Category: Main Games Role Playing Games Gothic II Night of the Raven: 2.6/2.7

Gothic II

AddOn for Gothic 2; English title "Night of the Raven", German title "Die Nacht des Raben"

Application Details:

Version: Night of the Raven: 2.6/2.7
License: Retail
Votes: 1
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 4.5

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works


What does not

missing directmusic component


install directmusic with winetricks

What was not tested


Hardware tested


  • GPU: Nvidia
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

game works very well with systempack, imo better than with windows

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentManjaro Linux 18.0.0Apr 23 20194.5Yes Yes YesGoldFilip Sutkowy 
ShowManjaro LinuxMar 10 20183.3Yes Yes YesGoldMr Test 
ShowUbuntu 17.10 "Artful" i386 (+variants like Kubuntu)Feb 20 20183.2Yes Yes YesGoldNicodemo the Hippogryph 
ShowGentoo Linux x86_64Jul 22 20172.12Yes Yes GoldMichael B 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jun 29 20172.11Yes Yes GoldЮрий Жаворонков 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
34166 Fullscreen flickering on Mac RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
37892 GOTHIC 2 GOLD: Vdfs32e.exe crashes at startup UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

If you want to start Gothic II with music enabled, you have to use the following native dlls: dmband.dll, dmime.dll, dmloader.dll, dmstyle.dll, dmsynth.dll, dmusic.dll and dmcompos.dll.

The easiest way is to use winetricks:

$ wget

$ sh winetricks directmusic

WARNING: winetricks sets more DLL overrides than necessary. In my case I had to remove the override for 'dsound' (winecfg -> Libraries) or the game would crash at the main menu: "C: failed to initialize sound, MSS reported: Broken waveOut driver – ’buffer done’ flag never set".

Otherwise if you don't want to use native dlls, you have to disable music by setting 'musicEnabled=0' in [Gothic_2_Path]/system/gothic.ini .

Using open source graphics drivers

It is possible to run Gothic II using the open source graphics stack, at least with Intel and Radeon cards. The "i965" (Intel GMA X3100) and "r300" (ATi Radeon 9500 - X1950) drivers are reported to work, others will probably work as well, so please test it and leave a comment below.

What you need is S3 Texture Compression (S3TC), a technology covered by a patent which makes things complicated.

 What you have to do:

- Get the GUI tool 'driconf'. For examle: 'sudo apt-get install driconf'

- Start 'driconf', either from the console or from an entry in your application menu.

- Find the entry "Enable S3TC texture compression even if software support is not available" and set it to "yes"

- Start Gothic normally and hope that it works flawlessly.

Since mesa-7.11 this should also work with gallium drivers without having a

There are issues, for example, the floor might be invisible. Leave a comment :)

Azerty keyboard layout
Azerty layout has numbers accessible with the shift key so switching weapons was broken and there is nothing in the settings to change that.
The workaround was to switch to another layout using : setxkbmap us
Changing it in the Gnome 3.22 menu didn't work.

When using SPINE to get HD textures and DirectX 11 rendering you might have to download SHW32.dll and vdfs32g.dll and copy them to C:\Windows\System32


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

by Nicodemo the Hippogryph on Wednesday February 21st 2018, 8:13
Take note: Vdfs32e.exe was infamous for crashing also on Windows at the time the game was sold in the shops; if it doesn't start is not an issue of Wine. A common fix at the time was to rename the file so it wasn't read at the startup from the game.
Just ignore the error, the games launches anyway.

by Sebastian Eckert on Friday May 15th 2015, 12:05
Oh, and I installed the dmusic/dsound stuff.
Sound lagging, Mod installation
by Sebastian Eckert on Friday May 15th 2015, 12:03

I got G2 running per se, but I got issues with the sound lagging behind a bit.

Also, I got problems with mods. ATM I can't see the Windows file system when running installers (which worked before), so I can't select the G2 folder. When it worked, I tried starting the mod via GothicStarter, but when I was starting a new game I basically entered a black-only world. Using another mod lead to the same issue.

I am using Gothic 2, steam version, patched to 2.6f.
RE: Sound lagging, Mod installation
by Sebastian Eckert on Friday May 15th 2015, 12:07
Oh, and I installed the dmusic/dsound stuff.

I am using wine 1.62 from the Ubuntu repos.

/Sry for 2x, can't edit my posts...?
Steam version works
by Konstantin on Friday May 9th 2014, 0:22
I can second the Mac test report (same OS version) and say, that it also works with the steam version of the game. I had to rename Vdfs32g.exe to Vdfs32e.exe and turn on Mac Graphics mode (flickered without it, even on 1.6rc4). Steam always tries to initialize directx on startup and throws an error that it can't find the setup.exe but you can just ignore that. It works anyway.
"no error"-error
by Johannes on Monday September 27th 2010, 16:26
well, i disabled music and vids, i tried overriding dlls, i used GothicStarter.exe... everytime i try running wine System/Gothic2.exe, it does just nothing, the command is accepted but there is no error message box and no message on th shell. with virtual desktops, the desktop pops up and closes instantly, and no message on shell or anything like a error.
so as far as i understand this means ghothic.exe runs abolutely flawless but decides to do just nothing.
guess there's a VERY stupid mistake.
by Michael B on Thursday October 21st 2010, 16:17
This happened to me too, very confusing. I solved it by.. err.. using a certain you-know-what-I-mean version of "Gothic2.exe" and "ar.exe". I might be able to help you finding them, by PM or so, of course.
Crashing at the start after applying crack
by i30817 on Thursday April 29th 2010, 23:43
I've avoided the crashing in the file vdfsg.exe and vdfse.exe. They don't appear to be needed and now the game starts always (and not only the first time).

I also needed to set the color depth to 32 in Gothic.INI
RE: Crashing at the start after applying crack
by i30817 on Thursday April 29th 2010, 23:43
Avoided, by deleting ofcourse.