Shroudbreaker Tall Tale Guide

The first tale in the Shores of Gold Tall Tales is the Shroudbreaker Tall Tale. Tall Tales are the new enhanced quest system in Sea of Thieves that was introduced with the Anniversary Update. It’s essentially a campaign mode in the world of Sea of Thieves. So let’s get into this Shroudbreaker Tall Tale guide!

Step 1 – Starting the Shroudbreaker Tall Tale

You can start this Tall Tale by visiting any Tavern and heading towards the Mysterious Stranger. There will be a barrel next to them and you can vote on the Tall Tale atop the barrel. Once you have voted, you will be able to find the Tall Tale book in your map radial menu.

Shroudbreaker Tall Tale

After listening to the Mysterious Stranger discuss the Shroudbreaker, it’s time to set sail!

Step 2 – Finding the Magpie’s Wing Ship’s Log

The first island you need to head to is an uncharted island.

Sail to N13, you’ll find a small island.

There will be a sunken ship there on the North West side. Dive down there and retrieve the ship’s log from the Captain’s Quarters.

Finding this ship’s log will unlock The Lost Voyage commendation and will add more pages to your Tall Tale book.

Step 3 – Find the Ancient Chest

Now that you have new pages in your Tall Tale book, you’ll be able to find the Ancient Chest. This step is procedurally generated, so the steps during this part can change each time you play the Shroudbreaker Tall Tale.

You’ll want to use your map table or RareThief’s interactive map for this next part.

Find The Island

Ancient Chest Island Directions

Even though each time you play the Tall Tale the directions will be different, we can still help guide you with some helpful navigation hints below. Each island will have it’s own phrase in the book.

If your book has the phrase below, then it is most likely referring to the location listed.

Chain/Clump of IslandsSnake Island
Fortified IslandNearby Fort
Tangled Nest of IslandsShark Bait Cove
Large Island with Tall ArchesThieves’ Haven
Small Shallow IslesOld Salts Atoll

Find another location that not listed? Let us know!

Paradise Spring is one of the more common islands that you’ll end up to find the Ancient Chest.

It has also been found at: Devil’s Ridge, Snake Island, Chicken Isle, Lookout Point, Cutlass Cay, and Fool’s Lagoon.

Find The Ancient Chest On The Island

Now that you’re on the correct island, it’s time to find the Ancient Chest.

The Tall Tale book will note the side of the island that the crew dropped the chest off, so be sure to keep that in mind.

If they mention top, it’s on the North side. If they mention bottom, it’s on the South side.

Once you figure out the correct side of the island, time to go diving! The Ancient Chest will sparkle if you are far enough away, so you can attempt to utilize that feature. If not, just look for the Ancient Chest about 30 feet from the island (image below).

Ancient Chest

Once you get the chest aboard, open it up and you’ll find a Totem!

You can find 6 different Totems, each one leading you to a different island to open the vault.

Boar TotemDevil’s Ridge
Scarab TotemCrook’s Hollow
Moon TotemCrescent Isle
Crab TotemUncharted Isle at N13
Shark TotemKraken’s Fall
Snake TotemMermaid’s Hideaway

Sail to the island associated with your Totem.

Step 4 – Find The Ancient Vault

You now have to place the Totem you have next to the Ancient Vault on the corresponding island. Once you do this, you will unlock the Vault of the Ancients commendation.

Many people struggle finding the lock, but you can easily find it if you know what the lock looks like (shown below).

Ancient Vault Lock

The lock is a small square on a stone like above, and will be close to the Ancient Vault. Below is a list of the Ancient Vault locations.

IslandAncient Vault Location
Devil’s RidgeSoutheast Beach
Crook’s HollowSouth Cave, behind the waterfall
Crescent IsleNorthern Cave
Uncharted Isle at N13Underwater Cave, near workbench
Kraken’s FallNorthwest side, under archway
Mermaid’s HideawayNorth side of huge archway

Step 5 – Ancient Vault Puzzle

Once you place the Totem down, you’ll see the vault door open. In the Ancient Vault you will see an altar.

Before you start the puzzle, look at the last page of your Tall Tale book. This page will give you the answers to the upcoming puzzle.

To start the puzzle, you need to light all four braziers—one on each of the altar’s four corners.

Ancient Vault Puzzle

There are 4 columns that each have a rotating block. Once you rotate the block, a different symbol is shown. You’ll want to look at the last page of your book, and match the patterns to the blocks. Starting from top to bottom, the first row is the first puzzle, second row is the second puzzle, etc.

