MAP03: Castle Gardens II (Scythe 2)


Scythe 2 maps
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Secret maps

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This level occupies the map slot MAP03. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP03.

MAP03: Castle Gardens II is the third map of the megawad Scythe 2. It was designed by Erik Alm and uses the music track "Possession" by The Sisters of Mercy.


Map of Castle Gardens II
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.


At the start, open the wall to your left marked by a blood splatter. Go through the passage and open the misaligned wall at the end. At the opening, go left, up both sets of stairs and open the door to reach a balcony overlooking the courtyard. Go through the door at the end of the balcony and turn left, following the hallway until a water flow appears to your left. Drop down here and go through the passage to arrive at the courtyard. Move to the opposite corner of the courtyard to find the red key.

Backtrack to the passage and open the bars between red lights to the left of its entrance. Go up the stairs into a hallway containing the yellow and blue doors, at the end of the hallway lies the yellow key. Go through the yellow door and grab the blue key in this room. Exit the blue key room and open the blue door. Go down the stairs and turn left until you spot some safe platforms above the lava. Use the platforms to avoid the lava and you'll reach some stairs that lead to a switch. Press it and backtrack to the entrance to this area, this time taking a right. You'll spot another set of stepping stones leading into a stairway. Climb the stairs and enter the exit portal.


  1. In the hall at the southeast end of the map, go north through the hall but do not drop down. On the ledge overlooking the water here, jump west to the water outside to pick up three boxes of rockets and a berserk pack. (sector 208)
  2. In the large outdoor courtyard with water (the same area that has Secret #1), jump into the water and head through the southeast passage. You will find a teleporter that will take you on top of a crate with a soul sphere. (sector 57)
  3. Along the outer wall of the castle where the lava is (behind the blue door), check the western part of the outer wall to find a satyr switch that is not lit. When you find it, press it to lower a pillar behind you containing health bonuses and a megaarmor. (sector 91)


Secret #3 only works properly on ports with alternative point-on-line algorithms, such as GZDoom (where it is an option called compat_pointonline) and Zandronum, as a purely limit-removing port will leave a health bonus (thing 66) stuck on top of a wall, making 100% items impossible to obtain. It is however possible to hug the descending pillar and run to the offending health bonus as soon as the pillar is low enough to step on, before it has fully descended.

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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 0:44.74 Kyle McAwesome 2022-03-02 Cross-listed from Pacifist
NM speed
UV max 2:41.43 mhrz 2020-12-27 Recorded with pain palette disabled
NM 100S 1:04.86 Kyle McAwesome 2021-09-23
UV -fast 3:08.46 Jochen Schneidau (Angus) 2006-04-11
UV -respawn 2:50.49 Kyle McAwesome 2011-03-04
UV Tyson 4:54.51 j4rio 2019-07-20
UV pacifist 0:44.74 Kyle McAwesome 2022-03-02
NoMo 0:44.29 kvothesixstring 2022-04-23
Stroller 2:21.20 ChaingunChaCha 2024-04-05

The data was last verified in its entirety on April 15, 2024.


Map data[edit]

Things 351
Vertices 2938*
Linedefs 2911
Sidedefs 4639
Sectors 349
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 2425.


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


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