Sea of Thieves – The Adventure
The quintessential Sea of Thieves experience is known collectively as Adventure mode, where pirates can roam, discover, fight and loot in a shared pirate paradise! The Adventure is the place to find story-driven and encounter-led escapades, freely explore the world and rise through the ranks of the Trading Companies as you strive to become a Pirate Legend.
Shores Of Gold
Tall Tales - Shores of Gold is part of this Adventure, presented as a collection of interconnected tales taking you deeper into the lore of the Sea of Thieves and the lives of the characters who live there. The story of Shores of Gold ties in with Athena’s Fortune, the official Sea of Thieves novel, featuring new faces alongside some familiar favourites.
Players will not only enjoy a rich, narrative-led experience but also see special features such as deadly new traps for unwary explorers, items used in unexpected ways and some truly formidable foes who raise the bar for evil!
Before you dive headlong into Sea of Thieves' world, you can pick from a near-limitless supply of possible pirates, ensuring that whatever your preference may be, there's a way to define yourself in-game. The finer details – hairstyles and hooks, accessories and armaments – will fall into place as you play, with everything from the clothes you wear to the weapons you wield helping to express your personality and style.
Head to the vanity chest on your ship or use the chests outside the shops on each Outpost to change your clothes, hair, beard, tattoos and more as you perfect your pirate persona.
Sea of Thieves' Adventure experience features four Trading Companies, with a fifth introduced in The Arena. These are enterprising groups with their own agendas, providing work and payment for pirates who join their causes. You can work for as many as you wish. Reach rank 50 in any three Companies to earn the title of Pirate Legend!
The Merchant Alliance are rather stuffy, but reward pirates well for delivering cargo and animals. The Order of Souls value skeleton skulls and will pay for bounties. The Gold Hoarders have the keys to the chests buried in the world and will crack them open – for a cut! The Hunter's Call, meanwhile, are champions of hunting, cooking and fishing. Head into The Arena to engage with one more Company: the feisty Sea Dogs.
The Merchant Alliance
While you're sailing the Sea of Thieves, you'll encounter a variety of events that can turn a simple voyage into a raucous adventure. Skeleton Forts can become active, meaning that you'll find a pile of treasure (behind a horde of bony adversaries) by following a skull-shaped cloud. Similarly, follow the ship-shaped cloud to find a Skeleton Ship battle – but beware, for those accursed ships can also sail out to find you!
That's not the only threat to your voyages. Watch out for Krakens seizing you with mighty tentacles and hungry Megalodons rising to take a bite out of your crew! Perhaps that player ship on the horizon could help you out of a scrape? Or perhaps it's just the next threat you'll have to face...
If you’re a new sailor nervous of all the things you might find on the tides, there are plenty of places to seek assistance and reassurance. It’s best to get familiar with the basics of moving, steering and stopping your ship, whichever of the ship types you choose. Crewmates can also prove very useful, and if you’re not bringing any with you from the start, there are ways to find them on the Sea of Thieves and out in the wider world.
Remember that when not actively tracking treasure or fending off threats to your life you’re free to strike up a shanty, indulge a taste for grog or practise your fishing, hunting and cooking. Meat from animals and fish can help you rustle up fantastic food to boost your health or coffers.