Once you place the blocks in the correct order for the first row, go back to the altar and hit the button that says “Enter Solution.”

Repeat this process for all 4 rows in your Tall Tale book.

Be sure to do this quickly, as the room will fill up with water and you will drown if you take too long! If you die, you will need to restart the entire Shroudbreaker Tall Tale.

Step 6 – Collect The Vault Medallions

Once you complete the block puzzle, a location will appear on the altar.

Ancient Vault Altar

The location shown is on the same island you are on. Find the location, and dig up the vault medallion shown in the image (the gold circle shown).

Once you dig up a medallion, new Coral Skeletons will spawn so be prepared to fight!

A new location will appear on the altar after you dig up each medallion. You’ll need to dig up 3 medallions in total.

Having trouble finding Vault Medallions? Our friends are RareThief have a great interactive map that can help!

Step 7 – Return the Shroudbreaker

Once you place all the medallions in the altar, you will reveal the Shroudbreaker!

Return to your ship and be careful, as there will be a lot of skeletons spawning since you completed the puzzle. While you escape, you will receive The Key to Adventure commendation.

Return to any Mysterious Stranger at any Tavern and give him the Shroudbreaker. You have completed the Shroudbreaker Tall Tale!

You will receive 3,000 gold and The Shroudbreaker commendation.

Next Up…

The Mysterious Stranger will send you to Olivia at Plunder Outpost for The Cursed Rogue Tall Tale. You can find Olivia in the Order of Souls tent.

We hope this Shroudbreaker Tall Tale Guide helped you in your adventures.

Release Notes – 2.0

Find A Crew!

The Sea of Thieves HQ Discord server is a great place to find a crew to play with! Join players doing Tall Tales, competing in the Arena, or just sailing!

Tall Tales – Shores of Gold

Starting Your First Tale – Begin your adventure by visiting the Mysterious Stranger at any Outpost tavern. Beside the Stranger you’ll find a quest book which you can vote on with your crew to begin the Tall Tale.

Tall Tale Quest Books – Starting a Tall Tale will drop a quest book into your radial menu. You’ll need to use this to progress through the Tall Tale.

Enchanted Tools – As you journey through various Tall Tales, you may gain the use of Enchanted Tools to help overcome puzzles and solve mysteries. These won’t replace your own items but will be selectable from the quest radial for use during that Tall Tale.

Collector’s Chests – That’s right, you can now find chests that open! These Collector’s Chests act as a convenient place to store valuable items.

Skeleton Lords – Introducing Skeleton Lords, imposing foes clambering out of the oldest legends into the present day. Meaner than any of the bony marauders you’ve fought so far, these intimidating adversaries can only be encountered by following the Tall Tales as they unfold.

Reviewing your Tale Progress – A new Tall Tales section has been added to the Reputation pages, detailing your progress through each Tale in Shores of Gold. Once a Tale is unlocked, use the ‘More Info’ button to find a reminder of where to go to begin your next Tale.

Shores of Gold Commendations and Rewards – New adventures mean new Commendations! Along with tracking your progress, the new Tall Tales Reputation page hosts a range of Commendations to unlock and rewards to earn as you progress through the Tales. Look closely as some Tales award a new ‘Cursed’ effect to bestow upon your pirate…

The Arena

Welcome to The Arena – To get you started, you’ll be given an introduction to The Arena by DeMarco Singh himself, providing you with advice on how to compete.

The Sea Dogs Tavern – The Sea Dogs operate out of their own special tavern, built as a gathering place for all pirates keen to participate in contests of courage and expertise. When playing The Arena, you’ll spend any downtime between contests in this tavern, where you can explore, drink and chat with other challengers.

Arena Locations – The Anniversary Update introduces six Arena locations, each with two layouts, hand-picked by Lesedi and DeMarco to ensure the most gratifying of contests. 

These maps are: 

  • Leave Us a Lone
  • Spoiling for a Fight
  • Kraken’s Brawl
  • Wanderer’s War
  • Plunder for All
  • Call of the Marauders

Sight of the Damned – As The Arena is far too fast-paced for jaunts on board the Ferry of the Damned, it introduces the all-new ‘Sight of the Damned’. This causes your viewpoint to slowly spin above and away from your body, allowing you to stay in the game and communicate tactically with the rest of your crew.

The Sea Dogs Trading Company – The Sea Dogs are run by Lesedi and DeMarco, twins and rivals who embody the spirit of The Arena: lively and sometimes heated competition tempered by mutual respect. As you compete in contests, your standing with the Sea Dogs will improve, unlocking special Sea Dogs Cosmetic Rewards and Titles.

