Category: Main Games Online (MMORPG) Games EverQuest II 05 - The Shadow Odyssey

EverQuest II

EverQuest II is a massively
multiplayer online game with a vast online world featuring amazing graphics
and a large game world to explore.  EverQuest II's design is one graphical realism as opposed to the cartoon like feel of some other popular MMORPG's. There is no shortage of exciting content for all levels and styles of play in this game.

Application Details:

Version: 05 - The Shadow Odyssey
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Garbage
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.2-rc3

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

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Selected Test Results

What works

Install, Patch, Character Create/Delete, Running around and completing most quests on starter isle. Running at highest settings on AMD phenom Quad with 2G ram and nVidia 8800 GT

What does not

Places that show web connections.
I did not have to disable wines web browser but 90% of the time it did not show anything (got the add window during patcher to work once)
Water and reflective surfaces as well as a fire particle effect render very strangely. I can tell that they all should look good but the texture looks like a mirror image of any objects in the area that may get reflected and the water texture is usualay over written by this


What was not tested

Playing for more than 4 hours.
Having more than 4 players in a zone
Any expantions

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

All Sony games have a problem with paths and running from the desktop Icon it creates or from any directory but the game directory causes the patcher to download and install the game to that directory (or you user home in the case of the Icon or command line Panel application) Some of the early graphics (ESRB and epilepsy warnings) are quite messed up and if you can't get by it just hit Enter and that seems to work. I got this working on one computer no problem then tried it on one running SLED 10 SP 1 with WINE 0.9.56 and even without the web browser it would not work. Upgrading to 1.0-rc1 (without recreating the .wine) fixed the problem. NOTE: the eq2.ini file is not created by default on my computer but creating it in the Everquest II directory and adding cl_ui_skinname ProfitUI cl_ui_subdir UI/ r_font_ft 0 fixes a few issues

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowMac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"Jun 19 20101.2-rc3Yes No GarbageJoe Terwilliger 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.x "Squeeze"Jun 15 20101.2-rc3Yes Yes GarbageColin Wetherbee 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" i386 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 18 20101.1.42Yes Yes SilverJohn Beaulieu 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 05 20091.1.30Yes Yes GoldJohn Beaulieu 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.x "Squeeze"Sep 26 20091.1.30N/A Yes BronzeColin Wetherbee 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
6194 Several Microsoft Installers/Updaters fail due to missing "%systemroot%\system32\CatRoot\{F750E6C3-38EE-11D1-85E5-00C04FC295EE}" folder and catalog file (Microsoft XmlLite, BITS Service 2.0, MSI 4.5 Update) NEW View

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HowTo / Notes


Suggested Registry Settings:



DirectDrawRenderer -> opengl

OffScreenRenderingMode -> fbo (with newer video cards)

PixelShaderMode -> enabled

RenderTargetLockMode -> texdraw

  1. Requirements: Please make sure your system meets these specs.
    • MUST have wine > 0.9.49. Everquest 2 will not work with earlier wine versions.
    • Runs slowly, if at all with 512MB RAM. 2GB+ recommended.
    • Graphics cards that support pixel shaders 3.0 are known to work: refs:
      • GeForce series 6+
      • Intel GMA 950+
      • Radeon R520+ (X1300+)
      • Todo: test SiS Mirage 4
    • glxinfo | grep direct # should say yes. If not, check your distro's docs for setting up accelerated video drivers.
  2. Install, or copy working game folder from windows partition. If anyone can confirm that it installs ok post below.
  3. Add r_font_ft 0 to eq2.ini
  4. wine_gecko crashes the patcher screen (no BITS support in wine yet. See bug 6253) so if you want to run patcher, rename the HKCU/wine/MSHTML that should disable Gecko. or You can not install wine_gecko.
  5. Run the patcher you should be able to launch the game from the patcher

Download Locations

Download here for new players:

or here for existing players:

Updater for EQ2Map

I recommend downloading PyEQ2MAP:

If you would rather use the old perl script posted by Stefan Klein you might be able to get it working by following the next steps, but I'm not making any promises:

1) Change the $basefile = "extra_file.xml" to $basefile = "file_list.xml";
2) Add the following directories to your UI ($eq2mapdir) folder if they don't exist:
* eq2map2
* images
* images/maps
* images/icons
3) Run the script
4) If you're experiencing problems in the game you might need to delete the file 'eq2ui_mainhud_map.xml' in your UI folder.

