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Heroes of Might and Magic V

Developer: Nival Interactive
Publisher: Ubisoft
Platform: Windows
Released internationally: May 16, 2006


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  • There are 2 known builds to exist: one that is an alpha build specifically made for Ubisoft to review, and the other that is a Duel-focused closed beta build that also has differences. Links to download these builds will be put later, as well as sub-pages for them.
  • There is an unused death animation sequence for Bone Dragon that is impossible to play normally in the game without using the magic of effects. For the full showcase 2 animations need to be combined via effects.
  • Review maps for the case of cut elements & triggers.
  • Datamine out models from sub-data package that contains some unused creature models.

Heroes of Might and Magic V is the fifth installment in the Heroes of Might and Magic series, and later received two expansions.

Heroes of Might and Magic V

Unused music

Swamp terrain theme

There is an unused music theme for swamp terrain in the files. In the final game, swamp areas reuse the theme for water terrain instead.

Unused Swamp Theme

Unused battle arenas

Grass_Small_02

An unused grass type terrain arena that doesn't appear in any used arena polls for each terrain type.

Most notable feature of this arena is the fact that its map size is 32x32, not standard 64x64 that is used by most other arena maps.

Another interesting fact that is related to this map is that this is the arena map that was used on the E3 2005 game demonstration.

Grass Small 02 photo 1.png Grass Small 02 photo 2.png Grass Small 02 in game.png

Unused creatures

Black Knight

In first concepts of Necropolis' creature list instead of Wights & Wraiths as tier 6 creatures the player would instead recruit Black & Death Knights just like in Heroes of Might & Magic III, while Wights & Wraiths instead were supposed to be tier 3 creatures. However when the concept of those creature lists were shown to Ubisoft, they've liked the design of Wights & Wraiths that much that it was decided that instead of knights the player would recruit giant ghosts with scythes.

This has resulted in Wights & Wraiths replacing knights, Ghosts & Specters receiving new designs and Knights becoming neutral creatures. However only Death Knight is actually finished, while Black Knight remains partially unfinished. Black Knight lacks map object, so he's not placeable. However the creature data is still presented in the game, so he can be added into an army of a hero or into a garrison.

The creature itself has slightly different stats (10 points of attack & defence less and 10 points of minimum damage less), lacks Deadly Strike ability, has the same cost and reuses Death Knight's icon & horse textures (the screenshot below is a fan's reconstruction of how Black Knight was supposed to look like. In the game itself without any modding he'd look the same except he'd have Death Knight's horse & weapons). While icon seems to be never created for the Black Knight, the rest of textures can actually be found in files, being located among files of assets for animated cutscenes. The cutscene, which contains assets of the Black Knight, also showcases disembodied body parts of Black Knight, as well as using Wraiths as Specters instead.

Black Knight Fan Reconstruction.png Black Knight Stats.png

Creature's description:

Damned and fallen warriors, Black Knights are independent Vampire warriors who have severed their ties to the Necromancer kingdom. Their eldritch attacks include the ability to curse enemy troops.

Crystal Dragon

Not to be confused with the Crystal Dragon that was actually added as an alternative upgrade for Sylvan's Green Dragon.

It seems to be that it was supposed to be a neutral dragon, perhaps Ashan's variation of Azure Dragon from Heroes of Might and Magic III. Only name text file remains from this creature, which simply says "(deleted)". Its stats, abilities, creature visual and if it's related to the story or not are unknown.

Fire Bird

Similarly to the case with Black & Death Knights, instead of Green & Emerald Dragons the Sylvan faction was supposed to have Fire Birds & Phoenixes, similarly to 1st & 2nd installments of the series. However later it was decided to give Sylvan dragons instead, and in the end Phoenix has became a neutral creature that can be both encountered and summoned as a separated tier 8 creature, while fire birds were cut from the game.

