Ships of Fortune

The latest update arrives April 22nd. News
As part of Inside Xbox for April 2020, the Sea of Thieves team announced details of the next major update: Ships of Fortune. While the content update video has some great visuals and resents a nice overview, a post on Xbox Wire gives a little more detail into the changes this update brings to the game. (Note: we posted a Twitter thread of these details yesterday, so be sure to follow @seaofnews on Twitter so you don’t miss out!) Emissaries Outpost Trading Companies want you to join their cause by becoming an Emissary. This brings a “newly expanded reputation system”,…

Get the Mutinous Fist ship set

Celebrate the launch of Bleeding Edge. News
Another week, another Xbox Games Studios cross-promotion. For the next three days you can earn each part of the Mutinous Fist: the flag, sails and hull. Earning these cosmetics is simple – just log in to Sea of Thieves during the eligibility period for each item and the ship parts will appear directly in your inventory. Here’s the period for each, in BST (British Summer Time): 12am April 3rd – 8am April 4th: Mutinous Fist Flag Sails 12am April 4th – 8am April 5th: Mutinous Fist Sails Flag? 12am April 5th – 8am April 6th: Mutinous Fist Hull Eagle-eyed pirates will…

Sea of Thieves 2nd Anniversary

Get in on the festivities! News
To celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of Sea of Thieves Rare have announced a slew of events and giveaways. Here’s the full list so you don’t miss out! “X” Marks the Spot Eye of Reach Play Sea of Thieves between March 20th and March 23rd and you’ll automatically receive this time-limited eye of reach (pictured above). Anniversary Stream + Spinal Figurehead Watch the official Anniversary Stream on Friday 20th March at 5PM GMT to obtain the Spinal Figurehead. You must watch on Mixer and be logged in with the Microsoft account you use to play Sea of Thieves. The stream guest…

Ori and the Will of the Wisps ship set

Game Pass Ultimate members can obtain this perk right now. Tidbits
As part of the newly announced Game Pass Ultimate Perks program, members can unlock this very cute Ori and the Will of the Wisps inspired ship set. To claim this perk you’ll need to head to the Game Pass app on Xbox or PC and visit the new Perks section. Claiming the perk will generate a code, which must be redeemed via Once redeemed, the cosmetics will be available next time you log in to Sea of Thieves. You have until March 2021 to claim the perk, but once claimed the redemption code is only valid for 3 months…

Hunter’s Haul – Fishing Event

Feb 24th – March 10th, 2020. News
Surprise! Sea of Thieves just launched a fishing event, and it’s live right now! Hunter’s Haul is a 2 week event that tracks three fishy milestones. Week 1 – Feb 24th to March 2nd Sell 120 of any fish type to the Hunter’s Call and receive 250 Doubloons. Week 2 – March 2nd to March 10th Sell 60 trophy fish of any type to receive a 300 Doubloon reward. Campaign Reward – February 24th to March 10th Sell a total of 180 Ruby Splashtails during the event to earn the Gold Hauler figurehead. What’s more, those who somehow manage to…

Chain-shot is coming to Sea of Thieves

“Load your guns with chain shot! Aim for their rigging!” Tidbits
UPDATE: Chain-shot is officially confirmed. In the latest Sea of Thieves News video, chain-shot has been confirmed. Along with some footage of the new ammo-type in action, a short interview gave some details of how chain-shot will behave. Chain-shot will deal full damage to any ship part (capstan, wheel, mast) with a direct hit. If you hit a ship’s hull with chain-shot it will result in the smallest hole. Chain-shot has a shorter range than cannonballs, so engagements will need to be tactical. Original post: Every month the Sea of Thieves Creator Crew page is updated with an assets pack…

How many people are really playing Sea of Thieves?

There’s been “10 million players”. But does that mean anything? News
In January Joe Neate announced (via Xbox Wire) that Sea of Thieves had passed 10 million players since launch. We’re excited and humbled to share that Sea of Thieves has now been played by more than ten million players, reinforcing its status as the most successful new IP from Xbox this generation. The news was met with some scattered derision around Reddit and other venues. Commentary has ranged from skepticism that the number is even real, to anger that Rare is trying to make it sound like the game is more popular than it is. Many said that reporting 10 million…

Yes, you can finally change your Pirate in Sea of Thieves!