**OLD SCRIPT by Stefan Klein on Monday December 10th 2007, 14:37
Hacked a small perl script to update EQ2MAP.
Edit $eq2mapdir to the full path of your installation, fix http in $baseurl.
use at own risk. **


use XML::Simple;

$eq2mapdir = ".. PATH TO WINEDIR .. drive_c/Program Files/Sony/EverQuest\ II/UI/EQ2MAP/";

$baseurl = "h t t p : / /";
$basefile = "extrafile_list.xml";

my $mainfile = `wget -q -O - $baseurl$basefile`;

my $ref = XMLin($mainfile, SuppressEmpty =>'');

foreach my $file (@{$ref->{'Extra'}}) {
if (-e $eq2mapdir . $file->{LocalPath} . $file->{FileName}) {
($md5, $filename) = split(/ /,`md5sum \"$eq2mapdir$file->{LocalPath}$file->{FileName}\"`);
if ("$file->{MD5}" eq "$md5" ) {

print "downloading $file->{FileName}: \t ";

`wget -q -O \"$eq2mapdir$file->{LocalPath}$file->{FileName}\" \"$baseurl$file->{ServerPath}$file->{FileName}\"`;

print " finished\n";

Please post data and questions under the correct version!
PLEASE DO NOT POST "Sentinel's Fate" test results under the "Shadow Odyssey"!
You may select the Sentinel's Fate version of EQ2 by scrolling to the top of your screen, clicking on EverQuest 2 in the game hierarchy, and then, at the next page, clicking Sentinel's Fate.

Note From Maintainer djdunn,

Remember that many of the graphical options in everquest2 even on Windows are themselves buggy.  Many of them don't work right if at all on windows.  On top of this Many of the Windows API calls are far from well designed and many of the Devs problems with this project is trying to recreate broken API calls to perform and have exactly the same bugs as the original windows API.  On top of this understand that Wine has been developed for over 15 years and you may not be able to get this game to work on your hardware.  Compared to Everquest, or WoW or even Guildwars, Everquest2 takes a lot more resources.

Please remember a few months ago this game didn't work at all.   I as a maintainer do give this game a silver rating, but also with an application so graphical and hardware intensive you have to have your Linux in really good shape.  without much clutter, without a lot of running background processes. And the processes you are running have to be configured well to do what you need and configured to not do what you dont need them to do.

My biggest suggestion is that if you don't have your linux box configured the way you like, or your not getting the performance you would like off of you linux box and you don't like the performance you get from trying to play EQ2 on Linux.  This is probably not the way to go, I would really suggest sticking with Windows.

Note From Maintainer John Beaulieu, 

Please do not edit your eq2_recent.ini. There has been some confusion over this. This file should never be edited and if you do it will be overwritten by eq2 at some point. It is not a static file. The file that you may edit is eq2.ini. If you don't have the file when you need to edit it just create it.

This version should probably be deleted. I'm fairly certain people are posting test data here that belongs on Sentinel's Fate. I'm not the only maintainer now, so I'm not going to just delete it, but that would be my inclination if I was still the only maintainer. +1 ... -cww
Download Locations
The station launcher is no longer supported by SOE. Launchpad 4 is now the default launcher. Using any other will cause it to upgrade itself to Launchpad 4. It can be downloaded directly from:
Versions of EverQuest II

The game requires you to run the newest version of the game, so nobody uses an older version. Because of this, the only "versions" we maintain are the full install client and the streaming install client. Please place all test results in the proper one.

 EverQuest II Extended has been merged with the Live game. The Steam version is a wrapper around the Full Install Client and still uses Launchpad.