Hurdy-Gurdy

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Hurdy-Gurdy
Hurdy-Gurdy.png
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Type Equipment
Location Equipment Chest

The Hurdy-Gurdy is an Instrument that Players can use to play Shanties with in Sea of Thieves.

Usage[edit | edit source]

Every Player Pirate acquires a Hurdy-Gurdy during their Maiden Voyage, which they can use at any time during their adventures on The Sea of Thieves. The Hurdy-Gurdy can be accessed from the Equipment Radial Menu. The Cosmetic design of the Player's Hurdy-Gurdy can be switched at Equipment Chests. These designs can be purchased from Equipment Shops and only change the visual appearance of the Instrument.

Hurdy-Gurdies have one Interaction, which is to play Music! Players can take out any Instrument to start playing a Sea Shanty. The Shanty will play as long as the Player holds down the button. If a player lets go of the button and holds it down again, another Shanty will play from the start. Other Player Pirates can join in on the Shanty with instruments of their own. The first Pirate to start playing a Shanty will be the lead Instrument, playing the melody of the song. Other Pirates will then play backing to the lead instrument. When the Lead Instrument player lets go of the button, they will give the lead Instrument to another Player, who will then play the melody instead. Once the previous lead player starts playing again, they will then play backing instead.

Players will start to play out of tune if they are drunk with Grog. Instruments also sound muffled if Players are using them below water.

Players can acquire the Shanty of Legends from the Mysterious Stranger once they achieve the status of Pirate Legend. With the shanty, they can use their Instruments to play the tune in front of the stairs of any Tavern to gain access to the Athena's Fortune Hideout.

Variants[edit | edit source]

All new players are equipped with a basic Sailor Hurdy-Gurdy by default. Other versions are available for purchase from the Equipment Shop.

Name Shop Cost Rep Set In-game description
Aristocrat Hurdy-Gurdy Black Market 25 Doubloon.png
n/a Aristocrat "Play a charming ditty for your high society friends... Or for your pirate scum mates."
Fearless Bone Crusher Hurdy-Gurdy Black Market 25 Doubloon.png
n/a Fearless Bone Crusher "A skeleton hurdy-gurdy will surely play a tune loud enough to wake the dead."
Hurdy-Gurdy of Plenty Pirate Emporium 249 AncientCoin.png
n/a Festival of Plenty "Can you reach the end of a shanty without another pirate trying to bite into this hurdy-gurdy?"
Mercenary Hurdy-Gurdy Black Market 25 Doubloon.png
n/a Mercenary "The hurdy shows off your softer side, perfect for luring people into a trap..."
Black Dog Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Chest Gold.png
n/a Black Dog "Easily the most popular choice at pirate funerals. Hopefully not played at yours."
Golden Legendary Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Chest 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) Golden Legendary "Play a tune for foe or friend, for Legends who sailed before year's end."
Sailor Hurdy-Gurdy n/a Gold.png
n/a Sailor This Hurdy-Gurdy variant is automatically provided to all players by default.
Silver Blade Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Chest Gold.png
n/a Silver Blade "A stunning silver instrument that's sure to inspire the spirit of exploration in your crew."
Admiral Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
n/a Admiral "Proudly strike up a rousing shanty that inspires all pirates to do the very best."
Bilge Rat Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
n/a Bilge Rat "Suffered a few minor scrapes after a lively shanty session in the tavern at Gold Sands outpost."
Bone Crusher Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
n/a Bone Crusher "A skeleton hurdy-gurdy will surely play a tune loud enough to wake the dead."
Castaway Bilge Rat Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
n/a Castaway Bilge Rat "Suffered a few minor scrapes after a lively shanty session in the tavern at Gold Sands outpost."
Ceremonial Admiral Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
41 Ceremonial Admiral "Proudly strike up a rousing shanty that inspires all pirates to do the very best."
Grand Admiral Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
n/a Grand Admiral "Proudly strike up a rousing shanty that inspires all pirates to do the very best."
Hunter Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
n/a Hunter "For regaling your crew of fellow killers with songs of glorious hunts past."
Imperial Sovereign Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
n/a Imperial Sovereign "If the music you play is as beautiful as this is, you'll be a liar."
Rogue Sea Dog Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
41 Rogue Sea Dog "Part time pirates will have abosolutely no idea what this is. You'll know better of course."
Royal Sovereign Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
41 Royal Sovereign "If the music you play is as beautiful as this is, you'll be a liar."
Ruffian Sea Dog Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
n/a Ruffian Sea Dog "Part time pirates will have abosolutely no idea what this is. You'll know better of course."
Sea Dog Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
n/a Sea Dog "Part time pirates will have abosolutely no idea what this is. You'll know better of course."
Sovereign Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 2850 Gold.png
n/a Sovereign "If the music you play is as beautiful as this is, you'll be a liar."
Forsaken Ashes Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 4000 Gold.png
n/a Forsaken Ashes "This heavy-duty hurdy was played by Ruby of the Forsaken Shores Alliance, before her untimely fall..."
Glorious Sea Dog Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 4000 Gold.png
n/a Glorious Sea Dog "This elegant hurdy bears the colours of the Sea Dogs. Play it with pride!"
Hurdy-Gurdy of the Ashen Dragon Equipment Shop 4000 Gold.png
n/a Ashen Dragon "A proud instrument that will be the envy of anyone who sees your fiery performance."
Kraken Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 4000 Gold.png
n/a Kraken "Play a tune on your Kraken hurdy, while being reminded not to get complacent on the Sea of Thieves."
Legendary Hurdy-Gurdy Athena's Fortune Shop 4000 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 "Ornate, finely-tuned and sturdy, this is a real pirate's hurdy-gurdy."
Ocean Crawler Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 4000 Gold.png
n/a Ocean Crawler "What a better way to serenade the sea than with this epic crab-claw hurdy?"
Parrot Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 4000 Gold.png
n/a Parrot "A colourful instrument, best suited to uplifting shanties."
Scurvy Bilge Rat Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 8200 Gold.png
n/a Scurvy Bilge Rat "Suffered a few minor scrapes after a lively shanty session in the tavern at Golden Sands Outpost"
Triumphant Sea Dog Hurdy-Gurdy Equipment Shop 17200 Gold.png
n/a Triumphant Sea Dog "This elegant hurdy bears the mark of the Sea Dogs. Play it with pride!"
Ghost Hurdy-Gurdy Athena's Fortune Shop 20250 Gold.png
13 Ghost "If you want to play a haunting melody, start with a haunted instrument!"
Deep Ocean Crawler Hurdy-Gurdy Black Market 25650 Gold.png
n/a Deep Ocean Crawler "What better way to serenade the sea than with this epic crab-claw hurdy?"
Inky Kraken Hurdy-Gurdy Black Market 25650 Gold.png
n/a Inky Kraken "Play a tune on your Kraken hurdy, while being reminded not to get complacent on the Sea of Thieves..."
Nightshine Parrot Hurdy-Gurdy Black Market 25650 Gold.png
n/a Nightshine Parrot "A colourful instrument, best suited to uplifting shanties."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Hurdy-Gurdy likely originated from European and Middle Eastern fiddles, and was designed to be played on the lap.
  • The Hurdy-Gurdy is hand-cranked, using a rosined wheel to replace the typical bow found in fiddles and violins.
  • While the Hurdy-Gurdy is considered a stringed instrument, it shares many features with other drone instruments such as the Didgeridoo and the Bagpipes. The instrument relies on a solid droning note in the backdrop, while keys pressed on other parts of the neck play additional notes.

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