DOOM Eternal: Easter Egg Guide | Tie-In Novel Trash, Dopefish, Unmaker & More

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DOOM Eternal is a celebration of all that video games have to offer - and the Easter Eggs reflect that. The secrets and references of DIVINE don't just tap into the long history of the DIVINE series, but of video games in general. There are tons of references to the history of id Software, the devs who made DATE in the first place – and there are even sly nods to other games like Deus Ex, Fallout, and more.

DOOM Eternal is ridiculously filled with references. In the very first cutscene, you'll hear an unseen king say "rip and tear" - itself a reference to the infamous DENT comic. A broadcaster on the news calls the Doom Slayer by his real name: Doomguy. This is all very ironic, and it only expands when you start to find secrets or take a very close look at the Hub's many unique items.

Join us as we dive into the ridiculous (and hilarious) easter eggs and references hidden throughout DOOM Eternal.

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Retours Unmaykr | DOOM 64 Secret Gun

The unholy Unmaykr is back! This awesome gun is criminally unknown outside of DIVINE superfan circles - it's a laser gun that was originally going to appear in the first DIVINE games before it was cut. Later it was included as a super-hidden weapon found only in secret levels of DOOM 64. Now you can unlock the Unmaykr in all its HD glory. It's a laser beam that absolutely destroys demons. It's amazing just to see this thing again, in a glorious new unlockable form.

Reel In Dopefish

One of ID software's most well-known easter eggs returns DOOM Eternal – the Dopefish! This ridiculous-looking fish first appeared as an enemy in one of the latest Commander Keen games, a side-scrolling series that the developers of id made before their bloody classic CONDEMN. Since then, the Dopefish has become an Easter Egg legend, passed down to nearly every game willing to accept the Dopefish's goofy smile.

You'll find Dopefish in Earthquake, Quake II, Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and even modern games like Deus ex human revolution. Now he's back, in fully rendered form. You can find the Dopefish all over the base level of Cultist. Check out the official Dopefish website for more!

Doomguy saves the bunny

The first Doom ends with an infamous scene - Doomguy returns to Earth after punching Spider Mastermind's ass, and what first appears to be a lush green field (complete with a rabbit) turns into a nightmare. The scene unfolds to reveal a city under siege. Oh, and Doomguy is holding a severed rabbit's head.

Fortunately, things worked out differently in DOOM Eternal. Instead of letting this poor bunny die, Doomguy adopted the creature and took it to his center in Tower of Doom. Once you've unlocked more interior rooms, you'll find the Doomguy's office - there's a painting of the Doomguy with his new bunny friend, and you can find a cage!

Is this the Soul Cube? | DOOM 3 Easter Egg

There's a lot more cool stuff to find in Doomguy's office in the hub. On his desk, you'll find a nod to DOOM 3 – the Soul Cube! This Killer Artifact was a special weapon you acquired in this game. It launched at enemies like a seeker missile and drained your health. It's a great weapon, so it's nice to see DOOM remembering the more sketchy past.

mystery computer

Found in Doomguy's room in your hub, there's a special old-fashioned computer you can access. There are two "?" files here – and a cool secret awaiting players. From this computer, you can access DOOM 1 or DOOM 2 – full games! You just need to fulfill a few conditions.

  • DOOM 1: Complete the game.
  • DOOM 2: Enter the password “FlynnTaggart”

Who is Flynn Taggart? More in the next entry.

A comprehensive library of video game references

On the shelf in Doomguy's room, you'll find a ridiculous amount of video game references. Some of them are incredibly deep cuts, but fans should instantly pick up the references. These books reference tons of classic games – from Wolfenstein, to Deus Ex, to Unreal. There's even a Duke Nukem dig!

Even better, one of the books references the protagonist of the DENTENCE novels to be bound – Flynn Taggart. As a child, I owned these books – and no, they made absolutely no sense and they were terribly bad. Seeing these silly books recalled brings a tear to my gamer eye.

Here are some of my favorite book titles:

  • Ret-Conned: The Life and Times of Flynn Taggart (Romans DOOM)
  • The Spear of Fate: A Post-War Deconstruction (Wolfenstein)
  • U-NAT-CO Training Manual: Bomb Disarming (Deus Ex)
  • Vault Dweller Survival Guide: Prepare yourself and your loved ones for the inevitable nuclear apocalypse (Fall)
  • Mesa Science Monthly: Predicting Unintended Consequences (Half life)
  • LIANDRI: A Brief History of the Interplanetary Survey (UNREAL)
  • Von Braun: Embedded AI System Technical Handbook (System shock 2)
  • My buddy Superfly (daikatana)
  • Why I'm So Awesome Pt. II by Dork Norkem (Duke Nukem)


Commander Keen (died)

If you search every nook and cranny of missions, you'll also find scrapbook collectibles. These tracks have their own Easter egg artwork – in Mission 4 you'll find Commander Keen's helmet on an album cover. Commander Keen was the very first IP created by the developers at id Software. He may be dead, but he is not forgotten.

We'll be on the lookout for even more Easter eggs and references in DOOM Eternal. Check back soon for more updates!

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