Compass

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Compass
Compass.png
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Type Equipment
Location Equipment Chest

The Compass is an Equipment item in Sea of Thieves that allows the player to determine the direction they are facing.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Compasses can be accessed in two ways. Every Player Pirate acquires a Compass during their Maiden Voyage, which they can use at any time during their adventures on The Sea of Thieves. The Compass can be accessed from the Equipment Radial Menu. This Compass can be shown to other Players, or it can be raised near to count singular Steps. Counting Steps is mainly useful for solving the final Riddles in Riddle Map Quests, which require the Player to face a certain direction at a Landmark and then walk a certain number of steps that way to find the location of a buried Treasure Item. The Cosmetic design of the Player's Compass can be switched at Equipment Chests. These designs can be purchased from Equipment Shops and only change the visual appearance of the Compass. Players can check out their own Compass in 3rd person view with the No Direction Emote, which is available for purchase from the Pirate Emporium for Ancient Coins.

The second Compass can be found mounted to the bannister of the Helm of every Player Ship, right in front of the Ship's Wheel. This Compass cannot be dismounted and serves its primary use to show the Player using the Wheel the Ship's Compass direction. The visual appearance of this Compass can also change with the Hull Livery of the Ship, which can be customized at any Ship Customization Chest when a Ship is close enough.

Whenever inside a heavy Storm, the magnetic needle of every Compass will get confused and start spinning around wildly, making it difficult to determine the Player or Ship's direction. This effect will subside once Players make it outside of a Storm.

Magical Compasses[edit | edit source]

Every Player Pirate has their own regular Compass on them at all times, however it is possible to acquire additional magical Compasses during Voyages and Tall Tales. These Compasses are useful only for the Voyage or Quest at hand and don't show general Compass directions. Instead, they only show the direction to a specific Quest Item. These Compasses can be equipped from the Quest Radial Menu, instead of the Equipment Radial Menu, showing up beside other Quests.

Golden Wayfinder[edit | edit source]

Golden Wayfinder Icon.png

The Golden Wayfinder is given to Player Crews at the start of a Wayfinder Voyage sold by the Gold Hoarders representatives to any Pirates above Rank 25 with the Company. The Golden Wayfinder Compass points towards the location of a buried Torn Map Parchment. The Needle of the Compass will sway slowly and broadly when the Player is far away from the burial spot. The closer the Players get, the narrower and quicker the needle's sway gets. When above the Parchment's burial spot, the needle will start spinning around in circles. These Parchments piece together a Torn Treasure Map that leads to a Large Island with a buried Treasure Vault Key. When a Torn Map Parchment is dug up and picked up, the Compass will point towards the next buried Parchment. When all Map pieces are gathered, the Compass will simply disappear from the Radial Menu.

Enchanted Compass[edit | edit source]

The Enchanted Compass is obtained by bringing the belongings of Captain Briggsy to Madame Olivia at Plunder Outpost during The Cursed Rogue Tall Tale. This Compass points towards the location of Captain Briggsy, the Skeleton Lord herself. Players will have to fight Briggsy and obtain her Skull and return it to Olivia to complete the Tall Tale. If players sink with Briggsy's Skull on board of their ship, they can use the compass to locate the Skull again before it sinks to the bottom of the seas.

Lover's Compass[edit | edit source]

The Lover's Compass is obtained by bringing the keepsakes of Rose and George to Madame Olive at Sanctuary Outpost during the Wild Rose Tall Tale. This Compass points towards the location of Rose and George. Players will have to find both individually and bring their keepsakes back to Madame Olivia to complete the Tall Tale.

Cosmetic Variants[edit | edit source]

All new players are equipped with a basic Sailor Compass by default. Other versions are available for purchase from the Equipment Shop and Companies.

