Safer Seas FAQ

  • Ahoy Seafarers!

    As we have recently announced, Season Ten will introduce a way to enjoy Sea of Thieves at your own pace with Safer Seas. Following Season Ten’s launch in October, Safer Seas is due to arrive in December. While rewards will be reduced and certain features inaccessible, you'll be able to enjoy a wealth of pirate fun, sailing alone or with a crew of your friends in a private game session.

    We’ve collated some of the most asked questions around Safer Seas in this FAQ, so please read on below for all the details!

    See you on Safer Seas!

    Shelley “Pressgang” Preston

    Associate Design Director


    Safer Seas FAQ


    Do I have the same Pirate in Safer Seas and High Seas?

    Your Pirate is shared between Safer Seas and High Seas, allowing you to continue your unique adventure and story between both ways to play.


    How will I choose to play in Safer Seas?

    Before you set sail, you can choose to play in either High Seas or Safer Seas. You cannot swap between Seas in-game and will need to start or join another session to change Seas.


    Will High Seas be quieter because some people are playing in Safer Seas?

    Everyone sailing in High Seas will be brought together just as they are now. Safer Seas is a completely separate set of players who do not take up or affect the Ship slots available on each High Sea server.


    Can I play with anyone else in Safer Seas?

    You can play with a crew of friends on the same Ship in Safer Seas. It’s just you and your friends, there is no ‘Open Crew’ option in Safer Seas.


    How does Gold work in Safer Seas?

    In Safer Seas, you have less risk from other pirates and therefore will earn Gold at 30% of the rate that you would in High Seas.

    There is no limit to how much Gold you can earn.

    Any items you buy in Safer Seas will cost the same as they do in High Seas.


    How does Reputation work in Safer Seas?

    In Safer Seas, you have less risk from other pirates and therefore will earn Reputation at 30% of the rate that you would in High Seas.

    You cannot ever earn any Reputation for Athena’s Fortune or Reaper’s Bones in Safer Seas.

    You cannot ever earn any Allegiance for Guardians of Fortune or Servants of the Flame in Safer Seas.

    For Gold Hoarders, Order of Souls, Merchant Alliance and Hunter’s Call, once you reach Reputation Level 40, Reputation is capped and cannot go any further.

    You can continue to play in Safer Seas no matter what level you are, but you will not earn Reputation past Level 40 for the Gold Hoarders, Order of Souls, Merchant Alliance or Hunter’s Call.


    How do Letters of Recommendation work in Safer Seas?
    You cannot buy Letters of Recommendation from Larinna in Safer Seas.


    How do Doubloons work in Safer Seas?

    Doubloons are earned at 100% Value in both Safer Seas and High Seas. However, there are fewer ways to earn Doubloons in Safer Seas as many of the features that reward you with Doubloons are unavailable.


    How do Ancient Coins work in Safer Seas?

    Ancient Coins are earned at 100% Value in both Safer Seas and High Seas.

    Ancient Skeletons will have the same chance to appear in Safer Seas as in High Seas.


    How do Season Rewards and the Plunder Pass work in Safer Seas?

    Seasonal Renown is earned at 100% Value in both Safer Seas and High Seas.

    Any progress towards Seasonal Rewards is shared between High Seas and Safer Seas.

    Any currency you earn as a Seasonal Reward or Plunder Pass Reward will be earned at 100% Value, regardless of if you are in Safer Seas or High Seas.

    There are some Trials that you cannot complete on Safer Seas due to the features they relate to being unavailable in Safer Seas.


    How do Live Events like Gold and Glory and Community Weekend work in Safer Seas?

    Live Events are not active on Safer Seas, you will need to head to High Seas to take part in these.


    How does Lazybeard work on Safer Seas?
    Lazybeard will be the same in Safer Seas as it is on High Seas, if you are not active then you are removed from the game. This makes the experience equal between High Seas and Safer Seas, and helps prevent gameplay exploits such as earning Commendations whilst you aren’t even present (for example Sailing X Miles).


    How do Shops work in Safer Seas?

    All Cosmetic Shops including all Outpost Shops and the Guardians of Fortune and Servants of the Flame Shops are the same in Safer Seas and High Seas. If you meet the requirements to buy an item, you can.

    At the Gold Hoarders, Order of Souls, Merchant Alliance and Hunter’s Call Company Shops you cannot buy Emissary Flags or Promotions and Company Items after Reputation Level 40.

    At the Athena’s Fortune and Reaper’s Bones Company Shops, you cannot buy anything.


    Can I find all the same Treasures in Safer Seas?

