25 Questions Answered About Tall Tales

Recently Rare hosted a stream showcasing a preview of the upcoming new enhanced quest system, Tall Tales. Tall Tales are story-driven voyages that feature new enemies, areas, and mechanics.

During this stream, they had a Q&A segment where questions were supplied from people in the stream chat. Below are the 25 questions asked about Tall Tales and their answers!

General:

How many Tall Tales will be available at launch?
There are 9 Tall Tales that make up the Shores of Gold, they will be available on April 30th.

Do the Tall Tales primarily involve land combat or ship combat?
They only involve land combat, but ship combat can still occur organically.

Can the Tall Tales be completed by a solo player?
Yes, Tall Tales can be completed by a solo player.

Will there be new cosmetics coming with Tall Tales?
Yes, absolutely. There will also be gold and commendations rewarded. Also, there will be a new cosmetic type added.

Are Tall Tales procedurally generated?
The core tale will remain the same; however, the challenges will change with each playthrough.

Are Tall Tales re-playable?
Yes. You will be given new rewards each time you complete the same Tall Tale.

Is Tall Tales a time-limited campaign?
No, Tall Tales will remain permanent in the world.

Are there cutscenes during a Tall Tales voyage?
Yes, but they are done in a way that doesn’t take control away from the player.

Progression

How does progression work for friends on different parts of the Tall Tale story?
You have the freedom to play a Tall Tale that one of your crewmates has access to. So essentially, if someone has access to it then all of your crew can play it.

Do you need to complete a Tall Tale in one sitting?
No, Tall Tales will carry over your progression between different sessions.

Do you get a reward for completing all Tall Tales?
You will receive a special reward for completing all Tall Tales and their commendations. No word on what the reward is though.

Can other pirates interrupt your Tall Tale adventure?
They can. Although Rare has a clever way to isolate you from other crews if you gain access to a hidden area.

What happens if you die during a Tall Tale?
It’s the same system as in the main world.

Can other pirates steal Tall Tales items? If so, what happens?
Yes, Tall Tales items can be stolen. If you don’t get it back, then you must go back to the original quest-giver and restart. Protect your items!

Do the Tall Tales change based on level?
No, but the difficulty will scale based on your crew size.

How long does each Tall Tale take to complete?
Originally the goal for each one was 1 hour, but the developers got carried away with some of them.

Can you complete a voyage while on a Tall Tale?
Yes, you can place voyages and Tall Tales next to each other on the voyage table.

Skeletons/Other

Will there be new skeletons in Tall Tales?
Yes, as we saw in the trailer. There will also be new types we haven’t seen yet that have new looks and behaviors.

Will the new skeletons have any special abilities?
Yes, they will challenge you in new and interesting ways.

What is a Shroudbreaker?
It’s a fabled and magical artifact.

Will constellations be incorporated into the stories (as we saw from the trailer)?
Yes, the developers have wanted to do that for a while.

Can you go to the Shores of Gold whenever you want with the Shroudbreaker?
To go back to the Shores of Gold, you’ll need to replay the Tall Tale for it.

Can you re-read the Tall Tales books?
To re-read the books, you’ll need to replay the Tall Tale.

Will anything change with the Trading Companies when playing Tall Tales?
You may perceive them differently.

Do any of the Tall Tales require cooperation between different crews?
All tales will naturally encourage cooperation, so it’s in your best interest.

Check out our coverage on The Anniversary Update here.

20 Questions Answered About The Arena

Recently Rare hosted a stream showcasing a preview of the upcoming Sea of Thieves PVP mode, The Arena. During this stream, they had a Q&A segment where questions were supplied from people in the stream chat. Below are the 24 questions asked about The Arena and their answers!

How long are matches for The Arena?
Matches for The Arena will last 24 minutes, which is one full day in Sea of Thieves.

Will The Arena have all 3 ship types?
At launch, The Arena will only have galleons and Rare will be trying to make the PVP mode as balanced as possible. After launch, they’ll look into adding the Sloop and Brigantine as ships in The Arena, but for now they are focused on four person crews.

How does scoring work in The Arena?
In The Arena, you get points for digging up chests, more points for cashing in chests, points for killing other players and points for hitting other ships with cannonballs. You will get more points for chests and ship combat, rather than player combat.

How will voice chat work in The Arena?
Voice chat in The Arena will work the same as Adventure mode – it will be proximity based.

How will matchmaking work in The Arena?
You will be able to join The Arena in a closed or open crew.

Will the Sea Dogs Trading Company count towards Pirate Legend?
In the Anniversary Update, Rare is introducing the Sea Dogs and The Hunter’s Call trading companies, bringing the total number of trading companies in the game to 5. In order to reach Pirate Legend, you will just need to hit Level 50 in 3 of the 5 trading companies.

Will we ever see 8 players on a Galleon in Sea of Thieves?
At the launch of the Anniversary Update, no. Rare is open to experimentation though.

Can you enter and exit the Sea Dog Tavern in Adventure mode?
In Adventure mode, you can see the exterior of the tavern and interact with NPCs outside it, but you cannot enter it. The only way to enter the Sea Dog Tavern is by selecting The Arena on the main menu. The reason the Sea Dog Tavern exists in Adventure mode is so that it feels integrated within the game’s lore.

Are the new expanded ship damage changes only present in The Arena?
The new changes are in both The Arena and Adventure mode.

How big are the maps for The Arena?
There are different sized arenas in The Arena, but every arena consist of the Devil’s Shroud circling around a group of islands from the larger map.

Will there be world leaderboard in The Arena?
There will be no world leaderboards for The Arena at launch. Rare is having conversations around what stats they would want to make public for The Arena.

If your ship sinks in The Arena, are you out or can you respawn?
In The Arena, you will not be out if your ship sinks; however, you will lose points every time your ship sinks.

Will rowboats be available in The Arena?
At launch, rowboats will not be available in The Arena. Rare is working on implementing them for the future.

Will gunpowder barrels be in The Arena?
At launch, there will be no gunpowder barrels in The Arena. Rare is working on balancing them for The Arena, since they can have such a large impact on the game.

Will there be new achievements for The Arena?
There will be new achievements in the Anniversary Update around The Arena, Tall Tales, and The Hunter’s Call.

Will nameplates be visible in The Arena?
Nameplates work the same way in The Arena as they do in Adventure mode.

Can you see other ships on your map in The Arena?
Yes, you will be able to see other ships on your map table in The Arena. You will also be notified when a specific crew digs up a chest.

Will storms and fog be present in The Arena?
Yes, storms and fog will be in The Arena.

Will there be matches in The Devil’s Roar?
At launch, The Devil’s Roar will not make an appearance for Arena matches. Rare is working on balancing the volcanoes before implementing.

How many supplies on your ship do you start with in The Arena?
You will start with a ton of supplies, as the focus is on combat and not resource-gathering.

Click here to watch the entire preview stream for The Arena.