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Doom Eternal

Developers: id Software, Panic Button (Switch)
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Platforms: Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X
Released internationally: March 20, 2020, December 8, 2020 (Switch), June 29, 2021 (PS5/XBSX)
Released in JP: March 26, 2020

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
MovieIcon.png This game has unused cinematics.
ItemsIcon.png This game has unused items.
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Wherein the Doom Slayer meets his most horrible nemesis yet: An actual plot.

This page sucks.
If you could make it suck less, that would be awesome.
Specifically: Why are there so many YouTube videos? Why are there no images of the unused pistol? Why do two YouTube videos appear twice? Why does it feel like several of the YouTube links were added solely for blatant pluggery of "DOOMGUY BOT"? What is the source of the Japanese release date in the bob? What "major shift during development"? What is content from the The Ancient Gods DLC doing on this page and not on a subpage of its own? Why is this page so damn MESSY!?


Miscellaneous tidbits that are interesting enough to point out here.
Unused Voices
You can't just shoot a hole i--well, I suppose you can...

Unused Pistol

Using a memory editor like Cheat Engine to gain access to disabled commands, entering g_enablepistol 1 into the game's console while already in a level before the Update 1 patch (released May 14, 2020) would let you use an otherwise-unused Pistol weapon - which, surprisingly, is actually new and not just a leftover from the 2016 Doom. Its primary fire is a three-round burst, while alt-fire zooms in for a more powerful shot. Although not mentioned in the patch notes, the aforementioned update removed the Cheat Engine method, and the pistol is currently only accessible using a modloader such as EternalInjector.

The fact that the weapon is pretty much complete suggests it was cut late in development, though it's not clear why. Fan theories include "it was cut around the time the game underwent the major shift during development that led to it deviating from what was established by the previous game", "how little the pistol was utilized in the average playthrough of the previous game", and "uncertainty on how well the weapon would fit into the significantly faster-paced gameplay of Eternal".

Unfinished Master Levels

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Footage of the other unused master levels and the unused Super Gore Nest challenges.

With the help of mods, players can access four unfinished master levels included in the game's files and two clearly unfinished modes for the Super Gore Nest master level, which had a full release as part of the Update 4 patch (released December 11, 2020).

Two of these unfinished levels, "Hell on Earth" and "Exultia", are practically finished and can be played through fully thanks to some minor fixes applied by modders. Interestingly, the other two levels are "Sentinel Prime" and "Doom Hunter Base", which are considered boss levels in the base game. As such, unique "Gold" variants of the Doom Hunter and Gladiator bosses that are significantly more difficult than their standard counterparts exist within the game files, and have been used extensively by modders to recreate their respective master levels. Provided is a video showing the restored Doom Hunter Base master level, which concludes with a fight against the "Gold" variant of the Doom Hunter.

The unused challenge modes for Super Gore Nest are called "Time Mode" and "Use or Lose" mode respectively. In both of these, reloading the last checkpoint will bring you to the normal version of the Super Gore Nest master level. That combined with the nature of these challenges has led many to believe that these modes, should they ever be finished and fully released, will only be playable on Ultra Nightmare difficulty or something similar to it.

In "Time Mode", the player needs to beat the level as fast as they can while a timer counts down. The timer starts at 60 seconds, and the player will be granted more time whenever they perform certain actions (such as reaching checkpoints marked by a green gate, granting the player an extra 60 seconds) or destroy enemy weakpoints (such as a Revenant's Rocket Launchers or a Mancubus' Arm Cannons, which grants 5 seconds). If the timer reaches zero, the player will be knocked down to a measly 5 health, making completion much harder.

In "Use or Lose" mode, if a given weapon's ammo hits zero that weapon cannot be used for the rest of the level. For example, if you use up all your rockets, you won't be able to use the rocket launcher for the rest of the level. In the case of weapons that share ammo, you will only be prevented from using the weapon that fired the last of your ammunition (for instance, running out of shotgun shells while using the Combat Shotgun will strip you of using the Combat Shotgun any longer, but you'll be able to use the Super Shotgun just fine once you refill your ammo supply).

