Sea of Thieves: Beginner’s Guide

Sea of Thieves is a game where you can take it to the oceans in your very own pirate ship to traverse the high seas. However, the Sea of thieves can be quite daunting at times, especially without a tutorial. Today, we are going to walk every reader through a Complete Sea of Thieves Beginner’s Guide, including how to start your very first quest, which in-game is called ‘Voyages’.

Key Takeaways

Here are some pointers that every beginner should keep in mind while starting Sea of Thieves.

  • Choose your pirate from a random selection of characters at the start.
  • Spawn in an inn to gather resources like food and medications before voyaging.
  • Pick 3 voyages from different factions to embark on your first voyage.
  • Head to the ship’s deck to choose a voyage and understand its objectives.
  • Raise the anchor on the upper deck and steer toward your destination; use the map to stay on course.
  • In each voyage, acquire a chest and sell it at the nearest outpost to gold hoarders for funds.

Sea Of Thieves Character Maker

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Characters in Sea of Thieves [Screenshot by eXputer]
First and foremost, we will talk about the characters in this Sea of Thieves beginner’s guide. When you first get into the game, you’ll be enlightened with an ‘infinite pirate generator’, which mixes out a throng of pirates for you to choose from. This is the part of the game where you can create your character, but you can not actually build your own pirate from the beginning, you can refresh the pirates in front of you, however many times you want until you reach your desired one.

Although keep one thing in mind you’ll spend the next hundreds of hours with this pirate, so it’s vitally important that you decide on a pirate that you like the look of, prior to the kicking off your voyage. But you can always outfit your pirate with much different clothing like shirts, eyepatches, trousers, and coats moreover down the line, the greater gear in Sea of Thieves takes a lot of time and gold to unlock.

Preparing For Your First Voyage

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Merchant Buildings [Screenshot by eXputer]
It doesn’t matter whatever choice you make over how to start Sea of Thieves  (The solo, small ship known as the sloop is nice while you’re in the learning process), you are going to begin in an inn. You will find some items that you can obtain from barrels like bananas that are used to replenish your health, although to get anywhere you’re going to want to leave and search any of the three merchant vendors that are located nearby.

You can find the three factions in the buildings every time, pictured just below, for example, the gold Hoarders faction can be found in the tiny tend, while the Order of Souls will evermore be found in a spooky-looking shack.

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Merchant Offers [Screenshot by eXputer]
Ultimately, you will find the faction farther out on the pier towards your ship. The Merchant Alliance, Gold Hoarders, and Order of Souls make the trio of the factions in Sea of Thieves, and you choose up a total of three voyages (quests) at a time from any of them.

To get started on your first voyage in the game, choose a combination of three voyages from the three factions, all of these will be free of charge because they are supposed to be the Starter Voyages.

Determining Your Objectives

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Sea of Thieves Map [Image by eXputer]
With your whole voyage being settled, it is now time to set sail. Go ahead to your boat, which you’ll find near the shoreline close to all the merchant shelters/tents. If you plan to play with a large boat it will be almost impracticable to miss, although the smaller one can be found in the same area too.

Under the main deck of your board, you are going to discover a table that contains all available voyages. Pick ‘Propose Voyage’ and choose the voyage you desire to play – this will be any of the trios of voyages that you chose from the Order of Souls, Gold Hoarders, and Merchant Alliance vendors.

Momentarily ‘Vote for Voyage’ to enable the quest. If you are playing with others you will need to get a team consensus. However, if you’re alone the quest will start shortly.

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Voyage Map [Image by eXputer]
When the voyage is enabled you’ll unlock a map. To take a look at the map hold RB (on an Xbox controller) and after that select the map icon with the right stick. With the map being held, hold RT.

Even with a handy-dandy map with you that shows the location of your chosen voyage, there’s a vague chance of actually getting there. The map will show you a location, which you will have to find on the large map table that can be found on your ship’s lower deck. Seems like the direction to the target is roughly the south-east.

Search the location on the bigger map to work out whichever direction you need to sail in for your boat’s current position.

How To Sail In Sea Of Thieves

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Sailing in Sea of Thieves [Image by eXputer]
In the Sea of Thieves beginner’s guide, sailing the boat is the most important step. First off go ahead, and locate the boat’s anchor on the back side of the upper deck and raise it. Unfold the sails (tethered to the side of the boat) and then turn the wheel. Guide your ship to the destination you need to sail by using the compass to the side of the wheel.

When you set off, you should always consult the map table to make sure you are on the right path. The seas are turbulent, so you’ll have to correct your route a lot of times on the way to your destination.

Chests In Sea Of Thieves

In most of the journeys, in Sea of Thieves, you are going to usually end up picking up a chest. Some voyages even have various parts to them (Some with clues to places, others with pictures), and you can also get a chest for each part. But what should you do with them when you obtain them?

The very first thing to do with a chest is to get it to your boat. Once you’ve obtained all the chests, go ahead and reach the closest outpost. After reaching it, take every chest one by one and sell them to the gold hoarder shopkeeper. You are going to get a full bunch of gold for every chest and you’ll be able to purchase new voyages with it.

Sea Of Thieves Controls

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Sea of Thieves Control Mapping [Screenshot by eXputer]
As soon as you start playing Sea of Thieves it’s not instantly apparent, how to do anything that isn’t given an on-screen tool tip. We’ve got the full details of the controls for you in the image below.

A very nice key control to note is pressing ‘Y‘ to equip and cycle through the weapons. Don’t be like us and try to hit a skeleton with a board of wood. It’s not gonna end well.

It’s very vital to try and preserve your ammo in Sea of Thieves, especially when you’re fighting skeletons or other players away from your ship. While you can go to the Ammo chest to refill your ammo while you are on your pirate ship if your ammo supplies get short while you are on land you’re out of ammunition for good.

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