Shining Force Cheats & Cheat Codes for Sega Genesis, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and More

Shining Force Cheats & Cheat Codes for Sega Genesis, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and More

Shining Force is a retro role-playing game from 1992. While this classic, pixel-style game is mostly a high fantasy setting, it also mixes in some sci-fi elements. This turn-based tactical RPG was released on the Sega Genesis and over the years had been released on the Wii Virtual Console and PC. It is even included in the Sonic’s Ultimate Genesis Collection for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It has also been re-released in the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack in 2021.

Shining Force has overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics. It topped the sales chart not long after its release. It is considered a true RPG and retro masterpiece. Its combat system, use of sprites, and traditional Japanese RPG style have garnered positive comparisons to Fire Emblem and Dragon Quest.

Shining Force Premise

In the Kingdom of Guardiana, the hero Max is sent on an epic quest to stop the evil Kane from spreading evil across the land of Rune. Kane controls the Runefaust hordes and plans on unleashing the Dark Dragon. To do this, Max must recruit several powerful allies to join the Shining Force that he leads. Wield the Chaos Breaker sword, seal the evil away, and save the kingdom.

Shining Force Main Character

The main character of Shining Force is Max. Max is the team leader and figurehead of the player’s army. While players have several unique characters to unlock, Max is the one who players control to walk around town, interact with villagers, buy and barter, and more.

  • Max: Max is a young swordsman who has amnesia. He has a kind heart but his skills are even more impressive. Even the Guardiana Knights envy his abilities. He is not only a skilled melee fighter but also uses magic. This amnesiac protagonist is from an ancient race, which explains how he can have so many abilities.

Unlockable Allies:

  • Arthur: Arthur is from a faraway land and has been impressively strong since he was a child. He has the potential to be the strongest paladin in the game. This easy-going centaur can even learn magic. He can learn Freeze, Thunder, and Blaze. Arthur has light blonde hair and a light gray body. His shield is a light blue.
  • Earnest: This silver centaur is as intense as he is strong. He has the potential to be one of the strongest paladins, after Arthur. He has light eyes, white hair, a gray body, and a large scar on his face. He seeks vengeance on those who hurt his people. Earnest does not wield a shield.
  • Ken: This young knight is a Royal Guardiana Knight and is only 17 years old. He has light brown, messy hair that matches his centaur body. He also harbors a not-so-secret crush on Mae. Ken cannot cast spells and has no special power. Ken’s shield is blue and matches his eyes.
  • Mae: Mae is the daughter of the Head Guardiana Knight. She has trained since she was born and thus is impressive when it comes to melee combat. Years of knightly training have given her a harsh personality. She wields a red shield and has a red headband in her long blonde hair. She is also the only playable/unlockable female character.
  • Pelle: Unlike the other unlockable allies, Pelle is a mercenary. He does not know where his family is from or even who they are. But that does not stop him from being a free spirit. Although he was a mercenary before joining your group, he is honorable and easy-going. He deals some of the strongest damage out of all of them. He cannot learn or use magic. Pelle has short, black hair and wields a red shield with a lion symbol on it.
  • Vankar: This armored centaur is an average fighter and front-line knight. He has a long blond mullet and wields a lance. He also is prone to getting seasick. He is strictly a fighter and cannot wield magic. Vankar wields a yellow shield that matches his light hair and body.

Shining Force Series

Shining Force is the second installment of the Shining series by Sega. This series is full of turn-based battles, dungeon crawls, and roguelike elements. This series has expanded over almost three decades. While it started with retro sprite games, it has gotten mobile phone games, several remakes, and modern releases.

If you’re interested in the Shining universe, check out the rest of the fantasy series.

  • Shining in the Darkness (1991)
  • Shining Force (1992)
  • Shining Force Gaiden (1992)
  • Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (1993)
  • Shining Force II (1993)
  • Shining Force CD (1994)
  • Shining Force Gaiden: Final Conflict (1995)
  • Shining Wisdom (1995)
  • Shining the Holy Ark (1996)
  • Shining Force III: Scenario 1 (1997)
  • Shining Force III: Scenario 2 (1998)
  • Shining Force III: Scenario 3 (1998)
  • Shining Force III Premium Disk (1998)
  • Shining Soul (2002)
  • Shining Soul II (2003)
  • Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon (2004)
  • Shining Tears (2004)
  • Shining Force Neo (2005)
  • Shining Road to the Force (2005)
  • Shining Force Chronicle I (2005)
  • Shining Force Chronicle II (2005)
  • Shining Road Priestess of the Dark Dragon (2006)
  • Shining Force Chronicle III (2006)
  • Shining Force EXA (2007)
  • Shining Wind (2007)
  • Shining Force EXA Mobile (2007)
  • Shining Wind X (2008)
  • Shining Force Feather (2009)
  • Shining Force Cross (2009)
  • Shining Hearts (2010)
  • Shining Blade (2012)
  • Shining Ark (2013)
  • Blade Arcus from Shining (2014)
  • Shining Resonance (2014)
  • Blade Arcus from Shining EX (2015)
  • Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena (2016)
  • Shining Resonance Refrain (2018)
  • Blade Arcus Rebellion from Shining (2019)

Shining Force Cheat Codes

For players with the Sega Genesis, this game has a wide variety of different cheats that can give players unique advantages. They can give players infinite health, upgrade their weapons, or even unlock new characters. We’ve sorted them all out for you below so feel free to check them out.

