Everything Added Since Launch

Since launching in March 2018, Sea of Thieves has received 4 major content updates alongside almost weekly patches and gameplay additions.

Sea of Thieves’ updates have come in 3 types:

  • 4 Major Content Updates
  • 8 Bilge Rat Adventures (New gameplay challenges)
  • Weekly/bi-weekly Patches and Quality of Life Improvements

If you haven’t played Sea of Thieves in a while and you’re wondering what’s been added, we’ve collected everything that’s been added to the game since launch and laid it out for you to catch up on.

Note – click here for a look at what’s to come in 2019, starting with April’s Anniversary Update

Contents

  • Major Updates
    • The Hungering Deep
    • Cursed Sails
    • Forsaken Shores
    • Shrouded Spoils
  • Bilge Rat Adventures
    • Skeleton Thrones
    • Gunpowder Skeletons
    • The Sunken Curse
    • Cursed Sails
    • Cursed Crews
    • Forsaken Shores
    • The Festival of the Damned
    • Shrouded Spoils
  • All Patches
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December

Major Updates

The Hungering Deep

Released in May 2018, The Hungering Deep was Sea of Thieves’ first major content update following the launch in March.

Being the first major update, a lot of pressure surrounded The Hungering Deep’s launch, but the update proved a welcome addition to the game’s core loop and formula.

The Hungering Deep not only introduced the first new AI threat to the world with the Megalodon, but also contained Sea of Thieves’ first foray into story-based content with the time-limited quest.

The update was well-received, with players loving the Megalodon and the new quest, though some questioned the reliance on having to team up with other crews.

Permanent Additions

  • The Megalodon
  • The Bilge Rats Trading Company
  • Flag system (players can customise the flags on top of their ship)
  • Speaking Trumpet (can talk to players – namely other crews from further away)
  • Drum (new instrument)
  • Tattoos and Scars (cosmetic options)
  • New ship and player cosmetic items

Time-Limited Additions

  • Story-based quest
  • Quest rewards (rewards for completing the quest were only obtainable for the duration of The Hungering Deep)

Cursed Sails

Focusing on more combat this time around, Cursed Sails introduced a more challenging enemy with its AI-controlled Skeleton Ships, as well as a timed story-based quest to go with it.

The initial Cursed Sails release saw players navigating to different regions of the map and triggering specific fights with specific Skeleton Ships (and specific bosses). Since then, they’ve turned into raid-like events that spawn under Ship Clouds (similar to Skull Forts).

As of Shrouded Spoils, these Skeleton Ships now also roam the seas (alongside the harder raid-like encounters)

Permanent Additions

  • Skeleton-controlled ships
  • Sniper rifle-wielding Skeletons
  • Alliance system – enabling separate crews to form an Alliance and share loot rewards
  • New ship cosmetics (Bone Crusher set)
  • New player cosmetics (Hunter and Bone Crusher sets)

Time-Limited Additions

  • Story-driven quest
  • Quest-based rewards (commendations, cosmetics)

Forsaken Shores

Forsaken Shores was the largest update to come out in terms of sheer quantity of content – namely because the update’s focus was on the new location, The Devil’s Roar. It’s also the first update to keep the story-based quest as a permanent addition.

Forsaken Shores delivered a new biome on the map (one that’s more difficult to navigate due to active volcanoes – but also provides better rewards), and another time-limited quest to introduce it  (with a large focus on exploration for players to discover the fate of the first crew to discover the new lands).

Met with largely positive feedback (amidst some complaints of the volcanic rocks being too accurate), the update also introduced Rowboats (now a vital part of any Voyage), and Cargo Runs – a new Merchant Alliance Voyage that requires delivery of cargo in a particular condition depending on the item.

Overall, Forsaken Shores was a success, and worked very well to provide content both specific to the new area and general to the rest of the game.

