MAP09: Hard Core (The Darkening Episode 2)


The Darkening Episode 2 maps
This level occupies the map slot MAP09. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP09.

MAP09: Hard Core is the ninth map of The Darkening Episode 2. It was designed by Jan Van der Veken, Ola Björling (citrus) and Anthony Soto (Swedish Fish), and uses the music track "The Wicked Tree" by Peter Tomaselli (Kniggit).

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Map of Hard Core
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. In the crate room just before the giant vats, run across the caution stripes above the steps and through the southern vent to get a chainsaw. (sector 62)
  2. Near the red key, there should be an open, western alcove with shotgun shells and two stimpacks. (sector 128)
  3. After opening the blue door, open the green part of the northern wall near the crates east of the blue door to find a soul sphere and armor bonuses. (sector 229)
  4. In the same, big room with Secret #3, go onto the ledge with computer panels to the north and using nearby boxes, climb onto the highest one. From there, jump southeast onto the ridge overlooking the ground below, and then jump down on the crates there. The one with a BFG9000 on it counts as a secret. (sector 573)
  5. In the room located closer to the western part of a map, with the switch that opens the vent leading outside to the nukage-filled area, press another switch behind the first one to open another vent that is closer to the south, leading to a radiation suit and a mega armor. (sector 575)
  6. In the shaft to the far north of the map, there is a dead marine in a square. Look out for the crusher here, and open the eastern wall behind the corpse to find a partial invisibility. (sector 539)


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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 8:20.26 Veinen 2017-12-03
NM 100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist
NoMo 2:41.51 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 east. (thing 372)
  2. facing west. (thing 373)
  3. facing south-east. (thing 374)
  4. facing south-west. (thing 375)


Map data[edit]

Things 405
Vertices 5611*
Linedefs 5550
Sidedefs 8465
Sectors 919
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 4686.


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

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