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Where It All Began is the second level in Duke: Nuclear Winter.


After climbing up the lift shaft in Deja Vu, Duke is now in another familiar location. This level is a modified version of Hollywood Holocaust and much like the previous level it's quite similar to completing a level in Vice Versa, as you start off in the area where it ended and you have to make your way to the roof that you start on in the original level, but once again there are several changes such as the path to the roof needing a red Access Card and the cinema needing a yellow access card among other things. There are a few new places to explore in this level too. This is the first level in the expansion where you actually fight FEM Grunts and FEM Groans. The street combat near the start can be quite heavy but it will of course depend on your skill level because you can expect a few Flying Frostys on the harder skills.


Secret 1-2[]

Don't jump off the ledge at the start just yet! This secret counts as two. Turn around from the start and find the crack in the wall, blow it open to uncover some goodies. Contains: Pipe Bombs, Chaingun Cannon, Shotgun, RPG ammo

Secret 3[]

Outside the movie theatre there will be two posters that say "Santa Claws". Use the one on the right to uncover the third secret. Contains: Armor

Secret 4[]

In the lobby of the theatre, jump on the Christmas tree in the corner and use the wall above it. It will reveal the fourth secret. If you blew up the tree, you can always come back when you get the Jetpack. Contains: Pipe Bombs, Night Vision Goggles, Small Medkit

Secret 5[]

In the bathroom, above the toilets, you will see a vent. Enter it to claim the fifth secret and use the blue key. Contains: Shotgun ammo

Secret 6[]

This is a repeat of the secret in the projection room. Jump on the projector, grab the Atomic Health and watch the wall open up for secret #6. Contains: RPG

Secret 7[]

This is another repeat, but this time in the actual theatre. Blow up the movie screen to reveal secret #7. You can also use the red key here to continue on with the level. Contains: 2 x Shotgun ammo, Jetpack


To get 100% kills:

  • don't forget to step onto the theater seats in front of the screen to spawn an assault trooper
  • shoot the trash can in front of the yellow key door at the beginning of the level for a turret
  • from the previously mentioned turret, use a jetpack and fly all the way up to destroy two more turrets and obtain some goodies (this was also in Hollywood Holocaust)



  • This is one of the few levels in Duke Nukem 3D to contain civilians in it(not counting babes, strippers and hookers), as there is a couple who is singing christmas music, If the players wish, Duke can kill them which he will say: "Damn that was annoying!" though this would go against his moral code.
    • Duke killing them is not canonical since he is seen singing with them in the opening cutscene, which takes place after this level's events.
  • One of the former secret places in Hollywood Holocaust (See Secret 2 on article about original level) has been modified and is now a location the player has to visit to get the Yellow Access Card. Instead of a crate the player now has to jump on top of a sign to gain enough height to get access to the building as well.
  • Some events from the original level remain unchanged such as the three gas canisters in the arcade and the earthquake before going up the stairs; as well as the trooper teleporting in when the player walks on the seats in the cinema area
  • One of the former locations behind the counter in the original level that had an atomic health was replaced by a cinema ticket area where the Red Access Card is; instead of a trigger causing it to open the player has to activate the Cinema Projector.
  • Another one of the former secret places in Hollywood Holocaust (See Secret 7 in article about original level) is an area the player needs to visit to use the Red Access Card to get to the end of the level.
  • Aside from a few changes this is almost identical to doing Hollywood Holocaust in reverse.
Duke: Nuclear Winter
Levels Deja Vu | Where It All Began | Land of Forgotten Toys | Santa's Corporate HQ
The Backdoor | Christmas Village | Here Comes Santa Claws
Items Access Card | Holoduke | Jetpack | Night Vision Goggles | Portable Medkit
Protective Boots | Scuba Gear | Steroids
Health: Small Medkit | Large Medkit | Atomic Health | Armor
Weapons Mighty Foot | Pistol | Shotgun | Chaingun Cannon | RPG | Shrinker
Microwave Expander | Pipe Bomb | Devastator | Laser Tripbomb | Freezethrower
Enemies Common enemies: Assault Captain | Enforcer | Assault Trooper | Pig Cop
Protozoid Slimer | Shark | Turret
New: Flying Frosty | Frosted Battle Mobile | Groan | Grunt | Snowman
Boss: Santa Claws
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