Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield

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Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield cover
Red Storm Entertainment
Ubisoft Montreal
macOS (OS X) i5works[1]
OS X Aspyr Media
Unreal Engine 2
Release dates
Windows March 18, 2003
macOS (OS X) December 19, 2003
Metacritic 83
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Subseries of Tom Clancy
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 1998
Rainbow Six: Rogue Spear 1999
Rainbow Six: Covert Operations Essentials 2000
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 Quarantine TBA

Key points

The official multiplayer service is no longer available,[2] see this thread or RVSGaming for a solution.

General information

ALLR6 All Rainbow Six Community
Ubisoft game page
Official Forum
Rainbow Six Wiki
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1].
macOS (OS X)
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Gold Edition.
Ubisoft Store
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Gold Edition, included with Ubisoft+.
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Gold Edition comes with the base game and the Athena Sword expansion

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Athena Sword
macOS (OS X)
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Iron Wrath US version
UK version
Manual installation

Essential improvements[edit]

Install Iron Wrath on a non-US/UK version[edit]

Edit RavenShield.ini
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\system\RavenShield.ini\
  2. Find the following line, and set it to this value.
  1. Install Iron Wrath.
  2. You can now restore the previous state of your file.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Raven Shield[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Videos\
  2. Move, delete or rename the following files.


The Logos.bik file is also used for the Athena Sword expansion.
Athena Sword[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Mods\AthenaSword\Videos\int\
  2. Move, delete or rename the following file.


Latest version for the vanilla game is 1.60. Patch for different regions can be found here. If your region isn't in the previous folder (like Czech, Polish and Japanese editions) check here.
If you have the Athena Sword DLC, then look here and choose the right version for your game. For other languages check here again.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\system\*.ini[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/19830/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/19830/pfx/[Note 3]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Ubisoft Connect


In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Menus render in 640x480 only.
Image is Vert-. FOV can be increased to compensate, see Field of View below.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Default is 90 although widescreen resolutions effectively reduce it. Can be further adjusted after installing OpenRVS unofficial patch.
See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See Screen flickering.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
NVIDIA users can force SGSSAA using 0x080000C1 compatibility bits in NVIDIA Inspector. If this doesn't work use dgvoodoo2 Instead.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
On by default.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Enabling Windows 10 HDR will also affect the game.


Instructions[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open RavenShield.ini.
  3. Find the following line, and set it to this value.


In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
No mouse acceleration.
Mouse sensitivity
See Mouse sensitivity.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Mouse smoothing[edit]

Edit User.ini[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Save\Profiles
  2. Edit User.ini (make sure you have run the game at least once)

Mouse sensitivity[edit]

Edit User.ini[citation needed]
  1. Calculate your sensitivity for UT2004 on
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\Save\Profiles
  3. Edit User.ini (make sure you have run the game at least once)
W=MoveForward | setsensitivity 0.123456

In game console command: setsensitivity 0.43


In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
On by default.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Restore 3D audio and EAX[edit]

Use dsoal
  1. Download dsoal from here.
  2. Place dsound.dll, dsoal-aldrv.dll and alsoft.ini in <path-to-game>\system\.
  3. Enable EAX from in-game sound menu.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
User created profile, requires DGVoodoo2 v 2.55.4, see profile introdution.
Note: Profile may not work with the latest wrapper, in case of issues please report to the vorpx forum.


In-game multiplayer settings.
In-game multiplayer settings.

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
16 Official server browser has been shut down;[2] see this thread or RVSGaming.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
UDP 80, 6667, 7777-7787, 8777-8787, 40000-42000
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Screen flickering[edit]

Use ENBSeries DX8 to DX9 Convertor[citation needed]
  1. Download DX8 to DX9 Convertor archive from
  2. Go to <path-to-game>\system\, extract d3d8.dll and enbconvertor.ini files.
Use crosire's d3d8to9 wrapper
  1. Download d3d8.dll from here
  2. Place it in <path-to-game>\system\
Windowed Mode[citation needed]
  1. See Windowed.
  2. Run the game, then deploy a squad in any in-game mission.
  3. See Borderless Gaming.


Avoid setting the game into a borderless mode while in any menus or they'll otherwise break.

Crashing when turning on MSI Afterburner's overlay[edit]

In RivaTuner Statistics Server, set "On-Screen Display rendering mode" to "Vector 2D"
Run the game via dgVoodoo2

Vsync (Enable by default) not working on Windows10[edit]

  1. Download dgvoodoo2.
  2. Copy D3D8.DLL from the \MS\x86\ folder to the game install directory.


The game may become more unstable by using dgVoodoo2.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8.1
OS X only.
Shader Model support 1.4
ExecutablePPC 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Physics Karma
Audio OpenAL 0.951 (Wraps to DirectSound3D)
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.5r
Anti-cheat PunkBuster

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz
AMD Athlon 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB (Windows 98, ME and 2000)
256 MB (Windows XP)
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.2.6
Processor (CPU) 733 MHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  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).
  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>/19830/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (19830) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.