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Lock containers
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Used to lock containers. Items and equipment can be stored securely.
— Padlock in-game tooltip

The Padlock is an item that can be used to control access to player-crafted crates.


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Padlocks can be attached to crafted crates. If it is in the player's inventory, the "Put Padlock" context option will appear when selecting a crate. Upon attaching, the player will receive two keys that can be used to open the locked crate.

While the padlock is in place, the crate's tab in the inventory window will have a lock icon on it. If you hold the correct key, the icon is an open lock, and the container works normally. Otherwise, it is a closed lock, and the container's tab cannot even be viewed.

Padlocks are effectively useless in single-player games, but since a padlocked crate cannot be used or even viewed by a player who does not hold a matching key, it can deter looters on a multi-player server. A locked crate can be destroyed, spilling its contents, just as easily as an unlocked crate can.

Pre-existing crates, like those in warehouses, cannot be locked.

Removing padlock

Holding the key also adds the "Remove Padlock" option to the crate's context menu so that you can return it to its original unrestricted state and reuse the padlock. Removing a padlock will remove one of its keys from your inventory, while re-adding an already used padlock will return one key (not two) to you.

Padlock key

KeyPadlock1.png The two keys from each padlock are identical.


The loot distributions can be found in the table(s) below.

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Effective chance calculations are based off of default loot settings, and median zombie density. The higher the density of zombies in an area, the higher the effective chance of an item spawning. Chance is also influenced by the lucky and unlucky traits.
Building/Room Container Effective chance
Farmer crate 10.78%
Farmer metal_shelves 10.78%
bedroom crate 0.65%
closet crate 0.65%
closet crate 10.78%
factory crate 10.78%
factory metal_shelves 10.78%
farmstorage crate 10.78%
farmstorage metal_shelves 10.78%
garagestorage crate 0.65%
garagestorage crate 10.78%
gasstorage counter 23.28%
generalstore metal_shelves 8.55%
generalstore shelves 8.55%
generalstorestorage metal_shelves 8.55%
generalstorestorage shelves 8.55%
gigamart shelves 8.55%
janitor counter 23.28%
janitor metal_shelves 23.28%
schoolstorage counter 23.28%
shed crate 10.78%
storageunit crate 0.65%
storageunit crate 10.78%
storageunit metal_shelves 0.65%
storageunit metal_shelves 10.78%
toolstore counter 8.55%
toolstore metal_shelves 8.55%
toolstore shelves 8.55%
toolstorestorage metal_shelves 8.55%
warehouse crate 10.78%
warehouse metal_shelves 10.78%
zippeestorage counter 23.28%

It can be found in "tool store" zones, such as the one in downtown West Point. It also sometimes spawns inside warehouse crates that have farming equipment such as seeds, trowels, and watering cans.


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Padlock.png Base.Padlock
Source: ProjectZomboid\media\scripts\newitems.txt

Retrieved: Build 41.78.16
item Padlock
	    DisplayCategory = Security,
		Weight	=	0.2,
		Type	=	Key,
		DisplayName	=	Padlock,
		Icon	=	Padlock,
        Padlock =   TRUE,
        MetalValue = 15,
        Tooltip = Tooltip_Padlock,
        WorldStaticModel = Padlock,

See also