The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Application Details:

Version: GOG 1.x
License: Retail
URL: http://www.trailsofcoldsteel.c...
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 3.20-staging

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Test Results

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What works

Only the installer works out of the box but nothing else. However, once the workarounds detailed bellow are applied, the game works almost perfectly with all the videos and background music playing as expected.

What does not

  • The configuration window is completely black and the game can't be launched. - FIXED
  • Videos don't play, just their audio. - FIXED
  • There's crackling in the audio. - FIXED
  • Game doesn't launch with MSAA. - NOT FIXED


To make the configuration window display properly:

  • Install the game in a x64 bottle using wine 3.2-staging.
  • Install gdiplus via winetricks and set it to native in the wine configuration.

To get the game to launch:

  • Set MSAA to none.

To get all the videos working install the following components and configure them as fallows:

  • amstream set to native
  • devenunm set to native and then builtin
  • quartz set to native
  • xvid which install mfc42 and mfc42u. Both should be set to native.
  • ffdshow

To remove the crackling in the audio (the same as in my comment on The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel GOG 1.x test result):

  • Set the Windows version to Windows XP in the wine configuration. You might also need the components below.
  • dsound set to builtin (perhaps unnecessary)
  • xact (perhaps unnecessary)
  • xaudio2_7.dll set to native (perhaps unnecessary)

What was not tested

  • Full playthrough - I'm still playing, however, I updated from Trails of Cold Steel version 1.5 halfway through my second run in NG+ and everything worked fine last time with the exception of not being able to use MSAA and an occasional exit from the game when saving, which didn't bother too much because the save state is actually successful. Therefore, I have no reason to believe the results with this version will be much different.
  • Costumes
  • DLC content
  • Controllers other than mouse and keyboard.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Once the workarounds have been applied the game runs surprisingly well. The only thing that doesn't seem to work is the MSAA setting. It does run under wine 4.0-rc4-staging but the background music in-game doesn't play in that version of wine and the solution for it in Trails of Cold Steel 1.5 described above doesn't work either. The good thing about Trails of Cold Steel 1.5 is that it doesn't require gdiplus when running under wine 3.2-staging in order to display the configuration dialog.

The components for playing the videos are the same needed for the Trails in the Sky games.

There is a very helpful installation guide for both Trails Cold Steel games over at Vaughan Hilts' blog.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jan 04 20193.20-stagingYes Yes YesSilverAndres Angelini 
ShowAntergos x86_64Apr 30 20183.6-stagingYes Yes YesSilverAwakening 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Aug 05 20172.14Yes Yes NoBronzeBeta Version 

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