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Golden Key
  • Golden Key item spriteold Golden Key item sprite
Stack digit 9.pngStack digit 9.png
TooltipOpens one locked Gold Chest or Lock Box
Opens one Gold Chest
RarityRarity level: 0
Research3 required
Obtained from Obtained from
Classic mode icon.png Classic
Expert mode icon.png Expert
Master mode icon.png Master
Angry BonesAngry Bones 1.pngAngry Bones11.53%
Cursed SkullCursed Skull.pngCursed Skull11.53%
Dragon SkullDragon Skull.pngDragon Skull11.5%
Dark CasterDark Caster.pngDark Caster11.53%
Dungeon SlimeDungeon SlimeDungeon Slime1100%

Golden Keys are required to unlock the Locked Gold Chests found in the Dungeon, and Golden Lock Boxes obtained by fishing in the Dungeon. A Golden Key is consumed upon use, so unlocking each Gold Chest will require an additional key.

Golden Keys can be acquired by:

  • Finding one in an unlocked normal Chest in the Dungeon.
  • Killing a Dungeon Slime (100% chance).
  • Killing any other Dungeon enemy (1/65 chance).
  • Breaking a Pot in the Dungeon (1/40 chance).


  • On the Mobile version Mobile version, to open a Gold Chest, the player must have a Golden Key in the inventory, and tap on a locked Gold Chest.
  • It is possible to obtain a Golden Key before defeating Skeletron when a Chest spawns in the Dungeon entrance.


Achievement Dungeon Heist.png
Dungeon Heist • Steal a key from the dungeon's undead denizens, and unlock one of their precious golden chests.
Unlock your first Gold Chest within the Dungeon.

See also[]


  • Desktop 1.1: Increased chance of getting Golden Keys from Dungeon enemies (1/75 to 1/65) and from Pots (1/45 to 1/40).