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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
4.54 / 5 - 156 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).

External links

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.

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Comments and reviews

Corvus 2020-07-17 0 point Windows version

*Note: Player/clients need to just allow Heretic II through the Windows firewall and set "Heretic II" compatability settings to Windows XP service pack 2 /16bit and then restart computer to take effect to play.

(Open "Heretic II" folder and right click on Heretic II.exe/go to properties/click compatability mode and set the compatability mode to Windows XP service pack2, 16 bit color).

Mak 2020-07-10 0 point Windows version

my best childhood game

Corvus 2020-07-05 0 point Windows version

@RDR.EXE Answer: After you click on demo and select the bin file you might get a blue screen for a few minutes (3 or 4) before the installation finally starts up. I believe it Windows10 issue, but it does finally start the installation.

[RDR.EXE] 2020-07-04 0 point

I tried installing it, the autorun is working and the UAC installation prompt will pop up. Clicking on demo and selecting the bin file works. The issue is after I accept that, the installation screen itself isn't popping up. I tested this out on 2 other Windows 10 machines. The setup process is still open in the background, but nothing will show up at all no matter what I do. I realized this is an issue when trying to use 32 bit installers on 64 bit OS, as I have multiple other games that do this too.
I have a Win98 (not with me at the moment) and the game works fine there. I downloaded it from the place I mentioned earlier and it works although it's just a game rip. But now I am really curious how to get this game installed from the disc on modern systems.

Corvus 2020-06-18 0 point

*Note: Remember you still need to intall DirectX6 or better on computer to play Heretic II.

From RDR.EXE 2020-06-13 Windows version

I downloaded THIS one and it seems to work now (thank f***)

Heretic II pre-installed and

download link:


Allow Heretic II through the Windows firewall and restart computer to take effect. Also, open Router Ports:
Heretic II Game Router Portforwarding:
TCP/UDP: 27900,28900

Corvus 2020-06-13 0 point Windows version

RDR.EXE - Question: "every time I try to change the visual/control settings and quit the game, it FORCES me to revert back to what it was originally set to and removes my save files."

Answer: After you make any visual/control setting changes "click Menu/Options/save config. The next time you start it it should stay that way.

As for when you playing the "SINGLE-PLAYER GAME"

Save and load games by using the Tome of Power or through the function keys. Press Esc to open the Tome of Power. Choose Main and select
either Save Game or Load Game.
To Load a game, select the game file you wish to load using the mouse
or by highlighting it with the arrow keys. When you have the desired file
highlighted, press ENTER to load that game.
To Save a game in progress, select the game slot you wish to record
your game in (saving in a used slot will overwrite previously recorded game
information) using the mouse or by highlighting it with the arrow keys.
Enter a name for your saved game and press ENTER.
Press F6 at any time to quicksave your game into a special slot. Pressing
F7 will automatically load your last quicksaved game.
The quicksave slot may only hold one game at a time, so be sure that
you wish to write over it before you press the key. Once you do, the old
game information will be lost.

Corvus 2020-06-13 0 point Windows version

From RDR.EXE - Question: "How to get the installation working on 64 bit os"
Answer: How to get Heretic working on a modern computer:


Windows XP/Vista/ install the normal way. Windows 7,8,10 follow the instructions found below.

If there is a problem installing the game on your computer do the following:

To install on Windows 7 and Windows 10:

1. place cd in drive
2. close any auto-run things
3. Explore the folder "bin" on the cd and run Demo32.exe
4. It will ask for a file to open, select bin/H2_Setup.dbd
5. Continue installation as normal.
If there is still a problem right click on the Demo32.exe and click run in compatibility mode and try installing it again.
6. Run the "Heretic II Enhancement Pack v1.06 (14.1 MB)".
7. install the "win2kserverfix".
8. To play the game use compatability mode Windows XP service pack 2 /(16 bit color).
9. allow through firewall and open Router Ports:

Heretic II Game Router Portforwarding:
TCP/UDP: 27900,28900

RDR.EXE 2020-06-13 0 point Windows version

I downloaded THIS one and it seems to work now (thank f***)

I'm still wondering how to get the installation working on 64 bit os though

RDR.EXE 2020-06-13 -1 point Windows version

God this game is an absolute nightmare to get working on modern systems it seems...

