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Type Creature
Behaviour Hostile
Location Islands & Skeleton Ships

Skeletons are the most common enemy type encountered in Sea of Thieves. These cursed undead are the crewmates of Skeleton Captains and generally rise from the ground in any area these cursed Captains can be found at.

What are they?[edit | edit source]

Skeletons are undead skeletal remains of cursed Pirate Crews who eternally haunt the uninhabited Islands of The Sea of Thieves ready to take down anyone who dares disturb their rest. The power of the Skeletons rests in their rank. Regular Skeletons make up the mindless dead Crew of their relatively mindless Skeleton Captains who have still managed to retain their name and title. These Skeleton Captains are more powerful than their crewmates indicated by the strength of the curse that binds their Skull and holds both them and their crew stuck in this world. Players who decide to follow Tall Tales may encounter even more powerful Skeleton Captains who are the underlings of a Skeleton Lord and have managed to retain their memory and capability of speech. Skeleton Lords on the other hand are the most powerful of the cursed Skeletons, who have obtained greater destructive powers and a command over other cursed Skeletons.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

  • Skeletons on Islands generally spawn either alone or up to groups of 5. Skeletons cannot swim and will not follow players
  • With the exception of Gunpowder Skeletons, when land Skeletons are hit, they can choose to stay in combat, run away or eat a Banana to regain one Cutlass hit's worth of health.
  • Gunpowder Skeletons will drop their Gunpowder Barrel when killed without exploding the Barrel or when hit with a Cursed Cannonball. Alternatively, the Gunpowder Barrel can be grabbed from their hands with a Harpoon. Before the 2.0.9 Update, any barrelless Skeletons that are still alive stopped moving, attacking and lost all meaning in life, now they simply die after a Keg is pulled from their hands.
  • Skeletons can damage each other if placed within each other's attack range or line of sight. However, they will not aggro on each other.
  • If Bounty Voyage or Skeleton Fort wave skeletons are stuck, they can be reset if the whole crew leaves the Island title card range or goes to the Ferry of the Damned.

Where to find them?[edit | edit source]

Emergent Skeletons[edit | edit source]

A group of emergent Skeletons with differing arms.

The most common place to find Skeletons is as emergent spawns on any Small Islands or Large Islands. These Skeletons generally spawn in groups of 1-4 every 1-3 minutes depending on the Island's current Skeleton spawn rate. An Island's Emergent Skeleton spawn rate can be reset if the whole crew leaves the Island's title card range or is sent to the Ferry of the Damned.

Emergent Skeletons vary in difficulty depending on the Crew's active Voyage:

  • Without any Voyages, emergent Skeletons spawn with any possible Weapons. Killing a base-level Skeleton generally takes 3 Cutlass strikes, one close-range torso shot from a firearm, or one long-range shot.
  • The number, health and weaponry of skeletons generated by Bounty Voyages or Gold Hoarder Voyages scale with the level of the Voyage that spawned them, with lower level Skeletons being weaker and spawning without Weapons. Higher level Skeletons take up to 6-7 Cutlass strikes or 2-3 gunshots to kill.
  • Athena's Fortune Voyages have an increased emergent Skeleton spawn rate that can spawn in groups of up to 5-6. These Skeletons can also spawn with Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels. These Legendary Skeletons take up to 8-9 Cutlass hits or at least 3 gunshots to kill.

Bounty Skeletons[edit | edit source]

The Order of Souls issues Bounty Voyages for cursed Skeleton Captains who can be found on any Large or Small Islands. These Skeleton Captains tend to be preceded by waves of their regular version crewmates. Bounty skeletons spawn in waves of 4 and larger and usually have a single assigned type to the whole wave (see below). After all the Skeleton waves (generally between 0-6 groups of Skeletons) are defeated, the Captain will spawn. Skeleton Captains are beefier than your regular Skeletons and can spawn with any weapon apart from the Eye of Reach or Gunpowder Barrel. Bounty Quest Skeleton Captains will drop a Bounty Skull upon defeat. Ashen Bounty Skulls are dropped by Skeleton Captains in The Devil's Roar region. It takes about 6 Cutlass Combos to kill a regular Skeleton Captain.

