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The Elder Scrolls: Blades cheats and tips - Everything you need to know about chests

The Elder Scrolls: Blades cheats and tips - Everything you need to know about chests

Chests and timers and how to crack them open

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Chests in The Elder Scrolls: Blades are entirely essential to your progression, and they're also incredibly frustrating.

You've likely already felt the cruel sting of chests in The Elder Scrolls: Blades, and we're here to help you through this difficult part of your life.


Chests need to be opened as often as possible, and if you want maximum rewards as fast as possible, there's a few factors to keep in mind. Just read through our tips here, and you'll be smashing out chests very quickly indeed.

Why you need chests

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When it comes to progressing in The Elder Scrolls: Blades, chests are a surprisingly big part of what will push you forward in the game.

Chests hold a variety of materials, gear and currencies that will help your progress in the game, and a bunch of them are essential.

You of course won't be saying no to chests containing bundles of Lumber and Limestone for crafting buildings, but in addition to those materials, chests contain Uncommon and Rare materials, such as Copper and Marble. These materials are harder to attain and will be incredibly valuable.

Copper especially will be essential for new buildings, or upgrading buildings, and will be important as you progress through the game. At a point, the Smithy and Enchanter's Tower will become just as important as being capable in battle.

Chests of course unlock on a timer and only unlock one at a time, which can mean you chests storage fills up quick. It's a good idea to of course open chests as often as possible, and since Wooden chests only take five seconds to unlock, those are the natural first choice.

Leave Silver chests to unlock whenever you run out of Wooden chests, and then unlock Golden and Elder chests overnight while you sleep. You do sleep, right?

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Wooden stock

When trying to get as many materials as possible, it's good to have a supply of Wooden chests.

While a Silver or longer chest is unlocking, you should collect Wooden chests, as many as possible, prepared to open them when the Silver chest is done.

This means each time a Silver chest timer counts down, you have more than just a Silver reward waiting for you. Wooden chests can even contain gems, after all.

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Room for gold

Before you head out on a quest which guarantees a Golden or Elder chest reward, make sure you have enough room to actually pick it up.

You have a limited number of chests you can carry, and while it might be worth paying the gems for the first couple of storage expansions, anything more is just unnecessary. It's not like they'll unlock faster.

Don't waste the valuable larger chests if you don't have the space to collect it.

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A single gem

When exploring dungeons while full up on chests, you'll be prompted to either abandon or instantly open any chests you find.

This is, for Silver chests, a bad idea, plain and simple. You won't likely get rewards worth the 36 gems it costs. For Wooden chests though, it's worth it, as it costs just 1 gem to open.

Wooden chests can give you gems back, gear, and materials. Even if you just pick up 8 Limestone, that's better than the 1-1 gem to Limestone exchange rate you get when short on materials for buildings.

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