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Ankh
Item
A special item in Episode 3 that when touched will give you invincibility for 10 seconds. This item is invaluable at some points in the game.
Found in: Keen 3
Baby Vorticon
Creature
These little blue vorticons run around and breakneck speed, running over and paralyzing Keen for a bit. These guys can be very annoying, but if you zap them once your worries will disapear.
Found in: Keen 2, Keen 3
Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket
Other
Keen's spaceship that he uses to travel to different parts of the galaxy.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Beens
Location
A level in Keen 3 which includes a school.
Found in: Keen 3
Big'n Beefy Burger
Item
500 points
Found in: Keen 3
Billy Blaze
Person
See Blaze, Billy.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Blaze, Billy
Person
Eight-year old genius that goes by the alias Commander Keen.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Bonks, The
Location
A level in Keen 3 that includes a nursery.
Found in: Keen 3
Bridge
Other
Some switches control the existence of bridges, to enable Keen to get from one place to another. Bridges can also be deactivated when an enemy is standing on one, with interesting results.
Found in: Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6
BWB Megarocket
Other
See Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Cape Canavorta
Location
A level in Keen 3 that includes a barracks.
Found in: Keen 3
Castle of the Grand Intellect
Location
Where all Keen's beliefs and fears come together in a titantic, shocking finale to the "Invasion of the Vorticons" series! This is where Keen finally meets the Grand Intellect.
Found in: Keen 3
Caves of Oblivion
Location
An impossible maze that you must get through to reach the Grand Intellect.
Found in: Keen 3
Color Key Doors
Other
Commander Keen must open these doors with colored keys or gems.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Commander Keen
Person
Billy Blaze's alter ego that saves the Earth and Universe from a collection of enemies.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Diet Vorta Cola
Item
200 points
Found in: Keen 3
Double Chocolate Cake
Item
1,000 points
Found in: Keen 3
Extra Life
Item
Grab an icon of Commander Keen or other items to receive and extra life. In each different episode, a certain amount of points will also get you a new life. The amounts is usually 20,000 points.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Foob
Creature
These are cute, harmless little yellow aliens. In fact, they're scared and will run away from you! By simply touching them, they will explode doing no damage to you. Or if you're really mean you could just zap them with your raygun.
Found in: Keen 3
Fort Cavort
Location
A level in Keen 3.
Found in: Keen 3
Fort Vortabella
Location
A level in Keen 3.
Found in: Keen 3
Fort Vorticon
Location
A level in Keen 3.
Found in: Keen 3
Grand Intellect
Person
Commander Keen's arch-nemesis, none other than Mortimer McMire! Also known as Gannalech by the Shikadi.
Found in: Keen 3
Grunt
Creature
The regular Vorticon that you will meet in the levels. Easy to defeat by one shot to kill. Unfortunately these Vorticons also like to jump which can pose a real hazard. Turning off the lights will solve that problem.
Found in: Keen 2, Keen 3
Hal's Kitchen
Location
A level in Keen 3.
Found in: Keen 3
Hall, Tom
Person
Creative Director. He is one of the most well known makers of Keen and the supposed best hope for The Universe is Toast series. After working at numerous other companies, he now created a company called Monkeystone with John Romero, however he now works at Midway.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6
Impossible Pogo Trick
Other
If you run left or right, then quickly press pogo and jump in succession, you blast off at an angle.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Invasion of the Vorticons: Keen Must Die!
Other
The third and final episode in the Invasion of the Vorticons trilogy, Keen travels to Vorticon VI to confront the Grand Intellect himself!
Found in: Keen 3
Jack
Hazard
A lethal pointy-like ball that bounces around a level.
Found in: Keen 3
Jack Ball
Hazard
A non-lethal red ball that bounces around.
Found in: Keen 3
Keen
Person
See Commander Keen
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Keycard
Item
You sometimes need a Keycard to open up doors.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 5
Laser
Hazard
A dangerous beam of light that a machine shoots at you. Be careful around them, because you never know when they could shoot!
Found in: Keen 3, Keen 5, Keen 6
Loch Mess
Location
Supposedly the home of Messie on Vorticon VI.
Found in: Keen 3
Lower Vortiville
Location
A level in Keen 3.
Found in: Keen 3
Mangling Machine
Other
Mortimer McMire's giant robotic vehicle with which he attacks Commander Keen.
Found in: Keen 3
McMire, Mortimer
Person
Commander Keen's arch-nemesis. Mortimer is usually behind all the schemes to destroy the universe or take things over. He has been known by some species as the the Gannalech or Grand Intellect.
Found in: Keen 3, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Meep
Creature
A green alien that strolls along singing, and in some way expelling slow-moving sound waves. The singing is so bad that the sound waves will kill you! One shot will kill it.
Found in: Keen 3
Messie
Creature
A mythical beast known affectionately as "Messie" that supposedly lives in Loch Mess on Vorticon VI.
