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How To Open Locked Chests in Nier: Automata.

 

How To Open Locked Chests in Nier: Automata

As you play through the game you will notice some chests locked. If you try to interact with them, you will get a message that you can't access them at the moment. These chests can only be unlocked in the second playthrough of the game as you are making your way towards Ending B

When you start your second playthrough you will gain the ability to hack chests by holding the triangle button. It will initiate a bullet hell game to destroy the orb, similar to in the boss fights. Destroy the orb to unlock them and loot the gear inside! The Locked Chests page has information on all the chests and their contents.

 

Locked Chests are special chests in Nier: Automata that are locked out from access until the first playthrough is complete, and the player begins Route B playthrough as 9S. These chests must be hacked to be opened. This page shows all chest locations as well as their contents. There's a Plug-in Chip available on your second playthrough that shows all items and chests on the map: very helpful!

 

All Locked Hack Chest Locations

Chest Number Chest Contents & Location

Chest 1/??

City Ruins

Contains: Phoenix Sword

Located right as 9S and 2B land on the City Ruins for the first time during Gathering Intel, to the left of an empty building that must be jumped on to continue.

Chest 2/??

City Ruins

Contains: Large Gear, Sturdy Socket, Pristine Cable, Pristine Screw, Clean Nut, Large Battery, New Bolt

Located down the long ladder from the first building encountered across entry to the City Ruins during Gathering Intel.

Chest 3/??

City Ruins

Contains: Archives: Paper Attached to Vehicle (Old World Information)

Located by a broken truck used to jump on destroyed highway near City Ruins: Near Factory Access Point.

Chest 4/??

City Ruins

Contains: Large New Gear, New Bolt, Pristine Screw, Pristine Cable, Sturdy Socket, Large Battery, Clean Nut

Located near the City Ruins: Cave savepoint, unlocked after the Assault event.

Chest 5/??

City Ruins

Contains: Archives: Nuclear Arms Manual (Old World Information)

Located inside a broken building accessible after the Assault event. To get into the building, follow the vines for the first lap of Speed Star, and dash into the lower floor you can jump in from the vine's top.

Chest 6/??

City Ruins

Contains: Large Recovery.

Located behind a truck near the Factory: Entrance access point.

Chest 7/??

City Ruins

ContainsArchiveDepartment Store Flyer

Located within some plants to the right of the bridge coming from City Ruins: Near Tower towards commercial facility for Forest Zone.

Chest 8/??

City Ruins

Contains: Full Recovery

Located inside the Commercial Facility leading to the Forest Zone

Chest 9/??

City Ruins

Contains: Archives: Project Gestalt Report 10

Down the elevator from the Commercial Facility. Unlocked during Emil's Memories.

Chest 10/??

City Ruins

Contains: Archives: Project Gestalt Report 7

Located: Go to City Ruins after finishing Emil's Memories. Above the City Ruins: Cave section, some broken pipes can be jumped into. In one, there's a locked door that opens with Elevator Key. Go inside, then when you find a drop glide down to the first level and defeat some magnetized enemies to find it.

Chest 11/??

City Ruins

Contains: Archives: Project Gestalt Report 4

Located: Go to City Ruins after finishing Emil's Memories. Above the City Ruins: Cave section, some broken pipes can be jumped into. In one, there's a locked door that opens with Elevator Key. Go inside and follow the cave down until you drop onto a section with a small lake and two Small Sphere enemies. The Chest is by an opening in the rocks ahead before you fight a level 50 linked-sphere type.

Chest 12/??

City Ruins

Contains: Emil's Head

Located: 

Chest 13/??

City Ruins

Contains: Archives: Ragged DVD

Located: From the Desert: Camp access point, make your way to the building with the U-shaped stacked boxes, where also Sorting Trouble 3 happens. You need to jump across the large road onto the building on the other side. To reach it, sprint and double jump off the ledge. At the peak of the second jump press X + R1 to let the pod catapult you forwards and hold X to let it carry you. While holding X, press Square to make a spinning move with the pod that lifts you upwards, which should be more than enough to reach it. If not, you can also dash at the end.

