When you come across your first purple chest in Octopath Traveler, you are likely going to be scratching your head. This is because unlike other types of chests in the game, purple chests are always locked and there are no nearby keys or switches to make them open.
Even more frustrating is that the game will only tell you that no one in your party can open purple chests. So, how do you open them in Octopath Traveler? It turns out that purple chests can only be opened by one, specific party member who happens to be a thief.
How to open purple chests in Octopath Traveler
In Octopath Traveler, not all characters can open the Purple Chest as it requires a certain path action. That said, only Therion, the Thief can open these Purple Chests because, unlike other characters, he has the Pick Lock ability.
Since only Therion can open Purple Chest, therefore you need to add him to the party to open the chests. Once Therion is at the party, you can easily open all the Purple Chests in the game.
Keep in mind that opening the Purple Chest is not a job skill that you will acquire after unlocking the thief as the secondary class. That said, no matter which character you equip as the thief, they will not have the pick lock ability.
Octopath Traveler all Purple Chest Locations
In Octopath Traveler, there is a total of 72 Purple Chests that are scattered across different regions. Usually, any particular region has two Purple Chests that can be collected at a time.
Below are the locations and rewards for all Purple Chests in Octopath Traveler.
|Purple Chest Location
|This chest can be found in the open area on the left side of Ravus Manor Gate
|If you travel to the east edge of Clearbook, you will find it next to a staircase
|Dubious Gold Ore
|Within the town, there is a house guarded by a Villager which has a chest inside.
|Once you reach the door of the Arena Proper, you will find this chest on the right side of the entrance.
|Within the town, there is a house guarded by an Elderly Woman which has a chest inside.
|If you travel to the left edge of Wellspring, you will find a guarded house that has the chest on its left wall
|The same guarded house has another Purple Chest on the right wall
|In the middle of the town, there is a stone statue that has a chest on the right.
|You will find the chest in the bottom left corner of the tavern
|There is a guarded house in Northreach that has the chest to the left of the Provisioner.
|Within Grandport, you will find a house guarded by a woman. Get inside the house by moving her and the chest will be inside.
|Marsalim has a palace that has Purple Chest behind the throne.
|You will find a house guarded by a woman. Get inside the house by moving her and the chest will be inside.
|North Cobblestone Gap
|Travel north into a hidden path from the South Cobblestone Gap trail. The Purple Chest is going to be along the rocks
|The Purple Chest can be found on the first floor as soon as the second half of the house begins. Within the first floor, you need to get inside the rightmost room.
|Within the second half of the Ravus Manor house, you need to get to the balcony of the second floor to get the Purple Chest.
|You will find this Purple Chest next to the stone memorial of Noelle, Seeker of Knowledge (I)
|Path of Beasts
|You will find a hidden path if you travel upwards from the second intersection. Once you are along that path, the chest will be along the left side.
|Caves of Azure
|Travel towards the first save point and head east towards the curved path to find the Purple Chest.
|Caves of Azure
|You will reach Green Fond Plant if you travel North from the Winding Path. Similarly, If you travel further North, you will find Purple Chest.
|Within the back half of the second floor, there will be a secret room that you need to get into. The door to the room can be found on the left wall located inside the rightmost room.
|Travel to the end of the dungeon by taking the left path and the chest will be along the rocks.
|Tombs of Kings
|As soon as you enter, take the stairs upstairs and turn around to find the chest underneath the stairs leading to the third floor.
|The Purple Chest will be along the stairs North of the Secret Path’s first Save Point
|If you travel North from the first Save point, you will find the chest at the right part of the looping path.
|The Hollow Throne
|Head to the third floor of the ruins and the chest will be inside the right alcove.
|From the broken pillar, there is a path leading to the bottom right corner of the cave. Once there, Purple Chest will be under the arch.
|There is a bridge from the trail leading from the Unsavoury Men. From there, take the narrow path down from the bridge and the chest will be on the right side.
|This Purple Chest can be found on the edge of the Farshore close to the water. You can get there by traveling south and taking the ramp on the right.
|There is a hidden path leading from the second-floor stairs that have the Purple Chest.
|The Forgotten Grotto
|There are several torches in The Forgotten Grotto and if you travel North from the 6th one, you will find the chest.
|From the 3rd torch, travel North, and Purple Chest will be along the crates.
|South Quarrycrest Pass
|Take the first left path from the entrance until you come across the cliff. After that, take the right to find the Purple Chest.
