MAP28: The Spirit World (Doom II)


Doom II maps 21-30

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This level occupies the map slot MAP28. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP28.

MAP28: The Spirit World is the twenty-eighth map of Doom II. It was designed by Sandy Petersen and uses the music track "Getting Too Tense". The par time is 7:00.


Map of The Spirit World
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 go towards the west opening and follow the hall down towards a large room with some isolated lava. In the east wall of the room you will see a small opening, big enough to go through it. Follow the narrow path towards a huge room with arachnotrons and one or two spiderdemons; incidentally, this is the only level designed by id Software that features more than one spiderdemon (on Hurt Me Plenty skill level and higher). Go towards the south side and run. Near the yellow key door, go to the south and climb the stairs to a room with pillars and a throne. Walk on the chair and back up to a platform that had lowered. Hit the north switch and get the yellow skull key behind a door.

Return to the lava area and go through the yellow key door and return to the small pathway you came from before. At the end, lower the small lift and run through the large room. At the end, ride the lift up and return to the start of the level.

Enter the yellow key door and grab the red skull key, which will trigger a revenant ambush. Immediately return to the large room with the small lava lakes. This time go to the southwest corner of the room and pass the false wall. You will be in a small room with a pillar at the center. Shoot the west wall and go through the newly opened door. Open the red key door and exit but watch out for the arch-viles beside the door.


  1. In the room with five pillars at the northern end of the level, there are three alcoves that open. The east wall of the northern alcove (containing a mancubus) opens, revealing a secret alcove containing another mancubus and a berserk pack. (sector 93)
  2. The north wall of the eastern alcove in the same room (containing some revenants and imps) opens, revealing a secret alcove containing a revenant and several backpacks. (sector 92)
  3. And the east wall of the southern alcove (containing several lost souls) opens, revealing a supercharge. (sector 88)
  4. In the "throne room" at the south end of the map, step onto the throne to lower the circular platform in the center of the room. (sector 54)
  5. While on the circular platform from secret #4, hit the skull switch on the north wall to lower a wall behind the throne (as well as the four pillars). Take the teleporter behind the throne to reach the megasphere and invulnerability at the opposite side of the room. (sector 55)
  6. In the "ribbed" hall containing the yellow key, there are a pair of false walls. The first is in the corner of the L-shaped hall. The arachnotron inside should give it away (it's also visible on the automap). Walk through the wall to get a plasma gun. (sector 17)
  7. The second fake wall is about halfway through the north-south running leg of the corridor, on the eastern wall. Inside are several zombiemen and chaingunners. (sector 3)


The exit room contains three pits with a Hell knight and two revenants, which will all rise when you obtain the megasphere in this room. However, the revenants are not present on I'm Too Young To Die and Hey Not Too Rough, meaning that on those skill levels it is possible to fall into the empty pits and become unable to escape. The same problem can also arise if the player kills the enemy in one of pits and then falls down into them, before obtaining the megasphere and triggering the floors to rise.

Older versions[edit]

In version 1.666, there were only two deathmatch start spots, making this level unplayable in deathmatch mode.


Entering the chair room from the lava chamber opens a door hiding the arch-viles near the exit. If the door leading to the exit area is open at that point, the loose arch-viles will be alerted and set out to revive the enemies previously killed. The trap can be avoided by only opening the door to the exit area after retrieving the red key.

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Routes and tricks[edit]

Current Compet-n records[edit]

The Compet-n records for the map are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed 00:40 Marijo Sedlić (Sedlo) 2003-02-01
NM speed 00:45 Henning Skogstø 1999-05-01
UV max 02:32 Looper 2011-10-04
NM100S 01:19 Henning Skogstø 1999-07-10
UV -fast 03:33 Henning Skogstø 1998-09-24
UV -respawn 02:18 Radek Pecka 2002-03-02
UV Tyson 07:46 Jim Leonard (Xit Vono) 2006-01-31
UV pacifist 00:45 Radek Pecka 2004-01-02

The data was last verified in its entirety on July 5, 2020.

Current DSDA records[edit]

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

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed 0:38.94 Pleymo 2020-12-26
NM speed 0:44.31 Teedre 2022-11-28
UV max 2:27.66 Looper 2019-07-06
NM 100S 1:09.83 Teedre 2023-07-17
UV -fast 2:58.89 Andrea Rovenski (Cyberdemon531) 2022-11-18
UV -respawn 2:09.63 Andrea Rovenski (Cyberdemon531) 2023-01-22
UV Tyson 5:22.49 j4rio 2020-04-06
UV pacifist 0:42.51 Pleymo 2020-09-19
NoMo 0:33.77 Dastan 2021-03-26
Stroller 1:58.34 wkfo 2022-01-13
Collector 0:44.57 Boris Klimeš (dew) 2010-03-30

The data was last verified in its entirety on July 24, 2023.


Player spawns[edit]

This level contains five spawn points:

  1. facing east. (thing 86)
  2. facing north. (thing 146)
  3. facing south. (thing 263)
  4. facing south-west. (thing 264)
  5. facing north-east. (thing 265)


Map data[edit]

Things 266
Vertices 749*
Linedefs 745
Sidedefs 1057
Sectors 116
* The vertex count without the effect of node building is 637.


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


  • The official French name of this level is Le Monde de l'esprit.
  • This level is tied with MAP17: Tenements for the longest par time in Doom II.

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