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Quests (Also called Maps in-game) are various singular objectives that a Player's Crew can complete and access from the Map Radial Menu in Sea of Thieves. There are 6 kinds of Quests: X Marks the Spot Maps, Riddle Maps, Skeleton Bounties, Trade Good Ledgers, Cargo Runs, and Tale Books. Quests can be obtained from Voyages, Messages in Bottles, Tattered Parchments, Mysterious Journals, Skeleton's Orders and Tall Tales. Each accepted Quest is shared between the Player's Crew. Quests can only be given to other crews by placing Voyages on their Voyage Table for voting.

Types of Quests[edit | edit source]

X Marks the Spot Maps[edit | edit source]

X Marks the Spot Maps are thematically tied to the Gold Hoarders Trading Company. These Quests can be a part of Gold Hoarder Voyages, Athena's Fortune Voyages, Mercenary Voyages or Arena matches. Single Treasure Map Quests can be acquired across The Sea of Thieves from Quest sources like Tattered Parchments in Barrels, Messages in Bottles in the Seas or on the beaches or Mysterious Journals on Islands. These Maps can also be found from Skeleton's Orders.

These Maps display a single Island from The Sea of Thieves with red (or white and black in colourblind mode) X's, which uncover Treasure when the exact spot is dug up with a Shovel. A single Treasure Map can have up to 25 X's (only encountered during an Arena match).

Riddle Maps[edit | edit source]

Riddle Maps are thematically tied to the Gold Hoarders Trading Company. These Quests can be a part of Gold Hoarder Voyages, Athena's Fortune Voyages or Mercenary Voyages. Single Riddle Map Quests can be acquired across The Sea of Thieves from Quest sources like Tattered Parchments in Barrels, Messages in Bottles in the Seas or on the beaches or Mysterious Journals on Islands. These Maps can also be acquired from Ashen Guardian's Notes.

Riddle maps are a series of 2-4 Riddles on a certain Large Island that must be solved to find the buried Treasure. The first riddle gives the players the name of the Island. The middle riddles ask Players to find specific Landmarks on the Large Islands and perform a specific action at these locations. The final Riddle asks Players to locate a final Landmark and determine a Compass direction and state the given number of steps that need to be taken that direction to find and dig up the Treasure with the Shovel. Steps or paces can also be counted with a Compass when holding it close.

Riddle Maps most always uncover Collector's Chest that have Gold and other smaller Treasure items inside. Ashen Guardian's Notes lead players to the locaiton of an Ashen Chest instead.

Bounty Maps[edit | edit source]

Bounty Maps are thematically tied to the Order of Souls Trading Company. These Quests can be a part of Order of Souls Voyages, Athena's Fortune Voyages or Mercenary Voyages. Single Bounty Quests can be acquired across The Sea of Thieves from Quest sources like Tattered Parchments in Barrels, Messages in Bottles in the Seas or on the beaches or Mysterious Journals on Islands.

Bounty Maps lead Players to specific Islands with 1-4 Skeleton Captains who have to be defeated along with their underlings. The Captains may be preceded by multiple waves of Skeletons of the same type. After defeat, the Captain's will drop a Bounty Skull, which can be sold to the Order of Souls for Gold and Reputation.

Merchant Maps[edit | edit source]

Trade Good Ledgers are thematically tied to the Merchant Alliance Trading Company. These Quests are given as Merchant Alliance Voyages, or they can be found from single Quests sources like Tattered Parchments in Barrels, Messages in Bottles in the Seas or on the beaches or Mysterious Journals on Islands.

These Ledgers Commission specific Merchant Alliance Goods that have to be acquired and delivered to a specific Outpost Merchant Alliance NPC within a set date and time. The Merchant Alliance Representatives provide Player Crews will all the necessary Crates to capture or acquire all of the necessary goods. These Goods can be Animals, Gunpowder Barrels or Resource Crates. These items sell for 10 times their regular price if sold on Commission.

Cargo Maps[edit | edit source]

Cargo Runs are thematically tied to the Merchant Alliance Trading Company. These Quests can be a part of Merchant Alliance Voyages, Athena's Fortune Voyages or Mercenary Voyages. Single Cargo Commissions can be be acquired across The Sea of Thieves from Quest sources like Tattered Parchments in Barrels, Messages in Bottles in the Seas or on the beaches or Mysterious Journals on Islands.

Cargo Runs provide players with a Trade Good Ledger to pick up and deliver a specific amount of Cargo Crates from one NPC to another within a set date and time. These NPCs can be any Outpost NPC, a Sea Post Trader or any Large Island Outcast NPC. Cargo Crates come in three types - Plants, Rum and Cloth - and have to be handled carefully, since the condition of these Crates can get worse in unfavourable environments. For example, Plants need water to be healthy, Rum needs to be handled carefully and away from any damage sources and Cloth needs to be kept away from water. The reward of these Crates depends on their condition at turn-in. Cargo Crates cannot be sold after the Contract delivery time has expired.

