Where to get and how to use Whispering Keys in Diablo 4

Diablo 4 Whispering Key - a statue stands to the right of stone steps leading up to an archway
(Image credit: Blizzard)

Diablo 4 Whispering Keys are a special item you'll need to unlock Silent Chests, so If you're planning on hopping into the latest beta this weekend, you might want to know how they work. With that in mind, these Diablo 4 tips will also help to set you on the right path, especially if this is your first time visiting Sanctuary. Who'd have thought there'd be so much to learn about surviving in a world of demons and angels? 

The beta gives you access to Fractured Peaks, just one of the areas in Sanctuary, but there's still plenty to discover—it's certainly big enough that it makes fast-traveling via waypoints a necessity if you hope to get everything done. You'll also want to check the Ashava spawn times to make sure you show up to fight a world boss and earn those Diablo 4 beta rewards. If your wandering brings you to a Silent Chest, or you happen on a vendor selling Diablo 4 Whispering Keys, here's what you need to know. 

Where to get Diablo 4 Whispering Keys

Whispering Keys cost 20 Murmuring Obols. (Image credit: Blizzard)

You can buy a Whispering Key from the Purveyor of Curiosities vendor, located in many of the towns found in Fractured Peaks. This vendor doesn't accept gold as a currency, though: you'll need to pay with Murmuring Obols, which are mainly rewarded for completing events around Sanctuary.

One Whispering Key costs 20 Murmuring Obols, and as each successful event awards 35 Obols, assuming you completed the Mastery challenge too, you won't have any trouble getting the required currency.  

Diablo 4 Silent Chests: What they are 

Silent Chests can be found randomly around Sanctuary, and seem to spawn in the place of regular chests. As they're locked, you won't be able to open them without a key and it also seems that they won't last indefinitely, so it might be wise to pick up a Whispering Key ahead of time. That way, you can avoid having the Silent Chest disappear by the time you head back to town and grab a key to open it.

I was only able to find and open one Silent Chest during my time with the beta last weekend, but it was located just to the south of Kyovashad and contained a common ring, a magic-quality wand, and some gold. The interactive map of Fractured Peaks can be filtered to show chest locations if you're desperate to open one. 

Considering the vendor you buy the Whispering Key from to open Silent Chests, there may be a higher-than-normal chance of the chest rewarding a legendary item. This is only speculation, though, and isn't likely to be confirmed until the full game launches in June.

Sarah James
Guides Writer

Sarah started as a freelance writer in 2018, writing for PCGamesN, TechRadar, GamingBible, Red Bull Gaming and more. In 2021, she was offered a full-time position on the PC Gamer team where she takes every possible opportunity to talk about World of Warcraft and Elden Ring. When not writing guides, most of her spare time is spent in Azeroth—though she's quite partial to JRPGs too. One of her fondest hopes is to one day play through the ending of Final Fantasy X without breaking down into a sobbing heap. She probably has more wolves in Valheim than you.