom model. In the custom model you downloaded, find gd_PC/sonicmdl/.
  6. Copy all files in this folder to system/sonicmdl/
  7. Open system/sonicmdl/sonicmdl.ini and add these three lines:
    71=object_00020D5C
    328=object_000126F4
    418=object_0000BEC8
    Once again, these just ensure Super Sonic and Metal Sonic won't crash.
  8. Now, for the textures we'll need to grab them from gd_PC/PRS/sonictex.pak. You can open this using TextureEditor.
  9. Once open, you can just hit File > Save as... > PVMX
  10. Save in your mod folder as Textures/sonic.pvmx.


And that should do it! Now if you enable your mod in the Mod Manager and run the game, your should see your custom model once you get in game. As with the SA2 Sonic mod normally, it won't appear correctly in character select or in cutscenes.

Special thanks to Lady Luna for the Jet Set Sonic mod I used for the thumbnail.
Friendly reminder if you want to post any mods using this to give credit to MainMemory and End User! Don't bother crediting me, I didn't do anything but drag files around!
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    Some of the mods I port make Sonic lose some of his model, like if I port the Sonic Heroes Sonic mod by Lady Joanne/Lady Jojo. Is it an issue with the model itself or am I messing something extremely obvious up?
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    it keeps saying i need an microsoft direct X file where do I find that?
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    Can i do the same to use SA2 Shadow, Amy or Metal Sonic mods?
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    Silent update: the most tedious part of the process has been replaced with a single step because I'm a dummy and didn't realize TextureEditor can open .PAK files.
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    bro how can i get my mod on featured? i want to get it
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    You can just open the PAK in TextureEditor and save it as PVMX...

    Also unless you want all the extra characters and costumes, you should use the "base" version of the mod which I made for exactly this purpose.
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