The Anniversary Update is here! Patch 2.0 Summary

posted a year ago1 May 2019 00:00 (UTC)

The long awaited "Mega Update" has arrived!

Update Summary

We recommend you check out the official release notes for more details on the new additions to the game.

Tall Tales - Shores of Gold

Embark on new story quests filled with new items, lore, islands and more.

Grand adventures, vast riches to plunder, ancient secrets to uncover… stories of piracy and wild encounters on the waves. The Sea of Thieves is bigger and stranger than anyone knows. Tall Tales – Shores of Gold brings this pirate world into even more vibrant focus, leading you deep into long-lost legend and mystery. Are you ready to follow our trail of tales?

We won't be adding Tall Tales items to the site for a while, to avoid unwanted spoilers.

The Arena

A whole new game mode focusing on player versus player action. Enter The Arena and compete to collect the most treasure. Earn the Glorious Sea Dog cosmetic items.

Experience the thrill of competition and engage in explosive encounters in The Arena – a place dedicated to contests of seafaring skill on the Sea of Thieves! The proudest pirates love to show off their abilities and The Arena is the ideal place for it. Trust in your crew and test your mettle in this dedicated new game mode.

The Hunter's Call

A new trading company, fishing and cooking!

Pirate bard Merrick, a true survivor of the Sea of Thieves, has decided to build on his experiences by founding a new Trading Company known as The Hunter’s Call. This ragtag band boasts experts in hunting, fishing and cooking and would like all pirates to master the same skills. Handsome rewards await those who can catch the rarest creatures and cook the finest dishes!

Fishing rods are not on the site yet; you can look at them at any outpost in game.

Ship damage

The capstan, mast and wheel of your ship now take damage in combat! You'll need to repair them if they get damaged.


Each ship now has two harpoons at the front. Use them to latch on to enemy ships, navigate around rocks, or pick up chests and even other pirates!

Other new items

The Parrot cosmetic item set is available to all pirates. Buy the items from any outpost.

Patch 1.4.5 Update Notes

posted a year ago20 Mar 2019 14:29 (UTC)

It's been one year since Sea of Thieves was released!

This update includes some new cosmetic items for many players, a new Skeleton Fort in The Devil's Roar, new Mercenary Voyages, combat changes and some quality of life improvements.

The full anniversary update is coming at a later time.

Update Summary

View the official release notes for 1.4.5 here.

  • Four new mercenary voyages, including another Reaper's Mark challenge and a Gilded Athena voyage.
  • New anniversary items for all players
  • New Pirate Legend items for all players who reached Pirate Legend before March 20th 2019.

Molten Sands Fortress

A new Skeleton Fort has appeared in The Devil's Roar!

Face off against skeleton waves while dodging volcanic rocks and luring them onto geysers before raiding the vault for Ashen Rewards!

Mercenary Voyages

New voyages, buy from Duke in any tavern:

  • Reaper's Run of Shipwreck Bay - all players are sent to the same island. Raise your Reaper's Mark Flag to complete the Legendary commendation. Rewards the Shipwreck Reaper Sail.
  • Mercenary Voyage of The Devil's Roar - significantly higher rewards.
  • Mercenary Voyage of the Shores of Plenty
  • The Gilded Mercenary Voyage of Legends. This is an Athena's Fortune voyage with many Legendary Chests at the end. You can only buy one.

Anniversary items

To celebrate one year of Sea of Thieves, all players can buy these items for a limited time:

Item pages and screenshots coming soon.

All players (unsure about this) will automatically receive:

  • Captain Bones' Original Pirate Cutlass. There is a delay in this item being available.

All players who reached Pirate Legend before March 20th 2019 will automatically receive new Pirate Legend items:

Note: Players who reached Pirate Legend recently may receive the items slightly late, on March 22nd.

Mercenary Items

You can now buy most Mercenary items set from all outposts. Previously, these items were only available by a rare Xbox Live promotion.

The Mercenary Blunderbuss and Eye of Reach are unlocked after completing new Mercenary Voyager commendations.

Combat changes

The weapon switching changes that were added to the game last month have been improved further.

  • After sprinting, your gun will now be ready to fire immediately. You will still have a delay when switching between guns.
  • You may now switch weapons/items at any point during light sword attacks. You will still have to wait if you are doing a heavy sword attack / lunge.

Other changes

  • Inactive Player Detection - "Improved detection and disconnection of inactive players wherever they are in the world"
  • Xbox: Keyboard and mouse support
  • Xbox: Chatpad support

Notable fixes

  • You can now change/weapon item properly after hitting an object with your sword
  • Voice chat should now perform better when many players talk at once.