Sea Dog Commendations – Obtain accolades for your exploits in The Arena. Achieving certain feats will unlock Commendations and titles for your pirate to wear proudly as a sign of competitive prowess.

Glorious Sea Dog Cosmetics – You won’t just find glory in The Arena, you’ll find spoils too! The Glorious Sea Dog set is a symbol of honour, pride and fighting spirit. Show your enthusiasm for all three of these things by purchasing this set from the Sea Dogs Tavern.

The Hunter’s Call

Plenty More Fish – Sea of Thieves has had an influx of wildlife! There are many variations of fish populating the seas which can be caught by meeting specific fishing conditions and using the right bait. Check The Hunter’s Call Commendation screen for a few initial hints!

Let’s Get Fishing! – Fishing is a popular pirate pastime, since it can be enjoyed on islands or aboard ships and can result in a fine meal if you’re any good at it. Reel in a fish (being careful not to snap your line) then try showing off your catches to The Hunter’s Call.

Grab your Rod – Fishing would be difficult without a fishing rod, so you’ll find one added to your inventory. If your standard fishing rod isn’t quite snazzy enough, fear not – shops on the Sea of Thieves are now freshly stocked with rods to suit all pirate tastes.

That’s Bait – If you’re planning to go fishing, bait would be a great help. You’ll find grubs, leeches and earthworms in resource barrels across the Sea of Thieves. Each will help you meet certain conditions to catch even the rarest of fish.

Become the Hunter… – Whether you’re taking down giant beasts like the Kraken or hunting smaller prey such as chickens, creatures will now drop raw meat ready for cooking. Keep an eye out while salvaging as you might even find some in shipwrecks or on Skeleton Ships.

…Or the Gatherer – A variety of different restorative food types are now available to pirates. While you’ll find your trusty banana is now a little less satisfying, rarer fruits will replenish more health.

Get Cooking! – You’ll now find cooking spots on ships and at campfires throughout the world. Demonstrate your culinary prowess with any ingredients you can get your hands on! But be careful, as overcooking food will reduce its effectiveness… and its value.

Cooking to Perfection – With raw bananas replenishing a base level of health, you’d expect a well-cooked piece of food to do more. Cooking something to perfection will provide a period of health regeneration, shown as a ring around your health bar. Now you can whip up a meal before battle to get an advantage over your rivals! Again, avoid overcooking to obtain best results.

The Hunter’s Call Commendations – A brand new Company means brand new Commendations for you to collect. Get rewarded for fishing, hunting and cooking as you work your way up through the ranks and into Merrick’s good books.

The Hunter’s Call Rewards – Many tales of Merrick’s own ship, The Killer Whale, are told throughout the Sea of Thieves. Now your pirate and vessel can look just like the infamous ship and its crew! Climb the ranks of The Hunter’s Call to earn Killer Whale items and liveries along with a range of new Tattoo and Makeup options from Merrick and his extended family.

Anniversary Update

New Front End Menu – New ways to play provide a host of new options! When you load in to Sea of Thieves, you’ll now be able to choose between The Arena and Adventure.

What’s New Section – Want the latest on what’s happening with Sea of Thieves? Make sure you check the What’s New section on the front end menu. This will be regularly updated with advice and feature additions to keep you in the loop.

Expanded Ship Damage

Time to start honing your cannon skills, because landing an accurate shot now means more than ever. With this update, you can target various areas of your opponent’s ship to devastating effect:

Hit the Hull – When targeting your enemy’s hull, repeated impacts in the same place will increase the size of the holes created. These holes speed up the rate at which a ship fills with water and take longer to repair!

Collapse the Mast – Landing a fine shot on another ship’s mast will send the mast crashing down onto the deck of the ship, slowing its speed. The mast will have to be raised and patched up with wood to secure it back in place.

Drop the Anchor – Targeting the capstan will drop the anchor and damage the capstan pegs. The pegs will need to be repaired before the anchor can be raised at the original speed.

Wipe Out the Wheel – Targeting a ship’s wheel will destroy the spokes, reducing the effectiveness of turning the ship. Repairs to the wheel will be needed to regain the ship’s original turning speed.

Man the Harpoons

The Shipwrights have finally delivered those harpoons we ordered! Each ship now has two harpoon guns fitted to the bow, introducing a huge range of tactical options for The Arena and Adventure alike. 

