I opened the Golden Chest in Sanctuary with the Golden Key I got with my pre-order bonus. I noticed that it ate my key, threw some loot at me, and then the chest didn't go away. I tried to open it again and it said I couldn't "afford" it and then displayed that I have no more Golden keys, which leads me to believe you can get more of them. If I can, how do I go about doing so?

  • Including his comment as he doesn't have enough rep, in case his answer is removed: @Lardofthedance pointed out that it may be a way of accessing DLC released later on. This would be markedly different to the way it worked in BL1, though. – Alex Sep 18 '12 at 15:14
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    The golden chest gives better loot the higher your player's level. If you had saved it until the end of the game it would have been much better. – user33203 Sep 18 '12 at 22:52
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    I accidentally opened the chest. What a BAD MOVE! Man, I hate myself. – NickSuperb Sep 19 '12 at 3:23
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    I, like many others, opened the chest not knowing wtf it was. More keys for when I'm max level would be awesome. – Ben Brocka Sep 19 '12 at 15:37

To get another Golden Key you can register at http://shift.gearboxsoftware.com and create a new character. Then select your old character and enter the shift code you were emailed from linking your email and Steam account to SHiFT.

Also, be sure to follow Gearbox Software on Facebook and Twitter. According to Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox, they plan on doing code SHiFT code giveaways to add more Golden Keys via these official sources in the future. (source) They have several keys a week so far, usually a couple each day on Saturday/Sunday. They're still testing the concept according to Pitchford, so they may change how they do things.

As of October 2nd, 2012, Duval is still sending out SHiFT codes on his Twitter in an effort to test out the software that will eventually be used for the giveaways. Since he is just testing the software, this could stop at anytime though.

  • According to this source, this is legit. – Brysonic Sep 18 '12 at 20:14
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    I'm not sure I understand. I never received a shift code in my email. – NickSuperb Sep 19 '12 at 3:34
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    Oh hey ! Shift... Gearbox... I see what they did there. – Nigralbus Sep 19 '12 at 7:44
  • I don't get it either; is this something my character automatically gets for linking or is there a way to send the email? Like Nick I don't have a code, just a confirmation email which didn't have anything to input. – Ben Brocka Sep 19 '12 at 15:43
  • Are there any other ways to get Keys, or is this currently the only other known way? This definitely works (Confirming to also work when linking XBL acc with Shift), but I'm sure there is some way to get more? – Klokworkk Sep 19 '12 at 19:16

UPDATE: The developer has patched this so that this Golden Key hack does not work on the PC anymore. The console hack does still... so far.

If you're on the PC you can go to directory of the game then go to DLC, then premium club, then open the WillowDLC.ini with Notepad and edit it to:



this will give you around 260 keys to use at your will

For Xbox 360 and PS3 watch this video for unlimited keys

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    They patched the game yesterday and it appears they've locked this down. Editing the file doesn't seem to affect your key count anymore. – Jeff Mercado Sep 21 '12 at 14:23
  • I still have my keys. I guess if you got it in early you're good. – NickSuperb Sep 23 '12 at 3:32
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    Want to add that the amount of keys is stored in profile.bin. From my experience you can just backup it and put it back after you used your key and you will have another one – Serge Bekenkamp Sep 29 '12 at 0:03
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    If you were to do a binary compare of the bin before and after using a key, you might find that the number of keys is stored in a specific place and may still be editable. – horatio Oct 2 '12 at 20:11
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    This answer would be better if it described the technique in the video. – KatieK Jan 2 '13 at 2:01

On the PC version of Borderlands 2 your save data is broken into two parts: profile and character save. The profile contains shared information between your characters such as bad-ass achievements, skin unlocks, and the golden keys.

Your character save contains weapon load-outs, current location, and class tree info. Try deleting your profile and starting a new game with a new character. This should give you a new key. Then import your old character save into the new profile to access the key. Note: You will lose all information attached to your current profile if you delete it so back it up first.

This work around can also be used to unlock the chest as many times as you like. Also, your save data should be located in: documents/mygames/borderlands2/willowgame/savedata for those who don't know.

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    This worked great, but seems to have the affect of resetting your bad-ass points, but the achievements are still unlocked. I assume this means that you will never be able to get those bad-ass points. – Acorn Sep 22 '12 at 17:10

Here's a fix for those who didn't get emailed a shift code; go to shift.gearboxsoftware.com and unlink your Steam account. Then go into Borderlands' main menu, then Extra, then Shift. Sign in here and you should get your golden key without the passcode they don't seem to actually send out.

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