MAP06: At the Heart of Decay (The Darkening Episode 2)


The Darkening Episode 2 maps
This level occupies the map slot MAP06. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP06.

MAP06: At the Heart of Decay is the sixth map of The Darkening Episode 2. It was designed by Jan Van der Veken and uses the music track "Fack" by Peter Tomaselli (Kniggit).

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Map of At the Heart of Decay
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.


Other points of interest[edit]


  1. At the entrance, turn west and open the door. Look on the southern wall for a browner section of the wall. Shoot it to reveal a passage with a spectre and an armor. (sector 45)
  2. In the central room of the map (the one with the partial invisibility), a spectre may emerge from a western vent at the top of the steps. Go through this vent to find a medikit. (sector 385)
  3. In the same room as secret #2, take the hall to the east and look for a red monitor to the north. Press it, and return to the central room to spot a passage in the southwest corner. Go through it until you find a teleporter that will lead you to a soul sphere. (sector 191)
  4. West from secret #3, in the ventilation shafts, a wall may lower revealing zombiemen. Press on the vent opposite the closet to find a lift leading up to rockets and a computer area map. (sector 215)
  5. In the room with the switch that raises the pillars outside, use the blank computer panel to the west nearby to open an eastern vent with a plasma gun. (sector 358)
  6. At the nukage area where the red key is, enter the nukage and take the small passage to the southwest to find a chainsaw and some cells. (sector 365)


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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 0:38.86 xepop 2010-10-23
NM speed
UV max 3:26.69 Veinen 2017-11-12
NM 100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist
NoMo 0:27.06 Doug Merrill (Opulent) 2000-08-13

The data was last verified in its entirety on December 13, 2021.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains four spawn points:

  1. facing north. (thing 205)
  2. facing north. (thing 206)
  3. facing north. (thing 207)
  4. facing north. (thing 208)


Map data[edit]

Things 209
Vertices 1974*
Linedefs 2017
Sidedefs 3036
Sectors 413
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 1674.


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

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