Stick Around – Latching on to a rival crew’s ship in the heat of battle or using the environment to enable some advanced sailing tactics are just two ways to gain an edge on the seas.

Get Me Out of Here – Does a crewmate wish to make a hasty retreat, or do you need to remove a rival pirate from the fray? Use the harpoon to pluck them from the battle and bring them back to your ship.

Shoot the Loot – Harpoons are great for looting too! Retrieve treasure from the sea, from land or even from another pirate’s clutches. Don’t forget to yell “Yoink!” as you pinch that plunder.

New Cosmetics

Feel Like Strutting your Stuff? – The brand-new Parrot set is definitely for you. This colourful collection includes an outfit, a full set of items and a ship livery and is available to purchase from all reputable in-game shops.

Other Improvements

Just Browsing – Finding that specific hat you’ve been eyeing up has never been easier. There are now category filters at all the shops to help you browse by a specific category of item.

Counting Stock – Adjustments have been made to the Resources inventory. Resource limits are now shown at the top of the inventory grid for cannonballs, Cursed Cannonballs, food, wood and bait.

Improved Barrel Inventory – The barrel inventory has been expanded to display a 4×4 grid of items rather than a 3×4 grid.

Going the Distance – The distance at which players can see their crew’s gamertags has been doubled, while the distance at which players can see non-crew gamertags has been halved.

Accessibility Improvements – The ‘Let Games Read to Me’ accessibility options for Xbox One and PC are now available. These are currently supported for players with their language and region set to English US.

Combined Notifications – When cashing in multiple items at once, UI pop-ups will now combine the rewards into a single pop-up rather than queuing them individually.

High Dynamic Range – Support has been improved for HDR-compatible screens on PC. Players can access a ‘HDR Calibration’ page within their Settings to calibrate the brightness of the display.

Fight with Honour – When attacking with your cutlass, striking the environment will no longer trigger a three-hit combo chain.

Performance Improvements

Xbox One S Improvements – Performance on the Xbox One S has been improved.

Improved Loading Times – Time taken to initially load in to Sea of Thieves has been reduced.

Game Stability – Resolved a number of client and server stability issues.

Fixed Issues


  • ‘Push to Talk’ functionality now works correctly on Xbox One when set up in Audio Settings.
  • Chest of Sorrows no longer fills up a ship when placed on a docked Rowboat that is then detached from the ship.
  • When fighting the Kraken, moving into a safe space while it attempts to snatch you up from the ship will no longer cause you to be pulled through the environment.
  • If the game is unable to delete your pirate from the front end settings screen, it will no longer cause an infinite loading screen.
  • It is no longer possible to interact with items while holding a chest.
  • After undocking from a ship-based interactive item, you will now be able to correctly tap the quest radial or item radial to return to the previously wielded item.
  • Resolved an edge case where a Closed Crew could become an Open Crew when the crew owner leaves.
  • Resolved an issue preventing Xbox One players using a mouse from turning their camera.
  • When using the pirate chat radial, closing the second page of the radial without selecting a message will no longer automatically send a message.


  • Players with unlocked Commendations for previous Mercenary Voyages will once again see their Commendations in the Reputation pages.
  • The Title counts on the Bilge Rats Reputation page will now correctly count the Titles available to players.
  • During the new player onboarding tutorial, handing your tutorial chest to another player and having them cash it in for you will no longer leave tutorial messages stuck on-screen.

Audio and Visual

  • Waterfall SFX at Plunder Valley no longer cut out.
  • Fauna now renders at the correct level of detail when players are in close proximity.
  • Shanties now play as expected when played during a server migration.


  • Angled palm trees found in the Shores of Plenty region now render correctly.
  • The cannon next to the beacon on Devil’s Ridge can now be climbed into.
  • The ship’s flag on the Ferry of the Damned is now correctly attached.
  • There are no longer palm leaves stuck to the beach at Mermaid’s Hideaway.
  • Players can no longer walk beneath the water on Crescent Isle.
  • It no longer rains in the Pirate Legend Hideout at Plunder Outpost.
  • It’s no longer possible to get stuck inside rocks at Thieves’ Haven.
  • Players can no longer get stuck between the wharf and the tree at Plunder Outpost.
  • It’s no longer possible to get stuck on rocks at Ancient Spire Outpost.

Known Issues

The Arena Tavern Wait Times – During times of heavy server load, crews using Tavern matchmaking in The Arena may experience an extended delay when waiting to begin a contest. To get back into the action quickly, anyone experiencing this issue should leave the Tavern, return to the front end and matchmake into another Arena session.

