Grinding for Prison of Elder Keys

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#1 Sun, 05/24/2015 - 10:36
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Grinding for Prison of Elder Keys

Probably the best spot to grind for keys for the Prison of Elders chest is in the Cosmodrome in the area where the old Look Cave is in the Skywatch area.

The chest can spawn in 1 of 4 areas, the best is right near the entrance of the area behind the fence. Then you just hop the fence, hop on your sparrow and dive down that hallway until the next area's name loads, turn around, boost back and grab the chest again.

I managed to get the chest 4 times when it spawns there. Someone faster than me can probably snag it a fifth time. I usually run out of time by 2 seconds.

Has anyone had any luck grinding keys? I can go for 2+ hours grinding and get maybe 1 key if I'm lucky.

Here's a nice page that has an overhead view of each area and where all of the chests spawn in those areas.

http://www.lazygamer.net/guide/destiny-ether-chest-location-guide/

 

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Sun, 05/24/2015 - 11:11
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No luck, have not gotten a single key yet from a chest.

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 11:41
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Damn. That sucks. If you've got a 2nd character up high enough, if you redo the queen's story missions you'll get a guaranteed key. That's one at least.

What is the point of running the Prison of Elders if you can't get keys? lol.

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 13:53
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I have 3 characters leveled up, those are the only keys I've been able to get so far.

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 16:04
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I'm guessing we'll see more keys with the Wolf Bounties.

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 18:24
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Hopefully. It's too bad it looks like the Queen's bounties are only available once a week. One of those "hey let's 'extend' the gameplay" type of things.

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 10:07
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I got lucky and got a key from my second or third chest but nothing since then.  SInce I ran all 3 charcters thru the initial bounties and stories, I got 3 from those which I have used to good effect:  got the Last Word, Suros Regime, and Jellyhorn (smileysmiley) along with 3 legendary reforgeable weapons.

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 10:49
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Picked up a key from a 2 trip chest run.

So I guess that proves each chest has the same chance of spawning a key.

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 19:56
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Got one as well -- showed up as a lost item because my inverntory was full.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 06:25
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I've gotten 1 key out of the 12-15 wolf pack hunts I've taken part in. 

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 08:20
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Getting keys is annoying and boring if grinding them on patrol. Horrible game design to make us basically wait around for these wolf pack events to spawn every 10-15 minutes with a chance at a key. 

I spent about 1.5 hours last night just trying for keys and did manage to get 2 keys, but it was annoying. 

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 09:01
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I have given up grinding just for the keys.  I have gotten a few new weapons (and armor) to level up (activate roll out) so it's back to bounties.  What I have found though is that in most cases I will run into multiple wolf hunts just running bounties and I did get another key yesterday jumping into a wolf hunt on the moon while I was running patrols, so maybe that is the approach to use so one doesn't feel quite like they are grinding.  I wonder if we will see more keys with the reset today.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 09:23
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They must of been glitching or hiting really good yesterday, I did 3 wolf events between earth and Venus and only found 1 chest. Even the other people in the area couldn't seem to find them.

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:57
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Same old crap.  I ran 6 wolf hunts today with 2 passes on each chest.  No keys to be found.

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 08:17
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yeah I went through about 7 wolf hunts and did about 2-3 chest grabs per hunt and go zero keys. but I'll never run out of materials or special weapon synths! lol.

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 09:12
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Did the 6 Wanted bounties on my Titan and Warlock yesterday. Titan found a key in one of the chests and got another one from Petra when turning in the bounties. Warlock got diddly-squat.

So I'm not planning to dedicate any more time to grind for keys. I'll just do the bounties each week and join any hunts if I'm in the area. Plenty of other stuff to do.

Sat, 05/30/2015 - 11:12
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yeah. half my vault inventory is not special ammo synths. I need to hold off on the grind for a while.

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 08:13
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If you are grinding wolves, carry a full inventory of consumables on hand.  Special ammo synths do not go the to postmaster so they disappear into the ether rather than accumulating in your vault.

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 13:29 (Reply to #18)
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Bluestar wrote:

If you are grinding wolves, carry a full inventory of consumables on hand.  Special ammo synths do not go the to postmaster so they disappear into the ether rather than accumulating in your vault.

Great idea. Did your keys and other items still go to the postmaster?

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:41
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The worst is getting the chest and not knowing where to go...ugh...it's impossible to remember all this stuff.

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 13:32
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Treasure Key will definitely go to the postmaster.  Don't know aboutt the other stuff.
 

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 08:11
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Treasure keys, tokens and engrams do.  Synths won't.  Anything rare (blue) and up will go to the postmaster, common (green) and below (white) will not.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:01 (Reply to #22)
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Bluestar wrote:

Treasure keys, tokens and engrams do.  Synths won't.  Anything rare (blue) and up will go to the postmaster, common (green) and below (white) will not.

 

The Husk Of the Pit went to your Postmaster.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:06 (Reply to #23)
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Dixon_Tufar wrote:

Bluestar wrote:

Treasure keys, tokens and engrams do.  Synths won't.  Anything rare (blue) and up will go to the postmaster, common (green) and below (white) will not.

 

The Husk Of the Pit went to your Postmaster.

 

The Husk of the Pit was a special item though, sort of greyed out in the menu with the white background.  Was still a piece of crap though that you were almost better off not getting.

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 22:26
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nice. that is a great idea. I will do that from now on.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:02
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Also, I don't think Treasure Key grinding is worth it.  At all.  At worst, you get a bevy of crappy Queen's weapons.  At best, you gt a chance for an Exotic.  Mostly, you're just trying to push your Elder Cipher along.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:50
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I quit trying to get keys from the chests. Since the "fix" that supposedly increased the drop rate, I've gotten exactly zero out of those chests. I get them from doing the bounties and opening a chest occasionally in the reward chamber for PoE.

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 14:51 (Reply to #27)
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Gatsu wrote:

I quit trying to get keys from the chests. Since the "fix" that supposedly increased the drop rate, I've gotten exactly zero out of those chests. I get them from doing the bounties and opening a chest occasionally in the reward chamber for PoE.

Sounds like a fix to me.  Works great now.  No need to even put that in quotation marks.

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 07:52
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I prefer to rub the keys on me rather than grinding on them.

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 03:45
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Increasing the drop rate...and then never getting them out of those wolves chests doesn't seem like much of a fix.

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 22:07 (Reply to #30)
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Gatsu wrote:

Increasing the drop rate...and then never getting them out of those wolves chests doesn't seem like much of a fix.

You need, like, what, 3? One for each Elder Cipher bounty.  After that, they're all optional for middling Queen's weapons.  They're optional at best.

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