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Revision as of 02:06, 28 October 2021

Legacy of Kain: Defiance
Legacy of Kain: Defiance cover
Crystal Dynamics
Windows Nixxes Software[1]
Retail Eidos Interactive
Digital Square Enix
Release dates
Windows December 17, 2003
Metacritic 70
Series Legacy of Kain
Legacy of Kain: Defiance on HowLongToBeat
Legacy of Kain: Defiance on IGDB
Legacy of Kain: Defiance on MobyGames
Legacy of Kain: Defiance on Wikipedia
Legacy of Kain
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain 1997
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 1999
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver 2 2001
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen 2 2002
Legacy of Kain: Defiance 2003
Nosgoth Cancelled

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Essential improvements

Unofficial patches

Unsupported Patch 1.1 patches the North American retail release to 1.1. Not required for any other version.

Skip intro videos

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\movies
  2. Delete/Rename eidos.bik

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Legacy of Kain - Defiance\
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Crystal Dynamics\Legacy of Kain: Defiance\1.00.000
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224300/pfx/[Note 1]
The config file is not in plain text format.

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Legacy of Kain - Defiance\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/224300/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Widescreen resolution

Widescreen fix[citation needed]
  1. Download Widescreen fix by nemesis2000.
  2. Extract sr3.7z files to the installation folder (password=sr3).
  3. Edit sr3.ini to set the resolution.


Supported exe size: 1 421 312 bytes.


Use DxWnd[citation needed]
  1. Download and run DxWnd as administrator.
  2. Click on Edit, then Add.
  3. Set name to Legacy of Kain - Defiance.
  4. Set path to <path-to-game>\defiance.exe.
  5. Set Acquire admin caps.
  6. Set Desktop for borderless fullscreen windowed.
  7. Click on Mouse tab, set Cursor visibility to Hide.
  8. Click OK, then File and Save.
Use D3DWindower[citation needed]



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Has on/off options for sound and music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game pauses when focus is lost.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only
Retail only
Retail only. Download.
Fan translation
Retail only. Download.

VR support

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Legacy of Kain: Defiance.
User created game profile, see vorpx forum profile introduction.

Issues fixed

Kain's cloak and Raziel's wings are deformed

Limit the frame rate to 60 FPS[citation needed]
Enable V-Sync and set refresh rate to 60hz[citation needed]

Random crashes and freezes

Force CPU affinity to one core[citation needed]
Use DxWnd

Use the following configuration in DxWnd:

  • Under the Compat. tab, tick the option Set single core process affinity.
Set the compatibility mode to Windows 98 / Me[citation needed]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98SE, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 700 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB
DirectX 9.0b compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/224300/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (224300) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.