Question: Where can I find patches?
Answer: All Heroes patches are available for download on our patches page.
Fileplanet has these as well (and their server is probably a bit quicker than ours): here.
Question: Where can I find some good Maps or Campaigns?
Answer: Celestial Heavens hosts many high-quality maps, including reviews for most of them. They are all available for free download via our map search page. Another great pointer would be our retired map reviewer Psychobabble's favourites.
Question: What do the different abbreviations after the game titles mean?
Answer: They stand for the different versions of games:
- H2 SW: Heroes II, the Succession Wars - the original version of H2
- H2 PL: Heroes II, the Price of Loyalty - the expansion to H2
- H3 RoE: Heroes III, Restoration of Erathia - the original version of H3
- H3 AB: Heroes III, Armageddon's Blade - the first expansion to H3
- H3 SoD: Heroes III, Shadow of Death - the second expansion to H3, and prequel to RoE and AB
- H4 Std: Heroes IV, no title in particular, therefore often called the "Standard" (Std.) version
- H4 GS: Heroes IV, the Gathering Storm - the first expansion to H4
- H4 WoW: Heroes IV, the Winds of War - the second expansion to H4
- Heroes V has no special title
- H5: HoF: Heroes V, Hammers of Fate - the first expansion to H5
- H5 TotE: Heroes V, Tribes of the East - the second expansion to H5
Question: What has happened to the old producers?
Answer: 3DO and New World Computing, the producers of the old games, have gone out of business. Fortunately, UbiSoft bought the rights to the Heroes series, and have re-issued HoMM 3 and 4 in so-called "complete" packages, containing both the game and the various expansions. They also also decided to continue the series: HoMM 5 was released in May 2006 and two expansion packs have since been launched.
Question: Can you help me find a crack so I can play with no disc in the drive?
Answer: No. For several pretty good reasons our administrators have decided that no discussion on warez and cracks etc. are allowed in these forums.
Question: Problems with the patches. How do I solve it?
Answer: The most frequent problem people experience is having the wrong patch. When installing patches, make sure you install them in the correct order. Also, make sure you install the right patches, depending on which language version of the game (UK/US) you have.
If you've tried everything except uninstalling everything and re-installing, try that.
If you're still having problems, you can post your specific problem here in the forum.
Question: Should I buy Heroes IV? Is it worth it?
Answer: Yes. Most people who bought the game were happy with their total experience: With the new Heroes IV Complete being issued by UbiSoft, you will get both the original game and the expansions at a decent price. The vast user-made map and campaign archive on Celestial Heavens takes care of the games' shortcomings and will give you lots of action for free.
Question: What is Equilibris?
Answer: Equilibris is a free add-on to Heroes IV. There were lots of problems with the game when it was first launched (poor AI performance, no multiplayer, memory leaks, creature/faction imbalance, etc. etc.), and although many of the more serious problems were solved in the patches, things were still found lacking. The idea of the add-on is to balance out everything (hence the name). Consensus among H4 players is that Equilibris makes the game much better.
Question: After finishing a campaign, I can't move on to later ones; there was a check on the picture but now it's gone. What's wrong?
Answer: That's a very common problem. Here's how it works: H3 can't remember what campaigns you've finished "on its own", but it can remember it in a savegame. That's why, after you've finished a campaign, you're asked to make a save. If you wish to continue with another campaign, you have to go to that savegame and load it, and you should have the campaigns you've finished marked as such. If you want completed savegames where all the campaigns are finished, give us a shout, and we'll see if we can help you out.
Problem: In Shadows of Death my heroes do not transfer to the last campaign as they should.
Answer:That always happens. Instead of heroes with the skills and spells that you developed in first campaigns, you will get level 24 heroes with a random selection of skills. What you can do, is to restart the map until the skill selection is more or less acceptable.
Question: I cannot save games or play random maps with my Heroes III Complete from UbiSoft.
Answer: UbiSoft repacked H3 a bit quickly, so the installer doesn't create a games folder for your savegames. You need to do that manually. Also the same may apply to the folder named random_maps. If there is no such folder, create it manually.
Question: What is In the Wake of Gods?
Answer: In the Wake of Gods (WoG for short) is a fan-created mod for Heroes III, aimed at giving mapmakers more control by the use of a powerful scripting system. It also gives players a lot of new options for how they would like to play, from simple spell/artifact banning via new adventure map objects and improved skills, to rules that can completely change how the game plays.
Question: What tools and extras can be used with H3:Complete or H3:WoG?
Answer: Our collection of tools is available here. Thanks to our collector ByteBandit.
Question: Where are saved created maps?
Answer: They are saved into the folder Maps. If it happens that you have default installation of H3C and Windows 7 then they may be saved in your Documents folder. In this case we recommend to reinstall the game with compatibility mode ticket on (XP or 98) into any other location than 'Program Files' or 'Program Files (x86)'.
Question: The sound is not as it should be. Can it be fixed?
Answer: Many people have experienced sound problems (delays, choppiness, etc.) when running Heroes II on Windows 2000 and XP. To fix the problem, follow the instructions below:
1. Download the Application Compatibility Toolkit.
2. Run Compatibility Administrator.
3. Click the Fix button in the toolbar.
4. Enter whatever you want for program name and vendor.
5. Click Browse and find heroes2w.exe.
6. Click Next.
7. Click Next again.
8. Check the boxes for ForceCDStop and IgnoreMCISTOP.
9. Click Next.
10. Click Finish.
11. Click the Save button in the toolbar and give it a name. I named mine "Heroes2Fix."
12. It will ask you to save the file somewhere. I just put it in my Heroes2 directory.
13. Right-click on Heroes2Fix and choose Install.
That's it! Everything should run fine.
(compliments of berntie)
Question: How can I run Heroes I in Windows2000 or Windows XP?
Answer: Repeat the steps for fixing Heroes II, but select "Windows 95" from the list in step 7.
Question: Where can I find maps for Heroes I?
Answer: You can find some here:
Question: What episodes are there?
Answer: In chronological order (the order in which they appeared; the order in which they should be played is debatable):
- Warlords of the Wastelands
- Conquest of the Underworld
- Master of the Elements
- Clash of the Dragons
- The World Tree (free download)
- The Fiery Moon (free download)
- Revolt of the Beastmasters
- The Sword of Frost
Question: How to install The World Tree and The Fiery Moon with Non-US versions of the chronicles?
- Install at least three episodes to a directory chronicles.
- Move all the contents to another location.
- Install TWT and TFM.
- Move the contents back to chronicles