|Type of Chest||Location (notable nearby object)||First Pickup Time||Second Pickup Time||Respawn Time||Loot Reward||Level Requirement|
|Key||Subway Line connector||3:08 PM||4:09 PM||1 Hour||2 Greens and 300 DZ Funds||N/A|
|Medium||W32nd street subway entrance (blue light)||3:28 PM||5:28 PM||2 Hours||1 Blue||8|
|Medium||Subway line (biohazard bags)||3:29 PM||5:29 PM||2 Hours||1 Blue||8|
|Medium||Subway connector room (blood)||3:31 PM||5:31 PM||2 Hours||1 Blue||8|
|Medium||W34th street entrance (I miss you sign)||3:33 PM||5:33 PM||2 Hours||1 Blue||8|
|Large||W34th Street alley (mural)||3:36 PM||5:36 PM||2 Hours||2 Blues||10|
|Key||Subway Line||3:39 PM||4:39 PM||1 Hour||2 Blues and 300 DZ Funds then 1 Blue and 1 Green and 300 DZ Funds||N/A|
|Medium||Subway side line (covered walls)||3:40 PM||5:40 PM||2 Hours||1 Blue||8|
|Medium||Subway service tunnel (dead bodies)||3:43 PM||5:43 PM||2 Hours||1 Blue||8|
|Medium||Subway service tunnel (biohazard bags)||3:44 PM||5:44 PM||2 Hours||1 Blue||8|
|Medium||Near W32nd street subway entrance||4:45 PM||N/A (accidental server switch)||N/A||1 Blue||8|
|Small||W34th street basketball court (forklift)||5:38 PM||N/A (accidental server switch)||N/A||1 Green||5|
|Small||W34th street basketball court (forklift)||6:49 PM||8:49 PM||2 Hours||1 Green||5|
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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