Permanent Additions

  • Devil’s Roar – brand new location
    • Volcanoes
    • Earthquakes
    • Geysers
    • Lava floor/ground
    • Superheated water
  • Story-based quest
  • Rowboats
  • Seaposts
  • Commendations/Doubloons for exploring the new islands
  • Player and Ship cosmetics (Forsaken Ashes, Ocean Crawler, and Kraken sets)
  • Players can find maps in barrels

Time-Limited Additions

  • Cosmetic rewards – Forsaken Ashes weapons and ship liveries

Shrouded Spoils

shrouded sails sloop chasing galleon in fog

At Sea of Thieves Hub we’ve written about our love for Shrouded Spoils quite extensively, but it really is one of the best updates to come out in 2018.

Shrouded Spoils is an update that ties together Sea of Thieves’ previous efforts and expands on them – where The Hungering Deep gave us The Megalodon, Shrouded Spoils added new types and various rewards for defeating them; where Sunken Curse gave us Mermaid Statues, Shrouded Spoils re-introduced them and added loot to gain from destroying them, etc.

Add to that the now-roaming Skeleton Ships, an increased Skull Fort spawn rate, more Fort locations, Kraken difficulty rework and increased spawn rate, and a thick fog that rolls around the map like a storm (and much more), and you get one meaty update.

While Shrouded Spoils is my favourite update of 2018, it also appears to be the community’s.

Permanent Additions

  • Expanded ship customisation (players can customise their cannons, wheel, and capstan)
  • Fog
  • Kraken/Megalodon variety, reworks, and reward-drops
  • More Skull Fort locations
  • More Skull-Fort specific loot
  • Free-roaming Skeleton Ships
  • Mermaid Statues
  • Pirate Legend-specific Commendations and rewards to work toward
  • New ship cosmetics (for the new customisation options)

Time-Limited Additions

  • Wailing Barnacle  set (canons, wheel, etc.)

Bilge Rat Adventures

Bilge Rat Adventures are Sea of Thieves’ version of live events.

Initially planned weekly and then bi-weekly, each Bilge Rat Adventure provides a different way of playing the game – whether that’s through exploration, or combat, or working with other crews, etc.

Completing these Commendations earns ‘Doubloons’, which can be spent with Duke in the Tavern (who has a portion of rotating cosmetic stock).

To give an idea of the kind of content added with these Bilge Rat Adventures, we’ve detailed them below.

Skeleton Thrones

What Are the Skeleton thrones?

The very first Bilge Rat Adventure, the Skeleton Thrones require players to find and sit on a number of thrones scattered around the islands of the world.

Some of these can be completed solo, which others depend on teaming up with a completely separate crew. While it’s an idea that works on paper, but in practice saw some poor feedback from the community on that decision.

Can be completed Solo:

  • Retreat to Thrones’ Haven – Sit on the throne located at Thieves’ Haven

  • Rest in the Throne that is Hidden Away – Sit on the throne located at Mermaid’s Hideaway

  • Sit in the Throne Beneath the Ridge – Sit on the throne at Devil’s Ridge

  • Be Seated in the Throne that Keeps Watch – Sit on the throne at Hidden Spring Keep

  • Take a Seat in the Throne Beneath the Waves – Sit on the throne on the Uncharted Island at map coordinates N10

Must be completed with a Crew from a different ship:

  • Rest in the Cove’s Secret Throne -Sit on the throne at Cannon Cove

  • Plunder the Secret Throne -Sit on the throne at Plunder Outpost

  • Sit in the Throne Amongst the Wreckage -Sit on the throne at Shipwreck Bay

  • Smuggle into the Throne Close to the Bay -Sit on the throne at Smuggler’s Bay

  • Maraud in the Throne Found Up High -Sit on the throne at Marauder’s Arch

Gunpowder Skeletons

What Are the Gunpowder Skeletons?

Gunpowder Barrel Skeletons now pop up as a regular threat, spawning alongside other regular skeletons to wreak some havoc.

