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Heretic II

Windows - 1998

Also available on: Mac

Year 1998
Platform Windows
Released in France
Genre Action
Theme Fantasy, Shooter
Publisher ATVI France SARL
Developer Raven Software Corporation
Perspective Behind view
4.55 / 5 - 143 votes

Description of Heretic II Windows

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Darkness has descended upon Parthoris again. I fear that this time there shall be no one to lift the damp veil that has blanketed my beautiful homeland. The plague struck quickly, and it was not until too many were infected that anyone took notice of the creeping death. Now, city streets are filled with the noxious green plague vapors that cause insanity and then death to any that are unfortunate enough to inhale it. Most are warped and twisted into a blood-crazed rage that drives them to assault nearly any that they encounter. My people have fared better than the Sidhe, but even those noble beings have regressed into mindless barbarism. Perhaps I will be able to find some means to cure this terrible nemesis that has befallen my homeland. If not, I fear all will be lost.

The Plot:

In Heretic II, you're Corvus, an elf-type-man. After killing the Serpent Rider in Heretic, Corvus returns from his banishment to Silverspring, your home, where he finds that a mysterious plague has swept the land of Parthoris, taking the sanity of those it does not kill. Corvus, the protagonist of the first game, is forced to flee his hometown of Silverspring after the infected attack him, but not before he is infected himself. The effects of the disease are held at bay in Corvus’ case because he holds one of the Tomes of Power, but he still must find a cure before he succumbs.

His quest leads him through the city and swamps to a jungle palace, then through a desert canyon and insect hive, followed by a dark network of mines and finally to a castle on a high mountain where he finds an ancient Seraph named Morcalavin. Morcalavin is trying to reach immortality using the seven Tomes of Power, but he uses a false tome, as Corvus has one of them. This has caused Morcalavin to go insane and create the plague.


Besides being able to run, jump, swim and having a lot more other acrobatic skills, Corvus has also some special tricks up his sleeve. In critical situations he can rely on a wide range of magical equipment. The game offers you nine attack and six defensive weapons and spells all of which have their special properties. You can restore the life and magic power (mana) you spend during the game by collecting different magic items you will find on your way.


"Heretic II.iso zipped" Is the full CD Version of Heretic II. A (Bootable HERETIC_II CD install.iso) of the game with all "Mods, maps, textures, skins, models, skys, etc... provided in the download links below.

*Mods: (Siege, THF, Tmod, Grinbots, Skullhunters, and instagib, etc...). Read all the install instructions.

Checkout some of the "Heretic II Multiplayer Map photos (640x480)" in the map photo folder provided.


Heretic II online communities can be found on the Raven-Games Facebook Group and on the Heretic 2 Community Cloud (also Facebook).

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How to play Heretic II Windows

Some advice on running Heretic 2 on modern systems can be found here: The Heretic II Enhancement Pack v1.07 is available in the downloads.

Detailed instructions for playing Heretic 2, using the large ISO version, is provided in the downloads.

Captures and Snapshots

Comments and reviews

Kaiju 2020-03-13 1 point

Great game

Eddy 2020-02-19 4 points

I am a 72 year old pc gamer. Started gaming in the 80s. Still use dos on old P4.

Corvus 2019-12-27 0 point Windows version

If you downloaded "Heretic II pre-installed and updated (1.78 GB)" from the "Heretic II Archieves" You need to start the game and bring down the console window (~) key and type in (set cd_nocd 1) and it should work without the cd.

Also, you could go to Archieves and grab the "CloneCD Heretic II Bootable image that will burn to CD" and burn it onto a new cd-rom disk.

re-Pratheep 2019-11-11
After following all the instructions, I installed the game but after launching, it doesn't go past the intro video, it crashes with "you must have the Heretic 2 CD in the drive to play" error message.

Corvus 2019-12-24 3 points Windows version

Greetings fellow Heretic's,

This is the new updated "Heretic II" Archives download link to all files.

download link:

