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Colored Chests beta: is it retired or not?


Summary[]

Dragon Chests can be harvested or spawned from many objects present in the Dragon world. They can also be found under Evil Fog or offered as a reward for certain Levels. In Camp, they are locked and need to be opened with Dragon Gems.

Depending on the object they were harvested from, their appearance and contents change. They follow the following Merge Chain:

  1. Dragon Egg Chest (contains 1-2 Eggs)
  2. Radiant Egg Chest (contains 4 Eggs)
  3. Dragon Nest Vault (contains 1 Nest)
  4. HUGE Nest Vault (contains 3 Nests)

Super Nest Vault and Mega Nest Vault can also be obtained but cannot be merged.

Entire Dragon Chest family (sans Mega Nest Vault)

Merging Dragon Chests[]

Rarity[]

The rarity of Chests increases when merging Egg Chests and when merging Nest Vaults.

So merging three uncommon Dragon Egg Chests will produce a rare Radiant Egg Chest, merging three rare Radiant Egg Chests will produce a rare Dragon Nest Vault, and merging three rare Dragon Nest Vaults will produce an epic HUGE Nest Vault.

The rarity of Chests also varies based on the contents, with Chests containing rarer Dragon Eggs and items being more expensive to open.

The current understanding is that the contents, price, and rarity of merged Chests depend on the Chest that you dragged and dropped when merging. The obvious exploit is that you can use easier-to-obtain Chests as fodder and only one Chest of the desired type when attempting to merge, thus maximizing the outcome.

Chest Visuals[]

Chests can have one of five visuals. Only Chests with the same level and appearance can be merged, but their contents can vary.

Level Type
Wooden Chests Stone Chests Purple Padded Chests Red Padded Chests Colored Chests*
Dragon Egg Chest
Radiant Egg Chest
Dragon Nest Vault
HUGE Nest Vault

* Colored Chests are being tested in Beta (retired?) and are available only to a selected number of players.

Contents of Dragon Chests (Cost in Gems)[]

**This list may be incomplete**

Chests contents are determined by where they were harvested from.

Topsoil appears to provide a wide variety of Chest types.

Wooden Chests[]

Source Incidentals Egg/Nest Type Dragon Egg Chest Cost Radiant Egg Chest Cost Dragon Nest Vault Cost HUGE Nest Vault Cost
Bushes Wood, Bushes, Fungus Logs, Magic Mushrooms Green Dragons 9 27 45 125
Grass Life Flowers Grass Dragons 9 27 45 125
Mushrooms Mushrooms Toadstool Dragons 11 33 55 135
Dragon Trees / Goal Stars Magic Coins, Stone Bricks, Life Orbs Pegasus 17 51 85 210
Dragon Trees (2  Eggs), Life Orbs, Stone Bricks Ruby Fire Mystery 23 69 115 260

Stone Chests[]

Source Incidentals Egg/Nest Type Dragon Egg Chest Cost Radiant Egg Chest Cost Dragon Nest Vault Cost HUGE Nest Vault Cost
Fruit Trees Fruit Trees Spotted Dragons 5 33 55 135
Grimm Trees Graves, Spooky Trees, Strange Remains, Old Skull, Skull & Bones, Skulls Gargoyle Dragons 11 33 55 135
Hills Topsoil, Hills Rocs  11 33 55 135
Topsoil Stone Bricks Tribal Dragons 12 36 60 150
Treasure Chests / Dragon Trees / Goal Stars Life Orbs, Magic Coins Winter Dragons 30 120 150 450

Purple Padded Chests[]

Source Incidentals Egg/Nest Type Dragon Egg Chest Cost Radiant Egg Chest Cost Dragon Nest Vault Cost HUGE Nest Vault Cost
Living Stones Living Stones Rock Dragons 9 27 45 125
Goal Stars (Fallen Star of the Ages) Goal Stars Cosmos Dragons 11 33 55 135
Amber / Glowing Dragon Trees Magic Coins, Dragon Trees, Dragon Tree Leaves Wise Dragons 12 36 60 150
Life Flowers (2  Eggs), Life Orbs Life Dragons 12 36 60 150
Prism Flowers Prism Flowers Butterfly Dragons 12 36 60 150
Dragon Trees / Treasure Chests Prism Flowers, Life Orbs, Magic Coins Moon Dragons 30 120 150 450

