E1M8: The Guardians (Doom: Damnation)

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

E1M8: The Guardians is the eighth and final map in the first episode of Doom: Damnation. It was designed by Ofisil and uses the music track "The Baron". The par time defined in the DEHACKED lump is 2:30.


Map of The Guardians
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.


Press the skull switch in front of you to lower the wall then head through the light tunnel to a chamber with an armor, a shotgun, a chaingun and ammo, then climb the steps to a red brick lift with a chainsaw that will lower as you approach. The lift will take you up to a marble arena with two barons of Hell, but when you start shooting more monsters will teleport in from the fire walls on the east and west sides of the arena - you must hold them off while waiting for two more barons to appear. Use the invulnerability pickup and four supercharges to help you; note that the supercharges are on teleporters that will send you to the opposite corner when you step on them.

Once all the barons are killed, the bars at the north end of the arena will lower to reveal a flesh wall; walk through it and you will be teleported into a lethal ambush. The episode automatically ends when your health drops to 1%.

Other points of interest[edit]

Use the teleporter in the middle of the arena to return to the chamber with the supplies. Note that any monsters that try to step on the lift will be teleported to the start of the level.


There are no official secrets on this map.


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As this level does not contain official secrets, the NM 100S category is redundant.

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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
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

The (absence of) data was last verified in its entirety on April 3, 2022.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains six spawn points:

  1. facing south. (thing 150)
  2. facing west. (thing 151)
  3. facing north. (thing 152)
  4. facing east. (thing 153)
  5. facing north. (thing 154)
  6. facing north. (thing 166)


Map data[edit]

Things 204
Vertices 260*
Linedefs 257
Sidedefs 412
Sectors 64
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 206.


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

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