So are you going extra-thin, or extra-wide? News
In today’s Sea of Thieves News video (check out the new format), Joe announced that players will finally be able to change their pirates appearance while maintaining their progression! Until now, players have had one chance to choose their pirate’s look using the Infinite Pirate Generator (IPG). The IPG randomly (mostly) rolls fully formed characters including gender, size and a huge amount of other traits. The only way to get a new look for your pirate was to delete them entirely and begin the game again. Over time this has become an issue for many pirates who either missed the…

Golden Skull Sails

A Black Friday Sail. News
To celebrate Black Friday, Sea of Thieves have release a very time-limited set of Black Friday Sails (get it!?). These are available to purchase on the Microsoft store (with real money) for USD $7.99. The sale runs from Thursday morning (00:00 GMT) till midnight on Tuesday, so get in quick! Note: I recommend signing up for Microsoft Rewards. There’s a wide range of simple activities you can do to earn Rewards points (including simply playing Sea of Thieves), and the $5 and $10 Xbox gift cards are easy to get every month or two. Perfect for occasional Ancient Coin purchases….

The Twitch Prime Pirate Pack

Get a free* pet, ship livery, and 3 emotes. News
Sea of Thieves has announced a Twitch Prime promotion that will net pirates a wonderful (and very purple) cosmetic set: The Twitch Prime Pirate Pack. Introducing the @TwitchPrime Pirate Pack! This includes the Amethyst Soul Capuchin, three new emotes and the Celestial Steed Hull, Sails, Flag and Figurehead. Twitch Prime subscribers can tap the link to get this exclusive loot! Yes it had to be purple. 🐵 — Sea of Thieves (@SeaOfThieves) November 25, 2019 This is the first broad pet giveaway, so if you haven’t quite managed to kill enough coin-bois to afford one, this is a great…

Making the ‘Sea of Thieves: Origins’ Comics

Bonus: FREE COMICS! Tidbits
On the Sea of Thieves blog this week, the team have detailed the process of bringing the Sea of Thieves: Origins comics to life. Origins is a short series of stand-alone comics that focus on each of the first three Trading Companies. It’s an incredibly collaborative process, with Rare writers suggesting outlines and the comics artists adjusting to the lore and existing game mechanics so the story resonates with players. “The great thing about working on videogame-based comics is finding a new way to celebrate the pre-existing visuals and the narrative. The Sea of Thieves game is rich with striking stylistic characters,…

Adventure Q&A

Chris Davies and Steven Dillon answer questions from the community. Roundups
In October the Sea of Thieves community team hosted a Q&A with Senior Designer Chris Davies and Game Designer Steven Dillon. I’ve collected all of the answered questions below, lightly edited. You should note that a small handful of questions were answered with jokes, or in a decidedly ambiguous fashion – As always, these have been omitted from this roundup, but you can go looking for them here (however I’ve left ones in about Captaincy as these seem to indicate that a Captaincy update is in active development).     Q. “Captaincy for Pirate Legends” that is the question. Chris:…

Skeleton pets!

Get ready for the bones brigade. Tidbits
The Fort of the Damned update is due to go live tomorrow, but we’ve already got our first hint of some incoming cosmetics. The Pirate Emporium page on the official Sea of Thieves website received a stealth update to the banner earlier today, with an image highlighting two new pet variations – both of the skeletal variety. These will no doubt be available to purchase with Ancient Coin, but we’re yet to find out if they’re time-limited. It’s certainly possible given the spooky theme of this month’s update. If you pull out your spy glass you’ll also note the Killer…

Talk Like a Pirate Day: Twitch Drops

Watch a Twitch stream, get some cannons! Tidbits
Talk Like a Pirate Day is arrrrrrrrrrrlmost upon us. To celebrate, Sea of Thieves is partnering with Twitch to give away these spiffy Obsidian Cannons! (We knew they were coming eventually). It’s easy to get these lovely boom-shooters. Here’s how: Head to and link your Sea of Thieves account with your Twitch account. Watch any of the listed streams on Thursday 19th of September (10am BST on September 19th until 10am BST on September 20th) for at least 30 minutes. TIP: You can watch the official weekly Sea of Thieves stream with Captain Falcore as part of the promotion….

Sightings: Ancient Skeletons

Shoot them quick! Tidbits
As part of the introduction of the Pirate Emporium, Rare also brought a new enemy to the game – the Ancient Skeleton. As you explore the world in both Adventure and Arena, you’ll have a rare chance of encountering this beastie. He’ll dig out of the ground with a flourish and make a run for it. If you can capture him, you – and your crew – will earn some Ancient Coin (Rare’s in-game currency available to buy with real money). Now, we’re starting to see live encounters from the game. Reddit user TruEdits killed on on Shipwreck Bay with…