The Capstan is a Ship component and Ship Customization Item in Sea of Thieves. It is a horizontally-mounted wheel used to raise and lower a Ship's Anchor. Its variants are purchased at a Shipwright and equipped via a Ship Customization Chest.
Mechanics[edit | edit source]
The Capstan is a staple of every type of Ship and is used to either drop or raise a Ship's Anchor. Every ship spawns with a dropped anchor. The anchor can be dropped instantly, but raising the anchor requires more time and manpower. The anchor will not activate until the crank is complete. It is possible to catch the Capstan while it's going down, allowing the player to hold it right before it engages for a very quick and timed stop. The Capstan can be held in place by a player while it is being raised as well. A capstan held in place can then be manually lowered or raised. Holding on to an activated Capstan is called "prepping the anchor" to fine-tune when a Capstan is fully raised or lowered. A dropped anchor stops a ship from moving, however it is still possible to move an anchored ship with harpoon pulls or from Gunpowder Barrel explosions.
Fire can also damage the Capstan when left unattended.
When the anchor is lowered while the ship is moving and the wheel is fully turned to a side, the ship can perform an anchor turn, which will quickly turn the ship more than 90 degrees.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- There is no visible Anchor shown below an anchored ship.
Variants[edit | edit source]
The following are all the available Cosmetic Figurehead Variants in Sea of Thieves:
|Aristocrat Capstan||Black Market||n/a||Aristocrat||"Form and function come together in the most unlikely of places."|
|Bear & Bird Capstan||Pirate Emporium||n/a||Bear & Bird||"A capstan so delightful you'll never want to stop and swap it for another one."|
|Capstan of the Wailing Barnacle||Black Market||n/a||Wailing Barnacle||"A fine, nautical capstan - though its last ship still languishes on the ocean floor."|
|Cutthroat Capstan||Pirate Emporium||n/a||Cutthroat||"Drop anchor swiftly to execute sharp turns, perfectly in tune with your instinct for battle."|
|Elemental Power Capstan||Pirate Emporium||n/a||Elemental Power||"Keep your ship anchored fast and true with a capstan that seems to master the elements."|
|Forsaken Ashes Capstan||Black Market||n/a||Forsaken Ashes||"The most important part of the ship, when you realise you just dropped anchor in superheated water."|
|Huntress Capstan||Pirate Emporium||n/a||Huntress||"This capstan bears the name of the shipwright; a person or Trading COmpany called ‘Carrington’."|
|Mercenary Capstan||Black Market||n/a||Mercenary||"A steel anchor weighs heavy on this capstan, yet nothing weighs on your conscience."|
|Obsidian Capstan||Equipment Chest||n/a||Black Dog|
|Sailor Capstan||n/a||n/a||Sailor||This Capstan variant is automatically provided to all players by default.|
|Silver Blade Capstan||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||Silver Blade||"A reliable anchor is vital when sailing into unknown water, in case you need to change your mind!"|
|Spartan Capstan||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||Spartan||"A well-oiled machine, not unlike the crew of fearless fighters that use it."|
|Trapmaker’s Capstan||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||Standalone Cosmetics||"This capstan was crafted by a notorious trapmaker. Do you really want to keep winding this thing?!"|
|Hunter Capstan||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Hunter||"When this capstan raises your anchor, you know the hunt has begun."|
|The Killer Whale Capstan||The Hunter's Call||35||The Killer Whale||"Based on the capstan that went down with The Killer Whale, let's hope this one is luckier."|
|Admiral Capstan||Shipwright Shop||10||Admiral||"A tidy, sturdy capstan that you'd find on a nice, proper vessel."|
|Sea Dog Capstan||Shipwright Shop||10||Sea Dog||"More travelled than your usual capstan, built to withstand the trials of the Sea of Thieves!"|
|Sovereign Capstan||Shipwright Shop||10||Sovereign||"If one absolutely must manually wind one's anchor, let one do it in luxurious style."|
|Bone Crusher Capstan||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Bone Crusher||"This creepy capstan raises the anchor as fast as your sword drops skeletons!"|
|Glorious Sea Dog Capstan||Shipwright Shop||20||Glorious Sea Dog||"This smart-looking capstan befits a crew of disciplined, brave fighters... but it's yours now!"|
|Kraken Capstan||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Kraken||"A capstan as pointy and dangerous as the Kraken itself!"|
|Ocean Crawler Capstan||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Ocean Crawler||"Try not to get seasick while turning this oceanic capstan!"|
|Parrot Capstan||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Parrot||"You'll soon be dancing the conga as you wind in your anchor."|
|Pirate Legend Capstan||Shipwright Shop||Legendary||"When the anchor must be quickly raised, this legendary capstan will be praised."|
|Triumphant Sea Dog Capstan||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Triumphant Sea Dog||"This smart-looking capstan befits a crew of disciplined, brave fighters... but it's yours now!"|
|Inky Kraken Capstan||Black Market||n/a||Inky Kraken||"A capstan as pointy and dangerous as the Kraken itself!"|
|Nightshine Parrot Capstan||Black Market||n/a||Nightshine Parrot||"You'll soon be dancing the conga as you wind in your anchor."|