Mars Core Developer Room

In the Mars Core mission, glitching or cheating your way back into the area in which the level's opening cutscene plays and touching the door that the player initially emerges from at the start of said cutscene will teleport you to a Developer Room. This small, greyboxed room contains teleporters to each section of the level, teleporters to the start of the level either with or without the intro cutscene, and a BFG-9000 pickup. The pickup is clearly unfinished, lacking the rotating animation or shader effects seen on all other weapon pickups; this may be related to the fact that the weapon is acquired in a cutscene in the final game.

Interestingly, the teleporter labeled "PHOBOS: Supergun" takes you to an area only seen as part of the cutscene in which the BFG-9000 is acquired. As it turns out, the area is fully set up as a playable area with collision and a working "bottomless pit" trigger in the event that the player falls off the bridge.

Unused Music

The complete soundtrack from the 2016 Doom is present in the sound banks, in the soundmetadata file under music\music_doom2016\, and is still set up for the dynamic music system. These files are completely different from the jukebox tracks and "BFG Division" reprise on the Fortress of Doom level, which are present with the rest of the Fortress of Doom's music in music\music_ghost\music_menu\music_ghost_switch\hub_music\hub_music.

Some duplicates of the Doom and Doom II MIDI recordings used for the Doom Classic sourceport on the Fortress of Doom's computer are present in music\music_ghost\music_menu\music_ghost_switch\tutorial_switch. The version of "The Healer Stalks" present here was used in pre-release public demos in the greybox tutorial level used to teach players about the movement and combat mechanics before shoving them straight into Mars Core; the other tracks may have held a similar place in internal prototype builds.

  • 23152823.ogg - The Healer Stalks
  • 345049405.ogg - Opening to Hell
  • 368052137.ogg - Nobody Told Me About id
  • 666756676.ogg - Dark Halls
  • 987902872.ogg - The Demons from Adrian's Pen
  • 1052110793.ogg - Adrian's Asleep

The second half of 679091008.ogg (filed under music\music_ghost\music_menu\music_ghost_switch\icon_music\music_ghost_states\boss_end), after the used cutscene music, is a brief cover/arrangement of Into Sandy's City from Doom II. It eventually ended up being used in the same place in the ill-fated official soundtrack release, with the ending King Novik monologue overlaid over the ending.

473482882.ogg (filed under debug\prototype_music_Tlocke_do_not_use) is a strange clip of music from an unknown source. "Tlocke" probably refers to Tim Locke, the game's technical designer.

Removed "Doog Eternal" Easter Egg

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  • Is the "Eternal" image also used for the title screen? If not, add file path and image name.
  • Add filename of the "Doog" image, where it was located in the game's files, and whether it was/is still present following the v3.1 update.

With the release of the The Ancient Gods, Part One DLC on October 20, 2020, an Easter egg was added where pressing the dedicated Chainsaw button four times while on the Runes tab of the Dossier would display up a "Doog Eternal" logo. This is a reference to Inugami Korone, a Japanese Virtual YouTuber and member of Hololive who livestreamed Doom 64 and the 2016 Doom and, among other things, found great joy in the Chainsaw weapon and gained a nickname of "Doog Slayer" (a play on the fact that she's a dog). The logo actually combines two separate images of "Doog" and "Eternal".

Yubi yubi!

The v3.1 update (released October 23, 2020) removed the Easter egg. The update's blog post acknowledged this and praised the community for finding it so quickly, but never actually gave a reason for its removal.

Early Cutscenes

If The Ancient Gods, Part 2 is installed, in DOOMEternal\base\video\cineractive\e5m4_tech_boss\death_of_dark_lord there are early drafts of the scenes depicting the remaining demons being obliterated following the death of the Dark Lord. The draft appears to be a fairly early version of the cutscene, as it lacks visual effects, features unfinished animations, and lines from the debug console can be seen at the top-left of the screen. Interestingly, the sounds are embedded with the video unlike the rest of the pre-rendered cutscenes, which are silent and rely on in-game sounds.

