Sea of Thieves – Beginner’s Guide

Welcome to the Sea of Thieves guide that explains everything you need to know as a new pirate!

What am I supposed to do in Sea of Thieves?

Your ultimate goal in Sea of Thieves is to become a pirate legend, fight against other players, search for treasure chests. As you play you’ll bump into NPCs who if you prove yourself to them, will reveal more secrets about the world. At the end of this progression, you’ll discover a secret which gives you a quest to do a certain thing in a certain place (Rare won’t say what it is).

The upshot is you become a pirate legend and gain a key that opens the door to a hidden area of the world. This area is not loaded in from a menu. It is a place that exists in the virtual world, and, once discovered, can be accessed seamlessly.


Ships are the primary vessels of Player Crews in Sea of Thieves that they use to travel the sea, embark on Quests and Voyages, and battle other Ships in Sea of Thieves. There are three different types of Ships:

Sloop: 2 Players

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Brigantine: 3 Players

Galleon: 4 Players

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You can store ammunition, wood and fruit. You can also apply your skins to your weapons or equipment and you can change your outfit here too. If you have any pets you can get it from the pet chest.

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Weapons are items used for combat against enemies or other players. A player can carry 2 out of the 4 available weapons at any time. Switch your weapons by using the scrollwheel

All new players will automatically have the Sailor Cutlass [], Sailor Pistol [], Sailor Blunderbuss [], and a Sailor Eye Of Reach [] available for use from the very start, with the Cutlass and Pistol equipped by default.

Weapons may be swapped using an Armoury found on all ships, and outside the entrance of Weaponsmith’s Shops. Alternate cosmetic variants of each weapon are available for purchase from the Weaponsmith’s Shop.

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New players are automatically provided with “Sailor Set” variants of all Equipment items during the introductory Maiden Voyage. Skins of all equipment are available for purchase from the Equipment Shop, and are equipped via the Equipment Chest found on the ship and next to the entrance of the Equipment shop. These are only reskins of the Items and do not provide any in-game benefits.

The Items of the Tool Set:

  • Compass
  • Bucket
  • Lantern
  • Shovel
  • Spyglass
  • Speaking Trumpet
  • Tankard
  • Pocket Watch
  • Fishing Rod

Instruments of the Tool Set:

  • Hurdy-Gurdy
  • Drum
  • Concertina
  • Banjo

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The Map

The Sea of Thieves map is divided into four Regions with the dangerous Devil’s Shroud surrounding the edges of the map. Each Region is intended to have its own distinct theme and feel.

The Shores Of Plenty

The Shores of Plenty is located on the North-West side of the map. It is composed mainly of tropical small sandy cays and islands with white sandy beaches and lush palm trees. The Shores of Plenty Region is tied to the Merchant Alliance.

The Ancient Isles

The Ancient Isles is located on the Southern and South-Western side of the map. It is composed mainly of large islands lush with greenery, rock monuments, hidden cave structures and ancient hideaways of pirate crews that used to sail these seas. The Ancient Isles Region is tied to the Gold Hoarders.

The Wilds

The Wilds is located on the North-East side of the map. It is composed mainly of semi-fortified, “haunted” and deserted islands containing the remains of deceased pirates. This region is dark and cloudy, with the flora of the islands being largely wilted. The Wilds Region is tied to the Order of Souls.

The Devil’s Roar

The Devil’s Roar is located on the South-East side of the map. It is composed mainly out of volcanic islands covered with half-burned plant life and strange red crystal growths. The Devil’s Roar is a deadly stretch of ocean pockmarked with volcanic elements, threatening all ships that pass through. There are caves dotted around the area that offer little protection, but with constant Earthquakes and erupting Geysers and Volcanoes, nowhere else is truly safe. The Devil’s Roar has its own high risk, You can only purchase high reward voyages at the only outpost in The Roar, Morrow’s Peak Outpost.

Land LocationsThere is quite a few different kind of Land locations on the map.


Outposts are the main inhabited Islands of The Sea of Thieves, with a Tavern, various Shops, Trading Company Representatives, Emissary Tables for the companies and a port for a crew’s Ship. Every game session begins and mostly ends at an Outpost as this is where players can acquire Voyages or sell their Treasure for rewards. There are no natural Enemies on Outposts apart from enemy Pirates who may want a part of the crew’s hard earned Treasure and Resources.

