Mordhau

Roag's: Keybinds, Controls & Graphics

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  • 19 May
 Roag

I've seen allot of players in-game complaining about the 240 control system and, more importantly, FPS problems. I spent some time putting a guide together to make a Chivalry-style control scheme (all attacks bound as opposed to attack type being dictated by mouse movement) and figured I'd include as much info as I could about improving FPS while I was at it.

Who am I? Well, I played chiv for 4k hours (wew) over half of which was at comp level. I wasn't an Alpha backer for mordhau but have followed the game since 2015 when it was simply called Slasher. If anyone has any suggestions or corrections please don't hesitate to reply and I can update the guide accordingly.

The guide on steam - more likely to keep this one updated.

Keybinds & Controls

Mordhau's default control scheme aka "240 system" isn't great coming from chiv imo. Most players use key binds as follows:

In order to disable the 240 control scheme:

  • Go to "controls" - > uncheck all tickboxes

Under keybinds change the following:

  • Feint - Q
  • Right mouse button - Parry
  • Right strike - left mouse button
  • Fire - Left mouse button (make sure this is bound or you cant spawn - don't overwrite above)
  • Right Stab - scroll up
  • Upper right strike / overhead - scroll down
  • Left upper strike - Thumb mouse button if you have one / easily reachable key
  • Left lower strike - Thumb mouse button if you have one / easily reachable key
  • Flip attack side - Left Alt

Pictures of keybinds incase confused.jpg
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Binding console key

  • Go to Mordhau's client location: <unit>:\SteamLibrary\SteamApps\common\Mordhau\Engine\Config\ and open the BaseInput.ini
  • Cntrl + F and look for +ConsoleKeys=Tilde
  • Change "Tilde" to a different key, for example "J" or otherwise unbound key, and save the file.
  • Restart Mordhau.

Graphics

Depending on FPS you may want to tweak you graphics settings. Personally, I play on mostly low settings to achieve maximum FPS - especially in Frontlines.

Under the "Game" tab:

  • Head bob - 0
  • Ragdoll limit - Lower is better. I use 3
  • Ragdoll stay time - Lower is better. I use 3

Under the "Video" tab:

Anything with IMPORTANT has a big impact on FPS or visibility. Before starting it's worth making sure you have the most up-to-date drivers!

DISABLE V-SYNC - Even if you have a 60Hz Monitor you should always be aiming for 120fps

  • Resolution Scale - Adjust this based on FPS. If you are getting enough FPS you can turn this up to 1.1 or 1.2 for a sharper picture. Leave on 1 if not getting consistant frames or on Frontlines

Frame rate limit - 120 if on a 60Hz monitor, 143 on a 144hz monitor. Lower based on framerate (if you're getting 54 FPS max then make it 50 for example)

Field of View - 101

  • Anti-aliasing - Off (especially if using higher than 1 screenscale)

  • Texture quality - Adjust based on GPU VRAM size (6gb+ = Ultra) (4gb = High) etc.

  • Effects - Low

  • Shadow Quality - Low (Medium is fine, again I use for FPS)

  • Indirect Shadows - Off

  • View Distance - Low

  • Post process - Low [IMPORTANT]

  • Foliage Density - Low [IMPORTANT]

  • Character Qaulity - Low

  • Character Cloth - No Cloth [IMPORTANT]

  • Ragdoll Qaulity - Low [IMPORTANT]

  • Screenspace Reflections - Off [IMPORTANT]

  • Motion Blur - Off [IMPORTANT]

  • Bloom - Off [IMPORTANT]

  • Ambient Occlusion - Off [IMPORTANT]

  • Lens Flares - Off [IMPORTANT]

Still Getting Low FPS

nVidia:

  • Under manage 3d settings -> program settings -> add mordhau
  • Preferred graphics processor - High performance nvidia processor is selected (may want to do this in "Global" tab)
  • Set virtually pre-rendered frames to 2 or 3 (higher = more FPS but also more input lag)
  • Power management mode - Prefer maximum performance
  • Texture Quality - Performance
  • V-Sync - Off
  • Anti-Aliasing - Off
  • Set Multi-Display/Mixed GPU Acceleration to Single display performance mode
  • Enable Threaded Optimisation
  • Make sure drivers are up to date

Set Mordhau to higher CPU priority

This can be done via Task Manager, however the change is not permanent and will revert on restarting PC. Instead you can make a shortcut and assign that high priority, use this to launch Mordhau and it will assign high priority every-time .

