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This level occupies the map slot MAP21. For other maps which occupy this slot, see Category:MAP21.
Doom II levels 21-30

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
(21-30)
Secret levels: 31, 32

MAP21: Nirvana is the twenty-first map of Doom II, named after the Nirvana, the Buddhist Heaven, that ends the whole reincarnation cycle in Earth. It was designed by Sandy Petersen and uses the music track "Countdown To Death". Coincidentally or not, Kurt Cobain, the leader of popular rock band Nirvana, died by committing suicide with a shotgun blast the same year Doom II was released.

StrategyEdit

MAP21 map

Map of MAP21


WalkthroughEdit

Pick up the health bonuses and medikits in the starting area (A) and kill the imps in front of you. Take the teleporter on the right (the eastern one). On the other side, continue along the path either way, killing spectres and shotgun guys along the way. Once you approach the teleporter at the end, the wall will open, releasing two pairs of revenants. Flip the switch to lower the wall, then step through the second teleporter (B).

In the next area, flip all four switches on the triangular platform (C). This raises a staircase in front of you. The nearest step actually acts as a lift, so lower it and step on. Once it has risen again, you can jump onto the triangular platform (D) to retrieve the rocket launcher. Afterwards, climb the stairs and continue down towards a horde of imps and mancubi as well as two teleporters. Take the southern one (to your right).

In the next area, press the use key on any of the four walls to lower them, unleashing an ambush of imps around you. Crossing into their territory causes the next four walls to lower, revealing further two pain elementals. After all the enemies are dead, pick up the yellow skull key (E) and go through the teleporter. Flip the other switch to open a shortcut back to the starting area. This time take the teleporter on the left (F, the western one).

Open the yellow walls in the next area (it may be tempting to fire rockets between the yellow walls before lowering them, but be careful, as there is a high probability of hitting the walls). From here, follow the ledge around to the end, then drop down onto the imps' platform and flip the switch. This lowers the chaingunners' platform across the way, where you can pick up the red key (G). Grab the nearby radiation suit and head back out into the main slime pit with the brown platforms. The blue key rests on the northwestern-most platform (H). Lower the platform just southeast of this as you would a lift, ride it up and drop onto the blue key platform. Once you've obtained all 3 keys, head back to the southeast corner of the pit and lower the platform there (I). Ride it back up to the ledge, make your way through the red and blue barriers, then exit.

Trivia and other points of interestEdit

  1. Kurt Cobain from the popular band Nirvana died from a shotgun blast the same year Doom II was released. Interestingly a super shotgun is found on the first sector on this level.
  2. In some online Doom forums/discussion boards, this was considered the worst Doom II stage created.

SecretsEdit

OfficialEdit

There are no official secrets in this level.

Non-officialEdit

  1. To obtain the megasphere in the same room where you get the yellow skull key, return to the previous room (the one with the northern and southern teleporters), flip the switch close to the southern teleporter, go through it again and run into the megasphere's corner before it rises again.

BugsEdit

  1. In the room you teleport to after fighting the revenants, if you switch all four switches too fast it can result in some of them not working, leaving the player permanantly stuck in the first area of the map.

SpeedrunningEdit

Routes and tricksEdit

  1. You do not need the blue key to finish this level, as there is enough space to fit through the gap between the blue doors. Because this feature of the map is very obvious, it was likely made intentionally for some reason.

RecordsEdit

The Compet-N records for the map are:

RunTimePlayerDateFileNotes
UV speed00:17Vincent Catalaá2001-11-21lv21-017.zip
NM speed00:27Jakub "method_man" Razak2003-06-27nm21-027.zip
UV max02:19Anders Johnsen2003-01-17lv21-219.zip
NM100S
UV -fast02:44Vincent Catalaá2000-01-30fa21-244.zip
UV -respawn02:15Henning Skogsto2000-04-05re21-215.zip
UV Tyson09:50Daniel "Demonlord" Lindgren1997-06-18ty21-950.zip
UV pacifist00:28Kim "N.C." Lundqvist2003-11-16pa21-028.zip

StatisticsEdit

Map dataEdit

Things217
Vertices396
Linedefs327
Sidedefs538
Sectors61

ThingsEdit

MonstersITYTD and HNTRHMPUV and NM
Sergeants71419
Spectres003
Imps245576
Pain Elementals012
Chaingunners3811
Revenants124
Mancubi013
Hell Knights036
PowerupsITYTD and HNTRHMPUV and NM
Backpacks111
Medikits202020
Health bonuses161616
Invulnerabilities111
Radiation suits444
Megasphere111
WeaponsITYTD and HNTRHMPUV and NM
Rocket launchers111
Super shotguns111
AmmunitionITYTD and HNTRHMPUV and NM
Rockets666
Rocket boxes111
Shell boxes444
KeysITYTD and HNTRHMPUV and NM
Red skulls111
Yellow skulls111
Blue skulls111
BarrelsITYTD and HNTRHMPUV and NM
Exploding barrels666

External linksEdit

  1. MAP21 demos from the Compet-n database
  2. Top-down perspective view of all Doom II levels by Ian Albert

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