The Passcard (known by a variety of names depending on the game) is a special item that has appeared in several installments of the Ganbare Goemon series. Obtaining it is the key to entering otherwise restricted areas.
A passcard is generally depicted as a wood tablet held by a string on top and bearing an official inscription. Finding it is often the main objective of one of the many missions in the game and it is usually obtained after defeating an area boss and/or meeting an important figure of authority. Once acquired, it must be brought to a guard somewhere in order to gain entry to a previously restricted area.
In the earlier titles (starting with Karakuri Dōchū and the two "Gaiden" games), finding three passes was often the main objective in each level in order to gain entry to the next. These could be found in boxes, secret passages, or even bought at shops.
- A Passcard nonogram picture appears in the mobile game Pixel Puzzle Collection (2018).