    There are certain treasures you will not be able to find in Safer Seas. These are as follows:

    • All Athena’s Fortune Treasures

    • Chest of Fortune

    • Generous Gift

    • Humble Gift

    • Rag and Bone Crate

    • Reaper's Bounty

    • Reaper's Chest

    • Ritual Skull

    • Skull of Destiny

    • All Tomes


    Can I become a Pirate Legend in Safer Seas?

    You cannot become a Pirate Legend or access any Pirate Legend content in Safer Seas.


    How does Burying Treasure work in Safer Seas?

    You can still bury your treasure and create maps in Safer Seas, but you will not be able to post maps to the Quest Board. You can also still take maps from the Quest Board.


    How do Voyages work in Safer Seas?

    You can still play Voyages in Safer Seas, however not all Voyages are available. You cannot play any Voyages related to features that are unavailable in Safer Seas, for example Athena’s Fortune Voyages or Skull Stash Voyages. Gilded Voyages are also unavailable in Safer Seas.


    How do Tall Tales work in Safer Seas?

    You can experience the narrative adventure of any Tall Tale in Safer Seas.


    How do Hourglass Faction Battles work in Safer Seas?

    You cannot vote to pledge Allegiance to either the Guardians of Fortune or Servants of the Flame in Safer Seas, and as such you cannot enter any Hourglass Battles or earn any Allegiance.


    How do the Faction Hideouts work in Safer Seas?

    You can still visit the Faction Hideouts if you have unlocked them in High Seas. You can still play or replay the ritual moments with Flameheart or The Pirate Lord.


    Can I play as an Emissary in Safer Seas?

    Emissary Play is not available in any form in Safer Seas. Emissary play’s core design is more reward at the cost of greater risk – being more visible to other players. There is no increased risk from other players in Safer Seas, and therefore no Emissary play is available.


    Can I Captain a Ship in Safer Seas?

    It is not possible to take Captained Ships into Safer Seas. Playing as a Captain, including all its features like earning Milestones, Saving your Ship Cosmetics, Captain’s Voyages and cashing in treasure at the Sovereigns is therefore only available in High Seas.


    Can I progress my Guild in Safer Seas?

    It is not possible to progress your Guild in Safer Seas as you cannot set sail on Guild Ships in the same way you cannot set sail on Captained Ships.


    Will there be any difference in how often World Event experiences are available in Safer Seas?

    In High Seas, the World Events that are available to you partially depends on factors caused by other players. For example if a Skeleton Fort is active and another player takes a long time to complete it, this will make it take longer until the next World Event is chosen - similarly, if another player completes it quickly it takes less time until the next World Event is chosen. With this in mind, any server you play on will always have dynamic and slightly different chances of seeing different events.

    Safer Seas will not be impacted by other players, and therefore World Events will always last for as long as they are active by default or, if you are engaging with them, until you personally complete them.

    Certain World Events are also not available in Safer Seas. This means that the world events that are available become slightly more likely, because they are being chosen from a smaller list. However, this will have a negligible impact on your experience overall and has been done to ensure that Safer Seas maintains a richness of experience.

    Megalodons are not affected by other players, and as such will attack your Ship with the same frequency in both High Seas and Safer Seas. The Shrouded Ghost has the same rarity in both seas, and the Commendation for defeating it will also always count on either sea.

    The intention with Safer Seas is that you always have opportunities on the horizon and that broadly speaking events that are available will occur with the same intended frequency as they do on High Seas.


    Does the Megalodon appear in Safer Seas?

    The Megalodon roams the waters of Safer Seas in the same way as High Seas and will attack your Ship with the same frequency. The Shrouded Ghost has the same rarity in both seas, and the Commendation for defeating it will also always count on either sea.


    Does the Kraken appear in Safer Seas?

    The Kraken appears in Safer Seas and will still attack your Ship.


    Do Skeleton Ships appear in Safer Seas?

    Skeleton Ships patrol the waters of Safer Seas so your ship can get attacked, and the Ship Battle World Event will also still appear.


    Do Ghost Ships appear in Safer Seas?

    Ghost Ships will appear in Safer Seas as part of Ghost Ship Voyages and the Ghost Ship World Event.


    Do Skeleton Forts appear in Safer Seas?

    Skeleton Forts appear in Safer Seas.


    Do Ashen Lords appear in Safer Seas?

    Ashen Lords appear in Safer Seas.


    Do Sea Forts appear in Safer Seas?

    Sea Forts are available in Safer Seas.


    Do Sunken Kingdom Treasuries appear in Safer Seas?

    Sunken Kingdom Treasuries and Shrines are available in Safer Seas.


    Does the Fort of Fortune appear in Safer Seas?

    The Fort of Fortune is not available in Safer Seas.


    Do Reaper’s Chests and Reaper’s Bounties appear in Safer Seas?

    Reaper’s Chests and Reaper’s Bounties do not appear in Safer Seas.


    Does the Chest of Fortune appear in Safer Seas?

