"Pandora's box, a gift the Gods gave to Prometheus, one that contained all of the evils of the world, until Pandora unleashed it on an unsuspecting people."
Katya, disguised as Nina, to Piper.[src]

Pandora's Box is an ancient magical box that contains all of the sorrows of the world. It is protected by a chosen guardian and can only move onto the next when the current one dies.[1]


"Within lies the power to destroy cities, crumble empires, devastate all that is good in the world."
Katya about the box.[src]

In 2005, a rogue demon named Katya went after the box, hoping to unleash the sorrows again and earn a position in Zankou's factions. Kayta tracked and fought the current guardian, Nina, and managed to fatally stab her. However, the box then teleported itself to its next guardian, Hope.

Katya, disguised as Nina, went to the Charmed Ones to help her find the box. Meanwhile, Hope found the box and accidentally released some of the sorrows at Berkeley University. When Kayta was discovered, she fought Piper and managed to escape with the box. Learning that her own power was not enough to open it, Kayta decided to force Hope to open the box by threatening her friend Darcy's life.

In order to save Darcy, Paige glamoured herself as Hope to fool Katya and vanquished her. After the box was retrieved, Hope was able to recall the sorrows with some encouragement from Darcy and the sisters.

Powers and Abilities

Active Powers
  • Sensing: The ability to sense the location of beings. When a guardian dies, the box senses the location of the next guardian.
  • Fading: The ability to teleport in a fading matter. When a guardian dies, the box teleports itself to the next guardian.
  • Suggestion: The ability to plant thoughts into the minds of others. As the box exists to tempt, it will whisper to those near it to be opened.
Other Powers
  • Immunity: The ability to be immune to certain powers, spells or potions. The box was unaffected by demonic powers, such as energy balls. Katya claimed that nothing can harm the box and that it can only be opened by its current guardian.

Guardians of Pandora's Box

In each generation, a woman is born with the sole destiny of protecting Pandora's Box. The guardian is the only one with the ability to open the box, release its contents and also the only one whom can recall the contents back into the box. Each guardian also has the task of training the next guardian.

  • Pandora: The first guardian of the box.
  • Nina: Nina was the guardian for an unknown amount of time. She was killed by Katya in 2005 before she could train Hope.
  • Hope: Hope was a college student at Berkeley University who became the guardian when Nina was killed, though she did not receive the proper training.

Notes and Trivia

  • In Greek mythology, it is a box that the Greek god Zeus gave to Pandora, the first woman, with strict instructions that she will not open it. Pandora's curiosity soon got the better of her, and she opened the box. All the evils and miseries of the world flew out to afflict mankind and the world almost came to an end because of this, although there was one last thing at the bottom of the box, hope.
  • The box was mentioned twice on the show before it actually appeared.
  • When Sandra explained Pandora's Box to Phoebe she said 'it exists only to tempt, part of the Grand Design'.
  • The sorrows inside Pandora's Box bear a striking resemblance to the Hollow.



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