Doom II


Doom II title screen
"Doom 2" redirects here. For other topics with similar names, see Doom2.

Doom II: Hell on Earth is the first sequel to Doom, released by id Software on September 30, 1994, followed by the official release party on October 10.[1][2] Featuring 32 levels in a single linear episode, Doom II continues Doom's story, seeing the player returning to Earth to single-handedly fight off an invasion of the planet by demons.

Doom II includes several gameplay enhancements over the original Doom. Most notable are the introduction of several new monster types, plus an additional weapon (the super shotgun). While the original game was distributed via shareware and mail order (to purchase the full game), Doom II was the first game developed by id Software to be sold commercially in stores, with cooperation of distributor GT Interactive. This represented a change in business model for id that would later be adopted more widely.


The Ultimate Doom's story ended with the Marine protagonist's defeat of the second spider mastermind in a gateway between Hell and Earth. Stepping through a portal to Earth which opens after the creature's death, however, there is a cliffhanger ending - it is discovered that the demons which invaded the Mars moonbases have now invaded Earth as well.

After Earth's major cities are left in ruins by the attack, the human survivors await evacuation from a starport, but the demons have surrounded it with a barrier of flames. All of humanity's remaining soldiers make a desperate assault on the starport, but eventually they are annihilated and only the Marine remains.

Fighting through the starport, the Marine manages to lower the demonic defenses, allowing the survivors to escape to the safety of space. Left behind, he at first prepares for death, but soon receives a radio message from the ships' commanders that they have pinpointed the source of the demonic invasion not far from his current location. He fights through the ravaged city, where Hell's reality is once again beginning to merge with our own, twisting and corrupting the heavily damaged ruins. After finding the portal to Hell and returning once more to the underworld, the Marine eventually confronts the ultimate source of the hellspawn, a gigantic demon. Pumping his rockets into the creature's exposed brain, it dies, devastating miles of Hell's surface in all directions in its death throes, ending the invasion and giving humanity a chance to rebuild.


Doom II CD from the Depths of Doom collection.

In terms of gameplay, Doom II is similar to the first game, adding only incremental changes to its formula in the form of new monsters and a new weapon. To progress, the player must still navigate non-linear levels, find keys, and unlock new areas while defending against an onslaught of demons. Technologically and graphically the game is identical, though due to more complicated levels and larger fights the base system requirements for the game were higher.

One of Doom II's most significant changes over its predecessor is that it takes place over a single linear sequence of levels - the episode-based structure of the first game was abandoned, as was the map shown on intermission screens; this means that the player no longer has to find new weapons at the start of each episode. Occasional textual interludes are used to advance the story, in the same fashion as the first game's episode endings.

While Doom II's level design is ostensibly based on structures and locations on Earth, in practice it retains much of the abstract design of the first game. Early levels present a techbase theme representing the military starport. The mid-game presents levels with an urban city theme that the player navigates attempting to find the origin of the demonic invasion. The later levels are intended to represent Hell merging with reality, and therefore have a style reminiscent of the Inferno episode of the first game.

Doom II's new monsters include the heavy weapon dude, Hell knight, mancubus, revenant, arachnotron, pain elemental, arch-vile, and Icon of Sin. The SS trooper from Wolfenstein 3D appears in a cameo in two secret levels which reproduce maps from Wolfenstein 3D. Commander Keen also appears, albeit in effigy. According to Sandy Petersen, the new monsters of Doom II had originally been intended for the first game and had been left incomplete - this is corroborated by the timing of their sculpting by Gregor Punchatz as well.[3]

Also introduced is the super shotgun, a more powerful double barreled version of the shotgun from the first game. The megasphere is additionally introduced as a more powerful version of the supercharge power-up, offering a maximum amount of both health and armor.

Reviews and sales[edit]

Doom II sold over two million copies, the most sales of any id Software game at the time. The new and varied enemies, and its innovative non-linear level design were praised by critics. While well-received, the game was regarded by some as a disappointment due to the lack of major new features and boring level design. It was released around the same time as Star Wars: Dark Forces which presented more obvious enhancements to the genre.

There was no shareware version of Doom II released and it was only sold in retail stores. Internally Doom II is referred to as the "commercial" version, though an enhanced version of the first game was also later re-released in stores as The Ultimate Doom. Official ports were made to various platforms, including the Apple Macintosh, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Game Boy Advance, and Xbox.


Doom II's levels are divided into three "episodes", though these are never named in-game. The sky texture for each episode is different, and an intermission screen describes the progress in story in transitioning between them. There are also two secret levels. There are further story interludes before level 7, before each of the secret levels, and after finishing the game. Old versions of SETUP.EXE give names for these episodes, though this was later removed. The aforementioned names were later reused in the achievements for the console versions of the Unity rerelease.

