Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider cover
Eidos Montreal
Crystal Dynamics
Windows Nixxes Software
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive[1]
Linux Feral Interactive[1]
Square Enix
Release dates
Windows September 14, 2018
macOS (OS X) 2019[1]
Linux 2019[1]
Shadow of the Tomb Raider on Wikipedia
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider (1996) 1996
Tomb Raider II 1997
Tomb Raider III: Adventures of Lara Croft 1998
Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation 1999
Tomb Raider Chronicles 2000
Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness 2003
Tomb Raider: Legend 2006
Tomb Raider: Anniversary 2007
Tomb Raider: Underworld 2008
Lara Croft (series)
Tomb Raider (2013) 2013
Lara Croft GO 2015
Rise of the Tomb Raider 2016
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 2018

Key points

DirectX 12 is the recommended graphics API for the best performance.[2][3][4]
Includes an in-game benchmark.
Support for Nvidia's Ray-Traced Shadows.[5]

General information

Official website
Official forum
Square Enix Support Center
Steam Community Discussions Graphics and Performance Guide


All versions require Steam and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.[6]
A demo is available on Steam.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Season Pass
Official Wallpaper Available by pre-ordering any edition of the game.
Skills Booster Pack Available by pre-ordering any edition of the game.
The Forge Included in Season Pass.
The Pillar Included in Season Pass.
Spectre Gear Included in Season Pass, Croft Edition and The Forge.
Golden Eagle Gear Included in Season Pass, Croft Edition and The Pillar.
Croft Edition Extras Included in the Croft edition.
Deluxe Extras Included in the Digital Deluxe edition.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip launcher and fix Steam overlay[edit]

Use the -nolauncher command line argument[citation needed]

Game data[edit]

In-game gameplay settings.
In-game gameplay settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Eidos Montreal\Shadow of the Tomb Raider\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/750920/pfx/[Note 1]
Any manual changes to the config files will be reset if settings are changed in-game.
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Shadow of the Tomb Raider\<user-id>\
macOS (OS X)
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/750920/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game display settings.
In-game display settings.
In-game graphics settings.
In-game graphics settings.
Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
32:9 resolutions do not show up in game settings or in launcher. Can be set in config. Does not work with DLSS enabled
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Disable Exclusive Fullscreen.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Only supported on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) or higher.
SMAA4x uses MSAA 4x, SMAA and TAA.[3]

Input settings[edit]

In-game gamepad settings.
In-game gamepad settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game mouse settings.
In-game remapping settings.
In-game remapping settings.
Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
You can only choose the stick for aiming.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Light bar support
Static blue.
Connection modes Wireless Adapter, Wired, Bluetooth
V2 tested. Bluetooth support was added in patch 2.[8]
Tracked motion controllers
Generic/other controllers
May need to skip launcher.
Button prompts
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Steam Input
Steam Input API support
needs enter+escape+space keys mapped for Action Sets issues, opening Steam overlay when using camera movement mouse could broke Steam Input and needs restart the game and Steam tasks.
Official controller preset(s)
Steam Controller button prompts
Sometimes prompts won't appear or will be XInput prompts.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Dialogs and Effects.
Surround sound
Up to 7.1. Also supports spatial sound, e.g., Dolby Atmos.
White subtitles or colored subtitles by person.
Closed captions
Separate option for deaf support.
Mute on focus lost


All languages have an option to turn on native voices for some characters to improve immersion.
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Latin American Spanish
Brazilian Portuguese
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play
2 Co-op
Only the Challenge Tombs of DLCs.

Connection types

VR support[edit]

In-game Tobii eye tracking settings.
In-game Tobii eye tracking settings.
3D modes Native Notes
Native 3D
Side by side.
Nvidia 3D Vision
G3D, DirectVR
Officially supported game, see official vorpx game list.
Devices Native Notes
Tobii Eye Tracking

Issues unresolved[edit]

Audio issues[edit]

Various audio issues may occur, like sound crackling or cutting out momentarily.[9]

Issues Fixed[edit]

Stuck at the ix chel and chak chel puzzle[edit]

With a frame rate higher than 60, you can't spin the blocks with the numbers on them. Capping the frame rate to 60 fixes this. You'll need to leave it capped for the entire puzzle.[citation needed]
Cap frame rate[10]

Cap the frame rate at 60 FPS.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12 Toggleable from launcher or settings.
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Audio Wwise
Interface Scaleform GFx
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-3220
AMD FX-8350
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 40 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 660
AMD Radeon HD 7770
2 GB of VRAM
DirectX 11 compatible
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/750920/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (750920) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.