Ray tracing in WoW?

Hello Garuda users.

Anyone been able to enable ray tracing in the current version of WoW? The game runs fine for me but I'd like to have the ability to enable ray tracing...

I've never played WoW, but I suspect as well as having the latest mesa or amdgpu-pro or nvidia drivers installed, you will need launch options that look something like these depending on your GPU and if WoW is a steam game



In lutris you will have to set these launch options up as Environment Variables in the System options tab.

You may also have to play around with Proton runners. I use Proton-GE installed using protonup-qt when I am playing games with ray tracing. Proton-GE tends to have more features enabled than the official Proton builds in Steam.

All that said, there are games where ray tracing just hasn't worked for me. These games are Forza Horizon 5 and The Witch 3. Only recently did ray tracing in Hitman 3 actually start to work for me. In Forza, I can run benchmarks but the game itself crashes. The Witcher 3 has a similar issue. The intro cut scene runs but the minute it tries to get in game, the system hangs. I suspect this is more an issue with the Witcher 3 being a tech demo for Nvidia and so it is using draw calls or instructions only available in RTX cards on PC because I have seen a benchmark where only Nvidia cards are really able to run the game with ray tracing enabled. I use an AMD GPU.


If you had posted your garuda-inxi as requested in the template, no one who wants to help would need to puzzle around.

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Sorry. Didn't think it was needed since it was just a general question and not really a support question.

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I was able to get Ray Tracing working with @thedarthtux 's post above. For anyone that's interested here's the step-by-step:

Note that this is with an Nvidia GPU.

  1. In Lutris Preferences go to Runners, find Wine, and click the Manage versions button. Install the latest version of Proton (lutris-GE-Proton7-35 in my case).
  2. Go back to your Game Library, right-click WoW and select Configure.
    1. Go to Runner Options and select the latest Proton under Wine verison. Also make sure DXVK, VKD3D, DXVK-NVAPI, Esync, Fsync are enabled.
    2. Go to System Options and enable Feral GameMode and NVIDIA Prime Render Offload.
      A. Add the variables in the below block to the Environment Variables section:
    3. Run the game and select the desired Ray Traced Shadows quality option under the Graphics options menu.

DXVK_HUD compiler
DXVK_STATE_CACHE_PATH enter your wow path here

These last two may have been automagically set as they're there but I don't remember creating them.
__GL_SHADER_DISK_CACHE_PATH enter your wow path again

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