These Skeletons are equal-parts frustrating and fun, and help spice up the island-to-island encounters with enemy AI.

Regular Commendations:

  • Skeleton Exploder –Kill 3 bone skeletons at the same time by shooting a gunpowder skeleton (x3 times)

  • Master Skeleton Exploder – Kill 3 bone skeletons at the same time by shooting a gunpowder skeleton (x10 times)

  • Plant Skeleton Exploder – Kill 3 plant skeletons at the same time by shooting a gunpowder skeleton (x3 times)

  • Master Plant Skeleton Exploder – Kill 3 plant skeletons at the same time by shooting a gunpowder skeleton (x10 times)

  • Gold Skeleton Exploder – Kill 3 gold skeletons at the same time by shooting a gunpowder skeleton (x3 times)

  • Master Gold Skeleton Exploder – Kill 3 gold skeletons at the same time by shooting a gunpowder skeleton (x10 times)

  • Shadow Skeleton Exploder – Kill 3 shadow skeletons at the same time by shooting a gunpowder skeleton (x3 times)

  • Master Shadow Skeleton Exploder – Kill 3 shadow skeletons at the same time by shooting a gunpowder skeleton (x10 times)

  • Chain Reaction – Set off a chain reaction between gunpowder skeletons (x1 time)

  • Gunpowder Plot – Destroy 5 skeletons at the same time by shooting a gunpowder skeleton on an active fort while at least 1 other crew is on the island at the same time (x1 time)

  • “Skeleton Exploder” Title – Earn the following commendations: Skeleton Exploder, Plant Skeleton Exploder, Gold Skeleton Exploder, and Shadow Skeleton Exploder

  • “Master Skeleton Exploder” Title – Earn all non-Legendary gunpowder skeleton commendations

Legendary Commendations:

  • Legendary Skeleton Exploder – Kill 3 bone skeletons at the same time by shooting a gunpowder skeleton (x50 times)

  • Legendary Gunpowder Plot – Destroy 5 skeletons at the same time by shooting a gunpowder skeleton on an active fort while at least 1 other crew is on the island at the same time (x20 times)

  • Legendary Chain Reaction – Set off a chain reaction between gunpowder skeletons (x50 times)

The Sunken Curse

What is the Sunken Curse?

The Sunken Curse introduced submerged Mermaid Statues, with the goal being to destroy ‘x’ and ‘y’ amount of each type (Sapphire, Emerald, and Ruby).

They also required a bit of exploring to find, and are only locatable by listening for ominous music that starts to play when they’re near.

Regular Commendations:

  • Emerald Curse Breaker – Break 3 Emerald Curse Mermaid Statues
  • Master Emerald Curse Breaker – Break 15 Emerald Curse Mermaid Statues
  • Sapphire Curse Breaker – Break 3 Sapphire Cursed Mermaid Statues
  • Master Sapphire Curse Breaker – Break 15 Sapphire Cursed Mermaid Statues
  • Ruby Curse Breaker – Break 4 Ruby Cursed Mermaid Statues
  • Master Ruby Curse Breaker – Break 15 Ruby Cursed Mermaid Statues

Legendary Commendations:

  • Legendary Curse Breaker – Break 100 Cursed Mermaid Statues
  • ‘Curse Breaker’ title – Earn the Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby Curse Breaker commendations
  • ‘Master Curse Breaker’ title – Earn the Emerald, Sapphire, and Ruby Master Curse Breaker commendations
  • ‘Legendary Curse Breaker’ title – Earned when the player completed the Legendary Curse Breaker commendation.

Cursed Sails

What is Cursed Sails?

