Pokemon ROM Hacks do not work

Issue:
Whenever i try to play a ROM hack (for example Pokemon Stars) Citra does not work. It simply says that the ROM format isn´t supported and that i should follow the guides, which didn´t really help.

System Information

  • Operating System: Windows
  • CPU: what
  • GPU: im new to pc sorry
  • Citra Version (found in title bar): Citra Canary 1903
  • Game: any Pokemon ROM Hack (here Pokemon stars)
  • Screenshot of Issue (include the full Citra window including titlebar):

Diagnostic Log
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[ 0.002030] Config core/settings.cpp:LogSettings:78: Citra Configuration:
[ 0.002036] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Core_UseCpuJit: true
[ 0.002039] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Core_CPUClockPercentage: 100
[ 0.002040] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_UseGLES: false
[ 0.002049] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_UseHwRenderer: true
[ 0.002049] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_UseHwShader: true
[ 0.002049] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_SeparableShader: false
[ 0.002050] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_ShadersAccurateMul: true
[ 0.002050] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_UseShaderJit: true
[ 0.002051] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_UseResolutionFactor: 1
[ 0.002051] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_FrameLimit: 100
[ 0.002051] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_UseFrameLimitAlternate: false
[ 0.002052] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_FrameLimitAlternate: 200
[ 0.002052] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_VSyncNew: true
[ 0.002052] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_PostProcessingShader: none (builtin)
[ 0.002053] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_FilterMode: true
[ 0.002053] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Renderer_TextureFilterName: none
[ 0.002054] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Stereoscopy_Render3d: 0
[ 0.002054] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Stereoscopy_Factor3d: 0
[ 0.002054] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Layout_LayoutOption: 0
[ 0.002055] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Layout_SwapScreen: false
[ 0.002055] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Layout_UprightScreen: false
[ 0.002055] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Utility_DumpTextures: false
[ 0.002056] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Utility_CustomTextures: false
[ 0.002056] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Utility_UseDiskShaderCache: true
[ 0.002056] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Audio_EnableDspLle: false
[ 0.002057] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Audio_EnableDspLleMultithread: false
[ 0.002057] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Audio_OutputEngine: auto
[ 0.002057] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Audio_EnableAudioStretching: true
[ 0.002058] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Audio_OutputDevice: auto
[ 0.002058] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Audio_InputDeviceType: 0
[ 0.002058] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Audio_InputDevice: Default
[ 0.002059] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Camera_OuterRightName: blank
[ 0.002059] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Camera_OuterRightConfig:
[ 0.002059] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Camera_OuterRightFlip: 0
[ 0.002060] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Camera_InnerName: blank
[ 0.002060] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Camera_InnerConfig:
[ 0.002060] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Camera_InnerFlip: 0
[ 0.002061] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Camera_OuterLeftName: blank
[ 0.002061] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Camera_OuterLeftConfig:
[ 0.002061] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Camera_OuterLeftFlip: 0
[ 0.002062] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: DataStorage_UseVirtualSd: true
[ 0.002062] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: System_IsNew3ds: true
[ 0.002063] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: System_RegionValue: -1
[ 0.002063] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Debugging_UseGdbstub: false
[ 0.002063] Config core/settings.cpp:operator():75: Debugging_GdbstubPort: 24689
[ 0.094054] In
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ROM Hacks will run in Citra, provided they are the same format as regular 3ds titles that can run in Citra. They would usually be in a .3ds, .cxi, .cci, .cia, .3dsx (homebrew), .elf or .axf. If you applied the ROM Hack patch incorrectly, it obviously won’t run in Citra.

However, we don’t provide support specifically for ROM Hacks, especially if they were originally designed for use on the 3ds/2ds. They should still work in Citra though if they work on the 3ds. So a good way to test this out is by testing the ROM Hack on your 3ds/2ds first to make sure it’s functional and then trying it on Citra.

Well thank you very much first of all.
The thing is i do not know how to run ROM hacks on my 3ds or generally any other console or handheld, which is why i was trying to play on my PC. I have other games and emulators working and even some 3DS games which all work perfectly fine. Also I don´t know if i applied the patch correctly. I downloaded the ROM, used 7zip and tried to pull it onto Citra, so I really don´t know what to do.
Thanks for replying though, I hope you can help me make this work.

Wait no I think I see the problem. Some of the files aren´t 3DS files but RAR- and CIA-files. Is that part of the problem?

No, this part is the problem.

I would advise you to reread our Community Guidelines before posting something like this again. We do not condone piracy here.

Citra requires you to dump your cartridges/installed titles from your 3DS. Please refer to our Game Dumping Guides:

Dumping Game Cartridges
Dumping Installed Titles

ROM Hacks are only legal when you patch them unto your existing dumped cartridge or installed title. Basically all ROM Hacks have instructions on how to do so, either on the 3ds/2ds or on PC. Furthermore, ROMs are never in the .zip or .rar formats, unless piracy is involved.

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