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Grim Dawn

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Grim Dawn
Grim Dawn cover
Crate Entertainment
Release dates
Windows February 25, 2016
Metacritic 83
OpenCritic 82
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC, Expansion pack
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Finite spend
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Scrolling
Controls Direct control, Point and select
Genres ARPG, Hack and slash
Art styles Realistic
Themes Victorian, Dark, Fantasy, Post-apocalyptic
Grim Dawn on HowLongToBeat
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Grim Dawn on Wikipedia

General information

Official forums Community Discussions Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Developer website
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Definitive Edition also available.
Humble Store
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Definitive Edition also available.

Version differences

The Definitive Edition includes two expansions and the Crucible mode DLC.


Type Notes
DLC The DLCs include new skins and gameplay mechanics.
Expansion pack The expansion packs add new chapters to the game.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.


Type Notes
Cosmetic The Steam Loyalist Items Pack DLCs contain 13 cosmetic items.
Finite spend The Steam Loyalist Items Pack DLCs can only be bought once.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Crucible Mode Contains a new gameplay mode.
Ashes of Malmouth Expansion pack.
Forgotten Gods Expansion pack.
Steam Loyalist Items Pack Cosmetic. Contains 7 cosmetic items and 1 pet.
Steam Loyalist Items Pack 2 Cosmetic. Contains 6 cosmetic items and 1 pet.

Essential improvements


Camera mod that allows you to look up and down, change field of view, and more.
Doesn't work with Grim Dawn version and later.[1]

Correctly launch the x64 version via a shortcut

Steam ignores the Launch Options parameter when launching a game via a shortcut. To resolve this, add a "/x64" parameter (without the quotes) to the Advanced Launch Options section below Launch Options. Now, manually created shortcuts as well as shortcuts created via Steam will launch the x64 version of the game.

Game data

Gameplay settings.
Gameplay settings.
Interface settings.
Interface settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Grim Dawn\Settings\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/219990/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\My Games\Grim Dawn\save\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\219990\remote\save\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/219990/pfx/[Note 1]
The Steam path is used if Cloud Saving is enabled in-game. Enabled by default.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Enable the "Cloud Saving" setting in the "Gameplay" option tab.


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Use GrimCam.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Deferred Rendering enabled: FXAA. Alpha to Coverage.
Deferred Rendering disabled: MSAA 2x, 4x, 8x. Alpha to Coverage.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Color blind mode
Enable it in the video settings. Protanopia, Deuteranopia and Tritanopia.

Issues workaround

Anomalous stutter

When playing the game, the image may stutter, even though the game's FPS is steady. This may be exclusive to the 64-bit version.
Adjust in-game settings[citation needed]
  1. Enable Vsync, triple buffering, and the Deferred graphics rendering engine. Then set the game to Borderless Fullscreen or Windowed mode.

Small UI at 4K resolution

For 4K resolution, I suggest you open the game's configuration file (options.txt), change the screenMode to a value of 0 (Fullscreen Exclusive mode), and then change the uiScale setting to a value somewhere around 1.2. Now save the configuration file. You may also be interested in a mod for a larger mouse cursor: (I'd suggest the 2.00 size or larger.)


Key map settings.
Key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Use GrimCam.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput controllers and the Steam Controller are supported.
Full controller support
Controller support doesn't work in certain menus. XInput controllers emulate mouse movements when on menus or when the user clicks the Right Stick button.
Controller remapping
Not all buttons are remappable.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
PlayStation controllers
Enable Steam Input API for native support.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Digital movement supported
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music, SFX, Ambient, Dialog, Voice
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Fan translation
Brazilian Portuguese
Information about translation
Fan translation, Grim Dawn Türkçe Yama.


Network settings.
Network settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op, Versus
Use Nucleus Co-op.
LAN play
4 Co-op, Versus
Online play
4 Co-op, Versus
Steam/GOG crossplay is supported.[2]

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 27016, 42805, 42852-42872
UDP 27016, 42805, 42852-42872
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
See Helix Mod: Grim Dawn.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c, 11 Direct3D 9 can be forced with the /d3d9 launch option.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
Processor (CPU) 2nd Generation Intel Core i-series 2.3 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 6800 series
ATI Radeon X800 series
512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit
4 GB RAM required to host multiplayer games


  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>/219990/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (219990) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. [1]
  2. GCommon Multiplayer Issues and Solutions - last accessed on 2022-06-16
    "With the release of the Forgotten Gods Expansion (patch v1.1.0.0) Steam/GoG crossplay has been enabled."