Health Bar UI Delays – When regenerating health from cooked food, taking damage may cause the health bar to be delayed in updating.

Sea Dogs Tavern Purchase Delays – Players who purchase an item from the Sea Dogs Tavern shop shortly before migrating to a new server will not immediately see the purchase in their inventory. The purchase has been successful, but will only be shown when the player returns to the Tavern after their next contest.

Sailor of Athena’s Fortune Commendation Progress – Players do not receive progress towards the Sailor of Athena’s Fortune Commendation while their crew have both an Athena’s Fortune Voyage and a Tall Tale active at the same time.

Quest Item Loss in ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Losing the Gold Hoarders Coin during ‘The Shores of Gold’ Tall Tale will not automatically fail the Tall Tale, but your crew will be unable to progress.

Missing Phrases on Food Items – Some food items show available phrases in the pirate chat radial, but selecting them will not correctly send them to other players.

Incorrect Ship Flag Icons on Arena Map Table – Following consecutive contests in The Arena, the ship’s map table may show incorrect ship flag iconography for rival crews.

Extended Black Screen on Loading – In this build we’ve resolved a number of cases where players could be held indefinitely on the black loading screen when returning from the Ferry of the Damned or a mermaid. However, some instances of this may still be present, which we will continue to investigate. If you encounter this issue, please raise a support ticket with as much detail as you can provide.

Achievements for the Anniversary Update

The Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update comes with a ton of new features, including fishing and cooking, but it also comes with new achievements.

There is a total of 1,000 Gamerscore that you can achieve.

The Arena

Rum ‘n’ Bass (10G) 
“In The Arena, form a crew of four and play your instruments during a contest.”

Pints Mean Prizes (10G) 
“In The Arena, deliver a chest during a contest – while drunk!”

Glorious Sea Dog (10G) 
“Purchase the Glorious Sea Dog Jacket, Hat, Hook and Gloves.”

Nice Pirates Finish Last (20G) 
“In The Arena, deliver a stolen chest during a contest.”

Hot Tub Crime Machine (25G) 
“In The Arena’s tavern, get at least one member of each crew into the hot tub at the same time.”

Capture the Swag (30G) 
“In The Arena, deliver a chest within the first five minutes of a contest.”

Fortune and Glory (30G) 
“In The Arena, have 15 chests in your crew’s possession at the same time during a contest.”

Show Your Colours (30G) 
“In The Arena, take part in a contest using every single colour of ship.”

Captain of Silvered Waters (30G) 
“Receive the Commendation for placing in the top three 100 times in The Arena.”

Champion of Silvered Waters (50G) 
“Receive the Commendation for placing first 100 times in The Arena.”

Legend of Silvered Waters (50G) 
“Receive the Commendation for placing first 100 times in The Arena as a Pirate Legend.”

Sailor of Silvered Waters (35) 
“Receive the Commendation for completing 200 contests in The Arena.”

Master of The Arena (35) 
“Purchase the Arena Master Promotion from the Sea Dogs Trading Company.”

The Hunter’s Call

Dining With the Stars (5G) 
“Cook a piece of food on a campfire at night.”

Well Done! (5G) 
“Burn a piece of food.”

Not So Well Done (5G) 
“Become sick from undercooked food.”

Five a Day (5G) 
“Eat at least one piece of every kind of fruit.”

Another Pirate’s Treasure (5G) 
“Deliver a piece of treacherous loot to The Hunter’s Call.”

Night Bite (10G) 
“Deliver a luminescent fish to The Hunter’s Call.”

A Rare Delicacy (10G) 
“Deliver a rare coloured fish to The Hunter’s Call.”

Meat and Greet (10G) 
“Deliver every kind of cooked meat to The Hunter’s Call.”

Hunter of Trophy Fish (20G) 
“Receive the Commendation for delivering 25 Trophy Fish to The Hunter’s Call.”

Hook, Line and Sinker (30G) 
“Deliver at least one of every kind of fish to The Hunter’s Call.”

Legendary Hunter of the Sea of Thieves (50G) 
“Receive the Commendation for completing 57 Grade 5 Hunter’s Call Commendations.”

Master of the Hunters (20G) 
“Purchase the Master Hunter Promotion from The Hunter’s Call Trading Company.”

Tall Tales

The Shroudbreaker (10G) 
“Complete ‘The Shroudbreaker’ Tall Tale.”

The Cursed Rogue (10G) 
“Complete ‘The Cursed Rogue’ Tall Tale.”