Red Padded Chests[]

Source Incidentals Egg/Nest Type Dragon Egg Chest Cost Radiant Egg Chest Cost Dragon Nest Vault Cost HUGE Nest Vault Cost
Treasure Chests / Dragon Trees / Goal Stars Magic Coins Crimson Dragons 9 27 45 125
Ruins of the Sky Palace Magic Coins, Life Orbs, Life Flowers Tanzanite Mystery / Crimson Dragons 11 36 55 150
Magic Mushrooms Magic Mushrooms Golem Dragons 11 33 55 135
Bottled Ocean Magic Coins, Life Flowers, Life Orbs Tanzanite Mystery 11 33 55 135
Hills / Treasure Chests / Goal Stars (2  Eggs), Grapes, Raspberries, Bananas, Pears, Dragon Fruits Sapphire Mystery 17 51 85 210
Golden Apples Golden Seeds, Golden Apples, Water Midas Ducks 17 51 85 210

Unknown/Incomplete[]

Source Chest Type Incidentals Egg/Nest Type Dragon Egg Chest Cost Radiant Egg Chest Cost Dragon Nest Vault Cost HUGE Nest Vault Cost
Ensnared Virtue, Dragon Trees Stone Life Orbs, Magic Coins, Life Flowers Sharp Dragons 11 33 55 135
Ensnared Virtue Red Toadstool Dragons 11 36
Necromancer Grass, Ruins of the Sky Palace (?) Red Life Orbs, Magic Coins Tanzanite Mystery 11 33 55 135
Magic Beanstalk (?) Red (2  Eggs), Grapes, Raspberries, Bananas, Pears, Dragon Fruits Sapphire Mystery 17 51 85 210
Magic Mushrooms Stone Magic Coins, Life Orbs, Life Flowers -
Hills (lvl. 8 Wanderlust Peak) Wooden Mushrooms Toadstool Dragons 11

Maximizing Value[]

*WARNING - MATH* If this isn't your thing skip to the end (Conclusion) to see the most efficient/recommended way to open Chests. For those of you interested in the stats... *dead silence* ... Read on!

Contents of Chests[]

Dragon Eggs are the main reason for opening Chests, and merged Chests contain a higher no. of Eggs.

Chests are further split into 7 price bands based on their rarity and contents (which helps identify them).

Price Band Cost (Gems)
Dragon Egg Radiant Egg Dragon Nest Huge Nest
1 9 27 45 125
2 11 33 55 135
3 12 36 60 150
4 17 51 85 210
5 23 69 115 260
6 30 120 150 450
7* 20 60 100 300

* 7th price band is for Colored Chests, which are only available in Beta (retired?).

The graph below shows the cost per Egg of Chests in different price tiers. As you can see, larger Chests tend to cost more on average. Although larger Chests can be as cheap as smaller ones, this is unlikely and crucially, they have a much greater range in price, meaning they could be much, much more expensive.

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This graph replaces previous ones that concluded that merging Chests was inefficient. Although merging does not cost anything in itself, there is an effective cost caused by the consumption of Chests (you end up with fewer Chests after merging) and the cost difference between larger and smaller Chests (shown above).

Conclusion[]

According to the analysis, Egg Chests (Dragon Egg and Radiant Egg) provide the best value for money. Radiant Egg Chests have a stable Eggs-per-Gems ratio, but the normal Egg Chests will average to the same over time. Furthermore, many Dragon types are available for Coins in the Egg Shop, or via other means (non-Coin non-Gem purchases, Level repeat rewards). Both Moon Dragon and Ice Dragon Eggs are found in Chests, but buying them from the Egg Shop may be more effective at times.

