- This level occupies the map slot E3M1. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E3M1.
E3M1: Hell Keep is the first map of Inferno in Doom. It was designed by Sandy Petersen. It uses the music track "Untitled". The par time is 1:30. The secret map E3M9: Warrens is structurally based on E3M1 but has extra rooms, items and enemies, and requires two skull keys.
This map is short and it isn't very difficult, there are only 4 big rooms and 3 corridors, and 26 monsters - making this map very easy for speedruns.
You start in front of a closed eye, which is a switch (A). Press it and the platform you're on will rise, revealing a big outdoor area, a red wall with a door ahead of you, and some imps, ammo and (on I'm Too Young To Die and Hey, Not Too Rough) health. After you have taken down the imps, press the switch to the left of the door to open it (B).
On Hurt Me Plenty and higher, there are cacodemons on the other side. Since you have only a pistol, limited ammo, and plenty of space, you might want to open the door first and maneuver the Cacodemons into taking out the Imps for you, while taking some damage themselves. Kill the Cacodemons and move forward to a fork in the path. Go straight and turn left into a curved bridge with blood on both sides. There is a shotgun here. The bridge will sink into the blood in sections as you step on it so run quickly across and through a fake wall before it lowers (C). There may be imps on the other side of the fake wall, which depends on your skill level. When you're done with the imps (if any) go to the right and open the door with the face on it. Then go to the fork and take the other path (D).
(If you ran too slow or fell off, you'll be in the blood and taking damage. In this case, run to the wall at the left and turn left when it ends. Run to the end of the blood and go up the stairs. Then go the other path in the fork.)
Open the door and kill the enemies that you see. Then open the door to the right and go into a narrow hallway with demons. Kill them and open the next door into a room with red pillars and a few items. Pick them up and enter the next room, which is filled with imps. Once you are done with them, collect secret #1 and go through the exit door (E). Collect some health and ammo, then go on the teleporter to exit the level.
Routes and tricks
The Compet-N records for the map are:
|UV speed||00:28||Xit Vono||2002-12-12||Template:Competnftp|
|NM speed||00:31||Xit Vono||2002-12-14||Template:Competnftp|
|UV max||01:09||Kai-Uwe Humpert||1998-01-28||Template:Competnftp|
|UV -fast||01:12||Chris "Ryback" Ratcliff||2001-12-28||Template:Competnftp|
|UV -respawn||01:07||Adam Hegyi||2000-01-13||Template:Competnftp|
|UV Tyson||02:34||Xit Vono||2003-04-05||Template:Competnftp|
|UV pacifist||00:55||Adam Williamson||2001-04-18||Template:Competnftp|
|Monsters||ITYTD and HNTR||HMP||UV and NM|
|Powerups||ITYTD and HNTR||HMP||UV and NM|
|Weapons||ITYTD and HNTR||HMP||UV and NM|
|Ammunition||ITYTD and HNTR||HMP||UV and NM|
|Keys||ITYTD and HNTR||HMP||UV and NM|
- The music for this level is inspired by the track "Mouth For War", by the group Pantera.
- The Jaguar, PlayStation, Saturn and Game Boy Advance ports use a different version of Hell Keep.
- In the Super NES port, the imps at the very beginning will notice the Doomguy and attack despite him being in the pit with the switch and out of their line of sight.
- The main red building at the start, when viewed from its' sides, looks paper-thin.