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Type Creature
Behaviour Hostile
Location Ocean

The Megalodon is a dangerous species of giant shark that roams the open waters of the Sea of Thieves, preying on player ships. There are five types of Megalodon species with varying colours and rarity.

They were first introduced as a time-limited encounter for The Hungering Deep, returning as a permeant encounter, with additional species, in the Shrouded Spoils update.

The Encounter[edit | edit source]

Megalodons are vicious predators that appear around Player Ships on open seas. A Megalodon encounter begins when the tense Megalodon music starts playing, after which, the Megalodon appears out of the deep sea behind the Ship and starts swimming closely until the Ship sails out of its hunting grounds or the Megalodon is defeated. Each Megalodon spawns with a unique personality, with ranging aggression, sometimes passive until provoked.

A Megalodon will attack the Ship by charging at, and biting the ship, which is accompanied by a tense chorus of violins. This bite attack can cause 1-5 holes in the ship's hull depending on ship size. Defeating a Megalodon takes around 12-15 cannonball hits on a Sloop, around 15-18 cannonball hits on a Brigantine and around 30-32 cannonball hits on a Galleon. Sloops and Brigantines also take less damage from the Megalodon's bites.

Players wishing to get rid of a Megalodon may sail close to Outposts, Islands, Seaposts or Shipwrecks, the Megalodon will turn away and patrol the area where it first appeared.

Megalodon Species[edit | edit source]

The various species of Megalodon. Illustrated by Shillianth.

There are five different species of Megalodons, listed in order of increasing rarity.

While each variant have distinguishing colours, their markings (scars, stripes, etc) may vary per encounter.

Icon Name Description
The Hungering One icon 2.png The Hungering One Blue variant with green eyes, and sometimes light-blue fin.
The Crested Queen icon 2.png The Crested Queen Dark purple variant with purple fin and eyes.
The Shadowmaw icon 2.png The Shadowmaw Dark grey variant with red fin, and orange eyes.
The Ancient Terror icon 2.png The Ancient Terror Golden-green variant with yellow fin and eyes.
The Shrouded Ghost icon 2.png The Shrouded Ghost Pale white-gray variant with peach-coloured fin and eyes. Extremely rare.

Nighttime light makes its body appears much darker, and can be confused for the Crested Queen or Shadowmaw. Its peach-coloured fins are the safest way to identify it. Despite its name, it can be encountered in the same locations as all other Megalodon species.

The Shrouded Ghost's body becomes a dark purple at night.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Upon defeat, a Megalodon will leave behind a generous pile of Treasure where they died. Defeating a Megalodon will also give a notable Emissary Grade Reputation boost to crews sailing as Trading Company Emissaries (with the exception of Reaper's Bones)

All Megalodon variants have the same reward pool:

Previous Events[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • A Megalodon's difficulty is scaled to the size of the ship it spawns to.
  • A Megalodon will remain near the area where it appeared and not leave its range.
  • The Megalodon's bite attack is the main threat of the encounter. Landing 2-6 cannon shots in the charging Megalodon's mouth will disrupt its charge, cancelling its bite attack entirely, or lessen its damage to the hull/negate knock-back effects.
  • A Megalodon's bite does as much damage as a shark bite, and knocks the player back.
  • Dying to a Megalodon's bite gives the Blue Flame of Fate, same as other sharks.
  • Sharks will appear near the body of a defeated Megalodon.
  • Cursed Cannonballs have no effect on Megalodons.
  • Megalodons can be harpooned in order to position the ship into a more fitting position to attack it or it can be used to travel more quickly as the Megalodon will drag ships around at astonishing speeds when harpooned.
  • Skeleton Ships and Skeleton-operated land cannons will shoot at Megalodons. The Megalodon may then focus on the skeletons rather than the player. A Megalodon has no way of attacking skeletons that shoot at it from Island cannons, leaving them swimming and charging close to the island until the skeleton gets lucky enough to kill the Megalodon.

Commendations[edit | edit source]

Main article: Commendations

Shrouded Spoils[edit | edit source]

Athena's Fortune[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The The Hungering Deep official summary was: "Something old, fast and hungry is surfacing. Follow the trail of riddles and rumours. We hope you live to tell the tale."
  • The Deckhand Guess for Gold Competition from August 22nd, 2019 stated that 11 Shrouded Ghosts were killed between the 21st and 22nd of August, 2019.
  • The Deckhand Guess for Gold Competition from January 28, 2019 stated that 7,857 Megalodons were killed between January 22nd - January 23rd, 2020.
  • A Twitter Post by the official Sea of Thieves Twitter account teases that the previously estimated 0.0001% spawn chance of a Shrouded Ghost to be correct. This would mean that Players have a 1 in a 1,000,000 chance to encounter a Shrouded Ghost Megalodon.

Patch History[edit | edit source]

  • Added Megalodon varieties: the Hungering One, the Crested Queen, Shadowmaw, Ancient Terror, and the Shrouded Ghost.
  • Added rewards for defeating Megalodons.
  • Readded the megalodon along with making it spawn randomly and having different personalities as well.
  • Removed The Hungering One.
  • Introduced The Hungering One as a special event raid encounter.