MAP05: 40 Days in the Desert (Preacher)


Preacher maps
This level occupies the map slot MAP05. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP05.

MAP05: 40 Days in the Desert is the fifth map of Preacher. It was designed by Darch, who also composed the level's music track "That Arabic One."


Map of 40 Days in the Desert
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, turn around and go forward. Flip the switch to lower the teleporter ahead, then enter it. You'll be teleported to a random spot in the level, having to find all three keys. First, locate the T shaped platform roughly in the centre of the map. The yellow key is to the north of this platform, go forward and climb up the stairs to the right to collect it. The red key is to the west of the platform, go forward and approach the step to raise a circular platform with the key in its middle. The blue key is to the south of the platform, go down the stairs and take a left into a secluded alcove. As you enter it, the wall in front will lower, revealing the key. With all three keys, return to the platform and approach the east wall to make it lower. Make your way to the bars ahead and press the switch to the left to lower them. Enter the teleporter and follow the linear path to the exit switch.

Other points of interest[edit]


  1. Around the circular platform holding the red key is a stairway. Follow it counterclockwise until you spot a ledge slightly to your right containing an energy cell pack. Jump to it to collect the item and tag the secret. (sector 443)
  2. Instead of going up the stairs to your right for the yellow key, go up the stairs to your left to arrive at a walkway. From your elevated position before the walkway, get on top of the wall to the left and drop down to the ground below. This secret contains two energy cell packs (three on skills 1-3) and a teleporter to the starting area. (sector 774)
  3. After collecting all three keys, enter the teleporter in secret #2 then turn around and go forward until you reach some stones to your right. Use the wall to its south to lower it, revealing a passage with three sets of colored bars. Open all of them to collect a backpack, four boxes of rockets and a megasphere. (sector 604)


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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
NM speed
UV max 9:37.54 Shepardus 2019-11-30
NM 100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

The data was last verified in its entirety on December 12, 2021.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains six spawn points:

  1. facing east. (thing 484)
  2. facing north. (thing 485)
  3. facing south-west. (thing 486)
  4. facing north-west. (thing 487)
  5. facing south. (thing 488)
  6. facing south. (thing 489)


Map data[edit]

Things 663
Vertices 6836*
Linedefs 6299
Sidedefs 11440
Sectors 786
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 5516.


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

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