What remains from the creature are its textures and the sound bank that uses less fire sound effects and lacks special (because Fire Bird can't rebirth itself) and happy sounds for unknowns reasons. No text files exist to show its name or description, as well as no creature data. Below is the fan's reconstruction of the creature along with its texture file.

Fire bird reconstruction.png Fire Bird Textures - H5.png

Naga

On first concepts of army sets for factions, just like in Heroes of Might and Magic III, Academy's tier 6 creatures were supposed to be Nagas, which in the release were replaced with Rakshasa, who fit more with arabic mythology. After the replacement Nagas were reconsidered to become a separate race that lives near the water and worships Shalassa, the dragon god of water. Eventually, Nagas as a race were added into Might & Magic Heroes VI, while in Heroes of Might and Magic V, Hammers of Fate and Tribes of the East there are various resources for unimplemented ideas for the campaign.

What is left from Naga in the original game is a text file for a name that simply states "Naga". No models or textures are presented for them.

Unused heroes

Temkhan

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Internally named "Timerkhan", Temkhan is a cut hero of the Academy faction with unique specialty "Master of the Sands", which alters the order of the ATB Bar at the start of combat at increasing intensity based on his experience level. It is unknown why he was cut, either developers couldn't put him into the list of default Academy heroes (since every faction has 8 playable skirmish heroes and Academy already has 8 with all currently playable ones) or they couldn't put him into the campaign, or because of his specialty, which could cause slowdowns in game's logic. Despite the fact that it was fixed in Tribes of the East expansion, he wasn't brought back into the story anyhow, nor was he reincarnated in any future Heroes of Might and Magic games. He possesses unique portrait that doesn't match in style of others' (seems to be an early draft) and his specialty's icon also doesn't look polish enough.

He can still be put onto the map or be added into the list of available tavern heroes. He starts with the default Academy army consisting of tier 1-3 units, and possesses Basic Artificer and Basic Sorcery along with Magic Insight. His ingame biography:

Though a recent academy graduate, Temkhan's youth has not prevented him for making a name for himself. Focusing on the elements of time, timing, and the very properties of the continuum of time on Ashan, he can temporarily bend it to his will and strike the first blow in every conflict.

His specialty's ingame description: H5SpecMasterOfTheSands.png

Caster transforms the local time continuum, changing the order of creatures' actions at the start of combat. The intensity of the transformation depends on the hero's level.

Guarg

A cut hero from Inferno faction. It seems that he was supposed to appear in the main campaign as another Inferno hero similarly to Erasial. He uses Marbas' portrait and Alastor's specialty, yet he also possesses unique biography that is not just someone else's biography with swapped names, like how Erasial's profile do. His starting skills - Basic Gating and Basic Dark Magic along with Master of Mind. His ingame biography:

Some brave men, who are dead now, used to say that Guarg is "not entirely demon". Anyone who will make a look in his eyes with stretched out pupils can decide this. But it is better not to say it aloud - Guarg can cruelly punish the offender depriving him of his magical power.

Old Creature icons

Upon the release of the game some creatures had icons that weren't fitting with them due to them representing their outdated designs. With the release of 1.3 version this issue was corrected in an unique way: instead of updating the main data.pak file, Nival have made a separated .pak file named "p3c-data" with all other changes that were released with 1.3 version. Because of that this pak file loads after main data file and so all those get replaced in the game.

