Dungeon Keeper 2

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Dungeon Keeper 2
Dungeon Keeper 2 cover
Bullfrog Productions
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows June 25, 1999
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, First-person
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres Building, RTS
Art styles Cartoon
Themes Fantasy
Series Dungeon Keeper
Dungeon Keeper 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Dungeon Keeper 2 on MobyGames
Dungeon Keeper 2 on Wikipedia
Dungeon Keeper
Dungeon Keeper 1997
Dungeon Keeper 2 1999

General information

Dungeon Keeper Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
Updated for compatibility with modern systems.
Included with EA Play.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements[edit]

GOG version quick configuration, change game resolution, enable extra graphical options (EMBM, Sine Wave Waters), commandline options, editing config.ini, restore EAX audio option, optional alternative DirectX wrapper (dgVoodoo2).


v1.7 is the latest patch available. The GOG.com version of game includes latest patch, and is compatible with modern systems.
General Improvement Mod (GIM) - community made, fixing some issues on modern systems. Includes the v1.51 executable for DKII.exe (last version with functional AI) alongside a fixed v1.7 DKII-DX.exe, combined with GOG's fixed graphics renderer.

Level Fix[edit]

V1.7 (Including GOG and EA ORIGIN) has an issue where some creatures do not enter the player dungeon. For example, Dark Angels can't be attracted during the campaign.
Apply this fix[citation needed]
  1. Navigate to <path-to-game>
  2. Download this fix
  3. Unzip it into <path-to-game> and accept when asked to overwrite files.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data\Movies\
  2. Rename the following files to something else.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Settings[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Data\Save[Note 2]
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Bullfrog Productions Ltd\Dungeon Keeper II\Configuration\Player
Campaign data located in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Bullfrog Productions Ltd\Dungeon Keeper II\Configuration\Player

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


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

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Some animations are framerate dependent and seem to be intended for 30 FPS, playing twice as fast as they should at 60 FPS and four times as fast at 120 FPS.


In-game control settings.
In-game control settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
1st Person view only.
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Voice, Music, Sfx.
Surround sound
Important messages have associated text.
Briefing, debriefing have absent subtitles, and some are overridden when the Horned Reaper collects the portal gem.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.
Censored (registry entry "Torture Detail" set to 0). Local retail version only.
Local retail version only.
Local retail version only.
Unofficial translation: audio or text
Local retail version only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 7575
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.6, read important settings hints here. Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.

Issues unresolved[edit]

Main menu frame rate[edit]

The main menu (and anything associated with that area) has a generally poor frame rate. It is most likely caused by the display of the menu or overlay, however this can be circumvented by using a wrapping program like dgvoodoo2 available at http://dege.freeweb.hu/dgVoodoo2/dgVoodoo2/

Issues fixed[edit]

LAG and low FPS - Windows 7, 8, 8.1 - 64 bit[edit]

  1. Download wndmode.zip from https://steamcommunity.com/app/299050/discussions/0/617319461009610021/
  2. Unzip the archive in the same folder where the game is located. There are three files in the archive: directdraw.dll, wndmode.dll and wndmode.ini.
  3. That's all. Run the game and enjoy the fluid action. :)

Lag in first-person possession mode only[edit]

  1. After launching the game, open the task manager (ctrl+alt+del)
  2. Right click on the DKII-DX.exe process and choose "Set Affinity"
  3. Select <All Processors> and click OK

Windows Vista compatibility[edit]

Known issues include startup crash, a black cover over what should be visible, and in-game crashes. The following steps fix most of these problems.

  1. Set compatibility mode for DKII.EXE to Windows XP (or Windows 2000).
  2. Create or modify a shortcut to Dungeon Keeper 2, and add commandline parameters -32biteverything and -disablegamma.
  3. Disable Hardware Acceleration in the graphics menu (takes effect when you start a new map).
  4. Set resolution to 640x480.
  5. Disable QSound in the audio menu.

Crashes etc.[edit]

Copy unofficial patch "GIM_v1.05" (latest version, download), and run game through DKII-DX.exe (set compatibility to windows 2000[citation needed]).

Map editor installation[edit]

The instructions for installing the map editor are incorrect.
Editor installation[citation needed]

Extract the files within DK2Editor.zip to <path-to-game>\Data\editor instead of the folder described in the readme.


If it was installed in the installation folder, you will receive an error message about being unable to find GlobalVariables.kwd, and will need to kill the process (as it will otherwise remain at 100% CPU).

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio QSound 4.14 (QMixer.dll)

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 2 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 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).