    The Chest of Fortune does not appear in Safer Seas, no matter where it moves to each Season.


    How do Commendations work in Safer Seas?

    If you play in Safer Seas, you will still be able to feel the sense of progression and pride in your achievements that Commendations award you.

    We recognise that in High Seas, the shared world may affect your ability to earn Commendations and Achievements, but this is not a guarantee. Commendations that do not involve other crews are intended to be a reflection of your own personal achievements. As such, Safer Seas does not avoid celebrating this type of personal achievement that are unique to the player and their story in how they earned them.

    However, there are certain Commendations that you cannot complete in Safer Seas due to the limited activities available. The details on these are below:


    Athena's Fortune Commendations

    There is only one Athena’s Fortune Commendation available in Safer Seas:

    • Legendary Hunter of the Shrouded Ghost - Defeat The Shrouded Ghost in a chance encounter 5 times, as a Pirate Legend.


    Reaper's Bones Commendations

    There are no Reaper's Bones Commendations available in Safer Seas.


    Guardians of Fortune Commendations

    There is only one Guardians of Fortune Commendation available in Safer Seas:

    • Blessing of Athena's Fortune - Take part in the Blessing of Athena's Fortune ceremony.

      Servants of the Flame Commendations

    There is only one Servants of the Flame Commendation available in Safer Seas:

    • Ritual of the Flame - Take part in the Ritual of the Flame.


    Gold Hoarders Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • Emissary of Gold - Become an Emissary for the Gold Hoarders.

    • Worthy Emissary of Gold - Reach Gold Hoarders Emissary Grade 2, 100 times.

    • Dedicated Emissary of Gold - Reach Gold Hoarders Emissary Grade 3, 80 times.

    • Esteemed Emissary of Gold - Reach Gold Hoarders Emissary Grade 4, 40 times.

    • Unrivalled Emissary of Gold - Reach Gold Hoarders Emissary Grade 5, 20 times.

    • Golden Tribute - Sell 600 Gold Hoarder Treasures while flying the Gold Hoarders Emissary Flag.

    • Eminent Hoarder - Sell 320 Gold Hoarder Treasures while flying a Grade 5 Gold Hoarders Emissary Flag.

    • Hoarder's Garb - Represent the Gold Hoarders through your appearance while sailing as an Emissary.

    • Hoarder's Livery - Represent the Gold Hoarders through your ship's appearance while sailing as an Emissary.

    • Hoarders Through and Through - As Emissaries, fully represent the Gold Hoarders through your crew and your ship's appearance.


    Order of Souls Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • Emissary of Souls - Become an Emissary for the Order of Souls.

    • Worthy Emissary of Souls - Reach Order of Souls Emissary Grade 2, 100 times.

    • Dedicated Emissary of Souls - Reach Order of Souls Emissary Grade 3, 80 times.

    • Esteemed Emissary of Souls - Reach Order of Souls Emissary Grade 4, 40 times.

    • Unrivalled Emissary of Souls - Reach Order of Souls Emissary Grade 5, 20 times.

    • Gathering Secrets - Sell 600 Order of Souls Treasures while flying the Order of Souls Emissary Flag.

    • Honoured Mystic - Sell 320 Order of Souls Treasures while flying a Grade 5 Order of Souls Emissary Flag.

    • Order's Garb - Represent the Order of Souls through your appearance while sailing as an Emissary.

    • Order's Livery- Represent the Order of Souls through your ship's appearance while sailing as an Emissary.

    • Order Through and Through - As Emissaries, fully represent the Order of Souls through your crew and your Ship's appearance.

    • Scourge of Brutal Bastions - Defeat 10 Forts of Fortune.

    • United Against the Damned - Defeat 25 Ghost Ships whilst in an Alliance.

    • United Against the Flame - Defeat the Burning Blade whilst in an Alliance.


    Merchant Alliance Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • Emissary of Merchants - Become an Emissary for the Merchant Alliance.

    • Worthy Emissary of Merchants - Reach Merchant Alliance Emissary Grade 2, 100 times.

    • Dedicated Emissary of Merchants - Reach Merchant Alliance Emissary Grade 3, 80 times.

    • Esteemed Emissary of Merchants - Reach Merchant Alliance Emissary Grade 4, 40 times.

    • Unrivalled Emissary of Merchants - Reach Merchant Alliance Emissary Grade 5, 20 times.

    • Precious Commodities - Deliver 600 Merchant Alliance Consignments while flying the Merchant Alliance Emissary Flag.

    • Prestigious Merchant - Deliver 320 Merchant Alliance Consignments while flying a Grade 5 Merchant Alliance Emissary Flag.

    • Merchant's Garb - Represent the Merchant Alliance through your appearance while sailing as an Emissary.

