How to Use Pokemon Saved Game Files on VBA


VBA, or Visual Boy Advance, is a Nintendo Game Boy Advance emulator for computer. With it, users can play Game Boy Advance games in ROM format on their computers. The third generation Pokémon games, "Ruby/Sapphire," "FireRed/LeafGreen" and "Emerald" are all playable on VBA. Many websites, like GameFaqs, have Pokémon save game files that can be downloaded and used with VBA. These provide players advantages, such as having fully completed Pokédex or all Pokémon already captured.

  • Navigate to the VBA website (see Resources) and download the latest version of Visual Boy Advance. Extract the contents of the downloaded zip file, and then double-click the executable file to run the program.

  • Click "File" then "Open," and select the Pokémon game in your collection you want to use the save game on.

  • Download the Pokémon save game file you want to use on VBA. You can download these from sites like Gamefaqs or Gameshark (see Resources). The save file should end in the extension "SPS" and can be placed anywhere on your computer, but for ease of use put it in the same folder as VBA.

  • In VBA click "File," "Import" then "Gameshark Snapshot." A new window will open asking for the location of the save game file.

  • Navigate to the folder in which you downloaded the save, select it and press "Open." A pop-up will appear asking you to confirm this action. Importing a save game erases any old saves of the game and restarts the emulator. If you are fine with this, press "OK" to continue.

  • Wait for the game to restart, and then select "Continue" from the main menu. The VBA emulator will now use the Pokémon save game file.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is illegal to use a ROM version of a game if you do not own the Game Boy Advance cartridge.
  • Always scan files you download from the Internet for viruses before using them.

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