Trapped Chest

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Trapped Chest
Trapped Chest.gif
Trapped Double Chest.gif

Block Entity









Blast resistance








Yes (64)


No, but catches fire from lava

First appearances

See History

Block Entity ID

See Data values

Data value

dec: 146 hex: 92 bin: 10010010



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Ash Davis Mojang avatar.png Imagine you’ve made your own adventure realm. You’re creating a story for your players to experience. The adventures[sic] have bested the dungeon’s deadliest foes, skipped happily over your web of trip wires, and danced around all the pressure plates you so carefully placed. Damn them. But nothing wipes the smirk [off] an adventurer’s face like a treasure chest loaded with TNT. That’s the sweet vengeance a trapped chest can bring.
Ash Davis[1]

A trapped chest is a block that stores items and which produces redstone power when opened. It can be visually distinguished from normal chests by a red coloration around the latch.


Trapped chests can be obtained by crafting, or by breaking previously-placed trapped chests.


To remove a trapped chest, mine it. Trapped chests can be broken using anything, but an axe is the fastest.

Block Trapped Chest
Hardness 2.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 3.75
Wooden 1.9
Stone 0.95
Iron 0.65
Diamond 0.5
Golden 0.35
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

If the trapped chest contains items, the items will also be dropped when it is broken. If one half of a large trapped chest is destroyed, the corresponding items from the destroyed trapped chest will be dropped and the remaining trapped chest will continue to function as a small trapped chest.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Tripwire Hook +

Natural generation[edit]

Trapped chests naturally generate in "fake end portal rooms" in woodland mansions.


Trapped chests can be used as containers and as redstone components.

To place a trapped chest, use the Place Block control on the face of a block adjacent to the space the trapped chest should occupy.

A trapped chest placed adjacent to another trapped chest will typically join to create a "large trapped chest" (also known as a "double trapped chest"). To avoid them joining and instead place two single trapped chests side-by-side, the player may sneak while placing the second trapped chest,‌[Java Edition only] or place the second trapped chest facing a different direction from the first one.‌[Bedrock and Java editions only] Alternately, normal chests do not combine with trapped chests. A trapped chest cannot be placed in a way that causes a large trapped chest to be next to another one horizontally (for example, placing a small trapped chest next to a large one and placing another small one in between them),‌[Legacy Console Edition only], but trapped chests can be placed above or below a large one.

Trapped chests can be moved by pistons,‌[Bedrock Edition only] and water and lava will flow around them without affecting them. Lava can create fire in air blocks next to trapped chests as if they were flammable, but they will not burn up (and can't be burned by other methods either).


The default GUI of a large trapped chest, showing the large trapped chest's contents above the player's own inventory and hotbar.

A single trapped chest has 27 slots of inventory space, and a large trapped chest has 54 slots of inventory space. In a large trapped chest, the top three rows in the interface correspond to the western or northern chest block and the bottom three to the southern or eastern chest block.

To open the trapped chest GUI, use the Use Item control. To move items between the trapped chest inventory and the player inventory or hotbar while the trapped chest GUI is open, drag or shift-click the items. By holding ⇧ Shift and double-clicking while holding an item, all items of a type clicked on will be moved into or out of the chest. To exit the trapped chest GUI, use the Esc control.

By default, the GUI of a trapped chest is labeled "Chest" and the GUI of a large trapped chest is labeled "Large Chest". A trapped chest's GUI label can be changed by naming the trapped chest in an anvil before placing it, or by using the data command (for example, to label a trapped chest at (0,64,0) "Loot!", use /data merge block 0 64 0 {CustomName:"\"Loot!\""}). If only half of a large trapped chest is renamed, that name will be used to label the GUI of the entire large trapped chest, but if the named half is destroyed the other half will revert to the default label. If both halves of a large trapped chest have different names, the GUI will be labeled with the name of the northernmost or westernmost half of the large trapped chest depending on its orientation (the half with the lowest coordinate in the appropriate axis).

A trapped chest can be "locked" by setting the trapped chest's Lock tag. If a trapped chest's Lock tag is not blank, the trapped chest cannot be opened except by players holding an item with the same name as the Lock tag's text. A trapped chest's Lock tag can be set or unset with the data command. For example, to lock a trapped chest at (0,64,0) so that only players holding an item named "Alice's Key" can open the trapped chest, use data merge block 0 64 0 {Lock:"Alice's Key"}.

