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Colony Ship: How to Edit Save Files

Colony Ship How to Edit Save Files

Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game is a relatively hard game that many players without a lot of experience with Iron Tower Studios will have struggles with. Such a hard game that requires a lot of min-maxing can annoy some more relaxed players, which will make them search for potential save editors for Colony Ship. Luckily, it is relatively easy to edit the save files of the game once you get used to the hexadecimals. In this guide we will teach you how to edit the save files of Colony Ship and change the stats, skills, and tagged skills of your player character and companions.

How to Edit the Save Files in Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game

To edit a save file in Colony Ship, you will need a hex editor to actually look at the numbers properly. You can find one online here that you can use without any special requirements. So, here is how to edit a save file in Colony Ship:

  1. Open the save file in a hex editor. You can find the save file at C:\Users\*username*\AppData\Local\ColonyShipGame\Saved\SaveGames.
  2. Change the number of bytes per row to 20. On hexed.it you will have to open the Settings and change it from the “Number of bytes per row” setting in the right side of the screen.
  3. Search through the hex file by pressing Ctrl+F and search either the name of your character or one of your companions. The name will likely appear more times throughout the file. You will need to find the name that is surrounded by dots, like in the image below.

The Stat and Skills Numbers Explained

Colony Ship How to Edit Save Files Hexadecimals
Screenshot by Raider King

Now that you found the name of your character, let’s explain exactly what you’re supposed to find here. The name of the character should appear highlighted, along with the hexadecimals which correspond to the name.

Below you will have a lot of numbers that are represented on the right side of the screen with dots. Those are a combination of stats, skills, and experience, written in hexadecimals.

The first thing you will need to find is a column of 6 numbers that represent your stats, as shown in the image above. If you find a stat that is written as “0A,” don’t be confused, that just means 10 in hexadecimals.

If you go 4 squares to the right and one below you will find a column of all 6 combat skills, in the same order they appear in the game.

Down two lines you will find a large column with all the other skills in the game. However, they start in the wrong order, with Evasion and Critical Strike first, followed by Armor and all the rest in the right in-game order.

Eighth squares to the right you will also find a column of numbers which show if the skill is tagged or not. If it is tagged, it will have a 01 there, and, if it isn’t tagged, it will have a 00. This is why some of the numbers showing skill levels might seem wrong, since they don’t show the extra 2 levels.

Hexadecimals Quickly Explained

Here is how hexadecimals work:

  • Hexadecimals are made out of two numbers or letters – ex: 2D
  • The first part of the hexadecimal is a multiplier of 16 and the second is a normal number – ex: 2D = 2*16 + D
  • Letters A to F represent the numbers 10 to 15 – ex: 2D = 2*16 + 13 = 45

How to Edit Stats

All you need to do to edit the save file stats in Colony Ship is to change those numbers into what you want. In hexed.it, you just need to press the number you want to change and select the value you want in the left part of the screen, where you will see the value repeated a lot of times.

In the 8-bit Integer line, write the number you want and it will override the rest, giving you the value you actually want. Save the save file and place it in the same folder where you found it and you will be able to access it in-game, without any repercussions.


And that is all you need to know about how to edit save files without an editor in Colony Ship: A Post-Earth Role Playing Game. Check out other interesting Colony Ship guides and articles:

Based in Munich, Germany, Adrian Oprea is the Founder of Raider King. He is a writer with a passion for storytelling and a love for all things RPG. When not wielding a keyboard, he can be found exploring fantastical worlds, one quest at a time.
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Illusion Breaker

Good work!

How does one edit in feats and items?