Developers id Software loves to put Easter Eggs in its games, and Doom Eternal is no exception, filled with references to other games and culture. We've gathered some of the greatest ones here, to take you through all the best Easter Eggs in Doom Eternal.
On this page:
- Doom Eternal Easter Eggs and References
- Dopefish (Commander Keen: Goodbye Galaxy)
- Taggart Comic Group's Hellwalker (Hellboy/The Doom Novels)
- Daisy and the Doom Slayer Painting (Doom/Doom II/Ultimate Doom)
- Guns and Bullets (Guns and Ammo/Dragon Ball Z)
- Fortress of Doom Bookshelf (Pretty Much Everything)
Doom Eternal Easter Eggs and References
While there's no shortage of Easter Eggs in Doom Eternal, we've grouped what we consider to the best five here, either because they're so clever, so well hidden, or just so cute we couldn't help ourselves. Tell us your favorites in the comments, and if we included them!
Dopefish (Commander Keen: Goodbye Galaxy)
This is an old, deep cut, but this creepy-looking toothy fish is actually a "Dopefish," an enemy in a classic 1991 Shareware game called Commander Keen: Goodbye Galaxy. The Dopefish was adequately named (it was a big, dopey fish who would try to eat poor Keen) but the memorable appearance made it an unofficial mascot for id and other developers too, who began putting it into everything. You can find them in the Cultist Base level in Doom Eternal and on the cover of one of the collectible music albums, but the Dopefish also had a little cameo in Doom 2016, as well as background roles in the first three Quake Games, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Rage and Max Payne, among others. For such an ugly fish, it really gets around.
Taggart Comic Group's Hellwalker (Hellboy/The Doom Novels)
There's a lot of "Taggart Comics Group" comic books lying around the Fortress of Doom hub area, but this one to the right of the Slayer's computer terminal stands out for being a clear visual reference to the Hellboy comics, with the same font, colours and aesthetic style, not to mention being called Hellwalker (also one of the terms that people sometimes use to refer to the Slayer).
Not only that, but "Taggart" is a reference to Flynn Taggart, the Bruce Campbell-ish non-canon version of Doom Guy who appeared in the Doom novels. Yes, there were novel adaptations of Doom. No, I don't understand it either.
Daisy and the Doom Slayer Painting (Doom/Doom II/Ultimate Doom)
There's no reference like self-reference. Staying within the Fortress of Doom, you might have noticed this bizarre oil painting of the Doom Slayer tenderly holding a brown rabbit. That's Daisy, and canonically she is the reason for the Slayer's limitless rage, his pet bunny that was decapitated in the original Doom games by the demons and sparked his endless fury. When the Khan Maykr offers to give him what he wants in the story if he'll leave them alone, I like to think she's offering to buy him a new rabbit.
Guns and Bullets (Guns and Ammo/Dragon Ball Z)
Turns out the Doom Slayer has a fondness for non-fiction too, as this copy of "Guns and Bullets" magazine proves. This is obviously a reference to Guns and Ammo magazine, but id also couldn't resist sneaking a ten-year old meme onto the cover: "The BFG 10K is finally here and yes, it's over 9000." And don't think we didn't also notice "Science Monthly" next to it, sporting the same kind of cover as Scientific American.
Fortress of Doom Bookshelf (Pretty Much Everything)
Oh god, where to begin with this one? These three shelves are filled with more references than most games combined. Aside from id's back catalogue of games on the bottom shelf, we also see, among others, homages to Fallout (Vault Dweller's Survival Guide), Quake (The Strogg: A Transdimensional Field Study), Half-Life (Mesa Science Monthly: Predicting Unseen Consequences), Duke Nukem (Why I'm So Great Pt. II, by Dork Norkem) and more references to Flynn Taggart and the Dopefish, all supported by one of the plastic collectible toys from Doom 2016.
Meanwhile, check the top shelf and you'll mainly find Doom-themed spoofs of famous books. Some of our favorites include: Don Slayote, The Guts of Wrath, Green Eggs and Pentagram, The Caco in the Rye and many others, all of which would probably have your mother telling you to spend less time reading and more time breaking into cars.
Now let us refer you to some of USG's other fantastic Doom content. You can find Mike's review of Doom Eternal here, or why not take a look at Mat's exclusive interview with the makers of Doom 64's new level, and how it ties the lore of the games together.