I'm using Windows 10 64 bit.
I have the disc and I tried installing, but no luck. I go into the setup folder, setup.exe, then I get the hourglass as if an application is opening, then the UAC access thing, but then nothing happens, it just sits there. I ctrl+shift+esc to check the processes, and there it is, the "32-bit setup" in the background just chilling. Nothing happens at all no matter how long I wait.

I have downloaded a "pre-installed" version of sorts from the Heretic II archives. Now that one works thankfully. However, I am beyond infuriated because every time I try to change the visual/control settings and quit the game, it FORCES me to revert back to what it was originally set to and removes my save files, as if I never opened the game since extracting it to my drive. It's driving me mad! I want to play this game again so badly and hopefully in the near future make a review video on it because it's such a great game. But this is making me almost want to give up on bothering. Can someone please help me with this... anyone?

chazzmang 2020-06-11 2 points Windows version

its pretty gangsta, i would defiantly recommend.

Corvus 2020-06-06 -1 point Windows version

Heretic II has two Mods that you can to play DM deathmatch against (bots) - (Emod and Tmod).

download link:

To start Emod for Heretic II just start Heretic II and bring down the console window and type "game emod" and press enter. Then type exec dedicated.cfg and press enter. The bots will start spawning in about 5 seconds.


T-Mod -Talon's Mod version 1.44 "game modes pre-installed" files for Heretic II.

144 Heretic II - DM +FFA maps + bot routes + Tmod Game Modes.

The T-Mod (Talon's Mod) game modes
What is included in this tmod.
1) T-Mod -Talon's Mod version 1.44 install files for Heretic II.
2) 144 DM and ffablade maps/textures/pics installed in the "All the Heretic II - DM +FFA maps" zip file.
3) 144 bot routes for Heretic II/tmod
4) config folders and all the dedicated files, etc... needed to start playing "dmbot deathmatch, ffa blades with bots, skullhunter with bots, or Instagib with Different Color Lasers and bots".
1) To play "ffablades" with bots - type "game tmod" and press enter. Then type exec ffablades.cfg and press enter.
2) To play "dm" with bots - type "game tmod" and press enter. Then type exec dmbot.cfg and press enter.
3) To play "Skullhunters Mod" with bots - type "game tmod" and press enter. Then type exec skullhunters.cfg and press enter.
4) To play "Instagib Mod" with bots - type "game tmod" and press enter. Then type exec instagib.cfg and press enter.
* Note: If you want longer lasting "instagib shooting... you can type in console window "instagib_delay .35" or less.
Shooting distance can reach the length of the map.
*Note: If the bots fail to spawn... just type in the console window "exec bot.cfg" and press enter. Bots will begin to spawn.
*Note: To change from one mode to another mode you have to first close the dedicated mode you are using presently and start a new dedicated.
*Note: For each person whom joins a server, one bot leaves automatically.
*Note: All the maps included can be found listed below.
Read the extensive tmod document "doc" folder for explanation on all the tmod settings available.
A multi-purpose modification for Heretic II. Read the Document folder found in the Tmod folder for information in how to use the commands available and much more...

144 DM + ffa maps/textures/pics with the bot route file included.
Read the extensive tmod document "doc" folder for explanation on all the tmod settings available.

Corvus 2020-06-06 0 point Windows version

To Pratheep 2019-11-09 0 point Windows version
The link is dead. Can you re post it?

Heretic II Archieves link still works.

To 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?

This is an Windows 95 game remember... Many of the original skies do look sort of muted I know and it should be 16bit colors though... check this photo below for game settings "Heretic II compatability settings.jpg"

Guecchi 2020-04-21 1 point

Nice game, a real classic.

Kaiju 2020-03-13 1 point

Great game

Eddy 2020-02-19 8 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.

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 0 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?

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 -3 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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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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