Welcome to Total War: SHOGUN 2

Originally developed by The Creative Assembly
Developed for Mac by Feral Interactive Limited
Published for Mac by Feral Interactive Limited


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

This document is intended to help you answer any questions that you may have about Total War: SHOGUN 2

  1. What is included in Total War: SHOGUN 2?
  2. How do I obtain DLC?
  3. How do I access DLC?
  4. Does Total War: SHOGUN 2 support achievements?
  5. After lowering my graphics settings, the game still runs slowly during battles. How can I improve performance?
  6. How do I activate first person view during a battle?
  7. How do I play a LAN multiplayer battle in Total War: SHOGUN 2?
  8. How do I play a LAN multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2?
  9. How do I resume a saved LAN multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2?
  10. How do I play a multiplayer battle in Total War: SHOGUN 2 using Steam?
  11. How do I play a multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2 using Steam?
  12. How do I resume a saved Steam multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2?
  13. Can I play an online multiplayer game with PC players?
  14. In a multiplayer campaign, if my opponent and I choose different options to resolve a battle, which one takes precedence?
  15. Can I play Total War: SHOGUN 2 using my Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad?
  16. Magic Mouse and Trackpad gestures interfere with the game. How do I disable them?
  17. My short keyboard does not have certain keys. How can I use the game commands that are mapped to them?
  18. Is Total War: SHOGUN 2 optimized for Retina displays?
  19. Where are my saved games stored?
  20. How do I stop the dock, notifications and the desktop cursor from appearing while I'm playing Total War: SHOGUN 2?
  21. When I press the Function keys (F1-F19) nothing happens. How do I use the Function keys?
  22. Why does music in iTunes pause when I start playing Total War: SHOGUN 2?
  23. How do I take screenshots in Total War: SHOGUN 2?
  24. Can I run Total War: SHOGUN 2 in windowed mode?
  25. Total War: SHOGUN 2 runs slowly on my computer. Is there anything I can do to increase the speed?
  26. How do I get technical support for Total War: SHOGUN 2?
  1. What is included in Total War: SHOGUN 2?

    What is included in Total War: SHOGUN 2 depends on whether you have bought the base game, Total War: SHOGUN 2, or the Total War: Shogun 2 Collection.

    The base game, Total War: SHOGUN 2, does not include any DLC or extras. You can purchase DLC from Steam. For more information, see How do I obtain DLC?.

    The Total War: Shogun 2 Collection contains the following DLC packs:


    For information on how to access the extra content, see How do I access DLC?.

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  2. How do I obtain DLC?

    All available DLC for Total War: SHOGUN 2 can be purchased from the game's page on the Steam Store:

    Total War: SHOGUN 2

    The following DLC packs are available to purchase on Steam:


    If you have purchased the Total War: Shogun 2 Collection, you already own all of these DLC packs except the Blood pack. The Blood pack can be purchased separately from Steam.

    Full details of the contents of the DLC packs can be found on Steam.

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  3. How do I access DLC?

    Once purchased, most DLC will automatically be enabled in your copy of Total War: SHOGUN 2.

    Additional units, factions, buildings, battles, armor sets and retainers will all be available in the appropriate game modes.

    The Blood pack and the Rise of the Samurai Campaign can be accessed as described below.


    To enable the Blood Pack:

    1. From the Main Menu, select Options.

    2. The Options screen will appear. Select the Graphics tab.

    3. Ensure the Blood Effects checkbox is ticked to enable blood effects in the game.


    To access the Rise of the Samurai Campaign:

    Rise of the Samurai is a stand-alone single-player campaign. To play Rise of the Samurai, follow the steps below:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Single Player icon.

    2. Place the mouse cursor over the New Campaign icon in the menu that appears.

    3. Select Rise of the Samurai from the menu that appears.

    4. The Rise of the Samurai Campaign screen will appear. Customize your game settings, and select Start Game to launch the campaign.

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  4. Does Total War: SHOGUN 2 support achievements?

    Yes, achievements are supported by Total War: SHOGUN 2.

    If you are signed in to Steam, your achievements will be visible to you in-game and also to other players through the Steam application.

