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A metal chest (no lock)

Metal chests are a special type of container featured in Dead Island that are used for storing weapons. The chests are scattered all over the island of Banoi and can be found everywhere. Usually any chest given contains an item of a random type, from quite basic ones to those that are of a true rarity (i.e. Legendary Weapons).

Some chests require a certain level of lockpick skill to open. Locked chests have a higher chance to give better weapons than normal chests, and the higher the lock level is, the higher chance it has to give rare weapons. For example, level 3 chests are more likely to give green, blue, violet, orange, and named weapons.

In Dead Island: Riptide, the Definitive Collection and in certain cases, the metal chests can only be opened once. Once it is opened, it stays empty and never reload at all. A way to combat this is to fast travel to another part of the game such as from Henderson to Pinai Ferry Station. This will sometimes fix chests that stay empty.


Dead Island[]


  • When you head outside of the Lifeguard Tower through the automatic gate, move towards the Resort sign. The chest is behind the little tree area.
  • Near a crashed brown car and a wooden fence outside of the Lifeguard Tower. If the player goes there, they will see one on a rock.
  • As you head up the hill to the Lighthouse, jump over the guard railing to Bunker 03. Head down the first ramp and turn right. Head to the back of the level and it should be right in front of you.
  • Inside the bathrooms in the Hotel swimming area, south east of the first pool.
  • In the north eastern most corner of the second hotel pool area, to the right of Omar Torres.
  • On the outside and to the left of the building Omar Torres is in.
  • Behind Bungalow 12.
  • In the hallway by the bathroom in Bungalow 10.
  • Behind Bungalow 8 (behind refers to the side opposite of the front door).
  • The east side of Bungalow 7.
  • The west side of Bungalow 4, by the side door.
  • In the hallway by the bathroom in Bungalow 4.
  • Behind the steam to the east of Jose Garcia at Bunker 06.
  • On the top floor of Jose Garcia's bunker.
  • On the top floor of the bunker (after you pass through the manhole) in Jose Garcia's bunker.
  • In the Blue Skull altar room.
  • In the warehouse at the bottom of the Resort Map. As you enter from the back and turn the first corner, make a right and head to the end of the shelf. It's on the bottom rack.
  • At the bottom of the Resort map under the overhang shed, directly opposite from the power switch.
  • On the roof of the City Tunnel Gas Station.
  • In the back of the City Tunnel Gas Station. (Level 3)
  • In the bed of the pick-up truck where ID Card 25 is found.
  • There are two inside the building that houses Harlan Johnson.
  • In the bathroom directly behind the hotel, where the side quest Hit and Run takes place.
  • Behind the Lifeguard Tower and inside the fence. You'll need a truck to get over the fence, or can jump off the roof from where the satellite dish is.
  • In the bed of the ambulance pick up truck outside of the building where Kim (the infamous water lady) and Anne Snider are. (Level 2)
  • In a corner by the entrance to the area where Marcus Davis is.
  • Behind an unmarked bungalow (the one that is farthest west on the east side of the road) in the transformer area for the side quest A Ray of Hope.
  • In the living room of the unmarked bungalow directly south east of the above bungalow.
  • Behind Bungalow 14.
  • In the back corner of the transformer room.
  • In the Brown Skull altar area.
  • In the side yard of the bungalow next to the bloody pool (to the north east of Marcus Davis's location). You'll have to go through the bungalow.
  • Behind Bungalow 20. You'll have to jump onto the railing leading up to the bungalow, then jump over the bushes, or side step through the doorway after you've completed the side quest Too Much Sugar.
  • Inside the poolside bar directly east of Stanley Garrison, the alcoholic guy.
  • Behind the bungalow to the far east of Omar Torres's bungalow.
  • At the end of the wooden walkway near the bungalow to the far north east of the lifeguard tower.
  • Behind the bungalow above.
  • Inside the poolside bar south of the lifeguard tower.
  • There are two behind the stage on the beach. (Level 3)
  • Behind the Water Sports Rental Kiosk on the beach.
  • To the south of the lifeguard tower is a little path between the cliffs.
  • Right before you go into the area mentioned above, look right and you'll see some dressing rooms (the ones behind the fence). Between and behind them is one.
  • In the bar section of the letter H (part of the "HELP" sign) outside the lighthouse.
  • On the capsized boat where a Thug is (in the area for the side quest Light My Fire).
  • To the left of the area where you pick up the pipes during the main quest Back in Black.
  • Under the pier that's farthest from the buildings all the way in the north west corner of the Resort map.
  • In the boat to the northwest of the pier mentioned above.
  • Inside the warehouse in the very north west corner of the Resort map.
  • Inside the cashier's booth of the Lighthouse Gas Station. And two more inside it's garage. (Level 3)
  • A further two are found inside the workshop attached to the gas station.
  • To the right of the truck (assuming you're already inside the warehouse) in the area mentioned above.
  • In the bed of the pickup truck next to the tourist bus on the road leading to the Lighthouse Gas Station.
  • In the bedroom and behind the door inside Svetlana's bungalow.
  • Nikolai sits on one by the crashed helicopter. This chest is present even before the helicopter crashes.
  • Next to the Fast Travel map inside of the Bunker 02.
  • Two more in the parapet of Bunker 02. (Level 3)
  • There are three inside the Old Marina Workshop: one beside the door and two beside the workbench.
  • There is a red one behind the Old Marina Workshop as well. (Level 3)
  • On the top floor of the bunker that you blow the door on in the quest "Devastator".