The Legendary Storyteller (10G) 
“Complete ‘The Legendary Storyteller’ Tall Tale.”

Star of a Thief (10G) 
“Complete the ‘Stars of a Thief’ Tall Tale.”

Wild Rose (10G) 
“Complete the ‘Wild Rose’ Tall Tale.”

The Art of the Trickster (10G) 
“Complete ‘The Art of the Trickster’ Tall Tale.”

The Fate of the Morningstar (10G) 
“Complete ‘The Fate of the Morningstar’ Tall Tale.”

Revenge of the Morningstar (10G) 
“Complete the ‘Revenge of the Morningstar’ Tall Tale.”

The Shores of Gold (10G) 
“Complete ‘The Shores of Gold’ Tall Tale.”

A Sunken Legacy (30G) 
“Receive all Commendations for ‘The Shroudbreaker’ Tall Tale.”

Fateful Memories (30G) 
“Receive all Commendations for ‘The Cursed Rogue’ Tall Tale.”

Sea of Dreams (30G) 
“Receive all Commendations for ‘The Legendary Storyteller’ Tall Tale.”

The Stolen Sky (30G) 
“Receive all Commendations for the ‘Stars of a Thief’ Tall Tale.”

Always Yours (30G) 
“Receive all Commendations for the ‘Wild Rose’ Tall Tale.”

The Trickster’s Folly (30G) 
“Receive all Commendations for ‘The Art of the Trickster’ Tall Tale.”

The Unbroken Bond (30G) 
“Receive all Commendations for ‘The Fate of the Morningstar’ Tall Tale.”

The Morningstar Rises (30G) 
“Receive all Commendations for ‘The Revenge of the Morningstar’ Tall Tale.”

Seeker of Grand Adventure (130G) 
“Receive all Commendations for all the Shores of Gold Tall Tales.”


See all of our Anniversary Update coverage here.

What Time Does The Anniversary Update Release?

UPDATE: The Anniversary Update has been delayed by 2 hours.

The Anniversary Update is out NOW!

Find A Crew!

The Sea of Thieves HQ Discord server is a great place to find a crew to play with! Join players doing Tall Tales, competing in the Arena, or just sailing!

Anniversary Update Release Time

The Anniversary Update for Sea of Thieves is the largest update the game has ever seen. It includes features such as fishing, cooking, a new enhanced quest system, a new competitive PVP mode, and more!

With the release coming tomorrow on April 30th, many people are wondering: What time does the Anniversary Update come out?

Well we’ve got the answer.

The Anniversary Update for Sea of Thieves will be out by 4pm BST.

For those of you in different timezones, we’ve converted them below for you:

11am EST (Delayed Time: 1pm EST)

10am CST (Delayed Time: 12pm CST)

8am PST (Delayed Time: 10am PST)

5pm CEST (Delayed Time: 7pm CEST)

1am AEST (May 1st) (Delayed Time: 3am AEST)

12am JST (May 1st) (Delayed Time: 2am JST)

So if you’re wondering what time the Anniversary Update comes out for Sea of Thieves, we’re hoping you know now. Of course, this is based off of the maintenance window that Rare gave us, so it may end up going live a bit earlier or later than that.

You can expect the servers to be filled once the Anniversary Update releases, so please be patient and allow Rare to relieve some of the server congestion over time.

The Anniversary Update includes a ton of great new features, you can find out more about them here.

To see all of our coverage for the Anniversary Update, click here.

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!


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.


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.


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.

Everything Coming In The Anniversary Update

Sea of Thieves released just over a year ago on March 20th, 2018 exclusively for the Xbox One and PC. Since then, the game has seen five free DLC updates that have vastly updated the landscape of the game. April 30th marks the release of their sixth update (the Anniversary Update) and without a doubt is the largest overall update for the game yet.

There will be various additions such as fishing, cooking, two new trading companies, along with a brand new combat arena for pirates who enjoy battling each other in ruthless competition. Here is a list of all the changes that we know of coming to Sea of Thieves in the Anniversary Update next week.

The Hunter’s Call

Have you maxed out all three trading companies in Sea of Thieves and looking for more to do? Well luckily for you, the Anniversary Update will include The Hunter’s Call! This new trading company will allow you to collect meat, cook meat, and go fishing. It’s run by Merrick (from the Hungering Deep campaign) and his family, which you will be able to find at any Seapost. They will happily give you gold for any meat or fish you deliver to them.

