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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear cover
Red Storm Entertainment
Ubisoft Milan
Mac OS (Classic) Varcon Systems
North America (1999) Red Storm Entertainment
Europe (1999) Take-Two Interactive
2000-present Ubisoft
Release dates
Windows September 22, 1999
Mac OS (Classic) January 12, 2001
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS, Shooter, Tactical shooter
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary
Series Rainbow Six
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear on HowLongToBeat
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear on MobyGames
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear on Wikipedia
Subseries of Tom Clancy
Rainbow Six 1998
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear 1999
Rainbow Six: Covert Ops Essentials 2000
Rainbow Six: Take-Down 2001
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear: Black Thorn 2001
Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield 2003
Rainbow Six: Lockdown 2006
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2006
Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 2008
Rainbow Six Siege 2015
Rainbow Six Extraction 2022

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear is a singleplayer and multiplayer first-person and third-person action, FPS, shooter and tactical shooter game in the Rainbow Six series.

The game's first expansion, Urban Operations, was released in April 2000. The second, Black Thorn from October 2001, is standalone and is covered in its own article.

General information

Rainbow Six Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc v1 DRM[Note 1] in European releases.
Simple disc check in North American releases.
Mac OS
Steam (unavailable)
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Urban Operations

Essential improvements


The latest official patch for the base game is 2.05, available from Patches-Scrolls.
The latest official patch for the Urban Operations expansion is 2.52, available from Patches-Scrolls.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Red Storm Entertainment\Rogue Spear[Note 2]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13660/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data\save\[Note 4]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/13660/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
In the configuration registry, change Fullscreen value from TRUE to FALSE.
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
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
May require DirectSound3D restoration software, EAX 2.0 support
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Red Book CD audio
On Windows, CD music might not play correctly; see the troubleshooting guide for solutions.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
16 The official service has been shut down; use Voobly.[3]

Connection types

VR support

3D modes State Notes
User created profile, requires dgVoodoo2 v2.6, see profile introduction.

Issues fixed

Crash at launch on Windows 10

Use DDrawCompat[4]
  1. Download DDrawCompat
  2. Extract ddraw.dll into <path-to-game>.


May exhibit artifacting when pressing Alt+Tab
Wrapper has no configuration options, but does not produce main-menu cursor trailing/flickering/ghosting as other fixes might
If used with a AMD 5700XT, CAS shader appears to work. Anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering can also be enabled via driver.
Use dgVoodoo 2[5]
Windows 10's built-in compatibility fixes prevent dgVoodoo from working properly with this game. Rename RogueSpear.exe to something else, e.g. RogueSpear-renamed.exe.
Use alternate Windows 10 Fix[citation needed]


This fix only allows the game to run at the resolution of 640x480
Use DXGL[citation needed]
  1. Download and install DXGL.
  2. Add the game's executable to the application list.
  3. Make sure the "support all color depths" box is ticked in the DXGL Config program.
Use WineD3D[citation needed]
  1. Download WineD3D for Windows (works with both version 1.7.52 and 1.9.19).
  2. Extract ddraw.dll, libwine.dll and wined3d.dll into <path-to-game>.
  3. Go to <path-to-game>, and rename the ddraw.dll file to ddfuk.dll.
  4. Open RogueSpear.exe with a hex editor such as HxD.
  5. Click on "Search > Replace" or press Ctrl+R
  6. Search for ddraw.dll and replace with ddfuk.dll and click Replace All.
  7. Save the changes by clicking "File > Save" or by pressing Ctrl+S


This fix allows the game to run in many screen resolutions, including 1920x1080.
Tested on RogueSpear Gaming Ladder custom installer. Only works if the hex editing step is done.
Tested with ATI Radeon 4350[citation needed] - no version of the Wine wrapper works with Black Ops regardless of font fix and edited executable. Worked on Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and Intel HD Graphics 620.
Use DxWnd[citation needed]


DxWnd is a full featured wrapper. Issue with cursor drawing trails in Black Ops menus, otherwise perfectly playable.
DxWnd did not require the ATI font fix during testing.

Music does not loop

Fix CD audio not looping on Windows Vista and newer operating systems[citation needed]
  1. Rip the game CD-ROM's music to MP3 format and place it in a folder on the computer.
  2. Download patched _inmm.dll, and install it.
  3. Patch RogueSpear.exe in <path-to-game> by dragging it onto _inmmconf.exe>
  4. Open _inmmconf.exe and set DirectShow player for default file type in the method tab, as well as the MP3 type.
  5. In the _inmm.ini tab, add the 14 audio files you have ripped. Make sure the order is correct, and then save it in <path-to-game>.

Can't create a DirectSound Device

Disable UseSoundDeviceGuid[citation needed]
  1. Run the Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Red Storm Entertainment\Rogue Spear.
  3. Change the value of UseSoundDeviceGuid to FALSE.
  4. Run the game as administrator.

Crash on start up in windowed mode

Run the game in 16-bit color mode[citation needed]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6
OpenGL 1.2.1 Only confirmed for Mac OS Classic.
Software renderer
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Mac OS (Classic)


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer Servers were taken offline in 2001.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 233 MHz (hardware rendering)
Intel Pentium MMX 266 MHz (software rendering)
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 200 MB
Video card (GPU) 4 MB of VRAM
DirectX 6.1 compatible
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8.5
Processor (CPU) G3 300 MHz
System memory (RAM) 96 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 84 MB
Video card (GPU) Rage Pro
8 MB of VRAM


  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. Applications writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to other locations based on various criterias, see the glossary page for more details.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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>/13660/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (13660) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  4. 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).