  • Right click desktop, create shortcut
  • Paste cmd.exe /c start "Process Monitor" /High "{Drive letter}\Program > Files(x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Mordhau\Mordhau.exe" or wherever your Mordhau.exe is located.

Disable Steam overlay

  • Go to Settings -> Steam Overlay -> In-game -> Disable Steam Overlay.
  • Alternatively go to Libary -> Right click Mordhau -> Disable Steam Overlay.

Use old SteamUI

If you don't want to disable the in-game overlay but don't like the new UI you can enable the old steam UI.

  • Honestly not sure if this will result in an FPS gain (likely not) but I know I'm not the only one who hates the new UI, mostly because it doesn't work properly in-game. GUIDE HERE.

ONLY USE IF GETTING BAD FPS

Bellow settings change texture rendering, higher the number = more Runescape looking textures.

  • Open Console - type r.MipMapLodBias 4 (0-10, 10 being worst looking but best FPS)
  • Open Console type r.skeletalmeshlodbias 100 (0-100, 100 being worst looking but best FPS)

Make sure you have followed the above graphics settings to your liking before doing the bellow as you cannot update graphics setting in-game after this.

  • press windows key + R -> type %appdata% -> press OK

  • Exit /Roaming then into /AppData -> go to Local/Mordhau/Saved/Config/WindowsClient/ open GameUserSettings.ini

  • CNTRL + F and look for sg.ShadowQuality=1 change to sg.ShadowQuality=0

  • Save, go to .ini file -> right click -> properties -> set to "Read Only"

Using this method will not work with Mordhau open, make sure it is closed with the desired graphics settings already saved.

If you found it useful please give me a thumbs up on steam - the guide on steam

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  • 19 May
 KingOfSow

"Frame rate limit - 120 if on a 60Hz monitor, 143 on a 144hz monitor."

Why 143 on 144hz? Mistake maybe?

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  • 19 May
 Roag

@KingOfSow said:
"Frame rate limit - 120 if on a 60Hz monitor, 143 on a 144hz monitor."

Why 143 on 144hz? Mistake maybe?

Nope, intentional.

If possible you'd want like 143.99 but can't do that on Mordhau (don't think).

Stutter harmonics occur as a function of framerate versus refreshrate.
For example, 135fps at 120Hz has 15 stutters per second.
However, [email protected] only has one stutter per second.

TL;DR

If you have 144Hz monitor but can achieve 150fps+ (never dropping bellow 144fps) then no need to cap it lower.

If you're NOT achieving that consistently then cap it at 143 or 142 for example. Same for if you're using V-SYNC, G-SYNC or FREESYNC.

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  • 20 May
 Roag

Updated to include r.skeletalmeshlodbias command.

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  • 22 May
 Roag

Updated: Added a few more nvidia control panel options, binding console key and assigning higher CPU priority permanently.

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  • 22 May
 JasonBourne

Nice post.

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  • 23 May
 Roag

Updated, couple more nvidia cpanel options & disabling steam overlay.

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  • 23 May
 Roag

If possible looking for someone with a low(ish) end PC to confirm FPS gain from bellow commands

r.MipMapLodBias 10
r.skeletalmeshlodbias 10

Using these commands on my rig gives me ~10fps more which is allot less than I would expect. Can anyone else confirm?

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  • 26 May
 SerLhuxe

I followed all the graphic settings and it managed to make my FPS drops so much worse

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  • 26 May
 Roag

@SerLhuxe said:
I followed all the graphic settings and it managed to make my FPS drops so much worse

Can you be specific? What did you play on before?

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  • 26 May
 SerLhuxe

@Roag said:

@SerLhuxe said:
I followed all the graphic settings and it managed to make my FPS drops so much worse

Can you be specific? What did you play on before?

