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How to open eye chests in Hogwarts Legacy

Avoid the eye chest’s gaze to open them

Chest with an eye staring at a student wearing long johns and a scarf in Hogwarts Legacy Image: Avalanche Software/Warner Bros. Games via Polygon
Johnny Yu (he/him) is a guides writer at Polygon. He has written about games such as The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Diablo 4, and Fire Emblem Engage.

Eye chests that stare you down as you approach them is something you’ll encounter as you start to explore the castle and surrounding areas of Hogwarts Legacy.

As soon as you get close enough to open them, they’ll start throwing a tantrum and snarl at you. Nothing you cast on them seems to work, but casting a spell on yourself will do the trick. Read on to learn how to easily open eye chests in Hogwarts Legacy.


How to open eye chests in Hogwarts Legacy

Sneaking up on an eye chest in Hogwarts Legacy Image: Avalanche Software/Warner Bros. Games via Polygon

To open eye chests in Hogwarts Legacy, play the main story quest “Secrets of the Restricted Section,” where you’ll unlock the disillusionment spell. This turns you invisible, allowing you to avoid being detected by others.

Now as you approach an eye chest, cast disillusionment while you’re out of the eye chest’s view, then return to the chest to open it. Sometimes, when you cast the spell too close to the chest, you won’t receive the search prompt — so make sure to move away from the chest before you use the spell.

The first eye chest that you’ll be able to open will be in the restricted section of Hogwarts’ library during the “Secrets of the Restricted Section” quest.


What do you get from eye chests in Hogwarts Legacy?

Receiving 500 gold from an eye chest in Hogwarts Legacy Image: Avalanche Software/Warner Bros. Games via Polygon

Most chests in Hogwarts Legacy will give you gear, cosmetics, or a small amount of gold galleons, but each eye chest will give you a total of 500 gold galleons. Considering how expensive all of the brewing and planting stations are for the Room of Requirement, you’ll easily be able to clean out the Hogsmeade shops after farming these chests.

Now you’ve mastered these chests, other obstacles we can help with are Arithmancy door puzzles, picking locks with Alohomora, and finding the Demiguise statues.

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