Treasure Map is a special item that can be activated to lead the player to a buried treasure.
A newly crafted Treasure Map looks like a colored treasure map with a compass.
Holding it in the hotbar and pressing E will activate the map, turning the icon sepia-colored and alerting the player that treasure can be found somewhere.
The action of opening a map spawns a gold "X" somewhere in the world. Once a map is activated, the X will remain be in the world until found, even if the map is stored in a chest or sold. Multiple "X"s can exist in the world at the same time (see "Opening Multiple Maps").
Holding a used map in the hotbar and pressing E will cause a glowing line to stretch out from the player in the direction or the treasure , which is marked by a gold "X" on the ground with fireflies above it.
The map line only lasts for a few seconds, but can be activated as many times as needed until the treasure is found.
Opening Multiple Maps
If only one treasure map is activated at a time, once the treasure is found, the particular map leading to it is no longer usable. Trying to activate it again will show the text "All the known treasures have already been found."
If multiple treasure maps are active, every map will function the same way - showing multiple direction lines. At this point it is redundant to keep more than one map in the inventory, and the others can be sold. When the last treasure is found, it will give the "All known treasures..." message.
Because opening more than one map shows gold trails for all current treasures, this can cause serious performance issues on laptops and slower computers, due to the trails creating simultaneous particle effects. It is not recommended to open more than 1 or 2 at a time on low-end machines.
Below are other possible items that can be dug up. Some are much rarer than others. The most common treasure by far is a Golden Coin:
- Originally the new map looked like a rolled-up scroll. Activating it turned it into the colored version of the map.
- The Shovel cannot be used to dig up treasure if the player is on a mount. The dig text prompt will show, but the digging animation will only start once the animal is dismounted.
If the player starts digging while on a mount then moves to another location before dismounting, once on the ground their character will dig up the treasure wherever they happen to be standing.