Battle Realms

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Battle Realms
Battle Realms cover
Liquid Entertainment
Crave Entertainment
Release dates
Windows November 7, 2001
Battle Realms on MobyGames
Battle Realms on Wikipedia


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

Key points

Can use multiplayer with GameRanger.
Small online community on Discord and GameRanger.

General information

Battle Realms Wiki
Battle Realms Community Discord
Battle Realms Revival Project
The oldest forums dedicated to Battle Realms
Battle Realms Reddit Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
Includes 'Winter of the Wolf' expansion.
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Includes 'Winter of the Wolf' expansion.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Winter of the Wolf

Essential improvements[edit]


The latest version of the game is also the expansion - Winter Of The Wolf (1.50q). The latest non-expansion version, for some reason, is also 1.50q.
Patches for the non-expansion game are available.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

The only working parameters are Width and Height.
System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Battle_Realms.ini[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1025600/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saved Games[Note 2]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1025600/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Game settings
Game settings


Use the Resolution & FoV Patch
Allows playing online.
Supports all resolutions & allows customizing FoV.
Allows windowed/borderless mode.
Fixes most of the videocard-related issues.
  1. Download the latest version
  2. Follow the instructions.
  3. Use the resolution native to your monitor.
Use DxWnd[citation needed]
  1. Download DxWnd.
  2. Extract it and launch it.
  3. Click Edit from a bar and choose Add.
  4. Type in a name for the game.
  5. Click ... right of the Path input box.
  6. Go to the installation folder and choose Battle_Realms_F.exe.
  7. Check fields:
    • Hook Enabled
    • Run in Window
    • Hook all DLLs
    • Remap Client Rect
  8. Leave other fields unchecked.
  9. In position panel, type in the game's resolution (e.g. W 1024 H 768).
  10. Go to Video tab and check check Hide multi-monitor config (leave the rest of fields unchecked).
  11. Go to Input tab.
    • In Cursor visibility panel choose Hide.
    • In Cursor handling panel choose Correct mouse position and Force cursor clipping.
  12. Click OK, minimize DXWnd and run the game.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings
Input settings

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Available via the in-game custom profile menu (not settings).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Scroll speed is responsible for the screen navigation sensivity.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Sound Effects, Music, Dialogue
Surround sound
Only in cutscenes.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
The addon WotW is not localized.
The addon WotW is not localized.
The addon WotW is not localized.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[3] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 7174,7175,7177
UDP 7174,7175,7177
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

The game gets stuck at 75% loading (Multiplayer)[edit]

Change the .exe properties
Doesn't work for everyone.
  1. Go to the .exe properties
  2. Set compatibility to WinXP SP3
  3. Select 8bit color mode
  4. Run the game as Administrator

Unable to capture/stream the game.[edit]

Use Shadowplay/GeForce Experience (overlay capture)
The easiest solution for nVIDIA users.

Could not find supported display mode / Could not rasterize API[edit]

Use the Resolution & FoV Patch
Use dgVoodoo2[4]
Allows capturing Battle Realms with OBS.
Eliminates most of the issues.
Prevents from playing online by making the game unable to synchronize progress.
  1. Download the latest version of dgVoodoo2.
  2. Copy the files in the MS folder and place them in <path-to-game>.
  3. Run dgVoodooSetup.exe
  4. Under Config folder/Running instance, click Add
  5. From the window which appears, navigate to <path-to-game> and click Select Folder.
  6. Select the folder you just added from the dropdown list under Config folder/Running instance.
  7. Under Full Screen Output, choose which monitor you want the game to be displayed on from the dropdown list. For example, if you want your primary monitor, choose \\.\DISPLAY1; if you want your tertiary monitor, choose \\.\DISPLAY3.
  8. Click the Apply button, then click OK.
  9. If it does not work move all DLLs from the dgVoodoo[Version]\MS\[x86 or x64]\ path to the main directory of the game
Run the game in windowed mode[citation needed]
Disable other monitors[citation needed]
  1. When on desktop, press Win+P.
  2. Choose single monitor.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/1025600/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1025600) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.