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Episode 3: The Netherworld or Netherworld is the third Episode of Quake. It consists of seven levels total, including another secret level.

The main gameplay component of this episode is pure fear. The Netherworld is a dark and barren place, heavily decorated with religious and Satanic imagery, which gives the implications of it being a hellish realm.

Though the sky is visible at times, the player spends most of their time in subterranean caverns such as in vaults and tombs. Most of these levels belong to the Runic Level Theme. This is the episode with the greatest amount of Lava, which makes it a very dangerous place.

The introductory text displayed in the corridor leading to this episode in Introduction reads: "Primal fear in a strange dimension..." The goal is to search for the Rune of Hell Magic to use in the fight against Shub-Niggurath.



Type Count Notes
Easy Normal Hard/Nightmare
Rotfish 2 (4) 3 (6) 4 (8) The vanilla engine counts each Rotfish as 2 enemies.
Rottweiler 3 6 9
Grunt 17 32 35
Zombie 41 44 48
Enforcer 8 17 23
Scrag 30 50 60
Ogre 56 86 105
Death Knight 20 29 36
Fiend 14 19 32
Vore 4 10 11
Shambler 2 3 6
Total 197 (199) 299 (302) 369 (373)