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Biome Keys

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Biome Keys
  • Jungle Key Corruption Key Crimson Key Hallowed Key Frozen Key Desert Key
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Statistics
Type
Rarity8*Rarity level: 8
Research1 required
  • Internal Item ID: 1533–1537, 4714

Biome Keys are Hardmode items used to open the Biome Chests in the Dungeon. Opening a Chest consumes the key. Though unusable until Plantera is defeated, they can be dropped at any time during Hardmode. On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, each key has a 0.04*1/2500 (0.04%) chance of dropping from an enemy in the key's respective biome. On the Old-gen console version Old-gen console version and 3DS version 3DS version, they are not dropped directly and must be crafted from Biome Key Molds.

Any enemy in the biome that will drop coins when killed can drop the key, not just biome-exclusive enemies. Keys cannot be dropped by Meteor Heads, enemies spawned by a statue, critters, or any enemy spawned by a Celestial PillarDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions in the Lunar EventsDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions. Additionally, enemies in hybrid biomes have a chance to drop any key from their composite biomes. The biome key is determined by which biome the player currently is in, not the enemy killed.

Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions Any Biome Key dropped prior to defeating Plantera will display the tooltip "It has been cursed by a powerful Jungle creature" and will be unable to open its respective chest until Plantera is defeated. However, these "cursed" keys are still usable in worlds where Plantera has already been defeated.

Types[edit | edit source]

Item Tooltip Chest type Chest content
Jungle Key Jungle Key
Internal Item ID: 1533
Unlocks a Jungle Chest in the dungeon Jungle ChestJungle Chest Piranha GunPiranha Gun
Corruption Key Corruption Key
Internal Item ID: 1534
Unlocks a Corruption Chest in the dungeon Corruption ChestCorruption Chest Scourge of the CorruptorScourge of the Corruptor
Crimson Key Crimson Key
Internal Item ID: 1535
Unlocks a Crimson Chest in the dungeon Crimson ChestCrimson Chest Vampire KnivesVampire Knives
Hallowed Key Hallowed Key
Internal Item ID: 1536
Unlocks a Hallowed Chest in the dungeon Hallowed ChestHallowed Chest Rainbow GunRainbow Gun
Frozen Key Frozen Key
Internal Item ID: 1537
Unlocks an Ice Chest in the dungeon Ice ChestIce Chest Desktop version
Frozen Chest Console VersionOld-gen console versionMobile version3DS version
Staff of the Frost HydraStaff of the Frost Hydra
Desert Key Desert KeyDesktop version
Internal Item ID: 4714
Unlocks a Desert Chest in the dungeon Desert ChestDesert ChestDesktop version Desert Tiger StaffDesert Tiger StaffDesktop version

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Recipes[edit | edit source]

Achievement[edit | edit source]

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Big Booty • “Unlock one of the dungeon's large, mysterious chests with a special key.”
Open your first Biome Chest. Desktop, Console, and Mobile versions

Tips[edit | edit source]

For elaborate tips on obtaining Biome Keys and Key Molds, see Guide:Farming Biome Keys or Key Molds.
  • Causing a large number of enemies to spawn in the respective biome is an efficient way to farm for the Keys/Key Molds. Events and certain boss fights are especially suitable for this.
  • Placing your spawn point/base in one of the biomes can increase your chances of getting a biome key due to the large number of enemy deaths that occur near player bases. This works particularly well for the Snow biome, which is much less dangerous than the others.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.4.0.1:
    • Added the Desert Key.
    • Changed the Frozen Key's tooltip from "Unlocks a Frozen Chest in the dungeon" to "Unlocks an Ice Chest in the dungeon".
  • Desktop 1.2.1: No longer drops from enemies, and are instead crafted from Biome Key Molds.
  • Console 1.0.750.0: (PS4)
    • No longer craftable.
    • Now drops from enemies again.
    • No longer drops from Meteor Heads.
    • The player can no longer open Biome Chests until Plantera's defeat.
  • Mobile 1.3.0.7:
    • Ice Chests no longer generate in Heart Shrines, as the structure has been removed.
    • No longer craftable.
    • Now drop from enemies again.
    • No longer drop from Meteor Heads.
    • The player can no longer open Biome Chests until Plantera's defeat.
  • Mobile 1.2.11212: Ice Chests now generate in Heart Shrines (containing different loot).