Sea of ​​Thieves Beginner’s Guide – Polygon | Gmx Pharm

Your first hours in Sea of ​​Thieves will be confusing. It’s kind of designed that way, but rather than throw you overboard we thought we’d walk you through some of the basics to get you sailing the high seas as quickly as possible.

In this guide, we’ll teach you quests, things to do before you set sail, tricks for navigating the high seas, and some tips for landlubbers.

How to start a search

inquiries Sea of ​​Thieves is super important and surprisingly complicated for grok. The Basics: You must accept a quest – a journey Sea of ​​Thieves Speech – from one of the three trading company representatives on your starting island, take it to your ship, put the quest on your captain’s table and vote on it (with your crew if you have one) before you can start.

For a more detailed explanation of how questing works and the differences between trading companies — the gold hoarderthe Order of Souls and the Merchant Alliance – Check out our full Sea of ​​Thieves search guide.

Prepare before you set sail

A loaded cannon. (Recognizable by the fuse.)
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A prepared pirate is a happy pirate. And a slightly more durable pirate. Take a few seconds to prepare before you do anything Sea of ​​Thieves will save you a lot of frustration and help you deal with loot-threatening situations later.

Do at least these three things to prepare:

  • Obtain supplies from shore. Each ship is fully stocked with barrels full of supplies such as boards, cannonballs and bananasbut you will eat (literally and awkwardly, in the case of bananas) quickly through this offer. There are barrels scattered around each outpost, abandoned barrels on islands, and even some just floating in the sea. Raid them to maintain your supplies. Just make sure you fill up the kegs on your ship and not just take from them.
  • Keep your guns loaded. Even if you don’t intend to fight, there’s always a risk of encountering another group of enemy players or sneaking into a skeleton-infested fortress. When a battle ensues, loading the cannons takes time – especially for the big galleons. Before even leaving an outpost, load and prime your cannons for use. (You can tell if a cannon is loaded by a wick sticking out of the rear opening.)
  • Make sure you have stables (or cages) before leaving an outpost. This only applies to Merchant Alliance quests, but there’s nothing worse than finding the chicken you need and realizing you have no way of collecting it. After accepting a Merchant Alliance quest, speak to the Merchant Merchant again to get a Stable or Cage.

Learn to sail like a pro

You will spend most of your time in it Sea the thieves Sailing from one place to another. We have a separate guide and video to explain sailing, but there are still a few beginner tips worth repeating.

  • Many hands make light work. Several pirates can work on anchors and sails (on the galleons) at the same time, drastically reducing the time it takes to do everything. If two people hoist, lower or trim the sails, it goes much faster.
  • Keep your compass handy, even if you don’t steer. When you’re looking for rocks up in the bow, or just trying to keep the sails in the wind, it helps to know which direction you’re steering and where your ultimate goal is. You can plan ahead to get the most out of the wind if you point it in the right direction.
  • The quickest path isn’t always a straight line. You don’t have to understand the intricacies of tacking – sailing sideways to progress upwind – to know that there is a significant difference in speed when you’re sailing at an angle to the wind or sailing straight into it. If you’re trying to get to an island upwind of you, it can make sense to catch the wind – even if it’s not a direct route to your goal. You can turn around to end the journey.
  • Storms are bad. Storms at sea create powerful winds that could shorten your travel time, but they also create some huge waves (and your compass and steering wheel go haywire). All that speed and rough water can damage your ship. Take storms slowly instead of trying to push through them. Do not use full sails. Navigate with your map instead of the (currently) useless compass, salvage the lower decks and watch out for damage.
  • Think about where you park. It’s tempting (and easier) to just drop anchor as you approach an island, but sometimes it makes more sense to make sure you’re on the right side. Carrying a chicken coop back and forth across an island is real agony – especially since you can’t run – and exposes you to attacks from snakes and skeletons. The same goes for selling your loot at an outpost. Be careful where you park and you’ll save yourself some frustration later.

Tips for countrylubbers

Life on the open sea is great and all, but sometimes you just have to go ashore. Here are some tips on how to make the most of it Sea of ​​Thieves.

  • Stick together and watch your compass. Losing track of your crew when you land on an island is as frustrating as it is easy. Talk to your crew and check your compass often so you can tell them where you are.
  • messages in bottles. Keep an eye on the beaches of every island you visit or even pass by. You might see a sparkling object in the sand. These are messages in a bottle. These maps and puzzles will lead you to buried treasure. They’re usually worth the time you have to put in because you get a reward when you sell the loot.

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