The Golden Pyramid is the ultimate goal location in every expedition. It's required for the explorer to "succeed" the current expedition and earn any applicable Fame bonus in the race, but is not required to escape an expedition and still continue the game. Exploring the pyramid immediately ends the current expedition (normal difficulty). Discovering the pyramid contributes to Exploration Points.
Pyramids may be buried in Expeditions 4, 5 and 6.* This means that one or more golden seals must be explored and activated before the pyramid can be entered. The world map will indicate if this is the case in a destination's description. A buried pyramid will have more hidden seals the later in the game you are: 1 seal in Expedition 4, 2 seals in Expedition 5, and 3 in Expedition 6.
Unburied pyramids require moon stones to enter in Expeditions 4, 5 and 6. These can be found in shrines and tombs starting in Expedition 3. An unburied pyramid requires more moon stones in the last two expeditions: 1 stone in Expedition 4, and 2 stones in Expeditions 5 and 6.
- The compass helps lead the explorer to the pyramid, but is uselessly inaccurate at first and only becomes more accurate as the player explores more of the map. The compass can be tricked if near magnetic mountains, and will point directly towards one or even toggle between two if caught between them. These mountains and their effects can be destroyed with dynamite.
- A buried pyramid can be found and interacted with before locating all of its seals. It will reveal the exact locations of any/all seals.
- You can find moon stones in shrines and tombs starting in Expedition 3, and even in expeditions requiring seals. These stones can be saved and kept in the player's inventory to use in later expeditions.
- A player must have any required moon stones in their direct inventory to work: stones left at a mission or polar station will be useless to you when you actually approach the pyramid.