Tied to the full content update above, the Cursed Sails Bilge Rat Adventure provided a mix of story-based rewards (completing steps in the story quest), and defeating the Skeleton Ships who in specific areas (underneath the aforementioned ship clouds)

Regular Commendations:

  • Seeker of Wanda’s Treachery – Investigate Wanda’s Workshop

  • Seeker of Accursed Plans – Find Wanda’s Journals

  • Seeker of the Warsmith – Investigate Wanda’s Alchemy Lab

  • Protector of The Wilds – Win “The Final Stand of The Wilds”

  • Protector of The Shores of Plenty – Win “The Battle for The Shores of Plenty”

  • Protector of The Ancient Isles – Win “The Great War of The Ancient Isles”

  • Conqueror of the Skeleton Fleets – Win all Battles

  • Battle Hardened Sloop Crew – Win any Battle in the Sloop

  • Battle Hardened Brigantine Crew – Win any Battle in the Brigantine

  • Battle Hardened Galleon Crew – Win any Battle in the Galleon

  • Destroyer of The Cursed Helm – Defeat the Crew of The Cursed Helm (At time of event, occurred between 31st July – 7th August)

  • Destroyer of The Foul Grog – Defeat the Crew of The Foul Grog (At time of event, occurred between 31st July – 7th August)

  • Destroyer of The Dancing Demon – Defeat the Crew of The Dancing Demon (At time of event, occurred between 31st July – 7th August)

  • Destroyer of The Fools Stride – Defeat the Crew of The Fools Stride (At time of event, occurred between 8th – 14th August)

  • Destroyer of The Treacherous Bounty – Defeat the Crew of The Treacherous Bounty (At time of event, occurred between 8th – 14th August)

  • Destroyer of The Enslaving Chain – Defeat the Crew of The Enslaving Chain (At time of event, occurred between 8th – 14th August)

  • Destroyer of The Sandman’s Revenge – Defeat the Crew of The Sandman’s Revenge (At time of event, occurred between 15th – 21stAugust)

  • Destroyer of The Black Viper – Defeat the Crew of The Black Viper (At time of event, occurred between 15th – 21st August)

  • Destroyer of The Siren’s Gale – Defeat the Crew of The Siren’s Gale (At time of event, occurred between 15th – 21st August)

  • Fleet Protectors of The Wilds – Win “The Final Stand of The Wilds” whilst in an Alliance that are running The Wilds sails

  • Fleet Protectors of The Shores of Plenty – Win “The Battle for The Shores of Plenty” whilst in an Alliance that are all running The Shores of Plenty sails

  • Fleet Protectors of The Ancient Isles – Win “The Great War of The Ancient Isles” whilst in an Alliance that are all running the Ancient Isles sails

Legendary Commendations:

  • Scourge of Skeleton Ships – Defeat 50 Skeleton Ships

  • United Scourge of Skeleton Ships – Defeat 25 Skeleton Ships whilst in an Alliance

Cursed Crews

What is Cursed Crews?

Leading on from Cursed Sails, the Cursed Crews Bilge Rat Adventure focused on ‘Cursed Cannonballs’ a new type of cannonball that affects the other player’s ship on impact (e.g. drops their anchor, raises their sales, ect.

Regular Commendations:

  • The Curse of The Foul Grog – Destroy 5 skeletons affected by Grogball

  • The Curse of The Dancing Demon – Destroy 5 skeletons affected by Jigball

  • The Curse of The Black Viper – Destroy 5 skeletons affected by Venomball

  • The Curse of The Sandman’s Revenge – Destroy 5 skeletons affected by Wearyball

  • The Curse of The Fools Stride – Destroy 5 skeletons affected by Limpball

  • Master of Cursed Iron – Destroy 50 skeletons affected by any cursed cannonball

  • The Curse of The Afflicted Helm – Cursed another crews’ ship with Helmball while flying the Reaper’s Mark flag

  • The Curse of The Enslaving Chain – Curse another crews’ ship with Anchorball while flying the Reaper’s Mark flag

  • The Curse of The Treacherous Bounty – Curse another crews’ ship with Barrellball while flying the Reaper’s Mark flag

  • The Curse of The Siren’s Gale – Curse another crews’ ship with Riggingball while flying the Reaper’s Mark flag

