Who Are the Bilge Rats?

The Bilge Rats were formed as a response to the encroaching presence of the Trading Companies. They don’t have a founder or a leader exactly, because they’re all far too independent, but one day a feisty pirate and her crew decided that the pirate life was too precious a thing to squander by being too serious.

Not wanting to follow orders or do anything that could even remotely resemble work, they became the Bilge Rats: tenacious, uncontrollable and a bit wild. Their aim is to get together with like-minded louts and go seeking the real Sea of Thieves.

What Do the Bilge Rats Do?

They keep their ears on the pulse and their fingers to the ground! The Bilge Rats pride themselves on catching all the best rumours by exploring, adventuring and spending a lot (like, a lot) of time in the taverns! So whenever something changes on the Sea of Thieves, they know about it and can usually turn it into a game or contest by lunchtime. What’s the point in being a pirate if you can’t prove that you’re the best pirate with some ridiculous stunt?

They began by going out to remote locations to build Skeleton Thrones, challenging all-comers to take a seat on top of the world. Later challenges involved gunpowder skeletons and cursed undersea statues. The Bilge Rats want pirates to pursue adventure (or misadventure) wherever it presents itself! Start by chatting to Duke in the taverns to take your first steps into the unknown.

What Can the Bilge Rats Offer?

Providing an alternative to the Trading Companies, the Bilge Rats begrudgingly offer rewards for those pirates who excel. Complete the special events and challenges they set for you to earn Bilge Rat Doubloons, which can be redeemed for exclusive Bilge Rat rewards!

Bilge Rat Doubloons can be traded for unique items, outfits and equipment, time-limited as part of each new escapade. Alternatively, trade your Doubloons for gold to spend in the shops, or for reputation with the Trading Companies!

Watch the Waves, Pirates

The Sea of Thieves ebbs and flows constantly, bringing new events, new adventures and new rewards! Want to stay on the crest of the wave? Share a grog with the Bilge Rats, rumour-sniffers and thrill-seekers extraordinaire. Visit the taverns to find out what’s afoot, from fun and games to the latest big event to shake the Sea of Thieves, like the arrival of The Hungering Deep and other content updates.