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The Treasure Chest Game is a recurring Mini-Game in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] They are commonly minigames in which Link picks from a choice of Treasure Chests to win Rupees or other items.

Mainline appearances[]

A Link to the Past[]

A Link to the Past has three places where the game can be played. One is on the south end of Kakariko Village (run by the Treasure Chest Game Keeper), another on the north end of the Lost Woods (run by a Forest Thief), and a third in the Village of Outcasts (run by a Dark World Shopkeeper). Each game differs in prices and winnings. While the other two allow Link a pick of only one out of three Treasure Chests per game, the Village of Outcasts has sixteen chests with a choice of two chests per game, and a Piece of Heart among its prizes.[2][3][4]

Location Rupees per game Number of chests Prizes
Kakariko Village 20 3 Rupees (1, 20, 50)
Lost Woods 100 3 Rupees (1, 20, 300),
Village of Outcasts 30 16, 2 per game Arrows (1, 10)
Bomb (1)
Piece of Heart
Heart, Rupees (1, 20, 50, 100)

Ocarina of Time[]

Treasure Chest Game OoT

The Treasure Chest Contest in Ocarina of Time

In Ocarina of Time, the Treasure Chest Contest is located in the Market. The shop is only open at night.[5] For 10 Rupees, Link can play. The object of this game is to decide between two chests in each of the first five rooms. One chest will hold a set amount of Rupees, while the other will contain a Door Key. Receiving the Door Key will allow Link to enter the next room through a locked door, but earning the Rupee prize prevents him from going any farther.[6][7] The sixth room at the end of the game has only one chest, with a Piece of Heart inside, unless Link has already taken the prize before, in which case it is a Purple Rupee instead.

According to a Gossip Stone, it is against the rules to use glasses in this contest. This gossip actually gives a vague hint that Link can use the Lens of Truth to ensure victory, as it allows him to see the contents of each chest before he even opens it.[8]

Room Number Room Color Prize
1 Green Green Rupee (1)
2 Green Green Rupee (1)
3 Blue Blue Rupee (5)
4 Blue Blue Rupee (5)
5 Red Red Rupee (20)
6 Gold Piece of Heart / Purple Rupee (50)

Majora's Mask[]

In Majora's Mask, the Treasure Chest Game is played at the Treasure Chest Shop in East Clock Town. The cost and prize of the Treasure Chest Game is changed by the Treasure Chest Shop Gal depending on which form Link takes (Deku, Goron, Zora, or his own).[9]

To win the Treasure Chest Game, Link must navigate across a black and white checkered floor to reach a chest on the opposite end of the building within 45 seconds. The catch is that the square segments of the floor will rise when Link is in close range of them. In this way, the black and white floor becomes a maze-like obstacle, and Link must move around the rising walls and guess which way to go to reach his goal. Because there is only a 45 second time limit, Link often must head in the correct general direction the first time; needing to turn back will cost precious time. When playing the game as a Goron, a Piece of Heart can found in the chest.

Form Rupees per game Prize
Link 20 Rupees (50)
Deku 10 Deku Nuts (10)
Goron 30 Piece of Heart, Rupees (50)
Zora 5 Rupees (20)

Oracle of Seasons[]


The Horon Village Shop Treasure Chest Game in Oracle of Seasons

In Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages, Treasure Chest Games can be played in the basements of the Lynna City Shop in Oracle of Ages, and the Horon Village Shop in Oracle of Seasons. The basements only open once Link purchases all of the items. For 10 Rupees, the shopkeeper will grant Link a choice between two chests. One of the two chests will have a large, red Rupee-like gem in it, the other will be empty. Link must guess the chest with the gem in it three times to win a prize, which is always a Magic Ring.[10] The shopkeeper will ask after the third correct guess if Link wants to keep playing. Saying "OK" will continue the game. Saying "No thanks" will earn him the offered Ring. Going another round and guessing correctly will give Link yet another choice of a prize or ending the game.[11] Winning the fifth round wins a Ring and ends the game.[12] Continuing to play more rounds will reward Link with a rarer ring.

Four Swords Adventures[]

In Four Swords Adventures, the Links can gamble in two Treasure Chest Games. The first is in the Village of the Blue Maiden, in a home in the Dark World. In this house, Link must risk 100 Force Gems to pick between three chests, some of which hold less Force Gems, or significantly more than Link originally bet. The chests can contain a large purple Force Gem (300), a blue Force Gem (100) Rupees, or 1 single Force Gem.

A second Treasure Chest Game run by a Zuna can be found in the Desert of Doubt. The risks and rewards are unchanged.

The Minish Cap[]

TMC Chest Mini-Game Shop Interior

The interior of the Chest Mini-Game Shop, which hosts the Treasure Chest Game in The Minish Cap

In The Minish Cap, the Treasure Chest Game is hosted at the Chest Mini-Game Shop in Hyrule Castle Town. However, the shop, and therefore the mini-game, cannot be played until Link has obtained the Ocarina of Wind.

The mini-game is hosted by Borlov, and it costs 10 Rupees to play.[13] There are two Treasure Chests in the back room, Borlov leads Link into after he pays. Link has to pick a Treasure Chest to open: one Treasure Chest contains a green Rupee with a ×2, which will double the number of Link's current bet,[14] while the other contains a skull, which ends the game and costs Link both his initial bet and any Rupees he has won. Opening the incorrect Treasure Chest will end the game, but if Link opens the correct one, Borlov will give him the opportunity to continue betting with his new amount, doubling it with each success. Link can keep playing the game as long as he keep choosing the correct Treasure Chest. Each time Link completes a round, Borlov will try to convince Link to quit playing.[15] When Link wins seven rounds, Borlov will give Link the maximum amount of 999 Rupees and forces him to stop playing.[16]

Level 2 has identical mechanics to Level 1, the only difference being the number of Treasure Chests (increased from two to three) and the factor placed on a winning bet (a success in Level 2 triples the bet, as opposed to a success in Level 1, which doubles the bet). Borlov will give Link 999 Rupees if he reaches a bet of 810 Rupees and wins (a total of five successes in a row).