I optimize my game with Nvidia, which takes mostly everything to High/Ultra. About a week after launch my FPS went to shit so I had to start playing on Low/Medium settings but still get FPS drops. I play with these settings but after following your guide it made the drops worse and last longer than having my settings on low/medium or even on Ultra which makes no sense to me

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  • 28 May
 Roag

@SerLhuxe said:

@Roag said:

@SerLhuxe said:
I followed all the graphic settings and it managed to make my FPS drops so much worse

Can you be specific? What did you play on before?

I optimize my game with Nvidia, which takes mostly everything to High/Ultra. About a week after launch my FPS went to shit so I had to start playing on Low/Medium settings but still get FPS drops. I play with these settings but after following your guide it made the drops worse and last longer than having my settings on low/medium or even on Ultra which makes no sense to me

Yeh that is strange, sorry it made your FPS worse (but it really shouldn't!)... can you post your specs please?

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  • 29 May
 Roag

Steam guide has been updated with a bunch of CPU performance tweaks, steam launch options and an extra console command. WIll update this post later...

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  • 29 May
 Endless

GTX 980, i changed all of the nas u recommended but still 20-30 fps. especially when i turn around it gets worse like 10 to 5 FPS

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  • 29 May
 Roag

@Endless said:
GTX 980, i changed all of the nas u recommended but still 20-30 fps. especially when i turn around it gets worse like 10 to 5 FPS

this sounds more like a problem with your system than the game, make sure that your GPU is selected as the default 3d processor in nVidia control panel.

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  • 29 May
 Endless

@Roag said:

@Endless said:
GTX 980, i changed all of the nas u recommended but still 20-30 fps. especially when i turn around it gets worse like 10 to 5 FPS

this sounds more like a problem with your system than the game, make sure that your GPU is selected as the default 3d processor in nVidia control panel.

I can play battlefied 5 or AC:odessey in 45-60 fps constant with minimal fps drops.(of course not on the highest settings but settings are considerably high.) But mordhau has really big problem with me especially when i try to move or turn around fps gets like 5-10. By the way its selected

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  • 29 May
 Audition89

Has anyone found a solution for massive lag spikes?
I'm thinking it's a port forwarding issue

Many people are getting spikes up to about 300 ping for a few seconds periodically, I get 45 because I live near the servers and then randomly spike up to 300.

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  • 30 May
 SerLhuxe

@Roag said:

@SerLhuxe said:

@Roag said:

@SerLhuxe said:
I followed all the graphic settings and it managed to make my FPS drops so much worse

Can you be specific? What did you play on before?

I optimize my game with Nvidia, which takes mostly everything to High/Ultra. About a week after launch my FPS went to shit so I had to start playing on Low/Medium settings but still get FPS drops. I play with these settings but after following your guide it made the drops worse and last longer than having my settings on low/medium or even on Ultra which makes no sense to me

Yeh that is strange, sorry it made your FPS worse (but it really shouldn't!)... can you post your specs please?

Yeah my PC is: HP OMEN
i7-7700
GTX 1060
8 GB DDR4 RAM
No SSD

My game used to run perfectly fine, and I can play horde with 100+ NPCs no problem

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  • 30 May
 Roag

Yeah my PC is: HP OMEN
i7-7700
GTX 1060
8 GB DDR4 RAM
No SSD

My game used to run perfectly fine, and I can play horde with 100+ NPCs no problem

@Endless said:

@Roag said:

@Endless said:
GTX 980, i changed all of the nas u recommended but still 20-30 fps. especially when i turn around it gets worse like 10 to 5 FPS

this sounds more like a problem with your system than the game, make sure that your GPU is selected as the default 3d processor in nVidia control panel.

I can play battlefied 5 or AC:odessey in 45-60 fps constant with minimal fps drops.(of course not on the highest settings but settings are considerably high.) But mordhau has really big problem with me especially when i try to move or turn around fps gets like 5-10. By the way its selected

The guide on steam got updated yesterday to include a few CPU performance tweaks, can I ask you have a look and try those.

@Endless the fact you're getting 5-10fps at any time on a 980 is very concerning, there's definitely something not right there