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  5. After lowering my graphics settings, the game still runs slowly during battles. How can I improve performance?

    If you have not already done so, please see the Total War: SHOGUN 2 Performance Tips section in the ReadMe for ways to increase the speed at which the game runs on your computer.

    If the game is still running slowly during battles, you should disable the floating flags that appear over your units. This may improve performance. To do so, follow these steps:

    1. From the Main Menu, select Options.

    2. Select Battle Interface.

    3. Under Floating flags, set both Land units and Ships to Never.

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  6. How do I activate first person view during a battle?

    To activate first person view during a battle, select a unit and press the "\" key.

    You will then see the battle from the perspective of the selected unit.

    To return to an overhead view, press the "\" key again.

    NOTE: If you have remapped your controls, the required key may be different from that listed above. You can view and edit your current control configuration in the Controls menu (Main MenuOptionsControls). The command to activate first person view is listed as Context Camera under the Universal tab.

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  7. How do I play a LAN multiplayer battle in Total War: SHOGUN 2?

    Playing a multiplayer battle in Total War: SHOGUN 2 is slightly different depending on whether you wish to host a battle, or simply join one.

    To host:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Avatar Conquest from the menu that appears.

    2. If you have not previously created an avatar, the Select/Create Avatar Profile screen will appear. Follow the instructions on-screen to create an avatar and play the avatar tutorial. Otherwise, proceed to the step below.

    3. Click the Conquest Map button at the top of the screen.

    4. Click the Battle List button at the top of the screen.

    5. The Battle List screen will appear. Click the Local Network button at the top of the screen.

    6. Select Host Battle.

    7. The Host Battle dialog will appear. Enter a game name and a password (optional), then click the Accept button (tick icon).

    8. The Multiplayer Battle screen will appear. On this screen, you can customize your battle settings. When you are happy with your settings and all the other players have joined the game, click the Ready button (tick icon).

    9. The game will begin once all the players have indicated that they are ready.

    To join:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Avatar Conquest from the menu that appears.

    2. If you have not previously created an avatar, the Select/Create Avatar Profile screen will appear. Follow the instructions on-screen to create an avatar and play the avatar tutorial. Otherwise, proceed to the step below.

    3. Click the Conquest Map button at the top of the screen.

    4. Click the Battle List button at the top of the screen.

    5. The Battle List screen will appear. Click the Local Network button at the top of the screen.

    6. From the list of battles, highlight the battle you wish to join, then select Join.

    7. The Multiplayer Battle screen will appear. On this screen, you can customize your battle settings. When you are happy with your settings, click the Ready button (tick icon).

    8. The game will begin once all the players have indicated that they are ready.

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  8. How do I play a LAN multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2?

    Playing a multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2 is slightly different depending on whether you wish to host a campaign, or simply join one.

    To host:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Multiplayer Campaign from the menu that appears.

    2. The Campaign Games screen will appear. Click the Local Network button at the top of the screen.

    3. Select Host Campaign.

    4. The Host Campaign dialog will appear. Enter a game name and a password (optional), then click the Accept button (tick icon).

    5. The Two Player Campaign screen will appear. On this screen, you can customize your campaign settings. When you are happy with your settings and the other player has joined the game, click the Ready button (tick icon).

    6. The game will begin once the other player has indicated that they are ready.

    To join:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Multiplayer Campaign from the menu that appears.

    2. The Campaign Games screen will appear. Click the Local Network button at the top of the screen.

    3. From the list of campaigns, highlight the campaign you wish to join, then select Join.

    4. The Two Player Campaign screen will appear. On this screen, you can customize your campaign settings. When you are happy with your settings, click the Ready button (tick icon).

    5. The game will begin once the host has indicated that they are ready.

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  9. How do I resume a saved LAN multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2?

    Resuming a saved multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2 is slightly different depending on whether you are resuming the game as the host, or simply joining it.

    You must have been one of the original players to take part in a resumed campaign. The player who originally hosted the game must resume as host.

    To resume as host:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Multiplayer Campaign from the menu that appears.