  • The Curse of The Thieves Burden – Curse another crews’ ship with Ballastball while flying the Reaper’s Mark flag

  • The Curse of The Pacifists Demise – Curse another crews’ ship with Peaceball while flying the Reaper’s Mark flag

  • Cursed Voyager – Complete 5 voyages while flying the Reaper’s Mark

  • The Cursed Crews – Complete 1 voyage as a crew flying the Reaper’s Mark while in an Alliance

Legendary Commendations:

  • Legend of Cursed Iron – Destroy 200 skeletons affected by any cursed cannonball

  • Legendary Cursed Voyager – Complete 30 voyages while flying the Reaper’s Mark

Forsaken Shores

What is Forsaken Shores?

Tying in directly with the full content update, the Forsaken Shores Bilge Rat Adventure encouraged players to explore and complete Voyages in the Devil’s Roar.

Cartographer Commendations:

  • x15 Commendations – travel to each island in the Devil’s Roar

  • x5 Commendations – locate each member of the dead crew

Voyager Commendations:

  • Golden Devil’s Voyager – Complete 5 Devil’s Roar Voyages for the Gold Hoarders

  • Mystic Devil’s Voyager – Complete 5 Devil’s Roar Voyages for the Order of Souls

  • Master Devil’s Voyager – Complete all ‘Devil’s Voyager’ Commendations

Cargo Run Commendations:

  • Cargo Runner – Deliver 25 pieces of cargo on time and in prime condition

  • Master Cargo Runner – Deliver 100 pieces of cargo on time and in prime condition

  • Fleet Cargo Runner – In a alliance, deliver 3 pieces of cargo on time and in prime condition

  • Legendary Cargo Runner – Deliver 200 pieces of cargo on time and in prime condition

  • Devil’s Cargo Runner – Deliver 25 pieces of Devil’s Roar Cargo on time and in prime condition

Festival of the Damned

What is the Festival of the Damned?

The Festival of the Damned was Rare’s Halloween celebration, where players were encouraged to die in certain ways to trigger different coloured flames on the Ferry of the Damned.

If taken with a player lantern, these lights could also replace the standard lanterns on player ships (making for a very entertaining mix of things like Police lights, Santa’s Sleigh, etc.)

  • The Flame of the Lost Seafarers – Ignite the lantern with a blue flame

  • The Flame of Burning Hearts – Ignite the lantern with a red flame

  • The Flame of Cursed Bones – Ignite the lantern with a green flame

  • The Flame of Treacherous Weather – Ignite the lantern with a white flame

  • The Flame of the Viper – Ignite the lantern with a purple flame

  • The Flame of Embattled Souls – Ignite the lantern with a pink flame

  • Lightbringer of the Shores of Plenty – Ignite a beacon with the Flame of Fate in The Shores of Plenty

  • Lightbringer of the Ancient Isles – Ignite a beacon with a Flame of Fate in The Ancient Isles

  • Lightbringer of the Wilds – Ignite a beacon with a Flame of Fate in The Wilds

  • Lightbringer of the Devil’s Roar – Ignite a beacon with a Flame of Fate in The Devil’s Roar

  • Alliance of the Damned – Be in an Alliance where all ship lanterns are ignited in the same color

  • The Festival Party Boat – Ignite your ship’s lanterns using Flames of Fate in all five colors

  • Legend of the Damned – Find and light all beacons around the Sea of Thieves with a Flame of Fate

Shrouded Spoils

What is Shrouded Spoils?

Again, tying in directly with the content update, Shrouded Spoils’ Commendations focus on a mix of sea-monster hunts, Skeleton Ship fights, exploration for Mermaid Statues, and selling specific Skull Fort loot.

