E1M8: Hell's Maw (Heretic)

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Heretic maps
Hell's Maw

M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9

The Dome of D'Sparil

M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9

The Ossuary

M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9

The Stagnant Demesne

M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9

Fate's Path (deathmatch only levels)

M1 M2 M3

This level occupies the map slot E1M8. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E1M8.

E1M8: Hell's Maw is the eighth and final level in the City of the Damned episode of Heretic. It uses the music track "John" by Kevin Schilder. Iron liches are the boss enemies here.


Map of Hell's Maw
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 beginning, go to either side of the platform that you are on to collect the Gauntlets of the Necromancer and an ethereal crossbow. Drop down and run across the lava, collecting quartz flasks and then running up the stairs. Pull the switch and then teleport back to the starting area and pass through the passage that has opened. The next room is full of pods. Push them aside instead of bursting them, as they will only grow back when destroyed. Pull the switch and collect the dragon claw. The red rooms behind you will open when you do so, and you may wish to collect the items inside. Now drop down and kill the iron liches using whatever means are necessary.

When they are dead, a passage will open to the south. You are not quite done, as several monsters are waiting in the passage to kill you. Kill them and hurry through the lava cave to a platform that lowers. Ride it up to the exit switch and complete the episode.


There are four hidden chambers in the corners of the pod room, each counting as a secret:

  1. In the northwest corner, a silver shield. (sector 31)
  2. In the northeast corner, a shadowsphere. (sector 33)
  3. In the southwest corner, a Ring of Invincibility. (sector 58)
  4. In the southeast corner, a Bag of Holding. (sector 54)

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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 0:27.66 Jean-Charles Dorne (JCD) 2022-09-27 h1s8-027.zip
SM max 1:24.34 Insomnia 2023-01-24 h1m8-124.zip
BP speed 0:30.11 Ks4 2021-08-08 heretice1m8b-3011.zip
BP max 1:24.83 Bainshie-Doom 2024-02-21 h1f8-124.zip
NM speed 0:30.71 Jean-Charles Dorne (JCD) 2014-04-07 h1n8-030.zip
NM 100S 0:44.94 Insomnia 2023-02-19 h1x8-044.zip
Tyson 5:41.23 Lucas Marincak 2009-09-09 h1t8-542.zip
Pacifist 2:19.51 Jean-Charles Dorne (JCD) 2010-04-09 h1p8-219.zip

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


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains four spawn points:

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


Map data[edit]

Things 349
Vertices 335*
Linedefs 355
Sidedefs 520
Sectors 61
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 300.


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

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