    2. The Campaign Games screen will appear. Click the Local Network button at the top of the screen.

    3. Select Resume as Host.

    4. The Load Saved Game screen will appear, showing a list of your saved LAN campaign games. Highlight the game that you wish to resume and click the Accept button (tick icon).

    5. The Two Player Campaign screen will appear. When the other player has joined the game, click the Ready button (tick icon).

    6. The game will begin once the other player has indicated that they are ready.

    To join a resumed campaign:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Multiplayer Campaign from the menu that appears.

    2. The Campaign Games screen will appear. Click the Local Network button at the top of the screen.

    3. From the list of campaigns, highlight the campaign you wish to join and select Join.

    4. The Two Player Campaign screen will appear. Click the Ready button (tick icon).

    5. The game will begin once the host has indicated that they are ready.

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  10. How do I play a multiplayer battle in Total War: SHOGUN 2 using Steam?

    Playing a multiplayer battle in Total War: SHOGUN 2 is slightly different depending on whether you wish to host a battle, or simply join one.

    To host:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Avatar Conquest from the menu that appears.

    2. If you have not previously created an avatar, the Select/Create Avatar Profile screen will appear. Follow the instructions on-screen to create an avatar and play the avatar tutorial. Otherwise, proceed to the step below.

    3. Click the Conquest Map button at the top of the screen.

    4. Click the Battle List button at the top of the screen.

    5. The Battle List screen will appear. Select Host Battle.

    6. The Host Battle dialog will appear. Enter a game name and a password (optional), then click the Accept button (tick icon).

    7. The Multiplayer Battle screen will appear. On this screen, you can customize your battle settings. To invite friends from your Steam friends' list to the battle, click the Envelope icon. Otherwise, proceed to step 9.

    8. The Invite Friends dialog will appear. Tick the checkbox(es) next to the name(s) of the friend(s) you wish to invite, then click the OK button (tick icon).

    9. When you are happy with your settings and other players have joined the game, click the Ready button (tick icon).

    10. The game will begin once all the players have indicated that they are ready.

    To join:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Avatar Conquest from the menu that appears.

    2. If you have not previously created an avatar, the Select/Create Avatar Profile screen will appear. Follow the instructions on-screen to create an avatar and play the avatar tutorial. Otherwise, proceed to the step below.

    3. Click the Conquest Map button at the top of the screen.

    4. Click the Battle List button at the top of the screen.

    5. The Battle List screen will appear. From the list of battles, highlight the battle you wish to join, then select Join.

    6. The Multiplayer Battle screen will appear. On this screen, you can customize your battle settings. When you are happy with your settings, click the Ready button (tick icon).

    7. The game will begin once all the players have indicated that they are ready.

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  11. How do I play a multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2 using Steam?

    Playing a multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2 is slightly different depending on whether you wish to host a campaign, or simply join one.

    To host:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Multiplayer Campaign from the menu that appears.

    2. The Campaign Games screen will appear. Select Host Campaign.

    3. The Host Campaign dialog will appear. Enter a game name and a password (optional), then click the Accept button (tick icon).

    4. The Two Player Campaign screen will appear. On this screen, you can customize your campaign settings. To invite a friend from your Steam friends' list to the campaign, click the Envelope icon. Otherwise, proceed to step 6.

    5. The Invite Friends dialog will appear. Tick the checkbox next to the name of the friend you wish to invite, then click the OK button (tick icon).

    6. When you are happy with your settings and another player has joined the game, click the Ready button (tick icon).

    7. The game will begin once the other player has indicated that they are ready.

    To join:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Multiplayer Campaign from the menu that appears.

    2. The Campaign Games screen will appear. From the list of campaigns, highlight the campaign you wish to join, then select Join.

    3. The Two Player Campaign screen will appear. On this screen, you can customize your campaign settings. When you are happy with your settings, click the Ready button (tick icon).

    4. The game will begin once the host has indicated that they are ready.

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  12. How do I resume a saved Steam multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2?

    Resuming a saved multiplayer campaign in Total War: SHOGUN 2 is slightly different depending on whether you are resuming the game as the host, or simply joining it.

    You must have been one of the original players to take part in a resumed campaign. The player who originally hosted the game must resume as host.