  • There are two inside the meat locker.
  • Near the end of the red hallway after the kitchen.
  • Inside the security office.
  • Under the stairs after the security office.

City of Moresby[]

  • Inside the Warehouse in Moresby, on the table in front of Kwan. (Level 1)
  • Behind the cashier's counter in the building Banoi Herald Excerpt 20 is on Langar Road.
  • In the south west corner of the Market District (by a workbench) that's closest to the Warehouse in Moresby.
  • On top of the pharmacy at Victory Hill. A Ladder attached to the crashed bus gets you up to the top. (Level 3)
  • On the north west part of the bridge that's west of Nick's Hub.
  • Inside the bus near the Banoi Herald Excerpt 19.
  • Behind the bus and through the alley, on a porch.
  • In the middle bottom of the building that has a sideways cross on it (in the map view) that's in the south west corner of the map.
  • Inside the room where the High Voltage Mod is located.
  • Inside the shed where Frank and Antonio Margarete are initially trapped when you go to the Pump Station. (Level 2)
  • Across from the Pump Station, there will be an alleyway with three punks and a chest can be found along with other loot. (Level 1)
  • In a corner opposite the closest fire hydrant after accepting the main quest Drop By Drop.
  • To the east of the third closest fire hydrant in the above quest.
  • At the third fire hydrant, go east until you see a bulletin board on your left. Look right and behind the overturned vehicle. Another one is there.
  • At the fourth fire hydrant, up against the north wall.
  • Inside the abandoned building that Mugambe's family is in. The other openable door (not Mugambe's family) and at the end of the hall and to the right.
  • To the east of the Slums Dock, inside an alleyway with a workbench.
  • To the left of the electronics shop, behind the truck.
  • To the west of the Police Station, in a path way through the wall by the bus.
  • On the roof of the pump station.
  • To the left of the Police Station gate.
  • In an indent in the building to the east of the Police Station (the top building).
  • Inside the building that opens up while you're fighting punks for Vang Chi.
  • Inside the bathroom of Stan Dart's house.
  • Inside the hallway of the open building opposite Stan Dart's house.
  • In the alley way near ID Card 31.
  • In an indent in an alley way in the building below the one mentioned above (there will be three Walkers sitting down).
  • Behind the wooden wall at the north entrance to the alley listed above.
  • On top of the building to the west of the side quest Cat On A Roof, where the punks are for the side quest The First Head of Cerberus. (Level 3)
  • In the back of the warehouse where Ojibon hides after you rescue him. (Level 2)
  • Inside the warehouse next to the one Ojibon hides in.
  • Inside Tim neighbour's house during the side quest Judgement Day, in the bathroom (the door becomes unlocked after the Thug is killed).
  • Inside the warehouse where Amber Chi is, in the same room.
  • Inside the abandoned house where Cho is, in the same room.
  • In the first T intersection south of the Warehouse (map variant).
  • In an alley directly east of the shop you must go during the side quest Picture Of Bliss.
  • Inside the abovementioned shop.
  • Inside the shop with Matt Horton.
  • In the recording studio where Garett Grant is. (Level 1)
  • When exiting Garett Grant's location, make a left until you reach a corner. On this corner, there will be a fruit stand with a chest next to it.
  • Next to the control box for the second speaker during the side quest The First Head of Cerberus.
  • In the corner opposite to the control box for the third speaker.
  • In the "alley" next to the fourth speaker during the side quest The First Head of Cerberus (watch out for the Suicider!). (Level 2)
  • In the corner of the area where the first speaker is in for the side quest The Second Head of Cerberus. (Level 2)
  • Inside the room of the area where the second speaker is for the side quest The Second Head of Cerberus.
  • Next to the third speaker during the side quest The Second Head of Cerberus.
  • Once at the first speaker during the side quest The Third Head of Cerberus, follow the wooden planks towards a chest on a roof. (Level 1)
  • Across from the second speaker during the side quest The Third Head of Cerberus, there are white tents with a red cross on them. In that area there is a chest under a wooden awning.
  • Next to this awning, there is a room with a workbench and a chest. (Level 1)
  • On top of the roof where you meet the punks during the quest The Third Head of Cerberus.
  • Opposite to the last speaker in the quest "The Third Head of Cerberus".
  • Inside the red container or Mowen's storage unit during the quest "Boat Supplies". (Level 3)


  • Behind the white barrel before the Hero heads up the ladder to open the floodgates.
  • Down the well-lit corridor before you head into the tunnel that leads to the big room with the steam vent on.
  • Near the end of the hall and behind some pipes in the big room with the steam vent on.
  • In a large room with three tunnels on either sides of it. In the middle tunnel will be two Walkers who can't reach you because of a low pipe. The box is in the tunnel to the right of this one.
  • Next to the Purple Skull.