Fort Skeletons[edit | edit source]

Large waves of Skeletons (groups of ~10) spawn on Active Skeleton Forts. Like Bounty Skeletons, the Skeletons of a single wave spawn as a specific type (see below). These Skeletons take 6-7 Cutlass hits to kill. After 10-15 waves of Fort Skeletons are defeated, the Fort Captain will spawn, who is virtually identical to a Bounty Quest Skeleton Captain, but will drop a Vault Key to open the Treasured Fortress Vault instead.

Skeleton Ship Skeletons[edit | edit source]

Skeleton Ships come with fully equipped Skeleton Crews that keep perpetually respawning once killed. Each Skeleton Ship is helmed by a Skeleton Captain. The Skeletons on top and bottom deck of a Skeleton Galleon can be of different type from each other. These Skeletons are as strong as Skeleton Fort Skeletons, spawning with any Weapons apart from Gunpowder Barrels (Skeletons on the Crow's Nest have Eye of Reach rifles to snipe players) and take about 6-7 Cutlass hits to kill. Once a Skeleton on the crew is killed, another one will spawn in its stead within seconds. The Skeletons on the Ship's Cannons come equipped with regular Cannonballs and one type of Purple and one type of Green Cursed Cannonball. The Skeletons on lower decks can use Wooden Planks to repair any holes done to the Ship's Hull, however they cannot bail water, becoming defeated once their Ship sinks.

Types of Skeletons[edit | edit source]

A Regular Skeleton Captain, wearing fancy clothes.

Emergent Skeletons usually spawn without any clothing on them. However, ordinary Skeletons that spawn during a Bounty Voyage or a Skeleton Fortress raid wear either Brown, Red, Light Blue or Purple Bandanas and Eyepatches.

Different types of Skeletons can spawn as a part of Bounty Voyages, Skeleton Fort or Skeleton Ship spawns:

Gold Skeletons[edit | edit source]

These slow, lumbering brutes are tough and made of Gold, making them resistant against the Cutlass (any combo will be interrupted). They can be killed relatively easily with firearms, but the most effective way to dispatch of Gold Skeletons is to blow them up with a Gunpowder Barrel or a Cannonball. If a Golden Skeleton comes in contact with water (be this a body of water, a Bucket of water or Rain), they will start to rust. This is indicated by them becoming drenched in water, taking on a darker hue and starting to make creaky sounds. A rusting Gold Skeleton gets slowed down to a crawl, but still retains its bulky health.

Plant Skeletons[edit | edit source]

Plant Skeletons have a plant growth sprouting from their bodies. These Skeletons themselves are a bit weaker than your regular Skeleton counterpart with Cutlass hits being more effective in tearing apart their foliage. As a counterbalance, these Skeletons will start to heal rapidly when in contact with any water (including Rain). This effect is indicated by a "sparkling" sound and glowworms that start to surround the bodies of the Skeletons.

Shadow Skeletons[edit | edit source]

Also known as "black skeletons" or "Night skeletons", these skeletons aren't any stronger than your average Skeletons during the daytime, however as night hits, they become invulnerable to any damage. As light is their weakness, you can either wait for daytime to take them down or make them vulnerable to damage for a short while by raising a lit Lantern close to them. They appear to take 33% less damage immediately after they are stunned with the lantern.

Gunpowder Skeletons[edit | edit source]

These skeletons are the most frustrating of the mix by introducing explosives. They emerge from the ground with a Gunpowder Barrel grasped in their hands and attempt to eliminate you by setting off the fuse of the barrel as they get close. Stronghold Gunpowder Barrel Skeletons can spawn as a part of Athena's Fortune Voyages. They will move a lot slower due to the weight of the larger Barrel.

Coral Skeleton[edit | edit source]

Colorful glowing skeletons that appear during Tall Tales voyages. They appear to have about as much health as normal skeletons but appear in large groups and spawn as long as the Crew is on the Island. The glow effect seems to persist only when players are within a relatively close range.