    To resume as host:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Multiplayer Campaign from the menu that appears.

    2. The Campaign Games screen will appear. Select Resume as Host.

    3. The Load Saved Game screen will appear, showing a list of your saved Steam campaign games. Highlight the game you wish to resume and click the Accept button (tick icon).

    4. The Two Player Campaign screen will appear. To invite a friend from your Steam friends' list to the campaign, click the Envelope icon. Otherwise, proceed to step 6.

    5. The Invite Friends dialog will appear. Tick the checkbox next to the name of the friend you wish to invite, then click the OK button (tick icon).

    6. When another player has joined the game, click the Ready button (tick icon).

    7. The game will begin once the other player has indicated that they are ready.

    To join a resumed campaign:

    1. In the Main Menu, place the mouse cursor over the Multiplayer icon and select Multiplayer Campaign from the menu that appears.

    2. The Campaign Games screen will appear. From the campaign games list, highlight the campaign you wish to join and select Join.

    3. The Two Player Campaign screen will appear. Click the Ready button (tick icon).

    4. The game will begin once the host has indicated that they are ready.

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  13. Can I play an online multiplayer game with PC players?

    No. Multiplayer games hosted by PC players will be visible in the list of available games, but you will not be able to join them. These games will appear in red text in the list.

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  14. In a multiplayer campaign, if my opponent and I choose different options to resolve a battle, which one takes precedence?

    In a campaign, the Battle Deployment panel enables you to choose whether to fight the battle yourself or auto-resolve it.

    You and your opponent may choose different options. In this case, the game will decide which option takes precedence based on the Default Battle Resolution setting the host chose when starting or resuming the campaign.

    You can change the Default Battle Resolution setting from the Two Player Campaign screen before starting or resuming a multiplayer campaign.

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  15. Can I play Total War: SHOGUN 2 using my Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad?

    Yes.

    However, you must first enable the secondary click function on your mouse or trackpad. This will enable you to perform a right-click by clicking the right-hand side of your mouse or trackpad.

    To do this, follow these instructions:

    1. Open System Preferences ( MenuSystem Preferences).

    2. Select Mouse or Trackpad (depending on which you are using).

    3. Select the Point & Click tab.

    4. Check the Secondary Click checkbox.

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  16. Magic Mouse and Trackpad gestures interfere with the game. How do I disable them?

    Finger "gestures", which are used by Magic Mice and Trackpads to switch between windows and applications, can disrupt your game if used inadvertently.

    To disable them, follow these instructions:

    1. Open System Preferences ( MenuSystem Preferences).

    2. Click on Mouse or Trackpad (depending on which you are using).

    3. Select the More Gestures tab.

    4. Uncheck all the checkboxes.

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  17. My short keyboard does not have certain keys. How can I use the game commands that are mapped to them?

    Short Apple keyboards do not have Home (↖), End (↘), Page Up (⇞), Page Down (⇟) or Delete (⌦) keys.

    In order to use game commands that are mapped to these keys, you will need to use the Function (fn) key as follows:

    Home (↖) = Function (fn) key + Left Arrow (◀) key

    End (↘) = Function (fn) key + Right Arrow (▶) key

    Page Up (⇞) = Function (fn) key + Up Arrow (▲) key

    Page Down (⇟) = Function (fn) key + Down Arrow (▼) key

    Delete (⌦) = Function (fn) key + Backspace (←) key

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  18. Is Total War: SHOGUN 2 optimized for Retina displays?

    Yes.

    If you have a Retina display, you will be able to take advantage of the extra pixels by running Total War: SHOGUN 2 in native resolution. This means that the game will display one pixel for every pixel on your display.

    To do this, follow these instructions:

    1. From the Total War: SHOGUN 2 pre-game Options window, select the Display tab.

    2. Select the largest resolution from the Resolution drop-down menu to play the game in native Retina resolution.

    3. Click the Play button. The game will start in native Retina resolution.

    NOTE: In many cases, increasing your game's resolution will impact upon its performance. For tips on improving performance, read the Performance Tips point in the ReadMe.

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  19. Where are my saved games stored?

    Your saved games are stored in your game's preferences folder.

