This level occupies the map slot E1M3. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E1M3.
This level occupies the map slot MAP03. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP03.

Crossing Acheron is a single-level PWAD designed by John W. "Dr. Sleep" Anderson. As part of their 10 Years of Doom feature, Doomworld named it one of the ten best WADs of 1994.

At least four versions of the map are known to exist:

  • Version 0.0 (ACHERON.WAD), released June 10, 1994.
  • Version 1.666 (ACHERON6.WAD), released September 23, 1994.
  • Version 2.0 (ACHERON2.WAD), released October 12, 1994.
  • Version 2.2 (ACHRON22.WAD), released July 5, 1995.

The first two WADs replace E1M3; the other two replace MAP03. The level also appeared in Maximum Doom as ACHERON2.WAD, as MAP15 of R.WAD, as MAP15 of RALPHII.WAD, as E2M7 of RALPHNEW.WAD, and as MAP25 of WADPAK4.WAD.

Walkthrough

File:Crossing Acheron map.png

Map of Crossing Acheron

Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector numbers in boldface are secrets which count toward the end-of-level tally.

Essentials

If you want to get the yellow key, you have to go around the slime pit and press 'use' on the far side of the pit until the floor with the key raises, otherwise if you go into the pit to get it, you will be stuck there (however, the sector that the key is on doesn't hurt you).

Speedrunning

Current records

The records for the original map on the Doomed Speed Demos Archive are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed 0:46 Opulent 2001-08-07 ache_046.zip
NM speed
UV max 3:14 Ryback 2001-08-09 ache-314.zip
NM100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

The records for v2.2 of the map on the Doomed Speed Demos Archive are:

Run Time Player Date File Notes
UV speed
NM speed 1:16 Never Again 2009-11-23 achronnm_na.zip
UV max 6:41 Never Again 2009-11-23 achronuv_na.zip
NM100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

Miscellaneous demos

Run Time Player Date File Notes
.zip

Statistics

Map data

Original v1.666 v2.0 v2.2
Things 259 295 308 355
Vertexes 722 883 921 993
Linedefs 914 1144 1199 1290
Sidedefs 1307 1625 1701 1851
Sectors 207 271 286 305

Things

Crossing Acheron contains the following numbers of things per skill level:

