For the Doom novel character nicknamed "Fly", see Flynn Taggart.
The fly in the Retail Store Beta, in Shadow Wood
The "moth" in the Sega Saturn port

The fly, sometimes thought to be a moth, was a passive, decorative creature that was originally intended to be in Hexen but was cut before the final release.

Appearance and behaviour[edit]

The fly is only known to be available in the retail store beta, and in the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn ports of Hexen.[1] The fly is located in the portal room within Shadow Wood.

The fly harmlessly flutters around the portal room in the beta and the Saturn version, whereas in the PS1 version it may get out of this room and wander about the larger area before it.


Four sprites exist of the fly in the beta IWAD with the sprite name of AFLY. In the final Hexen IWAD, the only remnant of the fly left is a sound definition in the SNDINFO lump. No evidence of the fly has been found in the released Hexen source code, but restoration efforts on the 4-level beta have reconstructed its original behavior.[2]


  1. Mattfrie1 (13 December 2020). Dissecting the console ports of Hexen. Doomworld forums. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
  2. NY00123 (28 April 2016). Restoration of differing Heretic and Hexen EXE revisions (also done for other games). Doomworld forums. Retrieved 10 May 2021.