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8/26/2015

Spoony Plays Ultima IX: Ascension Bonus: Hidden debug features

Thanks to TCRF and Ultima Codex for this information!

Debug Commands

Several debug features remain in the game (and were given out by Origin after the game proved to be unbeatable as released).  Open the default.kmp file in the game directory and add the following under the [Cheat Commands] heading:

alt+shift+a = toggle_avatar_invulnerable - Toggles God Mode (Avatar cannot be harmed by enemies).
alt+shift+b = pass_one_hour - Advances time one hour.
alt+shift+c = unpass_one_hour - Moves time back one hour.
alt+shift+d = sunrise_sunset - Toggles sunrise or sunset.
alt+shift+e = pass_one_minute - Moves time forward one minute.
alt+shift+f = unpass_one_minute - Moves time back one minute.
alt+shift+g = toggle_sun - Toggles the sun.
alt+shift+h = toggle_wind - Toggles the wind.
alt+shift+i = toggle_storms - Toggles storms.
alt+shift+j = toggle_avatar_fast - Avatar moves much faster than normal.
alt+shift+k = toggle_avatar_fly - Fly mode (free flight, even through walls and other objects).

Patch 1.07 adds a few more debug codes, which can be bound to any key combination.

recharge_mana - Refills the Avatar's mana.
fill_spellbook - Adds all spells to the Avatar's spellbook.
spells_0-2 - Unlocks all spells from level 0-2?
spells_3-5 - Unlocks all spells from level 3-5?
spells_6-8 - Unlocks all spells from level 6-8?

"Cheat Room"

Not a "room" per se, but there is still a debugging feature available at the start of the game.  To access it, climb onto the training dummy outside the Avatar's house, then jump over the gate.  There is a tree just outside here - activate the switch at its base to make several teleportation pads appear, in this layout:


Pads 1-11 teleport the Avatar to various locations in Britannia, while 12-16 equip him with various armor sets.  All the unlabeled pads either do nothing or teleport the Avatar a few steps away.

  1. Stonegate (same as entering the Moongate after talking to the gypsy)
  2. Terfin's secret entrance
  3. Buccaneer's Den
  4. Ambrosia
  5. Despise
  6. Britain
  7. Valoria
  8. Cove
  9. Trinsic
  10. Skara Brae
  11. New Magincia
  12. Equips Avatar with Artifact Armor*
  13. Equips Avatar with Wyrmguard Armor
  14. Equips Avatar with Pirate Armor
  15. Equips Avatar with Bone Armor
  16. Equips Avatar with Blackrock Armor
* "Artifact Armor" refers to all the non-set pieces of armor in the game, which includes the Crown of Radiance, Chest of the Troll, Arms of the Magi, Gauntlets of Fury, Legs of Sentri and Swamp Boots.

There are also quite a few unused and repurposed elements in the game, mostly remnants from the original plot.

Oh, and I did a writeup on all of the FMVs for the game I know of; used, unused and recut alike.