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{{mm}} [http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Main_Page Lexicanum] - A huge wiki for the Warhammer 40,000 series
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Revision as of 04:02, 14 March 2018

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm cover
Relic Entertainment
Iron Lore Entertainment
Original THQ
Current Sega
Release dates
Windows March 4, 2008
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm guide on StrategyWiki
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War: Soulstorm on Wikipedia


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
Warhammer 40,000
Space Hulk (series)
Final Liberation: Warhammer Epic 40,000 1997
Warhammer 40,000: Chaos Gate 1998
Warhammer 40,000: Rites of War 1999
Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior 2003
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (series)
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2011
Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance 2014
Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team 2014
Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon 2014
Warhammer 40,000: Regicide 2015
Legacy of Dorn: Herald of Oblivion 2015
The Horus Heresy (series)
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada (series)
Warhammer 40,000: Carnage Champions 2016
Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon - Da Orks 2016
Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade 2016
Warhammer 40,000: Sanctus Reach 2017
Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor 2018
Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War 2018
Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus 2018

Key points

Dawn of War and all of its expansions are highly modifiable and several high quality mods are available.
If you own a boxed copy of the game you can request a free Steam key from Sega.[1]
To unlock the original races for multiplayer, previous expansions must be installed to prompt unlocking. Alternatively, see this link.
Online server browser for non-Steam versions no longer works due to GameSpy services being shut down.

General information

Lexicanum - A huge wiki for the Warhammer 40,000 series
Dawn of War Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
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Essential improvements

Higher resolution models

These enhancements are significantly more performance intensive. Ensure your PC is significantly more powerful than the recommended system specifications to ensure there is no loss of performance. Also note that this won't work for some people while it works for others. This is completely at random and cannot be fixed.
Full resolution models[citation needed]
  1. Open the local.ini file in the DOW folder.
  2. Add the following line to the file: fullresteamcolour=1
  3. Save and close the file.
High Poly Models[citation needed]

Use the -forcehighpoly command line argument.


Dawn of War has a "Game Manager", enabling switching between mods very easy.

Bug fix modification

Full details of this modification are here. Soulstorm was a very incomplete expansion, and due to the demise of Iron Lore Entertainment shortly after its release, there was little to no post-launch support.

  • This mod intends to fix a majority of "obvious" bugs (such as upgrades doing less damage than their originals) and implements advanced Skirmish AI.
  • Highly recommended for those who play solo (skirmish/campaign).
  • Also recommended for those who play online, but all players must have this mod installed.
This mod breaks Campaign movies (fix provided on mod download page).

Dawn of War Professional

An extremely dedicated group of individuals put together this "alternative" version of Dawn of War. While an acquired taste and significantly different to the base game, it offers a more intricate and interesting experience, with unit roles switched up, some upgrades that were removed in expansions restored, and additional content created by the community. All units are designed to play a role until late game.

The mod can be downloaded here.

Persistent Campaign Bases

The mechanics in the Campaign changed between Dark Crusade and Soulstorm, causing the loss of "consistent bases" (buildings built in previous missions are there for the next mission on that map). This can be fixed by installing this mod.

Multiple mods

It is possible to run multiple modifications at once. For instructions, see here.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

Template:Game data/row
System Location
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9450/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

Template:Game data/row
System Location
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9450/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings

Field of view (FOV)

This fix will greatly enhance zoom capabilities.
Field of view (FOV)[citation needed]
  1. Download Camera Zoom Mod.
  2. Copy the .lua file to Dawn of War\Engine\Data\

Vertical sync (Vsync)

Disable vertical sync (Vsync)[citation needed]
  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>
  3. Open Local.ini.
  4. Change screennovsync=0 to screennovsync=1.

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Forcing AA will render fonts blurry and harder to read.
Forcing AA via graphics driver will result in greater AA. INI fix is probably only 2x AA.
Anti-aliasing (AA)[citation needed]
  1. Run game at least once to generate .ini file.
  2. Go to <path-to-game>
  3. Open Local.ini.
  4. Change screenantialias=0 to screenantialias=1.

Input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.
Local retail version only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Removed from the Steam version.[2]
Online play
Server browser no longer works for non-Steam versions.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP
Removed from the Steam version.[2]

Other information


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy Non-Steam versions only.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon XP
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.5 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
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>/9450/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (9450) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.