Warrior Kings

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Warrior Kings
Warrior Kings cover
Black Cactus
Mac OS (Classic) Zonic Limited
Windows Microïds
Windows, Remastered Empire Interactive
Windows, Remastered Strategy First
Mac OS Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows February 28, 2002
Mac OS (Classic) August 25, 2003
Warrior Kings on Wikipedia


GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
Warrior Kings
Warrior Kings 2002
Warrior Kings: Battles 2003

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
LaserLock DRM
Mac OS
Green Man Gaming
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Essential improvements[edit]

WK Universal Unofficial Patch[edit]

Fixes the unit teleportation bug on high framerate
Fixes issues with the music, improves framerate when music is on
Fixes sight range events not always being sent (like towers not shooting arrows, cutscene not being played in Rescue Tomas)
Improves modding (allows custom maps, patch BCPs, custom campaigns, ...)
Install WK Universal Unofficial Patch
  1. Download the patch and extract it.
  2. Copy the file "d3d8.dll" to the game data folder.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Black Cactus\Warrior Kings[Note 1]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/297570/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\saved[Note 3]
Mac OS (Classic)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/297570/pfx/[Note 2]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]


Windowed mode[citation needed]
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Black Cactus\Warrior Kings\Renderer
  2. In the menu bar click Edit > New > DWORD 32-bit value.
  3. Name the new value: fullscreen
  4. Double-click it and set it to 0.
If you want to go back to fullscreen, double-click the fullscreen value and set it to 1.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, sound effects
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Retail version, download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
8 GameSpy services have been shut down;[1] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Issues fixed[edit]

Graphical glitches[edit]

This bug seems to occur on Windows 10 and/or recent Intel Graphics drivers.
Graphical glitches fix[citation needed]
  1. Download the ENB D3D8 to D3D9 converter.
  2. Extract the content of the ZIP file into the installation folder.

Unit teleportation[edit]

Units sometimes stop moving and teleport when the framerate is high.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98
Processor (CPU) 733 MHz
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8.1 compatible


  1. When running this game without Administrator elevation, 32-bit programs writing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE will be redirected to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\VirtualStore\MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node (more details).
  2. 2.0 2.1 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>/297570/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (297570) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.
  3. When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).