If Link fuses Fuses Kinstone Pieces with Spekter, Borlov will be inspired to create a separate difficulty of the Mini-Game.[17] When Link next enters the Chest Mini-Game Shop and speaks to Borlov, he will let Link choose between "Level 1: Easy" and "Level 2: Hard".[18][19] The second level is harder and involves having to guess from three chests, although the cost of playing is the same. One of the three chests will hold a Red Rupee with ×3 to indicate that it triples Links money. Link can play for a total of five rounds before Borlov ends the game. Again, the maximum number of Rupees that can be earned is 999.

The probability of acquiring 999 Rupees from Level 1 is , or approximately 0.7813%.

The probability of acquiring 999 Rupees from Level 2 is , or approximately 0.4115%.

Round Earnings
1 20
2 40
3 80
4 160
5 320
6 640
7 999

A Link Between Worlds[]

Main article: Fortune's Choice

In A Link Between Worlds, Fortune's Choice is a game that appears in both Kakariko Village and Thieves' Town. In Kakariko Village, Link can open one of three chests, while in Thieves' Town, he can open three of the fifteen chests. The prizes for opening the chests can range from varying amount of Rupees or Treasures. In Thieves' Town's game, it is possible to earn a Piece of Heart.

Tri Force Heroes[]

Main article: Daily Riches

In Tri Force Heroes, Daily Riches is a shop and a game that appears in the town of Hytopia. Link can open one of four treasure chests for free once per day, of which one of them contains a random, pre-selected piece of Material. A losing chest will always result in a Freebie Material, which is exclusive to the shop. If Link plays for every consecutive day after losing, he will have a greater chance of finding the Material prize, with there being less chests to open.

Breath of the Wild[]

Main article: All or Nothing

Cloyne operates the All or Nothing game in his house at Lurelin Village in Breath of the Wild. All or Nothing functions similarly to other Treasure Chest Games.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapaneseあてもの屋 (Atemono-ya)[20]
宝箱屋 (Takaranako-ya)[21]
Guessing Shop
Treasure Chest Shop
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See Also[]


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 228 (ALttP)
  2. "Pay me 20 Rupees and I'll let you open one chest. You can keep what is inside. What will you do?" — Treasure Chest Game Keeper (A Link to the Past)
  3. "For 100 Rupees, I'll let you open one chest and keep the treasure that is inside. What will you do?" — Lost Woods thief (A Link to the Past)
  4. "Hi, may I help you? You can open two chest for 30 Rupees. Why don't you play?" — Village of Outcasts shopkeeper (A Link to the Past)
  5. "Treasure Chest Contest / Temporarily Closed / Open Tonight!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  6. "Open the chest and...Surprise! If you find a Key inside, you'll be able to advance. Left or right--try your luck! 10 Rupees to play. Do you want to try it?" — Hylian (Ocarina of Time)
  7. "You got a Door Key! Use this key to continue to the next room. Select a chest and see how lucky you are!" — N/A (Ocarina of Time)
  8. "They say that it is against the rules to use glasses at the Treasure Chest Shop in Hyrule Castle Town Market." — Gossip Stone (Ocarina of Time)
  9. "What should I do for today's treasure chest prize? ...I know, I'll give a good prize to someone who pays a lot..." — Treasure Chest Shop Gal (Majora's Mask)
  10. "Welcome. One out of two chests will have treasure. You'll get a nice gift if you can open the right chest three times in a row! Each try costs 10 Rupees." — Lynna City Shopkeeper (Oracle of Ages)
  11. "Jackpot! Congratulations! This is your final chance! If you get this right, you'll get a special gift!" — Lynna City Shopkeeper (Oracle of Ages)
  12. "Congratulations! Your gift is a ring, but what kind of ring it is is a secret." — Lynna City Shopkeeper (Oracle of Ages)
  13. "It's 10 Rupees for one try if you still want to throw your money away on such a terrible pastime... I would really just save it if I were you..." — Borlov (The Minish Cap)
  14. "Just open whichever chest you like. If you win, then I'll double the amount of your bet." — Borlov (The Minish Cap)
  15. "Congratulations. Your prize is 320 Rupees. I wouldn't recommend it, but...you can wager you winnings and try again. Think about it. You already got a prize and everything. Don't push your luck." — Borlov (The Minish Cap)
  16. "Ahh, I just can't take this! Please, just stop now while you can! Your prize is 999 Rupees. Just take it, and never gamble again!" — Borlov (The Minish Cap)
  17. "Hey! I've just hit on a great idea! This will add a little more risk! Heh heh heh! I'm so excited! I can't wait to get started!" — Borlov (The Minish Cap)
  18. "Level 1 is more than enough to take your money, but if you're feeling particularly self-destructive, we've even got level 2 now, rue the day... Which level would you like to try?" — Borlov (The Minish Cap)
  19. "Level 1: Easy Level 2: Hard" — N/A (The Minish Cap)
  20. A Link to the Past manual, pg. 2, 3
  21. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Vol. 2, Shogakukan, pg. 42