Creature name Old Icon New Icon Notes
Silver Unicorn HoMMVBattleUnicornOld.png HoMMVBattleUnicornNew.png Change of Silver Unicorn's color palette from yellow colors to bluish. This is a completely new render of the creature, not just an icon recolor.
Emerald Dragon HoMMVEmeraldDragonOld.png HoMMVEmeraldDragonNew.png Change of Emerald Dragon's color palette, along with the new icon being a completely new render of the creature. The old icon fits with the emerald's colors more rather than the new one, which doesn't even have more than 1 primary color. Another version of this icon exists online with colors fitting the golden dragon rather than the emerald dragon
Cavalier HoMMVCavalierOld.png HoMMVCavalierNew.png Change of Cavalier's clothes colors to be less blue, along with the head stripe being light blue & white rather than blue and... blue. This is a simple icon recolor.
Spectres HoMMVGhostsOld.png HoMMVGhostsNew.png Change of Spectre's eyes colors from red to greenish yellow. This is a very odd change for two reasons: The change was done only for 64px and 32px sized icons but not for 128px, and the icon's colors not even matching with the model's colors since only the 128px one shows the right visual (This causes Specters' icon to sometimes appear either as greyish, and sometimes as dark teal ghosts).
Vampire HoMMVVampireOld.png HoMMVVampireNew.png Change of Vampire's cape to remove red colors, along with the dark green ambience. This is a completely new render of the creature.
Vampire Lord HoMMVVampireLordOld.png HoMMVVampireLordNew.png Change of Vampire's cape to remove red colors and recolor clothes to be pale-blue rather than purple, along with the dark green ambience. The old face and head gear, which are similar to the concept art, have been replaced by base vampire's head. This is a completely new render of the creature and the old Vampire Lord hasn't appeared on any promotional photos, so the original texture may be lost in time and space forever.
Wraith HoMMVWraithOld.png HoMMVWraithNew.png Change of Wraith's colors to replace red clothes with green. Instead of being a new render, it's only the icon recolor. This results in some bits of original red colors to still be barely visible on the new icon.
Ghost Dragon HoMMVShadowDragonOld.png HoMMVShadowDragonNew.png Change of Ghost Dragon's eyes color from red to green. Same as Wraith's case, it's only an icon recolor, not a new render. This results in the head showing incorrect glow effect on jaw when comparing to the ingame model.
Mage HoMMVMagiOld.png HoMMVMagiNew.png Mage's turban got recolored from white & green colors to beige & beige only. No promotional images exist that show old Magi with this turban, and it's currently unknown why the color of turban had to be changed.
Shadow Matron HoMMVMatronOld.png HoMMVMatronNew.png Change of color palette for Shadow Matron's hair from black to grey. The old concept art of Shadow Matron showcased them having black hairs. The icon still has one issue however - the eye color (red) doesn't match with ingame's color (grey)

Hammers of Fate

Unused sounds

Soundbanks for Vindicator and Battle griffin

There are unused files of unique sounds for Vindicator and Battle griffin units that can't be heard in the game without modifying files. In the final game they instead reuse sounds from Squire and Imperial griffin, just like the rest of the "army of the red church". These sounds are leftovers from an early idea of Renegades being a separated faction, not sub-creatures of Haven, which in Tribes of the East expansion were turned into alternative upgrades.

Vindicator

Vindicator attacks the enemy by swinging his sword from side.
Vindicator attacks the enemy by raising his sword and then slashing from above.
Vindicator dies. Painfully.
Vindicator raises his sword and shouts a victorious cry upon enemy unit stack getting killed.
Vindicator takes damage.
Vindicator stands still.
Vindicator moves forward. The sound itself appears to be designed slowed down animation because it's desynced.
Vindicator bashes an enemy with his shield. It's double unused because Vindicator by default doesn't have the "Bash" ability.
Vindicator looks behind.

Battle griffin

Battle griffin smashes the enemy with its paw.
Battle griffin "pecks" the enemy.
The poor birdie has died.
Battle griffin screams victoriously.
The poor beast is hurt.
Battle griffin stands.
Battle griffin flies forward.
Battle griffin flies to the sky to attack from above later.
Battle griffin "pecks" the chosen square. It's double unused because Battle Griffin by default doesn't possess the "Battle Dive" ability.
Battle griffin warms up.

Old Creature icons

Similarly to the original Heroes of Might and Magic V, upon the release of the addon some creature icons weren't matching with creatures themselves. This later was fixed in 2.1 patch in the same way as how 1.3 patch was released - by making a new .pak file named "a1p1-data". This time, however, not a lot of icons weren't incorrect, however at the same time there are even stranger cases of incorrect icons.

