The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
| Release dates
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||2014|
- The game requires 3rd party patches to fix game breaking issues.
- 1 Availability
- 2 Essential improvements
- 2.1 Installation order (retail)
- 2.2 Patches
- 2.3 Skip intro videos
- 2.4 Mods
- 2.5 =Skywind
- 2.6 Utilities
- 3 Game data
- 4 Video settings
- 5 Input settings
- 6 Audio settings
- 7 Issues fixed
- 8 Other information
- 9 System requirements
- 10 References
|Amazon.com||Requires the disc to be always present in the drive|
|GameStop PC Downloads||Some mods do not work with this version.|
- 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)
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 (if needed)
- 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 some retail versions. This patch isn't needed for the retail Game of the Year Edition and 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).
The No CD Patch allows for the original CD copy of the game to be played without having to insert the disk or mount an ISO.
Skip intro videos
Use replacement video files • LinkApply the Morrowind intro skip.
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
- 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 installation folder, then selecting
MGSO Options, navigating to the MGE tab. The user will then need to regenerate the Distant Lands by opening the
currently in alpha
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 (active)
- Planet Elder Scrolls Morrowind - Mod Archive (inactive, downloading still possible, no registration required)
Annotated Collections and Lists of Recommended Mods:
- Morrowind Expanded - Also includes a step-to-step guide for installing.
Configuration file(s) location
Save game data location
|Steam Cloud||Syncs save games.|
|Widescreen resolution||See Widescreen resolution.|
|Multi-monitor||See Widescreen resolution. HUD position affects gameplay.|
|Field of view (FOV)||See Widescreen resolution.|
|Windowed||Set in launcher.|
|Borderless fullscreen windowed|
|Anisotropic filtering (AF)|
|Vertical sync (Vsync)|
|High frame rate||No frame rate or refresh rate cap.|
Set widescreen resolution • Link
|Keyboard and mouse||Native||Notes|
|Mouse input in menus|
|Mouse Y-axis inversion|
|Controller support||Must be enabled first.|
|Full controller support|
|Controller Y-axis inversion|
|Separate volume controls||Effects, voices, footsteps and music.|
|Mute on focus lost|
|Italian||Use Morrowind Italian Translation.|
|Spanish||Use Ultimate Pack Traducción Morrowind Español.|
Crashing During Install or Launch
Crashing During Install or Launch • Link
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:
Render Creation Failure
Render Creation Failure • Link
However, the issue may also be caused by the following:
Audio Problems (Windows XP)
Audio Problems (Windows XP) • Link
Grey Haze • Link
Crash After a Few Minutes of Play
Crash After A Few Minutes of Play • Link
Mouse Lag • Link
Turning down the music slider to its minimum often results in severe mouse lag, particularly indoors.
Load Failure • LinkSome 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 • LinkUsers with ATI Radeon graphics cards often see a black sun during gameplay. This graphical anomaly can be resolved by installing the fan-made "ATI Card Sun Fix" mod.
Installing The Elder Scrolls Construction Set Disc
Installing Disc • Link
An in-development open-source re-implementation of Morrowind's engine, OpenMW allows Morrowind to be played natively on Windows, OS X, and Linux as well as enhance the game by correcting engine-related bugs such as savegame "doubling" and improving physics, combat, AI, and graphics.
|Operating system (OS)||98, ME, 2000, XP|
|Processor (CPU)||500 MHz|
|System memory (RAM)||128 MB (98, ME) / 256 MB (2000, XP)|
|Hard disk drive (HDD)||1 GB|
|Video card (GPU)|| Direct3D compatible card |
32 MB of VRAM
- Black Screen Unrelated to Steam (Problem starting new game) - RPG Italia Forums
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