Timebomb of the Ancients

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A timebomb of the ancients.

The Delmintalintar's Bomb of the Ancients is an artifact in Heretic. It looks like a floating hourglass. When set, a Timebomb of the Ancients floats where the player was standing for 40 tics, then explodes and deals damage another 6 tics later. It causes splash damage 128 units in radius, with 128 units of damage at the center.

This item is included in the items percentage displayed at the end of each level.


  • When the player is being chased by hordes of monsters, it can be effective to leave behind some timebombs to clear them away.
  • The timebomb also acts as a grenade, being very good at clearing rooms with weak monsters. It is overall an extremely effective way to deal significant amounts of damage.


If the player is below a ledge and stands directly against the boundary line between the low sector and the higher one, it is possible to spawn a timebomb on top of the high sector from below. This can potentially be exploited to damage otherwise unreachable monsters above the player.


Timebomb of the Ancients data
Thing type 34 (decimal), 22 (hex)
Enum MT_MISC5 (14)
Appears in Shareware Heretic
Heretic/SSR expansion
Radius 20
Height 16
Sprite FBMB
Frames 1 [E]
Class Item
Flags 8388609 (decimal)
00800001 (hex)
Flags list 0: Can be picked up
23: Affects item %
Flags2 524288 (decimal)
00080000 (hex)
Flags2 list 19: Float bobbing movement

Appearance statistics[edit]

In the IWADs the timebomb of the ancients is first encountered on these maps per skill level:

The IWADs contain the following numbers of timebombs of the ancients per skill level: