The Great Hall

Hell's Maw



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Level Chronology

The Labyrinth


The Portals of Chaos

The Great Hall is the seventh level of Hell's Maw, the second episode of Heretic.

The level starts in a large outdoor area with a huge lava pit, but the rest of it takes place entirely indoors, in an underground complex of rooms and spacious hallways. This is the last of the levels that use huge amounts of lava as an obstacle.

Walkthrough and Secrets

Make your way down the steps taking out monsters as you go. When you get to the lower platform (do not drop down to the ground) look to the southeast and make a run at the stairs. Do not bother with the Tome of Power because there is no way back without taking major damage. If you absolutely must have it, drop down and grab it, then go around to the north and you will come to a safe spot with a Weredragon unless you have not killed him already. The switch will raise a platform where the tome was making a step. Also, if you look to the north, you can see a small platform. Run to it and press the switch to lower a way back up to the start.

Head up the stairs and clear the area of monsters. Do not forget the ones behind the window beside the green door. Get the Bag of Holding, but be quick. Go through the door to the southeast. Go through the south door first. Clear the storehouse of gargoyles. When you press the switch to the south, the block with the yellow key will lower. Get the key and head back to the door to the west.

Take out the golems, get the Torch and the Gauntlets and proceed through the yellow door. Take out the Undead Warrior and press the switch. Head back to the storehouse. A room to the north is now open. Take out the sabreclaws. Here you are presented with three choices: an alcove at the top of the stairs to the left, a room at the top of the stairs to the right and the area at the bottom of the stairs.

Start with the room to the right. Take out the gargoyles, including the one hiding in the alcove across the stairs, and weredragons. Get the Chaos Device and the Dragon Claw and press the switch behind the dais which will lower obligingly for you. It makes the green key accessible. Head for the alcove on the other side of the stairs. Go through the south door first and get the Map Scroll. Now go to the northern door and get the green key. Head back to the green door. When you go through the door to the north, you will be ambushed by sabreclaws. Take them out and get the blue key. Take out the monsters you can see outside. Head back to the green door. You will see an alcove open just past it. Press the switch. It will open a passage outside.

Secret 1: Make a run down the volcanic rock stairs. Get the Phoenix Rod on the heart-shaped island.

There is an Enchanted Shield on the steps visible to the northeast. Get it and run back up to the green door. Now head back to the big stairway. Go down the stairs and take out the monsters. As you approach the blue door, the eastern ends of the platforms on either side will begin raising and lowering providing access to the goodies up there. Ride the northern one up first. Get the Hellstaff and drop down into the narrow passage. At the end, you can see the Wings of Wrath sitting just out into the lava. Get it quickly, come back and ride the wall section that lowers back up. Go to the southern side and ride the wall section up. Wall sections to the south will open leading into and then past the dais room. Take out the sabreclaws.

Secret 2: The room with the sabreclaws is the secret.

Take out the Disciple at the bottom of the stairs and the gargoyles you can see through the barred window. Get the Ring of Invulnerability. Go back to the blue door. Take out any last gargoyles inside and press the switch. Head back to the storeroom. You will find a passage to the west open now.

Secret 3: Take out the monsters and get the goodies in there.

A wall section will lower leading back to the green door. Head back to the hallway with the blue door. There is one more secret to get before you go. Use the Wings of Wrath to reach the picture of the chained warrior.

Secret 4: Press the wall section to open it and get the Tome of Power.

Go back through the blue door, get the Mystic Urn and open the door to the north. Take out the disciple and exit the level.


Single-Player Stats


HereticStatIcon Difficulty Level
1-2 3 4-5
GargoyleIcon 25 39 46
FireGargoyleIcon 5 7 8
GolemIcon 2 4 4
NitrogolemGhostIcon - - -
NitrogolemIcon 1 2 3
GolemGhostIcon - - -
UWIcon 1 1 1
UWGhostIcon - - -
DiscipleIcon 4 1 2
WeredragonIcon 10 15 19
SabreclawIcon 21 30 36
OphidianIcon - - -
LichIcon - 1 1
MaulotaurIcon - - -
SerpentIcon - - -
DsparilIcon - - -
Total 69 100 128

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 1 1 1
FiremaceSprite - - -

HereticStatIcon Difficulty Level
1-2 3 4-5
WandCrystalSprite 31 28 24
GeodeSprite 1 1 1
EtherealArrowSprite 24 20 19
EtherealQuiverSprite 2 2 2
ClawOrbSprite 21 14 12
EnergyOrbSprite 1 1 1
LesserRuneSprite 8 7 7
GreaterRuneSprite 1 1 1
FlameOrbSprite 6 4 4
InfernoOrbSprite 1 1 1
MaceSphereSprite 8 6 5
MaceSpherePileSprite 1 1 1


HereticStatIcon Difficulty Level
1-2 3 4-5
CrystalVialSprite 88 56 41
QuartzFlaskSprite 7 6 4
MysticUrnSprite 1 1 1
SilverSheildSprite 1 1 1
EnShieldSprite 1 1 1
TorchSprite 1 1 1
MapScrollSprite 1 1 1
BOHSprite 1 1 1
ShadowsphereSprite 1 1 1
TomePowerSprite 2 2 2
InvRingSprite 1 1 1
WingsSprite 1 1 1
ChaosDeviceSprite 1 1 1
EggSprite 1 1 1
TimeBombSprite 10 5 5

Multiplayer Stats

To be Added


  • On the northern platform near the blue door, sidedef 962 lacks its upper texture. The flaw causes the flat of the lower ceiling to leak over the top wall of the sidedef causing a minor visual anomaly.

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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