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Android Modding Installation (Pseudo) Guide



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Pseudo Guide to Installing Mods on Android.

By jc2.


Part 1: What I Can Teach You.

Texture mods are your bread and butter. Let's go through 3 popular texture mods from deadlystream and install them. 

Dark Hope's HD Twi'lek Female < https://deadlystream.com/files/file/982-hd-twilek-female/>

This type of mod is a Retexture mod, because it retextures vanilla assets. Retextures are simple, unzip (find a program that can unzip) and go into your kotor folder create an "override" folder.Now copy and paste all of the UNZIPPED files from this mod into the override directly. It's installed.

*Note: navigate to Android/data/com.aspyr.swkotor/files/ and create a folder there labeled "override"  While there you can also create a folder labeled "Movies" if you have any mod that uses movies.

Let's try another texture mod, but this time it adds new modded content with new textures. JC2 Robe Mod. This is not popular for good reason, but it is useful for teaching. (Promise me you will delete this!)

This type of mod adds textures and adds new items (jedi robes), but it does not have any 2da files, like appearance.2da. This type is Added Textures & Items No 2da. Unzip files, copy and paste files from each subfolder that you want into the override folder. As simple as that. Now delete them... you promised. Robe mods are usually a good type of mod to have on Android because they do not require 2das, especially appearance.2da to function (each mod is unique though, please check each mod's files before installing).

Any audio related mods may work if you play the audio files within the override, instead of placing them in the streamvoice or streamwaves folders.



Let's try to install a TSLPATCHER Added Textures & Items Mod. JCarter426 or JC *the OG* created a JC's Fashion Line I: Cloaked Jedi Robes For K1 1.2


This requires a TSLPATCHER to PATCH the 2das, but this mod doesn't have 2das, thankfully.

Brief summary of how a tslpatcher works. Tslpatcher starts with the vanilla 2da files within its tslpatchdata, and the modded content is patched unto it through the tslpatcher, allowing it to patch other 2da files within the override folder, however, on Android you cannot run a tslpatcher, thus you cannot install this mod. 

Not all hope is lost, you can install this mod on PC (see this video on how to do this), then take those post-patched files and copy &paste them into your override folder.  *Important note, you can find a full dialogue.tlk file on deadlystream in this mod. 

CAUTION: This is extraordinarily risky as many things can go wrong, too many to list. Please proceed with caution, and the less mods you install this way the better. 

Let's say you want JC's Fashion LIne and you want to install JC's Jedi Tailor for K1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Run the tslpatcher of one, then before copy & pasting it over override, install the other mod into that folder before moving the combined collection of files into their respective folders.                                                         Because! JC's Jedi Tailor has a modules folder as well as an override folder, both will go in swkotor/Files as 2 different folders. Do not merge these folders. 


Now let's go back to JC's Fashion Line, that mod doesn't have 2da files, the tslpatcher there is simply for speed and simplicity. You could *WARNING* actually just take the files directly out and paste them into your override folder, this is very rare and should only be done with mods that have no dialogue.tlk, 2da files, or module editing. If noob, do not try this at home, even this mod could be updated and no longer function. 

What that means, is JC2's Fashion Line could be installed without a PC, but JC's Jedi Tailor requires a PC due to the modules editing.

*Note* If you have a PC, you can install multiple mods into one override folder using the tslpatcher, which should patch the 2da files allowing a smooth and compatible installation.                                                                  Never overwrite a 2da file unless you are completly removing that mod from your override, left over files can cause issues.


We can add textures, retexture, add items, add robes, but can we add merchants & dialogue related mods? Yes, JC's Jedi Tailor adds a merchant & dialogue. 

What about lightsaber mods? 

Lightsaber mods that add new lightsabers, new hilts, and new crystals are TSLPATCHER 2da mods.

Most of these mods will require a TSLPATCHER, but we can install on PC like before, some don't though, and if they don't that's the one you'll want if you have Android only. (often times these are older mods, found on https://www.gamefront.com/games/knights-of-the-old-republic)

Here's an example of normal 2da Tslpatcher lightsaber mod https://www.gamefront.com/games/knights-of-the-old-republic/file/long-saber-crystal-pack 

Here's an example of a non-tslpatcher lightsaber mod by SithSpecter https://www.nexusmods.com/kotor/mods/1222 


Finally, if you want to install something HUGE that will radically effect your endgame of kotor *shameless plug* you should check out Lehon Mandalorian Expansion                                                                                                      This is a massive mod that is going to be one of the worst to install on Android, because of its use of multiple 2da files and its reliance on custom audio. It requires a tslpatcher to install, requiring a PC.


Recently updated Shanilia. will now have a Android version that has already been patched by the tslpatcher allowing the User to copy and paste folders directly, without needing a PC.


Types of files generally okay to install: .nss & .ncs (scripts), .dlg (dialogue files), most uti's (uti's are items) {unless they come with a 2da, then double check}, utm's (merchants), 

Questionable files (proceed with caution): utc's (NPCs) {if they have appearance.2da alongside them}, any 2da file, globalcat.2da, appearance.2da, etc, 

Mods to double check: If they alter any vanilla module, if they add any additional module, multiple robe mods (incompatibilities), high definition texture mods (will slow down or crash Android).

Mods to avoid: Music mods (they won't work) & Brotherhood of Shadow (You may break your playthrough). K1R relies heavily on tslpatcher and patches a mass variety of files. 



Part 2: What I Cannot Teach You.


How to Get BrotherHood Of Shadow to Work on Any Device Known to Man. Here's a youtube video on it, I hope it works for you. 

Get TSLPATCHER to work directly on Android.

Opening 2da files & GFF files on Android. 

Enabling Cheats on Android. 

Give you a good reason why the custom Sounds/Audio doesn't work & how to fix it. 

How to make K1R work on Android.


Part 3: Good advice

Always read Readme's.

Always look at reviews, sometimes mod's will be incompatible and people will mention it.

Always doublecheck and open install logs when using tslpatcher mods, especially if you are on Android. 

Unless you are confident do not install 2 mods that both alter the same module (map area).

Go to the forums & /r kotor (they have a discord) for questions and help & read this guide on android modding

It's better to have less mods without crashes, then risking crashes for a more mods. 

Never overwrite a 2da file, unless you are fully destroying all mods assosiciated with that 2da file ( for example if you installed multiple mods into the override folder, put it in the Android, and then later installed more mods and tried to put them in the Android which results in the option of overwriting the 2da file already in the Android. This would be bad, if you did not then purge all the files that were connected to those 2da files.) 


I hope this helped in some way.


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