- "The Picori Blade and the Bound Chest spoken of in Hylian lore... This chest must hold that which I seek! I'll relieve you of its contents now."
- — Vaati
The Bound Chest is an object from The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. A Treasure Chest, the Bound Chest was used by the Hero of Men to seal away the army of evil during the War of the Bound Chest. Using the legendary Picori Blade, the Hero of Men trapped the evils of the earth in the Bound Chest and closed it tight by stabbing it shut with the sword.
During The Minish Cap, Vaati wins the Picori Festival Tournament, and is given permission to touch the Picori Blade. When this happens, Vaati uses the opportunity to destroy the legendary sword and open the Bound Chest in hopes of finding the Light Force. Instead, all this truly does is release the evils back into Hyrule. Princess Zelda's power is then revealed, and Vaati turns her to stone to keep her from causing him trouble later.
The Bound Chest may be inspired by the Greek myth of Pandora's box.
| Ezlo · King Daltus · Link · Princess Zelda · Smith · Vaati|
—Full list of characters
|Big Green ChuChu · Gleerok · Mazaal · Big Octorok · Gyorg Pair · Vaati Reborn · Vaati Transfigured · Vaati's Wrath|
| Castor Wilds · Cloud Tops · Eastern Hills · Hyrule Town · Lake Hylia · Lon Lon Ranch · Minish Woods · Mount Crenel · Mt. Crenel's Base · North Hyrule Field · Royal Valley · South Hyrule Field · Trilby Highlands · Veil Falls · Western Wood · Wind Ruins|
|Deepwood Shrine · Cave of Flames · Fortress of Winds · Temple of Droplets · Royal Crypt · Palace of Winds · Dark Hyrule Castle|
|Smith's Sword · White Sword · Four Sword · Small Shield · Mirror Shield · Bombs · Boomerang · Bow · Cane of Pacci · Gust Jar|
|Bottle · Flame Lantern · Flippers · Grip Ring · Mole Mitts · Ocarina of Wind · Power Bracelets · Roc's Cape|
|Elements · Kinstones · Tiger Scrolls|
|Deku · Fairy · Goron · Human · Hylian · Minish · Wind Tribe|