Soul Sphere

The very first supercharge found in the Doom universe, in a secret area on E1M2: Nuclear Plant.

The supercharge powerup (called soul sphere in the manuals) is an item that appears as a floating blue sphere with a glassy appearance and a pulsing humanoid face inside. Picking one up increases the player's health by 100 percent, up to a maximum of 200 percent (or 199 in early versions of Doom), and the player receives the message "supercharge!".

At one point in Doom's development, it was intended for the player to have a limited number of lives. The Doom Bible notes that "the soul sphere contains the life energy of a human soul" (hence the appearance and naming) and that collecting it would award an extra life. That behavior would have made it resemble the 1-up (extra life) powerup from Wolfenstein 3D, which is somewhat similar in appearance.

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

Supercharge data
Thing type2013 (decimal), 7DD (hex)
Appears inShareware Doom
Registered Doom
Ultimate Doom
Doom II/Final Doom

Appearance statistics

The IWADs contain the following numbers of supercharges:

The Ultimate Doom373738
Doom II: Hell on Earth373939
TNT: Evilution342829
The Plutonia Experiment282829


  • In a beta of Doom, soul spheres originally gave 100 health and 100 points of armor. It is assumed this armor is green armor due to the amount, acting like a "mini-megasphere".
  • In the Doom RPG, the soul sphere gives the player maximum health and maximum armor, similar to the megasphere in Doom II.
  • The face inside the supercharge bears a close resemblance to the ouch face.
  • The soulsphere in Doom 64 contains a rather wicked looking facade on the soul face.
  • In the Doom Novels, the protagonist Flynn Taggart describes the soulsphere as 'a floating blue sphere', and as a creature, rather than an item, that zoomed towards him and burst on contact.

See also

Items from Doom and Doom II
Health Health bonusStimpackMedikit
Armor Armor bonusArmorMegaarmor
Powerups BerserkComputer area mapInvulnerabilityLight amplification visorMegaspherePartial invisibilityRadiation shielding suitSupercharge
Keys Keycard • Skull key
Weapons FistChainsawPistolShotgunSuper shotgunChaingunRocket launcherPlasma gunBFG9000
Ammo BackpackClip4 shotgun shellsRocketEnergy cellBox of bulletsBox of shellsBox of rocketsEnergy cell pack