Ashen Skeleton[edit | edit source]

Skeletons glowing with burning fire that appear during some Tall Tales voyages. They appear to have about as much health as normal skeletons and do not have any additional mechanics other than being a different flavour of Skeletons.

Ancient Skeletons[edit | edit source]

With the release of the Pirate Emporium, every crew has a chance to encounter a rare Golden skeleton with its own theme song on Islands in either Adventure Mode or Arena matches. These Skeletons are blue with a bag of Ancient Coins on its back. The Skeleton will burrow back to the ground if not defeated quickly. Upon defeat, these Skeletons will reward the crew with a bundle of Ancient Coins.

Shadow of Fate Skeletons[edit | edit source]

These Shadowy Skeletons were added with the Fort of the Damned (Content Update) and only appear as a part of the Fort of the Damned Raid. Shadow of Fate skeletons are mostly identical to Shadow Skeletons and can be defeated in the same way, however they differ in that they come in 6 coloured versions, corresponding to each Flame of Fate Lantern flame colour. Shadow of Fate skeletons can appear as Blue, Green, Pink, Purple, White and Red. In order to defeat Shadows of Fate, a player needs to acquire a Lantern Flame of the same colour (all of them are present during a Fort of the Damned Raid in the main tower). and then raise the lantern by these Skeletons to make them vulnerable to damage. They have the same amount of health as regular Skeleton Fort skeletons, taking about 8 Cutlass hits, 2 Pistol shots, 2 Eye of Reach shots or a point blank Blunderbuss shot to kill.

Skeleton Captains[edit | edit source]

Elite skeletons with an authority-demanding hat. Much higher health than its lesser allies, appearing at the conclusion of bounty quests and Fortress raids. They can carry any weapon aside from a Gunpowder Barrel or Eye of Reach. Skeleton Captains match the type of their current wave, being capable of spawning as a Regular, Gold, Plant or Shadow Skeleton Captain. Skeleton Captains drop a Bounty Skull during a Bounty Quest, or a Vault Key during a Skeleton Fortress raid. As of the Fort of the Damned (Content Update), single Emergent Skeleton Captains of any type can spawn on Island shorelines. When defeated, they drop a Villainous Bounty Skull and a Skeleton’s Orders Quest that leads players to a Ritual Skull and other Treasure.

Skeleton Lords[edit | edit source]

Skeleton Lords are shrewd commanders of skeletons, once humans cursed from humanity with only pieces of past memories, but full of hatred for pirates.

Known Skeleton Lords
Captain Warsmith
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Wanda, the former Weaponsmith shopkeeper at Golden Sands Outpost, was cursed from experimenting on one of Captain Flameheart's cannons. She disliked business with pirates, and resented the outposts rejecting her cursed cannonballs. As Captain Warsmith, she captained the Sandman's Revenge during Cursed Sails.
Captain Flameheart
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Flameheart was a notorious Pirate Lord, and once a scholar who's writings are compiled in Tales from the Sea of Thieves. He and his crew were marooned after a fierce battle, and found a cursed goblet that turned them into skeletons.
The Gold Hoarder
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The pirate known as Rathbone was consumed by greed, unwittingly cursed from sitting on a golden throne in a strange cave within the Sea Of Thieves. The Gold Hoarder is a fearsome Skeleton Lord, founder of the Gold Hoarder; roaming the Shores of Gold on an endless quest for plunder, replacing parts of his decaying body with the treasures he collects.
Captain BriggsyBriggsy.png Briggsy was a legendary pirate that sought the Shores of Gold. After finding the island, she became trapped, slowing falling under the skeleton curse. She became infamous across the Sea of Thieves for being a Skeleton Lord, and desperately searched for a cure to the curse.
Graymarrow is ruthless skeleton lord that sought the Shores of Gold, binding his enemies in curses to ensure they cannot return via the Ferry of the Damned. After stealing a Shroudbreaker stone from the crew of the Morningstar, he hibernated to wait for more clues of the Shroudbreaker to appear.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Skeletons can also be found shooting Cannons at the Player's Ship from Forts or Islands.
  • Cannons or Gunpowder Barrels can be very effective against large groups of Skeletons.

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