City Hall[]

  • In the plaza, under the table near a policeman (note that it disappears afterwards).
  • At the end of the hall in the room with a Suicider (the door unlocks after you get the mayor's key).


  • Inside the first workbench room.
  • In front of the Orange Skull.
  • On top of the shelves inside the security room.
  • In the room where Wolf is. (Level 3)

Police Station[]

  • Inside the cell control station next to the workbench.
  • Inside the armory, behind the ammo shelves.
  • Inside the room with Shotgun Ammo Recipe.


River Village[]

  • There are two in the room behind Matutero. One always contains a green firearm and the other always contains a green melee weapon. (Level 1)
  • One close to the hut where Mongina is in.
  • One is located in the fishing hut, accessible during and after the side quest The Dead in Fishing Net.

Overpass Camp[]

  • Two can be found inside the building where Dwight Turner stands after it's unlocked. The two chests are facing each other.


  • One is in the corner of the wall near the closed parking garage.
  • In a small corner close to an exploding barrel.
  • Inside the computer room.
  • In the storage shed where the player needs to obtain the chemicals for Frank.
  • Inside the generator warehouse where the fuse needs replacing.
  • After getting off of Mowen's Boat, head toward the jeep, its under the garage roof.
  • After getting off of Mowen's Boat, take a right into the warehouse, head up the stairs and its to the right. (Level 3)
  • After getting off of Mowen's Boat, one is found behind the shed the Fast Travel map is located on.
  • Near to the crashed pick up truck a short way down the road from Mowen's Boat.
  • Behind the warehouse that you get the fuse from.
  • On the roof of a bungalow where you'll also find the blueprint for the Shredder Mod. (Be careful -- there's a zombie on top of the roof as well!)
  • On the roof of the bungalow you need to enter as part of the quest No Sign of Life.
  • Inside a small hut found within a swamp infested with Floaters.

Tomb of Natives[]

  • On the other side of the bridge leading to the tomb entrance.


Dead Island: Riptide[]

Flooded Jungle[]

  • Every Dead Zone will have at least 2 chests inside them
  • Inside the hut on Pearl Sands beach next to the ramp leading to the cliff top.
  • One chest in an upper section of Paradise Survival Camp.
  • Several are scattered across Halai Village.
    • Two are found within the safe house on the upper floor next to Amanda.
  • On the upper level of Kingston's Shack at the Breri Outpost.
  • Two inside the drug dealer's hut, easy to find if doing the side quest White Line, though it's also just south of Breri Outpost.
  • One next to the nearby safe zone on a shack roof accessible via a ladder.
  • Inside the cave that's the third 'safe house' during Maggie's side quest Safe Haven.
  • Inside the Hoyahoya Bar.
  • A total of 5 are found in Kiwi Camping, inside the open caravan trailers as well as one in the shack present in the campsite.
  • A partially hidden chest is at Moazik Shrine, obscured by some foliage.
  • Next to the workbench at the back of Oil Storage.
  • Next to the workbench at Pierre's Magasin.
  • Inside the helicopter wreck that the Miniguns are taken from during the main quest Heavy Equipment.
  • Some chests are found scattered about in the random campsites set up across the waterways in the jungle.

Dr. Kessler's Biosphere[]

  • Two are in the lab's foyer, just before entering the main laboratory area.

Japanese Tunnels[]

  • Various chests are found across the tunnels, though they are few and far between.

Pinai Ferry Station[]

  • Three are found in the warehouse area in front of the ferry station.
  • Inside a small shed on the walkway to the ferry station.
  • Inside the warehouse after killing Wayne. It's the same warehouse that the Heroes radio to Kessler from immediately after killing him.
  • One at the end of the pier next to the desk that has a body fishing.


  • At the Henderson Ferry Station inside the safe house.
  • Next to the workbench in Jorge's Workshop.
  • On top of the sign on the balcony at the Old Town Cinema.
  • Next to the workbench on the roof of the cinema.
  • Under some stairs in a corner of the cinema roof.
  • On top of some scaffolding at the Sea Market.
  • Several are in the underground of The Fort of Henderson.
  • Inside the helicopter crash at the Fort.
  • Found across Henderson, often where carts are overturned in streets or on top of balconies that have a ladder leading up to them.


  • Most of the Heroes might say one of three scripted statements when opening a metal chest:
Logan: What do we got here?
Anything useful?
Something good in here?
Sam B: Let's see what we've got…
What we got here?
Anything good in here?
Xian: Anything will help.
What's in here?
What do we have here?
Purna: I love surprises…
Can't hurt to take a look…
It's always worth taking a look…
  • Level 3 chests are known to usually spawn Legendary Weapons so always check a Level 3 Metal Chest when you see one.
  • For some reason in Riptide there is a rare chance to get Meat when you open a chest instead of a weapon.