Megalodon

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Megalodon
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Details
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 the main feature to The Hungering Deep Bilge Rat Adventure. Additional species were added 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 Meg appears out of the deep sea behind the Ship and starts swimming closely until the Ship sails out of its hunting grounds or the Meg 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, the 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.

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The Hungering One
Blue variant with green eyes, and sometimes light-blue fin.
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The Crested Queen
Dark purple variant with purple fin and eyes.
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The Shadowmaw
Dark grey variant with red fin, and orange eyes.
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The Ancient Terror
Golden-green variant with yellow fin and eyes.
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The Shrouded Ghost (Extremely rare)
Pale white-gray variant with peach fin and eyes. Note: Despite its name, it can be encountered just about anywhere on the open sea.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Upon defeat, Megalodons drop:

Previous Events[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Megalodon 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 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.
  • As with the Kraken, Megalodons drop 1 to 5 random items from all the available treasure pools with the exception of the Chest of Legends, Gunpowder Barrels and Box of Wondrous Secrets. They have a high chance to drop Skeleton level items like the Skeleton Captain's Chest and the Skeleton Captain's Skull. Upon death, the Megalodon will also leave behind 3-5 pieces of Megalodon meat, which can be cooked and then sold to The Hunter's Call.
  • A Megalodon's bite does as much damage as a shark bite, and knocks the player back.
  • 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]

Patch History[edit | edit source]

2.0.14
  • Defeating emergent threats such as Megalodon will now result in higher-value loot drops.
1.4.0
  • Adding Megalodon varieties: the Hungering One, the Crested Queen, Shadowmaw, Ancient Terror, and the Shrouded Ghost.
  • Added rewards for defeating Megalodons.
1.1.2
  • Removed The Hungering One.
1.1.0
  • Introduced The Hungering One as a special event raid encounter.