Capstan

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Capstan
Capstan.png
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Location Ship Customization Chest

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 used to either drop or raise a Ship's Anchor, allowing the vessel to move. 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 quickly timed stop. The Capstan can be held in place by a player while it is being raised as well. 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. The ship will not immediately halt once the anchor is lowered, if the Wheel is significantly angled, the ship can turn around with it's remaining momentum.

Larger ships have heavier anchors that require more manpower to raise. Each peg of the capstan can be grabbed by a player: A Sloop's capstan has two pegs, a Brigantine's capstan has three pegs and a Galleon's capstan has four pegs.

The Capstan can be damaged with a Cannonball, making it lose one peg. A Chainshot or Gunpowder Barrel explosion destroys all of its pegs. The pegs can be repaired with Planks.

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:

Name Shop Cost Rep Set In-game description
Aristocrat Capstan Black Market 50 Doubloon.png
n/a Aristocrat "Form and function come together in the most unlikely of places."
Bear & Bird Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Bear & Bird "A capstan so delightful you'll never want to stop and swap it for another one."
Blighted Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Blighted "Well, they do say that many hands make light work..."
Capstan of the Wailing Barnacle Black Market 40 Doubloon.png
n/a Wailing Barnacle "A fine, nautical capstan - though its last ship still languishes on the ocean floor."
Cutthroat Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Cutthroat "Drop anchor swiftly to execute sharp turns, perfectly in tune with your instinct for battle."
Elemental Power Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
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 50 Doubloon.png
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 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Huntress "This capstan bears the name of the shipwright; a person or Trading Company called ‘Carrington’."
Mercenary Capstan Black Market 50 Doubloon.png
n/a Mercenary "A steel anchor weighs heavy on this capstan, yet nothing weighs on your conscience."
Night Wulf Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Night Wulf "You'll need to raise anchor rapidly should the Wulf come calling. Flight is your only option!"
Paradise Garden Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Paradise Garden "May your ship be blessed by the aura of this legendary, cute and slightly scary bush beastie."
Royal Sea Squirrel Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Royal Sea Squirrel "Spins around as easily as a leaping squirrel's tail, according to dubious drunken sightings."
Ruby Splashtail Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Ruby Splashtail "Pirates push their capstans harder when forced to look at yet another Splashtail."
Shrouded Ghost Hunter Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 AncientCoin.png
n/a Shrouded Ghost Hunter "A vicious capstan that is best used on a ship with a very tidy, dry, slip-free deck."
Wild Rose Capstan Black Market 50 Doubloon.png
n/a Wild Rose "Could this ruby-red capstan result in love at first wind for the pirates who turn it?"
Ancestral Capstan Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Ancestral "A capstan as stout and sturdy as the great Spirit Tree in the ancestral forest of legend."
Fightin’ Frogs Capstan Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Fightin’ Frogs "This capstan's frog ornaments look real enough to give you a nasty rash."
Mutinous Fist Capstan Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Mutinous Fist "The rebels who made this capstan have a rule: everybody pushes, or nobody pushes."
Obsidian Capstan Equipment Chest Gold.png
n/a Black Dog "Proud, ornate and somewhat threatening, this capstan belongs on a vessel of ill repute."
Omen Capstan Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Omen "Turn the cogs of this stout machine to raise anchor and fly like a phoenix into battle!"
Sailor Capstan n/a Gold.png
n/a Sailor "Your basic capstan, three previous owners, 2,000 nautical miles travelled."
Silver Blade Capstan Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
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 Gold.png
n/a Spartan "A well-oiled machine, not unlike the crew of fearless fighters that use it."
Trapmaker’s Capstan Ship Customization Chest Gold.png
n/a Standalone Cosmetics "This capstan was crafted by a notorious trapmaker. Do you really want to keep winding this thing?!"