    To open this folder, click the Open Preferences Folder button in the Support tab of the pre-game Options window.

    You can also navigate to the preferences folder manually. It is stored in the Feral Interactive folder in your computer's ~/Library/Application Support folder (where the "~" symbol refers to your home directory).

    By default, the Library folder is hidden from your Finder. To open it, follow these instructions:

    1. Open the Finder.

    2. Open the Go menu from the main toolbar.

    3. Hold down the Alt (⌥) key. The Library option will appear.

    4. Click on the Library option. The Library folder will open in your Finder.

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  20. How do I stop the dock, notifications and the desktop cursor from appearing while I'm playing Total War: SHOGUN 2?

    The dock or notifications may occasionally appear while you are playing Total War: SHOGUN 2, or the desktop cursor may replace the game cursor. This can disrupt a game.

    You can prevent them from occurring by checking the Hide the Dock (disables notifications) checkbox in the Total War: SHOGUN 2 pre-game Options window. To do so, follow these steps:

    1. From the Total War: SHOGUN 2 pre-game Options window, select the Display tab.

    2. Check the Hide the Dock (disables notifications) checkbox.

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  21. When I press the Function keys (F1-F19) nothing happens. How do I use the Function keys?

    By default, Mac OS X uses the F keys to control items such as volume and brightness. To use an F key for a game command hold down the fn key, then press the F key you wish to use.

    To automatically enable the F keys, follow these steps:

    1. Open System Preferences ( MenuSystem Preferences).

    2. Click on Keyboard or Keyboard and Mouse (depending on the version of Mac OS X you are running).

    3. Select the Keyboard tab.

    4. Check the Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys checkbox.

    The F keys will now work without using the fn key.

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  22. Why does music in iTunes pause when I start playing Total War: SHOGUN 2?

    By default, music playing in iTunes will be paused when you start playing Total War: SHOGUN 2.

    To turn this feature off, follow the steps below:

    1. Double-click on the Total War: SHOGUN 2 application icon. The pre-game Options window will appear.

    2. Select the Extras tab.

    3. Uncheck the Pause iTunes while playing Total War: SHOGUN 2 checkbox.

    4. Select the Play button to start playing.

    To turn this feature back on at a later date, simply check the Pause iTunes while playing Total War: SHOGUN 2 checkbox and then select the Play button.

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  23. How do I take screenshots in Total War: SHOGUN 2?

    To take screenshots while playing Total War: SHOGUN 2 you should use the following key command:

    Command (⌘) + Shift (⇧) + P

    When you press all three keys at once, a single image of the on-screen contents will be saved in the Feral Interactive folder in your computer's ~/Pictures folder (the "~" symbol refers to your home directory).

    The JPEG image contains metadata in a string in the following format.

    GameName/Version Number (OS Version; CPU Speed; Installed RAM; Video RAM; Current Graphics Card)

    For example in Total War: SHOGUN 2 the string might look a little like this:

    Total War SHOGUN 2/1.0 (macOS 10.13.4; 3.0; 8.0; 4.0; AMD Radeon R9 M395X)

    This information can be easily removed by exporting the screenshot into a different format using Preview or another image editing tool.

    NOTE: None of the metadata stored can be used to identify the user.

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  24. Can I run Total War: SHOGUN 2 in windowed mode?

    Yes.

    To run Total War: SHOGUN 2 in windowed mode, follow these instructions:

    1. From the Total War: SHOGUN 2 pre-game Options window, select the Display tab.

    2. Check the Run in a window checkbox.

    3. Click the Play button. The game will start in windowed mode.

    NOTE: Enabling windowed mode may decrease the game's performance.

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  25. Total War: SHOGUN 2 runs slowly on my computer. Is there anything I can do to increase the speed?

    There are several factors which have an impact on the speed at which Total War: SHOGUN 2 runs. Please see the Total War: SHOGUN 2 Performance Tips section in the ReadMe for ways to increase the speed at which the game runs on your computer.

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  26. How do I get technical support for Total War: SHOGUN 2?

    Please read the technical support information in the ReadMe; this tells you what to check and if necessary, how to contact Feral Technical Support with your issue.

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