How to Fix Grim Dawn Errors, Crashes, FPS Issues, Not Starting

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Grim Dawn was released a few days ago on Steam and players are saying that it is an amazing game with just a few issues. Playing the game, you enter in an apocalyptic fantasy world where humanity is on the brink of extinction, iron is valued above gold and trust is hard earned.

This game is similar to Diablo 3 and it brings complex character development, hundred of unique items, crafting and quests.

The most common Grim Dawn errors that players reported are Crashes, FPS Issues and Game Not Starting. To fix these issues follow our tutorial below, where you will find workarounds and quick fixes.

How to Fix Grim Dawn Errors:

1. Grim Dawn Crashes, a lot of players keep getting random crashes through the game or crashes at startup. To fix this issue follow the solution below.

“It seems there are a number of people (my self-included) that are experiencing crashing issues that make the game unplayable. And it is on a wide variety of specs so it is badly optimized for some Pc’s.”

“Experiencing many freezes and crashes now. Is there anything in the last two updates that would even cause issues like this? When it freezes, my CPU goes from around 50% usage and then spikes to 100% and that’s when I experience a freeze. And I can’t find any cause of the random crashes. It just force closes the game for no apparent reason about a quarter as much as it freezes.”

Solution for crashes:

This issue is often caused by corrupted game files. Verify your game installation:

  • Right click Grim Dawn in your Library and choose “Properties”.
  • Select the “Local Files” tab.
  • Press the “Verify Integrity of Game Cache” button.
  • Steam will redownload the missing file.

2. Grim Dawn Not Starting, for some players the game won’t even start, they click Play in Steam Library and nothing happens or they receive this error “Executable not found”. Follow the workaround below to fix this issue.

“Game won’t open since release update. It shows the game as runnin (green border on my steam pic) for a few seconds and then goes back blue. No popups, no errors, nothing. Did the repair.exe and it didn’t help. Any suggestions?”

“Game won’t start properly. Every time I turn the game on or try to run it, I get a black screen on half my monitor (other half is my desktop background). I can hear the game sound…or at least frogs croaking which I assume is part of the game. And I can see the mouse pointer changes to the hand pointer….but that’s as far as it gets.”


Your anti-virus software has mistakenly flagged Grim Dawn.exe as a virus, and has deleted the game executable. Grim Dawn is thoroughly scanned for viruses before each and every patch. Add the Grim Dawn steam folder to your scan exclusion list (usually “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\Common/Grim Dawn”). Check your specific anti-virus documentation for how to do this, and see this post for more info.

After excluding the Grim Dawn folder from scanning, you will need to verify the game installation in Steam.

  • Right click Grim Dawn in your Library and choose “Properties”.
  • Select the “Local Files” tab.
  • Press the “Verify Integrity of Game Cache” button.
  • Steam will redownload the missing file.

If you receive a black screen when starting the game is usually the result of bad game settings. Run “Repair.exe” located in the Grim Dawn installation folder (usually “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\Common/Grim Dawn”) and try again.

3. Grim Dawn FPS Issues, the game has a few of performance issues like freezes, issues with the FPS, Low FPS and FPS Drops. To fix this follow the tips below.

“Constant freezing makes this game aggravating, I’m not a huge fan of losing an hour of progress strangely enough?”

“A couple of months ago, I could run this game fluently at 100+ fps everywhere, in any situation. Now, I can’t even run it stable over 80 fps, and in some areas I go down to 45 fps, but it feels like a lot less.”


You can cap the FPS to fix the performance issues. You can also try turning off the anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering, then the rest of the settings on low. Just play with the setting until you find something that keeps you at constant fps.

Make sure your computer is not overriding the graphics settings also, for example, Nvidia GeForce experience thingy.

We hope that our tips and solutions helped you fix your Grim Dawn errors and that now you are playing and enjoying the game. Have fun! – GamesErrors Team

If you are encountering any other issues or you find a workaround to hard to apply to your game, please comment below and we will help you.

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  1. EQ says

    Black screen at launch. Rename Direct3D11.dll

  2. DQ says

    Can’t apply changes

  3. Chelsea sexton says

    Black screen not at launch bit with 3 or more people . Any ideas???

  4. mark says

    for people with low FPS:
    I’m running 2 instances of this game using Nucleus Coop and now getting an average of 55-60 FPS on both…the change with the greatest impact I made, which practically doubled my FPS(before was 30-32 and stutering) was to open the task manager> details> looking for the game’s .EXE, and for the In the first instance I marked affinity at 0-2-4-6 and in the second instance 1-3-5-7, I imagine that something similar should work for a single instance too (try unmark 0 and mark others)…I realized that this game should be heavy for the CPU, but mine was at 20% usage (4790k) after the change, the CPU jumped to +40% usage and the FPS almost doubled…my PC 4790k 16gb ram RX580

  5. Max says

    Game starts OK but then suddenly crashes at random times. Generally cannot get more than 10 minutes out of a game before it crashes. I have chk’d the local file integrity and even deleted it and re-installed it.
    Anyone got an idea?

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