Shader caches

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Modern consoles and their games make heavy use of precompiled shaders specific to their GPUs, and these shaders can't be run natively on PC hardware, so they need to be translated or recompiled. The simplest way to do this is to recompile them at runtime, but that's slow and can cause stuttering every time a new shader is loaded in the game. A mitigation to this stuttering is to compile the shaders asynchronously to the emulator, but this has its own drawback in that in the time it takes to compile the shader, the effect in-game that relies on it won't be shown. Another approach is to cache the system's raw shader pipeline and then compile the shaders before the game even starts. The only drawback here is that someone has to play through the game once to 'build' a cache that can be used by others.

When an emulator updates the way it handles shaders, it may break compatibility with previous shader caches; for this reason, the shader version is listed below.

Note: Please compress your shader caches with 7-Zip or WinRAR before uploading them.

Cemu[edit]

Put files in <cemuFolder>\shaderCache\transferable\

Newer versions of Cemu leverage Vulkan 1.2 and asynchronous shaders in a way that it may be preferable on modern GPUs to use async shaders instead of a shader cache, so try enabling that before hunting for shader caches. The current shader version is 150, but Cemu is backward-compatible from version 149 (Cemu version 1.7.0, 2017/05/16) Cemu 1.25.0+ is not backward-compatible with any prior transferable cache.

Game Link(s) Shader Version Shader Count Notes
Bayonetta 2 Download 149 1210
Captain Toad Treasure Tracker Download 149 2146
Devil's Third Download 149 4421
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Download 149 1950
Fast Racing NEO Download 149 1776
Fatal Frame 5 Download 149 1023
Hyrule Warriors Download 149 1222
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse Download 149 3004
Mario Kart 8 Download 149 12029
Mario Party 10 Download 149 1235
Mario Tennis Download 149 1230
New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U Download 149 886
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge Download 149 868
Pikmin 3 Download 149 2423
Splatoon Download 149 6790
Star Fox Zero Download 149 384
Super Mario 3D World Download 149 4212
Super Mario Maker Download 149 584
Super Smash Bros. WiiU Download 150 4765
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Download 149 1980
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Download 149 9674
Download 150 6500ish shaders, 11000 vulkan pipelines Incomplete, this is meant for Vulkan users (the cache above will still work with Vulkan) so they don't have to build pipelines.
Don't try to combine the pipelines with another cache, as they are incompatible.
Download 150 9627 shaders, 32609 vulkan pipelines Almost perfect, JPN version of Breath of the Wild for the Cemu 1.25, other region versions can use the OpenGL shaders, change its name, for example, change 9300 to 9500.
The Vulkan pipelines will increase with your hardware driver update.
Download 150 9430 shaders, 56354 vulkan pipelines US version of zelda breath of the wild game played through with Cemu version 1.26.2f using Vulkan Graphics API, this is the entire shaderCache folder.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Download 149 2635
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Download 149 11835
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Download 149 2438
Xenoblade Download 149 17592
Yoshi Wolly World Download 149 5002

RPCS3[edit]

Put the raw and pipeline folders in <RPCS3Folder>\cache\<gameSerial>\ppu-<hash>-EBOOT.BIN\shaders_cache\

Current shader version is v1.94 (2022/12/11)[1]

Game Link(s) Shader Version Shader Count Renderer Notes
Ratchet and Clank: A Crack in Time Download v1.93 1191 Vulkan
Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus Download v1.93 1150 Vulkan
Skylanders Giants Download v1.94 2831 Vulkan

Xenia[edit]

Put the files in <XeniaFolder>\cache\shaders\shareable

Current shader version is 20220720[2]

Game Link(s) Shader Version Renderer Notes
Lost Odyssey Download 20220720 DX12 ROV 100% Full Playthrough (Discs 1-4)

Xenia Canary Build December 25 2022 (9f0d3d4)

Gears of War 2 Download 20220720 DX12 ROV Full Playthrough of Main Campaign
Gears of War 3 Download 20220720 DX12 ROV Full Playthrough
Gears of War Judgment Download 20220720 DX12 ROV Full Playthrough Judgment/Aftermath
Red Dead Redemption Download 20220720 DX12 ROV Full Playthrough of Main Campaign and Undead Nightmare
WET Download 20220720 DX12 ROV Full Playthrough of Main Campaign

Citra[edit]

Put files in <user>\shaders\opengl\transferable\

Current shader version is 1 (2019/09/07)[3]

Game Link(s) Shader Version Shader Count
Animal Crossing: New Leaf Download 1 1403
Mario Kart 7 Download 1 299
New Super Mario Bros. 2 Download 1 1308
Pokemon: Ultra Sun Download 1 703
Super Mario 3D Land Download 1 1379
Super Smash Bros. 3DS Download 1 3312
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D Download 1 426
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D Download 1 2211
Tomodachi Life Download 1 10123

Ryujinx[edit]

Right click the game in Ryujinx's game list, Cache Management > Open Shader Cache Directory and extract the zip there.

To share: Right click the game in Ryujinx's game list, Cache Management > Open Shader Cache Directory and zip all the files named "guest" and "shared". Use the title ID as filename (check the file path for a folder with a name that resembles 010015100b514000).

  • Don't upload shaders if you used mods.
  • Vendors seem to matter, so if your card is AMD and there's only a Nvidia shader cache available, add another entry, and vice-versa. Don't just replace caches from different vendors.

Current shader version is 1.1 (2023/10/23)[4]

Game Link(s) Shader Version Vendor Shader Count
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Download 1.1 AMD 579
Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles Download 1.1 AMD 7521
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Download 1.1 Apple 784
Mario Kart 8 Download 1.1 Nvidia 4213
Metroid Dread Download 1.1 Nvidia 401
Pokémon Sword Download 1.1 AMD 26042
Super Mario Bros. Wonder Download 1.1 Nvidia 4169
Super Mario Bros. Wonder Download 1.1 AMD 3795
Super Mario Bros. Wonder Download 1.1 Intel 7773
Super Mario Odyssey Download 1.1 Nvidia 14040
Super Mario RPG Download 1.1 Apple 822
Master Detective Archives: Rain Code Download 1.1 AMD 4085
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Download 1.1 Nvidia 4517

Ryusak is a tool to automatically download and share shader caches for Ryujinx.

Note: Ryusak is no longer being maintained, and is no longer functional.

yuzu[edit]

Right click the game in yuzu's game list and click Open Transferable Pipeline Cache and copy/paste the .bin file.

Current shader version is 11 (2024/1/27). Use version 1659 and below to get shader version 10[5]

Game Link(s) Shader Version Shader Count
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled Vulkan 5 954
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Vulkan 5 1084
Fire Emblem Three Houses OpenGL 5 247
Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity Vulkan 10 1162
Kirby and the Forgotten Land Vulkan 5 6683
Luigi's Mansion 3 OpenGL 5 1015
Vulkan 5 1946
LEGO Harry Potter Collection Vulkan 5 3181
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Vulkan 5 545
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Vulkan 10 7843
Metroid Dread Vulkan 5 490
Metroid Prime Remastered Vulkan 10 2323
New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe Vulkan 5 1308
Nickelodeon Kart Racers Vulkan 5 437
Pokemon Legends: Arceus Vulkan 10 5752
Pokemon Shield Vulkan 5 13169
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Vulkan 5 7178
Super Mario Bros. Wonder Vulkan 10 17531
Super Mario Odyssey Vulkan 5 28852
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate OpenGL 5 11803
Vulkan 10 14529
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Vulkan 10 52239
The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD Vulkan 10 337
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom Vulkan 10 53665
Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna Vulkan 5 19369

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