Redstone component[edit]

Chests (left) and trapped chests (right) can be placed next to each other. Redstone dust will configure itself to point towards trapped chests, but not towards regular chests.
See also: Redstone circuit

Trapped chests can be used to detect when their inventory is accessed by players.

A trapped chest is inactive while not being accessed, but activates when accessed by a player (see above). Accessing either part of a large trapped chest activates both halves of the large trapped chest. Mobs cannot access/activate a trapped chest, and a trapped chest is not activated by items moving into or out of it by droppers or hoppers.

While active, a trapped chest:

  • powers any adjacent redstone dust, including beneath the trapped chest, to a power level equal to the number of players accessing the trapped chest (maximum 15)
  • powers any adjacent redstone repeaters facing away from the trapped chest to power level 15
  • strongly powers any full solid opaque block (stone, dirt, block of gold, etc.) beneath the trapped chest to a power level equal to the number of players accessing the trapped chest (maximum 15)
  • activates any adjacent mechanism components, including above or below, such as pistons, redstone lamps, etc.
    • due to hoppers being locked by redstone activation, hoppers below a trapped chest will not take items from it while it is open

An active trapped chest will not power any adjacent redstone comparators facing away from it. Redstone comparators can only measure the block state of the trapped chest, producing a power level from 0 to 15 proportional to how full the trapped chest is. Anything else powered by an active trapped chest (including a block beneath it) will power redstone comparators normally.


Trapped chests can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per chest.

Christmas chest[edit]

On December 24, 25, and 26, chests and large chests have their textures changed to Christmas chests which look like presents.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Trapped Chest ID Name
Block trapped_chest
Block entity chest

Bedrock Edition:

Trapped Chest ID Name Numeral ID
Block trapped_chest 146
Block entity Chest ?

Block data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition, a trapped chest's block data stores its facing:

Bits Values

A three-bit field storing a value from 2 to 5:

  • 2: Trapped chest facing north
  • 3: Trapped chest facing south
  • 4: Trapped chest facing west
  • 5: Trapped chest facing east

Invalid values default to 2.

0x8 Unused.

Block states[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description
The direction the chest's latch is on.
Opposite from the direction the player faces when placing a chest.
The direction the chest has a connection with.
Whether or not there's water in the same place as this chest.

Block entity[edit]

See also: Block entity format

Every trapped chest has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the trapped chest.

  • Block entity data
    • Tags common to all block entities see Template:Nbt inherit/blockentity/template
    •  CustomName: Optional. The name of this container, which will display in its GUI where the default name ordinarily is.
    •  Lock: Optional. When not blank, prevents the container from being opened unless the opener is holding an item whose name matches this string.
    •  Items: List of items in the container.
    •  LootTable: Optional. Loot table to be used to fill the chest when it is next opened, or the items are otherwise interacted with.[note 1]
    •  LootTableSeed: Optional. Seed for generating the loot table. 0 or omitted will use a random seed.[note 1]
  1. a b Both loot table tags will be removed once the items have been generated.



Java Edition
1.5 13w01a Trapped Chest.gif Added trapped chests.
13w02a Trapped chests have now been moved from the Redstone section to the Decoration Blocks section in the creative mode inventory.
13w02b Trapped chests will now strongly power a block beneath them.
1.8.9 Xmas chest.pngXmas large chest.png Trapped chests will now look like presents around Christmas time.
1.9 15w31a Trapped chests will now have their item model rotated, to have the front face in view of the player.
15w43a Loot tables are added; trapped chests will now can use loot tables.
15w49a Trapped chests have now been moved from the Decoration Blocks section to the Redstone section in the creative inventory, like they were in 13w01a.
16w05a The crafting recipe for trapped chests is now shapeless.
1.11 16w39a Trapped chests will now generate in woodland mansions.
1.13 17w47a Trapped chests can now be put directly next to their double variant instead of requiring one block between them.
Crouching while placing a trapped chest will now only make it try to connect to the clicked block.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 146.
18w10c Water can now be placed on the same block as trapped chests.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.13.0 build 1 Trapped Chest.gif Added trapped chests.
0.14.0 build 1 Trapped Double Chest.gif Trapped chests can now form double trapped chests.
0.15.0 build 1 Trapped chests can now be moved by pistons.
?A trapped chest's custom name will now show in the GUI.
Pocket Edition
1.1 build 1 Trapped chests will now naturally generate in woodland mansions.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU71.12Patch 1Patch s1Trapped Chest.gif Added trapped chests.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0 Added Trapped Chests.


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  • Trapped chests render as a full block when in the inventory, but not when placed.‌[Bedrock Edition only][2]