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Doom Eternal

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Doom Eternal
Doom Eternal cover
id Software
Bethesda Softworks
id Tech 7
Release dates
Windows March 20, 2020
Metacritic 88
OpenCritic 89
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions Cosmetic
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS
Themes Horror, Sci-fi
Series Doom
Doom Eternal on HowLongToBeat
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Doom Eternal guide on StrategyWiki
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Doom Eternal on Wikipedia
Doom (1993) 1993
Doom II: Hell on Earth 1994
Final Doom 1996
DRL (unofficial game) 2002
Doom 3 2004
Doom 64 EX (unofficial port) 2008
Doom 3: BFG Edition 2012
Doom (2016) 2016
Doom VFR 2017
MiniDoom 2 (unofficial game) 2018
Doom I Enhanced 2020
Doom II Enhanced 2020
Doom Eternal 2020
Doom 64 2020
Doom: The Dark Ages 2025

Doom Eternal is a FPS sci-fi game made by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is a sequel to Doom (2016) which continues the time line of the classic Doom series, and uses the newer Id Tech 7 engine.

The game was released on Steam and on March 20, 2020. On the release day it was discovered that copies of the game shipped with a DRM-free version of the game executable, which was subsequently removed the same day by id Software.[1]

On May 14, 2020 Update 1 for the game added empowered demons, echelon levelling and introduced the Denuvo Anti-Cheat protection to scan and report cheaters within the battlemode multiplayer game mode.[2] The introduced anti-cheat solution drew criticism because of its use of a kernel mode driver and introducing issues with the Proton compatibility layer for Linux players.[3] On May 20, 2020 id Software announced they were developing an update to remove the anti-cheat protection, which released on May 27, 2020.[4][5]

Doom Eternal's creative director announced that the game would not contain microtransactions on January 27, 2020.[6] However on March 10, 2020, details of new cosmetics were released as content tied with Twitch Prime subscriptions.[7]

On June 29, 2021 Update 6 for the game added ray traced reflections and DLSS. Many skins can be earned in-game through XP unlocks. Some skins were released as content tied with a Twitch Prime subscription until July 2020.[8]

Mod tools have been discussed by the developer but have never been officially announced.[9] A small modding community exists on Nexus Mods. Doom and Doom II are playable within Doom Eternal, but the WAD files are also included in the game files, and can be played externally using Doom source ports.

General information

Official Fan Club
Official Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail Launcher
No disc included. Key must be redeemed on Steam. [10]
Deluxe Edition and Collector's Edition also available.[11]
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Deluxe Edition The Ancient Gods - Part One and The Ancient Gods - Part Two also available.
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Deluxe Edition, The Ancient Gods - Part One and The Ancient Gods - Part Two also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition, The Ancient Gods - Part One The Ancient Gods - Part Two and Year One Pass also available.
Humble Store Launcher
Deluxe Edition also available. key must be redeemed on Steam.
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Deluxe Edition, The Ancient Gods - Part One, The Ancient Gods - Part Two and Year One Pass also available. Xbox Game Pass for PC
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Deluxe Edition, The Ancient Gods - Part One, The Ancient Gods - Part Two, and Year One Pass also available.
Windows (unavailable) Launcher
Deluxe Edition, The Ancient Gods - Part One The Ancient Gods - Part Two and Year One Pass were also available.
All versions require a account, however that requirement can be bypassed for the singleplayer mode. See Skip account check.
Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM was removed on September 5, 2023.
The release is no longer available as the Launcher has been retired. Users who owned games in their Library are able to transfer their games to their Steam account for free, even now after the launcher has been officially retired.

Version differences

All editions contain access to Battle Mode.
Standard Edition contains only the base game.
The Ancient Gods - Part One and The Ancient Gods - Part Two include that specific story expansion respectively. It does not require the base game to play.
Year One Pass includes both story expansions. It does not require the base game to play.
Deluxe Edition includes the base game, Year One Pass, Demonic Slayer Skin, and Classic Weapon Sound Pack.
Collector's Edition includes the Deluxe Edition, a wearable DOOM Slayer Helmet replica, playable cassette tape and download codes for lossless digital copies of Mick Gordon’s DOOM (2016) and DOOM Eternal original soundtracks, DOOM Lore Book, as well as one “The Gift of Argent Power” 11” x 17” Lithograph.
Pre-orders received the Rip and Tear Pack DLC and Doom 64 for free.[12]


