Ultima IX: Ascension

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Ultima IX: Ascension
Ultima IX: Ascension cover
Origin Systems
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 24, 1999
Ultima IX: Ascension at Wikipedia
Ultima II: The Revenge of the Enchantress 1982
Ultima III: Exodus 1983
Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar 1985
Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness 1987
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny 1988
Ultima VI: The False Prophet 1990
Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire 1990
Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams 1991
Ultima VII: The Black Gate 1992
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss 1992
Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds 1993
Ultima VII Part Two: Serpent Isle 1993
Ultima VIII: Pagan 1994
Ultima Online 1997
Akalabeth: World of Doom 1998
Ultima IX: Ascension 1999

Key points

Change the renderer if you get a black screen when starting the game.

General information

The Codex of Ultima Wisdom - A huge wiki for the series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. Install Patch v1.18f to remove.
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Not available in some regions.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

The intro video is automatically skipped once start.dat is generated.
Delete/rename column.dat[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Movies\
  2. Delete or rename column.dat.


The version 1.18F patch fixes many crucial bugs and is required to finish the game.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Options.ini
Key mappings are stored in <path-to-game>\Default.kmp.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\savegame\
start.dat determines the default starting save but saves can still be loaded without it (after completing enough of the tutorial to unlock save/load functions).

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

In-game settings.
In-game settings.
Setup tool settings.
Setup tool settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
For a wider FOV see the WSGF entry.
See the WSGF entry.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See the WSGF entry.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
Use Direct3D mode and a 32-bit color screen depth.
120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Edit Default.kmp. Left and right mouse buttons are hard-coded.
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Toggle with Ctrl+I.
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, Music and Speech. Set in options (Ctrl+O).
Surround sound
Set in Options.ini.
Enabled by default. Set in options (Ctrl+O).
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
Set in FinalSetup.exe.


Thai, Russian, Polish, Italian, Dutch/Greek, Spanish and Portuguese retail only have the manuals translated.[3]
Language UI Audio Sub Notes
German retail only; not available digitally.
French retail only; not available digitally.
Japanese retail only; not available digitally.
Fan translation, download.

Issues fixed[edit]

Black screen[edit]

Change Game Rasterizer in Options.ini[4]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit Options.ini.
  3. Change Game Rasterizer=3 to Game Rasterizer=2
  4. Change GameScreenWidth= and GameScreenHeight= to your resolution.
  5. Change GameScreenDepth=16 to GameScreenDepth=32
  6. Save your changes.

Error when launching setup tool[edit]

The setup tool may open with an error: "The device you have selected does not appear to support all the functions required for Ultima IX: Ascension."
Change Game Rasterizer in Options.ini[4]

See Black screen.

FMV cutscenes are blank[edit]

Uninstall codec packs[5]

Uninstall any codec packs (e.g. K-Lite).

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP, Vista
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 7 compatible DirectX 9 compatible
These requirements are for the GOG.com release.


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]