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NHN Entertainment
En Masse Entertainment
Destiny Development
MacroWell OMG Digital Entertainment
Unreal Engine 3
Release dates
Windows January 25, 2011
Metacritic 77
TERA on HowLongToBeat
TERA guide on StrategyWiki
TERA on Wikipedia

Key points

TERA is a free to play title in the US, Europe, and Korea.
Hot-pluggable, well-designed in-game controller support with appropriate icons for both controllers and keyboard/mouse input.
Heavy CPU usage due to poor optimization, UI included, and the limitation of 2 core usage results in a GPU bottleneck.[1][2][3][4]

General information

Official Forums (United States)
Official Forums (Europe)
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website United States.
Official website Europe.
Official website Russia.
Official website Korea.
Official website Japan.
Official website China.
Official website Taiwan.
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United States. Direct Link (steam://install/323370) can be used as a workaround for other regions, leaving only TERA account creation region blocked.[5]
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The US version requires a En Masse account.
The EU version requires a Gameforge account.
The Russia version requires a Destiny ID.
The Korea version requires a Hangame account.
The Japan version requires a NHN PlayArt account.
The China version requires a Kunlun account.
The Taiwan version requires a OMG account.

DLC and expansion packs

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip intro videos[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Client\S1Game\CookedPC\Art_Data\Packages\Video
  2. Delete or rename intro_atari.bik, intro_bhs.bik, intro_eme.bik, intro_fog.bik, intro_ubi.bik and Prologue_kor.bik.


Editing INI Files And Terms Of Service (Europe)[edit]

The terms of service forbids the modification of the ini files (amongst other things) and can result in the suspension of one's game account.[6] However, a community manager has stated that "for the sake of clarification, you won't get banned for changing a line in a .ini file".[7]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Client\S1Game\Config[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/323370/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Field of view (FOV)[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open S1Input.ini.
  3. Go to the following line:

Underneath this line, add a new line with the following:

Bindings=(Name="x",Command="fov N")

Where 'N' is the desired FOV value - note that 100 is a reasonable value to set this to. Also note that there should be no semi-colon at the beginning of this line unlike the lines which follow it. A visual representation of the change in FOV value can be seen here.

press "x" to activate ingame


The game natively supports UI rescaling, so for different resolutions/FOVs you can adjust the size of the UI via the 'UI Setting' tab in the in-game options menu.

High frame rate[edit]

Frame rate cap can be removed by editing S1Engine.ini.
Remove frame rate cap[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open S1Engine.ini.
  3. Go to the line:
  4. Change this line to the following:

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Launcher(s) have no controller support.
Controller remapping
Press select or the relevant setting to bring up the controller mapping options.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Toggle with mouse camera invert option.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, background music, effects, ambient background, interface SFX, and audio when minimized all provide sliders. Guild background music togglable on/off.
Surround sound
Cutscenes only. No in-game option to turn off.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Adjustable with a slider.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Issues fixed[edit]

Launcher gets stuck on "Applying Patch"[edit]

Launcher gets stuck on "Applying Patch"[citation needed]

This issue is usually solved by doing the following:

  1. Delete the file "gl.version", or "gl_v2.version".
  2. Start "TERA-Launcher.exe".
  3. Now the launcher updates itself.
  4. After patching, you are able to use the play button.

If it doesn't work, disable your Anti-Virus. Panda Cloud Anti-Virus, for example, causes this problem.

Or try downloading the patch manually here and then extracting the game.version into your Tera folder. You will need to extract the top level archive first and then extract the game.version from the second archive.

Unable to Login to Launcher[edit]

Login fixes[citation needed]

There are several reasons this issue may occur, and it is usually characterised by the login page on the launcher constantly refreshing.

  • Ensure you have javascript enabled, as this will affect your login on the launcher and on the website.
  • Several anti-virus programs appear to interfere with the TERA login; and as of yet this has not been fixed. Try disabling or reducing the stringency of your anti-virus before logging in, or (if you anti-virus software supports it) try setting the TERA launcher executable as an exception within the software.
  • If you have modified your Windows host file then this may be the cause; reset your hosts file using the Microsoft Fix it wizard.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Anti-cheat GameGuard, XIGNCODE3 [9]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-7100
AMD Ryzen 3 1200
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 760
AMD Radeon R9 280
DirectX 11 compatible
Other Broadband Internet connection


  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. 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>/323370/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (323370) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.