Kraken Commendations:

  • Kraken Hunter – Defeat 1 Kraken
  • Master Kraken Hunter – Defeat 5 Kraken
  • Legendary Kraken Hunter – Defeat 10 Kraken

Megalodon Commendations:

  • Hunter of The Hungering One – Defeat The Hungering One
  • Hunter of The Crested Queen – Defeat The Crested Queen
  • Hunter of The Shadowmaw – Defeat Shadowmaw
  • Hunter of The Ancient Terror – Defeat The Ancient Terror
  • Hunter of The Shrouded Ghost – Defeat The Shrouded Ghost

Skeleton Fort Commendations:

  • Master of Black Powder – Sell 10 Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels
  • Golden Master of Strongholds – Sell 10 Stronghold Chests
  • Mystical Master of Strongholds – Sell 10 Stronghold Skulls
  • Master of Ancient Bone Dust – Sell 10 Crates of Ancient Bone Dust

Skeleton Ship Commendations:

  • Golden Skeleton Captain – Sell 20 Skeleton Captain’s Chests
  • Mystical Skeleton Captain – Sell 20 Skeleton Captain’s Skulls

Mermaid Statue Commendations:

  • Hoarder of Sapphire Mermaid Gems – Sell 10 Sapphire Mermaid Gems
  • Hoarder of Emerald Mermaid Gems – Sell 10 Emerald Mermaid Gems
  • Hoarder of Ruby Mermaid Gems – Sell 10 Ruby Mermaid Gems

All Updates Added

See below for a table sorted by month for a list of absolutely everything that’s been added since launch (note if you skipped the above Major/Bilge Rate updates – some of these reference those updates in case you need context)

Everything Added in 2018

  • Ship Respawn Distance – Ships will now respawn outside of visible view of the ship that sank them.

  • Weapon Balancing – Reduced Blunderbuss Damage and Increased Eye of Reach damage.
  • Open & Closed Crews – Play with your mates, or with randoms.

  • Who Goes There? – When swimming underwater, Gamertag and Player Titles are no longer visible.

  • Colour Blind Accessibility – There is now a High Contrast ‘X Marks the Spot’ option in the Accessibility Settings.

  • Aim Sensitivity Slider – Player can customise their controller and mouse sensitivity specifically when aiming with each ranged weapon. The Blunderbuss, Flintlock Pistol and Eye of Reach each have their own slider to adjust.

  • Tattoos – Check out the vanity chest for 16 sailor tattoo sets and visit the clothing shop on outposts for stocks of four purchasable tattoo sets.

  • Scars – Scars earned through campaigns and events such as The Hungering Deep will allow you to tell a story of your pirate’s history and adventures.

  • Ship’s Flags – Let your intentions be known with new flags which can be raised high above your ship! Climb up to the crow’s nest and decide which to raise.

  • Handing Resources – Pirates can now offer an equipped resource (banana, plank, cannonball) for another pirate to take.
  • Open / Closed Crew – You can now dynamically change whether your crew is open or closed while out on the seas ( ‘My Crew’ menu).

  • Bilge Rat Adventures – Approximately 2-week long challenges have been added to the game during times when major events are not active. These have also introduced a secondary currency, Doubloons, which can be spent with Duke in Taverns on event-exclusive cosmetics. Doubloons can also be exchanged for Gold, or to purchase Rep with each of the Trading Companies.

  • Skeleton Thrones – Detailed above.

  • New Instrument, the Drum – The Sailor Drum has been given to all players.

  • Speaking Trumpet – Equip to cast your voice/chat further and communicate with other crews.

  • Megalodons – Since the retreat of The Hungering One back into the deep, there have been reported sightings of other Megalodons terrorising the Sea of Thieves. It’s been discovered that these new Megalodons have different personalities – some seem to turn tail at the sight of a Galleon, whilst others are said to be just as unforgiving as The Hungering One!

  • Merrick’s Shanty – Merrick’s shanty has been added to the list of playable shanties.

  • Gunpowder Skeletons – new Skeleton type that spawns holding gunpowder kegs, detailed in above Bilge Rat Adventure.

