The 1.2 update added some new locked chests to the dungeon. Where can I find their matching keys and what can I expect to find inside these chests? Are the rewards unique? Will I need to generate many worlds to get all significant rewards from these chests?

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All of the rewards, except for those from Golden Chests, are unique to the dungeon.

All of the dungeon keys are acquired by combining a random drop from the respective hardmode biome with a Temple Key and 5 souls of Sight (Twins), Might (Destroyer) and Fright (Skeletron Prime).

In addition to these main rewards, all chests also contain some other items such as potions, explosives, materials, coins and lighting equipment.

Acquiring a Golden Key:

Finding one in an unlocked, normal Chest in the Dungeon
Finding one in an unlocked, Living Wood Chest inside a Living Tree.
Killing a Dungeon Slime
Killing another Dungeon monster (1/67 chance)
Breaking a pot in the Dungeon (1/40 chance)

My own dungeon delving
Terraria Wiki
Source code of the game

  • hallowed key is acquired from another dungeon chest? I don't think so... wiki disagrees, but then I haven't found one yet.
    – Maslow
    Oct 14, 2013 at 16:18
  • @Maslow I'm unsure where I found it, but I'm pretty sure it was a chest and not a drop.
    – 3ventic
    Oct 14, 2013 at 16:20
  • @Zibbobz that was my edit 55 minutes ago
    – 3ventic
    Oct 25, 2013 at 15:12
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    It's worth noting that this information is for 1.2.1. In v1.2 the keys simply dropped from biome mobs instead of the molds.
    – Jason_c_o
    Oct 26, 2013 at 9:27
  • Wait, where did you get the source code? Is the game open source?
    – Doorknob
    Oct 30, 2013 at 18:09

The key molds drop from mobs in that biome but in the ocean you can get any mold. I got the hallowed and Ice mold from beating lepus(the Easter boss) in those biomes after he spawned loads of disaster bunny's.after getting a mold you need 5 souls of fright,sight and might to craft a key.

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