Black Key

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Black Key
Sprite of a Black Key from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. Icon of an item from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Nintendo Switch)
The Thousand-Year Door description A strange black key...but what could it be for? (GCN)
A strange black key. (Switch, first key)
A strange black key needed to open a strange black chest. (Switch, other keys)
“Hey there! Boy, I am SO glad you found that key! Unbelievable!”
Being sealed inside the black chest in Hooktail Castle, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Black Keys are items in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door that open the four black chests. Each chest contains the soul of one of the four heroes that originally sealed away the Shadow Queen. Upon opening the chest, they "curse" Mario and give him a new Paper ability on the field.

The first Black Key is found in the Rogueport Underground. Mario must press the nearby ! Switch to uncover a staircase to reach it. The second key is found in a chest in Hooktail Castle. Once it has been collected, spikes rises from the ground while the ceiling slowly falls. The third key is found in a shack just outside of Twilight Town. The fourth key is obtained at Pirate's Grotto by defeating the Ember that appears after speaking to the black chest.

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Language Name Meaning
Japanese 黒いカギ
Kuroi Kagi
Black Key

Chinese (simplified) 黑色钥匙
Hēisè Yàoshi
Black Key

Chinese (traditional) 黑色鑰匙
Hēisè Yàoshi
Black Key

Dutch Zwarte sleutel
Black Key
French Clé Noire
Black Key
German Schwarzer Schlüssel
Black Key
Italian Chiave nera
Black key
Korean 검정열쇠
Geomjeong-Yeolsoe
Black Key

Spanish Llave Negra
Black Key