From: (Micah Anderson)
Subject: PID "how to" cheat file v2.5
Date: 25 Aug 1993 22:07:55 GMT
Organization: University of Washington
Lines: 217
Message-ID: <25gnrr$>
Summary: here is the latest!
Keywords: PID, cheat, help, Pathways Into Darkness

                        Pathways Into Darkness
                        how to cheat file v.2.5


This file describes how to edit your game, be it giving your character
255 shots in your Walther-P4, changing your hitpoints to be 4000 or
even changing your location within the dungeon. It is a quite simple
process, although it CAN be dangerous so I recommend you make a copy of
your Saved Games file and keep it in a spare place (yea, yea, you've
heard it before... but it REALLY sucks to lose your file when you've
gotten all the way to the suffocation chamber or something.)

Watcha need:

You have to have some sort of sector editor, I've been using Norton
Utilites (you can get to it by loading up Norton and then in the
Utilities menu its the item which says, Norton Disk Editor.) You need
your Pathways Into Darkness Saved Games file, and you need a backup of
this file. 

Editing Items:

Open up your Saved Games file, or the copy of the same thing.
Go to sector 6 (within the file, NOT 6 absolute sectors - that would
probably take you into your boot block or something nasty), this is
where all the inventory items are kept (for the FIRST game in your
list, I haven't figured out where the others are located yet, I
haven't the need for it yet. If you figure it out, let me know)

Each item in your inventory is 8 bytes long. A byte consists of a hex
"number" so FF is a byte, so is 33 and 2A, etc. You can see (at least
within Norton) that there are two sets of 8 on each line. It may be a
little confusing as there are four sections on each line. Each one of
those sections has 8 single digits in it, in other words four bytes.
So you take the left half of the line and there are two sections of
four bytes, those left two sections consist of one inventory item. It
may take a second for this to sink in, but look at it for a little
while, it'll make sense.

The second byte is the item hex code number (the list is below as to
which each hex code corresponds to). It is benifical to change a
couple copies of Mien Kampf into a clip of ammo, or a potion or
something. To do this, just change this byte to the hex number in the
list below.

The fourth byte is the condition of the item (either worn or wielded,
or just held) hex number. I believe that 00 means you are holding the
item (just in your inventory), 01 and 02 either mean word/wielded or
held (as in a crystal sense). I haven't botherd to figure out what
these actually are as it is just as easy to do that garbage within the
game. Modifying this byte is just worthless and is increasing your
chance of screwing something up.

The sixth byte is the quantity in hex. This is a handy one if you seem to
be running out of ammo (yea, like that would EVER happen in this
game... I would often just give myself a couple clips of 255 shots for
my Walther, that way I wouldnt think I was cheating - not like giving
yourself a violet potion and a ceder box right away, you have to find
those!). Compute the hex value with a calculator (I would recommend
PCalc) and put it in here... the max is FF (which in decimal is 255).
Clips that normally come in x8 (Walther) or x32 (P-41) can be set to
x255 without any problems.... Its handy to have a large clip, as
reloading takes time.

The Eight byte is the inventory catalog hex number. This is where in
your list of items this item lies. I wouldn't recommend modifying this
one either, just change it in the game.

Exceptions: When an item is stored in a container (like ammo in a gun
or the pearl in a sack...) some bytes are turned into FFFF; the last
inventory item does not seem to have a hex catalog number but FFFF in
the last two bytes.

To sum up: the safest way of editing in items is simply to change a 
useless item like Nazi propaganda to the item you desire. To add items
to the inventory is possible, but extra care and precaution must be
used. It may seem confusing and items may not conform to the
descriptions above, but generally I have found that you can easily
identify a clip of ammo or a piece of Nazi junk and just change that
into what you desire, most everything else just falls into place.


As far as your location, your health points and the weapon proficiency
ratings (together with killed monster points) these are stored in the
4th sector of the file (remember all the items were in the 6th sector).

