Dead Man's Chest

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Dead Man's Chest
  • Dead Man's Chest item sprite
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Use time15 (Very fast)
TooltipActivates when opened
RarityRarity level: 0
Research1 required
Not to be confused with the Dead Man's Sweater, which is a vanity piece that can be found in the Dead Man's Chest.
The Dead Man's Chest with the traps highlighted by the Dangersense Potion.

The Dead Man's Chest is a naturally-generating Gold Chest that is rigged with various traps in order to kill the player upon opening the chest. The setup usually includes 3-5 Boulder traps, 2-6 Dart Traps, and 0-3 Explosives, with a possibility of 1-2 Geysers at lava level. The Boulder traps are set up above the chest, while the Dart Traps are setup horizontally, and the explosives hidden underneath.

Dead Man's Chests will always generate alone, and never in an Underground Cabin.

The Dead Man's Chest will contain standard Gold Chest loot based on where it is found, as well as occasionally the Dead Man's Sweater.


Secondary Items
% Chance Item
33.33% 1 / 3 Dead Man's SweaterDead Man's Sweater


  • The Boulder traps that are wired to the Dead Man's Chest are rigged with Actuators rather than Active Stone Blocks.
  • Functionally, the Dead Man's Chest is similar to a Trapped Chest with slots like regular storage items, as it can send signals via wires. It differs in how it only spawns naturally and cannot be crafted.
  • The Dead Man's Chest will send out a signal whenever it is opened or closed (with Use / Attack key).
  • Fairies can lead to the Dead Man's Chest.
  • The achievement can still be obtained even if the chest is renamed.
  • With autopause, when the player opens the chest, they will be dealt damage from the explosives. If the player survives, they can access the contents of the chest. However, none of the traps will be sprung, until the player exits the inventory.


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Dead Men Tell No Tales • You were so preoccupied with whether or not you could open the chest that you didn't stop to think if you should.
Die within 10 seconds after opening a Dead Man's Chest.


  • While the combination of traps can prove deadly to even a player with end-game gear, most of them can be avoided by simply using solid blocks, and the Explosives can be mined.
  • Using the Mechanical Lens or The Grand Design can easily reveal all the traps around the chest, and provides lots of wire and actuators to harvest.
  • The most evident giveaway of a Dead Man's Chest are the Boulder traps above it, as they are larger and generally easier to spot than the 1×1-tile Dart Traps and hidden Explosives.
  • Attempting to use the Block Swap feature to swap out these chests for harmless ones will still trigger the traps.
  • The Dead Man's Chest can only imitate unlocked Gold Chests. Other chests will always be safe to open, provided if they are not also a Mimic.
    • This means that all non-Gold Chest chests in the Cavern layer are all safe to open.


  • The term "Dead Man's Chest" comes from a pirate song in Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel "Treasure Island". The lyrics are " Fifteen men on a Dead Man's Chest, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum".
    • The term was also used as a movie title in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
  • The achievement's description is a direct reference to a quote from the 1993 science fiction film Jurassic Park, when Dr. Ian Malcolm states that "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."