Couch Fishing is the fifth level in Marathon. It is the second level of Counterattack, the second chapter of the game. The objective here is to flip several switches to prevent Durandal, who has gone rampant, from accessing critical computer systems.

The first part of the level is a maze of twisting corridors; the three switches that must be hit are located here. The level's first shield recharger (1x) is located here, as well as a pattern buffer.

The second part, available after the three switches are toggled, is more open, consisting of several large rooms filled with enemies. Another pattern buffer and 1x shield recharger can be found here. The level contains Pfhor Fighters and S'pht Compilers, and a new enemy is introduced as well: the Pfhor Troopers.


From your starting position, head north and take the second turn to the right. Go up the stairs (the set of stairs that is oriented eastwards), and you'll find a pattern buffer and 1x shield recharger.

Use the maps Leela gave you on the first terminal to find and hit the three switches. A door will open in the eastern part of the maze, allowing you to move on to the second half of the level.

You will pass through several large rooms filled with a lot of enemies. If you fall down a ledge into the lowered middle parts of a room, an elevator platform can be found in one of the corners. At the end of the ledge in the final room you'll find the terminal heading to The Rose.


Public Access Terminal 903-e<334.920.22.602>

In the first terminal, located next to your starting position, Leela explains your mission: hit three switches so Durandal can't access specific computer systems of the UESC Marathon. Helpfully, she gives you maps to the switches' locations.

Public Access Terminal 24-f<434.87.18.198>

This terminal gives some background story, describing the CRIST Sol orbiters before closing with a Spurious Interrupt.

Service Area 39 Public Access Terminal<7-j->

The third terminal is another message from Leela, saying that Durandal has been denied access to certain computer systems. Then Leela explains she's received a distress signal from some of the crew who are under attack from the Pfhor by Durandal, possibly in retaliation. She sends you to help the crew deal with the attack.


  • The music for this level is a moody, melancholic song titled Swirls. It is track #14.


Marathon - Level 4: Couch Fishing

Arrival ArrivalBigger Guns NearbyNever Burn Money
Counterattack Defend THIS!Couch FishingThe RoseSmells Like Napalm, Tastes Like Chicken!Cool FusionG4 SunbathingBlaspheme Quarantine
Reprisal Bob-B-QShake Before Using...
Durandal Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire! Fire!Colony Ship For Sale, CheapHabe QuiddamNeither High nor Low
The Pfhor Pfhor Your Eyes Only...No Artificial ColorsUnpfhorgivenTwo Times Two Equals...Beware of Low-Flying Defense Drones...EupfhoriaPfhoraphobiaAin't Got Time Pfhor This...
Rebellion Welcome to the Revolution...Try againIngue Ferroque
Network levels Mars Needs WomenCarnage Palace Deee-luxe5-D SpaceArenaE Equals MC What!!!!Showered With GrenadesSpiral InsanityWaldo World ArenaWhat Goes Up Must Come DownYou Don't Need To See My ID
Marathon 2: Durandal
Lh'owon Waterloo WaterparkThe Slings & Arrows of Outrageous FortuneCharon Doesn't Make Change
Volunteers What About Bob?Come and Take your MedicineWe're Everywhere
Garrison Ex CathedraNuke And PaveCuriouser and Curiouser...
Citadel Eat It, Vid Boi!The Hard Stuff Rules...Bob's Big DateSix Thousand Feet Under
Durandal If I Had a Rocket Launcher, I'd Make Somebody PaySorry Don't Make It SoFor Carnage, Apply WithinBegging For Mercy Makes Me Angry!
Captured The Big House
Blake This Side Toward EnemyGod Will Sort The Dead...My Own Private ThermopylaeKill Your Television
Simulacrums Where the Twist FlopsBeware of Abandoned Rental TrucksRequiem For a Cyborg
S'pht'Kr Fatum Iustum StultorumFeel the NoiseAll Roads Lead To Sol...
Network levels ThunderdomeShangri-LaNo DisintegrationsOK, HoneybunnyLack Of VisionFlight Of The ToolatorGiant Flaming Pit Of LavaHouse Of Pane16th ParallelOne Hit WonderOK, Who wants SomeEveryone's Mortal But Me5-D space
Marathon Infinity
Prologue Ne Cede Malis
Despair Rise Robot Rise Robot World Arena
Poor Yorick Two for the Price of One
Confound Delivery
Electric Sheep OneWhere are monsters in dreams Aie Mak Sicur
Rage Acme StationPost Naval TraumaWhere Some Rarely GoThing What Kicks...Electric Sheep TwoWhatever You Please Carroll Street Station
Naw Man He's CloseFoe HammerHang BrainElectric Sheep ThreeEat the Path You're Wormfood, Dude
Envy By CommitteeOne thousand thousand slimy thingsA Converted Church in Venice, ItalySon of GrendelStrange AeonsBagged AgainYou Think You're Big Time? You're Gonna Die Big Time!Aye Mak Sicur
Vidmaster Challenge Try AgainIf I Had a Rocket Launcher, I'd Make Somebody PayYou Think You're Big Time? You're Gonna Die Big Time!
Network levels DualityThrudWrath No More?Y.A.F.N.M.Beyond ThunderdomeVulcanHouse of PainKing of PainEx Justicia MortisDead FieldsReturn to WaldoThink and ChunkyRoute 66MorphfineRoute 66 (604 or better)La Cosa NostraDelusions of GrandeurSplineMars Needs WomenWho's Got the Itchiesreverof nohtaram`Fugee CampMeletoninFortress Lh'owon