MOTHER 3:SRAM map
This is the SRAM map for MOTHER 3. A MOTHER 3 save file contains data for two file slots. This page will follow the convention of using $ as a prefix for addresses, and 0x as a prefix for values.
The SRAM is divided into 16 banks of 0x1000 bytes each. All banks that are in use begin with the 4-byte header
02 00 4D 33
This is convenient, since we can seed the checksum with a value of 0x334F and begin summing at the spot after the checksum, rather than having to manually skip over the checksum bytes.
Each bank that's in use has a 16-bit checksum complement at the 4th and 5th byte. There's an exception for bank 0: this checksum is located at $000F0 instead, and it only takes into account the data stored from $00000 to $000EF.
The checksum is calculated by summing each 16-bit value in the bank (not including the checksum itself), and the complementing it with 0xFFFF. For example, if the bank started with the bytes
02 00 4D 33 xx xx 91 B7 3F 02 7C 0C ...
Then the checksum would start off by summing
0002 + 334D + B791 + 023F + 0C7C + ...
If any checksum is incorrect, the game will delete the entire save data.
Bank 0 (00000-00FFF)
This bank contains some general overhead data. It is mirrored at bank 1.
- 00000-00003 (004) = Standard header
- 00004-00015 (012) = Unclassified data
- 00016-00019 (004) = Slot 1 current party. Must be in sync with the party bytes at $04008 in bank 4.
- 0001A-00067 (04E) = Unclassified data
- 00068-00068 (001) = Slot 1 flag. Zero if there is no save file in slot 1, non-zero otherwise
- 00069-00079 (011) = Unclassified data
- 0007A-0007D (004) = Slot 2 current party. Must be in sync with the party bytes at $0A008 in bank 10.
- 0007E-000CB (04E) = Unclassified data
- 000CC-000CC (001) = Slot 2 flag. Zero if there is no save file in slot 2, non-zero otherwise
- 000CD-000CF (003) = Unclassified data
- 000D0-000D7 (008) = "mother3 " in ASCII
- 000D8-000EF (018) = Unclassified data
- 000F0-000F1 (002) = Checksum complement
- 000F2-00FFF (F0E) = Unused
Bank 1 (01000-01FFF)
Mirror of bank 0.
Banks 2 and 3 (02000-03FFF)
Unclassified; most likely unused, as they are filled with 0xFF, and are missing the standard header and checksum.
Bank 4 (04000-04FFF)
This bank contains the slot 1 data. It is mirrored at bank 7.
- 04000-04003 (004) = Standard header
- 04004-04005 (002) = Checksum complement
- 04006-04007 (002) = Unclassified data
- 04008-0400B (004) = Current party. Mirrored at $00016 in bank 0.
- 0400C-0400F (004) = Unclassified data
- 04010-04013 (004) = Money on hand
- 04014-04017 (004) = Money in bank
- 04018-04117 (100) = Key item flags
- 04728-0472F (008) = Lucas PSI flags
- 04742-04749 (008) = Kumatora PSI flags
- 04752-04771 (020) = Enemy-seen flags (front)
- 04772-04791 (020) = Enemy-seen flags (back)
- 048A2-04E1D (57C) = Character data table
- 04E1E-04FFF (1E2) = Unclassified data
Key item flags
From $04018 to $04117, there are one-byte item flags corresponding to the player's key items. A value of zero means the player doesn't have the item; non-zero means they do have it. The exact values that these flags can hold is unknown; however, the game does seem to cap them at 99, so it's possible that it indicates how many of that item are being held.
Most of the values in this range do not correspond to key items and have no effect. Only items with an item type of 8 are considered.
These values follow the standard in-game item order.
Lucas and Kumatora each have 64 PSI flags, stored at $04728 and $04742, respectively. Each flag is one bit: 1 means the PSI has been learned, and 0 means it hasn't. It follows the game's internal PSI order.
It is important to note that the game will crash if more than 36 flags are set for either character, despite there being space for 64 flags.
Whenever you encounter an enemy and see its front-side in-battle, the game sets a flag in the $04752 area. Likewise, if you see the enemy's back, it sets a flag in the $04772 area. There is one bit per enemy, and the in-game Enemy_names|enemy ordering is used. These flags are used when accessing the Battle Memory item.
Bank 5 (05000-05FFF)
Bank 6 (06000-06FFF)
Unclassified. Contains some palette data starting at $06208.
Bank 7 (07000-07FFF)
Mirror of bank 4.
Bank 8 (08000-08FFF)
Mirror of bank 5.
Bank 9 (09000-09FFF)
Mirror of bank 6.
Bank 10 (0A000-0AFFF)
This bank contains the slot 2 data. It is mirrored at bank 13. It follows the exact same mapping as bank 4; just replace the $04xxx address prefix with $0Axxx.
Bank 11 (0B000-0BFFF)
Unclassified. Like bank 5, but not a mirror of it.
Bank 12 (0C000-0CFFF)
Unclassified. Like bank 6, but not a mirror of it.
Bank 13 (0D000-0DFFF)
Mirror of bank 10.
Bank 14 (0E000-0EFFF)
Mirror of bank 11.
Bank 15 (0F000-0FFFF)
Mirror of bank 12.