Athena’s Fortune Hideout

Inside the Taverns of every Outpost, those who know the Shanty of Legends may gain access to the hidden Athena’s Fortune Hideout, where only Pirate Legends are accepted. This Hideout is the main hub for the Athena’s Fortune Trading Company, who offer Legendary Pirates Legendary Voyages and Legendary Cosmetics.


Seaposts are small rock islands with a single Trader’s Shop each who offer 5% discounts on a selection of three random items that change every midnight. Seaposts also house the Representatives for The Hunter’s Call Trading Company who peddle in rare or common Fish and Meat.


Fortresses are highly fortified Watchtowers, similar in size to Outposts. Most of the time, these Fortresses are abandoned and are quiet with a large number of Barrels filled with Resources and left-over Gunpowder Barrels. However, at any time, one of the Forts can be taken over by hordes of Skeletons during a Skull Fort World Event. These Skeletons, led by a Skeleton Lord, will try to keep anyone away from their treasure filled Fortress Vault.

Fort Of The Damned

The Fort of the Damned is a special Skeleton Fort shrouded in eternal Fog, where Player Crews can perform a ritual to summon the Ghost of Graymarrow, a Skeleton Lord who hides high value riches in the Fort’s Vault.


Islands are wild and uninhabited. There are three types of Islands: Large Islands, Small Islands and Uncharted Islands. These can hide Barrels worth of left-over Resources and buried or forgotten Treasure. These Islands are home to natural Wildlife and even cursed Skeletons. These Islands are the main targets of Voyages issued by Trading Companies.

Uncharted Locations

There are a few uncharted locations that do not appear on the map.

Uncharted Islands

There are a number of Islands in Sea of Thieves that are as of yet not charted on any Maps. These Islands are not targeted by Voyages, however they may be inhabited by various people or even hide various legendary secrets that can only be accessed through investigating Tall Tales.

Sunken Shipwrecks

Shipwrecks are sunken ships that contain large quantities of Resources (even Fish & Meat!) and various types of sunken Treasure. These can be located by a large amount of Seagulls flying above them.

Sea Volcanoes

In the Devil’s Roar, each Large Island contains an active Volcano, however there are five additional documented Sea Volcanoes that can erupt at any time and easily take down any Ships in the vicinity. Most are positioned such that multiple small islands are within the range of their eruptions.
Sea volcanoes can be found at X-12, V-15, Y-19, V-20, and Y-25.

The Ferry Of The Damned

This Ghost Ship in the other world is the Location where any dead Pirates in Sea of Thieves are cursed to end up in after death. Any Pirate who is sent here will have to stay there until they are fit to be resurrected.


Treasure Items are Transportable Items that can be found, carried, and sold to Trading Companies in exchange for Gold or Doubloons, Reputation and Emissary Value.

Treasure is the main source of Gold, Reputation and Emissary Value in Sea of Thieves. Each Trading Company wants certain types of Treasure Items and mostly have Representatives at every Outpost. These Representatives accept all Treasure related to their Company for Gold, Reputation and Emissary Value. Outpost Representatives also offer Voyages, which take Crews on Quests that lead them to these Treasure items.

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Here is a list of where to sell what:

The Gold Hoarders

  • Castaway’s Chest
  • Seafarer’s Chest
  • Marauder’s Chest
  • Captain’s Chest
  • Ashen Castaway’s Chest
  • Ashen Seafarer’s Chest
  • Ashen Marauder’s Chest
  • Ashen Captain’s Chest
  • Skeleton Captain’s Chest
  • Stronghold Chest
  • Chest of a Thousand Grogs
  • Chest of Sorrow
  • Chest of Rage

The Gold Hoarders will not accept a Reaper’s Chest, Reaper’s Bounty, Box of Wondrous Secrets or any of the Tall Tale chests. The Gold Hoarders are also looking to purchase any Artifacts that you have come across. Whether it be a cheap Mysterious Vessel or an expensive Peculiar Relic.

