Mechanics[edit | edit source]
The Wheel (aka the ship's Helm) is used to steer the Ship either left or right. The basic wheel layout is the same on every ship type: On the right of every Helm there is a mounted Compass that indicates the direction the ship is heading. Every Wheel has a main spoke uniquely decorated to stand out from the other spokes. This main spoke will stick straight up when the Wheel is centered, turned to the far left, or turned to the far right. When the main spoke passes over the center of the wheel, the player will hear an audible "click" and, if using a controller, a small vibration which indicates that the rudder is pointed straight forward.
The number of full rotations the wheel can perform differs by ship type. The Sloop's wheel is much quicker to turn and only goes through one full rotation to the sides. On the larger Brigantine, the Wheel requires 1,5 rotations and on the Galleon, the wheel requires 2 full rotations to reach the far left or right, making them harder to turn as the wheel requires more time to bring around. While sailing through or near a Storm, the heavy winds and large waves make the wheel turn on its own; the ship's Compass will also malfunction. Players have to fight back the pull to keep the ship straight. A similar effect also occurs when the player is drunk from Grog).
When the Ship's Sails are angled to the sides into full wind, the wind will pull the ship off course. While this does not turn the wheel, players will have to keep an eye on their heading and wind direction to maintain proper course.
When hit by Cannonballs, the wheel can become damaged with up to four spokes breaking off. This makes turning the wheel a lot slower, hindering the Ship's maneuverability. A damaged wheel can be repaired with Wooden Planks, requiring one Plank to replace each broken Spoke.
Fire can also damage the Wheel when left unattended.
Variants[edit | edit source]
The following are all the available Cosmetic Wheel Variants in Sea of Thieves:
|Aristocrat Wheel||Black Market||n/a||Aristocrat||"Other pirates should know that you're the cream of the crop. Stand proud at this jeweled wheel."|
|Bear & Bird Wheel||Pirate Emporium||n/a||Bear & Bird||"Doubles as a tribute to the Red Crested Breegull, a very rare bird indeed."|
|Cutthroat Wheel||Pirate Emporium||n/a||Cutthroat||"Steer swiftly and fearlessly into battle with this sleek wheel. It’s the way you move."|
|Elemental Power Wheel||Pirate Emporium||n/a||Elemental Power||"May this wheel always steer you towards enchanted places and away form the badlands."|
|Forsaken Ashes Wheel||Black Market||n/a||Forsaken Ashes||"This wheel will steer you through hot water, raining rocks and the treachery of greedy pirates."|
|Huntress Wheel||Pirate Emporium||n/a||Huntress||"A famed female pirate once stood at this helm, her steering as infallible as her aim."|
|Mercenary Wheel||Black Market||n/a||Mercenary||"Nicer than the average wheel, since you earn more than the average pirate. By shooting them."|
|Wailing Barnacle Wheel||Black Market||n/a||Wailing Barnacle||"A ship's wheel that has spent a bit too much time on the wrong side of the waves."|
|Obsidian Wheel||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||Black Dog||"Fitted with gleaming emeralds and painted shadow black, this wheel will take you nowhere good."|
|Sailor Wheel||n/a||n/a||Sailor||This Wheel variant is automatically provided to all players by default.|
|Silver Blade Wheel||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||Silver Blade||"A wheel destined to steer you into new realms and new adventures"|
|Spartan Wheel||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||Spartan||"Surely this battle-ready wheel could steer only the most indomitable of vessels."|
|Wild Rose Wheel||Ship Customization Chest||n/a||Wild Rose||"A wheel fashioned by Wild Rose, which surely will never veer from the path your heart's desires."|
|Hunter Wheel||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Hunter||"This wheel, as black as your soul, lets your ship turn like a circling bird of prey..."|
|The Killer Whale Wheel||The Hunter's Call||40||The Killer Whale||"The last ship to use this beautiful sea-themed wheel was very nimble. Right 'til the end..."|
|Admiral Wheel||Shipwright Shop||25||Admiral||"Behind a wheel like this is where you belong, in command, standing proud at the helm!"|
|Sea Dog Wheel||Shipwright Shop||25||Sea Dog||"This clunking, clattering wheel has a hefty feel to it that appeals to sturdy sailors."|
|Sovereign Wheel||Shipwright Shop||25||Sovereign||"A shame to subject such a finely crafted wheel to the rigours of the sea, but you have places to be."|
|Bone Crusher Wheel||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Bone Crusher||"Put the skeletons you smash to better use as a ship's wheel. They can guide you to the next battle!"|
|Glorious Sea Dog Wheel||Shipwright Shop||30||Glorious Sea Dog||"A pirate can be both devilish and dignified, with a wheel like this to lead from."|
|Kraken Wheel||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Kraken||"This wheel always seems to steer you towards clashes with epic sea beasties..."|
|Legendary Wheel||Shipwright Shop||Legendary||"A true pirate legend must look imperious, with this mighty wheel they'll know you're serious."|
|Ocean Crawler Wheel||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Ocean Crawler||"Not necessarily the most pleasant wheel to the touch, but it seems to know its way around the seas."|
|Parrot Wheel||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Parrot||"A flamboyant wheel - don't get too carried away and spin your ship into a rock!"|
|Triumphant Sea Dog Wheel||Shipwright Shop||n/a||Triumphant Sea Dog||"A pirate can be both devilish and dignified, with a wheel like this to lead from."|
|Inky Kraken Wheel||Black Market||n/a||Inky Kraken||"This wheel always seems to steer you towards clashes with epic sea beasties..."|
|Nightshine Parrot Wheel||Black Market||n/a||Nightshine Parrot||"A flamboyant wheel - don't get too carried away and spin your ship into a rock."|