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Might and Magic IX

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Might and Magic IX
Might and Magic IX cover
New World Computing
2002-2003 3DO
2003-present Ubisoft
Re-release Sold Out Software
LithTech Talon
Release dates
Windows March 29, 2002
Metacritic 55
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time, Turn-based
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control, Point and select
Genres RPG
Themes Fantasy
Series Might and Magic
Might and Magic IX on HowLongToBeat
Might and Magic IX on IGDB
Might and Magic IX guide on StrategyWiki
Might and Magic IX on MobyGames
Might and Magic IX on Wikipedia
Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum 1986
Might and Magic II: Gates to Another World 1988
Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra 1991
Might and Magic: Clouds of Xeen 1992
Might and Magic: Darkside of Xeen 1993
Might and Magic: World of Xeen 1994
Swords of Xeen 1995
Heroes of Might and Magic (series)
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven 1998
Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor 1999
Crusaders of Might and Magic 1999
Arcomage 1999
Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer 2000
Legends of Might and Magic 2001
Might and Magic IX 2002
Dark Messiah of Might and Magic 2006
Might & Magic: Duel of Champions 2013
Might & Magic X - Legacy 2014
Might & Magic Showdown Cancelled
Might & Magic: Chess Royale 2020

Key points

TELP's 1.3a Patch fixes game-breaking bugs (digital distribution versions already include this patch).
For Windows 8 and later apply the fullscreen fixes and run in 32-bit color.

General information Community Discussions for game series Support Page
TELP subforum
Celestial Heavens' subforum


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc 2 DRM[Note 1] internationally, StarForce DRM in Russian release.
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Pre-patched with TELP's 1.3a Patch.
Ubisoft Store
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Included with Ubisoft+.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via Ubisoft+.

Essential improvements

TELP's 1.3a Patch (retail)

TELP's 1.3a Patch fixes many game-breaking bugs. Digital distribution versions already include this patch.

Run in 32-bit color

32-bit color mode slightly enhances visual quality and also fixes a freezing issue on Windows 8.
The version already includes this fix.
This change could potentially prevent some users from launching the game such as this Windows 7 user.
Set 32-bit color in autoexec.cfg[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit autoexec.cfg.
  3. Change "screendepth" "16" to "screendepth" "32"
  4. Change "BitDepth" "16" to "BitDepth" "32"
  5. Save your changes.

Skip intro videos

Rename/delete video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename 3DOLogo.bik, Intro.bik and New World Logo.bik.

Skip launcher

Change shortcut target[citation needed]
  1. Go to the shortcut properties.
  2. Replace mm9.exe with lithtech.exe.
  3. The game will now launch immediately from that shortcut.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\autoexec.cfg[Note 2]
<path-to-game>\autoexec.lith contains special settings that can not be changed in-game.

Save game data location

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

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Ubisoft Connect


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
800x600 only; changing in autoexec.cfg breaks menus.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Fixed FOV (Vert-).
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
800x600 only; changing resolution in autoexec.cfg breaks menus.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Force in the graphics card control panel (may cause lines on the interface).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
For Windows 8 and later apply the fullscreen fixes.


Run the game with the +windowed 1 command line argument[citation needed]


The window cannot be moved and may cause NPCs or even the whole game to run at inhuman speeds (try to change in autoexec.cfg "MaxFPS "0" to "MaxFPS" "75" and it might fix this and mouse problem).


Input settings.
Input settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Set in Game Options.
Controller support


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Sound Effects and Music.
Surround sound
All conversation dialogue is subtitled; FMV cutscenes have no subtitles.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2. Disabled by default.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail only.
Simplified Chinese
Retail only.
Retail only.
Retail only.
Fan translation, download.

Issues fixed

Window border visible in fullscreen mode

A window border is visible in fullscreen mode on Windows 8 and later.
Apply the fix[4]
  1. Download the Might and Magic IX fullscreen fixes.
  2. Extract it anywhere and run install.bat.
  3. The game will now enter fullscreen mode correctly.
Applying this fix will cause the Windowed mode border to disappear (use uninstall.bat to remove the fix).

Game freezes in menus

Menus freeze on Windows 8 and later if the game is running in 16-bit color (the default mode).
Run in 32-bit color[citation needed]
  1. Set the game to run in 32-bit color.
  2. Menus will now work correctly.

"The application was unable to start correctly (0xc0000022)" error on launch

Enable DirectPlay[5]

Menu freezing fix

This issue occurs when menus like the inventory take a long time to load (upwards of 12 seconds).
Replace cshell[6]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data.
  2. Make a backup of cshell.dll.
  3. Download the replacement cshell.dll and place it where the original file was.
  4. Opening menus should now be almost instant.

Loading screen freezing fix

This issue occurs when you can hear the sound of the game but the image freezes on the loading screen.
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data
  2. Make backups of ART.REZ and LOCALART.REZ.
  3. Download these two .rez files and replace the original versions.
  4. The game will now launch immediately from that shortcut.

Black night/water fix

Install dgVoodoo 2
  1. Download the latest stable version of dgVoodoo 2
  2. Extract the following files to <path-to-game>: dgVoodoo.conf, dgVoodooCpl.exe, and the contents of the MS\x86 subfolder.
  3. Run dgVoodooCpl.exe, go to "DirectX", then uncheck "dgVoodoo Watermark". Further configuration settings can be found here.

Mouse jittering fix

Change polling rate
  1. Try opening autoexec.cfg and changing "MaxFPS" "0" to "MaxFPS" "75"
  2. If that does not work, find out how to change polling rate for mouse. It depends on the brand, but it is typically done through the company's software.
  3. Set the polling rate to 125 Hz.
If the mouse does not have software to check what the polling rate is, use Mouse Rate Checker. If the polling rate is not 125 or 250, use hidusbf to change it to 125 Hz.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Operating system (OS) 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 400 MHz
System memory (RAM) 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.0 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).


  1. Not Loading in Windows 10; this will break thousands of - Microsoft Community - last accessed on 2017-01-16
  2. Microsoft - MS15-097: Description of the security update for the graphics component in Windows: September 8, 2015 - last accessed on 2018-02-16
  3. Cloud save support for games available on Ubisoft+ - last accessed on 2021-09-04
  4. This works by applying the ForceSimpleWindow compatibility fix to this game's version of lithtech.exe (other LithTech games are unaffected).
  5. Verified by User:Garrett on 2015-02-24
  6. cshell patched by TELP user frognik - last accessed on 2021-12-14
  7. ART.REZ and LOCALART.REZ fix by youtuber Strategy House - last accessed on 2021-12-14