|You will come across a stone ramp near the water if you travel South from the Shrine of the Trader. The Purple Chest will be along the ramp.
|This chest can be found at the end of the path if you travel southeast from the 7th torch.
|Southern Wellspring Sands
|A Black Market in Southern Wellspring Sands has a hidden path leading next to it. The chest will be along the path.
|From the main trail leading from the entrance, take a right and Purple Chest will be at the end.
|If you travel further north on the main trail, you will find the Purple Chest near the last Save Point.
|Tomb of the Imperator
|For this chest, you need to take the stairs down next to the main entrance.
|Eastern Wellspring Sands
|Travel Southeast into the woods from the signpost where you will find the chest behind a cactus.
|Eastern Marsalim Sands
|Two palm trees are very close to the entrance and Purple Chest is behind the shorter one.
|There are two connected rooms on the second floor of Obsidian Manse. The chest will be inside the second room.
|The Purple Chest is at the end of the left path originating from the entrance of The Whitewood.
|If you go down the ramp from the entrance of the cave, you will come across the chest alongside the 2nd torch.
|Head North on the trail from the 7th Torch and continue ahead on the torchless side when the path splits. You will then find the Purple Chest along the ramp.
|Ruins of Eld
|There is a path leading North from the entrance that has the Purple Chest beside the hidden ramp.
|Ruins of Eld
|Besides the back-right wall of the main hall.
|Travel to the top by taking the stairs from the first save point. The Purple Chest will be there on top.
|You will find a hidden path if you go left from the entrance. Once there, the Purple Chest will be on the right side.
|There is a waterfall close to the entrance that has a chest underneath.
|Maw of the Ice Dragon
|Travel down the path leading from the 4th torch and take the right when the path splits. The Purple Chest will be there in the woods.
|Lorn Cathedral: Cellars
|You can find this chest in the hidden alcove located at the far-right end of the second floor.
|Take the spiraling stairs down to find the chest on the North wall.
|Head back to the ground floor where you will find the chest at the end.
|Everhold Amphitheatre: Arena
|Use the stairs to get to the first floor and the Purple Chest will be in the second room.
|Ethereal Dancer Garb
|Everhold Amphitheatre: Arena
|Within the first floor, travel South to find the chest along the left wall.
|Everhold Amphitheatre: Balcony
|There is a hidden doorway leading from the room near the entrance. Once there, the chest will be along the right corner.
|You need to find a hidden door located on the first floor. This can be accessed if you travel left from the 6th torch and the chest will be there beside the wall.
|Shrine of the Archmagus
|This chest can be found at the end of the trail leading from the 12th torch.
|Head towards the right room on the second floor to find Purple Chest along the wall.
|Sturdy Quartz Rod
|If you travel south on the trail, you will come across a hidden path close to the second save point. The chest will be at the end of the trail along the wall.
|Forest of Rubeh
|Take a right from the entrance to get into the trail that leads to a wall with the chest.
|You will find this chest on the right wall connected to a hidden path. This hidden path can be accessed from the second bridge.
|Head towards the stairs and into the second floor to find a room that leads to a doorway with the chest.
|Forest of No Return
|Close to the campsite, you will come across a ramp that has the chest on the left.
|You need to find a paved path after the 8th torch that has the Purple Chest on the left.
|Shrine of the Warbringer
|There is a ramp after the 7th torch that has the chest on the left.
|From the entrance, take the stairs up to the first floor and the chest will be along the wall.
|Take the stairs upwards to find the chest on the left wall.
|Head towards the end of the trail leading from the 4th torch and the chest will be on the right.
|Loch of the lost King
|From the 8th torch, there is a new path that leads to the right and goes up. The Purple Chest is at the end of that path.
|Sturdy Sapphire Rod
|Loch of the lost King
|You will find this chest at the back of the battleground where you will find Tyrannodrake boss.
|Improved Bow of the Eagle
|Forest of the Purgation
|There is a ramp that is located close to the first bridge which has the Purple Chest.
Are Purple Chests worth it in Octopath Traveler?
Simply put, if you’re a completionist who wishes to collect everything that the game has to offer the Purple Chests are well worth it. However, from a functional standpoint, the rewards from the chests may not be worth it as you can purchase much better gear from vendors. Generally, any chests within areas with Danger Level 45+ are worth looting. These are the best chests you should get in Octopath Traveler:
- Maw of the Ice Dragon
- Forest of the Purgation
- Moldering Ruins
- Refuge Ruins
- Lock of the lost King