Hexen II

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Hexen II
Hexen II cover
Raven Software
Mac OS Contraband Entertainment
id Software
Mac OS MacPlay
Quake engine
Release dates
Windows August 31, 1997
Mac OS (Classic) January 1, 2002
Hexen II guide at StrategyWiki
Hexen II at Wikipedia
Heretic 1994
Hexen: Beyond Heretic 1995
Hexen II 1997
Heretic II 1998

Key points

Engine is open source with modern multi-platform ports available; see Recommended engines
Original installer may not work on modern systems; see Play the game on modern systems.

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
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Base game only. The Portal of Praevus expansion is unavailable for download.

Version differences[edit]

Hexen II: Continent of Blackmarsh is an extremely rare demo version of the game that was bundled with Matrox M3D series video cards. It includes the entire first chapter of the game.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Mission Pack: Portal of Praevus

Essential improvements[edit]

Recommended engines[edit]

Hammer of Thyrion[edit]

Hammer of Thyrion is a source port based on the source code release of the HeXen II engine. Many new improvements and features include OpenGL and Widescreen support.

Play the game on modern systems[edit]

Hexen II was originally made for Windows 95, but it is difficult to get the game working on modern systems.[1]
Play Hexen II with the Hammer of Thyrion source port[1]
  1. Download Hexen II: Hammer of Thyrion .
  2. Copy the content of the archive to a folder of choice.
  3. Copy the Hexen II game files pak0.pak and pak1.pak into the data1 folder.
    • If you have the original CD, the game files are in CD:\INSTALL\HEXEN2\data1\.
    • If you have an installed game, the game files are in <path-to-game>\data1\.
  4. Update the game files to version 1.11 if necessary by running h2patch.exe in the Hammer of Thyrion folder.
  5. Start the game by running glh2.exe.
Play Portal of Praevus with the Hammer of Thyrion source port[1]
  1. Install Hexen II and Hammer of Thyrion files as described above.
  2. Copy the pak3.pak file from the CD:\Install\Data\portals\ folder of the original installation CD, into the portals folder of your Hammer of Thyrion installation folder.
  3. Create a shortcut to the glh2.exe file.
  4. Add the -portals command line argument to the shortcut and start the game.
  5. To play Portal of Praevus, choose New game.
  6. To play the original Hexen II game, choose Old game.

Game data[edit]

In-game general settings.
In-game general settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data1\
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\data1\
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game screen resolution settings.
In-game screen resolution settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
A source port is required. See Hammer of Thyrion.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
A source port is required. See Hammer of Thyrion.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
A source port is required. See Hammer of Thyrion.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
No spoken text
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Follow this guide.
LAN play
16 Co-op, Versus
Online play
16 Co-op, Versus

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 26900
UDP (outbound) 26900
This is the default port used. It can be changed in-game by the user

Issues fixed[edit]

Problems on modern systems[edit]

As the included opengl32.dll is a 3dfx-specific MiniGL wrapper, it should be deleted on systems not using 3dfx cards.

OpenGL extension string issue[edit]

This is one of the few games that have problems with long OpenGL extension strings. Regarding Nvidia, older drivers had the option to toggle extension string limit, but current drivers omit this option and instead have all problematic games hardcoded to limit the string. Therefore, the game should start up fine with up-to-date drivers. This can be verified and altered via Nvidia Inspector.

Rainbow color issue (SW rendered h2.exe only)[edit]

XP SP3 compatibility mode fixes this issue.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 NT 4.0, 98, ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 90 MHz Intel Pentium 120 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB 24 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 120 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 3a compatible DirectX 5 compatible