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Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance (DOS)

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Illwhyrin, the witch queen of Char, has been vanquished, her lair Witchaven destroyed, and the curse that plagued the land is finally lifted. However, shortly afterwards the valiant hero Grondoval the Witchbane is contacted by a mysterious golden dragon, who tells him that Illwhyrin's sister Cirae-Argoth is coming to avenge her death. Demonic legions abduct the princess Elizabeth along with other people from Grondoval's homeland Stazhia. It's time for the hero to embark on an even more dangerous journey, rescue the innocents, and defeat the evil witch.

Like its predecessor, Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance is a medieval fantasy-themed first-person action game. The gameplay is similar to that of the previous game, with a few additions. The protagonist is now able to fight with two weapons at once (one in each hand), as well as equip shields. The sequel also includes a Build engine level editor that allows players to create their own stages.


Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance DOS Slaying a Wyrm
Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance DOS Watch out for thouse flails... eat fireball!
Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance DOS Battle Axe carnage
Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance DOS Weaving a spell

Alternate Titles

  • "Witchaven II: Vingança Sangrenta" -- Brazilian title

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User Reviews

Lackluster sequel actually detracts from the original. Jason Musgrave (75) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars

The Press Says

Privat Computer PC 1996 83 out of 100 83
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) 1996 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) Jul, 1996 80 out of 100 80 Oct 17, 2011 15 out of 20 75
Gameplay (Benelux) Aug, 1996 74 out of 100 74
Shooterplanet Oct 09, 2008 71 out of 100 71
Pelit Jul, 1996 65 out of 100 65
Power Play Jul, 1996 50 out of 100 50
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Cover art

The cover art for Witchaven 2 was created by artists Ken Kelly, who also created the cover art for the original game.

Cutscene anomaly

During the course of the game, the player collects different weapons and armor to make him appear more or less like a Midian Knight on the cover of the original Witchaven (spiked shield, horned helmet, chain vest, etc.) However, in the cut scenes, Grondoval wears bright gold armor and helm and never holds an axe. The gold armor only matches with the breastplate that the player can attain during play. The player's hands do not match the cut scene versions' hands and wrists *at all*.

Engine improvements

Although it uses the same engine as the original "Witchaven, slight improvements and changes made it impossible to open Witchaven maps with the new map editor that came with Witchaven 2.

German classification

On July 31, 1996, Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. For more information about what this means and to see a list of games sharing the same fate, take a look here: BPjS/BPjM indexed games


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #13 Least Rewarding Ending of All Time
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Cromaa (511) added Witchaven II: Blood Vengeance (DOS) on Mar 28, 2001