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Icewind Dale

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This page is for the original game from 2000. For the updated enhanced edition released in 2014, see Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.

Icewind Dale
Icewind Dale cover
Black Isle Studios
macOS (OS X) Contraband Entertainment
2000-2006 Interplay Entertainment
2006-2014 Atari
2014-present Beamdog
Retail (Russia) 1C Company
Mac OS MacPlay
Release dates
Windows June 29, 2000
Mac OS (Classic) March 26, 2002[1]
macOS (OS X) March 26, 2002
Metacritic 87
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Icewind Dale
Icewind Dale on HowLongToBeat
Icewind Dale on IGDB
Icewind Dale on MobyGames
Icewind Dale on Wikipedia
Icewind Dale
Subseries of Dungeons & Dragons
Icewind Dale 2000
Icewind Dale II 2002
Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition 2014

Icewind Dale is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and isometric RPG game in the Icewind Dale series.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Uses simple CD-check and LaserLock DRM for copy protection.
Released on both 2-3 CDs or one DVD.
The expansion pack - "The Heart of Winter", contains StarForce 3 DRM[Note 1], although not all versions have it.
Mac OS
Includes the Heart of Winter and Trials of The Luremaster expansions. Pre-packaged with WineD3D. Bundled with Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition.[6]
macOS (OS X)
StarForce DRM for this game does not work on modern versions of Windows (see above for affected versions).


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Heart of Winter
Heart of Winter - Trials of the Luremaster Requires the Heart of Winter expansion.

Essential improvements


The latest official patch for the base game is 1.06, available from Patches-Scrolls.
The latest official patch for Heart of Winter is 1.41, available from Patches-Scrolls: international | German.


Skip intro videos

Delete/rename video files
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Data
  2. Delete or rename the following files:
  • eMovWOTC.bif (Wizards of the Coast logo)
  • MVEfileL.bif (Black Isle logo)
  • MVEfile1.bif (Game introduction, contains story content)

Note that trying to play these disabled movies from the movie selection will crash the game.


A Source Port of Infinity Engine games designed to be compatible with multiple Platforms & add new features such as increased moddability over the original engine.

Game data

Config utility general settings.
Config utility general settings.
Config utility game settings.
Config utility game settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\icewind.ini[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\Keymap.ini[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\mpsave\[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


Config utility video settings.
Config utility video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Use Widescreen Mod.
Use Widescreen Mod.
Use Widescreen Mod.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
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
30 FPS default cap. Frame rate is tied directly to the game's clock and changing it will change the game speed.


Config utility keyboard settings.
Config utility keyboard settings.


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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
1) Official localization by «Akella» – local retail and version.
2) Official localization by «1C-SoftClub - local retail»
Fan translation by prowler
Improved fan translation for the base game and expansions by Clan Dlan, download.
Optional file for English voices in Expansions, download.
Also Mod Item Unfinished Business v7 and Mod Item Fixpack v6.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
6 Co-op
Online play
6 Co-op
The official service has been shut down.


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2300-2399, 47624
UDP 2300-2399, 47624
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed


  • The game will have problems with running with Avast! Antivirus Realtime Shield. The issue manifests in the game crashing when you try to edit your character bio or you try to import a character into a game.
  • Install outside Program Files to avoid issues with file redirection.
  • Will crash when you try to start a new game on newer operating systems, this can be fixed if you run the program as administrator.[7]

Multiplayer-specific issues

  • The game will have issues with displaying if you try to join a multiplayer game while in fullscreen mode. To get around this use Alt+ Enter to switch to windowed mode and back once you've successfully joined a multiplayer game.
  • On older systems like Windows XP it is important to check your network interface priority if you keep having connectivity issues when you have more than one network.
  • Ensure all players are running the same version of the game (the version is v1.41). The game version can be found by starting a single player game and opening the main menu; the game version is then displayed in the bottom left of the screen.
  • Check that the game's 'Cache Size' is at least 140mb. This can be checked and changed with the 'Config' program, which is located in the folder where the game is installed to.
  • Check that both players share the same 'Game Speed' value. This can be checked and changed with the 'Config' program, which is located in the folder where the game is installed to.

Game does not start on Windows 10 (

The version does not start correctly on Windows 10.
Delete/rename ddraw.dll[8]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Delete or rename ddraw.dll. The game should now start correctly.

"Not enough free disk space" error followed by shut down on large capacity partitions

Install Windows compatibility fix
  1. Download custom compatibility fix from
  2. Either use command line to install the compatibility file or run the BATCH file as an administrator to do it automatically.

Assertion failed: ChDimm.cpp at line number 600

Caused by moving the installation directory.
Edit icewind.ini[9]
  1. Open icewind.ini in a text editor.
  2. Under the [Alias], change the shown paths to match the current directory.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DirectDraw 7.0
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Pentium II (or compatible) 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 7.0 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8.6
Processor (CPU) G3 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 690 MB


  1. This version of StarForce DRM does not work on Windows Vista or later.[2][3][4][5] For supported versions of Windows the StarForce driver may need to be updated manually using SFUPDATE.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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).