Sega Genesis

General Debug Codes

To use the Debug codes, first hold A+B+C+Start on Controller 2 and then reset the game. Once the Sega logo appears, release the buttons and hold Up on Controller 2. While holding Up, press Start on Controller 1. Once Simone starts talking, release the buttons. After Simone’s lines are finished, try the following Debug menu codes.

Battle TestHold A
Chapter SelectHold B
View the game’s endingHold C
Automatically win any battleHold A + B + C
Sound TestHold Down + Start

And for those lucky players who have a Game Genie, here are all of the codes you can use.

Game Genie Codes

Max Codes
Max starts with two Buster ShotsS3JT-F65T
Max starts with two Breads of LifeBFJT-EWDT
Max starts with two Shower of CuresAPJT-EGDT
Max starts with two Healing SeedsAFJT-ECDT
Max starts with a Long Sword and a Buster ShotBBJT-F9DR
Max starts with a Long Sword and a Turbo pepperBBJT-F9DR
Max starts with a Long Sword and a Bread of LifeBFJT-F9DR
Max starts with a Long Sword and a Shower of CureAPJT-F9DR
Max starts with a Long Sword and a Healing SeedAFJT-F9DR
Max starts with a Long Sword97JT-F9DR
Max starts with Egress, Heal 4, and Bolt 4 spells3PJT-EBXW
Max starts with Egress, Aura 4, and Freeze 4 spells3KJT-EDXW
Max starts with Egress, Heal 4, and Blaze 4 spells2BJT-EXXW
Max has an Orb of LightFF9CAD:0012
Max has a Great AxeFF9CAD:001B
Max has a Kendai HodakoFF9CAD:001C
Max has a KatanaFF9CAD:0023
Max has an Elf ArrowFF9CAD:0024
Max has a Chaos BreakerFF9CAD:0027
Max has a HalberdFF9CAD:002C
Max has a ValkyrieFF9CAD:002F
Max has an Atlas AxeFF9CAD:0034
Max has a Holy StaffFF9CAD:0037
Max has a Power StaffFF9CAD:0038
Max has a Buster ShotFF9CAD:003E
Max has a Devil LanceFF9CAD:002B
Max has a Demon RodFF9CAD:0039
Allied Forces Codes
Hero starts with 50 attack power, 50 defenseGKJT-FEMA
Hero starts with 50 HPGKJT-EADG
Hero starts with 50 movement speed, 50 agilityGKJT-FEMC
Hero starts with 50 MPGKJT-FEML
Arthur starts with 50 attack power, 50 defenseGKKA-FELT
Arthur starts with 50 movement speed, 50 agilityGKKA-FELW
Arthur starts with 50 HPGKKA-EAC0
Arthur starts with 50 MPGKKA-FEL4
Earnest starts with 50 attack power, 50 defenseGKKA-FEKJ
Earnest starts with 50 movement speed, 50 agilityGKKA-FEKL
Earnest starts with 50 HPGKKA-EABR
Earnest starts with 50 MPGKKA-FEKW
Ken starts with 50 attack power, 50 defenseGKJT-FER2
Ken starts with 50 movement, 50 agilityGKJT-FER4
Ken starts with 50 HPGKJT-EAG8
Ken starts with 50 MPGKJT-FESC
Mae starts with 50 attack power, 50 defenseGKJT-FENJ
Mae starts with 50 movement speed, 50 agilityGKJT-FENL
Mae starts with 50 HPGKJT-EAER
Mae starts with 50 MPGKJT-FENW
Pelle starts with 50 attack power, 50 defenseGKJT-FEPT
Pelle starts with 50 movement speed, 50 agilityGKJT-FEPW
Pelle starts with 50 HPGKJT-EAF0
Pelle starts with 50 MPGKJT-FEP4
Vankar starts with 50 attack power, 50 defenseGKKA-FEJA
Vankar starts with 50 movement speed, 50 agilityGKKA-FEJC
Vankar starts with 50 HPGKKA-EAAG
Vankar starts with 50 MPGKKA-FEJL
Weapon Codes
Buster Shots are freeABRT-EAAE
Wooden Arrows are freeABRA-EAGY
Holy Staves are freeABRA-EAEY
Power Staves are freeABRA-EAFE
Wooden Staves are freeABRA-EADE
Great Axes are freeABRA-EAGY
Hand Axes are freeABPA-EABE
