Not sure when these came into the game (most likely after 4.0.3a), recently came across one in Wetlands while doing some archaeology. Very surprised to have it contain
. If you are the first to come across one of these in a group, I would suggest leaving the group if you want the blue inside. otherwise, rolls will be rolls.
During my time in the Wetlands on my Dwarf Shaman, I found two of these (or at least I think it was these) chests, both of which contained BoE blues that, either by coincidence or programming, fit my Enhancement Shaman's stat needs. These chests made for a good Christmas bonus lol.
Spawns in parts of zones primarily occupied by Dark Iron Dwarves in place of
and serves the same function. Replaced with
in more desolate zones.
I've found a few in areas like Searing Gorge and upper level vanilla places. Was surprised today to find one while running around in the Wendigo cave west of Kharanos in Dun Morogh. No blues, just a Cadet's Bow, Malachite, and 2100 experience! Just opening the chest leveled me, I was quite shocked.
Immediately after finding one in the crypt in Wetlands, I read about it and went searching for another one, in Dun Modr, to my suprise, I found another one, so it seems there can be more than one at a time in a zone.
I found one in the Molten Front today. Inside was a pair of
and 73 silver & change.
It was up on the floating rocks between the Furnace and Fireplume Peak.
I found this today in Molten Front as i was doing the dailies on my paladin. It contained
Found one in Searing Gorge with
Just found one in the Molten Front in that cave with the runes, contained
I don't see it listed as a drop from this box but I looted Kuang's Locket of Secrets in Molton front while doing Fandral's Methods in the cave.
Looking through these comments and the drop list, the chest contents may have been upgraded in 4.3 from ilevel 316 to ilevel 333. I just found
in one in Molten Front.
I found one near the floating rocks where
spawns. Inside it had a
I am curious if anyone else can confirm this because it has happened with three of my friends and myself. It is starting to look like they give an item that is useful to whomever opens it. I am a hunter and got that necklace, two of my paladin friends got plate items and a priest got some cloth gloves. However this may be just coincidental.
I don't know why this has the same entry for the one in Molten Front as for the one in Searing Gorge. The latter only has gear from Vanilla (I got one today at the Iron Summit inn with
), but the former seems to always have a Cataclysm blue.
I do not think that the loots are coincidental. It is my belief that all loots are loots that Blizzard has deemed appropriate for your level and or class. For instance, I am a trial account and as is my pally friend. I was on my lvl 20 priest at the time that I recieved from the treasure chest
, and my friend had earlier in the week recieved
. They are both close to our lvl and both conveniant for our class. I mean why would Blizzard allow lvl 20s to get their hands on good lvl 85 items... It just doesn't make sense! Another thing is that I found the chest about 9 hours after I had first found it and in it I found
which is also close to my lvl. That is all peoples.
Just got one on a floating rock, had a 333 ring and 1 gold in it.
Got another one of these in Molten front again, but inside the Igneous Depths.
Wetlands is a goldmine b/c it is one of the few places where you can find Dark Iron Treasure Chests *and* Sturdy Treasure Chests. If Wetlands is a near ghost town on your server like mine, you can make a daily pass through here and get 2-4(!) chests in a pass. If you incorporate farming the rare spawns while you are at it, you are going to get alot of blues and greens that will sell well for the lvl 19 twink bracket. You can make a very nice little circuit out of it if yoy have flying that takes only 15 minutes to check every spawn point.
I would recommend checking early in the morning and late in the evening, about 12 hours apart if you really want to maximize coverage.
Found one in Searing Gorge in The Slag Pit entrance of The Cauldron. I didn't realize it would give me experience and some nice loot until I opened it :)
So, you've found a treasure chest, and you want to know what's up?
Well, this may be old news, but after extensive personal research, I have some information on these chests, including the different types, the rewards, and tips if you wish to hunt them further.
Some of you may recall treasure chests that existed back in Vanilla (and through the Lich King, though no chests were added to northrend until later). They typically were full of garbage, maybe a gem, maybe a green, but usually food and an earthroot or something. Those don't exist anymore (aside from in the vanilla dungeons that have yet to be revamped). Now, once the Cataclysm hit, we have new chests, rarer, and with better rewards than ever before!
They exist in essentially every zone, and currently they have
6 different types
How do I find them?
Currently, all of them are being tracked with the addon Gathermate2, but the Gathermate2_data doesn't seem to include the Dark Iron or Maplewood chests, though it'll still mark it on your map if you find them. I'm sure they'll be added soon. If you plan on doing any serious treasure hunting, I highly advise this addon.