As for fishing, you will be able to fish on land or aboard your ship, but be careful as it is possible for your line to break! You will also be able to cook animal meat or fish on your own ship or in any pot you find on an island. Cooked meals will be much more beneficial for your pirate’s health than just fruit, they will also fill up your regeneration pool.

Have more questions about The Hunter’s Call? We’ve got the answers.

You can also watch a preview of The Hunter’s Call here.

The Arena

We have known about the Arena for a couple months now, but recently some new information has surfaced. For those that haven’t heard, The Arena will be the competitive PVP mode added to the Sea of Thieves in the Anniversary Update.

The Sea Dogs will be a trading company exclusive to The Arena run by two characters from the Sea of Thieves comic book series- Lesedi and DeMarco Singh. The Sea Dogs Tavern will act as a lobby where players can meet with each other before facing off in The Arena.

In this mode there will be 24 minute matches with five galleons competing against each other for treasure. Each ship receives the same treasure maps and must battle to dig up and turn in the most treasure before time expires. This mode will have no Kraken, Megalodon, Gunpowder barrels (at launch), or cursed cannonballs. Although weather events can still occur, such as fog or storms.

Have more questions about The Arena? We’ve got the answers.

You can also watch a preview of The Arena here.

Tall Tales

For those who loved the stories of the Hungering Deep, Cursed Sails, and Forsaken Shores campaigns, a new storyline is here for you to delve into! Tall Tales will comprise different adventures with brand new characters. This is a brand new enhanced quest system that fulfills the potential Sea of Thieves has always had. Discover mysteries, solve puzzles, and evade traps as you venture through new areas never before seen.

Each Tall Tale will have multiple chapters, adding longevity to your adventures. There will also be a variety of Tall Tales that tell different stories about different characters. The first Tall Tale we will be experiencing is the Shores of Gold.

Have more questions about Tall Tales? We’ve got the answers.

New Ship Combat

In addition to the content changes coming to Sea of Thieves, there are also some significant combat changes coming to ships. You will now be able to damage the masts, capstans, and wheels of ships, which will require wooden planks to repair. In addition to that, holes from cannonballs will now expand if they are shot consistently, allowing more water to come into the ship.

These changes will dramatically change how ship combat is played. It increases the amount of strategy needed to take down a ship and also requires a crew to be more focused than ever before. Communication will be vital in making sure your ship stays afloat.

Have more questions about this new expanded ship damage? We’ve got the answers.


A set of harpoons will be added to each ship type. These harpoons will allow you to latch onto ships and reel in objects (barrels, treasure, players). They will play a huge factor in ship combat, allowing ships to create sharp turns and allowing others to keep pace with faster ships.

Oh, and most importantly, you can blow up gunpowder barrels upon impact.

This is everything we know that’s coming to the Anniversary Update next week. We’re confident that Rare will also introduce a slew of bug fixes with this update, as they usually do. This is easily the largest update the game has seen, and Rare probably has some other content up their sleeves that they’ll slip in.

Stay up to date with everything related to the Anniversary Update here.

A Preview of The Hunter’s Call

The Hunter’s Call is one of the new Trading Companies coming to Sea of Thieves in the Anniversary Update on April 30th. It focuses on two brand new Sea of Thieves features: fishing and cooking!

Content Update Announcement

Check out the official content update video showcasing everything new coming with The Hunter’s Call!


Take a behind-the-scenes look at The Hunter’s Call and find out how the team at Rare created this new trading company in Sea of Thieves!

Anniversary Preview Stream

Topping things off, Rare hosted an Anniversary preview stream for The Hunter’s Call! Giving a more in-depth look at the mechanics and features of the new trading company.

Stay up-to-date with the latest on The Hunter’s Call here.

20 Questions Answered About The Hunter’s Call

Recently Rare hosted a stream showcasing a preview of the upcoming new trading company, The Hunter’s Call. The Hunter’s Call is a trading company that focuses on cooking and fishing. It also is directly related to another new feature coming in the Anniversary Update: harpoons.

During this stream, they had a Q&A segment where questions were supplied from people in the stream chat. Below are the 20 questions asked about The Hunter’s Call and their answers!

Before getting into that though, some questions reference a regeneration pool. This refers to the new mechanic when eating food. If you eat food, you will actually gain “extra” health so if you end up being damaged by something, the regeneration pool will replenish your health for you.


Will there be new cosmetics coming with The Hunter’s Call?
Yes there will be new cosmetics for: fishing rods, new ship set (Merrick’s ship called “Killer Whale”)

Will we carry more than 5 planks now?
No, you will still carry 5 planks.

