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For the Event chests containing skins, see Treasury.

Wendy Portrait
For which to contain my lucre.


A Chest is a storage Structure. It requires 3 Boards to build and a Science Machine to prototype. It has 9 storage slots. Items can be stored in a Chest by dragging them onto it or by opening the Chest to place them in specific slots. Chests help keep items better organized than by dropping them on the ground. Animals also cannot eat Food kept in Chests except for Splumonkeys, who can knock items out of them as well as Bearger. Also, Krampus is able to break Chests in order to steal the items inside.

Backpacks, Piggybacks, and Krampus Sacks cannot be stored in Chests, even if the containers are empty. However, they can be used as an alternative storage space if for some reason the player is unable to craft a Chest.

In both Sandbox Mode and Adventure Mode, Chests are occasionally found pre-built in the world. These are natural Set Pieces and they may contain traps set by Maxwell, causing various effects such as:

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In Reign of Giants, during Summer, Chests, as with many structures, can spontaneously combust. A smoking effect will appear, in which time the player must either extinguish the smouldering. Using one's hands causes damage. If this is not done in time, the object will combust and burn. The alternative way to solve this is by using a Scaled Chest.

As with Backpacks, an Insulated Pack cannot be placed in a Chest.

In Shipwrecked, Thatch Packs, Sea Sacks, Booty Bags, and Warly's Chef Pouch cannot be placed inside a Chest.

In Hamlet, Pogs can open Chests and empty them by taking all of the items stored. If they find any food in them, they will eat it. Like other Backpacks, the Vortex Cloak cannot be placed inside a Chest.

Tall Chest[]

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Wendy Portrait
It's still not big enough to hold all my regrets.


The Tall Chest is an upgraded version of the Chest, exclusive to Don't Starve Together, and introduced in the From Beyond updates. To receive the Tall Chest an Elastispacer has to be used on a Chest. The Tall Chest has still 9 inventory slots, but these do not have a stacksize limit anymore, making it possible to store an unlimited amount of 9 different Items (for safety reasons, this amount is capped at 4,294,967,296 items). The number above a stack will show 999+, if there are 1000 or more items in the stack. The Tall Chest has a slightly different, taller design with some more details.

Taking an item from a slot of a Tall Chest will give the maximum stack amount of the item, making it impossible to move the whole stack to another slot at once, if the amount of the item is above its stacksize limit.

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  • In the old research system, the cost of a Chest was 100 Research Points.
  • The Tall Chest was introduced in the Scrappy Scavengers update.
  • Before the 600904 hotfix, there was no stacksize limit for Tall Chests. The amount was capped at 4,294,967,296, for safety reasons.

Mosquito Bugs[]

  • If a Chest is burned, the option to open it may appear, and if the player tries to open it the game will crash.

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