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The Access Card (or Key Card) is an inventory item in Duke Nukem 3D and its ports.

Description Edit

The Access Card is used on an Access Card Panel in order to unlock it. This is turn will cause something to happen, such as a door being unlocked or part of the environment moving.

There are three colours the Access Card comes in:

  • Blue
  • Yellow
  • Red

Only one Access Card of a given colour may be carried at once. This is not noticeable in the main game, as there is no situation where the player is able to pick up an Access Card whilst already holding one of the same colour. However, some user maps may be designed in such a way that this fact is revealed.

When an Access Card is used on an Access Card Panel, all linked Access Card Panels are unlocked at the same time, meaning the Access Card itself only needs to be used once. As such, the Access Card is disposed of once it is used.

Trivia Edit

  • The colour of the Access Card depends on its palette colour. 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 | The Birth | 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
Microwave Expander | Devastator | Laser Tripbomb | Freezethrower | Incinerator
Scrapped: Flamethrower | Laser Chainsaw | Sonic Resonator | Tazer | Plasma Cannon
Enemies Assault Captain | Assault Commander | Enforcer | Assault Trooper
Battlelord Sentry | Firefly Trooper | Cycloid Sentry | Overlord Sentry | Octabrain | Pig Cop | Pig Cop Tank | Protector Drone
Protozoid Slimer | Recon Patrol Vehicle | Sentry Drone | Shark | Turret
Bosses: Battlelord | Overlord | Cycloid Emperor | Alien Queen | Cycloid Incinerator
Scrapped: Organic Turret | Snake Head | Bat | Captain | Drone | Drone 2 | Mandroid
| Trooper | Turret | Alien Queen Sentry
Expansion packs
and add-ons
Duke Assault | Duke Caribbean: Life's A Beach | Duke: Nuclear Winter | Duke It Out In D.C.
Duke Xtreme | Duke!ZONE | Duke!ZONE II | Plutonium PAK | Duke Nukem's Penthouse Paradise | Unofficial expansion packs
Fan community User maps | Mods & Total Conversions | Level editing (index) | 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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