Ultima 8: Gold Edition

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Official overview

The Guardian has tricked you, Avatar. After you defeated Batlin on Serpent's Isle, he banished you to Pagan, a world under his control. Once, it was a beautiful land, but ever since the ancient battle between the Elemental Titans and the evil "Destroyer", it is engulfed in eternal twilight. Titans - now worshiped as gods - are cruel and uncaring. They bestow power on their most dedicated followers who, in turn, terrorize Pagan's population. To find a way back home, you need to become a Titan yourself before the Guardian succeeds in his plot to conquer Britannia--and then Earth itself.

The eighth installment of the Ultima series takes a much darker tone. The story is much more mature (do the ends justify the means?) and the game focuses more on action, like climbing and jumping across platforms. Training your character has also changed: the more you use an ability, the better you are with it. Without a party to assist you, you must rely on your own strength, dexterity, intelligence, and magical abilities to save Britannia and Earth.

Release information

The game is packaged with DOSBox v0.74. Its installer is a single executable file. Like other EA releases, it is mandatory to install the packaged DOSBox, though one does not need to use it.


  • manual
  • reference card
  • map
  • cluebook
  • The Chronicle of Pagan
  • 13 Lost Vale design documents

Patches and modifications

Official patches

Unofficial patches


Known issues

  • Since this release uses DOSBox, it is advised to read through our entry on DOSBox for general troubleshooting.
  • There is a major bug with Beren's dialogue when reaching the lava river after cooling it partly off. Most of his lines will vanish. This is caused by flag problems in the game engine. This can be avoided by either never talking to him, or angering him in Tenebrae and denying an apology.

Slow performance

A common solution to this is changing the DOSBox graphical output. Run the "Graphics Mode setup" program in the game's folder and try out the graphic mode options until one suits your preferences.

GOG trivia

Sale History

Price Discount Promo Date(s) [Y/M/D] Notes
$2.39 60% Elite EA Assembly 2014/04/18 - 2014/04/21