Found in: Keen 3
Mid-Air Pogo
Other
You can pull out your pogo stick in the middle of a normal jump, giving you good control of that first jump.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Mind Belts
Item
An item that the Grand Intellect uses to control the Vorticons against their will.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3
Mortimer McMire
Person
See McMire, Mortimer
Found in: Keen 3, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
New Vorticon
Location
A city on Vorticon VI where life is a dark, dangerous enterprise. It's a level in Keen 3.
Found in: Keen 3
Nuclear Waste
Hazard
A barrel full of radioactive slime. Make sure you don't touch it!
Found in: Keen 3
Omnispeak
Other
An alien language that the Vorticons taught Commander Keen.
Found in: Keen 3
One Way Door
Other
A door that will only let you go one way through it, and not the other!
Found in: Keen 3
One-Up
Item
See Extra Life
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Paralyzed Keen
Other
If Keen gets hit by baby vorticons he will become paralyzed for a short amount of time.
Found in: Keen 2, Keen 3
Plastic Tubing
Item
An ingredient used to make the Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Platform
Other
Platforms are a major convenience- even a necessity on Fribbulus Xax. In most places they are used to transport you over dangerous obstacles, or to places out of reach. Many of the platforms(or "plats" as the locals call them) are still the old style which are operated by Bips. Other types of platforms occur on other planets as well.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Pogo Stick
Item
Commander Keen uses his pogo stick to reach otherwise inaccessible places. In Keen GBC, you use the pogo to knock out your enemies after you have stunned them with the Neural Ray Blaster.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Raygun 3
Item
See Vorticon Rail-Gun
Found in: Keen 3
Rubber Cement
Item
Used to make the Bean-with-Bacon Megarocket.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
SGA
Other
See Standard Galactic Alphabet
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Soup Cans
Item
One thing that Billy Blaze used to make the BWB Megarocket.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Spikes
Hazard
Don't hit these spikes or you'll be impaled! There are many different varieties of spikes which you can see below.
Found in: Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 6
Standard Galactic Alphabet
Other
The text that Commander Keen encounters throughout his quests, that you can eventually decode using the schoolroom in Keen 3.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Stranded Fish
Hazard
Fish that are stranded. What else could it be? Just don't touch them.
Found in: Keen 3
Stuffed Toy Vortininja
Item
5,000 points
Found in: Keen 3
Switches
Other
Switches in Keen 1 and 3 only control lights and bridges; switches in Keen 4-6 only activate/deactivate platforms and bridges. Switches in K6 can be jumped or pogoed off, just as they are flicked downwards.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3, Keen 4, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Teleporter
Other
Keen 1 and Keen 3: The teleporters found on the maps of the games and teleport you to other locations.
Keen 5: A teleportation device is hidden in the Gravitational Damping Hub of Keen 5. It leads to the bonus level on the planet of Korath III, the Secret Korath III Base. There is another return-teleporter on the map of Korath III.
Keen 6: A teleporter that teleports you to an "underground" portion of Keen VI.
Keen GBC: When Commander Keen uses one of these, he pops out of another one in a different area of the level in Keen GBC.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 3, Keen 5, Keen 6, Keen GBC
Volcano
Hazard
Don't touch this miniature volcano.
Found in: Keen 3
Vorticon King
Creature
After destroying the Mangling Machine Keen gets rewarded the "Big V" by the Vorticon King.
Found in: Keen 3
Vorticon Military Installation
Location
Where the Vorticons have their main military forces massed to try and prevent Keen from getting to the Grand Intellect.
Found in: Keen 3
Vorticon Mother
Creature
The female Vorticon could be actually harder than the males! These big, slow-moving Vorticons shoot deadly flames at you. It takes five shots to kill her
Found in: Keen 3
Vorticon Photographers
Creature
Vorticons that take pictures at the end of Keen 3 where Keen is thanked and awarded the Big V by the Vorticon King.
Found in: Keen 3
Vorticon Rail-Gun
Item
Raygun that Keen uses in Episode 3. Getting this in a level will get you 5 ammo.
Found in: Keen 3
Vorticon Rail-Gun Ammo
Item
Rail-Gun ammo. Get this and gain one ammo only.
Found in: Keen 3
Vorticon VI
Location
The Vorticon home planet, where you must travel to in Keen 3 to confront the Grand Intellect himself! The planet has many obstacles including the Caves of Oblivion and the Vorticon Military Installation.
Found in: Keen 3
Vorticons
Creature
The race of aliens that live on Vorticon VI and were being controlled by the Grand Intellect to do his wishes.
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 2, Keen 3
Vortininja
Creature
The deadliest fighting force in the galaxy. They have been trained by the Grand Intellect to take no prisoners. The Vortininjas can run, jump and even kick you! On top of that, it takes four shots to kill them!
Found in: Keen 3
Vortiville
Location
Island of Vorticon VI where Keen faces the mind-numbing horrors of suburban life. Vortiville is also the name of two levels in Keen 3.
Found in: Keen 3
Water
Hazard
I've never heard of water actually killing you, but in this case it does, so don't go in the water!
Found in: Keen 1, Keen 3, Keen Dreams, Keen GBC
West Vortiville
Location
A level in Keen 3.
Found in: Keen 3
Zitto Candy Bar
Item
100 points
Found in: Keen 3

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