|This article is about Ghost Ship Battles. For Skeleton Ship Battles, see Skeleton Fleet.|
|“||"My keep at the Heart of Fire... My Ashen Lords... ...all are merely facets of a greater plan for this world! Your self-righteous obstinance is proof enough that the Sea of Thieves is infested... ...with 'honour' and 'sacrifice'. DISEASED! The fires I shall bring will purify the waves. I shall reign above an empire of flame! And for my first decree… I ORDER YOUR ANNIHILATION!"|
|— Captain Flameheart, during a Ghost Fleet|
The Ghost Fleet (also known as the Battle with The Burning Blade) is one of the World Events in Sea of Thieves Adventure Mode, indicated by the ghostly head of Flameheart in the skies. A Ghost Fleet can appear around any Large Island in the three main Regions of the Sea of Thieves. The Ghost Fleet rewards players with a handful of Ghostly Treasure as well as a Cannonball Crate of the Damned with Ghostly Cannonballs inside.
The World Event[edit | edit source]
Ghost Fleets are one of the rotating World Events. A Ghost Fleet is indicated by Flameheart's ghostly head appearing above a Large Island in the skies. The chosen Island will be circled by a Fleet of Ghost Ships. Flameheart will start taunting Crews when they get close to the World Event. When a World Event is not present, the Kraken appears to attack a single Ship. If a Ghost Fleet is not present, Players will have to first complete the currently active World Event to have a chance for the Fleet to appear. If no World Event clouds are present, the Crew might have to sail into open waters to summon the Kraken before Events switch.
The Battle[edit | edit source]
Once Player Crews get close enough to the Large Island below Flameheart, he will start taunting them and a Title Card indicates the Burning Blade's presence. Flameheart has different taunts for different types of Players and Crews. The Ghost Fleet consists of four Waves.
First Wave[edit | edit source]
The first wave sees Players take on Grunt Ghost Ships that circle the Island. They act like any Ghost Ships, sailing in a set trajectory, shooting nearby Ships with Ghostly Cannonballs and leaving behind Ghost Mines if ahead of any Ships. A Ghost Ship sailing through a Player Crew's Ship will deal significant damage to the Ship's Hull, but leave Players unharmed. Each Grunt Ghost Ship takes 3 hits of any type of Cannonball to dissipate in an explosion that knocks any vessels back. Some defeated Grunt Ships can leave behind ghostly Storage Crates of the Damned with Cannonballs and Wooden Planks in them. Any Ghostly Treasure is indicated by floating Wraiths. The first wave is over after 7 Grunt Ships have been defeated.
Second Wave[edit | edit source]
After 7 Grunt Ships have been defeated, all the Ghost Ships enter portals, and two Ghost Captain Ships with the Sails of the Ashen Dragon ships with defending Grunt Ships sail out instead. The Ashen Dragon Ships act identically to Grunt Ships, however they are sturdier and take 10 Cannon hits to dissipate. The wave is over when Players take down both of the Ashen Dragon Ships, that each drop an assortment of Ghostly Treasure.
Third Wave[edit | edit source]
The third wave is identical to the first wave, requiring Players to take down 7 Grunt Ships again.
Final Wave[edit | edit source]
Once the three waves have been overcome, Flameheart's own ship, the Burning Blade will appear along with two Ashen Dragon Captain Ships. All the Captain Ships have Grunt Ships protecting their sides. The Ghost Fleet is considered complete when the Burning Blade is destroyed, however Players can also choose to take out the supporting Ashen Dragon Ships for more Treasure. Flameheart's Ship is the most visible of them all and takes a total of 24 Cannon hits to defeat.
Rewards[edit | edit source]
The Rewards of the Ghost Fleet will vary, depending on how many Grunt Ships dropped Storage Crates of the Damned and how many Ashen Dragon Ships the Crews took down. Each Ashen Dragon Ship will drop around 7-9 pieces of Ghostly Treasure, including Ashes of the Damned, Skulls of the Damned and Chests of the Damned (with a potential single Storage Crate of the Damned).
The Burning Blade itself will drop around 15 pieces of regular Ghostly Treasure, 1 Captain Skull of the Damned and 1 Cannonball Crate of the Damned. This Cannonball Crate, while not valuable itself, is the only way to acquire Ghostly Cannonballs for your own use. The Wraith Cannonballs found inside are like miniature projectile Gunpowder Kegs that leave more than 1 hole of Hull damage and knock back the Ship on a hit.
Flameheart[edit | edit source]
Throughout the battle, Flameheart himself will be present, continuously taunting any Crews that get too close. Curiously, Flameheart also taunts any Skeleton Ships that enter or leave or sink in the area.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Ghost Ships can be hit and equally damaged with any type of Cannonballs (except Ghostly Cannonballs).
- Throwables damage Ghost Ships only when shot with Cannons.
- Ghost Ships cannot be damaged when they are entering or leaving their portals to the Sea of the Damned.
- Ghost Ships can and will fight Skeleton Ships.
- If servers update/change, uncollected loot may despawn leaving you with no rewards from any ships defeated such as the Burning Blade at the conclusion of the event
- Unlike with Skeleton Forts, Skeleton Fleets and Skeleton Ships, Battlegills do not spawn next to Ghost Ships.