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A player that has morphed into a Vore has launched a pod against a player that has morphed into a Shambler (note the yellow tint).

Morph is a modification for Quake made by Jeff Epler. This modification was inspired by and expands upon the concept of THE FIEND MOD. While the aforementioned modification just let the player become a Fiend, this modification allows the player to choose between eight different Monsters. All Monsters are given behavior like their normal counterparts and will be colored slightly to show their team/player colors. The player will appear to be the Monster and will give death messages identical to the Monster the player currently is. Monsters cannot pick up items on the map, meaning Ammo and Weapons cannot be touched. Powerups are always accessible. Player movement speed is unaffected by the modification. Note no new meshes exist, meaning the player that is the Monster will only see the ranged attacks, melee attacks are entirely invisible to the player controlling the Monster.

Impulse 90 allows the player to become a human, useful for switching back from a Monster, and is the default value for all players. Impulse 91 switches the player to a Zombie. The Zombie is limited to throwing slow projectiles that can easily be prevented from being thrown by being constantly attacked. The Zombie also cannot jump, which means it is highly limited in mobility. However, the Zombie is invulnerable to all normal attacks, staying comfortably at 75 health and falling down/regenerating at 70 health. This means the Zombie never needs to worry about resource collection and can endure a lot of risks. Note however that the Zombie shall Gib if exposed to explosions.

Impulse 92 switches the player to a Vore. Note that the Vore has a large bounding box that might make it impossible to navigate certain maps. The Vore also gets a massive bonus to their health, holding 300 at a single time.

Impulse 93 switches the player to a Scrag. Scrags can fly around the map if the jump key is held down, or just hover above the ground if no button is pressed. Scrags have 200 health and shoot fast but weak projectiles at their opponents.

Impulse 94 lets the player be a Death Knight. 1 on the number keys is used for melee sword strikes, while all other numbers let the Death Knight use his ranged attack of a spread of fireballs. He has a health of 250.

Impulse 95 lets the player be a Shambler. Like a Death Knight, 1 can be used for strong melee attacks, while all other keys lets the Shambler perform his lightning attack (which must be aimed at foes). Note that the Shambler has a giant bounding box, meaning it is very possible for the player to reach areas where they cannot pass as this Monster due to the difference in hitbox size with Ranger. Shamblers have 400 health.

Impulse 96 lets the player be a Fiend, which should play mechanically similar to the one found in THE FIEND MOD. The Fiend has a health of 500 and relies mostly on jumping into foes to injure them. The Fiend can also claw at opponents if they happen to get too close.

Impulse 97 lets the player be an Ogre. 1 can be used to attack with the chainsaw, while all other keys allow the player to fire grenades very similar to the player's (these can gib Zombies, unlike actual Ogres'). The grenades fire at a very slow rate. The Ogre has a health of 275.

Note that there is a glitch whereby the player can crash if they are a Monster and use the "kill" console command in a Multiplayer server. Monster players do not crash the server in this manner if they die normally.


  • An similiar concept was later used for the Monster Match modification. However instead of impulses Weapons are replaced with Monster morph collectibles which players can collect and turn into their respective monsters.

Version History

2.00 - August 22, 1996

  • Messages appear when the player transforms into the Monster, informing them of what Monster they have become.
  • Monsters now use the player's bounding box when outside of Deathmatch games to allow the player to do most things in the normal game as a Monster. The bounding box rules remain the same in Deathmatch.
  • Powerups can now be taken by Monster players.
  • The Vore is now able to properly track Monsters with their homing missiles.
  • The Shambler now no longer has a wide area where projectiles can pass through without hitting them.

1.00 - August 12, 1996

  • Official release
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