Type Notes
Sponsored Cosmetic microtransactions offered as a sponsored deal requiring a Twitch subscription.[13] These were later made available for purchase through the DOOMicorn Master Collection Cosmetic Pack and Mullet Slayer Master Collection Cosmetic Pack.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Year One Pass Season pass; access to two future campaign add-ons.
Can be purchased standalone without needing to own the base game.
The Ancient Gods - Part One Story expansion.
Can be purchased standalone without needing to own the base game.
The Ancient Gods - Part Two Story expansion.
Can be purchased standalone without needing to own the base game.
Rip and Tear Pack Pre-order bonus. Includes the DOOT Revenant skin, Cultist Base Master Level, "Throw-back" Shotgun Weapon Skin.
Demonic Slayer Skin Only included with Deluxe Edition
Classic Weapon Sound Pack Only included with Deluxe Edition


Type Notes
Cosmetic Several cosmetic microtransactions (Doomicorn skin etc.) were offered as a sponsored deal requiring a Twitch subscription.[13] These were later made available for purchase through the DOOMicorn Master Collection Cosmetic Pack and Mullet Slayer Master Collection Cosmetic Pack. Additionally, seven cosmetic packs are available for purchase, containing content that was obtainable during DOOM Eternal’s seven in-game Series Events.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use the +com_skipIntroVideo 1 command line argument[14]
Rename file[15]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\video\boot_sequence\.
  2. Delete or rename Boot_Sequence.bk2 to something else.

Skip account check

Block the executable in outbound firewall rules[16]
Apart from skipping the skip Bethesda account creation/login, this will also disable any online content.
  1. Start 'Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security.
  2. Select Outbound Rules
  3. On the right hand side under Actions, select "New Rule.."
  4. Rule type should be 'Program
  5. Click Next.
  6. Program path should be <path-to-game>\DOOMEternalx64vk.exe
  7. Click Next.
  8. Action should be Block the connection.
  9. Click Next two times and then click on Finish.

Game data

Game settings.
Game settings.

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\DOOMEternal\base\DOOMEternalConfig.cfg
%USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\DOOMEternal\base\DOOMEternalConfig.local
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/782330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\DOOMEternal\base\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\BethesdaSoftworks.DOOMEternal-PC_3275kfvn8vcwc\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\782330\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/782330/pfx/[Note 1]
Saves have unique platform/account identifiers embedded. To transfer save files (between different launcher versions or within same platform) 3-rd party tools like DOOMSaveManager can be used.

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Also syncs in-game settings for graphics and other aspects of the game with the cloud.[17][18]
Xbox Cloud
Cloud saves are enabled, but the store page does not reflect this.[19]


Video settings.
Video settings.
UI settings.
UI settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Stretched. See the related community plugins for Flawless Widescreen.
32:9 is working as of v6.66[20]. Older versions were limited to 21:9, with 32:9 requiring the related community plugins for Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
From 90 to 120.[22] Doesn't scale the weapon FOV; see Field of view (FOV) to fix.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Switches to exclusive fullscreen mode when the window is at the screen resolution and in focus - most likely to allow for better frame pacing.[14]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
No sample rates specified. "Ultra-Nightmare" is equivalent to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TSSAA enabled by default. See Anti-aliasing (AA) for a consolecommand to disable this.
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.3
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Adaptive and triple buffering.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 1000 FPS.[21] Monitor refresh rate resets to the value which was set during Windows sign-in.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing (RT)
Ray-traced reflections added in Update 6.[23][24]
Color blind mode
Protanopia, tritanopia, and deuteranopia with adjustable strength, contrast and brightness.[22]

Field of view (FOV)

Scale the camera and weapon FOV[15]
  1. Install Cheat Engine.
  2. Download cheat table made by gradius12.
  3. Double-click the .CT file in order to open it.
  4. Click the PC icon in Cheat Engine in order to select the game process.
  5. Keep the list.
  6. Activate Unrestrict Console Commands/CVars by checking the box.
  7. Go back to the game and press ~.
  8. Type in g_fov 90 where 90 scales the camera FOV (90=default).
  9. Type in hands_fovscale 1 where 1 scales the FOV for gun models by a float value (0=default).
Use Weapon FOV or Advanced Options mod[citation needed]

Anti-aliasing (AA)

Disable TSSAA using console command[14]
  1. Open console by pressing ~.
  2. Type in r_antialiasing 0 to disable anti-aliasing.


This solution has to be repeated at the start of each session.
Disable TSSAA by editing config file (permanent)[25]
  1. Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\DOOMEternal\base
  2. Open DOOMEternalConfig.cfg with text editor.
  3. At the end of the file add a line r_antialiasing "0".


Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Mouse smoothing

Enable and adjust mouse smoothing
  1. Open console by pressing ~.
  2. Type in m_smoothing 1 to enable mouse smoothing.
  3. Type in m_smooth X, where X is an integer number of samples used for mouse smoothing.
(checking m_smooth value via console reverts it to "1". reference the config instead.)


Look smoothing option under Controller settings has no effect on mouse input.

Steam Input

Doom Eternal supports Steam Input with Dualshock 4, Switch Pro Controller and Steam Controller.

Provides additional remapping and ability to utilize unused features like gyroscope.
Right Trigger clicks on elements highlighted by cursor, instead of acting as expected. The gameplay and the map are not affected.
If Steam Controller is turned off during gameplay, and then turned on back, it refuses to send gamepad inputs. It can be bypassed by restarting the game or making a keyboard-only configuration. Dualshock 4 is not affected.
When gamepad is active, weapon wheel accepts gamepad input only. Configurations with simultaneous input (e.g. right trackpad of Steam Controller acts like a mouse) require mode shifting.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, sound effects and voice volume can be adjusted separately.
Surround sound
Center channel is not used.[26][27]
Background and font size can be adjusted.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Fan translation.
Brazilian Portuguese
Latin American Spanish


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
3 Versus

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Direct IP

Issues fixed

Game crashes on launch when using AMD Ryzen CPU or Nvidia GPU

Update Chipset driver for CPU[28]
Update BIOS[28]

Game crashes before loading to menu

Update GPU drivers[28]
If using two AMD GPUs, plug both monitors into the primary GPU[28]
Skip intros videos while using compatiblity mode[15]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\video\boot_sequence\.
  2. Delete or rename Boot_Sequence.bk2 to something else.
  3. Create a shortcut to DOOMEternalx64vk.exe and open its properties.
  4. Go to compatibility tab and run compatibility troubleshooter.
  5. Try recommended settings (Windows 8 compatibility mode) and test the program.

Game loads to a black screen when launching in full-screen mode

Update GPU drivers[28]
Add DOOMEternalx64vk.exe to exceptions in your antivirus software (including Windows Defender!).[28][29]
Disable one of GPUs if running SLI configuration[30]
If using Occulus VR goggles, unplug them[31]

Some areas of the screen are obscured by large numbers of black particles

Disable Depth of Field[28]

Various performance issues

The widely reported performance issues caused by the Steam Overlay and Steam in-game FPS-counter were fixed in the Steam Client update from the 29th of April 2020.[32]
Update GPU drivers[28]
Instead of using any other form of in-game Vsync, use in-game triple buffering Vsync instead
V-sync in combination with asynchronous-compute (in game: "present from compute") can lower the framerate.[33]
Issue observed on AMD-GPU, unknown if this issue also occurs on Nvidia hardware.
Disable Vsync entirely[14]

Game language can't be changed unless you use a launcher or change Windows language settings.

Use the +sys_langPlatform "en" command line argument[citation needed]

Sped-up/distorted audio

Setting your audio card to play at a sample rate higher than 48000 Hz will speed up the audio and/or cause crackling/distortion. Higher sample rates will result in faster speeds.[citation needed]
Set audio sample rate to 48000 Hz[citation needed]

Other information

VR support

3D modes State Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Doom Eternal VR and Vk3DVision


Technical specs Supported Notes
Vulkan 1.2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video 2020.11


Original TAG1

Restores TAG1 spawns to how they were before Update 5.0.

AI restoration

Restores enemy AI mostly to how it was before Update 5.0.
Can be applied for separately for individual enemies or all enemies affected by these changes at once.

Advanced Options Mod

Unlocked FOV, unrestricted console, disable anti-aliasing, mouse smoothing, bloom, adds dedicated grenade keys and more.

Decensor Doom and Doom II

Doom Eternal includes censored WADs of Doom (PSN edition) and Doom II ( edition), similar to the Doom 3: BFG Edition versions.[citation needed]
Add the original wad files manually.[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\classicwads.
  2. Copy the original DOOM.WAD and DOOM2.WAD files into the folder and overwrite when prompted.