    • Merchant's Livery - Represent the Merchant Alliance through your ship's appearance while sailing as an Emissary.

    • Merchants Through and Through - As Emissaries, fully represent the Merchant Alliance through your crew and your Ship's appearance.

    • Haggler of Surplus Stock - Purchase 250 Merchant Commodities at a discounted price.

    • Profiteer of Sought Stock - Sell 250 Merchant Commodities at an inflated price.

    • Taker of Stolen Stock - Sell 50 Stolen Merchant Commodities at an inflated price.

    • Master of Shifted Stock - Make the most possible profit buying and selling 150 Merchant Commodities.


    Hunter's Call Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • Captain of The Killer Whale - Purchase all parts of The Killer Whale Ship.


    Skeleton Thrones Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • Rest in the Cove's Secret Throne - Find and sit in the Skeleton Throne at Cannon Cove with another Crew.

    • Plunder the Secret Throne - Find and sit in the Skeleton Throne at Plunder Outpost with another Crew.

    • Sit in the Throne Amongst the Wreckage - Find and sit in the Skeleton Throne at Shipwreck Bay with another Crew.

    • Smuggle into the Throne Close to the Bay - Find and sit in the Skeleton Throne on the Sea Rock near Smuggler's Bay with another Crew.

    • Maraud in the Throne Found Up High - Find and sit in the Skeleton Throne at Marauder's Arch with another Crew.


    Gunpowder Skeletons Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • Gunpowder Plot - Destroy 5 Skeletons at the same time by Shooting a Gunpowder Skeleton on an active Skeleton Fort; while at least 1 other Crew is on the Island at the same time.

    • Legendary Gunpowder Plot - Destroy 5 Skeletons at the same time by Shooting a Gunpowder Skeleton on an active Skeleton Fort; while at least 1 other Crew is on the Island at the same time. (20 times)


    Cursed Sails Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

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


    Cursed Crews Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • The Curse Of The Afflicted Helm - Curse another crew's 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 crew's ship with Barrelball while flying the Reaper's Mark flag.

    • The Curse Of The Siren's Gale - Curse another crew's ship with Riggingball while flying the Reaper's Mark flag.

    • The Curse Of The Thieves Burden - Curse another crew's ship with Ballastball while flying the Reaper's Mark flag.

    • The Curse Of The Pacifists Demise - Curse another crew's ship with Peaceball while flying the Reaper's Mark flag.

    • Cursed Voyager - Complete 5 Voyages while flying the Reaper's Mark.

    • Legendary Cursed Voyager - Complete 30 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.


    Forsaken Shores Commendations
    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • Fleet Cargo Runner - Deliver 3 pieces of Cargo on time and in prime condition (while in an Alliance)


    Festival of the Damned Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • The Flame of Embattled Souls - Ignite your lantern with a pink Flame of Fate from the Ferry of the Damned.

    • Alliance of the Damned - Be in an alliance with all ship lanterns ignited in the same colour.

    • The Festival Party Boat - Ignite your Ship's Lanterns using Flames Of Fate of all six colours.


    Mercenary Voyages Commendations

    There is only one Mercenary Voyages Commendation available in Safer Seas:

    • Sketchy Stranger - Find all of the sketches made by Stitcher Jim's beloved.


    Fort of the Damned Commendations

    There are no Fort of the Damned Commendations available in Safer Seas.


    Legends of the Sea Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • The Legend of Glitterbeard - Carry on the Legend


    Ashen Treasures Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • Tome Raider - Open a stolen Ashen Chest.

    • Key of Thieves - Use a stolen  Ashen Key.

    • All Tome Commendations


    Crews of Rage Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • Fortress Inferno - Use fire against 5 skeletons at once, on an active Fort with another crew present.

    • Raging Fortress Inferno - Use fire against 5 skeletons at once, on an active Fort with another crew present, 10 times.

    • Hot Goods - Sell a stolen Chest of Rage.

    • Blazing Hot Goods - Sell 3 stolen Chests of Rage.

    • Raging Hot Goods - Sell 5 stolen Chests of Rage.


    Buried Treasures Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    • Master Cartographer - Donate Treasure Stash maps to a Quest Board. (25 maps)

    • Benevolent Benefactor - You donated a Treasure Stash map that has a huge number of treasures marked.

    • Stolen Secrets - Place a stolen Map Bundle onto your Captain's Table.

    • Burying the Past - Bury valuable treasures that were stolen from another crew.

    • Nothing To See Here - Bury a valuable treasure while another crew is at the same location.

    • Hider of Legendary Secrets - Bury treasures of value to the Athena's Fortune Company. (20 treasures)

    • Skies of Friendship - Set off fireworks while in an Alliances.

    • Gunpowder, Treason and Plot - Start a fire on another crew's ship by setting off a firework.

