Torchlight

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Torchlight
Torchlight cover
Developers
Runic Games
macOS (OS X) World Domination Industries[1]
Linux Edward Rudd
Engines
Ogre
Release dates
Windows October 27, 2009
macOS (OS X) May 12, 2010
Linux September 18, 2012
Torchlight guide at StrategyWiki
Torchlight at Wikipedia
Torchlight
Torchlight 2009
Torchlight II 2012
Torchlight Frontiers 2019

Key points

Extensive selection of mods available. See Mods.

General information

Official Forums
RGF Forums
Runic Support - Official support site
Torchlight Wiki
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
Windows
Amazon.co.uk
DRM-free
EU retail version comes translated in multiple languages.
(English, German, French, Italian, Spanish)
Windows
Developer website
DRM-free
Windows
Humble Store
DRM-free
Linux version available via DRM-free download only.
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Offers extras like soundtrack and artwork.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Developers have provided a demo at the official site as well as at Steam and GamersGate.
All Linux versions are DRM-free.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Official patch (1.15). Not needed for digital distribution versions.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\runic games\torchlight
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/runic games/torchlight/
Linux ~/.runicgames/Torchlight/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/41500/pfx/[Note 1]
This game does not follow the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\runic games\torchlight\save
macOS (OS X) ~/Library/Application Support/runic games/torchlight/save/
Linux ~/.runicgames/Torchlight/Save/
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/41500/remote/
Linux (Proton) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/41500/pfx/[Note 1]
To clear save games from the game once Steam Cloud has been used you will need to remove the save files from the Steam Cloud folder as well. The Windows and OS X save files are compatible but have to be manually synced by removing all existing save files for the target platform and then copying the source files to the regular save file location.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Syncs up to 10 MB of save data (maximum 100 files).

Video settings[edit]

In-game options menu.
In-game options menu.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA is applied. HSAA, OGSSAA, SGSSAA, TrSSAA, and MSAA can be utilized under Nvidia Inspector with no anti-aliasing compatibility bits.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]
Color blind mode
AbleGamers review
Netbook mode sets everything to the lowest possible quality to be playable on a netbook (resolution isn't locked).

Remove camera shake[edit]

Change NO CAMERA SHAKE to 1[3]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.txt.
  3. Change the "NO CAMERA SHAKE" value to 1.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Use TorchKit. See Remapping for the other solution.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Remapping[edit]

Go to settings.txt and change the values[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open settings.txt.
  3. Change the value of KEYMAP strings according to this table.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music and sound sliders
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
See Mute on focus lost.

Mute on focus lost[edit]

Set mute in background[citation needed]
  1. Download Special K.
  2. Copy SpecialK32.dll to the installation folder.
  3. Rename to d3d9.dll.
  4. Run the game and exit.
  5. Edit d3d9.ini in the installation folder.
  6. Find [Window.System].
  7. Change MuteInBackground=false to MuteInBackground=true.

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Czech
Fan translation, see Runic Games Fansite.
French
EU retail only; for other versions, see Runic Games Fansite.
German
EU retail only; for other versions, see Runic Games Fansite.
Italian
EU retail only; for other versions, see Runic Games Fansite.
Polish
Fan translation, see Runic Games Fansite.
Russian
Russian retail and GOG.
Spanish
EU retail only; for other versions, see Runic Games Fansite.
For translation mods, check Runic Games Fansite.

Issues fixed[edit]

Be sure to check the knowledgebase if you haven't found the fix here.

Black screen after starting the game[edit]

This might happen when installing a bunch of mods because either the mods conflict with each other or the game takes too long to load.
Delete conflicting mods using Hotspot[4]
  1. Open Hotspot and select installed mods.
  2. Open Tools -> Torchlight I -> Check for conflicts (conflicting mods will have a warning sign)
  3. Disable all but one of the conflicting mods (in each category).
  4. If that doesn't work, disable all of the mods and then enable them a couple at a time.
Delete conflicting mods manually[4]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>/mods/
  2. Move the mods somewhere else then move them back a couple at a time.
Delete settings files[5]

Missing quest monster/item[edit]

Discard the quest, get the new one and/or restart the game[6][7]

No zoom functionality[edit]

Rebind the keys[8]

Invisible cursor (Windows)[edit]

Disable pointer trails[9]
  1. Go to Control Panel and choose Mouse controls.
  2. Under Pointer options, uncheck "Display pointer trails".

Linux-specific issues[edit]

Garbled font[edit]

Upgrade the kernel and/or reinstall fglrx-driver for AMD video cards[10]

Crash on Estherian Ruins Floor 12[edit]

Install libtxc-dxtm-s2tc0 in Synaptic Manager[11]

Crash on Tu'tara Caverns Floor 19[edit]

This usually happens on Intel Mesa integrated graphics cards.
These fixes will probably make particular textures glitchy.
Rename curse.dds[12]
  1. Extract curse.dds from pak.zip/media/particles/Textures/Trail/
    (pak.zip is by default located in /usr/local/games/Torchlight)
  2. Rename curse.dds to "trail37.dds".
  3. Replace trail37.dds inside pak.zip.
Resize curse.dds with GIMP[13]
  1. Install the "gimp-dds" package from the Synaptic Package Manager.
  2. Open /media/particles/Textures/Trail/trail37.dds with GIMP inside pak.zip (in the installation folder).
  3. Resize the texture to 64x256 and export the file back into the archive.

Cursor displays with a black box and does not function (Humble Bundle Edition)[edit]

Put patched version of libsdl2 in Torchlight/lib64[14]
  1. Download this alternate patched version of libsdl2.0.
  2. Extract it into the Torchlight/lib64 installation directory.

Game fails to launch on unsupported localizations[edit]

Run the game with the LC_ALL=C ./Torchlight.bin.x86_64 command[15][16]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
OpenGL 2.0 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 3 [citation needed]
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Audio FMOD
Interface Crazy Eddie's GUI System (CEGUI), FreeType 2
Input Object Oriented Input System (OIS)

Mods[edit]

HotSpot Mod Manager 2.0
HotSpot Mod Manager 2.0
Plethora of mods available at Runic Games Fansite.
HotSpot is recommended for managing mods, especially to check for mod conflicts.
The modding community is inactive and has moved onto Torchlight II.
TorchED - Torchlight editor

HotSpot[edit]

A portable mod manager for Windows that automates downloading and installing mods.
Currently in beta, v2.0.
Full feature list
If you have problems using this application, try out the older version at Runic Games Fansite.

Recommended mods and tools[edit]

GOG.com Mod Spotlight
A list of recommended and helpful mods - Steam forums

Mods

Tools

  • TorchKit - Outdated, but still useful tool to change keybindings, activate console and other settings.
  • TorchlightCam - Highly configurable mod that can set camera to follow the character, rotate etc.
  • TL2Cam - Simple alternative to TorchlightCam.
  • Torchlight Utility - Changes character's difficulty and activates/deactivates hardcore, retired and dead status (make sure to back save data up)

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) XP SP3
Processor (CPU) 800 MHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 822 MB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 7200
Nvidia GeForce 2
Intel GMA 950
DirectX 9.0c compatible
macOS (OS X)
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8
Processor (CPU) Intel Mac
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 800 MB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon X1600
OpenGL 2.0 compatible

Notes

  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>/41500/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (41500) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References