The Lava Pits

Hell's Maw



New Enemies

Iron Lich (Normal Enemy)

New Artifacts

Chaos Device
Enchanted Shield

E2M2 heretic
Level Chronology

The Crater


The River of Fire

The Lava Pits is the second level of Hell's Maw, the second episode of Heretic.

True to its name, the first part of the level consists of a large lava-filled cave and a river of lava originating from a set of lavafalls. The second part of the level features a larger outdoor area and several buildings. This level contains the first appearance of an Iron Lich as a regular monster (after the boss encounter in previous episode).

Walkthrough and Secrets

From the starting point, step forward and the wall will open revealing another vast field of lava. You will get your first look at your next new enemy, the Sabreclaw. Take him out before dropping down into the pool of lava. Cross the lava pool by hopping from island to island. Unfortunately the volcanic rock is unstable and some of the islands will sink when you step on them. There are four larger ones that have a lighter texture than the others that are the stable ones, located at roughly the two o'clock, five o'clock, eight o'clock and eleven o'clock positions when viewed on the map. Your objective is the cavern on the east side, so just make a run for the southeastern opening. Take out the beasties, including the Undead Warriors you can see through the barred window to the north. At the eastern end of the cavern, you can see a pit at the base of the cascade with some goodies. Drop down and take out the Sabreclaw. As soon as you grab any of the goodies, the wall sections will open containing gargoyles. The only way to get back up is to use the Wings of Wrath.

Get the yellow key and ride the fork-like sections up to get the goodies on top of the cascade. Use the wings to your advantage and head for the yellow doors which are to the north of the cavern with the sinking islands. Both doors lead to the same place and have the same monsters behind them. Proceed up the stairs. Press the switch to raise another staircase. When you head up, the wall ahead will open. Also, the wall behind you, the one the switch was on, will lower containing a nest of gargoyles. Get the Dragon Claw and the Chaos Device, the latter of which being the first of its kind to be found. Proceed up the stairs again. Start by going left. You will come to a large building with barred windows. Take out the undead warriors through the windows before proceeding inside. Get the Map Scroll. The inner part is inaccessible for now. Go back outside and get the Ring of Invulnerability behind the lava pool. That is all you can do there for now.

Go back past the stairs and the big door (opened with the green key) and proceed down the stairs to the east. Before proceeding down the next set of stairs to the east, there are a few things to do. There is a Silver Shield in the room behind the southern door and a switch in the room behind the eastern door. The switch opens the center section of the prison building. Proceed down the stairs in the east. They lead to the room where you saw the imprisoned undead warrior earlier. Take him out if you have not already done so.

Head back to the prison. Take out the Golems. When you step inside, platforms will raise containing Undead Warrior Ghosts. Take them out and get some Gauntlets and the green key. Head for the green door. Take out the Gargoyles inside and press the switch in the southwest corner. This will raise a pillar revealing the exit.

  1. In the room halfway down the stairs, the wall section with the bird motif in the northwest corner contains a Disciple and the Hellstaff.
  2. In the northeast corner of the room overlooking the lava falls is a wall section with a blue banner. Open this to find a Tome of Power. When you grab it, the wall section ahead will open containing a disciple. Proceed forward and another wall section will open containing another sorcerer and a Morph Ovum.
  3. When you press the switch to reveal the exit, it will also raise a wall section in the southeast corner of the same room providing an access to a secret area. When you head for the south corner of the room, pillars will raise releasing Weredragons. Get the Bag of Holding, then proceed through the south door. The teleporter will take you back to the top of the lava waterfall.
  4. Once you have been on the top of the lava waterfall, you can get into the section between the northern and southern openings in this area. Get the Shadowsphere. A niche to the south will open containing a disciple.
  5. Once you have found Secret 3, a wall section will open past the lava pool where the Ring of Invincibility was found. Take out the Iron Lich by using the enhanced Hellstaff, for instance. Then get the Mystic Urn and - another new item - the Enchanted Shield.


Single-Player Stats


HereticStatIcon Difficulty Level
1-2 3 4-5
GargoyleIcon 18 29 38
FireGargoyleIcon 6 8 8
GolemIcon 2 3 5
NitrogolemGhostIcon - - -
NitrogolemIcon - - -
GolemGhostIcon - - -
UWIcon 7 10 12
UWGhostIcon 2 2 3
DiscipleIcon 4 5 6
WeredragonIcon 2 3 4
SabreclawIcon 15 24 30
OphidianIcon - - -
LichIcon 1 1 1
MaulotaurIcon - - -
SerpentIcon - - -
DsparilIcon - - -
Total 57 85 107

Weapons and Ammo

HereticStatIcon Difficulty Level
1-2 3 4-5
GauntletsSprite 1 1 1
CrossbowSprite 1 1 1
DragonClawSprite 1 1 1
HellstaffSprite 1 1 1
PhoenixRodSprite - - -
FiremaceSprite - - -

HereticStatIcon Difficulty Level
1-2 3 4-5
WandCrystalSprite 23 18 19
GeodeSprite 2 2 2
EtherealArrowSprite 29 25 20
EtherealQuiverSprite 2 2 2
ClawOrbSprite 10 9 9
EnergyOrbSprite 2 2 2
LesserRuneSprite 10 7 6
GreaterRuneSprite 1 1 1
FlameOrbSprite - - -
InfernoOrbSprite - - -
MaceSphereSprite - - -
MaceSpherePileSprite - - -


HereticStatIcon Difficulty Level
1-2 3 4-5
CrystalVialSprite 57 42 32
QuartzFlaskSprite 7 4 3
MysticUrnSprite 1 1 1
SilverSheildSprite 2 2 2
EnShieldSprite 1 1 1
TorchSprite - - -
MapScrollSprite 1 1 1
BOHSprite 2 2 2
ShadowsphereSprite 1 1 1
TomePowerSprite 3 3 3
InvRingSprite 1 1 1
WingsSprite 1 1 1
ChaosDeviceSprite 1 1 1
EggSprite 1 1 1
TimeBombSprite - - -

Multiplayer Stats

To be Added


  • The statues that mark the green door have been flagged to appear only on Skill 3. Since there is no obvious reason for such arrangement, it was probably due to a mapping mistake.

External Links

Heretic - Episodes & Levels
Episode 1
City of the Damned
The DocksThe DungeonsThe GatehouseThe Guard TowerThe CitadelThe Cathedral
The CryptsHell's MawThe Graveyard
Episode 2
Hell's Maw
The CraterThe Lava PitsThe River of FireThe Ice GrottoThe CatacombsThe Labyrinth
The Great HallThe Portals of ChaosThe Glacier
Episode 3
The Dome of D'Sparil
The StorehouseThe CesspoolThe ConfluenceThe Azure FortressThe Ophidian Lair
The Halls of FearThe ChasmD'Sparil's KeepThe Aquifer
Episode 4
The Ossuary
CatafalqueBlockhouseAmbulatorySepulcherGreat StairHalls of the Apostate
Ramparts of PerditionShattered BridgeMausoleum
Episode 5
The Stagnant Demesne
Ochre CliffsRapidsQuayCourtyardHydratyrColonnadeFoetid Manse
Field of JudgementSkein of D'Sparil
Extra Episode
Fate's Path
Raven's LairThe Water ShrineAmerican's Legacy

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