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The Queen is the tenth and final level of The Birth in Duke Nukem 3D. The level culminates in a boss fight with the Alien Queen.

In multiplayer, this level is also notable for featuring Duke-Tag, a multiplayer game mode unique to this map.


During multiplayer matches, a switch with the label "DUKE-TAG!" above it can be found in the starting area on this map. Flipping the switch will activate the Duke-Tag game mode. Players are divided into a brown team and a green team. The two teams compete to collect flags on opposite sides of the map (Battlelord Sentry chambers) and carry them across the channel of purple slime (to the Alien Queen's chamber) where they can be deposited for points.


Secrets 1-4: Balconies

They are located in the corridors on the sides of the purple lava. There are 2 on the green side and 2 on the brown side - situated on the sides of the door where you enter the are with water. You need a jet pack to reach the balconies - one can be found underwater on the brown side, inside a small aquarium-like room with 2 switches.

When you have the jetpack, simply fly onto each of the balconies to trigger the secrets. The ones on the brown side contain 2 packs of rockets for devastator and 2 boxes of ammo for shotgun and the ones on the green side contain 2 boxes of ammo for chaingun cannon and 2 boxes of rockets for RPG.

Secrets 5-6: Alien pipes

These are also located symmetrically on green and brown sides. They are behind the main gate leading to those 2 areas, but outside of the main structures. You can access them from behind - on the green side, opposite to the place with air tank and on the brown side opposite to the place with protective boots. They are accessed via the organic-looking, alien holes on the walls.

Each of the secrets contains ammo for RPG, chaingun cannon, devastator and shotgun, box of pipebombs. The one on the green side also contains 2 small medkits. Aside from being secrets, they can be useful for fighting the mini battlelords inside the structures, as the other end of the pipes leads inside the structure from a good sniping point.

Secret 7: Gasping for air

This secret can be reached during the boss fight with the Queen. You might have noticed there are a couple of holes in the ceiling of the underwater cave the fight takes place in - 3 of them to be exact.

The secret is located in the hole directly in front of the entrance to the cave. Just swim there and emerge from water when you reach the hole, then climb onto small rock shelf with atomic health, portable medkit and an armor, which all may prove crucial during the fight. Also, all of those holes may be useful for avoiding the Queen's electricity attacks.


See Also: Written/Pictorial Walkthrough by 3D Realms


Duke Nukem 3D 100% Walkthrough- The Queen (E4L10) -All Secrets, Final Level-


Megaton Edition


Damn I'm Good: Complete this level on any difficulty to earn this achievement.

Easter eggs

  • After entering the "dnshowmap" and "dnclip" cheat codes, walk forwards in a diagonal line toward your right upon starting the level. Far out of bounds, you will come across a room with Randy Pitchford's signature and a message that reads, "TAG IS COOL."

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