The Killer Whale Capstan The Hunter's Call 2800 Gold.png
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 49000 Gold.png
10 Admiral "A tidy, sturdy capstan that you'd find on a nice, proper vessel."
Bilge Rat Capstan Shipwright Shop 49000 Gold.png
n/a Bilge Rat "This capstan is sturdier than it looks, but the splinters are a nightmare."
Castaway Bilge Rat Capstan Shipwright Shop 49000 Gold.png
n/a Castaway Bilge Rat "This capstan is sturdier than it looks, but the splinters are a nightmare."
Ceremonial Admiral Capstan Shipwright Shop 49000 Gold.png
10 Ceremonial Admiral "A tidy, sturdy capstan that you'd find on a nice, proper vessel."
Grand Admiral Capstan Shipwright Shop 49000 Gold.png
10 Grand Admiral "A tidy, sturdy capstan that you'd find on a nice, proper vessel."
Hunter Capstan Shipwright Shop 49000 Gold.png
n/a Hunter "When this capstan raises your anchor, you know the hunt has begun."
Imperial Sovereign Capstan Shipwright Shop 49000 Gold.png
10 Imperial Sovereign "If one absolutely must manually wind one's anchor, let one do it in luxurious style."
Rogue Sea Dog Capstan Shipwright Shop 49000 Gold.png
10 Rogue Sea Dog "More travelled than your usual capstan, built to withstand the trials of the Sea of Thieves!"
Royal Sovereign Capstan Shipwright Shop 49000 Gold.png
10 Royal Sovereign "If one absolutely must manually wind one's anchor, let one do it in luxurious style."
Ruffian Sea Dog Capstan Shipwright Shop 49000 Gold.png
10 Ruffian Sea Dog "More travelled than your usual capstan, built to withstand the trials of the Sea of Thieves!"
Sea Dog Capstan Shipwright Shop 49000 Gold.png
10 Sea Dog "More travelled than your usual capstan, built to withstand the trials of the Sea of Thieves!"
Sovereign Capstan Shipwright Shop 49000 Gold.png
10 Sovereign "If one absolutely must manually wind one's anchor, let one do it in luxurious style."
Bone Crusher Capstan Shipwright Shop 69550 Gold.png
n/a Bone Crusher "This creepy capstan raises the anchor as fast as your sword drops skeletons!"
Glorious Sea Dog Capstan Shipwright Shop 69550 Gold.png
20 Glorious Sea Dog "This smart-looking capstan befits a crew of disciplined, brave fighters... but it's yours now!"
Gold Hoarders Capstan Gold Hoarders 69550 Gold.png
55 Gold Hoarders "This capstan is plated with a fine gold, so calming to the touch."
Kraken Capstan Shipwright Shop 69550 Gold.png
n/a Kraken "A capstan as pointy and dangerous as the Kraken itself!"
Legendary Capstan Athena's Fortune Shipwright 69550 Gold.png
Requires Legendary Reputation Level (50 Reputation Levels each in three of the following companies: Gold Hoarder, Merchant Alliance, Order of Souls, The Hunter's Call, Sea Dogs and Reaper's Bones) Legendary "When the anchor must be quickly raised, this legendary capstan will be praised."
Merchant Alliance Capstan Merchant Alliance 69550 Gold.png
55 Merchant Alliance "Daily capstan oiling will ensure that our clients are served without delays."
Ocean Crawler Capstan Shipwright Shop 69550 Gold.png
n/a Ocean Crawler "Try not to get seasick while turning this oceanic capstan!"
Order of Souls Capstan Order of Souls 69550 Gold.png
55 Order of Souls "This capstan creaks like the bones of the dead returning to life..."
Parrot Capstan Shipwright Shop 69550 Gold.png
n/a Parrot "You'll soon be dancing the conga as you wind in your anchor."
Reaper’s Bones Capstan Reaper's Bones 69550 Gold.png
60 Reaper’s Bones "A heavy capstan, but the labour will make you stronger."
Triumphant Sea Dog Capstan Shipwright Shop 69550 Gold.png
n/a Triumphant Sea Dog "This smart-looking capstan befits a crew of disciplined, brave fighters... but it's yours now!"
Capstan of the Ashen Dragon Shipwright Shop 69950 Gold.png
n/a Ashen Dragon "Flaming hot to the touch, this capstan really encourages the crew to wind faster."
Deep Ocean Crawler Capstan Black Market 110250 Gold.png
n/a Deep Ocean Crawler "Try not to get seasick while turning this oceanic capstan!"
Inky Kraken Capstan Black Market 110250 Gold.png
n/a Inky Kraken "A capstan as pointy and dangerous as the Kraken itself!"
Nightshine Parrot Capstan Black Market 110250 Gold.png
n/a Nightshine Parrot "You'll soon be dancing the conga as you wind in your anchor."
Scurvy Bilge Rat Capstan Shipwright Shop 140000 Gold.png
n/a Scurvy Bilge Rat "This capstan is sturdier than it looks, but the splinters are a nightmare."
Ghost Capstan Athena's Fortune Shipwright 500000 Gold.png
Requires Legendary Reputation Level (50 Reputation Levels each in three of the following companies: Gold Hoarder, Merchant Alliance, Order of Souls, The Hunter's Call, Sea Dogs and Reaper's Bones) Ghost "This spooky capstan looks like it could raise the dead as well as the anchor!"