    • Warning Shot - Set off a Signal Flare when another crew is nearby.

    • Sleepover - Sleep in a bed aboard another crew's ship.

    • Legend of Buried Treasures - Legendary Commendation: Complete all Buried Treasures Commendations.


    Sea Forts Commendations

    All Commendations for Sea Forts are available in Safer Seas.


    Chests of Fortune Commendations

    There are no Chests of Fortune Commendations available in Safer Seas.


    How do Achievements work in Safer Seas?

    Achievements also represent personal achievement for players and so in the same way as Commendations, some Achievements can still be earned in Safer Seas.

    However, there are certain Achievements that you cannot complete in Safer Seas due to the limited activities available.

    The Achievements you cannot earn in Safer Seas are as follows:

    • I Don’t See Your Ship – You fought a crew, stood strong and brave and sent their ship to a watery grave!

    • You Can Always Trust The Untrustworthy – Plundered from an unwary crew, their Captain’s Chest cashed in – by you!

    • TacticalChunder - When threatened at sword point, remember this trick: blind your poor foe with a bucket of sick!

    • I'll Drink To That - Two different crews, their tankards held high, will meet at a tavern and drain them all dry!

    • In Good Company – A Company’s items are sold to the loyal, five upgrades rewards you with their finest spoil!

    • Did Everyone See That? - A heavy attack while you've boarded their ship may send your foe over the side for a dip!

    • Become Pirate Legend – A true Pirate Legend is one of the greats and for them, Athena’s Fortune awaits…

    • Ignoring The Rules Of Engagement - To strike from behind is a sneaky attack that leads to a blunderbuss shot in the back!

    • Legends - "The Greatest Race of All Time!" - Side by side, two ships must race with weapons silenced for first place!

    • Legends - "This is Unacceptable!"- A chest of yours has gone astray and been cashed in as some thief’s pay!

    • Legends - "The Skullduggers" – Five legends from across the sea playing instruments in harmony!

    • Master Gold Hoarder – You’ve gathered gold from near and far. A Master Hoarder now, you are!

    • Master of the Order - Sun-bleached skulls from across the ocean earn the Order's highest Promotion!

    • Master Merchant - The Merchant Alliance applauds your devotion bestowing upon you a Master Promotion!

    • Master of the Hunters - Purchase the Master Hunter Promotion from The Hunter's Call Trading Company.

    • A Spectrum of Shadows - Defeat each colour of Shadow of Fate.

    • Summoning the Damned - Activate the Fort of the Damned by lighting all six Flames of Fate and sacrificing a Ritual Skull.

    • Defeating the Damned - Clear the Fort of the Damned of all enemies.

    • Banishing the Damned - Clear the Fort of the Damned of all enemies, 10 times.

    • All Tome Achievements

    • Collector of Legendary Treasures - Find and sell at least one of each Legendary Treasure.

    • Golden Ticket - Be part of a crew that votes to raise an Emissary Flag for the Gold Hoarders.

    • Ship of Souls - Be part of a crew that votes to raise an Emissary Flag for the Order of Souls.

    • Trade Ambassador - Be part of a crew that votes to raise an Emissary Flag for the Merchant Alliance.

    • For Athena - Be part of a crew that votes to raise an Emissary Flag for Athena's Fortune.

    • The Reaping Begins - Be part of a crew that votes to raise an Emissary Flag for the Reaper's Bones.

    • So… Many… Chests! - Be promoted to level 75 with the Gold Hoarders.

    • Taking Heads - Be promoted to level 75 with the Order of Souls.

    • Deliverance - Be promoted to level 75 with the Merchant Alliance.

    • Legen… Wait for it… Dary! - Be promoted to level 20 with Athena's Fortune.

    • You Reap What You See - Be promoted to level 75 with the Reaper's Bones.

    • Gold Hoarder Incarnate - Represent the Gold Hoarders in the Captain Tier at the closure of an Emissary Ledger, 5 times.

    • The Order's Finest - Represent the Order of Souls in the Grandee Tier at the closure of an Emissary Ledger, 5 times.

    • Employee of the Month - Represent the Merchant Alliance in the Admiral Tier at the closure of an Emissary Ledger, 5 times.

    • Athena's Greatest - Represent Athena's Fortune in the Legend Tier at the closure of an Emissary Ledger, 5 times.

    • Feeding the Flame - Represent the Reaper's Bones in the Master Tier at the closure of an Emissary Ledger, 5 times.

    • The Legend of Glitterbeard – Secret Achievement.

    • Convenient Stores - Supplies from the Merchants will save you a wait. Buy every Resource and Commodity Crate!

    • Stolen Secrets - Steal a Map Bundle from another crew.

    • Sleepover - Sleep in a bed aboard another crew's ship.

