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How to unlock instant stagger mode in Doom Eternal

In Doom Eternal, one of the best cheats is easily the instant stagger mode. This ability, as you may have guessed from its name, staggers enemies with a single hit — it's instant! One hit from projectiles, explosions, Flame Belch, or dashing will make any demon a little dizzy. This gives you a momentary advantage in which you can dish out even more hits and do the doom slaying thing. That's kind of what the game is all about.

Keep in mind, however, that this ability does not work on unique bosses. If the devs allowed you to stagger bosses, then Doom Eternal might not have had the same challenge expected from a Doom game, so it's an understandable decision. 

But you can stagger all the zombies and tentacles and imps and gargoyles you like. As soon as you unlock the cheat code, that is.

Where to find the instant stagger cheat

At the end of the Nekroval level, you'll be asked to jump into the Argent Stream. Before doing that, turn around. The instant stagger floppy disk is closer than you think. All you need to do is jump down the shaft behind you. (Check out the map.) As you're falling, you'll notice a hallway down there you'll need to quickly jump into before it passes you by. The moment you land in this hallway, you'll see the confetti fly. Congrats! You've got the instant stagger cheat. The black floppy disk is decorated with a dizzy demon, just in case you weren't sure what it did.

The Nekroval level has several other cheats nestled throughout its twisting, turning level design. This is where you'll find the famine mode and party mode cheats as well, so remain vigilant.