Dark Cloud 2

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Dark Cloud 2

NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: A
ESRB rating: T (Violence)
PEGI rating: 12+
GRB rating: 12
Widescreen patch available
CPU intensive game
Languages supported:
English: SCES-51190 & SCUS-97213 & SCUS-97213GH & SCUS-97229
Japanese: PAPX-90506 & SCPS-15033 & SCPS-19215 & SCPS-19306
German: SCES-51190
French: SCES-51190
Spanish: SCES-51190
Italian: SCES-51190
Korean: SCKA-20014
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SCUS-97213
SCUS-97213GH (Greatest Hits)
SCUS-97229 (Demo)
Release date: February 17, 2003
2004 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 1DF41F33
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SCES-51190
Release date: September 12, 2003
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SCPS-15033
SCPS-19215 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
SCPS-19306 (PlayStation 2 the Best Reprint)
SCKA-20014 (BigHit, Korea)
PAPX-90506 (Demo, Taikenban)
Release date: November 28, 2002
February 26, 2004 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
March 10, 2005 (PlayStation 2 the Best Reprint)
April 27, 2006 (BigHit, Korea)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Level-5
Publisher(s): SCEI (JP), SCEA (US), SCEE (EU)
Genre: Action, RPG
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic87/100
Game description: Experience an epic action/RPG adventure that relies on your innovation as much as exploration and fighting reflexes. In Dark Cloud 2, the sequel to Dark Cloud, you must fight your way through an array of unexplored lands, rebuild worlds with the enhanced Georama and tinker with the new Invention system to completely customize your adventure. Battle through monster-ridden dungeons with two different characters, each with multiple attack forms, special abilities and upgradeable weaponry. Rebuild the present world as well as the future.
Dark Chronicle (ダーククロニクル Dāku Kuronikuru), released as Dark Cloud 2 in North America, is a role-playing video game for the PlayStation 2 video game console. It is the sequel to Dark Cloud, and features similar action role-playing and city-building game mechanics.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Core2 Duo E6750 @ 3.20 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 3870 512 MB
pre 0.9.7 Beta r1888 GSdx r1873
  • SPU2-X 1.2.0
  • LilyPad r1853
BIOS: USA v01.60, HACKS: INTC Sync, X1.5 Cycle, IOPx2 Cycle, Status Flag, Working flawlessly, When using upscaled resolutions the camera does not always take shots that are very far away (The Sun or Moon for example) Tillachan
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i5-2500K @ 4.30 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512 MB
1.0.0 GSdx
  • Wild Arms Offset Hack: On
  • SPU2-X
Europe v01.70(27/02/2003), Recommended,MTVU, GSdx Wild Arms Offset hack state 1, Works fine. Some text glitches when filtering is on (fixed with GSdx Wild Arms offset hack), some minor texture corruption on distant objects
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5452 GSdx r5442 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs above full speed.
All Windows 10 x64
  • Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB
1.5.0 r1662 GSdx 1.1.0
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.0
PAL, NTSC-U and NTSC-J all fully working and playable. Using hardware hacks to fix graphical issues are up to preference as fixing one thing will break another. Wish495

Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS
  • 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics
1.7.0 r3977 GSdx
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
Skipping through dialogue may seldomly cause the game to hang temporarily. The game resumes when the character audio finishes playing. Not tested with hacks enabled. ScytheXV


  • Original names: ダーククロニクル (SCPS-15033) & (SCPS-19215) & (SCPS-19306) & (PAPX-90506), 다크 클라우드 2 (SCKA-20014)
  • Also known as Dark Chronicle (EU, JP)

Known Issues

Artifacting on text

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: The in-game HUD, inventory screen, and text have various extra pixels and black lines, around the edges, it is even apparent in Software mode. Effects worsen if Texture Filtering is set to "Forced".
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings, turn on "Enable HW Hacks", go to Configure Hacks, and set Round Sprite to "Half".

Public compatibility forum links