The halls (taverns) are decked, the chestnuts (Splashtails) are roasting on an open fire, and baby it’s cold outside: time for the Festival of Giving to return to the Sea of Thieves! Crews will discover classic Voyages making a timely comeback alongside special holiday-themed Events in this update packed with rewards and tied with a shiny ribbon.

Festival of Giving: Official Sea of Thieves Content Update

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So add a little generosity to your usual thievin’ pirate ways, and forge ahead for a good look at everything added, offered and improved in December’s free Sea of Thieves content update!

Festival of Giving

As the end of another year approaches, the Outposts have been dressed in jolly decorations: it's time once again for the Festival of Giving! Visit Larinna to collect a special gift and celebrate with the crews you meet on the seas this festive season.

Pirate Emporium

Close the door, it’s already freezing in the Emporium this month with the arrival of the Frozen Horizon Ship Collection and weapons, Glacial Curse Pets, Bonechiller Costume and more! And we'd be remiss not to mention the Festival of Giving Collection and brand new Cannon Flares...


Cannon Flare

  • Head to the nearest Shipwright to discover an exciting new element of ship customisation: Cannon Flare. Equipping this from the Shipwright’s Chest will alter the effect of your cannon muzzle when you fire cannonballs, pets, yourself or any other ordnance you choose!

  • The Shipwrights now offer six vibrant new Cannon Flares in a range of colours, so pick your favourite flourish for the occasion. For Pirate Legends, head to the Athena’s Fortune Shipwright for an explosion fit for a Legend…

Figurehead of the First Crew

  • The Shipwrights now stock a strange-looking figurehead resembling a set of barrels. This figurehead is said to depict the voyages of the First Crew, who according to legend sailed the Sea of Thieves before the Pirate Lord himself!

Cursed Chests

  • Pirates across the seas are observing more Cursed Chests than usual washing up on islands. Expect to find Chests of a Thousand Grogs, Chests of Sorrow and the explosive Chest of Rage more frequently.

Soulflame Cosmetics

  • Players can now find the Soulflame cosmetics within the Athena’s Fortune shop in the Pirate Legends Hideout for purchase.

  • For players affected by the ‘Daydreaming’ issue when purchasing the Soulflame Captain and Crew during Fate of the Damned, Larinna continues to offer the Costume set locked behind the original Challenge goals.

Fixed Issues


  • Throwing a bucket of water at another player should no longer push them back.

  • The Chest of Rage should now heat up again, even after being doused at just the right point when exploding.

  • Crews who migrate servers while a Voyage vote is in progress should no longer be prevented from completing that vote and starting future Voyages.

Ancient Treasure Vaults

  • Upon dying after progressing through a Treasure Vault Voyage, collecting all torn map fragments and completing the map should no longer cause the island to disappear from the map.

  • Maps discovered while progressing through the Treasure Vault Voyages should no longer appear empty after migration.

  • In The Devil’s Roar Treasure Vaults, the Sun Medallions can now be placed on the table to provide puzzle clues.


  • Players should no longer be able to swim under the island at Lost Gold Fort.

  • There should no longer be missing floor textures at Plunder Valley.

Visual and Audio

  • There should now be a visual indication that the Crate of Rum Bottles is being damaged by fire spreading across a ship.

  • Treasure Maps identifying Devil’s Roar islands should now be clearer and of a higher quality.

  • Fruit Crates are no longer referred to as Banana Crates or play chicken SFX when handed in to The Reaper’s Bones.

  • Players should now hear sound effects when using the Varied Weapon Pose Emote and the emotes given away in the Black Friday sale (Shovel Dance and So Excited).

Tall Tales

  • ‘Shores of Gold’ – While progressing through this Tall Tale, skeletons spawning outside the Shores of Gold should no longer be affected by the Tale.

Custom Servers

  • Players should no longer be able to browse Larinna’s store while on a Custom Server.


  • Steam players selecting Latin American Spanish will now use the correct localisation.

Performance and Stability

  • Optimised a range of islands including the Shores of Gold and other uncharted islands to improve client performance.

  • Optimisations to client memory usage, reducing the potential for players to see low-quality textures on sails and equipment on lower-spec hardware while sailing.

Known Issues

Localisation Issues

  • Some loading screens are currently showing as not localised and will be displayed in English to all players, while minor text overlaps may be seen in Mysterious Notes when playing with Korean language selected.

Ranged and Melee Weapon Hit Detection

  • In areas of intense action, players may find themselves firing shots or landing strikes that do not cause damage to their targets. While improvements continue to be delivered during our content updates, this continues to be a key priority for the team.

Players Impacted Following Server Migration

  • We are currently tracking a number of player-impacting issues which can occur following a server migration. These include crews migrating near Outposts finding themselves moved to a location where another ship is already present, and issues with ship interaction points following a migration.

Stuck UI Menus

  • When interacting with a barrel and moving quickly through its inventory, players may find that the barrel’s state is not updated as items are removed. Players can also experience Game Options becoming stuck on screen when exiting a barrel in this state.

To learn more about known issues in Sea of Thieves currently being tracked and their status, head over to our Known Issues support site article.

Download and Installation

Download size:

Xbox Series X: 6.71 GB
Xbox Series S: 4.3 GB
Xbox One X: 6.71 GB
Xbox One: 4.3 GB
Windows 10: 6.78 GB
Steam: 4.49 GB


Forum Discussion

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Looking For Crew?

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