Duke Nukem 3D contains a number of items that will help the player to complete the levels.

Health items Edit

All these items are used immediately when they are picked up (i.e. stepped on). If they cannot be used (i.e. if they won't affect the player), then they are not picked up, and remain on the ground.

Small Medkit Edit

This item immediately restores 10 health (maximum: 100).

Large Medkit Edit

This item immediately restores 30 health (maximum: 100).

Atomic Health Edit

This item immediately restores 50 health (maximum: 200).

Armor Edit

This item immediately restores 100 armor (maximum: 100).

Inventory items Edit

When picked up, these items are stored in the player's inventory. Some of the items activate automatically in specific circumstances, while others must be used manually by pressing their hotkey or selecting it in the inventory and using it.

All inventory items have a percentage associated with them, which means something different depending on the item. An inventory item can have a maximum of 100%. If a copy of that inventory item is picked up while the player's current inventory item is at less than 100%, the percentage of that inventory item is reset to 100%. If the player's current inventory item is at 100%, the player cannot pick up any copies of it, and those copies remain on the ground.

If an inventory item's percentage becomes 0, it automatically disappears from the inventory.

Holoduke Edit

A piece of advanced technology that creates a holographic model of Duke (the player) in the place where it is used. The hologram does not move, and can be walked through. Its percentage represents how much longer the hologram can be displayed. The percentage drops quite slowly.

The Holoduke is used mainly in multiplayer games against other humans, since the computer's AI recognises the hologram for what it is, and pays no attention to it. This is explained as the aliens having a very keen sense of smell, and recognising the hologram as a fake as it does not have a smell.

The Holoduke's hotkey is a toggle button, turning the Holoduke on or off.

Jetpack Edit

A silver backpack that allows the player to fly through the air. Its percentage represents how much fuel it has remaining. It drains fuel quickly.

The Jetpack's hotkey is a toggle button, turning the Jetpack on or off.

Night Vision Goggles Edit

A pair of black goggles with green lenses that allow the player to see in the dark. They amplify the ambient light and shade it green. They also vividly amplify certain sprites such as enemies, weapons, items and text (often in the form of Its percentage represents its remaining battery power.

The Night Vision Goggles' hotkey is a toggle button, turning the Night Vision Goggles on or off.

Portable Medkit Edit

A white briefcase full of medical supplies. As its name suggests, it acts as a Medkit. Its percentage represents the number of health points it is yet able to restore. When used, it restores the player's health back to 100 (it cannot be used if the player's health is 100 or above), or as high as it can (this is the case only when the Portable Medkit is about to run out). The amount of health that it restores each use is deducted from its percentage.

The Portable Medkit's hotkey activates the Portable Medkit, and restores the player's health as much as it can (maximum: 100). The health restoration is instantaneous, as is the percentage drop of the Portable Medkit.

Protective Boots Edit

A pair of sturdy black boots. They protect the player from taking damage from damaging surfaces such as slime, lava and alien blood. They do not protect the player from any other environmental damage. Its percentage represents how much more exposure to damaging surfaces the Protective Boots can withstand before becoming useless. The rate at which its percentage drops depends on how damaging the floor is (more damaging floors will cause it to drop faster).

The Protective Boots do not have a hotkey. They activate automatically once the player comes into contact with a damaging floor, and deactivate as soon as the player leaves that floor.

Scuba Gear Edit

A snorkel and an orange tank of air, perfect for underwater exploration. Its percentage represents how much air is left in its tank. The percentage drops quite slowly.

The Scuba Gear does not have a hotkey. It activates automatically once the player goes underwater, and deactivates as soon as the player surfaces.

Steroids Edit

A brown medicine bottle containing only the finest drugs. They drastically boost the player's speed for as long as they are in effect. Also, a shrunken player using them will immediately return to normal size (as well as getting the speed boost). Its percentage represents how long the speed boost will last for. When the percentage reaches 0, the player returns to their normal speed, with no adverse effects. The percentage drops quickly once used.

The Steroids' hotkey activates the effect of the Steroids. However, the effect cannot be deactivated part-way through, and once activated, the percentage will decrease to 0 automatically.

Access Card Edit

Access Cards come in three colours:

  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Red

They are used in Access Card Panels, but only ones with the same colour. Often, using an Access Card will unlock a door to allow further progress, but sometimes they reveal switches or lower forcefields.

Only one Access Card of each colour can be carried at the same time, although in the game there is never more than one of each colour in the same level. Some user maps may use more than one, or may invent new Access Cards with different colours.

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
Expansion packs
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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
Fan community User maps | Mods & Total Conversions | Speedruns
Source ports | High Resolution Pack
Other Difficulty | Hazards | Multiplayer | Cheat codes | Easter eggs
Quotes | Music | Duke Nukem
Build engine | Game bugs | Unused data | LameDuke
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