Doom Eternal: Survival Guide (Updated 2023)

This Doom Eternal Survival Guide guide will cover everything you need to know about surviving in the bowels of hell and wreaking havoc.

Doom can be challenging and fun simultaneously because of the relentless demons, fast and flue movements, and impossibly destructive guns. Surviving in the devastating demon hordes, though, can be quite daunting. There are some mandatory aspects that you need to know to survive and enjoy the game thoroughly.  Keep reading, and you will become the deadliest one in no time!

Key Highlights

  • Doom is a challenging as well as a fun game to play with fast and fluent movements, destructive guns, and much much more. Keep in mind that it is fun, but dealing with a horde of demons can be quite difficult.
  • Returning Back To Hell: If you are a new or an old player of the game, there are some things that you will need to keep in mind in order to become a better player.
  • Don’t Stand Still: Always be on the move as enemies are spawning left and right.
  • Don’t Focus Too Much On One Enemy: Focusing on one enemy can make you vulnerable to other enemy attacks.
  • Don’t Use Your Best Weapons Too Early: In the heat of battle, do not use the best weapons in your arsenal too early.
  • Keep Your Health And Armour Up to Date: Keeping your health and armor up to date is a crucial part of the game.
  • Gun Upgrades Are Game-Changers: Upgrading your guns is also very important, as the more damage the gun does, the better.
  • Equip Yourself: Equipping yourself with high-quality equipment is essential, like frag grenades, vampiric siphon grenades, and many more.
  • Use the Demon Rune Wisely: Always remember being a team player is more important than being a solo killer.
  • Don’t Get Greedy: Overconfidence and overestimating yourself can also lead to your downfall.
  • Collecting Ammo From Enemies: Collecting ammo from enemies using a Chainsaw.
  • Collecting Armor From Enemies: Collecting Armor from enemies using the Flame Belch.
  • Adaptability: The key is to make decisions according to the situation you are put in. Be calm and make decisions accordingly.

Returning back to the Hell

As Doom made a comeback after several years, it’s as good as the people hoped for the longest time. It’s brilliant. However, it doesn’t matter that if you’ve been playing the Doom series before this one or if you’re a new enthusiast wanting to get in the hyped-up game, there are certain things you need to know. Doom is very different when compared to other FPS games on the market. In both multiplayer and campaign, it is composed of a unique proposition that requires you to relearn the casual aspects of FPS, whoever you are.

SINGLE PLAYER: For God’s sake, don’t stand still.

The most mandatory thing to do in Doom is to keep your movement active at all times. It comes before shooting, before that nasty skull-cracking Glory kills, and before everything. This is very important because movement is the thing that facilitates your ability to kill and ascend against your enemies.  Hold still, and Doom’s demons will surround you while high-flying rocket-slingers will brutalize you. You’ll get boxed in, you’ll get destroyed, and then you’ll die. Keeping your movement game strong is your greatest ability to survive in Doom. Go ahead and Run, strafe, shimmy, and leap. As long as you’re constantly moving your position, it will help you maintain an upper hand over ever-changing firing angles and the changes required to optimize your use of other weapons. This is the first and the main aspect in the Doom, keep dodging and don’t stand still.

Don’t Focus too much on one enemy

Leading off from the first point, it will be much desirable at times to focus on your wild-demon killer aggression on the biggest enemy on the field until it’s dead. But that isn’t always wise if you ask me. In fact, it is often the opposite. If you have Mancubus or Hell Knight pinned down in a relatively isolated corner of the fight, by all means, go ahead and hammer it for a moment, but keep in mind that this strategy should be the exception, not the rule. If you’re holding a restricted position, everything else on the battleground is closing in on you. I bet that it’s happening and you don’t want that.

Hit-and-run is your last hope. Of course, you should do as much damage to the massive guys as it’s safe to do so at any moment in-game, weapon switching is your best bet in brutal situations but you should always focus on the movement too. You’ll be much safer evading something dangerous than actually getting killed by it, and you’ll do much greater damage to the overall demonic force by spreading your attack throughout the area. Alleviate, and you’ll be amazed by how fast those big threats are going to die, all at the same time, towards the end of the fight. But there is another exception to this rule…

Don’t panic. Don’t use your ‘best’ weapons too early

Just don’t get all hyped-up and take out all of your rockets and BFG ammo at the first sign of a tiny enemy. The reasons are kind of same, as when it comes to power-ups, but there’s also an important matter of weapon suitability to keep in mind too. Because not every gun is will do the equal damage, and the ones that pack the biggest and the quickest punch are not necessarily the most powerful. Again, it all depends on the situation and tactical context.