Creature name Old Icon New Icon Notes
Silver Unicorn HoMMVHoFBattleUnicornOld.png HoMMVHoFBattleUnicornNew.png Change of color palette for Silver Unicorn from light brown & red to blue & yellowish colors. Strangely enough, the old icon is not the same one as version 1.0 of original Heroes V had, being just a recolor of a new render.
Cavalier HoMMVHoFCavalierOld.png HoMMVHoFCavalierNew.png Cavalier's clothes' colors were changed from beige to light blue. It's a leftover from the idea of base human units to have beige colors while upgrades would have blue palettes. Similarly to Silver Unicorn's case, the old icon is not the same as version 1.0 of original Heroes V had, where his clothes were just more bluish rather than beige.
Spectre HoMMVHoFGhostsOld.png HoMMVHoFGhostsNew.png Change of eyes' colors from red to greenish-yellow. Still oddly only includes all sizes but 128px, and still doesn't show the correct creature visual.
Wraith HoMMVHoFWraithOld.png HoMMVHoFWraithNew.png Change of color palette for undeads to have green colors instead of red. Exactly the same case as from original Heroes V, even bits of red colors are still presented on the new icon.
Ghost Dragon HoMMVHoFShadowDragonOld.png HoMMVHoFShadowDragonNew.png Change of colors for eyes from red to green. Exactly the same case as from original Heroes V, even the proper lighting on the jaw is not presented.
Shadow Matron HoMMVHoFMatronOld.png HoMMVHoFMatronNew.png Change of color palette for Shadow Matron's hair from black to grey. The old concept art of Shadow Matron showcased them having black hairs. And yes, the eye color still doesn't match with ingame's textures.

Tribes of the East Expansion

Unused music

Renegades faction's themes

There are unused music themes for the faction of Renegades, including a town theme, combat theme, and AI theme. Notably, these themes are located in the folder a1, used for music from Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate.

These themes are another leftovers from an early idea of having Renegades as a separate faction, not as sub-creatures of Haven, which in Tribes of the East expansion were turned into alternative upgrades.

Renegade AI theme
Renegade Combat Theme
Renegade Town Theme

Unused sounds

Sounds for unused animations

Most new creatures that were added for already existing 7 factions were created while using non-upgraded and upgraded creatures as a base. This has resulted in some unused animations for new creatures to have sounds, which aren't used either. Below is the list of these sounds with notes of why they're not used (WIP, will finish later)