Thus, it is recommended to sell all non-Mystery Nest Vaults, never merge Vaults or Chests, and only keep and open the following Dragon Egg/Radiant Egg Chests:

Egg/Nest Type Chest Type Chest Cost

(Gems)

Chest Source
Midas Ducks Red 17/51 Golden Apples 1
Life Dragons Purple 12/36 Life Flowers
Pegasus Wooden 17/51 Dragon Trees
Butterfly Dragons Purple 12/36 Prism Flowers 2
Tribal Dragons Stone 12/36 Topsoil (not Hills) 3
Wise Dragons Purple 12/36 Glowing Dragon Trees, Amber
Moon Dragons Purple 30/120 Dragon Trees
Winter Dragons Stone 30/120 Treasure Chests, Dragon Trees, Goal Stars

As well as Chests containing Mystery Eggs (Ruby or Sapphire variety - not Tanzanite) obtained from Dragon Trees or, alternatively, in Super or Mega Nest Vaults. It is also advised to sell Nest Vaults rather than opening them due to how cost-inefficient they are.

Safe Types

These following Chest types/cost types will only contain Eggs/Nests that cannot be bought for Coins, and are therefore cost-safe to keep and open even when their source is not known:

Footnotes

Note: If your goal is to obtain mid-high level items rather than Eggs then I suggest picking your source and merging Chests from it into the highest possible level and then opening that.

To help you identify these Chests

  • Cosmos Dragons Chests are the only Purple Padded Chests in price band 2.
  • Tribal Dragons Chests are the only Stone Chests in price band 3.
  • Dragon Trees Chests are the only Wooden Chests in price band 5.

*Disclaimer* This is according to the information on the rest of this page, which is incomplete.

However for the other Chest types you will need to manually watch what source they come from and separate them. Where possible, open only Egg Chests, preferably Dragon Egg Chests. Doing this will maximize the value you receive for spending Gems to open Chest.

Notes & Tips[]

  • Dragon Chests in Levels are unlocked and free to open. It is advised to merge them up to Huge Nest Vaults and open them as they can help a lot within the Level. It is thus possible to complete certain Merge Chains easily in Levels as the Chests essentially provide high level objects for free.
  • In general, Dragon Egg Chest contains 1 Egg of the designated type (rarely 2), Radiant Egg Chest contains up to 4 Eggs of the designated type, Dragon Nest Vault contains 1 Nest of the designated type, HUGE Nest Vault contains 3 Nests of the designated type.
  • The different incidental objects increase in value as the Chests increase in level.
  • The same types of Dragon Chests can be merged together, even if they are from different sources. When this happens, contents of the Chest/Vault convert to whichever Chest was used to trigger the merge.
  • It actually costs more to open Radiant Egg Chests than it does to open the equivalent number of Dragon Egg Chests even if you merge by 5. For Vaults it's the opposite, it costs more to open the equivalent number of Dragon Egg Chests than it does to open Vaults.
  • Life Dragons are the only non-buyable Dragon breed with no easy source aside from Dragon Chests. Pegasus and Wise Dragons can also be obtained by merging Ruby Fire Eggs. Midas Ducks, Butterfly Dragons and Tribal Dragons can be obtained by merging Sapphire Eggs or additionally via creating Wonders.
  • Cosmos Dragons can be gotten via beating any Level repeatedly, but their Eggs can also be obtained via opening Dragon Chests specifically from merging Fallen Stars of the Ages. The Dragon Egg Chest and Dragon Nest Vault cost 11/55 Dragon Gems respectively, and look identical to other Purple Padded Chests, therefore it is recommended to separate them from other Dragon Chests to not mix them up.
  • The type of Colored Chest (Beta, not released for everyone) does not seem to matter as different colored variants can still be merged together.

Trivia[]

  • In Version 2.9.0 the Dragon Chests system was changed. Before there were only 3 levels and Dragon Chests of the same level all looked the same. Now additional 4th level was introduced (HUGE Nest Vault), and Chests were divided in 4 types (Stone, Wooden, Red Padded and Purple Padded). Old visuals of first 3 levels were retired and now all Chests look different depending on their level and the type they belong to. The visuals of Super and Mega Nest Vaults remained unchanged.
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