They can only be opened, and disappear shortly after the items inside have been taken.
The chests have 2-3 slots, and can contain either different items in each slot, or one item stack split between the slots (e.g. 1 Pink Leaf in one, 3 Pink Leaf in the other).
An opened chest will shrink and disappear shortly after the loot window is closed. If you close the loot window before taking all items, when it disappears the chest will dump the items either into your inventory, or on the ground if your inventory is full.
Chests will not always respawn the day after they are looted, and some may stop spawning entirely if enough in-game days are played in a row (this may be a memory issue). To fix this you can exit to the menu and reenter the world, since all chests will newly spawn when the world is first loaded.
A special sound can be heard when the camera (not player) is near a chest. This can help locate chests for new players who are not familiar with the world yet. Early game, some chests in caves can be heard, but will not be accessible until after the Miner's Camp is purchased and the player pays to clear the entrance.
Below is a map of chest locations. Click the image to enlarge it:
To see the map at its original size, click the small "see full size image" link that appears on the top left of the image pop-up.
|Normal||Above ground, easy to spot or stumble into.|
|Rock||Above ground, but under a rock.|
|Cave||Inside a cave.|
For locations of chests in relation to other objects, see Detailed Map
Chests contain randomized loot. Sometimes you will get lucky and find something rare, but more often it will be a common item. Below are some of the items that show up much more frequently than others.
This is not a complete list:
- ↑ This is intentional, and linked to ensuring the player automatically picks up harvested fruit from Fruit Trees.
- ↑ This sound can be heard when using the Drone Camera, even when far away from the player character.
|Environment||Trees & Bushes|
|Beehive • Bubble • Fern • Loot Chests • Tall Grass • Wood Pile||Apple Tree • Birch Tree • Blueberry Bush • Bush • Cherry Tree • Lemon Tree • Lime Tree • Orange Tree • Raspberry Bush • Palm Tree • Pine Tree • Tree|