Where can we talk to The Hunter’s Call NPCs?
The Hunter’s Call will be present at Seaposts.

Can you achieve Pirate Legend with The Hunter’s Call?
Yes, if you reach level 50 in The Hunter’s Call and two other trading companies you will achieve Pirate Legend. Pirate Legend now requires 3 out of 5 trading companies to be maxed out.


How does cooking work in Sea of Thieves?
Cooking is simple, you don’t have to watch it and items will cook by themselves.

How do you know when something is done cooking?
The item you are cooking will change color starting in it’s raw form, then under-cooked, then cooked, and then burned.

Will food that is cooked give you more money from The Hunter’s Call?
Under-cooked food will give you less money, health, and may cause you to be sick.

Does every food fill up your regeneration pool?
Only cooked and under-cooked food will add to your regeneration pool.

Will you be adding more food types after the Anniversary update?
Maybe. At launch there will be coconuts, mangoes, pineapples (full 100 HP heal per bite, 2 bites total), bananas, pomegranates, fish, and various types of meat.

Where can you cook food in Sea of Thieves?
You are able to cook food on any ship type and on any campfire throughout the world.

Can you cook fruit?
You are able to cook fruit, but fruit will always burn.


Now that fishing is in Sea of Thieves, are there rare fish we can catch?
Yes there are rare fish, but it more so in the chance of finding a specific species of the fish.

Can you fish up treasure?
You cannot fish up treasure, but you can fish up rubbish, such as bones and boots.

Can you fish while sailing?
Yes, you can fish while moving on a ship.

Do fish give any special effects after eating them?
Eating a fish will add to your regeneration pool.


Will gunpowder barrels explode from a harpoon?
Yes, gunpowder barrels will explode upon impact.

Are Galleons immune to harpoons?
No, every ship can be struck by a harpoon; however, everything is physics based (bigger ship will be able to reel in smaller ship, etc.)

Can harpoon lines snap?

Are there cosmetics for harpoons?

Will Skeleton Ships have harpoons equipped?
No, they will not have harpoons equipped.

Check out Rare’s preview stream below.

Check out our coverage on The Hunter’s Call here.

A Preview of The Arena

The Arena is a competitive PVP mode coming to Sea of Thieves in the Anniversary Update on April 30th. In addition to this mode, the Sea Dogs are a brand new trading company associated with The Arena.

Content Update Announcement

Check out the official content update video showcasing everything new coming with The Arena!


Take a behind-the-scenes look at The Arena and discover the creative process behind making this new PVP mode!

Anniversary Preview Stream

Topping things off, Rare hosted an Anniversary preview stream for The Arena! Giving a more in-depth look at the mechanics and features of the new trading company.

Stay up-to-date with our coverage on The Arena here.

Expanded Ship Damage Explained

On April 30th, Rare will be releasing the Anniversary Update to the Sea of Thieves! As part of this update, there will be significant changes to ship combat, specifically how ships will be damaged. Rare recently released a behind-the-scenes look at expanded ship damage, so we’re here to go over exactly how these new mechanics will work!

Below you’ll find questions answered by Rare regarding the expanded ship damage:

What are the expanded ship damage changes that are coming?
On all ship types, you will be able to knock down the masts of a ship with a few cannonballs. You will also be able to damage the capstan and wheel of a ship. Cannonball holes in the hull have also changed, there will be different sized holes in the hull depending on how much damage you’ve done. So more cannonball shots to a single place on the hole will expand the hole, allowing more water to fill in faster.

Will it take longer to patch larger holes in the hull?
Yes, the time it takes to patch a hole will directly correlate to the size of the hole.

Will damaging a ship’s capstan lower their anchor?
There is a chance that damaging a ship’s capstan will lower the anchor.

What will damaging a ship’s wheel do?
Damaging a ship’s wheel will make it so it’s harder to turn the ship.

How many cannonball shots does it take to knock down a mast?
It will take 3 cannonball shots to knock down a ship mast.

How do you repair the mast once it’s been knocked down?
Players will have to use the pulley ropes on the ship to get the mast back up. Once it’s back up, players will need to use wooden planks to repair the mast.

How do you repair the capstan and the wheel?
To repair the capstan and the wheel, you will need to use wooden planks.

Will the expanded ship damage be available in The Arena?
Yes, expanded ship damage will be present in The Arena.

You can learn more about expanded ship damage in Sea of Thieves by watching the behind-the-scenes video below.