Arch-vile (Doom Eternal)


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The arch-vile appears near the center of frame in this still from the E3 teaser, with its arms held up in the classic attack pose.
A statue of the arch-vile featured at Bethesda's E3 2018 booth. Photograph credit: Mark Diaz.
This article is about the monster in Doom Eternal. For other games, see:

The arch-vile returns as a monster in Doom Eternal, its first proper reappearance since Doom 3. Judging from its appearance, which closely matches its Doom II incarnation's slim, mutilated body, long arms, and gold-glowing, fire-wreathed hands, it will likely attack in a manner similar to the original monster, utilizing fire-elemental spells. It is presently unknown if the summoner will also be retained alongside the arch-vile as a separate monster, and whether or not the arch-vile will be able to resurrect other demons.


Through a statue of the arch-vile which has been featured at E3 2018, it is known that the arch-vile now has yellowish or off-white bone-like plates under which gore and muscle tissue can be seen. Like the original, it has a partially torn-open rib cage and open abdomen, though a significant difference is that its abdomen is filled with gore rather than being completely empty. The arch-vile's hands can be seen to have a network of red-glowing cracks or veins, and when preparing its Hellfire attack they burst into flames along with most of the ground upon which the arch-vile stands.


E3 2018 contest

A statue of the arch-vile was the subject of a contest held by Bethesda and id Software during E3 2018 - tweets of photographs taken with the statue using the hashtag #DOOMEternalE3 would enter the posting user in a drawing for free tickets to the 2018 QuakeCon convention, where further information about the game is slated to be released.[1] The same statue later appeared at QuakeCon.

QuakeCon 2018

An arch-vile appears at the end of the gameplay reveal of Doom Eternal, where it seems to channel its Hellfire attack toward the Doom Slayer, as the Doom Slayer brings out a sword that is strikingly similar to the Crucible.


  1. @DOOM (12 June 2018). "At #E32018? Visit the @Bethesda booth, post a pic with the Archvile statue using #DOOMEternalE3 for a chance to win VIP tickets to #QuakeCon to see the #DOOM Eternal gameplay reveal live!..." Twitter. Retrieved 13 June 2018.