Tale Books[edit | edit source]

Tale Books are lengthy Story Quests that are provided by various NPCs around The Sea of Thieves. When voted on, they start unique Voyages called Tall Tales, which are separate from other Voyages. Therefore, a Crew can have a Tall Tale and a Voyage active at the same time. Tale Books can be read by flipping through their pages. Tall Tales are filled with puzzles, challenges and riddles.

Quest Sources[edit | edit source]

Quests can be acquired from various sources, either alone or in groups:

Voyages[edit | edit source]

The Gold Hoarders, Merchant Alliance, Order of Souls, Athena's Fortune and Bilge Rats Trading Companies all provide players with Voyages, which are either singular or a collection of Quests thematic to these companies.

Gold Hoarders Voyages[edit | edit source]

Gold Hoarder Voyages are sold by Gold Hoarders on any Outpost and provide players with a collection of X Marks the Spot Maps and Riddle Maps, which reward players with Treasure Chests and Collector's Chests filled with Trinkets. Either of these Treasures can be sold to the Gold Hoarders for Gold and Reputation with the Company.

Order of Souls Voyages[edit | edit source]

Order of Souls Voyages are sold by Order of Souls Representatives on any Outpost, which provide crews with either one or multiple Bounty Maps that reward players with Bounty Skulls, which in turn can be sold back to the Representatives for Gold and Reputation.

Merchant Alliance Voyages[edit | edit source]

Merchant Alliance Voyages are sold by Merchant Alliance Representatives on any Outpost, which always give Crews either a single Trade Good Commission or Cargo Commission. The Trade Good Ledgers can require numerous Animals and Gunpowder Barrels to be delivered to a certain Outpost. The Cargo Commissions require Crews to pick up and deliver up to 8 Cargo Crates.

Athena's Fortune Voyages[edit | edit source]

Athena's Fortune Voyages can only be purchased by Pirate Legends who have access to the Athena's Fortune Hideout. These Voyages consist of two chapters, with the first chapter offering Players 2 X Marks the Spot Maps, 2 Riddle Maps, 2 Bounty Maps and 2 Cargo Maps. The final chapter will give players a single X Marks the Spot Map that leads them to the location of a Chest of Legends.

Mercenary Voyages[edit | edit source]

Mercenary Voyages are time-limited Voyages offered by the Bilge Rats for Doubloons to introduce Crews to specific new Mechanics or Treasure Items. These Voyages can be made up of various types of Quests and always provide Crews with Voyages that have small twists to them. The Reward of these Voyages is often Commendations, Titles and Doubloons to buy various time-limited Cosmetics.

Interactable Quest Items[edit | edit source]

There are various Interactable Items around The Sea of Thieves that provide player Crews with specific or random Quests. The Items giving out random Quests all act the same, with the main difference being the location that they appear in. Random Quests received from these Items will display a gray Bottle Logo in the Map Radial Menu.

Message in a Bottle[edit | edit source]

Messages in Bottles can be found all over The Sea of Thieves, either floating among Barrels of Plenty, Skeleton Ships or beached on the shorelines of Islands or Forts. When picked up, the Bottle will disappear and give player Crews one of the following Quests: X Marks the Spot Map, Riddle Map, Bounty Map, Merchant Map or Cargo Map. These Maps can also appear as Ashen Quests, leading players to The Devil's Roar.

Tattered Parchment[edit | edit source]

The Tattered Parchment can be a random find from any Barrel around The Sea of Thieves. When picked up, the Parchment will give player Crews one of the following Quests: X Marks the Spot Map, Riddle Map, Bounty Map, Merchant Map or Cargo Map. These Maps can also appear as Ashen Quests, leading players to The Devil's Roar.

Mysterious Journal[edit | edit source]

Mysterious Journals can be found as physical books on Large Islands, either on top of Barrels or other surfaces, or lying on Rocks or in Sand. These Journals can appear with random text inside, or as named Journals with lyrics to the Shanties of Sea of Thieves. Once the text inside is exhausted, the Journal will give player Crews one of the following Quests: X Marks the Spot Map, Riddle Map, Bounty Map, Merchant Map or Cargo Map. These Maps can also appear as Ashen Quests, leading players to The Devil's Roar. These Journals will not disappear after they have been interacted with, however they will not give Crews additional Quests.

Skeleton's Orders[edit | edit source]

Skeleton's Orders are dropped by Emergent Skeleton Captains or Skeleton Lords of active Skeleton Forts. When picked up, Skeleton's Orders will give players an X Marks the Spot Map with an unique gray letter logo. These Maps lead Players to various high-value Treasure Items.

Ashen Guardian's Notes[edit | edit source]

Ashen Guardian's Notes are dropped by Ashen Guardian Skeleton Captains and give Crews either a Riddle Map (from Emergent Captains) or an X Marks the Spot Map (From Skeleton Fort Captains), which reveal the location of a single Ashen Chest.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Some Quests can be acquired as Ashen versions of regular Quests, distinguished by their reddish tones on the Map Radial Menu. These Quests take players to The Devil's Roar to receive Ashen version of regular Treasure.
  • Trade Good Ledgers requesting Resource Crates can only be acquired from Interactable Quest Items.
  • There is currently no known limit to how many Quests a single Crew can hold, however each Map Radial Menu page can show up to 8 Quests at one time.