The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
|Developer(s)||Bethesda Game Studios|
|First release date||May 1, 2002|
|The Elder Scrolls: Arena||1994|
|The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall||1996|
|An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire||1997|
|The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard||1998|
|The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind||2002|
|The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion||2006|
|Knights of the Nine|
|The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim||2011|
|The Elder Scrolls Online||2013|
- Great mod support.
- Very buggy.
|Amazon.com||Requires the disc to be always present in the drive|
- The Game of the Year Edition includes both expansions and the latest patches. All digital distribution versions are the Game of the Year Edition and are already fully patched.
 Installation order (retail versions)
Retail versions of Morrowind and its expansions must be installed in the correct order.
- Morrowind base game
- Morrowind 1.2.0722 Patch (if needed)
- Tribunal expansion
- Tribunal 1.14.1313 Patch
- Bloodmoon expansion
- Bloodmoon 1.6.1820 Patch (if needed)
 Morrowind 1.2.0722 Patch
The latest patch for the base Morrowind is 1.2.0722. This patch isn't needed for the Game of the Year Edition and digital distribution versions.
 Tribunal 1.14.1313 Patch
The latest patch for Tribunal is 1.14.1313. This patch is needed for retail versions but not digital distribution versions.
 Bloodmoon 1.6.1820 Patch
The latest patch for Bloodmoon is 1.6.1820. This patch is needed for some retail versions. This patch isn't needed for the retail Game of the Year Edition and digital distribution versions.
The Unofficial Morrowind Code Patch is a collection of over 50 bug fixes and improvements; including an important save game corruption fix, as well as many optional improvements, such as an expanded map. The patch is compatible with English, West European, Polish, Russian and Steam editions of the game, but not the GameStop PC Downloads (Impulse) version. Morrowind Overhaul includes this patch.
The Unofficial Morrowind Patch fixes almost all of the bugs and problems with Morrowind and its expansions. While the official patches by Bethesda only fixed a couple of dozen bugs, this patch fixes several hundred. The goal of this patch is to make the game completely bug-free (within the abilities of the TESCS).
A full port/remake of Morrowind in the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion engine has been released and is available here.
A full port/remake of Morrowind in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim engine is still work in progress. Skywind download page
 Morrowind Overhaul
- This mod cannot be used with the GameStop PC Downloads (Impulse) version.
Morrowind Overhaul is a compilation of mods that give the game a visual overhaul with higher resolution textures, distance rendering, depth of field, real time shadows and global lighting, as well as many bug fixes (using the Unofficial Morrowind Code Patch). Version 2.0 comes with a fully automated installer and an automatic updater for newer releases.
During install, the mod may take control of the user's mouse and keyboard for periods of time as it selects the correct settings needed for its successful installation. The user is given a choice of graphics options that best suits their setup, as, on its highest settings, the mod requires a very powerful setup to run smoothly. Users who have installed the mod and are experiencing low frame rates may wish to disable the "water effects" and "distant lands" settings in
Many users have experienced issues with the game merely displaying a black screen past the main menu. There are two causes of this issue - their solutions are outlined below:
- Steam Community Overlay: Steam users will need to disable the community overlay before running the game with the mod installed, as the two conflict and will produce a black screen past the main menu. This can be done by right clicking the Steam icon in the taskbar, clicking settings, then navigating to the "In-game" menu, and deselecting the Steam Community overlay option.
- MGE XE: The latest version of the mod, using "MGE XE", is often the cause of this issue. Users can select an older, less advanced version by navigating to their Morrowind game folder, then selecting
MGSO Options, navigating to the MGE tab. The user will then need to regenerate the Distant Lands by opening the
Included in the Morrowind Overhaul, the Morrowind Graphics Extender is a flexible utility capable of drastically improving the graphics in Morrowind. Some users may prefer to install MGE individually in order to build their own overhaul or retain the original textures of vanilla Morrowind. The most prominent feature offered by MGE is the addition of the "Distant Lands" distant landscape, but it is also capable of adding shaders, better water, and a myriad of other improvements.
 The Elder Scrolls Construction Set
Shipped alongside the game, The Elder Scrolls Construction Set is the tool used by Bethesda to create the Morrowind game world; and whilst it has a steep learning curve, it offers the ability to create plug-ins and mods to be shared over the web. The set makes use of a proprietary file extension, as with the Oblivion set (.esp). The file sizes of fan-made plug-ins can be as small as a few kilobytes if they merely edit basic game settings, or hundreds of megabytes if they add a large amount of new content.
