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Containers are objects that can contain weapons, armor, and various other treasure. Most NPCs won't mind you looting a container next to them or inside their homes or taverns (with certain exceptions). Containers shimmer when they contain something you can loot (this can be disabled under the Options menu). To retrieve them simply walk up to it and select it. A list of items contained will appear. You may either select certain ones or simply "Take All" of them by choosing said option. A container may also be locked; a rogue is necessary to pick such locks unless a key is required.

The random items in a container are determined when the player first enters the area in which it is located. Hence saving before looting a container, then reloading for another try will not change the contents you will get; neither will exiting and then re-entering the area.

Each container is also assigned a rank and a treasure category (except for cases of fixed treasure), used to generate random treasure. In general, "Boss" rank containers are uncommon and only found in certain areas. In the toolset these ranks are not associated with creature ranks, instead they are listed as "Easy", "Hard", etc. Only three "Very Hard" chests exist in the base installation of Origins: one in the bugged Jowan's Intention area called Deep Woods; one near the start of the Carta Hideout, Orzammar; and a third in the Gnawed Noble Tavern, Denerim. These require level Device Mastery to open.

List of common containers[]

Some of the more common types of containers you can encounter:

  • Ancient Texts
  • Armor Stands
  • Barrels
  • Bloody Corpses
  • Cabinet
  • Charred Corpses
  • Chests
  • Cocoons
  • Cocooned Corpses
  • Coin Purses
  • Corpses
  • Crates
  • Fractured Stones
  • Gem Clusters
  • Party Storage Chest
  • Piles of Bones
  • Piles of Books
  • Piles of Filth
  • Piles of Junk
  • Piles of Rags
  • Piles of Sacks
  • Piles of Treasure
  • Pots
  • Rubble
  • Sacks
  • Sarcophagus
  • Storage
  • Storage Chest
  • Vases
  • Weapon Stands
  • Wooden Crates
Note: The game engine allows any place-able to be a container; some of the more unique ones include a "Dragon Egg" and a "Dragon Hoard."



  • If you try to open the chest near Zathrian at the Dalish Camp, Lanaya will yell at you, if you do it again she will become angry. This is one of the few instances where using a container can cause issue with NPCs. You can receive the item only if you convince Zathrian to remove the spell of the werewolves, in turn sacrificing his life and making Lanaya the new keeper.