Doom (VG)

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Doom (1993)

This article is about the video game series, and covers weapons appearing in the released titles Doom, Doom 2, The Ultimate Doom and Final Doom. For the 2005 live-action adaptation, see Doom.

Doom is a 1993 videogame released for the PC and later for a variety of other systems by Id Software. A spiritual successor to the earlier Wolfenstein 3D, it represented a radical leap forward in technology, with an advanced engine which could handle non-orthagonal walls and pseudo-3D effects such as stairs and elevators.

Doom was followed by a series of modifications using the same set of weapons; Doom 2 in 1994 was a major engine update and as well as featuring new monsters featured a new weapon, the "Super Shotgun." This was followed by The Ultimate Doom in 1995 and Final Doom in 1996.

The following weapons appear in the video game Doom:



Doom used a process of photographic digitisation to create the sprites used in the game itself; monsters were created from latex, while the weapons were toy guns and cap-firing replicas bought from the local Toys "R" Us. While these would not normally qualify for inclusion, the pistol and shotgun are routinely misidentified as real weapons, and so this page exists to identify they are not.


Replica Beretta 92FS

The pistol in Doom was a toy weapon which appears to have been a replica Beretta 92FS. This was confirmed by John Romero to have been bought at the same store as the Dakota, and is frequently misidentified as a real pistol: according to Romero it was actually a bright orange water pistol which was painted black before being photographed.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Player model of the "pistol," note the distinctly Beretta-esque front of the slide.

Tootsie-Toy "Dakota" cap gun

The shotgun in Doom is a Tootsietoy "Dakota" cap gun, a popular type that was made from the 1980s to the 1990s.

Tootsietoy Dakota cap shotgun.
Player model of the "shotgun," photographed from a Dakota.
In-level sprite of the "shotgun," a generic pump-action. In-world sprites were not digitised like the player versions were.

Unknown shotgun

The "Super Shotgun," first introduced in Doom 2, is a break-open double-barrel shotgun of unknown model. Early concepts show the gun being painted over the single barrel shotgun.

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The "Chaingun" (actually a misnamed gatling gun) is a cap-firing toy minigun, a Tootsietoy "Ol' Painless".

Tootsietoy Ol' Painless Gatling Gun.
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Plasma Gun

The "Plasma Gun" weapon sprite is actually the front end of a dart-firing Nerf M60 replica.

Where said part came from
Rambo M-60 dart gun.
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BFG 9000

The "BFG 9000" weapon was created from digitized photographs of a toy laser pistol named the "Roargun".

Creatoy Roargun.


The chainsaw sprites are digitized from photographs of a real chainsaw, a McCulloch Eager Beaver that belonged to id Software co-founder Tom Hall's girlfriend. The out-of-place nature of a chainsaw in outer space, especially a model made for cutting wood, is joked about in both Doom 3 and the 2016 Doom.

The actual McCulloch Eager Beaver chainsaw digitized for Doom.
"A chainsaw! Go find some meat!"
Doomguy prepares to eviscerate a possessed Marine with the chainsaw.

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