Dino's Guide to Ultima VIII - Pagan



The plot in Ultima VIII - Pagan is probably one of the best. It features a desperate attempt of trying to escape the Guardian's world, after having been banished there by the Guardian. With few allies, the Avatar must make his way through numerous trials in order to learn the magic of the four elemental titans and finally overthrow them to use their power to form a Black Gate that can take him away from the world of Pagan.

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Gone is the inability to enter water, as well as the necessity to eat. The Avatar now is totally alone, but is capable of jumping and climbing. This game features numerous trials over water, in which a fall would be fatal. Many people complained that this game required too much saving and reloading because of various attempts required to overcome each obstacle, so a patch was issued to allow the player to enjoy the plot more.

Running U8 on modern machines

Ultima 8 is one of the hardest games to get to run on modern computers. You can try Ultima 8 in Windows to make it run, but it is not guaranteed to run. If it does, it may crash often, so be warned. I also recommend keeping a backup copy of the "Ultima8" folder, as sometimes, in my case at least, it crashes and does something that does not allow me to run the game any more from the particular executable. So what I do is copy the savegames to my backup folder and run it from there, throwing away the old folder and making a new copy.

Places where to download Ultima 8 in Windows:

Alternatively, you can try the Pentagram Ultima 8 Engine. While this is a work in progress and not everything in the original game has been implemented, it still allows you to experience much of the world of Pagan.

This Guide

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Other Guides

Other sites, or sections of sites, dedicated to Ultima VIII - Pagan can be found at:


You may download the music of Ultima 8 from one of the following locations:

On the subject of music, the answers to Evil_Freak Dragon's quiz (number 5 to be specific) mention that the music of the Shrine of the Ancient Ones seems to be a modified version of the Kotl theme of The Savage Empire.


If you want to see pictures of the game in action, consider the following links:

There is a program you can use to take your own screenshots at World of Ultima's Files. I haven't tried it myself.

If you would like to see scans of the box cover, visit the following places:

There used to be a couple of Ultima 8 screenshots on Gamespot: The Ultima Legacy which don't seem to feature anywhere in the game. Although the site no longer exists, the screenshots can still be seen thanks to the Internet Archive:


Some other U8-related stuff you might want to check out:


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