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This level occupies the map slot E1M1. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:E1M1.
This level occupies the map slot MAP02. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP02.

Dante's Gate is a single-level PWAD designed by John W. "Dr. Sleep" Anderson. In an era when level editing tools were fairly primitive, it distinguished itself by a strong emphasis on theme and mood, as well as by technical soundness. It is now considered an all-time classic.

At least five versions of the map are widely available:

  • Version 1.0 (DANTES.WAD), released May 17, 1994.
  • Version 1.2 (DANTE12.WAD), released July 16, 1994.
  • Version 1.666 (DANTE666.WAD), released November 23, 1994.
  • Version 2.0 (DANTE2.WAD), released October 17, 1994.
  • Version 2.5 (DANTE25.WAD), released February 21, 1996.

The first three WADs replace E1M1; the other two replace MAP02. The level appeared in Maximum Doom as DANTE2.WAD, DANTE21.WAD, and DANTES2.WAD.

Walkthrough

File:Dantes Gate map.png
Letters in italics refer to marked spots on the map. Sector numbers in boldface are secrets which count toward the end-of-level tally.

Essentials

Other points of interest

Secrets

Bugs

Demo files

Areas / screenshots

Speedrunning

Routes and tricks

Current records

The records for the original map on the Doomed Speed Demos Archive are:

RunTimePlayerDateFileNotes
UV speed
NM speed
UV max7:01Michael Novikov2003-11-08dantes_mn.zip
NM100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

The records for v1.2 of the map on the Doomed Speed Demos Archive are:

RunTimePlayerDateFileNotes
UV speed
NM speed
UV max8:07Michael Novikov2003-11-08dante12_mn.zip
NM100S
UV -fast
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

The records for v2.5 of the map on the Doomed Speed Demos Archive are:

RunTimePlayerDateFileNotes
UV speed
NM speed
UV max6:17Never Again2009-11-30dante25uv_na.zip
NM100S
UV -fast9:52Never Again2001-12-20dante-gm.zip
UV -respawn
UV Tyson
UV pacifist

Miscellaneous demos

RunTimePlayerDateFileNotes
.zip

Deathmatch

Statistics

Map data

v1.0v1.2v1.666v2.0v2.5
Things362389363371392
Vertexes7948668668761209
Linedefs10301132113211421540
Sidedefs14701604160416162152
Sectors252279279279348

Things

Dante's Gate contains the following numbers of things per skill level:

