E1M1: The Docks (Heretic)

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This level occupies the map slot E1M1. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E1M1.

E1M1: The Docks is the first level in the City of the Damned episode of Heretic. It uses the music track "Dark" by Kevin Schilder.


Map of The Docks
Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector, thing, and linedef numbers in boldface are secrets which count toward the end-of-level tally.


At the start of the map, go straight ahead to the docks. Turn right and follow the stairs on the edge of the area to the yellow key room. Press the switch to lower the key and collect it. Return to the starting area and turn right. Pass through the yellow door and go straight ahead. Go through the wooden door at the bottom of the stairs and turn right again. The rooms on either side of this hall contain some extra wand crystals and crystal vials that you may want to collect. Go to the end of the hall to a room with a window. To the right is a stairway up. Head up this stairway and press the switch on the wall to open the sealed door that you passed earlier. Drop down and go through the door. Down the hall and to the left, you will find a depression. Step into it and the stairs will rise. Go up the stairs, turn right, and head to the exit.


  1. In the southeast corner of the starting room, go behind the barrels and press on the brighter wall. You will find a chamber with a silver shield. (sector 6)
  2. Immediately after opening the first wooden door, you will see a wall with a demonic face that has a mouthful of skulls. This is a secret door. Open it to collect the Gauntlets of the Necromancer and a pair of wand crystals. (sector 144)
  3. When you come to the room with the window, check the eastern wall for a panel with an eagle insignia. This is another secret door. Pass through it to reach a platform near the docks where you can collect a Tome of Power. Do not drop down to the water, but instead pass the corridor you arrived from and follow another one to find an ethereal crossbow. You can also reach these passages via a second secret door that looks just like the first one and is located in the corridor above the window room. The actual secret tag is at the top of the stairway from this second door. (sector 15)
  4. After pulling the switch that opens the sealed door, backtrack to the window room. You will find that a teleporter has opened that leads to the water outside, where you will find a Bag of Holding. (sector 24)

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Current records[edit]

The records for the map at the Doom Speed Demo Archive are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
SM speed 0:25.63 Karim El-Sheikh (Kimo Xvirus) 2012-01-02 H1S1-025.zip
SM max 1:31.11 Bainshie-Doom 2022-10-06 h1m1-131.zip
BP speed 0:26.63 Mikolah 2022-02-09 h1b1-026.zip
BP max 1:30.66 Andrey Boldt (Hitherto) 2008-04-26 h1f1-130.zip
NM speed 0:26.66 Insomnia 2023-04-26 h1n1-026.zip
NM 100S 0:41.63 Insomnia 2023-02-21 h1x1-041.zip
Tyson 1:49.51 Insomnia 2023-04-01 h1t1-149.zip
Pacifist 0:27.83 Karim El-Sheikh (Kimo Xvirus) 2009-02-22 h1p1-027.zip
NoMo 0:24.63 depr4vity 2021-03-07 h1o12463.zip
NoMo 100S 0:43.86 El Tom 2023-12-19 o1s1-043.zip
Stroller 0:55.71 Insomnia 2023-12-09 h2o1str055.zip

The data was last verified in its entirety on December 31, 2023.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains four spawn points:

  1. facing north. (thing 4)
  2. facing north-west. (thing 72)
  3. facing south. (thing 73)
  4. facing east. (thing 74)


Map data[edit]

Things 242
Vertices 688*
Linedefs 777
Sidedefs 1033
Sectors 154
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 604.


This level contains the following numbers of things per skill level:

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