The Maledict is the demonic reincarnation of Dr. Malcolm Betruger. He serves as both the main antagonist and the final boss in Resurrection of Evil, as well as (chronologically and logically) the final boss of the entire Doom 3 storyline. The Maledict is first shown in the game's ending cinematic, and is shown on its expansion's box art.
The Maledict appears as a mostly skeletal wyvern with a large set of wings, two legs with clawed feet, a long tail and a head similar to a Forgotten One. He emits a loud, piercing scream and has empty eye sockets. Betruger's head is fused to the creature's tongue and only appears when the Maledict needs to speak. RoE's ending cinematic shows that the demon is very large compared to humans.
While not invulnerable to conventional weaponry, the Maledict is extremely potent in combat because his attacks penetrate the invincibility granted by the Artifact. The Maledict can withstand multiple BFG and Rocket hits even when augmented by the berserk ability of the Artifact. In the final cutscene, the Maledict appears unharmed by the Marine's guns, but he is eventually slain by the Marine using the Artifact.
The final battle consists of two phases. In the first phase, the airborne Maledict has 2500 hit points and summons Forgotten Ones to attack the player. He also can hover at the edge of the platform and spew a spread of several fireballs at the player, and jet across the platform leaving behind a Flamewall stream in his wake much like that of the Arch-Vile.
After the Maledict's health has been reduced to less than 25%, the second phase of the battle begins. His health is reset to 5000, and the demon proceeds to retreat to the giant skull-shaped volcano on the battlefield and rains down fireballs from the sky. He also continues to use his Flamewall attack, which deals massive damage to the player.
To defeat the Maledict, the player needs to use the Artifact. Taking advantage of helltime power, the player can fire at the Maledict using his strongest weapon (preferably the BFG 9000) with greater accuracy. The Artifact's berserk power also increases the damage done to the Maledict by the player's weapons, allowing them to wear down his considerable 2500 hit points much more quickly. The best time to attack the Maledict is when he hovers over the skull-shaped mountain and summons Forgotten Ones; at this time, he flies in a predictable pattern and remains in view for the longest period of time.
During the second phase of the battle, there is a "safe spot" from the Maledict's meteor shower attack, right inside the curve of one of the giant skull's horns, just to the left of the Maledict's perch. The player can fire at the Maledict from this position while safe from the raining meteors, although they will need to dodge around whenever the Maledict flies off to avoid his flamewall attack, or they could save the Artifact for phase 2 of the battle and use it to slow time to allow the player to throw the meteors back at the Maledict.
Plot detailsAt the end of Doom 3, the recon team, having rescued the young Marine after he defeated the Cyberdemon and sealed the Hell Hole with the help of the Soul Cube, never finds out about Bertruger's whereabouts. It turns out that the mad scientist has been transformed into a large, twisted skeletal monstrosity, the Maledict, with Betruger's head at the end of the creature's tongue. His appearance at the end of Doom 3 is initially left open to interpretation as to whether Betruger is being rewarded by Hell for his loyal services, or punished for failing to kill the Marine. Resurrection of Evil makes it clear, however, that this was part of Betruger's pact with Hell and his power over most of the demon forces.
The connection between Betruger and the Maledict is never exactly explained. Whether Betruger merged with the Maledict or is the Maledict is never specified. The Maledict uses "us" to refer to himself or possibly all of Hell. Given Betruger's personality change however after his first trip through the portal, it may be possible that the Maledict's spirit inhabited Betruger's body and that Betruger's own soul was consumed (this is supported by the fact that Betruger sometimes refers to the forces of Hell as his "children"). It is not known whether Betruger is a part of the monster or if he is controlling the monster. Either way, he does not seem to mind, as he apparently sees his new form as preferential to staying human (referring to everyone as "Mortals").
In Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil, when confronted by another heroic Marine, older than the first one that killed the Cyberdemon, Betruger talks about the artifact, revealing that it is a powerful object meant to be used by forces of Hell, and as speaking of the forces of Hell by using the word "us" he reveals his plans of another invasion, and how these plans are ruined by the Marine.
When the Maledict's final 5000 hit points have been exhausted, the ending cinematic shows the demon swooping down at the Marine. The Marine fires a rocket which misses and the Maledict lunges and promptly grabs him with his jaws, swinging him around over his head and then throwing him down to the ground. The Marine passes out. When he wakes up, he is greeted by Betruger's head. Betruger says, "Return what is ours," referring to the Artifact. The angry Marine complies when he shoves the Artifact into Betruger's mouth, resulting in a massive explosion that disintegrates both the Maledict and the Artifact. The only thing left is Betruger's human skull which is seen rolling out onto the ground.
- Eat This! - Defeat the Maledict boss
- Maledictus is Latin for a curse (literally meaning "accursed" or "damned"), which references Betruger's transformation into the Maledict.
- Maledict could come from the Latin word maledictio meaning speaking evil, which matches Betruger/Maledict perfectly.
- As the battle progresses, the wings of the Maledict will deteriorate further if the player damages him more. This can serve as a helpful indication to the player on how much damage the player has delivered to him.
- Counting his two battle phases, the Maledict has the highest amount of HP in Resurrection of Evil, at 7500 points. However, if the phases are counted separately, the Maledict loses to the Invulnerability Hunter who has 7000 points.
- Maledict's appearance also resembles Kronos from Doom RPG.
- Betruger's head being at the end of the Maledict's tongue, thus providing the creature with a second mouth, is reminiscent of the Xenomorphs from the Aliens series.
- They also share a similar appearance with the creatures from the movie The Cave (2005).
- One of the PDAs in Doom 3 mentions an album called The Head On My Tongue by a band named Hellish Dragons, foreshadowing the appearance of the Maledict.
|Monsters from Doom 3|
Arch-Vile • Bio-Suit Zombie • Bruiser • Cacodemon • Cherub • Commando • Forgotten One • Hell Knight • Imp • Lost Soul • Maggot • Mancubus • Pinky • Revenant • Tick • Trite • Vulgar • Wraith • Zombie • Z-Sec
|Italics = Exclusive in Resurrection of Evil|