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An Access Card, also known as a Key Card, is an inventory item in Duke Nukem 3D, Duke Nukem Advance, and many of the Duke Nukem 3D ports.

Description Edit

An Access Card is a single-use item that can unlock an Access Card Panel of the same color. This will usually cause a door to unlock, but it may also trigger other events instead, such as deactivating a force field, exposing a switch, or triggering an explosion.

Access Cards are one of three colors:

  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Red

Only one Access Card of a given color may be carried at once.

If a level contains multiple Access Card Panels of the same color, then the Access Card Panels may be coupled or uncoupled. Coupled Access Card Panels will automatically unlock when an Access Card is provided to any of the coupled panels. Uncoupled Access Card Panels only appear on custom user maps and require a unique Access Card for each panel

Trivia Edit

  • The color of the Access Card depends on its palette color. It is therefore possible for some user maps to implement additional Access Cards, such as green, white and black.
  • In Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project, Duke comments that he hates looking for Access Cards.

The Access Card in other games Edit


Duke Nukem 3D
Episodes L.A. Meltdown | Lunar Apocalypse | Shrapnel City
Plutonium PAK: The Birth
Anniversary Edition: Alien World Order
Items Access Card | Holoduke | Jetpack | Night Vision Goggles | Portable Medkit
Protective Boots | Scuba Gear | Steroids
Health: Small Medkit | Large Medkit | Atomic Health | Armor
Scrapped: Space Suit | Shield
Weapons Mighty Foot | Pistol | Shotgun | Chaingun Cannon | RPG | Pipe Bomb | Shrinker
Expander | Devastator | Laser Tripbomb | Freezethrower | Incinerator
Scrapped: Flamethrower | Laser Chainsaw | Sonic Resonator | Tazer | Plasma Cannon
Enemies Common enemies: Assault Captain | Assault Commander | Enforcer | Assault Trooper | Battlelord Sentry | Octabrain | Pig Cop | Protozoid Slimer | Recon Patrol Vehicle | Sentry Drone | Shark | Turret
Plutonium PAK: Pig Cop Tank | Protector Drone
Anniversary Edition: Firefly Trooper | Cycloid Sentry | Overlord Sentry
Bosses: Battlelord | Overlord | Cycloid Emperor
Plutonium PAK: Alien Queen
Anniversary Edition: Cycloid Incinerator
Scrapped: Alien Queen Sentry | Bat | Captain | Drone | Drone 2 | Femanoid | Mandroid
Organic Turret | Scorpion Tank | Snake Head | Trooper | Turret
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Duke Assault | Duke Nukem 3D Level Design Handbook (CD levels) | Duke Caribbean: Life's A Beach | Duke: Nuclear Winter | Duke It Out In D.C.
Duke Xtreme | Duke!ZONE | Duke!ZONE 150 | Duke!ZONE II | Plutonium PAK | Duke Nukem's Penthouse Paradise | Unofficial expansion packs
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