    • Master Cartographer - Donate Treasure Stash maps to a Quest Board.

    • Beholder of Buried Treasures - Complete all Buried Treasures Commendations.

    • Veil Seeker - Complete 100 Legend of the Veil Quests

    • Legendary Loot Seller - Sell 500 Legendary Treasures

    • True Legend - Complete 25 Legend of the Veil Voyages as a Grade 5 Athena Emissary

    • O Captain! - Set sail on a Captained ship as one of the crew.

    • The Quartermaster - Stock your ship with each type of supply using the Ship's Manifest.

    • A Crewed Wisdom - Read another crew's Captain's Log.

    • The Art Collector - Place 15 trinkets aboard a Captained ship at once.

    • Ready for Next Time - Save a fully-decorated, Captained ship in the Ship Decoration Chest.

    • Chasing the Horizon - Spend 10 days at sea aboard a Captained ship, either as the Captain or one of the crew.

    • A Veteran Voyager - Complete 30 Captain's Voyages aboard a Captained ship.

    • A Touch of Class - Hand in 200 treasure items to the Sovereigns.

    • That's 'Captain', Mate... - Set sail as a Captain of Adventure for the first time.

    • A Professional Pirate - Unlock a Legendary Title by progressing your Pirate Milestones.

    • You Gotta Fight - Win your first fight in the Battle for the Sea of Thieves.

    • A Sunken Century - Sink 100 Faction ships in the Battle for the Sea of Thieves.

    • Nigh Unsinkable! - Earn an Allegiance Streak of 4 for either Faction.

    • Getting A Head - Uncover a Skull of Destiny.

    • Hot-Headed - Use a Skull of Destiny to begin 3 Fort of the Damned events.

    • Fortune-ate Outcome - Conquer 3 Forts of Fortune.

    • A Favour for the Flame - Hand in 30 Reaper's Chests or Reaper's Bounties.

    • Favour the Bold - Hand in 30 Chests of Fortune.

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  • Pirates!

    We are leaving this thread open so that Shelley can answer your questions and we're really excited to have you learn more about what Safer Seas has to offer. We ask that you keep your comments and questions respectful when engaging with this thread.

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  • Appreciate the list for the commendations and such that won't be available in Safer Seas,
    but will this be understandable in a Safer Seas session? Will people be able to check their commendations list and understand which ones they can/cannot do because they're in that server type?

    Like having the commendations on a lock, or blurred out, or marked to say it can't be done.
    Otherwise I feel people might do things, get no credit, and be very confused 😅

    Thanks!

  • Very helpful information.

    It will be interesting to see how many Shrouded Ghosts people find once there has been out for a while.

  • @taaaamas said in Safer Seas FAQ:

    Appreciate the list for the commendations and such that won't be available in Safer Seas,
    but will this be understandable in a Safer Seas session? Will people be able to check their commendations list and understand which ones they can/cannot do because they're in that server type?

    Like having the commendations on a lock, or blurred out, or marked to say it can't be done.
    Otherwise I feel people might do things, get no credit, and be very confused 😅

    Thanks!

    Absolutely yeah, these Commendations will be locked with a message explaining that they are only available in High Seas. Everything like this will be communicated in-game, this is just an early heads-up before you can see it :)

  • Isn't hunter's call technically obtainable if you buy all promotions in high seas and then buy all the ship elements in safe seas? I'm more wondering not about commendation itself but about npc functionalities.

  • Unleash the Damned - Hit another Crew's Ship with a Wraith Cannonball, 25 times

    I wonder why, because you can progress this commendation also by hitting skeleton ships with Wraith Cannonballs, is that really not intended then?

  • Hunter's Call Commendations

    The following Commendations are unavailable in Safer Seas:

    Captain of The Killer Whale - Purchase all parts of The Killer Whale Ship.

    Since you can still purchase all cosmetics on safer seas, would you still be able to purchase it and then loose the commendation/achievement? Or this set would not be available, or you would be able to buy it, but unlock commendation when you log on to Higher seas?

  • All commodity related commendations are impossible on safer seas not only the stolen one.

  • Overall, this seems fair, but I really do wish commendations were also capped at like grade 3. I understand that those are mainly PvE experiences and having PvP or generally a player encounter during those isn't part of the commendation, but just the sense of achieving something through playing the game as it was all those years feels right. With how it is, not only new players will complete commendations on Safer Seas, but I feel like a lot of the older ones will also go there to not go through the trouble of encountering another ship, which removes a reason you could have had a player encounter on High Seas. I think Safer Seas should be only used as a beginner tool, a place to chill or a story mode for old and future stuff, not something where you go to safely progress stuff so you don't get bothered - that fact was always part of the gameplay. Live Events not being active on Safer Seas is very good, even though a lot of them are mainly PvE content and in my opinion same can be applied to commendations, making it so if you want to truly complete stuff you need to get used to High Seas.

