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Witchaven cover
Capstone Software
United States IntraCorp
Europe U.S. Gold
Digital SNEG
Release dates
DOS September 20, 1995
Windows (DOSBox) June 9, 2021[1]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS
Art styles Digitized, Realistic
Themes Fantasy
Series Witchaven
Witchaven on HowLongToBeat
Witchaven on IGDB
Witchaven guide on StrategyWiki
Witchaven on MobyGames
Witchaven on Wikipedia
Witchaven 1995
Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance 1996

Witchaven is a 1995 sword & sorcery fantasy FPS game with a heavy focus on melee combat. It features light RPG mechanics and blends fast-paced first-person combat with a rudimentary experience and leveling system. It is the first game licensed to use the Build engine, and as such uses an earlier version than Duke Nukem 3D. It is known for hazardous map triggers and game physics that cause slippery player movement, sudden deaths, and faulty hit detection. Its singleplayer mode is twenty-five levels long and it has six multiplayer-only maps

Witchaven received a few patches before developer Capstone Software became defunct. The game would receive little attention after 1996 until a former development team member released the game's source code in 2006.[2] After this, EGwhaven and a Dehacker tool would appear that alleviate problems with mouse control and gamelogic issues. Witchaven support was added to BuildGDX in 2018, and is the most accessible way to play this game on modern systems.

For a high-fidelity, accurate, and accessible implementation of the game use BuildGDX. For a bugfixed version of the original DOS executable and game code use EGwhaven inside DOSBox or on a Pentium DOS computer.

General information

ETTiNGRiNDER's Witchaven Shrine Fanpage that catalogues much of Witchaven's content & bugs.
Witchaven entry at RTCM Lots of information & patches relating to Witchaven. Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Prepackaged with DOSBox.
Humble Store
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Bundled with Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance.
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Prepackaged with DOSBox.
Windows and Steam versions include the original retail build, as well as an Enhanced build (both running on DOSBox with a custom configuration tool). The Enhanced build features fixes introduced in EGwhaven, and the controls are remapped to be more consistent with modern first-person games.[3][4]


July 1995 Witchaven Demos

Identical shareware demos containing the first three maps of the game. These demos have different enemy placement and game mechanics than retail. Capstone released a patch for them based on player feedback through a Usenet newsgroup.

Witchaven 3 Level Interactive Preview

Features finalized versions of the first three maps. Includes cinematic intro by Animation Factory. Performs disc check.

Essential improvements

EGwhaven A bugfix/enhancement patch to the original executable. Improves mod-ability, player movement, and adds a human-readable config file.
ETTiNGRiNDER's Unofficial Witchaven level patches Fixes issues for two maps.
Witchaven can be set to read its SMK files from the hard drive. Use the LOCAL parameter when launching the game.

Source ports

Name Description
BuildGDX Reverse-engineered gameplay-accurate port written in Java. Adds high resolutions support, OpenGL renderer, modern controller support and improved mouse control. Fixes most issues with the game.
macOS (OS X)



DOS32A is a memory extender for DOS games. It is an open source replacement to DOS4GW which was often used in game development. It can improve both the performance and stability of Witchaven.

Game data

Most of Witchaven's save data and settings are stored in non-human-readable .DAT files. It is possible to modify them with a hex editor.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\PREF.DAT
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1655410/pfx/[Note 2]
PREF.DAT contains values changeable ingame.[5]
SETUP.DAT contains values changeable by setup utility.[6]
SETUP.INI is the main config for the HMI sound system.

Save game data location

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\SVGM*.MAP
Windows <path-to-game> (mounted in DOSBox)[Note 1]
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1655410/pfx/[Note 2]
SVGM*.MAP stores map data. Witchaven uses Build MAP format version 6.[7]
SVGN*.DAT stores player data.[8]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud


Witchaven's video settings screen.
Witchaven's video settings screen.
Certain parts of Witchaven's gamelogic were written to be dependent on framerate. If unmodified it begins to malfunction at 30FPS and up.[9][10]
EGwhaven remedies this by capping the framerate to 24FPS.


Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Using setup.exe.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
During gameplay press F12 and then use to select between the X and Y axes. Then press to adjust the sensitivity of your selected axis. Press F12 again to confirm.
Mouse input in menus
The Witchaven Setup Utility supports mouse use. The ingame menu and sound card configuration program do not.
Mouse Y-axis inversion
See the Glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller must be configured first.
Controller remapping
Using setup.exe.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
See the Glossary page for potential workarounds.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Tracked motion controllers
The VFX1 cyberpuck is supported via a patch. Controls are configured in VFX1.CFG.
Button/gesture prompts
Generic/other controllers
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
During gameplay press F9 and then use to select between music and sound effects. Then use to modify volume. Press F9 again to confirm.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
For DOSBox change the priority background value in the DOSBox configuration file.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
16 Versus, Co-op
Online play
16 Versus, Co-op

Connection types

Type Native Notes

Multiplayer clients

  • Classic Gaming Arena is a service for IPX-based multiplayer games running within DOSBox. Runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

VR support

Headset Native Notes
Forte VFX1
Supported via a patch by Capstone. Type WH VFX1 to use.
Victormaxx Cybermaxx 2.0
Supported via a patch by Capstone. Type WH CYBER to use.
Virtual i-O I-Glasses
Supported via a patch by Capstone. Type WH IGLASS to use.

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes SVGA, SVGA (VESA), VGA


Middleware Notes
Audio HMI Sound Operating System Configured by editing HMISET.CFG, PATCHES.INI, and SETUP.INI.
Cutscenes Smacker Video
Multiplayer DWANGO Support was added by Capstone via a patch


Map Editing

Texture packs

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 5.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 486DX/33 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 MB
Video card (GPU) SuperVGA, VESA, VGA
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 8.1
Processor (CPU) Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within the installation folder reflects the path(s) listed for DOS game data.
  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>/1655410/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1655410) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.