Chest 1/2

Resistance Camp

Contains: Large Recovery.

Located on the way to the storage portion, right from Anemone, follow the path all the way to the right.

Chest 2/2

Resistance Camp

Contains: Type-40 Fists

Located to the left of the Access Point, behind some containers.

Chest 1/1

The Bunker

Contains: Large Recovery

Located by the maintenance shop in The Bunker.

Chest 1/??

Desert Zone

Contains: Archives: Project Gestalt Report 8 (Old World Information)

Located by a large rock near the entrance to Desert Housing. Protected by some flying enemies.

Chest 2/??

Desert Zone

Contains: Full Recovery

Located in Desert: Oil Field, up the ramp.

Chest 3/??

Desert Zone

Contains: Archives: Project Gestalt Report 6 (Old World Information)

Located on a drop-down in the Desert: Camp area - follow the undergrounds caverns to the end to find.

Chest 4/??

Desert Zone

Contains: Archives: Mysterious Lythograph 4 (Old World Information)

Located in a hidden corner in the Desert: Camp area. After emerging from the previous chest, do a dash-and jump to reach the opposite side, then do it again and drop down to find the chest.

Chest 5/??

Desert Zone

Contains: Archives: Mysterious Lithograph 3 (Old World Information)

Located by the YoRHa unit that is taking refuge from the sandstorm by the oasis in the far side of the map. Same location as Photographs.

Chest 1/??

Desert Housing

Contains: Archives: Bulletin Record

Located near the Desert Housing access point, where you later meet Sartre's Fan.

Chest 2/??

Desert Housing

Contains: Archives: Mysterious Lithograph 1 (Old World Information)

Located: From the access point, exit towards the Desert Zone. When you are on the emptier space, go left and keep going until you find an opening on the broken building. The chest is in the opening.

Chest 3/??

Desert Housing

Contains: 10,000G

Located on the loop around back to the Desert Housing area, across the river of sand after fighting Adam (Boss)

Chest 1/??

Amusement Park

Contains: Archives: Tattered Pamphlet (Old World Information)

Located near Park Ruins: Attraction Sq, at the foot of the broken thrill ride.

Chest 2/??

Amusement Park

Contains: Archives: Filthy Lottery Ticket

Located on the grass under the Roller Coaster in the area where you fight the goliath tank machine.

Chest 3/??

Amusement Park

Contains: Demon's Cry

Located on the underground portion. Defeat the boss then go out and down the stairs, turn left and go to a lift, then follow the path all the way to the end.

Chest 4/??
Amusement Park

Contains: 10,000G

Located to the left of the door as you exit the room posterior to defeating the boss.

Chest 1/??

Machine Village

Contains: 10,000G

From where Pascal is talking to some children, continue to the left and go down the first ladder you see.

Chest 1/??

Flooded City

Contains: Full Recovery

Located right by the Flooded City: Coast access point.

Ches 2/??

Flooded City

Contains: Archives: Newspaper Scrap. (Upstairs you will find non-locked chest with Small Recovery & weapon: Type-3 Lance.

Located on a building in the middle of the water. Access by going to the broken building on the water near the yellow bus and apologetic machine, then do this combo: Sprint and double jump off the ledge. At the peak of the second jump press X + R1 to let the pod catapult you forwards and hold X to let it carry you. While holding X, press Square to make a spinning move with the pod that lifts you upwards, which should be enough to let you grab the edge.

Chest 1/??

Soul Box

Contains: Full Recovery

Located inside the Soul Box recovery unit during the quest Obtain Keys (third playthrough)

Chest 2/??

Soul Box

Contains: Anti Chain Damage +6 Chip

Located before the second lift inside the Soul Box recovery unit during the quest Obtain Keys (third playthrough)

Chest 3/??

Soul Box

Contains: Cure All Status

Located before the third lift inside the Soul Box recovery unit during the quest Obtain Keys (third playthrough)

Chest 4/??

