MAP02: Return to the Darkening (Claustrophobia 1024)


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This level occupies the map slot MAP02. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP02.

MAP02: Return to the Darkening is the second map of Claustrophobia 1024. It was designed by Chris Harriman (Impboy), with edits by Walter Confalonieri (daimon), Joonas Äijälä (Jodwin), and Brett Harrell (Mechadon), and uses "Nothing to Brag About" by Mark Klem, originally the music track from GothicDM 2's MAP12: Souls for the Pagans.


Map of Return to the Darkening
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.


Flip the switch to your left to lower a lift and use it to go up to a hallway with a shotgun guy, then go round the corner and open the door to reach a crossroads with zombies and imps. Open the north door to enter a storage room and turn left to kill some zombies, flip the switch in the south-west corner and kill some imps that teleport in before returning to the crossroads, where the east door has now opened. Kill the monsters in the east room and press the button on the east wall; this will lower the red keycard in the south-west corner, but also seal the entrance and open two monster closets containing more of the same enemies (plus demons and chaingunners on Hurt Me Plenty skill level or higher).

Take the key, throw the switch inside the north closet to re-open the entrance then go back to the crossroads and open the south door, which will trigger an ambush by (depending on skill level) demons/spectres, imps, zombiemen or shotgun guys. The bars behind the door will open after a few seconds, allowing you to reach the exit button which is guarded by one or two imps, or a revenant on Ultra-Violence and Nightmare.

Other points of interest[edit]

A chainsaw can be found next to the north closet in the red key room.


  1. In the storage room, the wall in the corner behind the mass of crates can be opened. In the corridor behind it is a teleporter that will take you to the top crate, where you can grab a rocket launcher and some rockets. (sector 239)
  2. In the same secret is a computer panel with a red button in it. Pressing the button will teleport you to another corridor where a computer area map and a supercharge are available. (sector 263)


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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 0:25.89 Tatsuya Ito (Tatsurd-cacocaco) 2009-06-21
NM speed
UV max 0:44.91 Vladimir Monakhov (skepticist) 2009-06-19
NM 100S 0:31.31 Tatsuya Ito (Tatsurd-cacocaco) 2009-06-22
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson 1:16.43 j4rio 2019-07-06
UV pacifist 0:32.11 Tatsuya Ito (Tatsurd-cacocaco) 2009-06-22

The data was last verified in its entirety on December 21, 2021.


Map data[edit]

Things 122
Vertices 1970*
Linedefs 1755
Sidedefs 2846
Sectors 270
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 1520.


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

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