  • Gunpowder Fuses – When holding a gunpowder keg, players can now light a five-second fuse by pressing the primary action button (Right Trigger on controller or left click on mouse).

  • Explosive Force – When detonated, gunpowder kegs now have the force to rock and push ships.

  • Skeleton Accuracy Tuned – Skeletons wielding a blunderbuss or pistol have had their accuracy reduced.

  • Sunken Curse – Bilge Rat Adventure detailed above.

  • Sunken Items – Artefacts, skulls and treasure chests can be found in the shallows around islands.

  • Joinable Status – Players can now make themselves un-joinable from the new Crew Management tab within Settings. This will mean that even friends can no longer join your session.
  • Rock the Boat – Upon impact, cannonballs now apply a rocking effect to ships.

  • Skeleton Ships – (Cursed Sails). Skeleton crewed ships containing loot now spawn looking for a fight.

  • New Ship, the Brigantine – Positioned nicely between the bulk of the Galleon and agility of the Sloop, the Brigantine has been perfectly designed for three pirates to sail to victory.

  • Alliances – A new “Offer Alliance” pennant flag is available in the flag fox in the crow’s nest, along with options to both “Join Alliance” and “Leave Alliance”. Form alliances and see your allies on your maps table, and share a percentage (on top) of the loot they turn in, and vice versa.

  • Sniper Skeletons – some Skeletons now brandish an Eye-of-Reach.

  • Hair Dye – Hair dye is now available to all pirates, straight from the Vanity Chest.
  • Cursed Cannonballs – These magical cannonballs can now be found in barrels and crates around the world. There are 11 different types of Cursed Cannonball to discover, each unleashing a unique curse on players and ships.

  • The Flag of The Reapers Mark – The Flag of the Reaper’s Mark is a new cursed flag that reveals the location of any ship that dares to fly it. The location of these ships will be shown on all other ships’ maps, but specific ship types and Alliance status will remain a mystery.

  • Inventory Quick Menu – Pressing the TAB key or the Menu button on your controller now shows two new options: ‘Equipment’ and ‘Resources’. From here players can equip themselves with the items they wish to use.

  • Barrels 2.0 – Barrels in the world have been upgraded and can now contain more than one kind of item.

  • Beached Treasures – Banana Crates, Cannonball Crates and Wood Crates will now wash up more frequently on beaches. They also have an increased value when sold to the Merchant Alliance.

  • Controller Sensitivity – Sensitivity settings have now been doubled. The new ‘5’ sensitivity is equivalent to the previous ’10’. Players may have to adjust their settings when they next launch the game.

  • Commendation Changes – Some Commendation requirements have been rebalanced. This change was made due to community feedback. Players who have met the new conditions will need to complete the requirement one more time to trigger the Commendation.

  • Bilge Rat Doubloons – From Cursed Crews onwards, doubloons will be able to be earned even after the Bilge Rat Adventure tied to the commendations ends.

  • Here, Take This… Too! – Players can now give and share treasure items in the same way they give and take cannonballs and bananas!
  • Devil’s Roar Map – Explore the newly emerged lands to the east, where both sea and land provide new hazards for unwary pirates!

    • Volcanoes – Exploding in a fiery inferno, volcanoes rain down hot rocks that damage players and ships. It has never been more important to think carefully about where you anchor!

    • Earthquakes – Tremors forcefully shake the ground and players in the vicinity. Sometimes these earthquakes are isolated, but they may also foreshadow a volcanic eruption…

    • Geysers – Geysers are active in The Forsaken Shores and can launch the player into the air… so watch where you step!

    • Lava Floor – Lava floor zones become active during a volcanic eruption and will cause damage over time if you stand on them. Keep moving!

    • Superheated Water – During a volcanic eruption, the waters around the island become superheated. Damage is not applied to ships, but pirates who opt to stand or swim in the superheated water will find themselves in dire need of a banana. Water in your hull can also become superheated, so have your bucket at the ready!

