E1M8: At the Heart of it All (Dawn of the Dead)

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Dawn of the Dead maps
This level occupies the map slot E1M8. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E1M8.
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E1M8: At the Heart of it All is the eighth and final map of Dawn of the Dead. It was designed by Jan Van der Veken.


Map of At the Heart of it All
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.


Other points of interest[edit]


  1. Open the blue door, then head up and around to the next door. Open it, then open the wall with slime on it to get a plasma gun, energy cells, and a medikit. (sector 89)


  1. If the player doesn't kill the first baron of Hell, they can potentially become stuck in the final area as the wall will not lower when they kill the barons there.

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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
UV speed
NM speed
UV max 1:55.34 Maëllig Desmottes (Ch0wW) 2022-09-08 DODEAD-E1M8_Ch0wW_UVMAX-155.zip
NM 100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

The data was last verified in its entirety on September 21, 2022.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains four spawn points:

  1. facing north. (thing 4)
  2. facing north. (thing 5)
  3. facing north. (thing 6)
  4. facing north. (thing 7)


Map data[edit]

Things 193
Vertices 628*
Linedefs 695
Sidedefs 1015
Sectors 145
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 565.


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

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