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Heroes of Might and Magic IV

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Heroes of Might and Magic IV
Heroes of Might and Magic IV cover
New World Computing
Mac OS (Classic) Contraband Entertainment
2002-2003 3DO
2003-present Ubisoft
Re-release Sold Out Software
Release dates
Windows March 28, 2002
Mac OS (Classic) November 15, 2002[1]
Metacritic 84
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select
Genres TBS
Themes Fantasy
Series Heroes of Might and Magic
Heroes of Might and Magic IV on HowLongToBeat
Heroes of Might and Magic IV on IGDB
Heroes of Might and Magic IV guide on StrategyWiki
Heroes of Might and Magic IV on MobyGames
Heroes of Might and Magic IV on Wikipedia
Subseries of Might and Magic
Heroes of Might and Magic: A Strategic Quest 1995
Heroes of Might and Magic II: The Succession Wars 1996
Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia 1999
Heroes Chronicles 2000
Heroes of Might and Magic IV 2002
Heroes of Might and Magic V 2006
Heroes of Might and Magic V: Tribes of the East 2007
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes 2011
Might & Magic Heroes VI 2011
Might & Magic Heroes VI: Shades of Darkness 2013
Heroes of Might and Magic III - HD Edition 2015
Might & Magic Heroes Online 2015
Might & Magic Heroes VII 2015
Might & Magic Heroes VII: Trial by Fire 2016
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes - Definitive Edition 2023


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

Heroes of Might and Magic IV is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and isometric TBS game in the Heroes of Might and Magic series.

The game received two expansion packs - The Gathering Storm in September 2002, and Winds of War in February 2003 - with additional campaigns, heroes and neutral creatures. Official patches maintained feature and balancing parity between all aforementioned releases.

The Complete Edition, which contains the base game and both expansions, was released in September 2004. It is the most widely available version of the game, and is the one which is sold on digital stores.

The game requires the GL wrapper by Verok to resolve compatibility issues. It also includes quality-of-life improvements such as high resolution support and windowed mode.

General information

HoMM IV section on Age of Heroes Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v2 DRM[Note 1].
Mac OS
Complete Edition. Uses GOG's custom DirectDraw wrapper as of 7 September 2022.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Version differences

The retail-only Gold Edition includes the base game and the Gathering Storm expansion.
The Complete Edition includes the base game and both expansion packs.


Type Notes
Expansion pack The expansion packs include new campaigns, maps, artifacts, and neutral units.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
The Gathering Storm
Winds of War

Essential improvements

Official patches

The latest patch for all versions is 3.0. The retail version of Winds of War and Complete Edition is already 3.0.
  • Mirrors for the base game are here.
  • Mirrors for The Gathering Storm are here.
  • Mirrors for Czech- and Russian-specific Winds of War localization fixes are here.

HoMM4 Resolution Mod with GL Wrapper by Verok

Changes the graphics renderer, fixes the lag and crash when entering a battle, allows higher resolutions along with 32-bit color support and windowed mode. Originally they were separate, but as of version 1.50 of the GL Wrapper, they are combined in a single download.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\New World Computing\Heroes of Might and Magic IV
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Wow6432Node\New World Computing\Heroes of Might and Magic IV\1.0
[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\games[Note 3]
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Added on 7 September 2022.


General settings menu
General settings menu


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
Controller types


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and effects.
Surround sound
Cutscenes only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
While heavily sampled[4], there are no known issues with streaming the game's music.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Local retail version only.
Retail only.
Local retail version only. Patch for digital version


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Hot seat
LAN play
Online play
GameSpy services have been shut down;[5] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy Shut down in 1 August 2007.



This mod improves the game by fixing bugs, improving the game balance and adding new campaigns. Once installed, it will create a file that allows for playing the original game, without reinstalling it.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 compatible


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[2] 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.[3]
  2. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  3. 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).