As some of you may have noticed, there some non-mission-related containers that can be found and opened during some missions types.

They can be interacted with while standing on any square around them. When "opened", the following loot message appears:

So far, I opened three of those containers, but they never contained anything. I digged through some other threads where those crates were mentioned, and while some people claim that they revovered some loot from them, I haven't found any evidence yet. Two sources mentioned recovering a "datapad".

Maybe this was some early loot mechanism, that was abandoned before the final release?

Does anyone have more information on this?

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    Welcome to Arqade! Never noticed those before. Good catch. Curious to see answers.
    – DCShannon
    Mar 31, 2016 at 19:29
  • I am pretty sure I've recovered a datapad from one of them, on a "Rescue VIP from Advent City" mission. That was in a version after launch, before first DLC.
    – Sumurai8
    Mar 31, 2016 at 19:34
  • I've never seen anything in the pop when looting, but after the mission ends, I have items that can't be accounted for from other loot sources. I'm inclined to believe that the containers work, they just don't show properly. Apr 1, 2016 at 0:49
  • @ChrisHayes: What kind of items? I find it hard to believe that its a bug, because it should be obvious to play testers and developers (if they expect something to show up there). I also don't think that it is some kind of design decision NOT to show what was recovered, at least I see no reason why. Maybe you have a save game where you can reproduce that you recovered something? I haven't noticed any additional loot at the end of the missions after opening such a container.
    – Rev
    Apr 1, 2016 at 6:43
  • I don't have any saves that are near loot containers unfortunately. The loot is the same stuff I would typically get off enemies - elerium cores, weapon mods, that sort of thing. Apr 1, 2016 at 7:04

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I have seen these before and opened them a number of times.

On each occasion the box is visually empty - as in your screenshot. But the audio of the solider says "there is some loot here" and there is a sound of items been scooped up.

I just did a VIP extraction mission on L/I - and I noticed I had an "extra" item at the end. I had 2x repeaters, an elerium core, and a scope. That is 4 items, but I only ever get a max of 3 from an alien drop.

So I can assume at this point the 4th item came from the chest. This would imply you get a "random" item from the chest at this stage...

Edit: I can now confirm - you do receive "random" items from the container. I just completed a mission, and received an extra "Laser Sight" and "Hair Trigger" mods that were extra to what I had picked up in the mission.

  • I am not sure if 3 is the maximum number of items from a regular loot drop (assuming you have "Vulture"). Somewhere else i read it could be up to 5 but I can't confirm that and don't find the source. Maybe its something we could find in the config files. I concur with your observations about the sounds.
    – Rev
    Apr 12, 2016 at 6:26
  • @Rev1.0 - I can now confirm - see above
    – Laurence
    Apr 24, 2016 at 2:00

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