Darksiders II

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This page is for the original release. For the Deathinitive Edition, see Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition.

Darksiders II
Darksiders II cover
Vigil Games
Nordic Games
Phoenix Engine
Release dates
Windows August 14, 2012
Metacritic 81
Series Darksiders
Darksiders II on HowLongToBeat
Darksiders II on IGDB
Darksiders II guide on StrategyWiki
Darksiders II on MobyGames
Darksiders II on Wikipedia
Darksiders 2010
Darksiders II 2012
Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition 2015
Darksiders Warmastered Edition 2016
Darksiders III 2018
Darksiders Genesis 2019

Key points

The game has been ported poorly with numerous configuration and launching issues.[1][2]
Cannot be purchased digitally anymore as this original version has since been replaced by Darksiders II: Deathinitive Edition.

General information

Official Forums
THQ Darksider II Forum - Technical Help & Bug Reporting - not PC-specific
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Darksiders Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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Players owning the base game and DLC can unlock the Deathinitive Edition at Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition Redeem.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Season Pass
The Demon Lord Belial
Abyssal Forge
Argul's Tomb
Death Rides
Mortis Pack
Rusanov's Axe
Van Der Schmash Hammer
Fletcher's Crow Hammer
Mace Maximus
Angel of Death
Deadly Despair
Shadow of Death

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\media\video\
  2. Delete or rename 2011_THQ_Logo_FadeOut_720p.bik and Vigil_Logo1280x720.bik.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.
In-game UI settings.
In-game UI settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/50650/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\darksiders 2\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/50650/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Approx. 100 MB available.


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

The settings are only available after the cinematic introduction displayed when starting a new game. No real "Main menu" before starting/loading a game.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.


The key bindings menu can be found via the inventory menu (press O, then navigate to the Move List menu)[5]
Some keyboard keys cannot be mapped to game commands, like Delete, or num_del, Insert keys. Also, Arrow keys, END, HOME, PGUP, PGDN, etc. are displayed as "UNKNOWN KEY" then setting it again displays as NUMPAD keys. The "UNKNOWN KEY" can only be bound once. Arrows are functional still after this binding as NUM keys, but you cannot bind any NUMPAD keys as it is seen as already bound. "I" is hardbound to PAUSE, so that is also not "remappable".
If a key is already bound, you have to remap the action using that key before you can use it. This sends you on a goose chase if you need to remap the majority of the keys.
Each time you set a key your entire page scrolls back to the very top so you need to scroll all the way back down again (using your w,s,UP,DWN keys that require constant pressing as holding does not scroll, and cannot use the mouse scrollwheel) to get back to the section you were configuring.
E is hard-coded into the game and cannot be bound to certain actions (e.g. Move Horse Forward)


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation, download.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Darksiders 2 for the best experience.
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Freezing while exiting pause or inventory screens[edit]

If you are using a Nvidia GPU, go to the Nvidia Control Panel -> Manage 3D-settings (I think, mine is in Norwegian so I translated directly) -> Software settings tab -> Press the "Add" button and find Darksiders II -> When configuring the settings for Darksiders II in the control panel, scroll down to the Vertical Sync settings and set it to "Adaptive".

This should fix the problem.

This fix _can_ cause stuttering, and if that happens you can use this fix:


Extract d3d9.dll and antilag.cfg into the installation folder.

Using the phasewalker at the first portal after Lilith gives it to you to reach Samael[edit]

Pausing, selecting "Quit Game", and then resuming should fix this issue. If it doesn't, try disabling the DLC.

Karkinos Does Not React To Eggs Thrown (Thus UNBEATABLE)[edit]

The only known "solution" is to get closer before you throw the egg at the soft part. It may be difficult but seems to be the only way to circumvent the problem. die twice is another way

Alt+Tab will often result in crashing the game[edit]

When getting the Redemption, you can't use it because it didn't load itself (you can hear the 'klak' voice but nothing happened)[edit]

A common, unresolved issue.[6]

Issues fixed[edit]


Caused by uncapped frame rate.
Enable vsync[citation needed]

Enable vsync in the video options.

Enable vsync and borderless fullscreen windowed mode[citation needed]
Use the Skyrim Stuttering fix[7]

If all else fails, copy the files from the Skyrim Stuttering fix into the Darksiders II installation folder.

Use a frame limiter program[citation needed]

The issue can also be fixed by enabling vsync (and preferably triple buffering) and using a frame limiter.

set prerendered frames to 1[citation needed]

The issue can also be completely fixed by setting Nvidia (pre-rendered frames) or AMD (flip queue size) to 1 .

High System Temperatures[edit]

Caused by uncapped frame rate.
Use D3DOverrider[8][citation needed]

Refer to D3DOverrider to force vsync to limit frame rate and temperatures.

Stuck after start game[edit]

Caused by slowdown in internet connection as game checks for THQ account.
Wait For THQ Authentication[9]

3D Vision effects not rendering correctly[edit]

Using 3D Vision in the game is subpar to what it could be, with effects and shadows not rendering at the correct depth.
Use Helix Mod[citation needed]

Use the Helix mod to improve the 3D effects in the game. Helix Mod WebPage

No dialogue voices or subtitles[edit]

Region locked copies may lack voices and subtitles, when language is changed to anything other than language native for their region.[10]

Change language in Steam[citation needed]
  1. Open your Steam Library.
  2. Find Darksiders 2 on the list and right click on it.
  3. Choose properties.
  4. Go to a Language tab.
  5. Change a language.
Change game location[citation needed]
  1. If the fix above doesn't work.
  2. Make sure your game is installed on your primary HDD
  3. If you don't want to move the game without redownloading it follow these steps.
  4. Find Darksiders 2 on the list and right click on it.
  5. Choose properties.
  6. Go to a Local Files tab.
  7. Click Backup Game Files
  8. Choose a location for your backup.
  9. When the backup is complete, go back to the Local Files tab.
  10. Click Delete Local Game Content
  11. When you're ready to install the game again, click the Steam button in the top left and then Backup and restore games
  12. Choose Restore from a previous backup and then browse to where you saved your backup.
  13. When it asks you where you want to install the game, make a new Steam library on your primary HDD and install it there.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP3, Vista SP1, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon X2 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 GB (10 GB after install)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Shader model 3.0 support


  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>/50650/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (50650) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.