Hub 1: Catacomb


Constable's Gate
Hexen: Beyond Heretic
Map name: MAP44

Cheat code: visit04

Catacomb is one of the four offshoot maps reached via Blight in the first hub of Deathkings of the Dark Citadel. It uses one of the following music tracks composed by Kevin Schilder: "Deep" (default) or "Wutzit" (played from the game CD). It is one of the few maps in which wendigos are encountered.


Map of Catacomb
Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector, thing, and linedef numbers in boldface are secrets.


On medium and hard skill levels, be ready to destroy some wendigos as soon as the level starts. Enter the south-west cavern and head down the steps, then go south-east and east at the next two junctions to enter a water stream guarded by afrits. Follow the stream east until you see a small opening in the left-hand wall, then enter it to find a face switch (and, if you are playing as the Cleric, the second piece of the Wraithverge) that will open two doors to the east. Return to the starting point, then enter the south-east cavern and go up a staircase to find yourself above a chasm, which is lethal if you fall into it. Make a running jump to the center platform, which has an orange pillar that hides one of four Flame Masks in the level (and if you are playing as the Mage, you will also find the Arc of Death by the south edge), then look at the north and east walls to see three Korax murals that you need to jump to using the shuddering platforms - as you reach each mural, they will open to reveal green chaos serpents guarding a face switch. Press all three switches to open the pillar so you can claim the first Mask.

Go back to the stream then head east down some steps to return to the chasm, then head south through the second door you opened earlier and go up some stairs to a junction. Take the west path to enter the southern-most room, where you can see the sapphire planet hovering above a pit; to claim it you must insert the four Flame Masks into the recesses around the pits, otherwise you will be teleported back to the start of the map when you approach the gem. Head west from here to a three-level lift, pull the minotaur switch on the left-hand wall to lower it then go up to the top floor to find some ettins guarding a door. Open the door to enter a hall with four columns, then climb up the broken column in the north-east corner to reach a face switch, which you can press to lower the green coffin on the east side of the hall and reveal the second Flame Mask. Watch out for three brown chaos serpents and some afrits that are released when you pick up the item.

Go back to the lift and ride it down to the bottom floor, destroy any waiting wendigos then head west through some Discs of Repulsion to find a wooden platform with a Banishment Device and a face switch - DO NOT step on the platform yet as it will drop you to your death. Instead, head north down and up some steps to an icy area with more wendigos, then follow the path in the south-west corner of this cavern to a brown serpent. Killing the serpent opens the west wall and reveals a moon switch that will disarm the platform trap; you can then press the face switch on the wooden platform to descend to a cavern with the third Flame Mask, and a teleporter that goes back to the start of the map.

Retrace your steps to the icy area on the west side of the map, then go north until you come to a lavafall guarded by afrits. Climb the steps on the west side to reach the top of the falls, then step across the boulders here to reach a door on the opposite side. Open the door to find a minotaur switch and pull it to open a grate at the bottom of the falls, then go down there and pass through the gate before quickly stepping west into an alcove to avoid being swept into a lethal pit. Collect the fourth Flame Mask in this alcove, then go back to the gem room and insert all four Masks into the recesses. You can now make a running jump to the gem to pick it up, then go back to the starting point and use the portal to return to Blight.

Other points of interest[edit]

If you have the horn and swamp keys from Blight, you can open the locked doors in the west and south-east ends to find portals to Badlands and Sump respectively.


In the icy area on the west side of the map, an icicle (thing 288) appears to float in the sky.

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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
Sk4 speed
Sk4 max
Sk5 speed
Sk5 max

The (absence of) data was last verified in its entirety on December 3, 2021.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains eight spawn points:

  1. facing east. (thing 32)
  2. facing south. (thing 33)
  3. facing north. (thing 34)
  4. facing west. (thing 35)
  5. facing west. (thing 36)
  6. facing north-west. (thing 37)
  7. facing north. (thing 38)
  8. facing south. (thing 46)


Map data[edit]

Things 654
Vertices 1547*
Linedefs 1648
Sidedefs 2456
Sectors 330
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 1310.


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