Maiden 2
Iron Maiden (Q2)


Attack Damage

50 (rocket), 10-15 (melee)

Found in

Quake 2


The cyber-bitch from hell…not the kind of girl to take home to mom.

—Quake 2 Manual

In Quake 2, a Iron Maiden is a Strogg based off of a female human. It has a Rocket Launcher for a left arm and a sharp claw for its right.


  • Iron Maidens are among the easiest enemies in the game, with their Rocket Launcher that is fairly easy to dodge as long as the player is ready for it and a moderate damaging melee attack. Their recoil has the Iron Maiden fall on her back and that coupled with her slow Rocket Launcher animation before firing another shot makes the Iron Maiden fairly useless in combat. Even if the player hasn’t noticed the Iron Maiden is about, her unique feminine gasp as she steadies her aim is a clear indication to the player that a rocket is coming their way and that they should move.
  • The best weapons to use is either the Rocket Launcher (giving you a free kill since the Iron Maiden will drop Rockets) or the Railgun which almost always puts her into recoil with the first shot and then gib her with the second.
  • Multiple Iron Maidens should be dealt with in the same way, only you should attack the other while one is stunned. In some cases you'll find one either side of you and the best option is to get out of the middle and either take them down one at a time or attempt to shoot them both with a single Rail charge.
  • With other enemies, an Iron Maiden can inflict major damage if you're not paying attention to her. If you see an Iron Maiden among the other enemies, keep moving so that her rockets will always miss and you won't be affected by splash damage. If you have a chance, stun her so that she'll take a break from rocket spamming. Luring her into blasting other enemies also works a treat, as she'll usually be able to inflict moderate to heavy damage before being pasted by the now-very-angry crowd.


  • In Unit 10, by defeating the Makron, go down into a corridor, shoot the crack at the end of this corridor, to reveal the id Gallery, go down this room, and a door covering a hole in the ground will explode. Go around, and you will find a Tank sitting down, with two Iron Maidens. There is strange music playing. Next to them on each side are two crying Marines. The Iron Maidens will gasp, rub and tickle the Tank.


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