Panzer Dragoon

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This page is for the original 1995 game. For the remake, see Panzer Dragoon: Remake.

Panzer Dragoon
Panzer Dragoon cover
Team Andromeda
Expert Software
Release dates
Windows December 5, 1996
Series Panzer Dragoon
Panzer Dragoon guide on StrategyWiki
Panzer Dragoon on MobyGames
Panzer Dragoon on Wikipedia
Panzer Dragoon
Panzer Dragoon 1995
Panzer Dragoon: Remake 2020
Panzer Dragoon II Zwei 2021


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Disc can be removed after the game is started, but Music is streamed from the CD

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location

Save game data location[edit]

System Location


General settings, including Video Settings
General settings, including Video Settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Only 640x480 is available
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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
20.8 fps cap


General Controller settings menu
General Controller settings menu
Keyboard Bindings menu
Keyboard Bindings menu
Controller Bindings menu
Controller Bindings menu
Sega Saturn Controller Bindings menu
Sega Saturn Controller Bindings menu

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
In-Game controls can be remapped, however menus are always mapped to function keys
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse input is completely ignored.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Menus can be navigated with a controller.
Controller remapping
Only Buttons 1 - 4 (A, B, X and Y respectively on the Xbox 360 Pad) can be rebound.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Set using 'Up/Down' setting in Change Control menu
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Controller support[edit]

A special 'SEGA Pad' mode is available for Sega Saturn controllers used with an nVidia NV1-based graphics card.
Conventional controllers work using 'PC Pad' setting.
Movement on Joysticks, DirectInput and XInput controllers is grabbed from the X/Y Axis (Left Analogue Stick generally).
No vibration support


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Opening the panel can stop all sound from working. See Sound Stops Working.
Surround sound
Always on due to all speech being in Japanese.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Game also pauses.
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Running the install program does not work[edit]

When opening the installer, nothing seemingly happens

Run the installer directly[1]
  1. Navigate to the disk itself
  2. Go to the folder INSTALL
  3. Run the file SETUP.exe

Game throws the error "Not attached Palette (DirectDraw)" on startup[edit]

The game will show a black screen, followed by the error.

Edit the game's .ini file[2]
  1. Go to  %SYSTEMROOT%\panzerdg.ini
  2. Go to the line that starts with VMode= and replace the whole line with VMode=640*480*16
If the line VMode= is not present, add the following lines at the end of the file: [Screen] and VMode=640*480*16

Colours are wrong[edit]

When the game is started, colours are incorrect.

Use 16-Bit Color Mode[citation needed]
  1. Start the game.
  2. Press F7.
  3. Scroll to 'Screen Mode' and change it to '640x480 16-Bit color'.
Make sure 'Run in 256 colors' in the Compatibility tab is unselected.

Cutscenes do not play[edit]

When a cutscene is meant to play, the game instead appears to hang.

Pause and unpause the game[3]
  1. Press F3 twice to pause and unpause the game. The cutscene should proceed as normal.

Cannot exit game[edit]

Use Alt+F4[citation needed]
F4 does not have a function in the game, it skips straight over it.
  1. Press Alt+F4 when you want to quit the game

Sound stops working[edit]

When opening the Audio Mixer, the game's sound stops working entirely.

Reinstall Panzer Dragoon to a different folder[citation needed]
  1. Insert CD
  2. Run Installer
  3. Select Uninstall and click OK
  4. Run Installer
  5. Install Panzer Dragoon to a different folder.
  6. Run Game
Never open the Sound Mixer again.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 3
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) 90 MHz Intel Pentium

(Some boxes state 75 MHz is sufficient)

System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 (8-Bit) Color, SVGA capable
DirectX 3.0 compatible
Sound (audio device) Sound Blaster 16 or 100% Compatibles
Other 2x CD-ROM drive, Keyboard


  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).