Chrome Lances are freeABRA-EAGE
Power Spears are freeABRA-EAAE
Bronze Lances are freeABPT-EAFE
Spears are freeABPT-EAHY
Broad Swords are freeABPT-EABY
Steel Swords are freeABPT-EABE
Middle Swords are freeABPT-EAAE
Short Swords are freeABPA-EAHY
Wooden Arrow becomes strongerEPRA-EAGN
Wooden Staff becomes strongerEPRA-EADN
Hand Axe becomes strongerEFRA-EAA6
Steel Lance becomes strongerEPPT-EAFN
Spear becomes strongerEPPT-EAHN
Steel Sword becomes strongerFBPT-EAA6
Middle Sword becomes strongerFBPA-EAH6
Usable Item Codes
Angel Wings are freeABNT-EADE
Antidotes are freeABNT-EACE
Healing Seeds are freeABNT-EABY
Medical Herbs cost 98,300 Coins93NT-F93E
Antidote gives everyone in your party the Bread of LifeHFNT-F0B8
Antidote gives everyone in your party the Turbo PepperHBNT-F0B8
Healing Seed gives everyone in your party the Bread of LifeHFNT-F0BR
Healing Seed gives everyone in your party the Turbo PepperCKNT-F0BR
Healing Seed recovers everyone’s HP in battleCKNT-F0BR
Medical Herb gives everyone in your party the Bread of LifeHFNT-F0A8
Medical Herb gives everyone in your party the Turbo PepperHBNT-F0A8
Medical Herb recovers everyone’s HP in battleCKNT-F0A8
Medical Herb levels up every party member in your battle party when used in battleLFNT-EAA0
Enemy Codes
Goblins drop 250 Coins9K4T-EAA6
Goblins drop 3,000 Coins1B4T-E0A6
Goblins drop 65,000 Coins7B4T-F526
Dark Dwarf drops 250 Coins9K4T-EADN
Dark Dwarf drops 3,000 Coins1B4T-E0DN
Dark Dwarf drops 65,000 Coins7B4T-F55N
Giant Bats drop 250 Coins9K5A-EAE6
Giant Bats drop 3,000 Coins1B5A-E0E6
Giant Bats drop 65,000 Coins7B5A-F566
Pegasus Knights drop 250 Coins9K5T-EAEN
Pegasus Knights drop 3,000 Coins1B5T-E0EN
Pegasus Knights drop 65,000 Coins7B5T-F56N
Torch Eyes drop 3000 Coins1B6A-E0A6
Torch Eyes drop 65,000 Coins7B6A-F526
Magic Attack Codes
Blaze casts Blaze 3E3WA-ENS0
Blaze casts Blaze 4E7WA-ERS0
Blaze casts Freeze 3FKWA-EYS0
Blaze casts Freeze 4FPWA-E0S0
Blaze casts Bolt 3F3WA-E6S0
Blaze casts Bolt 4F7WA-E8S0
Blaze casts Heal 3C3WA-FNH0
Blaze casts Heal 4C7WA-FRH0
Blaze casts Aura 3DPWA-F0H0
Egress requires 0 MP to useABWT-EAB2
Blaze requires 0 MP to useABWA-EAH2
Blaze 2 requires 0 MP to useABWA-EAH6
Blaze 3 requires 0 MP to useABWT-EAAA
Bolt requires 0 MP to useABWT-EAA2
Bolt 2 requires 0 MP to useABWT-EAA6
Bolt 3 requires 0 MP to useABWT-EABA
Bolt 4 requires 0 MP to useABWT-EABE
Freeze 2 requires 0 MP to useABWT-EAAN
Freeze 3 requires 0 MP to useABWT-EAAY
Aura 2 requires 0 MP to useABWA-EAD2
Aura 3 requires 0 MP to useABWA-EAD6
Aura 4 requires 0 MP to useABWA-EAEE
Heal requires 0 MP to useABWA-EADJ
Heal 2 requires 0 MP to useABWA-EADN
Heal 3 requires 0 MP to useABWA-EADT
Heal 4 requires 0 MP to useABWA-EADY
Heal has the effect of Heal 3C3WA-FNDG
Heal has the effect of Heal 4C7WA-FRDG
Muddle has the effect of Bolt 3F3WA-E6SG
Muddle has the effect of Bolt 4F7WT-E8L0
Miscellaneous Codes
Walk Through Walls on the MapALCT-AA6Y
Selected Character Is InvincibleAVEV-EA9E
Walk Through Walls In TownsREEA-C6WL
Enemies Will Not AttackACCA-AA2E
At the start of the game, the king will give you 25,600 in currency instead of 10V7GT-F3GJ

And if you have an Action Replay, check out all of the cool cheat codes you can use below.