Gold and Glory Weekend #1

posted a year ago15 Mar 2019 11:00 (UTC)

It's the first Gold and Glory weekend!

All treasure will reward significantly more gold and reputation. This event runs from now until 11am GMT on Monday.

Pirates who reach Pirate Legend before March 20th will receive unique rewards. We don't know what they are yet.

Patch 1.4.4 Update Summary

posted a year ago6 Mar 2019 19:00 (UTC)

This week's update includes three new Mercenary Voyages, new ship cosmetics, changes to the Merchant Alliance and some more combat tweaks.

Update Summary

View the official release notes here.

  • Three new mercenary voyages
  • New ship items - The Wandering Reaper
  • Merchant Alliance voyages are now easier and give significantly higher rewards

Mercenary Voyages

The three new Mercenary Voyages are:

  • Reaper's Run of Wanderers Refuge
  • Mercenary Voyage of the Ancient Isles
  • Mercenary Voyage of the Wilds

The Reaper's Run voyage sends everyone to Wanderers Refuge for an intense experience. Completing five of these voyages with your Reaper's Mark flag raised will unlock the Legendary Reaper of Wanderers Refuge commendation.

You need to complete this commendation to buy the Wandering Reaper ship items.

Merchant Alliance Changes

The Merchant Alliance has had a little bit of a revamp and is now much more rewarding.

  • Animals and Cargo now give significantly higher rewards.
  • Cargo Runs now have shorter distances for delivery destinations.
  • Cargo is now significantly easier to keep in perfect condition.

Combat changes

  • If you miss an attack with your sword, there will now be a small delay before you can attack again. You may still move around freely.
  • Fixed a bug where sword attacks could still hit you when you are blocking.
  • Fixed a bug with hit registration. "When rapidly firing a weapon ... [the] bullet would not be correctly registered ... and would trigger the hit marker without applying damage."

Notable fixes and improvements

  • Treasure in the water will now float for much longer.
  • Fixes to locations pirates, chests and items could get stuck.
  • Many visual and sound fixes.
  • Improved loading time
  • Improved voice chat stability with many players

Friends Play Free - Patch 1.4.3 Update Summary

posted a year ago6 Feb 2019 15:30 (UTC)

This week's update includes a new type of voyage, time-limited ship skins and combat and weapon balancing.

Update Summary

View the official release notes here.

  • New "Mercenary Voyage of the Rum Runner" and Loyal to the Coin commendation - View our guide here.
  • Mercenary Flag, Hull and Sail item skins
  • Combat and weapon changes

Mercenary Voyage - Loyal to the Coin

The new Mercenary Voyage includes multiple treasure maps, skeleton bounties and cargo runs. It's similar to a Legendary voyage.

Completing a Mercenary Voyage unlocks the Loyal to the Coin commendation, allowing you to buy the new time-limited Mercenary ship items.

Friends Play Free

Every player may invite up to 3 friends to play Sea of Thieves for free for about one week.

Please read the official Friends Play Free page to learn how to invite your friends.

Combat and Weapon Rebalancing

Weapons have been rebalanced to create a smoother combat experience where each weapon has its own benefits. Most notably, the double shot / double gunning "exploit" has been removed.


  • You are no longer slowed down while swinging your sword
  • If you miss a sword attack, you will no longer be slowed down


  • When switching to a gun, there is a longer animation before you can shoot.
  • When reloading, you can now shoot/sprint as soon as you hear the "click" with all weapons.
  • Bullet damage no longer decreases over distance.
  • Bullets from the Blunderbuss and Eye of Reach now travel faster (it will feel more accurate)
  • Eye of Reach damage has been reduced slightly to compensate for the above changes.
  • Eye of Reach hip fire is now very inaccurate outside of a very close range.
  • Pistol and Eye of Reach no longer knock back enemies you hit.

Other changes..

  • Ships now have strange cutouts at the front. Who knows what these are for...

Sloop hull cutout

  • Ships now have kitchens below deck. Who knows what these are for...

Galleon Kitchen

  • New skeleton fort in The Devil's Roar. It is not active yet, but you can explore it for fun.

Molten Sands Fortress map location

Notable fixes and improvements

  • New tutorial / onboarding for new pirates.
  • You can now turn off enemy nameplates and set a keybind for toggling the HUD (aimed at streamers).
  • Treasure will now float to the surface much faster
  • Shrouded Ghost Megalodon is now slightly less rare, but still very hard to find.
  • The Kraken is now slightly less punishing to Sloops.
  • Additional graphics options for PC players.