 Useful Links for Finding Mods
Sites for Download:
- Morrowind Nexus - Mod Archive (active, downloading requires registration)
- The Great House Fliggerty Morrowind Mods Mod Archive (active)
- Morrowind Modding History - Mod Archive to preserve older mods
- Planet Elder Scrolls Morrowind - Mod Archive (inactive)
Annotated Collections and Lists of Recommended Mods:
- Morrowind Expanded - Also includes a step-to-step guide for installing.
 Game data
 Save game location
 Configuration file location
|Steam Cloud||Syncs save games.|
|GameSave Manager||In the database|
 Video settings
|Widescreen resolution||See Widescreen resolution.|
|Multi-monitor||Issues with fixed UI elements; see Multi-monitor.|
|Field of view (FOV)||See Field of view (FOV).|
|Windowed||Set in launcher.|
|Borderless fullscreen windowed|
|Anisotropic filtering (AF)|
|Vertical sync (Vsync)|
Set widescreen resolution • Link
Follow the widescreen resolution steps. The aspect ratio is correct but HUD elements are fixed to the far corners of the resolution. All other interface elements can be repositioned as usual.
Follow the widescreen resolution steps. FPS Optimizer suggests an FOV or you can set your own.
 Input settings
|Controller support||Enable in Options (off by default).|
 Issues and fixes
 Crashing During Install or Launch
Some users have reported issues with crashes whilst installing or launching the game. This can often be put down to a conflict between the Macrovision SafeDisc encryption software packaged with the game, and specific background programs installed on your computer. Programs known to lead to this conflict include Iomega removable hard disk drives and flash drives, as well as some hex and kernel editors. In order to resolve this issue, the user should use the Ctrl+Alt+Del key combination, and end all running processes except
Systray (these are essential system processes).
 Render Creation Failure
This issue often occurs with users who have a corrupted install of the Morrowind Graphics Extender. If this is the cause, it can be resolved by reinstalling the mod correctly.
However, the issue may also be caused by the following:
- The system does not meet the minimum system requirements for Morrowind, or is using an unsupported video card. In this case, there is little that can be done to resolve the issue, other than upgrading the under-performing parts to meet system requirements.
- Outdated video card drivers. In this case, the user must update their drivers to the latest version, available from their respective manufacturer's website.
 Audio Problems (Windows XP)
Audio Problems (Windows XP) • Link
1) Open the Start menu, and search
 Grey Haze
Grey Haze • Link
1) Click the Start button, and navigate to the Control Panel
2) Double click Display, and navigate to Settings, then Advanced
3) Select the GeForce Tab and click Additional Properties
4) Click on the Direct3D Tab5) Place a check mark in the box for Enable Fog Emulation Table
 Crash After a Few Minutes of Play
Users with the Nvidia GeForce 2MX video card and a Via based motherboard often report this issue. It can be resolved by downloading the latest drivers.
The latest version of Via's 4-in-1 driver can be obtained here. Follow the instructions on the web site to download and install the drivers. It is important to note that many computer and motherboard manufacturers have special version of these drivers for use with their hardware. It is highly recommended that you contact the system/motherboard manufacturer to see if the manufacturer has a special version of these drivers, in which case you should use the version specified.
 Mouse Lag
Turning down the music slider to its minimum often results in severe mouse lag, particularly indoors. This can be resolved by moving the slider one notch up, which will halt the lag whilst keeping the music inaudible.
 Load Failure
Some users who have installed both the Tribunal and Bloodmoon expansions separately have reported loading errors, which are caused by the expansions being installed in the wrong order. This can be resolved by installing Bloodmoon over the top of the existing installations, with no need to uninstall anything.
 Black Sun
 Installing The Elder Scrolls Construction Set Disc
Installing Disc • Link
1) Place Disc 1 in the CD-ROM drive
2) Right-Click on your CD-ROM drive and click on Explore
3) Navigate to
 System requirements
|Operating system (OS)||98/ME/2000/XP||98/ME/2000/XP|
|Processor (CPU)||500 MHz||500 MHz|
|System memory (RAM)||128 MB (98/ME) / 256 MB (2000/XP)||128 MB (98/ME) / 256 MB (2000/XP)|
|Video card (GPU)||Direct3D compatible Card 32 MB of VRAM||Direct3D compatible Card 32 MB of VRAM|
|Hard disk drive (HDD)||1 GB||1 GB|