The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

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The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind cover
Bethesda Game Studios
Bethesda Softworks
Release dates
Windows May 1, 2002
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind guide at StrategyWiki
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind at Wikipedia
The Elder Scrolls
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
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2011
The Elder Scrolls Online 2014
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition 2016
The Elder Scrolls: Legends 2017
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR 2018
The Elder Scrolls: Blades 2019
The Elder Scrolls VI TBA

Key points

For Windows 8 and later apply The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind fullscreen border fix.
OpenMW is an open-source engine that improves some technical drawbacks and adds native support for MacOS and Linux.
Active modding community.
A wide array of bugs have been fixed through community patches.

General information

Official website. Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions
Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages, a wiki for the Elder Scrolls series.
Morrowind Nexus, the largest active modding community for Morrowind.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Install the latest patches to remove SafeDisc DRM. Requires the disc to be always present (even after patches).[3]
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Windows Launcher
Includes both expansions
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Includes both expansions and the Construction Set.[4]
Green Man Gaming
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Humble Store
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Includes both expansions but not the Construction Set.[5]

Version differences[edit]

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.
The Elder Scrolls Anthology includes both a retail version and a single Steam key that unlocks Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim.[6]
The retail and versions include The Elder Scrolls Construction Set.[4] The Steam version does not include the Construction Set.[5]
The GameStop PC Downloads/Impulse version is not compatible with some mods.[7] This version is no longer sold.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Tribunal Included in the Game of the Year Edition.
Bloodmoon Included in the Game of the Year Edition.
Entertainers Free download from The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages.
Bitter Coast Sounds Free download from The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages.
Area Effect Arrows Free download from The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages.
Helm of Tohan Free download from The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages.
Master Index Free download from The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages.
LeFemm Armor Free download from The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages.
Adamantium Armor Free download from The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages.
Siege at Firemoth Free download from The Unofficial Elder Scrolls Pages.
Official downloads for addons no longer hosted on The Elder Scrolls Official Site. Alternative downloads are available.

Essential improvements[edit]

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The Game of the Year Edition and the digital distribution versions are already fully patched.
  • The latest patch for the base Morrowind is 1.2.0722.
  • The latest patch for Tribunal is 1.14.1313.
  • The latest patch for Bloodmoon is 1.6.1820.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use replacement video files

Apply the Morrowind intro skip.

Unofficial Patches[edit]

Morrowind Patch Project[edit]

Morrowind Overhaul includes an older version of this patch. It is recommended to delete the old Morrowind Patch file in the Data Files folder before installing this new version.
Requires both the Tribunal and Bloodmoon expansions.
Fixes several hundred bugs and inconsistencies not covered by the official patches.

General Fixes Mod for Russian version [1С-Акелла][edit]

Requires both the Tribunal and Bloodmoon expansions.
Fixes several hundred bugs and inconsistencies not covered by the official patches. Including edits of Russian localization

Morrowind Code Patch[edit]

Morrowind Overhaul includes an older version of this patch. It is recommended to install the new version after installing Morrowind Overhaul.
Fixes bugs in the Morrowind executable that could not be covered by the Morrowind Patch Project.
Includes several optional gameplay enhancements, such as a sneak toggle and smoother magic casting.

Morrowind Script Tidy[edit]

Fixes scripting errors to reduce save bloat and improve stability.

UV Texture fixes[edit]

These are included in the Morrowind Overhaul
The following mods fix texture seams:

Exe Optimizer[edit]

Morrowind Overhaul includes this patch.
Improves performance on older machines.
Incompatible with non-Intel CPUs.
If using with Morrowind Code Patch[citation needed]

The Morrowind Code Patch must be before the Exe Optimizer.

Large Address Aware[edit]

Improves stability on systems with at least 3GB RAM by allowing the application to use more than 2GB RAM. Particularly useful when using large numbers of mods or heavily scripted mods


OpenMW is an in-development open-source re-implementation of Morrowind's engine. OpenMW allows Morrowind to be played natively on Windows, MacOS, and Linux. It allows for technical drawbacks to be fixed at the level of the engine, as well as enhance the game by correcting design flaws such as savegame "doubling" and improving physics, combat, AI, and graphics.[8] OpenMW requires a legal copy of the game in order to play Morrowind.[9]

Not all mods are compatible with the engine, the official wiki maintains a compatibility guide.
Mod installation guides are available on the wiki or in the documentation


Morroblivion / Skywind[edit]

Morroblivion, a full port/remake of Morrowind in the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion engine has been released and is available here.
Skywind, a full port/remake of Morrowind in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim engine is still in progress. More information can be found here.

Morrowind Overhaul[edit]

A compilation of mods with a fully automated installer and an automatic updater. Includes, The Unofficial Morrowind Patch, Morrowind Code Patch, and MGE.
Improved visuals, effects, sounds and Higher Resolution Textures.

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 using MGEgui.exe.

It is recommended, to manually update some mods/utilities, which are part of Morrowind Overhaul to their latest versions. Instructions are available here.

