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The Division: Curious on how long does Dark Zone chests respawn? Then find it out here...

For those of you who are wondering how long will it take for chests in the Dark Zone to respawn, then just go ahead and check out the chart below.



Type of ChestLocation (notable nearby object)First Pickup TimeSecond Pickup TimeRespawn TimeLoot RewardLevel Requirement
KeySubway Line connector3:08 PM4:09 PM1 Hour2 Greens and 300 DZ FundsN/A
MediumW32nd street subway entrance (blue light)3:28 PM5:28 PM2 Hours1 Blue8
MediumSubway line (biohazard bags)3:29 PM5:29 PM2 Hours1 Blue8
MediumSubway connector room (blood)3:31 PM5:31 PM2 Hours1 Blue8
MediumW34th street entrance (I miss you sign)3:33 PM5:33 PM2 Hours1 Blue8
LargeW34th Street alley (mural)3:36 PM5:36 PM2 Hours2 Blues10
KeySubway Line3:39 PM4:39 PM1 Hour2 Blues and 300 DZ Funds then 1 Blue and 1 Green and 300 DZ FundsN/A
MediumSubway side line (covered walls)3:40 PM5:40 PM2 Hours1 Blue8
MediumSubway service tunnel (dead bodies)3:43 PM5:43 PM2 Hours1 Blue8
MediumSubway service tunnel (biohazard bags)3:44 PM5:44 PM2 Hours1 Blue8
MediumNear W32nd street subway entrance4:45 PMN/A (accidental server switch)N/A1 Blue8
SmallW34th street basketball court (forklift)5:38 PMN/A (accidental server switch)N/A1 Green5
SmallW34th street basketball court (forklift)6:49 PM8:49 PM2 Hours1 Green5


From that fun little notepad table, we can draw a few conclusions about chests in the Dark Zone.
Dark Zone chests that require a key have the shortest respawn time, taking a single hour to restock, and reward 2 items alongside 300 DZ Funds. However, they are balanced out by the fact that a key is consumed each time they are opened, and have varying quality of loot, between green and blue.

Dark Zone chests that require a specific Dark Zone rank to unlock have the longer respawn timers, taking 2 hours each, regardless of type. The small size of chest requires rank 5 and rewards a single green consistently. The medium size of chest requires rank 8 and rewards a single blue consistently. The large size of chest requires rank 10 and rewards two blues consistently.

Note: Be advised that these findings are tested only on the open beta of the game. We don't know yet if this will still be applicable when the final version of the game is launch on March. 

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Credits: Special thanks to SilensPhoenix for sharing this really helpful information.