Arc of death


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Mage's "Arc of Death" weapon found on Hub 2: Shadow Wood.
Mage's "Arc of Death" weapon in action.

The Arc of death is the third weapon used by the Mage from Hexen. It is a spell that consumes five green mana to summon a great bolt of electricity from floor to ceiling, which travels in a straight line away from the player. When the bolt strikes an enemy, it will follow them around inflicting damage for three seconds before it wears off, or until the target dies. This weapon is very effective against the centaurs and slaughtaurs, as they specifically take triple normal damage from this weapon.


Arc of death data
Weapon number 3
Damage 16-128 (floor + ceiling projectile)
2-16 (proximity bolt)
Included mana 25 Green (37 on skill 1 & 5)
Mana use 5 Green
Shot type Projectile
(bolt projectile)
25 map units per tic
(875 map units per second)
Shots per minute ?
Damage per second ?
Sound WEPELE2 (wielded)
LITE2 (firing)
GNTPOW (projectile)
GNTACT1 (proximity)
Appears in Hexen
Thing type 8040 (decimal), 1F68 (hex)
Radius 20
Height 16
Sprite WMLG (before pickup)
MLNG (wielded)
MLF2, MLFX (bolts)
(before pickup)
8 (A—H)
Class Weapon

Appearance statistics[edit]

In the IWADs the Arc of death is first encountered on these maps per skill level:

The IWADs contain the following numbers of Arcs of death per skill level:


  • The Arc of death is one of two weapons that cannot be spawned in Hexen's ACS, the other being the Firestorm.
Weapons from Hexen
Slot 1 2 3 4
Baratus (Fighter) Spiked Gauntlets Timon's Axe Hammer of Retribution Quietus
Parias (Cleric) Mace of Contrition Serpent Staff Firestorm Wraithverge
Daedolon (Mage) Sapphire Wand Frost Shards Arc of Death Bloodscourge