Version 1.0
Monsters1-234-5
Zombieman202121
Shotgun guy303738
Imp142527
Demon268
Spectre144
Lost soul388
Cacodemon047
Baron of hell014
Powerups1-234-5
Armor111
Armor bonus191919
Backpack333
Berserk122
Computer area map111
Health bonus313131
Invulnerability122
Light amplification visor111
Medikit202020
Megaarmor344
Partial invisibility333
Radiation shielding suit222
Stimpack333
Supercharge444
Weapons1-234-5
Chainsaw111
Shotgun555
Chaingun222
Rocket launcher223
Plasma gun222
BFG9000011
Ammunition1-234-5
Clip111
Box of bullets444
4 shotgun shells444
Box of shotgun shells999
Box of rockets444
Energy cell566
Energy cell pack888
Keys1-234-5
Blue skull key111
Red skull key111
Yellow skull key111
Version 1.2
Monsters1-234-5
Zombieman202020
Shotgun guy334041
Imp212930
Demon81315
Spectre566
Lost soul61111
Cacodemon358
Baron of hell013
Powerups1-234-5
Armor111
Armor bonus191919
Backpack444
Berserk012
Computer area map111
Health bonus313131
Invulnerability001
Light amplification visor111
Medikit202020
Megaarmor333
Partial invisibility333
Radiation shielding suit222
Stimpack566
Supercharge222
Weapons1-234-5
Chainsaw111
Shotgun555
Chaingun222
Rocket launcher224
Plasma gun222
BFG9000011
Ammunition1-234-5
Clip111
Box of bullets777
4 shotgun shells888
Box of shotgun shells101010
Box of rockets333
Energy cell788
Energy cell pack666
Keys1-234-5
Blue skull key111
Red skull key111
Yellow skull key111
Version 1.666
Monsters1-234-5
Zombieman202020
Shotgun guy334041
Imp212930
Demon71214
Spectre566
Lost soul61111
Cacodemon358
Baron of hell013
Powerups1-234-5
Armor111
Armor bonus131313
Backpack444
Berserk123
Computer area map111
Health bonus262626
Invulnerability001
Light amplification visor111
Medikit999
Megaarmor333
Partial invisibility333
Radiation shielding suit222
Stimpack222
Supercharge222
Weapons1-234-5
Chainsaw111
Shotgun555
Chaingun222
Rocket launcher224
Plasma gun222
BFG9000011
Ammunition1-234-5
Clip111
Box of bullets777
4 shotgun shells888
Box of shotgun shells101010
Box of rockets333
Energy cell788
Energy cell pack666
Keys1-234-5
Blue skull key111
Red skull key111
Yellow skull key111
Version 2.0
Monsters1-234-5
Zombieman171717
Shotgun guy293637
Heavy weapon dude777
Imp212930
Demon61112
Spectre444
Lost soul699
Cacodemon335
Pain elemental011
Baron of hell012
Revenant256
Mancubus011
Arch-vile001
Powerups1-234-5
Armor111
Armor bonus121212
Backpack444
Berserk012
Computer area map111
Health bonus262626
Invulnerability001
Light amplification visor111
Medikit111111
Megaarmor222
Megasphere111
Partial invisibility333
Radiation shielding suit222
Stimpack222
Supercharge222
Weapons1-234-5
Chainsaw111
Shotgun111
Super shotgun555
Chaingun111
Rocket launcher224
Plasma gun222
BFG9000011
Ammunition1-234-5
Box of bullets777
4 shotgun shells888
Box of shotgun shells111111
Box of rockets333
Energy cell788
Energy cell pack666
Keys1-234-5
Blue skull key111
Red skull key111
Yellow skull key111
Version 2.5
Monsters1-234-5
Zombieman171717
Shotgun guy293636
Heavy weapon dude999
Imp253130
Lost soul366
Demon71314
Spectre677
Revenant478
Cacodemon5710
Pain elemental011
Hell knight233
Baron of hell012
Mancubus033
Arch-vile001
Powerups1-234-5
Armor111
Armor bonus121212
Backpack333
Berserk012
Computer area map111
Health bonus262626
Invulnerability001
Light amplification visor111
Medikit111111
Megaarmor222
Megasphere011
Partial invisibility333
Radiation shielding suit211
Stimpack222
Supercharge222
Weapons1-234-5
Chainsaw111
Shotgun222
Super shotgun222
Chaingun222
Rocket launcher331
Plasma gun111
BFG9000111
Ammunition1-234-5
Box of bullets111010
4 shotgun shells888
Box of shotgun shells111111
Box of rockets999
Energy cell799
Energy cell pack554
Keys1-234-5
Blue skull key111
Yellow skull key111

Technical information

Version 1.666 of this map was created to accommodate an obscure engine bug in Doom 1.666, which affected floor triggers tagged to multiple sectors.

Inspiration and development

The following additional releases of Dante's Gate have been reported:

  • Version 1.1 (June 14, 1994).
  • Version 2.1 (December 15, 1994).
  • Version 2.2 (July 5, 1995).
  • Version 2.3 (August 8, 1995).
  • Version 2.4 (November 11, 1995).

Trivia

In the readme file for version 2.5, Dr. Sleep lists no fewer than eleven editing tools (and two image processing programs) as having "had a significant effect" on the WAD.

See also

Sources

External links

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