E1M9: The Graveyard (Heretic)

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Heretic maps
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The Dome of D'Sparil

M1 M2 M3 M4 M5 M6 M7 M8 M9

The Ossuary

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The Stagnant Demesne

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Fate's Path (deathmatch only levels)

M1 M2 M3

This level occupies the map slot E1M9. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E1M9.

E1M9: The Graveyard is the secret level in the City of the Damned episode of Heretic. It uses the music track "Atcoty" by Kevin Schilder. It can be reached via a secret exit in E1M6: The Cathedral.


Map of The Graveyard
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.


This level contains a large number of ghost monsters, so it helps to know how to deal with them. The ethereal crossbow is less effective on ghosts and the staff is completely useless. The best way is to use a shadowsphere, as it can make almost all of the ghosts' projectiles pass through you. You may have saved it from the previous level, or you can find one in this level (at the very bottom of the southeast room with the stairs and columns).

From the start, head up the stairs and turn left. Walk into the open area and look to the left again to see a platform with a dragon claw. Go up the stairs to the platform and collect it. Now go across to the other side of the area and up the steps, where you will see a large grey building. Stay to the south of the building and locate a door carved with a skull and spinal column. Pass through and turn right to find the yellow key and a switch that lowers the Tome of Power. Taking the Tome of Power triggers an ambush. Backtrack to the open area and head north through the yellow door. In this area, several sections of the floor rise and fall erratically. In the southwest corner, locate the Gauntlets of the Necromancer and the switch that opens the central structure. Pull the switch and enter the structure to collect the green key, then backtrack to the green door. Pass through and head down the stairs. Locate the ethereal crossbow at the western end of the bottom floor, then pull the switch on the back of the southernmost pillar. Head back up the stairs and go through the passage that has opened. You will see the blue key ahead of you. Use caution as you approach, because you will be ambushed by ghosts. After collecting the blue key, return to the large building and enter. Head to the center and pull the switch on the western wall. The corners of the room will open and ghosts will come out. Enter any of the opened corners to temporarily lower the walls around the exit.


  1. In the chamber containing the yellow key, locate a spinal column wall separate from the others and open it to find a Bag of Holding. (sector 125)
  2. After taking the blue key, go through the passage that opens right in front of you to collect bonuses. (sector 87)

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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 0:58.06 Jean-Charles Dorne (JCD) 2009-05-25 h1p9-058.zip Cross-listed from Pacifist
SM max 4:13.86 Insomnia 2023-01-20 h1m9-413.zip
BP speed 1:14.69 Vincent Catalaá (Peroxyd) 2002-07-15 h1b9-114.zip
BP max 3:44.86 Bainshie-Doom 2024-02-22 h1f9-344.zip
NM speed 1:16.69 Jean-Charles Dorne (JCD) 2008-05-08 h1n9-116.zip
NM 100S 1:05.54 Insomnia 2023-02-20 h1x9-105.zip
Tyson 7:20.51 Insomnia 2023-04-17 h1t9-720.zip
Pacifist 0:58.06 Jean-Charles Dorne (JCD) 2009-05-25 h1p9-058.zip
NoMo 0:56.43 Ks4 2023-07-06 h1o9-5643.zip
NoMo 100S 1:04.00 El Tom 2023-03-20 o1s9-104.zip

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


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains four spawn points:

  1. facing west. (thing 0)
  2. facing south-east. (thing 1)
  3. facing east. (thing 3)
  4. facing north-west. (thing 8)


Map data[edit]

Things 531
Vertices 864*
Linedefs 921
Sidedefs 1297
Sectors 181
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 733.


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

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