As a live-service title, Rare’s popular open-world hacking game sea of thieves is constantly evolving. Since its launch in 2018, the game has gone through sweeping changes, which not only helped improve the overall experience, but also managed to attract a dedicated fan base on both Xbox and PC platforms. In reality, sea of thieves even crossed over with Disney Pirates of the Caribbean to provide a new experience for those who prefer to participate in a story-based mode rather than against others in the open sea.
The game’s shift to a seasonal model has also proven to be a boon, allowing players to opt into a Battle Pass to get even more rewards, from ship cosmetics, to currency, and other resources. While season seven was hit by an unfortunate last-minute delay, it finally launched in its entirety and brought with it some much-requested fan-requested features. New seasonal rewards and a continuation of the game’s narrative, the biggest addition of Season 7 is living the life of a ship’s captain.
Finally, sea of thieves players can officially assume the role of ship captain by owning a ship and customizing it to their liking. New Logs, Milestones, Shipwright Services, and even the Sovereign Faction have arrived to ease the player’s transition to a full captain. Here’s everything a player needs to know to become a fully realized ship’s captain.
Step 1: become captain
To access the captain role, players must select the My Ships option instead of selecting a ship type from the main menu. For beginners, the game will then display the option to purchase one of three types of ships:
- Galleon – The largest ship in Sea of Thieves, the Galleon works best for a group of four players. It is also the most expensive at 500,000 gold.
- Brigantine – Small groups of 2-3 players will probably want the Brigantine which is not as large and is more maneuverable. It also comes in at 375,000 gold.
- Sloop – The last option is also the smallest, ideal for solo players or a party of two. It will cost you 250,000 gold to start.
It should be noted that while players can own 15 ships at a time, they will first need to progress through the milestones of a particular ship to earn a legendary title before another ship of the same type can be purchased. Once the ship has been purchased, players can now give it a name and set sail.
Removing a ship from the fleet is as simple as selecting “Dismantle” before setting sail. Keep in mind that this removes all Milestone and Trinket progress made for that particular boat.
Customization of the ship
Now in the open world, captains can decorate their ship, from the usual sails, hulls, figureheads to the real captain’s cabin. Known as ship decorations, these options are exclusive to captains, so even though the crew has been allowed to change the ship’s cosmetics, captain’s quarters are still off limits.
When you view the ship customization chest as a captain, the ship decoration menu will be available and will have tons of options for things like captain’s tables, captain’s curtains, captain’s beds, carpets captain’s chairs, captain’s chairs, captain’s chandeliers and captain’s curtains. Some options, such as the chair, chandelier and curtains are Galleon specific, so Sloop and Brigantine Captains will not have them available. It should also be noted that some of these decorations can be quite expensive. So captains need to make sure they have enough wealth, otherwise they might have to go treasure hunting.
Trinkets and Milestones
Luckily, buying decorations isn’t the only way to outfit a ship. Trinkets, a type of ornament or trophy, can be placed almost anywhere on the ship. These represent a significant achievement made while playing the game and are unlocked from the Shipbuilder’s Jewelry Shop. Here players can view each of them and the requirements to unlock them.
Under the in-game menu logbook, players now have a new progression system called Milestones to work through. These track how a player plays the game and range from a wide variety of tasks ranging from completing 25 repairs on the player’s ship to longer term tasks like Gold Earned as a particular faction representative and many other activities. As a Captain or as part of a Captain Crew, players will progress through these achievements which will unlock new trophies to further customize the ship, including banners.
Other Captain Perks
One of the biggest perks of owning a ship is that it can be fully customized and saved between sessions. When interacting with the Ship Customization Chest at any Outpost, a player can select “Save Item to Ship” for all future sessions until a different cosmetic is selected. However, each saved cosmetic will cost some gold depending on the item with prices ranging from 2,000 to 7,000 gold. For better or worse, damage to the ship is also carried over from session to session, although players wishing to mass repair the ship can repair it by selecting “Restore My Ship” from the shipbuilder. on the dock.
Additionally, being a captain unlocks new travel opportunities, with up to 100 available for purchase at any outpost. These can also be stored for use at any time, so players don’t need to keep running to outposts to collect more.
As captain, a new faction called The Sovereigns can be found on the docks of outposts where they are more than happy to take treasures found on voyages and sell them to players for free. This quick sell option not only makes the unloading process much faster than trying to run around and find each specific rep, but it’s also much safer as players don’t need to leave their ship unattended or to potentially be left open for a PVP player to ambush in town. These huts also have harpoons available for even faster unloading of treasure.
sea of thieves is available now on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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