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A tool used by thieves to open locks. It changes its shape to fit the lock.

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Guild Level: Apprentice

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Obtained also from a key ring belt
# Nov 25 2008 at 12:46 PM Rating: Decent
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You can do quest Bait and Switch and obtain a key ring belt that dispenses the keys.
Sub-skill cap
# Apr 03 2007 at 12:03 PM Rating: Decent
This capped at 31 Alchemy for me. Did 3 more stacks of ingredients and capped bone at 43, not even a .1 alchemy in there.
# Jan 16 2007 at 2:24 PM Rating: Excellent
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Added in the icon, Alchemy subskill cap level, HQ yields, AH category, and guild level.

Edited, Jan 16th 2007 5:19pm by Pikko
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Involved STATS?
# Oct 13 2005 at 11:06 PM Rating: Decent
What skills DEX, INT, CHR, i don't know? are involved into using skeleton keys?
Involved STATS?
# Nov 28 2009 at 2:01 PM Rating: Decent
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leaucebant wrote:
What skills DEX, INT, CHR, i don't know? are involved into using skeleton keys?

Good question I would like to know.
Skel Key
# Sep 01 2005 at 10:42 PM Rating: Default
Just incase anyone does happen to look at this and need more info you can go to ffxi.cannotlinkto there is a lot more info there, however yes these keys can be made at alchemy lvl 34! and are a lot less costly to be made with the alchemy skill versus the bonecraft! There are a lot more recipies on ffxi.cannotlinkto as well!!
Skeleton keys
# Mar 25 2005 at 9:21 PM Rating: Decent
ok my bone craft is 44 and it tells me im not high enough lvl for the synth. did they change the lvl on it or something cause i would like to make them for my thf....
RE: Skeleton keys
# Apr 04 2005 at 6:13 AM Rating: Decent
this has alchemy secondary, which means if you don't have any alchemy leveled it will say you're not high enough to attempt regardless of how high your bonecrafting is.
RE: Skeleton keys
# Apr 16 2005 at 3:42 PM Rating: Decent
what lvl alchemy do i need does anyone know??
RE: Skeleton keys
# Apr 10 2006 at 8:09 AM Rating: Decent
no sorry, you can take Alchemy to lvl60 though so it could be anywhere up to that lvl.
what happens
# Sep 28 2004 at 3:22 AM Rating: Decent
what happen when another job tires to use this key on a chest?
RE: what happens
# Oct 13 2005 at 11:04 PM Rating: Good
you can't. thief only
# Aug 28 2004 at 12:40 PM Rating: Decent
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is a 15 thief going to fail a lot trying to open the coffers in the Maze Of Shakhrami?
# Oct 18 2004 at 1:12 PM Rating: Decent
Coffers aren't in Shakrami... only chests.. and maybe. There's not a very good chance, I don't think.
# Jul 14 2004 at 11:10 AM Rating: Excellent
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I've had a fair amount of experience with these as a LV59 THF, and can possibly clear a couple things up.

As far as success rate goes, it's unpredictable. I failed 3 times with Skeleton keys at LV55 going for my AF Vest in Zvahl Bailey's. Fortunately they were simply fails w/o mimic or weak, so the chest remained. Tried one living key - bam, Rogue's Vest.

Now on another AF venture in Oztroja, I got 2 mimics with Skel keys before unlocking one for my AF pants, did this at LV55 too w/ all skels.

Just yesterday, now at LV59 and using exclusively Skeleton keys due to their rumored superiority, I opened two coffers, Fei'yin and Eldieme. Both resulted in failure > weakness. Disgusting.

So from personal experience, these keys aren't mimic-proof OR weakness proof. Despite the hardship of yesterday, I have gone on streaks with them before. I'd really love to know the formula that SE uses here.. amazing how in depth a game this is; I'm more impressed every day.
Lockpicking Tips
# Jun 03 2004 at 2:54 PM Rating: Excellent
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In case someone reading this thread wants more info on lockpicking, here is a link that is a collection on...

Lockpicking Tips~!

# May 13 2004 at 9:19 AM Rating: Decent
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for keys, if you try to open a chest and fail. You will become Weakened, for a pretty long time BTW.
Not sure if you can try to open the chest again, while weakened
RE: Weakened
# Sep 03 2004 at 6:36 AM Rating: Good
567 posts
You can't open them while weakened. I've tried it, it didn't work.
RE: Weakened
# May 24 2004 at 3:35 PM Rating: Decent
I don't think that's true with these keys, being that I failed to pick a lock with one today, and I was not weakened.
# Apr 29 2004 at 2:27 PM Rating: Good
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Since this uses carbon fiber, I theorise that you'd need at least mid-forties alchemy skill to attempt crafting them, probably capped at mid-high fifties.
RE: Alchemy
# Oct 13 2005 at 11:03 PM Rating: Decent
if this is sorted in Bonecraft, the Alchemy skill has to be lower than Bonecraft, at least usually...
RE: Alchemy
# May 06 2004 at 10:39 PM Rating: Decent
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Maybe...but there are plenty of recipies with carbon fiber that don't even need alchemy to be made. I'm thinking that you don't need that high of an alchemy level to make it. Call it more of a hope actually...I want to make these.
RE: Alchemy
# Jul 17 2004 at 8:27 PM Rating: Decent
Carbon Fiber, Glass Fiber, Hect eyes, and animal glue are all related to alchemy. My guess is that Alchemy is the main in this... in the 70's cause of the Hect eyes. Just a guess though.
RE: Alchemy
# Feb 27 2005 at 2:30 PM Rating: Decent
these are for sure not in the 70s :S I have 62 alc and 58 bonecraft and I normally HQ at least once if not twice for every stack of ingedents
# Apr 17 2004 at 4:50 PM Rating: Decent
What does this do?
RE: ???
# Apr 19 2004 at 2:33 AM Rating: Decent
379 posts
Pretty much as the description implies. THF job can use it to open treasure chests and coffers without getting the actual Chest Key or Coffer Key. I'm going to stick to my Thief Tools though since they are cheap and effective as is.
Keys open chests>>chests = goodies>>goodies = :D :D :D $_$
# Feb 24 2004 at 6:37 PM Rating: Default
where do you find this at?
RE: where?\
# Mar 25 2004 at 8:17 PM Rating: Decent
567 posts
You have to make them. Hecteye eyes are kind of pricey, I don't know about loops of carbon and glass fiber, but they require a solid alchemy base to make. Chicken bones are also kind of pricey.
RE: where?\
# May 19 2004 at 2:28 PM Rating: Decent
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chicken bones are cheap if you're not lazy. i mined up 4 of them in 5 minutes in the canyons at an excavation point.
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