Shadow Chest

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Shadow Chest
  • Locked Shadow Chest Shadow Chest
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
PlaceableYes (2 wide × 2 high)
Use time15 (Very fast)
Rarity00*Rarity level: 0
Research1 required
Shadow chests can spawn on the ground close to the underworld. (note: the background shown is not the underworld background.)

The Shadow Chest is a storage item found only in The Underworld, generally on top of or within Ruined Houses, and contains rare items.

All Shadow Chests are initially locked, requiring a Shadow Key to open. The key is not consumed when used. Each Shadow Chest contains one high-tier item of 03*Rarity level: 3 rarity, along with other standard Underground loot.

Like all other naturally-occurring Chests, Shadow Chests can be freed with a Pickaxe or Drill after being emptied, and picked up by the player for placement and use elsewhere.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Used in[edit | edit source]

Loot[edit | edit source]

The Shadow Chest always contains one primary item, may contain one or more secondary items on the Desktop version Desktop version and Mobile version Mobile version, and always contains a few common items. The bars and bullets it can contain will depend on the ore types available in the current world.

Primary Items
Dark LanceDark Lance
Flower of FireFlower of Fire
Hellwing BowHellwing BowDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions
Treasure MagnetTreasure MagnetDesktop and Mobile versions
BrainBrainOld-gen console version3DS version
DraxDrax (3DS version)
Secondary Items Desktop version
% Chance Item
10% 1 in 10 Demonic HellcartDemonic HellcartDesktop and Mobile versions
10% 1 in 10 Ornate Shadow KeyOrnate Shadow KeyDesktop and Mobile versions
10% 1 in 10 Slice of Hell CakeSlice of Hell CakeDesktop and Mobile versions
Common Items
% Chance Item Amount
33.33% 1 in 3 DynamiteDynamite 1
50% 1 in 2 Gold BarGold Bar 15-29
Platinum BarPlatinum Bar
Meteorite BarMeteorite Bar
50% 1 in 2 Hellfire ArrowHellfire Arrow 50-74
Silver BulletSilver Bullet
Tungsten BulletTungsten BulletDesktop and Mobile versions
50% 1 in 2 Restoration PotionRestoration Potion 15-20
75% 3 in 4 Spelunker PotionSpelunker Potion 1-2
Featherfall PotionFeatherfall Potion
Mana Regeneration PotionMana Regeneration Potion
Obsidian Skin PotionObsidian Skin Potion
Magic Power PotionMagic Power Potion
Invisibility PotionInvisibility Potion
Hunter PotionHunter Potion
Heartreach PotionHeartreach Potion
66.67% 2 in 3 Gravitation PotionGravitation Potion 1-2
Thorns PotionThorns Potion
Water Walking PotionWater Walking Potion
Obsidian Skin PotionObsidian Skin Potion
Battle PotionBattle Potion
Teleportation PotionTeleportation Potion
Inferno PotionInferno Potion
Lifeforce PotionLifeforce Potion
66.67% 2 in 3 Potion of ReturnPotion of ReturnDesktop and Mobile versions 1-2
Recall PotionRecall Potion
50% 1 in 2 TorchTorch 15-29
50% 1 in 2 Gold CoinGold Coin 2-4

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Shadow Chests can contain Lifeforce and Teleportation potions, which are unavailable for crafting before Hardmode.
  • Mimics can appear as a locked Shadow Chest, making them harder to spot without a Lifeform AnalyzerDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions/Metal DetectorDesktop, Console, and Mobile versions or their upgrades.
  • Gold Chests that spawn within 250 blocks of the bottom of the world will generate the same common items as Shadow Chests.
  • Desktop versionIt seems that there is a much higher chance that Treasure Magnets appear in Shadow Chests than other primary loot, often making fishing for Obsidian Crates a necessity to obtain missing weapons, even in large worlds.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Mimics can never spawn as an unlocked Shadow Chest. Unlocking every Shadow Chest during pre-Hardmode will give them away easily in Hardmode.
  • The Drax can be found in Shadow Chests on the 3DS version 3DS version, making it accessible in pre-Hardmode and giving players a significant mining advantage.

History[edit | edit source]

  • Desktop 1.4.1: Shadow Chests are now more numerous in worldgen, with the limit increasing from 7-10 to 10-15.
  • Desktop 1.2.3: Can now be renamed along with other placed storage items.
  • Console 1.06: Can now be renamed along with other placed storage items.
  • Console 1.02: Now requires a Pickaxe or Drill instead of a Hammer to pick up.
  • Mobile
    • Drax no longer appear in Shadow Chests.
    • The Hellwing Bow can now be found in Shadow Chests.
    • Can now be renamed along with other placed storage items.
  • Mobile 1.2.6508: Now requires a Pickaxe or Drill instead of a Hammer to pick up.