If you’ve got a Gauss Rifle, it’ll murder anything you point it at pretty quick. But you really need to hang onto it for when the Cacodemons arrive. Its charged shot will kill them very quickly. And if you’ve got some rockets in your inventory, save those for slowing down distant and bigger enemies and for setting off explosions behind the soft flanks of tiny enemies if you have the remote detonator unlocked. But if those enemies get too close, you can do better by ducking and using a shotgun. Guns similar to shotgun are just too powerful to use in some situations. Fire the rockets you saved into the middle of the mob of those zombies, and they’ll be devasted. Doom’s combat is a long-lasting game and the only key to dominance is the ‘combat’ in this game.

Keep your health and armor up to date

Getting into the mid-game, you need to make some prioritized decisions about your upgrades. In terms of your Praetor Suit, it can be upgraded with Argent caches concealed around Hell and Mars – you want to hit armor and health first, in that order, and the step up on to ammo capacity. Keep cycling through the trio like that, and every three caches you’ll are going to send everything up a level, all nice and evenly. You don’t need to push any of them any faster than that.

It’s always a good idea to keep them in balance rather than boosting one and having to play catch-up with the others later on, but doing so in this order will make sure that surviving chances are always up to par with the current situation regardless. Ammo can be a lesser priority because the chainsaw’s brutal killing ability will make sure that even if your maximum load is a bit lower, you can remain topped up at all times.

Gun upgrades are the game-changers

Take a moment to properly investigate whenever you find the service bots that install new gun mods. Don’t get all hyped-up and buy everything on a whim because it sounds quite cool.  All of these things increase your tactical options in so many basic ways, so you really need to acquire and upgrade them in the order that is going to give you the most fun and the most benefit based on how you play.

For instance, the combat shotgun’s nade launcher allows you to clear space in the medium range at the same time as beating the hell out of anything near you, getting you the time to engage in prolonged buckshot battles without getting mobbed. It’s rapid-fire discharge doubles down on its prowess for close battles and eventually gives you damage bonuses, meaning that it will tear apart through a  small group easily. Similarly, the plasma rifle’s two options allow you to either fire a big stun-shot to temporarily lock down certain enemies, or charge up a restricted, area of effect heat burst through continuous fire. You can also unlock all of these things in one campaign run if you are a quick explorer. Never forget about the upgrades of your weapons.

Equip yourself

Just don’t ignore the Equipment slot in your load-out. While it’s not as important as your guns, the secondary gear you keep in your load-out can absolutely turn things around in some critical situations. For instance, the frag grenade, only activates its detonation timer on impact, making it a great unprepared landmine against incoming attackers if dropped at close range. And the vampiric Siphon Grenade is the highlighted game-changer as you learn to use it properly. Extracting health from its targets and delivering it directly to the user is really a game-changer.


Use the Demon Rune wisely

Being a team player is even being better than a nine-foot, rocket-slinging demon in Doom. While it seems easy to score a huge pile of kills with while coming back from the dead, you can empower your team several times over if you’re first using it to tool them up as well. If the Quad damage or Gaus Cannon is on the map, use the demon to reach it quickly and then camp it. None of the oppositions will be able to get near the prize, and your own team will get the hold of all the power-ups on the map at the exact same time.

Collecting Ammo From Enemies

The thing you will need to use in order to get Ammo from the enemies is Chainsaw. While you are in a battle with a demon who is at a weaker level try to use the chainsaw to kill it. After killing it with the chainsaw you will be awarded ammo which is an essential part of the game. You need ammo. Keep in mind the fact that the chainsaw has a requirement for fuel. The fuel can either be picked up or you can wait for the cooldown of the chainsaw to be over so you can use it again.

Collecting Armour From Enemies

Usage of the Flame Belch. The thing you need to know about flamebelch is that if you were to release the flame belch and the enemies were caught in it. They will drop armor for you which you can then use to minimize the damage you receive while getting hit. Needless to say in the heat of the battle it is hard for people to remember this but as you also need to remember that you need to keep a calm mind even if it is in the middle of a battle. It is easier said than done but you will get there with practice.


The thing you also need to keep in mind is to be able to adapt to the situation at hand. Keep a look at your Health, Ammo Armor etc, and make decisions accordingly. Also, it is better to keep changing your weapons as the more enemies you face the harder it is to use just a single weapon. Keep rotating between your weapons. As you move on in the game you will be needed to solve puzzles which get harder as you move on so you have got to become a puzzle solver. Keep in mind if you want to become better you will need to solve these puzzles on your own that way it will be more rewarding.


Don’t get greedy

Repeating all of our previous points, please do not overestimate your ability to finish a fight. Overconfidence in your own safety will get you killed fast. Doing well in the game Doom is the result of remaining aware many things at the same time and using all of that shifting knowledge you earned reading above tips. Understand exactly how great your advantage or disadvantage is at any given time in the game. Be clever, be insightful, think without breaking a sweat, and do not ever get cocky. If going after that extra kill feels like it’ll be a close-run thing, then, in reality, it might be too much tougher than you think. Don’t do it. Stay alive. Keep moving and kill many more people because you’re still alive to do so. That’s how you score big points in the Doom and that’s how you’re going to win your game.

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