  • Rowboats – Find these new additions washed up on the islands. They can be pushed into the water and docked to your ship to be transported around the sea.

  • Seaposts – These have appeared across the Sea of Thieves, offering discounts on a selection of items that change over time.
  • Cargo Runs -These voyages offer an alternative way to climb the ranks of the Merchant Alliance. Collect goods and deliver them elsewhere, but don’t damage the stock!

  • Athena’s Fortune Voyages – Cargo Runs are now always included as part of Athena’s Fortune Voyages
  • Flames of Fate – On the Ferry of the Damned, the Well of Fates has been revealed. It produces a different coloured light depending on the way your pirate has perished. Use your lantern to capture the flame so you can take it back to the land of the living.

  • Make-up – With many pirates wanting to paint their faces in celebration of the Festival of the Damned, this is the perfect time to allow pirates access to various make-up looks that allow for even more customisation options. Make-up is able to be equipped in the Vanity Chest.

  • The Devil’s Roar Rewards – Players now have an increased chance of finding high value loot in The Devil’s Roar!

  • Physics engine – The engine has been upgraded, improving overall client and server performance.

  • Expanded Ship Customisation – Pirates can now flaunt their riches by customising their ship’s wheel, cannons and capstan.

  • Fog – Additional care needs to be taken when sailing the seas, as fog has now been reported across the Sea of Thieves!

  • Megalodon Variety – More of these toothy fiends (each with their own distinctive look) have reached the surface. Shrouded Spoils introduces the Crested Queen, Shadowmaw, Ancient Terror and the extremely rare Shrouded Ghost!

  • Kraken Updates – The difficulty of Kraken encounters has been increased and balanced for different crew sizes, meaning it can now assault any ship, even your Sloop! Watch out for its new slap attack too. The seas just got more perilous…

  • Kraken and Megalodon Rewards – Loot can now be found bobbing on the surface after defeating a Megalodon or Kraken.

  • Activated Skeleton Forts – Six additional Skeleton Forts have now been occupied by the undead.

  • Fort Commodities – Loot in Forts can now include the extra-powerful Stronghold Gunpowder Keg. Ancient Bone Dust crates can also be found and exchanged for Gold and reputation with the Merchant Alliance.

  • Skeleton Ships – Players can now encounter passive and aggressive emergent Skeleton Ships anywhere in the world! Passive ships just want to go about their business but they will fight back if you attack them.

  • Mermaid Statues – These have reappeared on the sea bed of the Sea of Thieves! They also now drop Gems when defeated which can be cashed in with any Trading Company for Gold and reputation.

  • Commendation Grouping – Commendations in the quick menu are now grouped by campaign/Bilge Rat Adventure to make them easier to navigate.

  • Pirate Legend Commendations – 20 additional Commendations have been added exclusively for Pirate Legends to pursue.

  • Cannonball Radial – When docked to a cannon, players can now select which type of cannonball to load from the nifty new radial menu.

  • Treasure Glint – Sunken or floating treasure will now glint, making it easier to spot.
  • Gilded Gifts – a one-time offer from Duke in the Tavern to get a free ‘Gilded Voyage’. These are worth anywhere from 15,000 to 30,000 gold to complete

  • Loading Times – Loading times into the game have been reduced, so pirates now load in to the front end more quickly than before. The pirate selection carousel also loads in more quickly.

  • Commendation Progress – Improved UI layout of Commendation details for Bilge Rat Adventures.

  • Bone Crusher Cannons – Modified the Bone Crusher Cannons following feedback to improve visibility when aiming.

  • Banana Key Binding – The key binding for quick cycling to your bananas has been reset. If you’ve assigned or customised the button/key that quick cycles to bananas, please reassign this to restore it.

  • Commendation Audio – New music and SFX when receiving Commendations.

  • Fog Audio – Music and SFX for fog are now triggered earlier.

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