Name Shop Cost Rep Set In-game description
Aristocrat Compass Black Market 20 Doubloon.png
n/a Aristocrat "This ornate compass always guides you to port, where you can show it off then leave."
Compass of The Wailing Barnacle Black Market 20 Doubloon.png
n/a Wailing Barnacle "Trust this compass to guide you true, unlike its previous owner."
Fearless Bone Crusher Compass Black Market 20 Doubloon.png
n/a Fearless Bone Crusher "Maybe these old bones will help you find your way home."
Lunar Festival Compass Pirate Emporium 249 AncientCoin.png
n/a Lunar Festival "May this compass lead you towards good fortune in the coming year."
Onyx Compass Equipment Chest Gold.png
n/a Black Dog "Cast Away Cross swore its onyx needle always pointed him in the right direction."
Rose’s Compass Equipment Chest Gold.png
n/a Wild Rose "A memento of Wild Rose, whose love for George transcended death itself."
Sailor Compass n/a Gold.png
n/a Sailor This Compass variant is automatically provided to all players by default.
Silver Blade Compass Equipment Chest Gold.png
n/a Silver Blade "There's nothing better to lead you in the right direction than the Silver Blade Compass"
Lowly Hoarder Compass Gold Hoarders 1000 Gold.png
10 Gold Hoarders "After collecting a bit of swag from measly pirates you can get this compass of 9 karat gold."
Prominent Hoarder Compass Gold Hoarders 2000 Gold.png
20 Gold Hoarders "You'll earn this decent 14 karat compass if you can amass a sizable haul from notable pirates."
Admiral Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
n/a Admiral "Points the way to your entitled success. Has a jeweled bearing for smoother operation."
Bilge Rat Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
n/a Bilge Rat "Did you know you can navigate by the North star? You might need to if you buy this."
Bone Crusher Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
n/a Bone Crusher "Maybe these old bones will help your find your way home."
Castaway Bilge Rat Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
n/a Castaway Bilge Rat "Did you know you can navigate by the North star? You might need to if you buy this."
Ceremonial Admiral Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
46 Ceremonial Admiral "Points the way to your entitled success. Has a jeweled bearing for smoother operation."
Grand Admiral Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
n/a Grand Admiral "Points the way to your entitled success. Has a jeweled bearing for smoother operation."
Hunter Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
n/a Hunter "This compass will help you find your prey anywhere."
Imperial Sovereign Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
n/a Imperial Sovereign "Its glass case doubles up as a handy mirror, essential for ensuring your hair isn't out of place."
Legendary Compass Athena's Fortune Shop 2800 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 "Find your way through fog and storm, with a compass fit for your legendary form."
Mercenary Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
n/a Mercenary "When your greedy nose fails to sniff out a reward, you can rely on this to help point the way."
Rogue Sea Dog Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
46 Rogue Sea Dog "No-one had ever sailed east until the buccaneering forefathers invented this."
Royal Sovereign Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
46 Royal Sovereign "Its glass case doubles up as a handy mirror, essential for ensuring your hair isn't out of place."
Ruffian Sea Dog Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
n/a Ruffian Sea Dog "No-one had ever sailed east until the buccaneering forefathers invented this."
Sea Dog Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
n/a Sea Dog "No-one had ever sailed east until the buccaneering forefathers invented this."
Sovereign Compass Equipment Shop 2800 Gold.png
n/a Sovereign "Its glass case doubles up as a handy mirror, essential for ensuring your hair isn't out of place."
Famed Hoarder Compass Gold Hoarders 3000 Gold.png
30 Gold Hoarders "Can you thieve the stashes of renowned pirates to earn this lovely 18 karat compass?"
Compass of the Ashen Dragon Equipment Shop 3950 Gold.png
n/a Ashen Dragon "The fiery glow of this compass will at least make it easier to find your way at night."
Forsaken Ashes Compass Equipment Shop 3950 Gold.png
n/a Forsaken Ashes "Maybe this compass will help you find those hottest spots."
Glorious Sea Dog Compass Equipment Shop 3950 Gold.png
n/a Glorious Sea Dog "Find your way back home after a long night of celebrating in the Arena tavern!"
Kraken Compass Equipment Shop 3950 Gold.png
n/a Kraken "Find your way home, safe from Kraken attacks. If you're lucky."
Ocean Crawler Compass Equipment Shop 3950 Gold.png
n/a Ocean Crawler "A compass crafted from shells... don't drop it in the water or you'll be searching for hours."
Parrot Compass Equipment Shop 3950 Gold.png
n/a Parrot "Always points you towards crackers."
Revered Hoarder Compass Gold Hoarders 4000 Gold.png
40 Gold Hoarders "This will help you find us more gold, but lose it and you won't get another."
Legendary Hoarder Compass Gold Hoarders 5000 Gold.png
50 Gold Hoarders "By seizing an unrivalled fortune off notorious pirates this ultimate 25 karat gold compass is yours!"
Scurvy Bilge Rat Compass Equipment Shop 8000 Gold.png
n/a Scurvy Bilge Rat "Did you know you can navigate by the North Star? You might need to if you buy this."
Triumphant Sea Dog Compass Equipment Shop 16985 Gold.png
n/a Triumphant Sea Dog "Find your way back home after a long night of celebrating in the Arena tavern!"
Ghost Compass Athena's Fortune Shop 19880 Gold.png
11 Ghost "A cold comfort to the wandering dead, lost between worlds."
Deep Ocean Crawler Compass Black Market 25200 Gold.png
n/a Deep Ocean Crawler "A compass crafted from shells… don’t drop it in the water or you’ll be searching for hours."
Inky Kraken Compass Black Market 25200 Gold.png
n/a Inky Kraken "Find your way home, safe from Kraken attacks. If you're lucky."
Nightshine Parrot Compass Black Market 25200 Gold.png
n/a Nightshine Parrot "Always points you towards crackers."

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • When treasure hunting via X marks the spot type maps, it can sometimes help to use landmark objects that are directly North/South/East/West of the X, then pull out your compass, face the appropriate direction, swap to the shovel and start digging up a line.