Caverns - Area 2: Artifact Excavation


Doom 3 maps
Caverns - Area 2: Artifact Excavation
Map name: game/caverns2

Caverns - Area 2: Artifact Excavation is the twenty-sixth level of Doom 3. Features an ancient Martian temple. The Vagary makes another appearance at the end, but there are two of them this time.


Spoiler Warning: Plot details follow.

Arriving at Sub Station 3, the marine steps off the lift and is almost immediately attacked by an arch-vile and two Hell knights. Despite being locked in close quarters, he manages to defeat Betruger's minions. He then battles his way through a swarm of wraiths to reach the ancient ruins themselves at Main Excavation.

After finding the keycard to Storage Room 11, the marine can backtrack to Sub Station 3 and gain access to a storage room containing lots of supplies (though he triggers an ambush in the process). He then returns to the Main Excavation chamber, where he encounters another arch-vile. After killing the demon and its minions, he heads through the various ancient chambers. Here he sees the glyphs on the walls that were mentioned on Pierce Rogers's video disk, as well as the strange levitating egg-shaped artifacts also mentioned in Roger's report.

Soon, he arrives in a chamber called the Room of the Stars. On the ceiling is the map of the solar system spoken of in Richard Davis' PDA. Betruger unleashes more demons including Hell knights on the marine. After defeating these demons, the marine moves to the gallery, where he does battle with two vagaries and a swarm of trites. He then gains access to the Excavation Transfer lift which will take him to the final level of the game.

Spoilers end here.


Sub Station 3
Main Dig Junction
Main Excavation
Station 3 Storage
Chamber Junction 1
Levitation Site
Chamber Junction 2
Room of Stars
Group Junction 3
The Gallery
Excavation Transfer Lift


Video disks[edit]



The enemy count on Nightmare is the same as on Veteran.

* Some imps in this level are spawned by one of the arch-viles, thus their amount can vary. Here only number of distinct spawn points is shown.


The amount of items is the same on all skill levels. There's no difference in the amount of items in BFG Edition.

Item Amount
Shotgun 1
Machine gun 4
Shells (small) 5
Clip (small) 3
Clip (large) 7
Ammo belt 4
Grenades 2
Cells (small) 4
Cells (large) 2
Rockets (small) 2
Rockets (large) 2
BFG cell 2
Med kit (small) 5
Med kit (large) 2
Armor shard 33
Security armor 2
Adrenaline 1
Storage room 11 key 1

There are two health stations on the level, one in the Storage room with 74 health in reserve. The second is in the Levitation area and must be activated by turning on the generator in the Room of Stars.

Starting inventory[edit]

If the player starts the level via a console command, they will start with these items:

Item Amount
Flashlight 1
Shotgun 1
Machine gun 1
Chain gun 1
Plasma gun 1
Rocket launcher 1
BFG9000 1
Chainsaw 1
Soul Cube 1
Bullets (large) 1
Shells (large) 1
Clip (large) 1
Ammo belt 1
Grenades 1
Cells (large) 1
Rockets (large) 1
BFG cell 1


  • Immediately after entering Main Excavation, turn right and go along the dark rocky ledge. From there, it is possible to drop down onto a smaller ledge, where a security armor is located.
  • In Main Excavation there are many supplies located on the construction platforms, which can be climbed from the sides like ladders. More of these platforms are spread out through the temple and they usually have supplies as well.
  • In The Gallery there is a BFG charge located behind one of the crates.


  • The level contains four generators which the player can switch on and off, three of which are optional. The first generator is just outside the entrance to the ancient ruins, and it will cause two Hell knights to appear if switched on. The second is just inside the entrance, and will turn on some lights inside the ruins; but will cause several trites to appear as well. The third generator is in the Room of Stars and will activate a health station in the previous room with the levitation machines (the health station is on the floor, and if the generator is not switched on then it would be unusable); two wraiths and an imp will appear if you go back to use it. The final generator is in the room at the end of the level with the lift, and is necessary to activate the lift to exit the level.
  • In the Room of Stars, if the player gets close to one of the small holes through which the trites crawl out, an imp will spawn near the player.


External links[edit]