You might remember chests in the past being vastly oversized and cartoony. They were easy to spot. Now, not so much. Some of them (especially the Runestone) blend into the surroundings like any other decorative box. Without a trained eye, you may not notice them. You'll need to move your cursor around and check very carefully. There is almost always an enemy near them. In many cases, rares love to hang out near chest spawn areas, which can net you even more loot!
Much like mines and herbs, treasures also seem to spawn in node clusters. That is, it might have 2-4 spawn locations in a small area, and it will only spawn at one of them at a given time. However, this is tricky, as it's hard to tell where the node cluster ends and a new one begins. For example, in Zangarmarsh, one would think every Naga "village" would be one cluster, but I've found 2 chests at a single village before. Your best bet is to check every spawn location until you're relatively sure it's part of the same node. If multiple nodes exist in a cave (chests love to be in caves), they're probably the same node cluster.
For respawn rate, I don't have any solid numbers, but I know I've never seen a chest spawn in the same locations less than 18 hours since I looted it last, but I'm more inclined to think they have a
24 hour respawn time
. Most chests tend to be in the path of many leveling players, so it's quite possible that other people will find them before you. Just keep looking. Which brings me to this topic...
Why should I hunt these things?
If you're anything like me, you might actually enjoy the hunt, the excitement of finding a chest, find it a relaxing change of pace from the rest of this game and need no further incentives. However, if that's not enough for you, worry not, there are very good reasons to look for them.
Here's the big one
: They give experience now! So even while you're out questing, you should check nearby spots for a quick, tasty lump of experience. They seem to give approximately 2x the amount of XP that a normal quest in that zone gives you. And naturally, if you outlevel the zone, you'll get reduced XP. Also, like mining/herbalism, higher level ones DO cap off on how much XP they can give you, so don't get any bright ideas about gaining 10 levels with a single chest from max level zones.
But wait, there's more
: The contents! Of course, we can't forget the very reason chests exist to begin with! Well, unlike Vanilla chests, these always have decent loot. That is, you are guaranteed to get a Rare (blue) quality item in each chest, the level being relevant to the level of the zone that you found it. So far, I've never seen a purple. There are a few exceptions: sometimes in Northrend you will find a Book of Glyph mastery, which is green, but those are currently more valuable than most blues anyway. The general rule, however, is that you'll find a blue in each one. While this may not seem too spectacular, remember that many blues have unique skins and may still be valued for transmog purposes.
Chest hunting is by no means the best way to make money, and it's not the best way to get experience, but it's darn fun. And even if it's not your thing, I would highly recommend taking a look around you every now and again when you're our in the world to see if a chest is nearby. You might find something you want inside.
Saw one on the Molten Front at 34, 48 and attempted to get it but kept falling through the steps as though they weren't there. Even tried to drop from the island onto the platform but fell straight through. They seem to be bugged now so that one is not reachable. I also noticed that the druids now take you straight over to the island if you fall rather than back to the starting point.
Dark Iron Treasure chests seem to only appear on Eastern Kingdoms, differently from the other dwarf chests.
Here are the TomTom coordinates marked on the upper maps, now fixed for paste:
/way Wetlands 60.0, 24.5 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Wetlands 44.3, 24.7 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Wetlands 48.1, 14.9 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Wetlands 47.4, 15.4 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Wetlands 45.6, 16.5 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Wetlands 46.5, 18.8 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Wetlands 48.1, 18.8 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Wetlands 41.5, 21.7 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Wetlands 41.4, 22.0 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Loch Modan 36.6, 61.2 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Loch Modan 61.9, 75.0 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Loch Modan 80.3, 51.9 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Molten Front 34.3, 48.3 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Molten Front 33.9, 53.8 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Molten Front 49.9, 47.2 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Molten Front 65.8, 55.0 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Molten Front 68.5, 64.9 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Molten Front 68.4, 65.1 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Dun Morogh 34.2, 36.9 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Dun Morogh 46.5, 45.8 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Dun Morogh 46.4, 45.8 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Dun Morogh 50.6, 47.7 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Dun Morogh 84.6, 59.2 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Dun Morogh 85.1, 60.6 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 14.5, 37.0 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 17.8, 38.3 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 33.2, 54.0 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 36.9, 60.0 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 37.7, 37.5 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 37.9, 37.4 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 38.9, 66.3 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 40.4, 50.5 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 40.6, 50.6 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 44.0, 33.5 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 49.0, 55.5 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 49.4, 39.5 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 63.6, 60.5 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 73.6, 82.2 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
/way Searing Gorge 14.4, 37.2 Dark Iron Treasure Chest
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