Heretic II Archive Game files:
1) Heretic II pre-installed and updated (1.78 GB).
2) CloneCD Heretic II Bootable image that will burn to CD.
CloneCD Heretic II image files included: (IMAGE.ccd, IMAGE.cue, IMAGE.img, IMAGE.sub).
3) Heretic II [LINUX, AMIGA, & MAC GAME] install files.
4) Heretic II base folder files: Folders individually zipped: "(ds, maps, models, skins, sound, sprites, and textures)", etc...
5) base folder files all in one zip. (1.20 GB).
6) Heretic II update files folder.
7) Monitor Resolution tweaks folder. (PC & TV).
8) Heretic II Gamespy3D webtool install files.
9) Heretic II English to German, Spanish or Russian translation.
10) Heretic II Mods install folder: (Mods included): (Emod, Tmod, The Heretic Fortress (THF), Siege), etc...)
11) Heretic II Singleplayer-addons folder.
(The Ogle - The Return of Morcalavin singleplayer addon, and "Shadow Slayer" by: Dann Pigdon.), AOG-MOTU, zombie_town, etc...
12) Heretic II Game information, etc... folder.
13) Heretic II Map Editors install: (with tutorials and utilities) folder.
14) Heretic II Maps/routes released after (12-1-2019).
15) Heretic II dedicated server setup example
Heretic II installation Info:
Install Heretic II...
*Note: Use Compatibility Mode: Windows XP Service Pack 2, 16-bit (colors).
*Note: You must Allow Heretic II and, or Gamespy through the Windows firewall to play online.
*Note: you must restart the computer afterwards to allow Heretic II and Gamespy through the Windows firewall.
*Note: portforward/open router ports - allow both (UDP/TCP 27900 + 28900) and (UDP/TCP 28910 + 28911) for the game and let it through firewall and reboot router to take effect.
Heretic II Game Information folder:
1) How to install and get Heretic working on a modern computer text info.
2) Heretic II compatability mode settings info settings with photo.
3) Spirit Shrine Official Heretic II Walkthrough with photos.
4) Heretic II Beginner Guide.htm
5) conbacks
6) Heretic II Cheats, Codes, and Secrets for PC
7) Heretic II Music - MP3 files by Kevin Schilder.
8) Heretic II install & portforward info readme.
9) Heretic II Smack full-screen Audio-Video.
10) Heretic2_savegames_all (All the Coop checkpoint levels saved) in case you have a problem with your“user/save” checkpoints and wish to continue playing Coop.

Literally_Nobody 2019-12-19 0 point Windows version

Anyone managed to get reshade to work with Heretic2?

Tomstonemale 2019-12-14 1 point Windows version

If you are going to download the game from the Gdrive link in the comments, erase the files inside the "user folder". It makes the game look ugly for some reason.

Pratheep 2019-11-11 -2 points Windows version

After following all the instructions, I installed the game but after launching, it doesn't go past the intro video, it crashes with "you must have the Heretic 2 CD in the drive to play" error message.

Pratheep 2019-11-09 0 point Windows version

The link is dead. Can you re post it?

Rod 2019-10-06 1 point Windows version

@Corvus, I was able to get it running great on my laptop, but, for some odd reason, it seems to be running in 256 colors, as the sky looks awful and texture colors seem muted. Any idea on how to fix this?

Sport 2019-09-26 1 point Windows version

Heretic II pre-installed and (2 GBS)

Install info: Read all the readme install files.

Date: May 29, 2019

katie08ts 2019-09-05 0 point Windows version

Heretic II / get cd or iso, for 64 bit and 7/10 use otvdm you have to extract this program where you want and click on otvdmw look for the setup file from the cd in setup / setup.exe, download the Heretic II Enhancement Pack v1.07 from extract and replace in the game folder, inside you will find nglide to install (if you already have nglide do not install it) advice in the game to select opengl 32 for graphics and use the file H2Resolution to set the resolution of the game

Gabe 2019-05-21 0 point Windows version

Is it possible to change hardware render option?

the unseen 2019-04-23 0 point Windows version

Corvus: Thanks man much appreciated.

TimeStreamer 2019-01-23 3 points

Game doesn't start with WIndows 10. Crash.

Crow 2018-11-25 0 point Windows version

Just downloaded Heretic II, I bought this game years ago and never managed to finish it, I guess I may have another chance :-)
Thank you

Bob Marley 2018-10-07 0 point

Running into a blade match server and treating everyone like a free for all was hilarious in the old days

eww34445 2018-08-29 1 point Windows version

One problem I that I had getting it to run, was that after following the directions, it just wouldn't open at all.
I found someone mentioning that it needed to be near C:, but I had it about 6 folders deep. As soon as I moved the folder, it worked great.
Here is where I found that mentioned:

Toko 2018-08-29 1 point

Does anyone have an actual ISO file and not a MDF/S version?


3gb version
Everything is where it should be
Start tutorial model
"Heretic II must be in CD drive to play"
Does anyone know how to get around this please?

Red_Fist 2018-05-01 -1 point Windows version

I played Heretic but not sure I played Heretic 2. Using win7 pro 64 bit, Intel i7. I only installed the non enhanced version, but ran the 3DFX driver from it and got it to work quite well. The only problem is running a saved game after you quit the game. It will run the saved game if I stay in the game.

However, if you have the "Entering" a level that it saves, will run, after I do that I then run my old saved game. I cannot get the enhanced version to run at all, it exits right away.

ggggg 2018-02-19 0 point Windows version

it opens and everything i am so close but it pops up all gray and says textures not found

midnightrizer 2018-02-18 -2 points

windows 10 does not have ME 98 Compatibility mode those are 16 bit systems not even xp compat mode which is 32 bit geez people most of these old games wIll not touch windows 10 period. run a xp computer and use compat mode for 98 but do not expect windows 10 to help you and if you have 64 bit forget it you are SOL

Sport 2017-09-03 1 point Windows version

For just patches for Heretic II you need both of these below. One is the Enhancement packv1.06 which can be found on "FilePlanet for Heretic II game. The other patch was more of an Windows XP-Windows 10 "quake2.dll" fix for playing on other Windows versions other than Windows 95, which is what everyone used when the game first came out. (The orginal fix for Heretic II) or the "H2 1440x900" fix for Heretic II under Windows XP (service pack2) settings for compability mode.