  • @skay4095 said in Safer Seas FAQ:

    Isn't hunter's call technically obtainable if you buy all promotions in high seas and then buy all the ship elements in safe seas? I'm more wondering not about commendation itself but about npc functionalities.

    You cannot progress beyond Level 40 and buy the associated Promotions in Safer Seas. If you were to play in High Seas, and have a Promotion or Company item available, these are locked for purchase in Safer Seas.

    For further clarity please see the Shops section of the FAQ.


    How do Shops work in Safer Seas?

    All Cosmetic Shops including all Outpost Shops and the Guardians of Fortune and Servants of the Flame Shops are the same in Safer Seas and High Seas. If you meet the requirements to buy an item, you can.

    At the Gold Hoarders, Order of Souls, Merchant Alliance and Hunter’s Call Company Shops you cannot buy Emissary Flags or Promotions and Company Items after Reputation Level 40.

    At the Athena’s Fortune and Reaper’s Bones Company Shops, you cannot buy anything.

  • @destmor said in Safer Seas FAQ:

    Unleash the Damned - Hit another Crew's Ship with a Wraith Cannonball, 25 times

    I wonder why, because you can progress this commendation also by hitting skeleton ships with Wraith Cannonballs, is that really not intended then?

    Brilliant spot, this was an error that has now been rectified - thank you!

  • Are the maps on the map board the auto-generated maps or will maps from High Seas appear there?

    I suspect auto-generated only, otherwise it would be possible to transfer Athena loot into Safer Seas

  • @phantaxus said in Safer Seas FAQ:

    Are the maps on the map board the auto-generated maps or will maps from High Seas appear there?

    I suspect auto-generated only, otherwise it would be possible to transfer Athena loot into Safer Seas

    AFAIK the only way to add maps as a player is be on that server or have a voyage posted and get merged because of server end of life / no other players. How could another player's map end up on a Safer Seas server ?

  • @destmor This was the most important concern I had with commendations. Whether the commendations CAN be earned in PvE instances doesn’t care for the fact that a lot of these commendations are completed within instances where there is the threat of PvP. I totally believe that safer seas should be an instance where people can play the game at reduced rewards, have the level cap and experience everything the game has to offer minus any PVP elements or “Endgame” content i.e Pirate Legend

  • @ictus-xxi said in Safer Seas FAQ:

    All commodity related commendations are impossible on safer seas not only the stolen one.

    Absolutely correct, this was not intended and has been fixed in the post above - thank you for spotting it!

    These Commendations are not available in Safer Seas:

    • Haggler of Surplus Stock - Purchase 250 Merchant Commodities at a discounted price.
    • Profiteer of Sought Stock - Sell 250 Merchant Commodities at an inflated price.
    • Taker of Stolen Stock - Sell 50 Stolen Merchant Commodities at an inflated price.
    • Master of Shifted Stock - Make the most possible profit buying and selling 150 Merchant Commodities.
  • You are being COMMENDED for completing a sometimes difficult task for example 500 Skeleton ships sunk and I feel for someone to just spend all there time in safer seas grinding out fleets and skelly ship encounters, fort completions and hunters call commendations (removing pretty much any chance of ever finding anyone naturally fishing in High seas, having those moments where speaking from experience you’ve secured your last 3 raven islehoppers because you came across a crew and had that story to tell from it is totally ruining and removing these natural moments. I still believe players should have access to everything the game has to offer minus PVP and “endgame content but commendations should be switched off. It should be the equivalent of the hourglass faction commendations where there are certain ones that don’t start until you’ve reached obtaining your curse.

  • I feel the benefit of being able to reach level 40 in factions and earn reduced gold and rep and experience everything the game has to offer is more than enough.

  • I think Legendary Hunter of the Shrouded Ghost should not be available in Safer Seas. As you have said, PvP Interactions and Encounters can influence your commendation progress. Shrouded Ghost is a very rare encounter, also other players might be cooperative or not. I don't think that's fair if someone can get progress in Safer Seas easily with 0 risk while players on the Higher Seas have a risk of failing to kill it. Even if the commendation is not directly PvP related, it can be sabotaged by other players. Also since there are Megalodon spawn conditions like 1 active Megalodon limit on each region, players on Safer Seas have higher chance for the encounter.

  • @aethelthriyt the chance is incredibly low encountering it so I wouldn’t worry about it being “farmed”.

  • This is a fantastic list! Thank you for pinning it so we can refer back to this in the future.

  • I was wondering if the elements that aren’t being included in safer seas, will still be in place within the game world? So for example, will FOTD still exist as a physical location, maybe with dialogue interaction to inform the player to ‘Sail the High Seas’ to interact? Or, will they be removed from the safer seas version of the game?

