Biome Keys

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Biome Keys
  • Biome Keys.gif
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RarityRarity 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 Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, they are not dropped directly and must be crafted from Biome Key Molds.

Any enemy in the biome that drops coins when killed has a chance of dropping a key, not just biome-exclusive enemies. Additionally, enemies in hybrid biomes have a chance to drop any key from their composite biomes. The type of key is determined by which biome the player currently is in, not the enemy killed.

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, although they are usable in other worlds that have Plantera defeated already.


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
Frozen Chest
Staff of the Frost HydraStaff of the Frost Hydra
Desert Key Desert Key
Internal Item ID: 4714
Unlocks a Desert Chest in the dungeon Desert ChestDesert Chest Desert Tiger StaffDesert Tiger Staff



ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Corruption KeyCorruption Key
By Hand
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Crimson KeyCrimson Key
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Frozen KeyFrozen Key
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Hallowed KeyHallowed Key
Old-gen console versionNintendo 3DS version only:
Jungle KeyJungle Key
total: 5 row(s)

Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Corruption ChestCorruption ChestShimmerShimmer Transmutation
Crimson ChestCrimson Chest
Desert ChestDesert Chest
Hallowed ChestHallowed Chest
Ice ChestIce Chest
Jungle ChestJungle Chest
total: 6 row(s)



Achievement Big Booty.png
Big Booty • Unlock one of the dungeon's large, mysterious chests with a special key.
Open your first Biome Chest.


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 the player's spawn point/base in one of the biomes can increase their chances of obtaining a 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.


  • Although there is no Crimson Chest in a world with Corruption, it is possible to obtain Crimson Keys from an artificial Crimson biome, and vice versa.


  • Desktop
    • 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: (PlayStation 4)
    • 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
    • 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).