MAP23: The Crucible (Doom 2 the Way id Did)


Doom 2 the Way id Did maps 21-30

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
(21 - 30)
Secret maps: 31 32
Easter-egg map: 33

This level occupies the map slot MAP23. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP23.

MAP23: The Crucible is the twenty-third map of Doom 2 the Way id Did. It was designed by Richard Frei in the style of American McGee. The par time defined in the DEHACKED lump is 2:15.


Map of The Crucible
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.


Go straight and head left to the extreme west of the map. Walk on the bridge leading east. Press the marble switch to lower the lift. At the top, if you come closer to the another lift it will lower. Drop down when it is lowered to enter inside. Grab the blue skull key. A trap will open. Kill the baron of Hell and press the switch where he was. This will lower the lift again.

Return to the very starting place and open the blue door north east. Walk upstairs and inside press the switch. A trap behind you will open. It also contains soulsphere. Leave by walking downstairs and enter the southern alcove. Head left and walk the stairs. Enter the alcove and grab the red key. Leave this place through the blue door.

Now, with the red key you need to get to the southern side. To do this, from the starting place (north) go west and walk through the corridor leading south. In the south go to the very east. Head left and open the red door. Drop into the lava pool and open the door where you press the exit switch.

Other points of interest[edit]

Before going straight in the starting structure head left and have a shotgun and its shells.



This level has no official secrets.


  1. When you pick the blue key, a trap with baron of Hell opens. Inside this open the wall with baron art. Pickup box of rockets and a megasphere.
  2. When walking on the southern bridge, drop to the lava and head southeast to find an alcove. Inside it, take box of rockets, several armor bonuses and a rocket launcher.


Demo files[edit]

Areas / screenshots[edit]


As this level does not contain official secrets, the NM 100S category is redundant.

Routes and tricks[edit]

Current records[edit]

The records for the map at the Doom Speed Demo Archive are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed 0:40.57 Andromeda 2021-03-24
NM speed
UV max 1:52.54 rd 2016-06-23
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

The data was last verified in its entirety on January 13, 2022.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains seven spawn points:

  1. facing west. (thing 133)
  2. facing west. (thing 167)
  3. facing south. (thing 168)
  4. facing east. (thing 170)
  5. facing west. (thing 171)
  6. facing south-east. (thing 174)
  7. facing south. (thing 175)


Map data[edit]

Things 181
Vertices 605*
Linedefs 713
Sidedefs 907
Sectors 120
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 556.


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

Technical information[edit]

Inspiration and development[edit]


See also[edit]


External links[edit]