The Order of Souls

  • Foul Bounty Skull
  • Disgraced Bounty Skull
  • Hateful Bounty Skull
  • Villainous Bounty Skull
  • Ashen Foul Bounty Skull
  • Ashen Disgraced Bounty Skull
  • Ashen Hateful Bounty Skull
  • Ashen Villainous Bounty Skull
  • Skeleton Captain’s Skull
  • Stronghold Skull
  • Gold Hoarder’s Skull

The two exceptions are the Skull of Ancient Fortune and the Villainous Skull of Ancient Fortune.

Merchant Alliance

You can sell pigs, Chickens and snakes, or almost any kind of crate.

  • Wood Crate
  • Cannonball Crate
  • Fruit Crate
  • Firebomb Crate
  • Ammo Crate
  • Crate of Fine Sugar
  • Crate of Rare Tea
  • Crate of Exotic Silks
  • Crate of Exquisite Spices
  • Crate of Ancient Bone Dust
  • Crate of Volcanic Stone
  • Crate of Fine Ore
  • Crate of Extraordinary Minerals
  • Crate of Precious Gemstones
  • Crate of Luxurious Cloth
  • Crate of Rum Bottles
  • Crate of Plants
  • Rag & Bone Crate
  • Gunpowder Barrels
  • Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels

Athena’s Fortune

  • Chest of Legends
  • Ashen Chest of Legends
  • Chalice of Ancient Fortune
  • Gilded Relic of Ancient Fortune
  • Skull of Ancient Fortune
  • Villainous Skull of Ancient Fortune
  • Crate of Legendary Voyages
  • Keg of Ancient Black Powder

Reaper’s Bones

  • Reaper’s Chest
  • Reaper’s Bounty
  • Box of Wondrous Secrets
  • Emissary Flag
  • Humble Gift
  • Generous Gift

Mermaid Gems can be sold to any of the Trading Companies except for Athena’s Fortune.


  • Ashen Tomes
  • Ritual Skulls
  • Ashen Chests

World Events

Encounters are various dangerous situations that Player Crews can come across in Adventure Mode. These major World Events will be active at a given time within a single server. These Events are signified by large markers or Clouds in the Skies. Once a Crew clears the event, or the event timer runs out, the cloud will disappear and the Kraken will start looking for prey. After the Kraken encounter has been triggered, another random World Event will begin shortly after.

Skeleton Fort

Skeleton Forts are open world events that are indicated by a large Skull Cloud with green thundering eyes. An active Skeleton Fort can appear at any of the Fortress type Islands, upon which the fortifications and Cannons on the islands will become manned by Skeletons, who are trying to defend the Fortress Vault that will be locked for the duration of the event. Only one Skeleton Fort can be active at a time. A Skeleton Fort will stay active for around 30 minutes when not disturbed. When you are within range of a Skeleton Fort, you will hear the ominous Skeleton Fort theme.

Skeleton Fleet

A Skeleton Fleet is an open world event that is indicated by a large Ship Cloud with green thundering. A Skeleton Fleet cloud can either appear in the middle of The Sea of Thieves or deep within The Devil’s Roar and will disappear in around 30 minutes unless activated. A Skeleton Fleet will become active after a Ship sails into the range of the Cloud.

Ghost Fleet

A Ghost Fleet is an open world event that is indicated by the appearance of Captain Flameheart in the Skies. This Event sees Flameheart send a fleet of Ghost Ships to attack a single Large Island in the three main Regions. When approached, Flameheart will taunt Players and Crews throughout the whole Event. The Event consists of four waves: two Grunt Ghost Ship waves and two Ghost Captain Ship waves.

Ashen Lords

The Ashen Winds World Event is indicated by the appearance of a massive red Tornado on the horizons. This Tornado leads players to the site of an Ashen Lord summoning ritual performed by Ashen Skeletons.


A Kraken’s spawn is indicated by an ominous sound and the surrounding waters of a ship suddenly turning black with ink. Depending on the size of the Crew or Ship a different amount of Kraken tentacles needs to be killed in order to make the Kraken turn away. A Sloop needs to defeat 2-3, a Brigantine around 5-6 and a Galleon around 7-8 tentacles. Each Tentacle drops one piece of Kraken Meat and 1-2 random Treasure Items. A Kraken can only spawn when no other Open World Events are active. A Kraken does not have a Cloud indication, instead a Kraken will attack one of the first ships to be in open sea right after a World Event is completed.

