E1M5: The Citadel (Heretic)

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This level occupies the map slot E1M5. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E1M5.

E1M5: The Citadel is the fifth level in the City of the Damned episode of Heretic. It uses the music track "Marek" by Kevin Schilder.


Map of The Citadel
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.


You begin the level by a river between four buildings. Head west and go up the stairs outside the northwestern building. At the top, dash across the gap to the upper level of the southwestern building and locate the Gauntlets of the Necromancer, a silver shield, and the yellow key. Use the yellow key to enter the northeastern building. Pull the switch to raise the stairs outside, then head to the top floor of this building to collect the ethereal crossbow. Now enter the southeast building and go upstairs to find the green key on the balcony. Head to the south of the area and go up either set of stairs to find a green door. Pass through and pull the switch to lower the red barrier. Head down the passage that is revealed and go through the second door to the side. A barrier lowers to reveal another outdoor area with a large building. Find the blue key in the water to the south of this area and take it to the blue door at the north end of the area. Pass through, turn left, and go behind the stairs to find a switch. Pull it to open the exit door. Now climb the stairs and head to the exit.



  1. Inside the top floor of the northwestern building in the first area, press the wall to the right of the door to open a secret chamber with ammo. (sector 287)
  2. Go to the northeastern tower in the second area and walk on top of the wall bordering the stairs. You will see a building with Time Bombs of the Ancients. Dash across the platform and onto this building to collect them as well as a Ring of Invincibility. (sector 20)
  3. There is a niche at ground level in the west side of the building in the second area. Inside you will find a switch. Pull it and head outside to the north to find a lowered platform. As the platform begins to rise, dash into the niche that contains a Morph Ovum to earn a secret. If you ride the aforementioned platform to the top of the building, you will find a non-secret area containing a dragon claw. (sector 123)
  4. Inside the eastern half of the building in the second area, you will find stairs to the basement. Go through the teleport that you find here to reach a secret area. From here, take either teleport to collect the Wings of Wrath and a lot of ammo. (sector 73)


  • After collecting the green key, dash off the balcony and into the well to get a Tome of Power.
  • From the northwestern tower in the second area, dash across to another Tome of Power. Pull the switch to lower a barrier between this platform and the rest of the building's upper level.
  • After passing through the blue door, go up the stairs and drop into the well to collect the Wings of Wrath. Use them to reach the items in the windows. Alternatively, you can use straferunning "jumps" to reach most of the valuable items.


In the southeast, a house contains a room that holds a Shadowsphere. Sidedef 759 lacks a lower texture in front of the door. The error causes the wooden floor flat of the threshold to leak over its bottom wall.

Behind a corner, west of the blue door, sidedef 1,822 does not have an upper texture. The lack results in a similar leak.

The player 1 start (Thing 0) has no flags set for any of the three difficulty classes, but because of special handling in the engine, it functions normally in the level.

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Routes and tricks[edit]

Current records[edit]

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

Run Time Player Date File Notes
SM speed 0:47.23 Insomnia 2023-04-25 h1s5-047.zip
SM max 4:26.66 Insomnia 2023-01-20 h1m5-426.zip
BP speed 0:47.89 Ks4 2021-12-15 heretic-e1m5b-4789.zip
BP max 4:58.17 Bainshie-Doom 2024-02-19 h1f5-458.zip
NM speed 0:56.77 Jean-Charles Dorne (JCD) 2007-12-23 h1n5-056.zip
NM 100S 1:10.46 Insomnia 2023-03-06 h1x5-110.zip
Tyson 6:13.03 Insomnia 2023-03-26 h1t5-613.zip
Pacifist 1:23.26 Insomnia 2023-12-12 h1p5-123.zip
NoMo 0:36.80 Insomnia 2023-03-19 h1o5-036.zip
NoMo 100S 1:01.57 El Tom 2023-02-18 o1s5-101.zip

The data was last verified in its entirety on March 8, 2024.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains five spawn points:

  1. facing south. (thing 24)
  2. facing south. (thing 25)
  3. facing north. (thing 26)
  4. facing east. (thing 27)
  5. facing north. (thing 372)


Map data[edit]

Things 420
Vertices 1874*
Linedefs 2298
Sidedefs 3157
Sectors 482
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 1718.


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


  • Two golems have been flagged to appear on the multiplayer mode. As they lie at the opposite ends of the map, one being in the western tunnel and the other in the eastern, it is not clear whether this was intentional or caused by an editing oversight.

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