The Shark is a enemy in Duke Nukem 3D. It is first encountered in the first level of Shrapnel City, Raw Meat.

Description Edit

The Shark is a fearsome predator that strikes terror into the hearts of men. It attacks without warning, inflicts massive damage on its prey and disappears just as swiftly.

At least, that's how they should be. Unfortunately, these creatures are overshadowed by the alien invasion, which relegates the Shark to the position of "weakest enemy".

Much like the cocooned babes the Sharks have red eyes, and strangely, they will never attack the aliens besides they're supposed to be just wild and hostile animals. This make possible that the Sharks have been infected by the protozoid and are being somewhat controlled by the aliens to cover underwater areas.

If the former is false and the Sharks really are on their free will, this is the only enemy in the original game that is not in league with the alien invasion, and will attack Duke Nukem just because its nature.

Appearance Edit

While it hasn't been officially stated, the Shark bears a similarity to the grey reef shark. It is grey, menacing and shark-shaped.

Combat analysis Edit

Weapon effectivenesses
Mighty Foot
2-3 kicks
6 shots
1 shot
Chaingun Cannon
4 shots
1 rocket
1 pipebomb
Not effective
Microwave Expander
3 shots
1 rocket
Laser Tripbomb
1 mine
2 shots
  • Note: The values given for the Shotgun and the explosive weapons are minimum values only.

The Shark poses very little threat to the player. They have very low health, and can attack only by means of a weak bite. It is also slow-moving, and will usually not chase the player at all. It is just as easy to swim past even a shiver of Sharks as to shoot them.

The Laser Tripbomb is described as a bad weapon to use because pools of water containing Sharks are often too big to effectively deploy the weapon.

Data Edit

Hit points35
Pain chance??% (??/256)
Scale? x ?
Sprites & sounds
Actor tile number1550/SHARK
Death soundsquish.voc


The Shark appears in LameDuke, but its behavior and looks are exactly the same as the final’s.

The Shark in other games Edit

The Shark has no significant differences between any of the games it features in.

Trivia Edit

  • The shark coding is not in version 0.99/1.0/1.1 of Duke Nukem 3D
  • In Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour, using the Freezethrower against the Shark can freeze it but it will be invincible after being frozen and cannot be shattered. It will also move at twice its normal speed.
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Episodes L.A. Meltdown | Lunar Apocalypse | Shrapnel City
Plutonium PAK: The Birth
Anniversary Edition: Alien World Order
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