Archdemon moves (move) Sound for copy-pasted animation of running from Devil & Arch Devil, which by default never run and instead teleport to available spaces. Unlike Arch Devil's case, this time all necessary VFX were added to the animation.
Battle Mage speaks (spneutral) "sp" stands for "speak", which is the animation that is used for some cutscenes in Hammers of Fate and Tribes of the East when the creature or hero is talking. Only some creatures & most of heroes have such animation, and nearly no creatures that are alternative upgrades are speaking in cutscenes because these animations are copypasted from creatures on which they were created. These animations are usually silent, but for the case of new creatures (exception are Stronghold) - they have audio. They don't say anything however, it's just sounds of moving parts.
Battle Mage speaks... again (sporator) Alternative animation for speaking. Same as spneutral - is not used in any cutscenes.
Battlerager speaks (spneutral) A Speaking animation for Battlerager. Similarly to cases above - there are no cutscenes that would include this animation.
Battlerager speaks as an orator (spnorator) Alternative animation for speaking. Same as spneutral - is not used in any cutscenes.
Blade dancer swings his blades around to hit nearby enemies (special) Prior to Tribes of the East expansion, War dancer didn't have unique animation for his War Dance Combo ability. Once the expansion was released, for whatever reasons Blade & Wind dancers have also received that animation with unique sounds, despite the fact that by default they can't trigger their ability animation anyhow.
Cyclops throws goblin at the enemy (ranged) Only upgraded variations, which are Untamed & Bloodeyed cyclops, can throw goblins. Unupgraded Cyclops can only eat them. The animation set also lacks the "special2" animation, which is Cyclops grabbing the goblin. This causes Cyclops to freeze in its idle pose while rotating, then changing it into throwing animation.
Vermin speaks (spneutral) An animation that originally belonged to Familiar, which was added in Hammers of Fate and never was used in any cutscene. Just like the Arch Devil's case of moving animation, it also has all necessary effects & a sound file.
Rune Keeper swings with his staff the same way as if he'd attack in melee (special) Rune Patriarch also has a special animation attached to its animation set, which is a simple copy-paste of melee attacking. Judging by Rune Priest's different spell casting animation - it seems that special animation for Rune Keeper & Patriarch were supposed to have that animation as well. Despite the fact that Patriarch's case reuses the same melee animation & sound file, Keeper's case has a completely unique & separated sound file for the animation.
Blood sister speaks (spneutral) Left over from Blood fury's animation set, which also included this animation being used for cutscenes in Hammers of Fate.
Shadow mistress throws an energy ball (ranged) Unlike Shadow matriarch & witch, Shadow mistress lacks any shots, meaning that she can only attack in melee. Even the creature file lacks the projectile info, which further supports the theory of her being melee only. Despite this fact, this sound CAN be heard in game with its supporting animation in one of end game cutscenes, among other ranged animations of other creatures. But in real gameplay? Never.
Horned grunt... taunts? (special) Unlike Horned demon's & overseer's case, the animation for this sound file actually works. It still can't be triggered under any normal circumstances, so it's still unused.
Pit spawn stands into T Pose to cast a spell (cast) Pit spawn lacks both mana and spells to even cast, so it can't even get mana from Vermins.
Foul wyvern eats a corpse of a creature to "heal" (special) "Scavenger" skill is exclusive to Paokai creature, which is an alternative upgrade to Wyvern, however both Wyvern and Foul Wyvern have needed animation & sound for such skill.
Red dragon speaks with you (spneutral) A leftover animation from Black dragon, for which it was used in one of cutscenes in Hammers of Fate.
Rot zombie speaks about brains (spneutral) A leftover animation from Plague zombie, for which it was used in one of cutscenes in Hammers of Fate.
Shaman sacrifices a goblin to get bonus mana Only Sky & Earth daughters can sacrifice goblins in order to get bonus mana.
Mountain guard speaks (spneutral) A leftover animation from Shieldguard, for which it was used in one of cutscenes in Hammers of Fate.
Wind Dancer swings his blades around to hit nearby enemies (special) Prior to Tribes of the East expansion, War dancer didn't have unique animation for his War Dance Combo ability. Once the expansion was released, for whatever reasons Blade & Wind dancers have also received that animation with unique sounds, despite the fact that by default they can't trigger their ability animation anyhow.
Wind Dancer speaks (spneutral) A leftover animation from War Dancer, for which it was used in one of cutscenes in Hammers of Fate.
Wyvern eats a corpse of a creature to "heal" (special) "Scavenger" skill is exclusive to Paokai creature, which is an alternative upgrade to Wyvern, however both Wyvern and Foul Wyvern have needed animation & sound for such skill.

Old Creature icons

Similarly to the original Heroes of Might and Magic V and Hammers of Fate addon, upon the release of the addon there still were some issues with creature icons... most of which were already fixed by the release of 3.0. Only one icon was fixed in 3.1 patch in the same way as how 1.3 patch was released - by making a new .pak file named "a2p1-data". Despite this patch, there are still some icons that aren't fixed yet, and probably would never ever be officially fixed.

Creature name Old Icon New Icon Notes
Shadow Matron HoMMVToeMatronOld.png HoMMVToeMatronNew.png Change of colors for Shadow Matron's eyes, which finally match with ingame model's eyes!