A player's health starts at a full 100 percent (or hit points). It may increase even beyond that from the effects of various powerups to as high as 200 percent (199 in versions prior to 1.2). It is decreased by environmental hazards (damaging floors, exploding barrels, and crushing ceilings), and successful enemy attacks. If a player's health ever drops to zero, that player dies.

The player's current health is shown on the status bar, both numerically, as a percentage of the characters full normal health, and graphically, by the condition of the character's face.

If a player that has armor is attacked, the armor will absorb some of the damage (one third or one half, depending on the type of armor) and thus lessen the decrease in health.

If a level ends while the player is dead, play proceeds to the next level, but with the player's status reset to that of a newly launched game (100 percent health, no armor, the pistol and 50 bullets).

Monster health

Thing Health
Zombieman 20
Shotgun guy 30
Wolfenstein SS 50
Imp 60
Heavy weapon dude 70
Lost soul 100
Demon 150
Spectre 150
Revenant 300
Cacodemon 400
Pain elemental 400
Hell knight 500
Arachnotron 500
Mancubus 600
Arch-vile 700
Baron of hell 1000
Spiderdemon 3000
Cyberdemon 4000

Additionally, an exploding barrel has a health of 20, and Romero's head has 250.

Cheats

  • The item "health", when given through the "give" command, will give the player 100% health, regardless of the situation. This, however, does not revive a killed player.
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