There are still "Heretic II" forums on "Facebook" that have been around for ages where you can post your questions.

dekent 2017-08-26 1 point Windows version

Some may hate the fact that this is 3d when its predecessor was an fps, but I have unbelievably fond memories of running around in godmode and obliterating all kinds of monsters. Would recommend.

Gojhu 2017-08-02 0 point

I was and still a die-hard fan of Heretic Ii although now old.

josh j 2017-04-16 -2 points

played a demo of this few years back ran ok on 7.
very odd not much of a sequel more an arbitrary evolutionary spin off.
the hexen sequel was not very good either but at least was more inline.
all pretty lame heretic was a good fps classic deserves a better lineage.

RajAgni 2016-11-26 3 points

This is the best game of the Heretic/Hexen saga.
It would be awesome if some day they lauch heretic 3

Wanwo 2016-11-25 1 point Windows version

Works great on Win10 64 bit!

Here's some detailed instructions if you're having trouble.

1. Download the main file and fix file to the desktop. Get the manual file too (good lore in there).

2. These are zip files. They might just unzip when you click on them. If they don't get a unzip program like WINRar. Unzip them to the desktop.

3. In the main file, drill down and you'll see two files, a large mdf file and a small mds file. You need to mount the small mds file. I use Daemon Tools Lite. It's a matter of opening Daemon Tools Lite, and I choose 'Quick Mount', point to the small mds file and click Open. That file is now mounted as a drive in My Computer.

4. Open My Computer and you'll see the Heretic II as a drive. Right Click = Open.

5. Go into the 'setup' folder and you'll see the SETUP (application file). Click on that and the game will install.

6. After installation and before you play the game, install the fix. This comes from the other zip file. It's a single file called quake2.dll. Extract the file and place it in the directory in which you installed the game on your C drive (or wherever). If you chose the default it will probably be
C:Program Files (x86)Heretic II
Windows will ask you if you wish to replace the existing file of the same name Yes

Game runs perfectly.

theheretic 2016-10-20 4 points Windows version

Game works on windows 10. Just make sure to use the fix and run this in compatibillity mode with windows 98/me also make sure to run this with administration rights.

npatel 2016-07-04 -5 points Windows version

There is no installer or an .exe file in this huge download, it has just 2 files in a zip folder. These files are .mdf extension and it does not run at all.

acee 2016-05-20 1 point Windows version

I play on linux (Wine tool)

WildBluntHickok 2015-12-05 0 point Windows version

Fix doesn't work (windows 8.1). Is it region-specific? Because I'm using my physical disc rather than downloading the disc image.

newgamer 2015-12-03 0 point Windows version

hi , The fix basically has a quake dll file . I have nowhere to 'replace' any file. and it says it is not compatible with 64 . what to do..?

raj 2015-10-14 1 point Windows version

doesnt it work in windows 10?

Tyreael 2015-10-07 3 points Windows version

Hi, i'm on Seven 64 and it's works perfectly. Don't just run the automatic installer.
Go in Heretic II Setup Setup.exe
And the installation will works.

OUTraged 2015-08-12 -17 points Windows version doesnt even look like Heretic at all. Not to mention its third person and not first person. Why did they butcher the sequels to these? Even Hexen 2 was terribly made. Hexen 2 just looked like a Quake mod, it had the exact same gfx as Quake. So bad....I wouldn't be caught dead playing this disgrace.

D 2015-07-19 -1 point Windows version

Thanks working on W 7 64

If it Crashes on you watch the intro do Not Skip it

ps you might want to change your screen settings on your windows

Sport 2015-07-15 0 point Windows version

Does running in Compatibility Mode and, or, with Aministration rights when installing help?

camel 2015-06-08 1 point Windows version

Works perfectly on Windows 8.1 64bit.

You just need to keep in mind that you also need to apply the fix for Windows to play. You can download the fix with the instalation files.

After installing Heretic 2 unpack the folder containing the fix for playing on Windows inside the instalation directory of Heretic 2. When it asks if you want to replace the current files with the new ones press yes and you are good to go.

Heretic 2 is an awesome game. Have fun.

dogpuke 2015-05-21 2 points Windows version

Get an error says that it won't run in Windows 8.1 64-bit

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DownloadISO Version Single and Multiplayer + Patches + Mods English version 2.9 GB DownloadISO Version English version 698 MB ManualEnglish version 2 MB

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Various files to help you run Heretic II, apply patchs, fixes, maps or miscellaneous utilities.

FixFix to run the game English version 201 KB MiscInstallation Instructions English version 10 KB MiscBeginner's Guide English version 202 KB ModHeretic II Enhancement Pack v1.07 English version 15 MB ModAbode of Golgotha 1.5 English version 5 MB ModMaw of the Umbra: Abode of Golgotha 2
v1.1 English version 32 MB
ModThe Quest v2.0 English version 15 MB ModMods Compilation for Single and Multiplayer English version 473 MB

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