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 Overlay[citation needed]
Steam Community Overlay: Steam users will need to disable the community overlay before running the game with the mod installed, as the two conflict.
  1. Right click the Steam icon in the taskbar.
  2. Click settings.
  3. Go to the "In-game" menu.
  4. Deselect the Steam Community overlay option.
MGE XE[citation needed]
Morrowind Graphics Extender (MGE) XE: The latest version of the mod, using "MGE XE", is often the cause of this issue.[10]
  1. Users can select an older, less advanced version by navigating to their Morrowind installation folder
  2. Select MGSO Options
  3. Go to the MGE tab.
  4. The user will then need to regenerate the Distant Lands using MGEgui.exe.


Morrowind Graphics Extender (MGE)[edit]

Morrowind Graphics Extender is a utility capable of 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.

MGE XE[edit]

included in Morrowind Overhaul.

An updated fork of MGE with expanded features, bug fixes and performance enhancements over standard MGE.


Sorts mod load order to reduce conflicts and provides messages regarding known issues with mods.

Wrye Mash[edit]

3rd Party mod manager and conflict resolution tool.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Morrowind.ini
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\bethesda softworks\Morrowind
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/22320/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Saves\
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/22320/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Stores up to 953.67 MB of game saves online (maximum 100 files).

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Launcher settings.
Launcher settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See Widescreen resolution.
See the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
75° by default; see Widescreen resolution.
Set in launcher.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See Anti-aliasing (AA).
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See Vertical sync (Vsync).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate cap (Morrowind.ini specifies a 240 FPS cap but this setting is ignored).

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Use MGE XE[citation needed]
Set widescreen resolution[citation needed]
  1. Run Morrowind at least once.
  2. Download and run Morrowind FPS Optimizer.
  3. Choose Change Morrowind registry settings here.
  4. Change defaults to the resolution you want.
  5. Uncheck novice mode and set your field of view (FOV) on the misc/2 tab.


FOV change is only applied when the Morrowind FPS Optimizer is running.
Some UI elements have maximum resizing limits; use Morrowind Code Patch to remove these limits.

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Enable AA[citation needed]
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Bethesda Softworks\Morrowind.
  2. In the right hand window, change Multisamples from 0 to the number of samples you wish to use (ie, 4 = 4xAA).

Vertical sync (Vsync)[edit]

Enable Vsync[citation needed]
  1. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Bethesda Softworks\Morrowind.
  2. In the right hand window, change Presentation Interval from 0 to 1.

Input settings[edit]

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Voice, Effects, Footsteps, Music.
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation, download.
Retail version only
Official localization by Akella. Retail only, digital version available here.
Fan translation official plugins
Fan translation, download.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Crashing During Install or Launch[edit]

Crashing During Install or Launch[citation needed]

Some users have reported issues with crashes whilst installing or launching the game.[11] 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:

  • Iomega removable hard disk drives and flash drives
  • 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 Explorer and Systray (these are essential system processes).

Render Creation Failure[edit]

Render Creation Failure[citation needed]
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 graphics 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)[edit]

Audio Problems (Windows XP)[citation needed]
Some users have reported issues with in-game audio, which may often lead to crashing. One way to resolve this is to reduce sound quality to low in the options menu. If this does not work, try the following:
  1. Open the Start menu, and search dxdiag, then open the program.
  2. Go to the "Sound" tab, and reduce the audio hardware acceleration down two notches to Basic Acceleration.

Grey Haze[edit]

Grey Haze[citation needed]
Users with Nvidia cards who report a grey haze in their games often have their "fog emulation table" turned off. It can be turned back on by doing the following in Windows XP:
  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 Tab
  5. Place a check mark in the box for Enable Fog Emulation Table

Crash After a Few Minutes of Play[edit]

Crash After A Few Minutes of Play[citation needed]
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.
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[edit]

Mouse Lag[citation needed]

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[edit]

Load Failure[citation needed]

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[edit]

Black Sun[citation needed]

Users 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. MGE XE also fixes it.

Installing The Elder Scrolls Construction Set Disc[edit]

Installing Disc[citation needed]
If the user purchased the game on disc, they may be unable to install the construction set through its packaged disk. This issue can be resolved by installing the set from the game disc (Disk 1) instead. To do this, follow these steps:
  1. Place Disc 1 in the CD-ROM drive
  2. Right-Click on your CD-ROM drive and click on Explore
  3. Go to CSInstall, then double click on setup.exe
This will launch the construction set install from the play disc rather than its specific disc, and should resolve any install issues.

Unable to construct potions, due to a wrong message it does not have a name[edit]

Use Morrowind Code Patch[12]

Use the Morrowind Code Patch to apply the "Alchemy name bug" fix.

Window border visible in fullscreen mode[edit]

Morrowind does not go fullscreen correctly on Windows 8 and later.
Apply the fix

Apply The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind fullscreen border fix.

Retail version does not work[edit]

Install the latest Patches to remove the incompatible SafeDisc protection from the retail version.[3]

Settings don't stay saved[edit]

Run as administrator[citation needed]
  1. Right click Morrowind Launcher.exe
  2. Select properties
  3. Select compatibility tab
  4. Tick run this program as an administrator

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 8
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
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) 32 MB of VRAM
DirectX 8 compatible


  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>/22320/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (22320) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.