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Dbd-journal-chest.png Quotes left.png The first time I found a chest, I didn’t manage to open it before a killer caught me. I got exuberated as something new shined some light on this hellish life I now live. I did not pay enough attention. But the next time I was more careful and I managed to loot it. But I must grasp whatever I find with my hands, cause all is lost if the killers lays his hands on me. Quotes right.png
~ Benedict Baker's Journal

Chests are an interactive object that can be searched by Survivors Survivors}} in order to acquire Items Items}} within a Trial.


Chests have predetermined possible spawn locations throughout the Maps and the Map Generator will randomly pick a couple of said locations to spawn a Chest in. Only the single Chest found within the Basement Basement}} is guaranteed to spawn: appearing in either the far right or the far left corner of the room (relative to the entrance stairs).


Unlocking a Chest takes 10 seconds in which the Survivor attempts to pick the lock at the front of the Chest.
This action is accompanied by distinct sounds a nearby Killer may hear (within 20 metres of the Chest).
Equipping the Teachable Perk Pharmacy Pharmacy}} will reduce the range of those noises by
8 metres while also accelerating the Chest Unlock time.


Up to the first graphical update The Realm Beyond - Part One, Chests featured a different model and animations.

Instead of lock-picking the Chest a Survivor would approach it, open its lid and then rummage through the (invisible) contents, creating distinct rummaging noises, until eventually finding an Item. This action was referred to as a Chest Search.
Originally, if the Survivor would interrupt the Chest Search, they would slowly and carefully close the lid as to not attract the Killer. If, however, they were to rush that action, the lid would snap shut and create a Loud Noise notification for the Killer.
The slower animation was eventually discarded due to complaints of it taking too long, and the lid would always snap shut, but only create a Loud Noise notification if the action was rushed.

Killer Interrupt

A Survivor in the middle of unlocking a Chest can be grabbed by the Killer and hoisted onto their shoulder directly.

Spawn Frequency

By default, 3 Chests will spawn each Trial. The amount of Chests can be influenced by the following Offerings Offerings}}:

  • For Survivors:
  • For Killers:
    • Scratched Coin Scratched Coin}}: will prevent 1 Chest from spawning.
    • Cut Coin Cut Coin}} will prevent 2 Chests from spawning.
    • With the use of Offerings, there can be a minimum of 1 Chest and a maximum of 11 Chests.


The Items Items}} obtained from a Chest is random, but can be influenced by Perks Perks}}:

Note: the Rarity of the discovered Item is determined by the Survivor who completes the Search interaction, not the one who initiated it. The maximum possible Rarity of an Item is Ultra Rare.



The following table shows the approximate probability of obtaining each Rarity Tier without and with equipping Plunderer's Instinct: [1]

Rarity Default Plunderer's Instinct
Common 43 % 14 %
Uncommon 33 % 18 %
Rare 16 % 22 %
Very Rare 5 % 31 %
Ultra Rare 2 % 15 %


The following table shows the approximate probability of obtaining each Item without and with equipping Plunderer's Instinct, regardless of the Item's Rarity: [2]

Rarity Default Plunderer's Instinct
Med-Kit Med-Kit}} 37 % 23 %
Toolbox Toolbox}} 37 % 37 %
Flashlight Flashlight}} 16 % 16 %
Key Key}} 7 % 14 %
Map Map}} 2 % 10 %

Change Log

Patch 2.5.0

  • Increased the maximum Rarity of Loot from Very Rare to Ultra Rare.
  • Added a minimum spawn distance in-between Chests as they interfered with the spawns of Jigsaw Boxes Jigsaw Boxes}}.
  • Found Items will now require to be picked up even when not already having one equipped.

Patch 4.2.0


  • A change that was done to the Chests for the Winter Solstice 2018 Event made it possible for Ultra Rare Items to spawn in them.
    • That change was originally an unintended side-effect, however, the Developers decided to make it a permanent feature after receiving much positive feedback from the Community.
  • Progression of unlocking a Chests is accumulative between all Survivors Survivors}} and will be saved upon cancelling the interaction prematurely.
  • Completing a Chest Unlock will leave the found Item within the Chest and require the Player to actively pick it up.
    • Up until Patch 2.5.0, completing a Chest Search without an Item equipped would automatically equip the found Item.


Old Chest Search animation



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