Version 0.0
Monsters 1-2 3 4-5
Zombieman 4 6 6
Shotgun guy 13 19 19
Imp 19 23 23
Demon 3 13 13
Spectre 3 4 4
Lost soul 3 8 10
Cacodemon 0 2 4
Baron of hell 1 3 4
Powerups 1-2 3 4-5
Armor 1 1 1
Armor bonus 8 8 8
Backpack 1 1 1
Berserk 1 1 1
Computer area map 1 1 1
Health bonus 7 7 7
Medikit 8 8 8
Megaarmor 2 2 2
Partial invisibility 1 1 2
Radiation shielding suit 2 2 2
Stimpack 2 2 2
Supercharge 2 2 2
Weapons 1-2 3 4-5
Chainsaw 1 1 1
Shotgun 2 2 2
Chaingun 1 1 1
Rocket launcher 1 1 1
Plasma rifle 1 1 1
BFG9000 0 0 1
Ammunition 1-2 3 4-5
Box of bullets 2 3 3
4 shotgun shells 2 2 2
Box of shotgun shells 4 5 5
Box of rockets 2 2 2
Energy cell 2 2 2
Energy cell pack 1 1 2
Keys 1-2 3 4-5
Red skull key 1 1 1
Yellow skull key 1 1 1
Version 1.666
Monsters 1-2 3 4-5
Zombieman 4 6 6
Shotgun guy 19 25 25
Imp 22 26 26
Demon 3 13 13
Spectre 5 5 5
Lost soul 3 8 10
Cacodemon 1 3 5
Baron of hell 1 3 4
Powerups 1-2 3 4-5
Armor 1 1 1
Armor bonus 8 8 8
Backpack 1 1 1
Berserk 2 2 2
Computer area map 1 1 1
Health bonus 6 6 6
Medikit 6 6 6
Megaarmor 2 2 2
Partial invisibility 1 1 2
Radiation shielding suit 2 2 2
Stimpack 1 1 1
Supercharge 2 2 2
Weapons 1-2 3 4-5
Chainsaw 1 1 1
Shotgun 2 2 2
Chaingun 1 1 1
Rocket launcher 1 1 1
Plasma gun 1 1 1
BFG9000 0 0 1
Ammunition 1-2 3 4-5
Box of bullets 2 3 3
4 shotgun shells 2 2 2
Box of shotgun shells 4 8 8
Box of rockets 2 2 2
Energy cell 3 3 3
Energy cell pack 1 1 2
Keys 1-2 3 4-5
Red skull key 1 1 1
Yellow skull key 1 1 1
Version 2.0
Monsters 1-2 3 4-5
Zombieman 3 4 4
Shotgun guy 17 21 21
Heavy weapon dude 6 8 8
Imp 21 23 23
Demon 4 13 13
Spectre 6 6 6
Lost soul 2 6 7
Cacodemon 1 3 3
Pain elemental 0 1 1
Hell knight 0 1 1
Baron of hell 0 1 1
Revenant 3 5 5
Mancubus 0 0 1
Arch-vile 0 0 1
Powerups 1-2 3 4-5
Armor 1 1 1
Armor bonus 1 1 1
Backpack 2 2 2
Berserk 2 2 2
Computer area map 1 1 1
Health bonus 6 6 6
Medikit 6 6 6
Megaarmor 2 2 2
Megasphere 1 1 2
Partial invisibility 2 2 3
Radiation shielding suit 2 2 2
Stimpack 1 1 1
Supercharge 2 2 2
Weapons 1-2 3 4-5
Chainsaw 1 1 1
Shotgun 0 0 0
Super shotgun 2 2 2
Chaingun 1 1 1
Rocket launcher 2 2 2
Plasma gun 1 1 1
Ammunition 1-2 3 4-5
Box of bullets 2 3 3
4 shotgun shells 3 3 3
Box of shotgun shells 9 10 10
Box of rockets 3 3 4
Energy cell 2 2 2
Energy cell pack 1 1 2
Keys 1-2 3 4-5
Red skull key 1 1 1
Yellow skull key 1 1 1
Version 2.2
Monsters 1-2 3 4-5
Zombieman 3 4 4
Shotgun guy 22 25 25
Heavy weapon dude 6 10 10
Imp 33 41 40
Demon 4 14 14
Spectre 6 5 5
Lost soul 2 6 7
Cacodemon 2 5 6
Pain elemental 0 1 1
Hell knight 0 5 6
Baron of hell 0 2 2
Revenant 3 5 5
Mancubus 0 0 1
Arch-vile 0 0 1
Powerups 1-2 3 4-5
Armor 1 1 1
Armor bonus 1 1 1
Backpack 2 2 2
Berserk 2 2 2
Computer area map 1 1 1
Health bonus 6 6 6
Medikit 8 8 8
Megaarmor 2 2 2
Megasphere 0 1 1
Partial invisibility 3 3 4
Radiation shielding suit 2 2 2
Stimpack 1 1 1
Supercharge 2 2 2
Weapons 1-2 3 4-5
Chainsaw 1 1 1
Shotgun 0 0 0
Super shotgun 2 2 2
Chaingun 1 1 1
Rocket launcher 2 2 2
Plasma gun 1 1 1
BFG9000 0 1 1
Ammunition 1-2 3 4-5
Box of bullets 2 3 3
4 shotgun shells 3 4 4
Box of shotgun shells 9 10 10
Box of rockets 3 3 4
Energy cell 3 3 3
Energy cell pack 1 1 2
Keys 1-2 3 4-5
Red skull key 1 1 1
Yellow skull key 1 1 1

Technical information

An alternate release of version 2.0, labeled 2.0a, occurred on December 5, 1994. The two WADs are identical apart from the ENDOOM lump.

Inspiration and development

Crossing Acheron is the sequel to Dante's Gate. Although released singly, both were originally conceived as part of a full episode replacement. E1M3 was chosen over E1M2 as the map slot because E1M3's stock music better fit the overall theme.

At the time, Dr. Sleep said that the original release of Dante's Gate was too easy, and he wanted Crossing Acheron to have a faster pace (in addition to his customary emphasis on texture placement and atmosphere). Subsequent revisions added new areas and monsters, increasing the difficulty further.

Trivia

Acheron is a river in hell, according to Dante's story (and the Greek spiritual traditions preceding it. In Greek mythology, Acheron was the first of the five rivers of the underworld that the dead had to cross.). Dr. Sleep tried to create a river as an architectural feature in this map, but couldn't come up with one which looked sufficiently realistic.

See also

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