Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny

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Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny cover
Origin Systems
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS October 5, 1988
Windows (DOSBox) September 8, 2011[1]
macOS (OS X) (DOSBox) October 18, 2012[2]
Series Ultima
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Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress 1982
Ultima III: Exodus 1983
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness 1987
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny 1988
Ultima VI: The False Prophet 1990
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire 1990
Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams 1991
Ultima VII: The Black Gate 1992
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss 1992
Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds 1993
Ultima VII Part Two: Serpent Isle 1993
Ultima VIII: Pagan 1994
Ultima Online 1997
Akalabeth: World of Doom 1998
Ultima IX: Ascension 1999

Key points

Characters can be imported from Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar.
The PC version has improved graphics and performance over the Apple II and C64 versions.
Soundtrack is missing from the PC version. The U5 Upgrade adds the original soundtrack in MIDI format, supporting various sound cards and General MIDI. It also adds a theme from the Amiga version, when importing or creating a character.

General information

The Codex of Ultima Wisdom - A huge wiki for the series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
DRM details are not known
DOS version in DOSBox. Includes Ultima IV and Ultima VI. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.[3]
macOS (OS X)
Not available in some regions. Pre-packaged with DOSBox.

Essential improvements[edit]

Import characters[edit]

Characters can be transferred from Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar using a (virtual) floppy drive.
Copy PARTY.SAV[citation needed]
  1. Copy PARTY.SAV from the Ultima IV installation folder.
  2. Paste it into the Ultima V installation folder.
  3. Run the game, choose transfer (or press T) and follow the prompts.

U5 Upgrade[edit]

The U5 Upgrade adds MIDI music. Install with Ultima Patcher or manually following the readme.

Grid Cartographer[edit]

Supported by Grid Cartographer. Its Game Link feature assists in creating the game map. This is not an automap. From the Grid Cartographer's documentation. (note: this is not free software! the 'gamer' edition costs $19,99 and the 'professional' costs $49,99)

Game data[edit]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SAVED.GAM
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
macOS (OS X) <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
320x200 only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Toggle with Ctrl+S.
Surround sound
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
General MIDI audio
With the U5 Upgrade


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen when transferring characters[edit]

Mount Ultima IV folder[citation needed]

See Import characters.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.6.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Core Duo 2 GHz+
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data. For the GOG.com release, file changes in DOSBox are redirected to <path-to-game>/cloud_saves/ even if GOG Galaxy is not used (this folder contains all redirected files, so some files in the cloud_saves folder might be temporary files or other files that do not contain saves or settings).