These drafts can be found labelled as such:

  • dark_lord_death_s130.bk2
  • dark_lord_death_s140.bk2
  • dark_lord_death_s150.bk2

Unused Projectile Behavior

There are two types of projectile behaviors that are unused. Both types cause projectiles to bounce when coming in contact with surfaces. The first type flies in an arc and bounces on the floor, while the second type has no arc and bounces on walls.

This behavior can be seen, restored, in the below video at 0:36.


Unused Damage Parameter

"RapidHitScale" increases the damage dealt by a weapon every time a shot is fired.

It's speculated that this was added as part of a scrapped change to the Combat Shotgun's "Full Auto" mod, as this was a popular idea being thrown around to improve the weapon within the game's community (and apparently the development team as well) during early-mid 2021. During this time, the game's passionate community regarding high level play was ripe with discussion about whether the weapon would need to be improved in some way to better compete with the rest of the Doom Slayer's arsenal, since most felt it simply wasn't worth using. As stated before, this parameter was likely born as a result of id themselves testing out some of the suggestions made by the community.

Provided is a video by Doom Eternal speedrunner/modder BloodShot9001 from around this time that depicts something similar to what this parameter's usage likely would have looked like, should it have been used. (Seen at the 1:15 timestamp.)

Microwave Beam Multi-Targeting

During development, id initially had a different weapon mastery upgrade in mind for the Plasma Rifle's "Microwave Beam" mod. Instead of causing a massive shockwave that falters enemies upon killing a demon with the beam, the player would have been able to aim and fire the beam at two targets simultaneously, similar to the mastery for the Rocket Launcher's Lock-On Burst mod as seen in the final game. The description for this unused upgrade reads "Beam splits into two streams to target more than one enemy".

This behavior can be seen in-game in this video by "DOOMGUY BOT" at 0:56.

Unused Super Shotgun Mastery Model

In the files, there is a model for the Super Shotgun that has a "double hammer trigger." It does nothing gameplay-wise, but the fact that it's called "supershotgun_mastery" in the files implies that it was supposed to be used when the Super Shotgun was fully upgraded. The trigger is also present in some early concept art.

Super Shotgun Model supershotgun_mastery Model
DoomEternal-SSGnohammer.png DoomEternal-SSGhammer.png
The unused double hammers can be seen at the bottom-right of this graphic featuring some early concept designs for the Super Shotgun by Jon Lane.

Playable Dread Knight Charged Attacks

The playable Dread Knight seen in Battlemode has an unused ability that allows it to charge its basic attacks. This charge ability functions and looks very similar to the Ballista's Destroyer Blade mod, giving further evidence to support the idea that this attack was built off of the Destroyer Blade's code.

A video by youtuber "DOOMGUY BOT" shows this charge behavior in action, restored by notable Doom Eternal modder Konvaz. The behavior can be seen at 0:50.

Marauder Moveset

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Add footage of these animations in action.

The Marauder has many unused animations in which he uses his axe to block attacks as opposed to activating the red energy shield seen in-game.

Unused Tyrant/Cyberdemon Weakpoint

At one point in development, the Tyrant was supposed to have a targetable weakpoint that functions like the ones present on a few other demons in the game; it's fully functional, but entirely disabled. When re-enabled, the Tyrant's rocket launcher can be destroyed in a similar fashion to other weakpoints such as an Arachnotron's turret. Upon being destroyed, the Tyrant is rendered unable to use its lock-on beam. This also hinders its basic attack (firing a small volley of rockets straight towards you) by making them travel and fire significantly slower.

This video by "DOOMGUY BOT" showcases this unused weakpoint in action at 0:20.

Dual Equipment Launcher

Unlocking all sux equipment upgrades would have unlocked a dual equipment launcher that copies the actions of the first one. For example, if the player were to launch a grenade, they would fire two at the same time. This behavior carries over to the Ice Bomb and Flame Belch as well.

The strings within the game's files that reference this unlockable upgrade state that upgrades to the Slayer's equipment would've needed the player to "Unlock all 4 Suit Upgrades and 2 Argent Cells Upgrades in a Category." The fact that Argent Cells, a resource found in the 2016 Doom, are referenced implies that this idea was scrapped very early in development.

Footage of this feature restored by modders can be seen in this video by "DOOMGUY BOT" at 0:06.