Soul Box

 

Contains: 10,000G, Archives: Tower System Outline

Located before the third lift inside the Soul Box recovery unit during the quest Obtain Keys (third playthrough)

Chest 5/??

Soul Box

Contains: Cure All Heal All

Located before the fourth lift inside the Soul Box recovery unit during the quest Obtain Keys (third playthrough)

Chest 6/??

Soul Box

ContainsResilience +6

Located before the fourth lift inside the Soul Box recovery unit during the quest Obtain Keys (third playthrough)

Chest 7/??

Soul Box

Contains: Power Up Part M, Archives: [Top Secret] Black Box

Located before the fourth lift inside the Soul Box recovery unit during the quest Obtain Keys (third playthrough)

Chest 1/??

Forest Zone

Contains: 10,000G

Located in a hollow aqueduct. Keep left from the entrance and go down towards the water, walk to the edge of a broken aqueduct/bridge and drop down inside it

Chest 2/??

Forest Zone

Contains: Strange Doll

Located at the root of giant trees up a slope from where you found the last chest, before you meet a group of machines led by a mounted Knight.

Chest 3/??

Forest Zone

Contains: Archives: Rotten Info Sheet

Located to the left of the entrance to the castle, after going across the large moat (Forest Castle: Front Access Point)

Chest 4/??

Forest Zone

Contains: Beastcurse (Weapon)

Located inside the caslte - go all the way to the right until you reach a dead end and begin going up. Before proceeding back left on the upper floors, look for a way to jump back to the third floor rightmost room.

Chest 5/??

Forest Zone

Contains: Powerup Part M

Located in a deeper section of Forest Zone. From Forest: Center access point, follow the river down until a big drop. Find a ledge you can drop down onto, and continue going down the uneven slopes until you find the chest.

Chest 6/??

Forest Zone

Contains: Archives: Weapon Shop Flyer

Located at the bottom of the Canyon, next to the regular chest with the Phoenix Dagger. Accessed in quest Lord of the Valley.

Chest 1/??

The Tower

Contains: Archives: Project Gestalt Report 9

Located inside the Tower, to the right of the bridge to the first YoRHa units you see after you enter.

Chest 2/??

The Tower

Contains: Archives: Project Gestalt Report 11

Located behind broken pillars in the room where 9S gets a new arm.

Chest 1/??

Factory

Contains: Archives: A Pious Robot's Will

Location: Just after the entrance chamber, in the hall with the first elevator.

Chest 2/??

Factory

Contains: Full Recovery

Location: Behind the throne.

Chest 3/??

Factory

Contains: Large New Gear, New Bolt, Pristine Screw, Pristine Cable, Sturdy Socket, Large Battery, Clean Nut

Location: After the elevator down from the throneroom, walk along the catwalk until you reach a big cylindrical structure that hides your view. Pass through, turn back and jump as you enter from the right doorway and you will land on a hidden staircase. Continue up the stairs to the left to open an unlocked chest with two gold ores, jump from halfway up the stairs towards the right to land on a hidden platform with locked chest.

 

Chest 4/??

Factory

Contains: Archives: Abandoned Factory Memo

Location: In the same room as the Engine Blade, jump across the top of the first set of crushers.

 

Chest 5/??

Factory

Contains: Archives: Project Gestalt Report 5

Location: Open the locked door in the chamber after the second set of crushers. Jump onto the second crusher to reach the first one (just the crushing part, not the whole machine), then jump back to the left to reach a platform. Then jump across the top of the crushing machines to the right where the chest is.

 

Chest 6/??

Factory

Contains: Factory Cafeteria Sign

Located behind the second stairs in the first indoor corridor you come from the first mission. It locates right below the elevator you escape from factory's underground area.

Chest 7/??

Factory

Contains: Cure All + Heal All

Located inside the Factory, behind a hidden door after you encounter several ranged-attack small stubby enemies. The room opens a shortcut to bypass part of the factory. This is the location for the quest: Data Analysis Freak

Chest 1/??

Copied City

Contains: Powerup Part M

Location: Opposite the boss fight area with Adam.

 




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