    Would Old Boot Fort reappear?

  • @creasedcellist said in Safer Seas FAQ:

    I was wondering if the elements that aren’t being included in safer seas, will still be in place within the game world? So for example, will FOTD still exist as a physical location, maybe with dialogue interaction to inform the player to ‘Sail the High Seas’ to interact? Or, will they be removed from the safer seas version of the game?

    Would Old Boot Fort reappear?

    Ahoy - the Fort of the Damned is still there, but you cannot light all the lanterns or find a Ritual Skull or Skull of Destiny to start the event; just like if you went there now without the lights/skulls required to start it. The World is the same between Safer Seas and High Seas, with all the same islands and layout.

  • @tesiccl Unless there is nothing challenging about Megalodons. The only reason that you may fail to kill it is the behavior of the other players. With no other ships on the server increases the chances of the encounter and greatly increases of the probability of killing it. People just can farm with solo bigger ships and invite each other. Lesser chance of spawn doesn't mean anything to me. Just think about a crew's panic and their struggle to kill it as fast as they can because of the factors of higher seas while safer seas players can even go for a smoke break during the fight because of the 0 risk. It is unfair.

  • @aethelthriyt said in Safer Seas FAQ:

    I think Legendary Hunter of the Shrouded Ghost should not be available in Safer Seas. As you have said, PvP Interactions and Encounters can influence your commendation progress. Shrouded Ghost is a very rare encounter, also other players might be cooperative or not. I don't think that's fair if someone can get progress in Safer Seas easily with 0 risk while players on the Higher Seas have a risk of failing to kill it. Even if the commendation is not directly PvP related, it can be sabotaged by other players. Also since there are Megalodon spawn conditions like 1 active Megalodon limit on each region, players on Safer Seas have higher chance for the encounter.

    Ahoy! As mentioned in the original post we recognise that other crews can have an effect on your ability to earn Commendations but this is not guaranteed. Many players will have earned the Hunter of the Shrouded Ghost or other commendations with no other crew nearby, and it still counts for them. Unless the Commendation requires you to play High Seas only content or very specifically requests you to interact with other crews, we do not feel we should punish players by not allowing them a sense of personal completion from Safer Seas.

    The Megalodon is not limited to 1 per region, and there can in theory be one active for every crew in the server at the same time. Hope this helps clarify!

  • Will letters of recommendation be available at Larinna, and would you be able to buy letters of recommendation once you're at level 40 or would it be blocked unless on high seas?

  • "Can I Captain a Ship in Safer Seas?

    It is not possible to take Captained Ships into Safer Seas. Playing as a Captain, including all its features like earning Milestones, Saving your Ship Cosmetics, Captain’s Voyages and cashing in treasure at the Sovereigns is therefore only available in High Seas."

    I hope this will be changed over time. Personally this won't push my friends and I to play in high seas, no captaincy features are worth getting sunk by griefers over. Other rewards that players have earned are still in safer seas so it's a bit disappointing that the line is being drawn here. Interestingly it also means that a handful of ancient coins shop content is ineligible for safer seas, so at a minimum any captaincy items should come with a disclaimer that they're only for the high seas mode.

  • @pithyrumble said in Safer Seas FAQ:

    Will letters of recommendation be available at Larinna, and would you be able to buy letters of recommendation once you're at level 40 or would it be blocked unless on high seas?

    Good question and I have added this to the FAQ, thank you!

    How do Letters of Recommendation work in Safer Seas?
    You cannot buy Letters of Recommendation from Larinna in Safer Seas.

  • How do Ancient Coins work in Safer Seas?

    Ancient Coins are earned at 100% Value in both Safer Seas and High Seas.

    Ancient Skeletons will have the same chance to appear in Safer Seas as in High Seas.

    Am I right in assuming that this means that Ancient skeleton odds are tied to individual players then? We wouldn't want Ancient skellies to be 6x more likely because there's only one crew to spawn on.

  • PLEASE make safer seas for enter multiple ships.

  • This seems to be a great update especially for people who dont want to pvp and for beginners. Excited to see how this will work.

  • Rare doing literally anything they can to make the PvE mode absolutely unplayable for anyone looking for some form of progression. Literally 2/3 of the game is removed just to please the people who would do nothing but whine about others being able to have fun while progressing by doing the activities (you know, the gameplay) this game encourages them to do.

  • Hi, in multiple instances it has been mentioned that you may want to use safer seas to fish for the hunters call and I am wondering if the hunters call rep is at 30% too, in which case I personally dont see safer seas as useful for this purpose as you already get such little reputation at a high level in this company

    Well wishes from me!

  • @brightpage174 It's not PvE mode, it is Beginner Mode.

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