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Key is a broad term which refers to currencies or inventory items used to open randomly found or event-generated chests that appear at certain spots across entire zones and instances. "Chest" is equally broad term used for a variety of objects and items.

Currency keys

Here "key" refers to a type of currency stored in the account's wallet that opens various physical chest-type objects in open world zones:

Keys used to open containers

These keys are used to open special inventory items, containers, to produce loot:

Keys used to open chests

Generic term for all items used to open physical chest-type objects, even if their name does not contain the word 'key'. Some of them can be obtained directly or combined into a key from key fragments:

Chest detectors

The following are items used to reveal hidden chests, but not open them directly:

Keys and similar trophies used to start events or interaction
Other keys