Getting Started on the Sea of Thieves
It's time to launch a new legend! Sail solo, bring a ready-made crew or discover new partners in plunder as you embark upon your own pirate adventure. Simply set sail to start enjoying everything Sea of Thieves has to offer. The events you experience and the challenges you conquer will add to your in-game esteem... or infamy!
LEARN THE ROPES
Before leaving the island where your legend begins, you and your crew will need to learn the art of sailing – or at least get confident enough to make each journey a pleasure rather than an undignified series of near-collisions. Crews need to cover steering, navigating, setting the sails and maintaining battle readiness, along with repairing and bailing if things don't go to plan. Successful pirates tend to pick up the basics very quickly...
SEE THE SHIPS
When wanderlust can set in at any time, it's good to have options. If you have a communicative four-person crew, a full-sized Galleon offers the best balance of speed and defence. But an absent or indisposed crew shouldn't hold you back from exploring the seas when a smaller Sloop is also at hand, streamlined for just one or two sailors, or a sleek Brigantine for three. And don't forget to find a handy Rowboat to hitch to the back of your ship!
Go with a Galleon
Crews can be assembled in various ways if you don't have a ready-made band of scallywags. Met a pirate on the seas who'd make a fine crewmate? Use the 'Make Friends' emote at each other for a Friends list prompt. All crewed up but keen to join other ships in tackling tough challenges? Raise the 'Offer Alliance' flag. Looking for suitable crewmates before you even set sail? The Sea of Thieves Xbox club, Forums, Discord and Reddit are all great places to ask!
Sea of Thieves is an open and welcoming game with a proud community spirit. While fighting and looting are natural aspects of the pirate life, the Pirate Code is pinned up in all taverns to remind everyone that there's honour among thieves!
Appropriately for an outing with an emphasis on playing together (supporting both cross play and Xbox Play Anywhere), Sea of Thieves is created in lockstep with the community. Rare's own crew regularly provides updates while feedback to help shape the game floods in from channels such as Twitter, Facebook, our Forums and fansites, so if there's something you're desperate to see or do on the Sea of Thieves, it may well be on the way!