Skip launcher GPU warnings

Edit launcher config[34]
Disabling these warnings isn't recommended as these warnings are there for a reason. It is generally advised to first follow the advice in the warnings! Ignoring these warnings can lead to in-game bugs, the game not starting etc.
  1. Open <path-to-game>\launcherData\launcher.cfg in a text editor.
  2. Switch rgl_showAMDStartupWarning parameter to 0.
  3. Switch rgl_showIntelStartupWarning parameter to 0.
  4. Switch rgl_showNvidiaStartupWarning parameter to 0.
  5. Save the file.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 3.3 GHz
AMD Ryzen 3 3.1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 80 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti/GTX 1060/GTX 1650
AMD Radeon R9 280/R9 290/RX 470
3-4 GB (Nvidia) / 4 GB (AMD) of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.
The minimum requirements are for 1080p at 60 FPS with Low quality settings. The recommended requirements are for 1080p at 60 FPS with High quality settings.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Bethesda apparently broke its own Denuvo protection for Doom Eternal - last accessed on 2020-05-18
    "Bethesda Launcher version included DRM-free executable in folder named "Original""
  2. - DOOM Eternal Update 1 Patch Notes - last accessed on 2020-05-20
  3. Denuvo Anti-Cheat patched into Doom Eternal - last accessed on 2020-05-18
  4. Reddit - /r/Doom - Latest Information on Update 1 & Anti-Cheat - last accessed on 2020-05-20
  5. DOOM Eternal Update 1.1 (PC Only) Patch Notes - last accessed on 2022-08-16
  6. ‘Doom Eternal’ Confirmed To Have Zero Microtransactions, XP Unlocks Cosmetics - last accessed on 2020-05-18
  7. Gallop into battle as the DOOMicorn with Twitch Prime! - last accessed on 2020-05-18
    "Starting March 20, claim the DOOMicorn Slayer Master Collection for DOOM Eternal, exclusive to Prime members."
  8. Twitch Prime - Doom Eternal - last accessed on 2020-05-18
  9. Id Talks Mod Support, Integrating More Traversal, And The Controversial Neon U.I. -- Game Informer - last accessed on 2020-05-18
    "We've actually done things technically that are getting us closer to doing mod support, but it won't be immediate. I think longer term. We made technical decisions years ago that we're still moving away from, and they're getting us closer to those kinds of things."
  10. Sunsetting the Launcher & Migrating to Steam [UPDATED APRIL 27, 2022] - last accessed on 2024-05-05
    "A: keycodes will be honored on Steam when migration becomes available."
  11. Bethesda Gear Store - DOOM Eternal Collector's Edition - last accessed on 2019-06-12
    "The PC Version of the game will come with a printed code and the code is redeemable on"
  12. DOOM Eternal delayed to March 20, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, later for Switch; DOOM 64 added as pre-order bonus - Gematsu - last accessed on 2019-10-13
    "Additionally, the company announced that DOOM 64 will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in addition to the previously announced Switch release, and will be included as a pre-order bonus for DOOM Eternal."
  13. 13.0 13.1 Twitch Prime - last accessed on 2020-05-05
    "Outfit the DOOM Slayer with three exclusive Slayer Master Collections and RAZE HELL in DOOM Eternal, only with Prime."
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-03-20
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Verified by User:Keith on 2023-05-01
  16. Verified by User:Threeson on 2023-09-25
  17. How to change Doom Eternal's graphics outside of the game? - Reddit - last accessed on 2022-11-16
  18. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-11-16
    Graphics settings are indeed shared between my Steam Deck and PC; which of course is very annoying, as it causes massive slowdown on my Steam Deck if I forget to adjust the settings before play.
  19. It looks like Doom Eternal won't be supporting cloud saves... - last accessed on December 8, 2020
  20. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2022-04-01
  21. 21.0 21.1 DOOM Eternal: How id Tech 7 Is Maximized for Current Tech and Next-Gen - IGN First
  22. 22.0 22.1 DOOM Eternal: Accessibility and UI Customization Walkthrough - IGN First
  23. DOOM Eternal: NVIDIA DLSS and Ray Tracing Upgrade Available Now For GeForce RTX Gamers - last accessed on 2022-09-25
  24. DOOM Eternal - Next Gen & Update 6 Release Notes - last accessed on 2022-08-16
  25. Verified by User:Cynical on 2020-03-27
  26. Verified by User:Waschbär on 2024-05-05
  27. No audio out of center channel via HDMI to Receiver :: DOOM Eternal General Discussions - last accessed on 2024-05-05
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 28.5 28.6 28.7 Bethesda FAQ - last accessed on 2020-03-19
  29. Doom Eternal won't start up. - last accessed on 2020-03-20
  30. Game stuck in black screen when loading main menu! - last accessed on 2020-03-19
  31. GAME WILL NOT LAUNCH - last accessed on 2020-03-20
  32. Steam Client Update Released - last accessed on 2020-04-29
  33. Imgur - last accessed on 2023-01-12
  34. GitHub - last accessed on 9 June 2023