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Beginner's Guide to Modding Persona 4 Golden (PC)

A Tutorial for Persona 4 Golden (PC)

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1. Getting into P4G Modding is a bit daunting, especially since besides Shrinefox basically no one shares info. So here's a breakdown for installing mods, and useful tidbits if you'd like to make your own mods. 


This mod could become outdated as new tools are created, I will update as needed. 

1. Before Starting


1.1. There are a few things you need 

Download Reloaded 2 from the Release.zip  here (do not close this tab yet!)
Download P4G Mod Loader from here 
To make mods download this
To know how to open certain file types, check out this wiki
TGE also made his own guide here, be sure to look at it as well

2. How to install Reloaded 2

Believe it or not, this is the hardest part of the entire tutorial, please read this part carefully to avoid confusion. 

Due to many people not installing the prerequisites, please read this part carefully, and make sure to follow what I wrote to avoid having preventable issues.

First up, look at the release notes for Reloaded's download 

Download all 4 Pre-requisites, and once they are all done reboot your pc. This could take a bit, but don't worry, it's smooth sailing from here on out.  

Once you have downloaded those, extract p4gpc.modloader.7z and place it in the mod folder located inside Reloaded 2's folder. If you've done it correctly, your filepath should look something like this. 


When that's done, open up Reloaded-ll.exe as an Admin. 


Let Reloaded Run, it might ask to install something, let it, then we'll set up the P4G modloader with it.

Before setting up the mod loader, download dot net core from here.

3. Setting up the P4G Modloader  

First thing we need to do is add P4G as an application. Navigate to the bar on the side of reloaded 2, and hit the + at the top


A new screen will open up


Navigate to your P4G game folder (should be a similar file path to this in your steam folder, if it's not under "Day" look for "Persona 4 Golden") and double click on P4G.exe


Next you will be greeted with the Protagonist's beautiful pixelated face


Now, you can see P4G's icon in the sidebar of your Reloaded 2! That wasn't the end just yet though, we're almost done. 


3.1. Downloaded Steamhook and enabling mods

Now go to the download mods tab, which is the Gear icon next to the +


Then, click reloaded.universal.steamhook and click download


Then go to manage mods 


Click on "Steam Hook" and double click P4G.exe to get it to work. 


Then click on Yu's Pixelated Dreamy Face and click on the boxes next to Steam Hook and Mod Loader to enable them!


And... you're done! The next few steps will go through how files should be set up for P4G, and how to enable Reloaded 2 Automatically loading mods through steam. 

4. Enabling mods loading without booting up Reloaded 2

Currently, there are two options for not having to boot up reloaded to load mods. 

1. A shortcut on your desktop
2. Setting it up so it boots up when launching the game through Steam (Recommended!)

4.1. Making a desktop shortcut


Hit "Create Shortcut" after clicking P4G's icon in reloaded 2 


Then a new icon will appear on your Desktop named P4G(reloaded)

Booting this up will load the mods without needing reloaded 2!

4.2. Mods loading when launching through Steam


With reloaded 2 open, go back to the add application tab. 


Now once you see P4G's icon, click "Advanced tools and options." Then, check the box for Auto Inject, and click Deploy ASI Loader


You will get a message telling you your steam path and that it worked. Click continue and then your mods will load when you boot up P4G through Steam!


5. Disabling the console to solve stuttering cutscenes

Some people might have cutscenes stuttering when booting up with Reloaded 2. The reason for this is the console that shows what files are being loaded as you play the game. This is really only useful for making mods, so it's recommended to turn this off. 

The way to do this is very simple. 

First navigate to the Mod Loader Setting Tab


Next you want to uncheck the "Show Console" box


Then with that disabled, it should stop your animated cutscenes from stuttering, assuming they were caused by the mod loader in the first place.

6. Filepaths and You! 

The filepath for mods will be (yourgamefolder)/mods/data0000#/mod contents

Example:

So if you have a mod, please upload a folder with that file path so people can drag and drop into their mods folder to play with no problem! 

7. How to Make Mods


The first thing you need to do to mod is make sure you download NR2_unpacker from here

All you need to do is drag the data0000#.pacs over NR2_unpacker.exe. (If you don't know how to get those files scroll up)

Then the unpacked files will be in your game directory in folders like this. 


For info on how to edit what files, check this wiki like referenced at the top.

8. FAQ


8.1. I'm getting errors when loading with Reloaded 2

Please, please, please double-check you downloaded all the pre-requisites. And also make sure you are booting up Reloaded 2 as an administrator. 

8.2. How do I make audio mods?

Use this great audio guide by CycloneX and Devinacho

8.3. How do I make texture mods?

Guide for this soon


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    Sooo... I seem to be unable to do this.

    Every time I try to load the game, it shows "Failed to load Reloaded II" and throws a little window. I dont know what's happening here, even though I think I've followed every step. I'll leave an imgur link with it in case anyone has an idea of what's happening here.

    Edit: its definitively about the Mod Loader. When I try to load the game without it (with Steam Hook enabled) it shows nothing and loads the game.

    Thank you!

    https://imgur.com/a/lg4uA4m

    https://imgur.com/oBXzC0R
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    Hi, I'm having extreme trouble understanding how to install new mods into the game itself by either using the folder in logs that you included in this tutorial or using the data modifications to the file of the game.

    Also, the NR2 Packer would not at all extract for me. So, I don't know how I'm going to be able to mod at all. Can you please help me? It's my first time attempting to mod a game.
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    Hey, (just in case Bored_Choco doesn't answer me), I'm trying to get the Yosuke Romance mod to work. I made a mods folder in the Persona 4 Golden folder and put  Yosuke Romance 0.1 in there, then I tried just putting the folder data00004 in, both didn't work. Then I tried putting them in p4gpc.modloader folder, still nothing. Then I tried just putting them into the Mod folder located in Release...still nothing. Nothing shows up  in Reloaded 2's Download Mods area and when I tried to "load the mod set" I couldn't find e550_100.pm1 in it's folder. It was looking for files with Json (*.json) and when I ignored that and put in e550_100.pm1 and error appeared and shut down Reloaded 2. Is the problem due to the mod being incomplete, or am I doing something wrong? I can't imagine why the download would be available if it didn't still work...
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    Can you make a video tutorial on this?
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    I am able to launch the game and have the mods function is I launch in through the Reloaded-II.exe, but I tried setting it up so it boots up when launching the game through Steam, and when that happens I get an error messages that says:

    "Failed to Load Reloaded-II" followed by a lot of code that I don't understand. I tried putting my mods folder in my script folder, I stopped getting the error message, but my mods didn't load if I did that.
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    im trying the latter option to have mods load when launching through steam and am following these steps but it's not working for some reason. I'd appreciate any help
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    I don't really understand how to load your Velvet Izanagi mod and I've been putting folders into my directory but it says they aren't there or I probably don't know where to put the mods.

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    is it possible to mod texts, dialogue options, and events? For example, I wish to make a mod that allows people to play as a girl, and in order to do that I also have to make changes to the story. 
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    Hello! So far I've completed everything, I just can't figure out the how to make mods section. I downloaded the nr2_unpacker.exe but now I'm a bit stuck on what to do. I placed it in my game folder, but I'm not sure what to do from here or if I've even done it correctly. Can I have some help?
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    I have encountered a new problem, I downloaded the update to the P4G Mod Loader and put it into the reloaded II mod folder by simply moving it to the folder and clicking the replace option to replace the original version, but now when I open P4G through steam, it gives me a long pop-up with an error, steamhook has no update and I redid the steps to make it so it can load through steam and nothing, but it works just fine when opened through Reloaded
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