Action Replay Codes

Max Codes
Max has Infinite MoneyFF9C8F:00FF
Max has Max HPFF9CA5:00FF
Max has Infinite HPFF9CA7:00FF
Max has Max MPFF9CA8:0063
Max has Infinite MPFF9CA9:0063
Max has Max Attack PowerFF9C9E:0063
Max has Max DefenseFF9C9F:0063
Max has Max AgilityFF9CA0:0063
Max has Max MovementFF9CA1:0063
Max is Level 99FF9C9D:0063
Allied Forces Codes
Arthur has Max HPFF9D95:00FF
Arthur is Max LevelFF9D8D:0063
Arthur has Max AgilityFF9D91:0063
Arthur has Max Attack PowerFF9D8E:0063
Arthur has Max DefenseFF9D8F:0063
Arthur has Max MovementFF9D90:0063
Earnest has Max HPFF9D6F:0063
Earnest is Max LevelFF9D65:0063
Earnest has Max AgilityFF9D68:0063
Earnest has Max Attack PowerFF9D66:0063
Earnest has Max DefenseFF9D67:0063
Earnest has Max MovementFF9D69:0009
Ken has Max HPFF9D1F:00FF
Ken is Max LevelFF9D15:0063
Ken has Max AgilityFF9D18:0063
Ken has Max Attack PowerFF9D16:0063
Ken has Max DefenseFF9D17:0063
Ken has Max MovementFF9D19:0063
Mae has Max HPFF9CCF:00FF
Mae is Max LevelFF9CC5:0063
Mae has Max AgilityFF9CC9:0063
Mae has Max Attack PowerFF9CC6:0063
Mae has Max DefenseFF9CC7:0063
Mae has Max MovementFF9CC8:0063
Pelle has Max HPFF9CF7:00FF
Pelle is Max LevelFF9CED:0063
Pelle has Max Attack PowerFF9CEF:0063
Pelle has Max DefenseFF9CF5:00FF
Pelle has Max MovementFF9CF0:0063
Pelle has Max AgilityFF9CF1:0063
Vankar has Max HPFF9D47:00FF
Vankar is Max LevelFF9D3D:0063
Vankar has Max AgilityFF9D41:0063
Vankar has Max Attack PowerFF9D3E:0063
Vankar has Max DefenseFF9D3F:0063
Vankar has Max MovementFF9D40:0063
Miscellaneous Codes
All Allied Force Members UnlockerdFF9C8C:FFFF
Auto BattleFFB0AA:0000
Enable Debug MenuFFB0AC:00FF

Unfortunately for the other platforms, there are no cheat codes. But there are several universal exploits for you to try out.

  • Heal Range: When you get Heal Level 4, press Left to change it to Level 3. Press B and it will change back to Level 4, but now it will have the same range as Level 3. This will also work with any other magic spell.
  • Start with +1: Enter SEGA as your name to start with +1HP and +1MP
  • Name All Characters: After starting a new game, go to the Name Your Character screen. Hold Start+A+B+C on Controller 2 while holding Start+A+C on Controller 1. You will see another character. Continue these steps to name all characters or as many as you want to change.

Shining Force Cheat Code FAQ

Does Shining Force have any cheat codes?

Yes! Not only does the game have cheat codes, but for players with a device like the Game Genie or Action Replay there are even more. Several codes give unique advantages like unlocking certain characters, granting infinite money, and more.

What are cheat codes?

Cheat codes are exploits that can change the game’s behavior and give players an advantage. They may help move on to a different level, make the player completely immune to damage, or do some other action that wouldn’t take place without them.

They can also make the game more accessible and appealing to casual gamers or those who find its current state inaccessible.

What is an Action Replay?

An Action Replay is a cheat device that allows players to input different cheats and passwords for multiple different consoles like the SNES, Game Cube, Commodore 64, GameBoy Advanced, and so much more. They manipulate the memory of the game code itself to allow cheats like infinite health, more powerful weapons, and even saving the game when it is not intended to have a save mechanic.

What is a Game Genie?

A Game Genie is another cheat device, similar to the Action Replay. They are available for many retro consoles like the NES, SNES, original Game Boy, Genesis, and more. While they are very similar, Action Replay devices alter the RAM while Game Genies alter the ROM.

What makes a cheat device different?

Since developers intentionally implement traditional cheat codes in their games, not every game has them. But that does not mean players don’t want them. Hence, cheat devices were born. Devices like the Game Genie or Action Replay allow players to do things the developer did not intend, while the developers implement regular cheat codes.

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