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Hans Grosse, the first boss of Wolfenstein 3D

A boss in Wolfenstein 3D is a significant computer-controlled enemy that when defeated allows the player to complete an episode, mission, or the game itself.

Depending on what difficulty level is chosen by the player, the boss will have a different amount of HP.

In the original Wolfenstein 3D, there are 6 episodes and there is a boss battle on every floor 9 of each episode. In Spear of Destiny and in the Spear of Destiny mission packs, all bosses battles are fought on floors 5, 10, 16, 18 and 21.

The appearance of some bosses are not limited to these floors though. In some floors, a boss may reappear, but the appearance of the boss is usually not as an important of a battle to have as specific boss floors are. For example, Hans Grosse is the boss for the first episode Escape from Castle Wolfenstein in E1M9 which is a boss level, but also appears again on missions E2M8 and E6M10 which are not specific boss levels.

There are 3 types of death behaviors for bosses. Killing a boss will either start a DeathCam™ animation, a gold key will be dropped, or the mission packs outro animation will be played. The choice between the three options is dictated by the level.

Wolfenstein 3D[]

Episode Mission Boss Weapon(s) Death Type
Escape from Castle Wolfenstein E1M9 Hans Grosse Duel Chainguns Gold key drop
Operation: Eisenfaust E2M9 Doctor Schabbs Korpsokinetic Serum DeathCam
Die, Fuhrer, Die! E3M9 Adolf Hitler 4x Chainguns, then duel Chainguns DeathCam
A Dark Secret E4M9 Otto Giftmacher Rocket Launcher DeathCam
Trail of the Madman E5M9 Gretel Grosse Duel Chainguns Gold key drop
Confrontation E6M9 General Fettgesicht Chaingun, Rocket Launcher DeathCam

Spear of Destiny[]

Floor Mission Boss Weapon(s) Death Type
5 Tunnel Boss Trans Grosse Duel Chainguns Gold key drop
10 Dungeon Boss Barnacle Wilhelm Chaingun, Rocket Launcher Gold key drop
16 Castle Boss Übermutant Chaingun Gold key drop
18 Ramparts Boss Death Knight Duel Chainguns, duel Rocket Launchers Gold key drop
21 The Death Dimension Angel of Death Magic Orbs Gold key drop

Spear of Destiny Mission Pack 1 - Mission 2: Return to Danger[]

Floor Mission Boss Weapon(s) Death Type
5 The Submarine Pen 5 Submarine Willy Chaingun, Machine Gun Gold key drop
10 Secret Weapons Research 5 Professor Quarkblitz Chaingun, Rocket Launcher Gold key drop
16 Atomic Research 6 Hans von Schlieffen Duel Chainguns Gold key drop
18 Command Bunker 2 The Robot Duel Chainguns, Rocket Launchers Gold key drop
21 The Final Retreat Devil Incarnate Magic Orbs Mission pack outro

Spear of Destiny Mission Pack 2 - Mission 3: The Ultimate Challenge[]

Floor Mission Boss Weapon(s) Death Type
5 Computer Technology Labs 5 Submarine Willy Chaingun, Machine Gun Gold key drop
10 Laser Guidance Systems 5 Professor Quarkblitz Chaingun, Rocket Launcher Gold key drop
16 Satellite Systems 6 Hans von Schlieffen Duel Chainguns Gold key drop
18 The Fuehrerbunker 2 The Robot Duel Chainguns, Rocket Launchers Gold key drop
21 Future Threat Devil Incarnate Magic Orbs Mission pack outro

Categorization of bosses[]

All bosses can be categorized (unofficially) into 3 different categories:

  1. Hitscan only - Hans Grosse, Adolf Hitler, Gretel Grosse, Trans Grosse, Ubermutant, Hans von Schlieffen
  2. Projectile only - Doctor Schabbs, Otto Giftmacher, Angel of Death, Devil Incarnate
  3. Hitscan and projectile combination - General Fettgesicht, Barnacle Wilhelm, Death Knight, Submarine Willy, Professor Quarkblitz, The Robot

Boss death behavior[]

DeathCam™ death[]

DeathCam deaths are unlike normal enemies boss death sprites in that they are single sided animations. When the initial boss death animation is complete, the game stops, and the players screen is blanked. Then text appears over the players view which reads "LET'S SEE THAT AGAIN!". Then the players view is completely moved to close up view of the boss. Then the words "DeathCam™" are flashed on the top of the screen as the boss death animation plays again. After the DeathCam finishes the level is complete.

Gold key drop death[]

In this style of death, there is no replaying of the bosses death animation. The boss simply drops a key and the player can carry on with the level. The gold key that is dropped is used to exit the level.

Mission pack outro[]

In the Spear of Destiny mission packs — on the final bosses of each pack — there is a different animation that is played that is unique to the mission pack series. When one of these bosses are killed, the players screen is blanked out and there is an animation played of B.J. with music along with it. The animation is of B.J holding a chaingun and the spear of destiny. Music is played which at first sounds like victory music, and after a few seconds changes to what sounds like some kind of defeat or losing music as B.J falls toward the ground. After the animation and song ends, the level is complete.

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