The X,Y coordinates are stored in the 1868 and 1872 offsets respectivly.
Setting these can be dangerous (it would not be good to set yourself in
the middle of a wall, or somewhere unescapable)

The level of the dungeon is stored in offset 1875. Remember the modification
of the position of the character can potentially send one's character to
Virtual Nirvanna (in the middle of nowhere) which could inflict Bad Craziness.
It might be worth your while, however, if you have only a minute left in
the game and you are on the bottom level of the dungeon to set your level
to the top one in order to escape (assuming the top level is where you escape!)

Your character's hitpoints (current hit points, not max) are stored
in offset 1877, and the maximum hitpoints are stored in offset 1879. Hitpoints
have a limit, 4000. Setting this too high will put you at negitive (first
hit you die). Or if you set it too high and get something that would increase
your max hitpoints it will go negitive.

Weapon proficiency rating (0-3...0 meaning none, 1 being novice...3 expert)
for the six weapon categories are in offsets: 1863, 1895, 1901, 1907 1913, and
1919. Your proficiency goes up when the monsters killed with that weapon 
reaches a certain point, the amount of monsters that have been killed with
each weapon is stored in: 1879, 11891, 1897, 1903, 1909, 1915.

Item List:

Here is the list of items and their corresponding hex code. 

code# item name
00   Map
01   Digital Watch
02   Flash light
03   IR goggles
04   Cuban gas mask
06   Canvas sack
08   Aromatic box
09   Velvet red bag
0A   Lead box
0C   Empty elaborate vial
0E   Red cloak (Time Accelerating)
10   Nuclear device
11   Radio beacon
12   Blue liquid vial (Healing)
13   Red liquid vial (Time Slow)
14   Brown liquid vial (Poison)
15   Violet liquid vial (Temporary Invulnerability)
16   Main Kampf
17   Small pamphlet
18   BirdUs Egg
19   Bad M-16
1A   Bad AK-47
1B   Bad MP-41
1C   Bad Walther P4
1D   Ruby Ring
1E   Amethyst Ring
1F   Diamond Necklace
20   Opal Bracelet
21   Alien Pipes
22   Silver Key
23   Silver Bowl
24   Gold Key
25   Gold Ingot
26   Sapphire
28   Emerald
29   Large Pearl
2C   (Ceremonial Mask?)
2D   Survival Knife
2E   Walther P4
2F   Colt .45
30   Schmeisser MP-41
31   AK-47
32   M-79 Grenade Launcher
33   Walther P4 Ammo (8 rounds)
34   MP-41 Ammo (32 rounds)
35   AK-47 Ammo (30 rounds)
36   AK-47 HE Ammo (30 rounds?)
37   AK-47 SABOT Ammo (30 rounds)
38   M-16 Ammo
39   Colt .45 Ammo
3A   40 mm HE Cartridge
3B   40 mm Fragmentation Cartridge
3C   40 mm Projectile Cartridge
3D   Silver Medal
3E   Note
3F   Bungie Propoganda
40   Yellow Crystal (Talk)
41   Blue Crystal (Freeze)
42   Orange Crystal (Burn)
44   Mottled Crystal (Lightening?)
45   Green Cyrstal (Earthquake)
46   Black Crystal (Stone?)

End Notes:

Have fun playing the game, but dont ruin it for yourself! 

If you have corrections, additions or other comments, please mail them
to me and I will attempt to distribute another updated copy.
Somethings that I would like to add: how to change the time in the
game, how to edit a character elsewhere in your saved game file, etc.
Micah Anderson -


With pretty much all of the credit going to Pou Lee - ST2C9@Jetson.UH.EDU who
put together this list and many of the discriptions... I just cleaned
the thing up and added on and sent it out to you.


I and Pou are not in the least bit responsible for any damage
brought apon by careless modification. I wrote this file, it is your
responsibility if you decide to use it, NOT ours. For all I know you
could attempt to modify your character and screwup your entire hardrive.
Backup your character (not saying that that would save your hardrive) and
realize what you do is what YOU do, and not us. So there.