Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition

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This page is for the Battle.net-compatible and GOG.com enhanced releases. For the original release, see Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.

Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition
Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition cover
Blizzard Entertainment
Beyond the Dark Portal Cyberlore Studios
Release dates
Windows September 30, 1999
Mac OS (Classic) October 4, 1999
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS
Themes Fantasy
Series Warcraft
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General information

Wargus & Stratagus patch - For playing on modern systems (in Wargus patch setup select Warcraft II - it's a hidden option).
GOG.com Community Discussions
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Original 1999 retail disc release.
Mac OS
CD key
Enhanced 2019 GOG.com release.
Includes a key to play online through Battle.net, shown in the game's library entry.
Warcraft I & II Bundle is also available.

Version differences[edit]

Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (1999, retail disc)[edit]

Released September 30, 1999.
First Windows version of Warcraft II to have TCP/IP internet play through Battle.net.
Uses disc check and CD key DRM.
Limited to 640x480 resolution and exclusive fullscreen mode.

Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition (2019, GOG.com release)[edit]

Released March 28, 2019.
Includes both the classic version with Battle.net access, and a modern OS compatible enhanced version.
Enhanced version uses a DirectX wrapper for better graphical compatibility in modern operating systems.
Both versions use an IPX wrapper to provide IPX/SPX support for LAN multiplayer.
No disc check DRM.
No CD key DRM for the enhanced version.
The enhanced version does not have Battle.net access, although the included classic version does.
CD key DRM for online play through Battle.net in the classic version.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

Essential improvements[edit]


The most up-to-date standalone installer version for the retail release is 2.02.
Operating System Download Link
Windows Blizzard FTP Server
Mac Blizzard FTP Server

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Blizzard Entertainment\Warcraft II\
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Save[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy


GOG.com release DirectX wrapper settings menu.
GOG.com release DirectX wrapper settings menu.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
The GOG.com enhanced version has stretch full-screen, pillarboxed full-screen, and pixel-based scaling as options.
The GOG.com enhanced version has stretch full-screen with options that allow multi-monitor resolutions.
The GOG.com enhanced version has stretch full-screen with options that allow ultrawidescreen resolutions.
4K Ultra HD
The GOG.com enhanced version supports 4K resolutions.
Field of view (FOV)
Use Window Mode for WarCraft 2.
The GOG.com enhanced version supports windowed mode.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
The GOG.com enhanced version supports borderless full-screen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
The GOG.com enhanced version supports up to 16x anisotropic filtering.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
The GOG.com enhanced version supports up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
The GOG.com enhanced version supports v-sync.
60 FPS
The GOG.com enhanced version supports greater than 60 FPS.
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)


In-game input settings menu.
In-game input settings menu.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Screen edge map scroll speed can be adjusted.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


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

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separated into music and all other game audio.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Unofficial translation by GSC Game World.
Download and information


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
8 See Issues fixed.
Online play
8 Via Battle.net Classic


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 6112-6119
UDP 6112-6119
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

Issues fixed[edit]

Game uses IPX for multiplayer[edit]

The retail releases use IPX for LAN multiplayer, meaning Windows Vista and higher cannot play LAN multiplayer.[citation needed]
The Battle.net Edition added TCP/IP multiplayer via Battle.net.
The GOG.com release comes prepackaged with a wrapper which repackages IPX traffic as UDP traffic to enable LAN multiplayer.
Use IPX tunneling (Windows)[citation needed]
  1. Download the latest version of IPXWrapper.
  2. Copy and paste the files inside the ZIP file you downloaded into <path-to-game>

Game crashes on startup or refuses to start[edit]

An issue in the code causes the game to trigger Data Execution Prevention protections.
Fix Data Execution Prevention setting

Ensure Data Execution Prevention (DEP) setting is set to Turn on DEP for essential Windows programs and services only or add a DEP Exception for Warcraft II BNE.exe and Warcraft II BNE_dx.exe and reboot the system.

No Audio In-Game[edit]

If the operating system is set to use surround sound audio, game audio may not play.
Change operating system audio mode to stereo
  1. Press Windows key + R to open a Run window, type mmsys.cpl into the run window, and click OK.
  2. Under the Playback tab, Left Click your default output device, and then Left Click Configure.
  3. Choose Stereo and follow the configuration wizard instructions.

Other information[edit]

In-game miscellaneous settings menu.
In-game miscellaneous settings menu.


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 2 GOG.com enhanced version uses/requires D3D9 wrapper.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video, Smacker Video
Multiplayer Battle.net Classic

Source ports[edit]

Name Description
Alternative open-source engine.
Aims to improve stability and availability on other platforms such as OS X and Linux.
Compatible with the GOG.com version.
macOS (OS X)

Cover Art Gallery[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Original Retail Release[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium-class
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA-compliant video card
Mac OS
Operating system (OS) 7.6
Processor (CPU) PowerPC 601
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 colors

GOG.com Digital Re-release[edit]

Operating system (OS) 7, 8.1, 10
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz or faster
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Users running older versions of Windows 10 Redstone may experience a crash on launch when running the game’s executable. Patching your operating system to the newest version (Redstone 5) should correct this issue.
The GOG.com release does not support Mac OS nor OS X.


  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).