Hexen II

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Hexen II
Hexen II cover
Raven Software
Mac OS (Classic) Contraband Entertainment
id Software
Mac OS MacPlay
Quake engine
Release dates
Windows August 31, 1997
Mac OS (Classic) October 4, 2002
Monetization Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS
Themes Fantasy
Series Heretic
Hexen II on HowLongToBeat
Hexen II on IGDB
Hexen II guide on StrategyWiki
Hexen II on MobyGames
Hexen II on Wikipedia
Heretic 1994
Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1995
Hexen II 1997
Heretic II 1998


Key points

Engine is open source with modern multi-platform ports available; see Recommended engines
Original installer may not work on modern systems; see Play the game on modern systems.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
DRM: Game must be installed from CD, otherwise disc not required. Expansion pack requires disc in drive.
Bethesda.net Launcher
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Free demo: steam://install/9120 (use direct link)
Not available for sale on Steam in Germany. The Steam demo is available in Germany.

Version differences[edit]

Hexen II: Continent of Blackmarsh is an extremely rare demo version of the game that was bundled with Matrox M3D series video cards. It includes the entire first chapter of the game.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Mission Pack: Portal of Praevus The expansion is not available digitally.

Essential improvements[edit]

Recommended engines[edit]

Hammer of Thyrion[edit]

Hammer of Thyrion is a source port based on the source code release of the HeXen II engine. Many new improvements and features include OpenGL and Widescreen support.

Play the game on modern systems[edit]

Hexen II was originally made for Windows 95, but it is difficult to get the game working on modern systems.[1]
Play Hexen II with the Hammer of Thyrion source port[1]
  1. Download Hexen II: Hammer of Thyrion .
  2. Copy the content of the archive to a folder of choice.
  3. Copy the Hexen II game files pak0.pak and pak1.pak into the data1 folder.
    • If you have the original CD, the game files are in CD:\INSTALL\HEXEN2\data1\.
    • If you have an installed game, the game files are in <path-to-game>\data1\.
  4. Update the game files to version 1.11 if necessary by running h2patch.exe in the Hammer of Thyrion folder.
  5. Start the game by running glh2.exe.
Play Portal of Praevus with the Hammer of Thyrion source port[1]
  1. Install Hexen II and Hammer of Thyrion files as described above.
  2. Copy the pak3.pak file from the CD:\Install\Data\portals\ folder of the original installation CD, into the portals folder of your Hammer of Thyrion installation folder.
  3. Create a shortcut to the glh2.exe file.
  4. Add the -portals command line argument to the shortcut and start the game.
  5. To play Portal of Praevus, choose New game.
  6. To play the original Hexen II game, choose Old game.

Game data[edit]

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

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data1\[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9060/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data1\[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/9060/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


In-game screen resolution settings.
In-game screen resolution settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
A source port is required. See Hammer of Thyrion.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Not functional in GL version. See also Hammer of Thyrion.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
A source port is required. See Hammer of Thyrion.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Anti-aliasing can be hacked through video card settings.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
72 FPS limit. There are FPS limit removing source ports (FTEQW, UQE Hexen II), but they have other drawbacks.


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

Keyboard and mouse, touch State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Touchscreen optimised
A source port is required.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
A source port is required.
Controller sensitivity
A source port is required.
Controller Y-axis inversion
A source port is required.
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
No spoken text
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only; download for digital versions
Brazilian Portuguese
Retail only: CD Expert. Download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Follow this guide.
LAN play
16 Co-op, Versus
Online play
16 Co-op, Versus

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 26900
UDP 26900
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.
This is the default port used. It can be changed in-game by the user

Issues fixed[edit]

Problems on modern systems[edit]

Delete included OpenGL wrapper

As the included opengl32.dll is a 3dfx-specific MiniGL wrapper, it should be deleted on systems not using 3dfx cards.

OpenGL extension string issue[edit]

Check OpenGL extension limit

This is one of the few games that have problems with long OpenGL extension strings. Regarding Nvidia, older drivers had the option to toggle extension string limit, but current drivers omit this option and instead have all problematic games hardcoded to limit the string. Therefore, the game should start up fine with up-to-date drivers. This can be verified and altered via Nvidia Inspector.

Rainbow color issue (SW rendered h2.exe only)[edit]

Set XP SP3 compatibility mode

XP SP3 compatibility mode fixes this issue.

"You need to re-install Hexen 2 on this computer!"[edit]

Reinstall or use Hammer of Thyrion

This is a type of copy-protection, activates if you reinstalled the OS or moved the game to a different computer.

You can reinstall the game from the CD, install Hammer of Thyrion, or ensure that you also copy registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ComputerName\ComputerName\RAID.

Black lines in dialog box textures (Hammer of Thyrion)[edit]

Use GLOverride
  1. Download GLOverride: http://www.humus.name/index.php?page=Cool
  2. Extract it to <path-to-game>.
  3. Edit opengl32.ini and find FixClamp = 0 and change it to FixClamp = 1.
This does nothing for the status bar, that has a separate problem.

Other information[edit]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 120 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 3a compatible
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 7xx 233 MHz
PowerPC G3 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)


  1. 1.0 1.1 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).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/9060/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (9060) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.