Although Nintendo has packed the world of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with plenty of secrets and mystery, some items have become a source of unintentional obsession for players. One chest, for example, has been dubbed the “impossible chest” because no matter what players do, they cannot open it. Or at least they could not open it by any legitimate means.
Thanks to an older version of the CEMU emulator, Leonardo Ramallo is able to finally access and open the chest in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, showing all its contents. Unfortunately, though speculation and expectation had created hopes the chest might hold some special item, the unfortunate truth is that it only contains a single Opal.
To access the chest, Ramallo used a version of CEMU that has a number of bugs and glitches when running Zelda: Breath of the Wild. One of those bugs breaks the water collision in the game, thereby allowing Ramallo to access the chest and open it.
For those that might be curious, even though the chest is seemingly stuck in the sand and meant to be pulled out, Nintendo must have missed a detail somewhere in development. The chest can be magnetized using the Magnesis rune, but it doesn’t move, and using Stasis and hitting it doesn’t move the chest either.
Eventually Nintendo may update the game and make it so players can pull the chest out of the water and open it, but now the mystery is solved. An Opal is by no means worth the effort required to access the chest, although the bow in the chest next to it is worth picking up.
While that’s one more item to scratch off The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild mystery list, it’s hardly the last thing left. It seems like every day players are discovering new ways to manipulate the world in Nintendo’s game, finding new secrets, faster routes through areas, and fun ways to use the runes. Just recently, for example, one player found a clever way to skip the Lost Woods area using the Stasis Rune and a tree trunk.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is out now for Nintendo Switch and Wii U.