Episode 1: "The Space Station"

1: Known as "Circle of Death" on the intermission screen.

Episode 2: "The City"

Episode 3: "Hell"

Secret levels:

2: These two levels do not appear in the German version.

Bonus Xbox level:

The new episode, No Rest for the Living, originally designed for the Xbox 360 version:


Doom II manual
  1. The super shotgun is a new weapon which Doom II introduced to the series.


Doom II includes all the monsters from Doom:

Doom II also has new monsters, which are:

Legal issues in Germany[edit]

According to the German Strafgesetzbuch section 86a, the usage of unconstitutional symbols is forbidden outside of certain contexts such as research, teaching and others. Exceptions to this law did not originally extend to video games. Because the two secret maps Wolfenstein and Grosse use swastikas, the German version did not contain these maps to prevent the game from becoming the subject of search and seizure procedures (as Wolfenstein 3-D had been). This meant that it was forbidden to sell, hire or otherwise give the game to anybody, although merely owning the game was always legal.

On 31 December 1994 (date of official announcement), however, the game was put on the Index of the Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Schriften (Medien), which meant that the game could not be advertised, sold, rented, or otherwise given to minors. This restriction applied to all versions of the game, except for the Game Boy Advance version which has a "teen" rating in every territory.

The German release uses engine version 1.666, and its DOOM2.WAD file is slightly smaller than the international version. Under MS-DOS, when the player attempts to use the level warp cheat for either of the secret maps, the game instantly crashes.

On the 4th of August 2011, the Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien deleted Doom from the Index on request by ZeniMax Media.[4]

However, the official announcement stated that not all versions were delisted at that time:

"Lediglich die amerikanische Fassung von 'Doom II - Hell on Earth' wurde in der Liste belassen, da diese zwei zusätzliche Level mit Darstellungen aus dem indizierten und bundesweit beschlagnahmten Spiel 'Wolfenstein 3D' enthält."

Translated: "Only the American version of 'Doom II - Hell on Earth' has been left in the list, because it contains two additional levels with representations from the indexed and nationwide-seized 'Wolfenstein 3D'".

In 2018, the BPjM established new rules regarding the use of unconstitutional symbols in games which would further allow games like Wolfenstein, or versions of Doom II containing swastika graphics, to be legally sold, so long as the tone of the work itself is otherwise constitutional (for example, insofar as Nazis appear in the game, they are depicted as enemies or villains).

On the 30th of December, 2019, the BPjM announced that they had deleted the US version of Doom II from the list of harmful media.[5] This happened because Doom II was on the index for 25 years and after that time, the index status has to be re-evaluated. The BPjM declared that the use of swastikas in Doom II is no longer seen as unconstitutional in light of the new rules established in 2018. Since then, no additional titles from the Doom series have been placed on the German Index.



In 2021, two new D2all records were established for Doom II. NightTerror completed the D2all UV max in 1 hour and 19 minutes. Looper completed the D2all UV speed in 17:29.

Current Compet-n records[edit]

The Compet-n episode records for Doom II are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed episode, MAP01-MAP10 05:44 Looper 2011-02-14
UV speed episode, MAP11-MAP20 09:52 Radek Pecka 2003-08-08
UV speed episode, MAP21-MAP30 08:59 Radek Pecka 2004-09-28
UV speed run 20:30 Looper 2015-06-19
NM speed episode, MAP01-MAP10 07:11 Juho Ruohonen (ocelot) 2003-09-02
NM speed episode, MAP11-MAP20 11:19 Drew DeVore (stx-Vile) 2002-03-24
NM speed episode, MAP21-MAP30 13:35 Vincent Catalaá (Peroxyd) 2002-07-22
NM speed run 29:39 Henning Skogstø 2009-07-23
UV max episode, MAP01-MAP10 25:50 Radek Pecka 2001-06-15
UV max episode, MAP11-MAP20 47:10 Radek Pecka 2002-04-18
UV max episode, MAP21-MAP30 39:16 Radek Pecka 2002-08-29
UV max run 1:53:18 Radek Pecka 2002-04-22
NM100S episode, MAP01-MAP10 14:25 Drew DeVore (stx-Vile) 2002-01-27
NM100S episode, MAP11-MAP20 23:48 Drew DeVore (stx-Vile) 2002-01-11
NM100S episode, MAP21-MAP30 18:27 Jan Vida (Doomgeek) 2002-07-15
NM100S run 56:00 Drew DeVore (stx-Vile) 2004-05-30
UV -fast episode, MAP01-MAP10 25:52 Ian Sabourin (sslasher) 2002-04-27
UV -fast episode, MAP11-MAP20 57:44 Radek Pecka 2002-08-31
UV -fast episode, MAP21-MAP30 1:01:35 Vincent Catalaá (Peroxyd) 2001-02-15
UV -fast run 2:08:04 Radek Pecka 2003-06-24
UV -respawn episode, MAP01-MAP10 1
UV -respawn episode, MAP11-MAP20 1
UV -respawn episode, MAP21-MAP30 1
UV -respawn run 1
UV Tyson episode, MAP01-MAP10 1:44:45 Looper 2011-11-29
UV Tyson episode, MAP11-MAP20 1
UV Tyson episode, MAP21-MAP30 1
UV Tyson run 1
UV pacifist episode, MAP01-MAP10 1
UV pacifist episode, MAP11-MAP20 1
UV pacifist episode, MAP21-MAP30 1
UV pacifist run 1

