Bounty Skulls

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Bounty Skulls
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Type Treasure
Company Order of Souls

Bounty Skulls are a type of Treasure Items that can be found all over Sea of Thieves. These Skulls are the cursed remains of un-dead Skeleton Captains still possessing memories and secrets of their past lives. The Order of Souls Madames have acquired the skills and magical know-how to retrieve these memories from the skulls and shape these into Maps that lead to the Treasure hidden by these Captains in their past lives. As such, the Outpost Order of Souls Representatives are willing to offer Gold, Reputation and Emissary Value for these Skulls. The main source of Bounty Skulls are Skeleton Captains who can appear either emergently or as a part of Bounty Map Quests on Islands.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

A Player can only carry one Bounty Skull at a time and cannot use any other items while carrying them. When dropped, Bounty Skulls emit a green glow and white glint from far away, making them easier to spot. Bounty Skulls will float to the top when dropped in Water, however they will start sinking to the bottom after 5 minutes have passed. Skulls dropped on land or on the shoreline will stay in-game for a long time. Untouched Bounty Skulls will disappear when an Island respawns. Skulls that have been dropped in Deep Waters will disappear after sinking to the bottom. Every Skull can be caught with a Ship's Harpoon. Up to three Bounty Skulls can also be placed in any Container Chests. When closed, Container Chests cover the green glow and white glint of the Skulls. They can also be used to move multiple Skulls at once.

Like any Treasure, the main use of Bounty Skulls is to sell them for Gold and Reputation.

Where to Find?[edit | edit source]

Bounty Skulls are most commonly found via Bounty Maps, which lead players to a specific Island that are home to 1-4 Crews of Skeleton Captains. Bounty Maps can be received as singular Quests or as a part of Order of Souls Voyages. When on a marked Island, Players have to locate the Skeleton Crews, which can be of any of the five types: Bone, Gold, Plant, Shadow or Ashen. Most Skeleton Captains are preceded by a couple of regular Skeleton waves before they make their appearance. Skeleton Captains have more health than their regular crewmates. The health of the skeletons is dependent on the difficulty of the Voyage. Once a Captain is defeated, it will leave behind a random Bounty Skull, the type of which is notified to the whole Crew. Captain Ghost Ships usually drop Ghostly Bounty Skulls. Singular Bounty Skulls can also be found on Islands or as rewards for completing any Encounters on the Seas.

Emissary Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Any Player Crews sailing as Order of Souls Emissaries can receive Emissary Grade Reputation for picking up and putting Bounty Skulls on their Ship for the first time. This benefit is also applicable for Reaper's Bones Emissaries who gain Emissary Reputation for any Treasure items that they steal. Selling Bounty Skulls to the two companies as Emissaries does not give Emissary Grade Reputation, however Players do receive Emissary Value, which is counted for the respective Company Emissary Ledger leaderboards. The higher the Crew's Emissary Grade, the more Gold, Reputation and Emissary Value they receive for selling Bounty Skulls.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Bounty Skulls can be cashed in to Order of Souls Madames at any Outpost for Gold and Reputation with the Company. As stated before, Order of Souls Emissaries will also receive Emissary Value with the Order for selling the Skulls while flying an Emissary Flag. Being an Emissary also increases the Gold and Reputation gains for selling Bounty Skulls. Alternatively, Crews can choose to sell any acquired Bounty Skulls to the Reaper's Bones Representative at The Reaper's Hideout instead for equal Gold and Emissary Value gains, but less Reputation gains with the Reapers. Bounty Skulls also have various achievable Commendations tied to selling them, offering players additional rewards, such as Titles, Doubloons or Reputation.

The following is a table of the multiplicative Rewards for selling Bounty Skulls as Graded Emissaries.

Emissary Grade Rewards, Reputation & Emissary Value
Grade 1 Base Reward
Grade 2 +33% Base Reward
Grade 3 +67% Base Reward
Grade 4 +100% Base Reward
Grade 5 +150% Base Reward


When sold, the whole Crew is rewarded with equal amounts of Gold, Reputation and Emissary Value, while Alliance Members will earn half of the Gold and Reputation Gains, but no Emissary Value.

Most Bounty Skulls have a variable value with the minimum and maximum reported Gold rewards documented in the tables below.

Types of Bounty Skulls[edit | edit source]

There are various types of Bounty Skulls with varying Gold, Reputation and Emissary Values:

Regular Bounty Skulls[edit | edit source]

These are the four regular Skulls mainly acquired from killing Skeleton Captains during Bounty Map Quests.

Bounty Skull Base Gold Reward Base Emissary Value Notes
Foul Bounty Skull
90-180
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405 The lowliest of the Skulls, unremarkable and not very valuable.
Disgraced Bounty Skull
180-350
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810 One of the more common Skulls, worth a little more than their Foul counterpart.
Hateful Bounty Skull
350-750
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1620 These skulls belong to Skeleton Captains of higher ranks and have a more distinguishable glow on them.
Villainous Bounty Skull
750-1450
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3240 The skulls of the Skeleton Captains of the highest ranks. These golden skulls are cracked open from the curse.

Ashen Bounty Skulls[edit | edit source]

Every regular Bounty Skull has a more valuable Ashen Version singed with fire. These are commonly found in The Devil's Roar Region.

Bounty Skull Base Gold Reward Base Emissary Value Notes
Ashen Foul Bounty Skull
180-350
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810 The Devil's Roar version of the regular Foul Bounty Skull.
Ashen Disgraced Bounty Skull
350-750
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1620 The Devil's Roar version of the regular Disgraced Bounty Skull.
Ashen Hateful Bounty Skull
750-1450
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3240 The Devil's Roar version of the regular Hateful Bounty Skull.
Ashen Villainous Bounty Skull
1450-2800
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6480 The Devil's Roar version of the regular Villainous Bounty Skull.

Ghostly Skulls[edit | edit source]

These Bounty Skulls belong to the Crew of Ghost Ships and are received as prizes for defeating Ghost Captain Ships.

Bounty Skull Base Gold Reward Base Emissary Value Notes
Skull of the Damned
1050-1250
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3480 These Skulls belong to the Crew of Ghost Ships and are usually dropped in numbers by a Ghost Captain Ship.
Captain Skull of the Damned
1700-2950
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7290 These Skulls belong to the Captains of Ghost Ships. One is dropped by Ghost Captain Ships per Ghost Ship Voyage and Ghost Fleet.

Powerful Skulls[edit | edit source]

These Bounty Skulls are more Powerful and valuable than other Skulls, received as prizes for dangerous Encounters on the Seas:

Bounty Skull Base Gold Reward Base Emissary Value Notes
Skeleton Captain's Skull
850-2200
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4860 These Skulls belong to Captains of Skeleton Ships, but can also sometimes be found after defeating Megalodon or the Kraken.
Stronghold Skull
1800-4200
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9720 Locked away behind Fortress Vaults, these Skulls belong to Skeleton Lords, but can also sometimes be found after defeating Megalodon or the Kraken.
Gold Hoarder's Skull
10000
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N/A Earned by defeating the Gold Hoarder during the Shores of Gold Tall Tale.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Related Commendations[edit | edit source]

Order of Souls Commendations:

Reaper's Bones Commendations:

Athena's Fortune Commendations:

Bilge Rat Adventures Commendations: