Warning: if you are trying to play multiplayer over local network (not sure about online but
I imagine it be
same) you will need same mods installed. This isn't ALWAYS the case but if you
have problems trying to connect that will be why..... This is the case with the treants mod below.
Heores 5 is a great game, and it has very good
modding capabilities. Of course, there are a lots of quirks, but mods have
already become available to make your game experience better.
Q. First of all, in case you wonder: what is a mod?
A. Basically, it is a modification to the game, that can have
various objectives, like fixing missing or incorrect texts, changing some
visual appearances, modifying the balance of the game or adding new
functionalities. Learn more about the basics in the "FAQ & How to..." Below.
Q. How do I install a mod?
A. If the mod is well done, all you have to do is copy the .pak file in your Heroes
5 data/ folder. Again, read more about it in the "FAQ & How to..." Below.
Note that when you download .pak files, the exstention sometimes change
to .zip (as they are simalar) so just rename them if needed.
The 6 campaigns have to be played in order, because they tell a story. So
you'll start by Haven, then Inferno... Etc
However, some might want to skip one, or lost their profile and don't want to
start again from the beginning. This mod unlocks all campaigns, meaning you can
start whichever you want. It does not unlock scenrios inside campaigns, though,
so you'll still have to do these in order.
- » Mod type: unlock feature.
- » H5 version targeted: 1.1 version (all
- » Risk: None at all.
- » Author: sfidanza.
- » Mod version: 1.0
- » Download:
Due to copyright infringement issues, Ubi and nival changed the Treant look
between the beta phase and the retail version. As many just couldn't stand the
relooking, here's a mod that brings back the old treants from the beta, large
and massive as we like them. This is only a visual mod, no stats are changed.
- » Mod type: visual and sound only. No stats
- » H5 version targeted: 1.0 version (all
- » Risk: Any game saved with the mod, and
loaded without the mod may crash the game.
- » Comment: We're working on the crash
problem. In the meantime, just put the mod back to finish your map.
Also note that the adventure map models are still the turboboosted retail
treants when loading a game saved without the mod. We're working on that too.
- » Author: ManiaCCC and sfidanza.
- » Mod version: 1.0
- » Download:
- How do I install a mod?
- » Step 1 - Download the file: An easy one.
They're available Above. The download should be a .pak file.
- » Step 2 - Place it in your data/ folder:
In your Heroes 5 installation directory, you will find a data/ folder,
already containing three .pak files (data.pak, sound.pak and texts.pak). Do
NOT touch these files, or you will have to reinstall the game. Simply place
the .pak of the mod in that folder.
- How do I uninstall a mod?
- Just delete the corresponding .pak file from your data/ folder. Again,
do not delete Heroes V original data (data.pak, sound.pak and texts.pak).
- I read somewhere else that I
had to extract those files and change them.
- There are some complex issues with modding, and the easiest way for
the modder is to ask you that dangerous and very user-unfriendly
procedure. We really discourage you to do so, and instead encourage modders
to package their mods as .pak, which make for an easy and safe
install/uninstall, as described above.
- What is a .pak file?
- Nothing more that a renamed .zip file, that any good archiver could open.
If you're not sure of what you're doing, we strongly recommend you not to
change anything in .pak files, especially the game ones.
- If you do know what you're doing, however, and (are willing to) develop
some great mod, just tell us about it and we may host it here. Use the
thread to discuss it with the Heroes Community.
You can submit your mod at that address:
- Is modding risky? Could it
crash my game?
- As any unofficial modification to any software, modding your game can
have unexpected effects. We test every mod we offer here, and clearly state
the risks for each of them. If you experience anything strange and
undocumented, please report it. Game crashes included.
- Can I play online with a
- To enter an online game, all players must have the same game. That means
they should have exactly the same mods. This restriction is obviously
intended to keep it fair, as mods can change the internal mechanics of the
- Seriously, what is a mod?
- As I already gave the basic answer above, I guess you want me to
elaborate on Heroes 5 mods. Well, many (not all) aspects of the game are
controlled through XML files located in the data.pak file, and having an .xdb
extension. All the texts and sounds in the game are also located in the
texts.pak and sound.pak respectively. These can be unzipped on your hard
disk (outside of your H5 install dir to avoid conflicts) and browsed
through. When files are added to the data/ folder, respecting the correct
naming, path and syntax, Heroes 5 most of the time uses this new data in
place of its original one. And that's a mod. I'm afraid I won't say more
here, to keep it short, but feel free to join the
discussion in the forums.
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