The data was last verified in its entirety on November 22, 2020.

  1. No qualifying run verified and published, as of the most recent Compet-n database update.

Current DSDA records[edit]

The DSDA episode records for Doom II are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed episode, MAP01-MAP10 04:46 Dsparil 2022-06-04
UV speed episode, MAP11-MAP20 07:34 Dsparil 2021-04-13
UV speed episode, MAP21-MAP30 08:33 Dsparil 2021-04-14
UV speed run 17:29 Looper 2021-02-11
NM speed episode, MAP01-MAP10 06:08 Zero-Master 2016-08-01
NM speed episode, MAP11-MAP20 09:51 Zero-Master 2015-12-28
NM speed episode, MAP21-MAP30 13:35 Vincent Catalaá (Peroxyd) 2002-07-22
NM speed run 20:46 Zero-Master 2023-01-08
UV max episode, MAP01-MAP10 19:20 NightTerror 2020-11-26
UV max episode, MAP11-MAP20 35:47 Drew DeVore (stx-Vile) 2020-06-14
UV max episode, MAP21-MAP30 26:54 Drew DeVore (stx-Vile) 2020-06-13
UV max run 1:19:10 NightTerror 2020-12-02
NM 100S episode, MAP01-MAP10 11:56 Jean-Charles Dorne (JCD) 2020-05-01
NM 100S episode, MAP11-MAP20 21:14 Jean-Charles Dorne (JCD) 2021-05-29
NM 100S episode, MAP21-MAP30 15:18 Jean-Charles Dorne (JCD) 2021-05-30
NM 100S run 43:55 Zero-Master 2020-11-17
UV -fast episode, MAP01-MAP10 25:27 Andrea Rovenski (Cyberdemon531) 2019-05-23
UV -fast episode, MAP11-MAP20 55:51 Andrea Rovenski (Cyberdemon531) 2019-05-24
UV -fast episode, MAP21-MAP30 1:01:35 Vincent Catalaá (Peroxyd) 2001-02-15
UV -fast run 2:08:05 Radek Pecka 2003-06-24
UV -respawn episode, MAP01-MAP10 20:22 Mr.BP-D [CBG] 2023-03-08
UV -respawn run 1:18:22 Drew DeVore (stx-Vile) 2020-09-16
UV Tyson episode, MAP01-MAP10 1:03:29 j4rio 2015-12-15
NoMo run 15:52 Looper 2019-06-23

The data was last verified in its entirety on March 17, 2023.

Miscellaneous demos[edit]

Run Time Player Date File
No monsters run 18:12 Looper 2011-09-26

TAS runs[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Various screenshots on the back cover of the original Doom II game box display scenery and an arachnotron sprite which are not found in the officially released game. These were likely screenshots from a pre-release version of Doom II which had differing level structure and graphics than what was included in the official commercial release. These unconventional screenshots have been later used in various Doom II re-releases, including the Doom95 repackaging in 1995, the Steam release in 2007 and on id Software's own Doom II page.
  • The Doom II cover art was drawn by occult/fantasy artist Gerald Brom.


  • This article incorporates text from the open-content Wikipedia online encyclopedia article Doom II.

External links[edit]


  1. Taylor, David (23 September 1994). "idNews: DOOM II release party invitations." Google Groups. Retrieved 30 September 2019.
  2. Romero, John (10 October 2023). "DOOM II was released on October 10, the day we held the launch party at the Limelight in New York City. As it turned out, it was also released in some stores on September 30, not according to plan. We consider October 10 to be its official launch day." Twitter. Retrieved 5 December 2023.
  3. Saral, Mahmut (5 December 2018). "An interview with legendary Sandy Petersen (Call of Cthulhu, Doom, Quake, Age of Empires and much more!)." Donanım Günlüğü. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  4. Announcement of the BPjM (German) [dead link]

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