Skeleton Ship

A Skeleton Galleon or Sloop can either appear roaming the open seas or as a random spawn beside a player Ship. These ships can be identified from afar with their tattered sails, unique green and blue lanterns, and are sailed by a crew of Skeletons.


Megalodons are huge sharks the size of Sloops who prey on unsuspecting crews in the Open Seas. There are five Megalodons of different colours, behaviours, and rarity who can appear from out the seas to a tense musical cue and start circling the crew’s ship. Like Krakens, these Megalodons can only appear in the Open Seas.

The following sets can be bought:

Black Market

The Black Market is an unique Shop operated by the Bilge Rats in Sea of Thieves. By talking to Larinna outside any Outpost Tavern. You can buy Mercenary Voyages for Bilge Rat Doubloons or Gold that take them on unique Bilge Rat Adventures or simply offer access to hidden Stashes with useful Treasure items for a fee. Players can also exchange their hard earned Doubloons for Letters of Recommendation for some of the Trading Companies.

These Letters are written by Duke and have the power to convince a single Trading Company of raising a Pirate’s Reputation Rank by one. Duke is also willing to exchange Doubloons for Gold. The Black Market also offers unique cosmetic sets for high prices, these Sets are discounted during the month that they are introduced. As new stock arrives, the old stock moves into the Black Market Archive at a raised price.

Fearless Bone Crusher Set

  • Clothing: 320 Doubloons
  • Vanity: 95 Doubloons
  • Equipment: 295 Doubloons
  • Weapons: 275 Doubloons
  • Ship: 225 Doubloons

Wailing Barnacle Set

  • Clothing: 130 Doubloons
  • Vanity: 95 Doubloons
  • Equipment: 185 Doubloons
  • Weapons: 60 Doubloons
  • Ship: 280 Doubloons

Wild Rose Set

  • Clothing: 320 Doubloons
  • Vanity: 60 Doubloons
  • Equipment: 255 Doubloons
  • Weapons: 275 Doubloons
  • Ship: 450 Doubloons

Aristocrat Set

  • Clothing: 300 Doubloons
  • Vanity: 45 Doubloons
  • Equipment: 295 Doubloons
  • Weapons: 275 Doubloons
  • Ship: 500 Doubloons

Forsaken Ashes Set

  • Clothing: 51400 Golden Coins
  • Vanity: 22300 Golden Coins
  • Equipment: 52690 Golden Coins
  • Weapons: 60 Doubloons
  • Ship: 310 Doubloons

Mercenary Set

  • Clothing: 20300 Golden Coins
  • Vanity: 7100 Golden Coins
  • Equipment: 2800 Golden Coins & 275 Doubloons
  • Weapons: 16450 Golden Coins & 60 Doubloons
  • Ship: 250 Doubloons

Deep Ocean Crawler Set

  • Clothing: 231300 Golden Coins
  • Vanity: 100350 Golden Coins
  • Equipment: 336150 Golden Coins
  • Weapons: 318150 Golden Coins
  • Ship: 1008000 Golden Coins

Inky Kraken Set

  • Clothing: 231300 Golden Coins
  • Vanity: 100350 Golden Coins
  • Equipment: 336150 Golden Coins
  • Weapons: 318150 Golden Coins
  • Ship: 1008000 Golden Coins

Nightshine Parrot Set

  • Clothing: 231300 Golden Coins
  • Vanity: 100350 Golden Coins
  • Equipment: 336150 Golden Coins
  • Weapons: 318150 Golden Coins
  • Ship: 1008000 Golden Coins

Redcoat Executive Admiral Set

  • Clothing: 255600 Golden Coins
  • Vanity: 100350 Golden Coins

Corsair Crimson Seadog Set

  • Clothing: 255600 Golden Coins
  • Vanity: 100350 Golden Coins

Note: All these sets are shown with jackets, there also is a dress or a shirt for each cosmetic set.


ProgramMGN Writers Team
AuthorCurtis Pyke
PublisherMGN TV
GameSea of Thieves

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