The Ice Grotto is the fourth level of Hell's Maw, the second episode of Heretic.

The level is divided into the two parts. The first part is large ice-covered area with a river of lava cutting through it. It features a temple-like structure, which also conceals the exit to the game's second secret level. The second part of the level is a large cavern, which houses a small town. The buildings are fairly large and include many rooms to explore and enemies to fight. The level ends with a peculiar shrine-like area.


The level is divided into two sections, one with ice and another with a village area. They are separated from each other with a large castle wall. In a small cave, there is an Ethereal Crossbow. Picking it up will open a hidden door closer to the starting point which holds a Tome of Power and counts as a secret. Scan the maze of rocks until you find the yellow key. After retrieving it, go for the yellow door at the large building.

Inside the building, there are alcoves of Gargoyles, and a Phoenix Rod. Take out the gargoyles, pick up the weapon and prepare for a gargoyle attack as a couple of doors open in the hall. Once you have quelled the attack, you will see a teleporter on one side of the door. Go through it and expect to be ambushed by a Disciple unless you happen to Telefrag it. Turn towards the edge of the level and you will see a window with an Inferno Orb on the window sill. Try to jump for it and then go back into the building. A second teleporter has opened on the other side of the door. Go through it. This is a repeat of the previous teleporter, except that there will also be the green key. The window sill next to it holds another Inferno Orb.

Now that you have the green key, go to the green door which is near the start of the level. Take out any monsters inside the room behind the door and go through the teleporter. The teleporter will take you to the very top of the castle wall. Unless you decided to take out the enemies patrolling the bridge from below earlier in the level, you may be surrounded. Either take out all of the enemies so that they do not bother you again or simply jump down into the village area.

Scan the village area for buildings that you can enter. The most important building to enter right now is the one with a Torch near its entrance and a lava pool inside. Go up the stairs in this building and start going down the hallway looking to the rooms inside. The room of interest is a dark room with some gargoyles and a switch in it. Take the enemies out and press the switch. This will open up the building with the blue key in it.

Get the key, obtain the Wings of Wrath in the small building and head for the blue door. Go up the stairs and take out the sabreclaws. At the end of the staircase, there is a round chamber. Kill the Iron Lich and the gargoyles there and then proceed to another stairs to the exit room, which contains a disciple.

  1. In a small cave there is an Ethereal Crossbow. Picking it up will open a hidden door closer to the starting point, which holds a Tome of Power.
  1. After taking out the Iron Lich and any other gargoyles then heading up the other stairs, take out the disciple in the small room but don't go through the exit portal yet. Use the Chaos Device to get you back to the start of the level. Go back to the building with the yellow door. That door at the south end will be open now. Enter the hallway to trigger the secret. At the end of the passage is another exit portal, which leads to The Glacier.


Single-Player Stats


HereticStatIcon Difficulty Level
1-2 3 4-5
GargoyleIcon 38 42 53
FireGargoyleIcon 7 9 10
GolemIcon - - -
NitrogolemGhostIcon - - -
NitrogolemIcon - - -
GolemGhostIcon - - -
UWIcon - - -
UWGhostIcon - - -
DiscipleIcon 7 9 12
WeredragonIcon 11 13 24
SabreclawIcon 10 10 11
OphidianIcon - - -
LichIcon 1 1 1
MaulotaurIcon - - -
SerpentIcon - - -
DsparilIcon - - -
Total 74 84 111

Weapons and Ammo

HereticStatIcon Difficulty Level
1-2 3 4-5
GauntletsSprite 1 1 1
CrossbowSprite 1 1 1
DragonClawSprite 1 1 1
HellstaffSprite 1 1 1
PhoenixRodSprite 1 1 1
FiremaceSprite - - -

HereticStatIcon Difficulty Level
1-2 3 4-5
WandCrystalSprite 26 22 16
GeodeSprite 1 1 1
EtherealArrowSprite 39 31 30
EtherealQuiverSprite - - -
ClawOrbSprite 34 25 29
EnergyOrbSprite 2 1 1
LesserRuneSprite 18 16 19
GreaterRuneSprite 1 1 -
FlameOrbSprite 9 6 5
InfernoOrbSprite 3 2 2
MaceSphereSprite - - -
MaceSpherePileSprite - - -


HereticStatIcon Difficulty Level
1-2 3 4-5
CrystalVialSprite 61 49 32
QuartzFlaskSprite 5 3 3
MysticUrnSprite 1 1 1
SilverSheildSprite 1 1 1
EnShieldSprite 1 1 1
TorchSprite 1 1 1
MapScrollSprite 1 1 1
BOHSprite 2 2 2
ShadowsphereSprite 2 2 1
TomePowerSprite 3 3 3
InvRingSprite - - -
WingsSprite 1 1 1
ChaosDeviceSprite 1 1 1
EggSprite 1 1 1
TimeBombSprite 8 6 3

Multiplayer Stats

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Notes & Trivia

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External Links

Heretic - Episodes & Levels
Episode 1
City of the Damned
The DocksThe DungeonsThe GatehouseThe Guard TowerThe CitadelThe Cathedral
The CryptsHell's MawThe Graveyard
Episode 2
Hell's Maw
The CraterThe Lava PitsThe River of FireThe Ice GrottoThe CatacombsThe Labyrinth
The Great HallThe Portals of ChaosThe Glacier
Episode 3
The Dome of D'Sparil
The StorehouseThe CesspoolThe ConfluenceThe Azure FortressThe Ophidian Lair
The Halls of FearThe ChasmD'Sparil's KeepThe Aquifer
Episode 4
The Ossuary
CatafalqueBlockhouseAmbulatorySepulcherGreat StairHalls of the Apostate
Ramparts of PerditionShattered BridgeMausoleum
Episode 5
The Stagnant Demesne
Ochre CliffsRapidsQuayCourtyardHydratyrColonnadeFoetid Manse
Field of JudgementSkein of D'Sparil
Extra Episode
Fate's Path
Raven's LairThe Water ShrineAmerican's Legacy
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