E3M4: House of Pain (Doom)

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This level occupies the map slot E3M4. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E3M4.
"House of Pain" redirects here. For other uses of this name, see House of Pain (disambiguation).

E3M4: House of Pain is the fourth map of Inferno in Doom. It was designed by Sandy Petersen and uses the music track "Sign of Evil". The par time is 2:30.


Map of House of Pain
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.


Collect the rocket launcher and rockets in this starting room, then go straight forward up the stairs. Once you get to the top, follow the hallway to a door. Open it to enter a bigger area and kill all the monsters here, then run up to the three switches in this room. Hit the one in the middle, and turn around to see a platform rise (it will not work if the crusher above it has been activated first), and collect the chaingun and goodies. Then, go back and hit the switch on the left, and turn around again and see a platform rise (as before, it will not rise if the crusher directly above it has been activated). Within the new platform that just raised, collect the invulnerability powerup and health. Now go back and hit the switch on the right. Then enter through the opening to the right of it. Follow this hall to another opening.

Go through the opening, and go straight. Enter the marble hall, and then go all the way straight in this hall (skip the two large openings to the right), and then there will be a walkway to your left. Skip it, and keep going eastward. Kill the lost souls and the baron of Hell that appear here on Hurt Me Plenty skill level and up, and get the blue skull key. Then turn around, backtrack and go right. Take another right into the walkway that leads north you skipped. Get to the other end of the room to the blue door. Open it.

Kill the imps in this room, then open the tech wall directly ahead (not the door on your left) and go round the corner to find a room with a blue square. Step on it a few times, and a door should open that you cannot open on manually. When the door is open, run through it, and go right. Follow this tunnel to another room, turn right, kill the imps in here, and run to the pillars that have switches. Go to the pillar on the left, and hit the switch on the west side of the pillar. Turn left, and go straight to a small blood pool, and turn right again. Go through the opening you just opened, and get the yellow key. Now go back, and hit the west switch on the right pillar. Take the eastern corridor and go straight to another blood pool, and go right, into another opening you just opened. Now open the yellow door, and get the red key. Return to the pillars, and hit the south switch on the right pillar. Now take the eastern corridor again and head right into another opening. Open the red door in this room.

Go left and then turn left, run straight through the red rock tunnel (which does hurt, be careful), grabbing the health. Then, when you reach the room on the other side, drop yourself down. Turn right in this room and open the south-east door. Follow the hall to the exit door, and then go through the exit teleporter.



  1. From the start, go left and walk along the path crossing a blood pool. Resting in the blood at the far end of the room is a teleporter; go through it to reach an otherwise inaccessible area from where you can shoot from a small hole in the wall. (sector 91)
  2. After passing through the blue door, take the door on the left. Continue along this path through another two doors until you reach a room with three other exits. Take the one to the left (south). Inside this next room is a "<" shaped wall; open it to reveal a secret with two medikits, energy cell packs and numerous boxes of rockets. (sector 177)
  3. From secret #2, return to the previous room. Take the small door to the north. Walk through the lava and drop into the pit. A BFG9000 rests at the bottom. Flip the switch to get out. (sector 98)
  4. After going through the red door, you will be find narrow hallway with three alcoves to the right. Turn around and open the wall directly south to reveal a radiation shielding suit. (sector 124)


  • From the start, go right and in the far left corner of the room with the blood river there will be a section with an armor bonus in front of it, open that section for a shotgun and some shells.


One "hanging leg" decoration (thing 283) has no flags set for any of the difficulty classes, so it does not actually appear in the level.

After the area with the crushers, you come to a room with demons at either side. After this room if you turn around and press use, it opens the sector as a door and then closes after. It can be opened again from that side but if you open the sector and go back towards the start, you will get trapped and have to kill yourself or load a saved game, or in online play restart the game completely.[1] This can in some rare cases be triggered by a monster, much more likely in advanced source ports than in vanilla Doom.

To the east of the main marble hall, there are two adjacent doors. If the northern door is opened from the west, it will automatically close. If you are inside the room right to the east of the door at this point, you will have to use the switch in order to open the door again. The door will not automatically close, but the switch can be used only once. It should still be possible to open and close the door from the west. In case you enter the room after the door gets closed again, you will get trapped. As in the preceding example, this can be triggered by a monster.

Design oddities[edit]

Inside the giant room where one side holds the yellow key and the other holds the red key, there is a way to grab the key through the wall on the red key side. You must position yourself perfectly or this will not work. You must make a run straight into the wall precisely where the key is located on the other side. You cannot run along the wall, you have to run into it. This is a great technique for speedrunners.

Areas / screenshots[edit]


Routes and tricks[edit]

Current Compet-n records[edit]

The Compet-n records for the map are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed 00:38 Hi Jango 2005-09-26 e3m4-038.zip
NM speed 00:47 Adam Williamson 1999-11-04 n3m4-047.zip
UV max 03:57 Tatsuya Ito (Tatsurd-cacocaco) 2019-01-22 e3m4-357.zip
NM100S 01:23 Radek Pecka 2003-07-02 n3s4-123.zip
UV -fast 05:26 Radek Pecka 2001-09-17 f3m4-526.zip
UV -respawn 04:09 Radek Pecka 2000-11-27 r3m4-409.zip
UV Tyson 06:22 Jim Leonard (Xit Vono) 2003-04-07 t3m4-622.zip
UV pacifist 00:39 Adam Hegyi 1999-11-08 e3m4-039.zip

The data was last verified in its entirety on July 6, 2020.

Current DSDA records[edit]

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

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed 0:37.94 Jonathan Rimmer 2021-03-17 e3m4-037.zip
NM speed 0:40.43 Aleksey Kamenev (4shockblast) 2023-02-20 e3m4n4043.zip
UV max 3:28.94 Jim Leonard (Xit Vono) 2023-08-30 e3m4-328.zip
NM 100S 1:20.31 T0yOta 2022-10-31 N3S4-120.zip
UV -fast 4:01.74 BFGandorf 2023-11-04 e3m4f40174.zip
UV -respawn 3:23.34 Jim Leonard (Xit Vono) 2023-08-18 r3m4-323.zip
UV Tyson 6:10.83 Jim Leonard (Xit Vono) 2023-06-13 t3m4-610.zip
UV pacifist 0:39.80 Adam Hegyi 1999-11-08 p3m4-039.zip
NoMo 0:33.86 Aleksey Kamenev (4shockblast) 2016-09-09 e3m4o033.zip
Stroller 1:36.11 slowfade 2023-06-13 e3m4str136.zip

The data was last verified in its entirety on November 16, 2023.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains four spawn points:

  1. facing south. (thing 322)
  2. facing south. (thing 323)
  3. facing north. (thing 324)
  4. facing south. (thing 325)


Map data[edit]

Things 374
Vertices 1027*
Linedefs 1099
Sidedefs 1369
Sectors 186
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 907.


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


  • The level title may be a reference to a passage in The Island of Dr. Moreau Chapter 12, in which a reference to "the House of Pain" occurs in a series of chants.
  • According to Sandy Petersen, the design is roughly based on the positioning of human organs, with lungs and stomach still prominently visible on the map. [1]
  • The official French name of this level is Maison de la douleur.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. digitalculturebooks (2013), "Doom: Scarydarkfast", by Dan Pinchbeck. Retrieved on September 28, 2016.