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Capstan
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The Capstan is a Ship component and Ship Customization Item in Sea of Thieves. It is a horizontally-mounted wheel used to raise and lower a Ship's Anchor. Its variants are purchased at a Shipwright and equipped via a Ship Customization Chest.

Mechanics[]

The Capstan is used to either drop or raise a Ship's Anchor, allowing the vessel to move. The anchor can be dropped instantly, but raising the anchor requires more time and manpower. The anchor will not activate until the crank is complete. It is possible to catch the Capstan while it's going down, allowing the player to hold it right before it engages for a quickly timed stop. The Capstan can be held in place by a player while it is being raised as well. Holding on to an activated Capstan is called "prepping the anchor" to fine-tune when a Capstan is fully raised or lowered. A dropped anchor stops a ship from moving, however it is still possible to move an anchored ship with harpoon pulls or from Gunpowder Barrel explosions. The ship will not immediately halt once the anchor is lowered, if the Wheel is significantly angled, the ship can turn around with it's remaining momentum.

Larger ships have heavier anchors that require more manpower to raise. Each peg of the capstan can be grabbed by a player: A Sloop's capstan has two pegs, a Brigantine's capstan has three pegs and a Galleon's capstan has four pegs.

The Capstan can be damaged with a Cannonball, making it lose one peg. A Chainshot or Gunpowder Barrel explosion destroys all of its pegs. The pegs can be repaired with Planks.

Trivia[]

  • There is no visible Anchor shown below an anchored ship.
  • The capstan on the Sloop is not centred.

Variants[]

The following are all the available Cosmetic Capstan Variants in Sea of Thieves:

  • Total Cost: 8,791,375 Gold  240 Doubloons  10,470 Ancient Coins
Image Name Source Cost Rep Set In-game description
Ancestral Capstan.png
Ancestral Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Ancestral "A capstan as stout and sturdy as the great Spirit Tree in the ancestral forest of legend."
Aristocrat Capstan.png
Aristocrat Capstan Shipwright Shop 50 Doubloons n/a Aristocrat "Form and function come together in the most unlikely of places."
Barrel Bombardier Capstan.png
Barrel Bombardier Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Barrel Bombardier "Don't panic - the clunks of this volatile capstan are not a countdown to an explosion. At least, we hope they aren't..."
Beachcomber's Bounty Capstan.png
Beachcomber's Bounty Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Beachcomber's Bounty "This tropical capstan is built from the remains of an older capstan, destroyed during a humongous storm. Is it still the same capstan?"
Bear & Bird Capstan.png
Bear & Bird Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Bear & Bird "A capstan so delightful you'll never want to stop and swap it for another one."
Blighted Capstan.png
Blighted Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Blighted "Well, they do say that many hands make light work..."
Boreal Aurora Capstan.png
Boreal Aurora Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Boreal Aurora "Aurora borealis?! At this time of day, in this part of the sea, localised entirely within your capstan?"
Capstan of Candles.png
Capstan of Candles Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Standalone Cosmetics "Is this a macabre tribute to the Ferry of the Damned, or just an ingenious way to find the anchor in the dark?"
Capstan of the Wailing Barnacle.png
Capstan of the Wailing Barnacle Duke 40 Doubloons n/a Wailing Barnacle "A fine, nautical capstan - though its last ship still languishes on the ocean floor."
Crimson Crypt Capstan.png
Crimson Crypt Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Crimson Crypt "Raising anchor with this gothic capstan ought to be accompanied by a pipe organ and a peal of bells."
Cursed Ferryman Capstan.png
Cursed Ferryman Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Cursed Ferryman "An gloomy capstan topped with a bearded visage - or are those tentacles? Hmm…"
Cutthroat Capstan.png
Cutthroat Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Cutthroat "Drop anchor swiftly to execute sharp turns, perfectly in tune with your instinct for battle."
Dark Warsmith Capstan.png
Dark Warsmith Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Dark Warsmith "It is said that only the true Dark Warsmith can pull the sword from this capstan..."
Duke Capstan.png
Duke Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Duke "This capstan is always ready to raise anchor and let the games begin."
Elemental Power Capstan.png
Elemental Power Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Elemental Power "Keep your ship anchored fast and true with a capstan that seems to master the elements."
Eternal Freedom Capstan.png
Eternal Freedom Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Eternal Freedom "Until you've raised the anchor, true pirate freedom will remain purely hypothetical."
Fightin' Frogs Capstan.png
Fightin' Frogs Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Fightin' Frogs "This capstan's frog ornaments look real enough to give you a nasty rash."
Forsaken Ashes Capstan.png
Forsaken Ashes Capstan Shipwright Shop 50 Doubloons n/a Forsaken Ashes "The most important part of the ship, when you realise you just dropped anchor in superheated water."
Frozen Horizon Capstan.png
Frozen Horizon Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Frozen Horizon "Raise the anchor nice and quickly using this chilly capstan, or your fingers might go numb."
Gilded Phoenix Capstan.png
Gilded Phoenix Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Gilded Phoenix "Just as a phoenix rises from the ashes, so too will your anchor rise from the sea bed!"
Golden Nile Capstan.png
Golden Nile Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Golden Nile "Raise anchor and prepare to glide across the water like the pirate predator you were born to be."
Huntress Capstan.png
Huntress Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Huntress "This capstan bears the name of the shipwright; a person or Trading Company called ‘Carrington’."
Islehopper Outlaw Capstan.png
Islehopper Outlaw Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Islehopper Outlaw "Those are load-bearing curlasses embedded in this rickety capstan. Pull hard enough, and the whole ship may fall apart."
Jack O' Looter Capstan.png
Jack O' Looter Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Jack O' Looter "Raising the anchor and setting sail for thievery needn't be restricted to a particular time of year."
Lionfish Capstan.png
Lionfish Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Lionfish "Elbows in when turning this elegant capstan - we can't guarantee those barbs aren't venomous."
Lodestar Capstan.png
Lodestar Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Lodestar "Look to the stars of this mesmerising capstan - they say: ’watch out for that giant rock up ahead’."
Lunar Festival Capstan.png
Lunar Festival Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Lunar Festival "A classy capstan to raise not just your anchor but the standard of your entire deck."
Magpie's Glory Capstan.png
Magpie's Glory Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Legendary Spirit "The capstan of a ludicrously opulent ship, once commissioned by the Pirate Lord."
Masked Renegade Capstan.png
Masked Renegade Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Masked Renegade "Reapers often prefer to keep their anchor raised, leaving the capstan disused and dusty."
Mayhem Capstan.png
Mayhem Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Mayhem "You'd swear that the clunks of this capstan sound like 'wub-wub-wub'."
Mercenary Capstan.png
Mercenary Capstan Duke 50 Doubloons Seeking Stolen Power commendation Mercenary "A steel anchor weighs heavy on this capstan, yet nothing weighs on your conscience."
Merchant Ambassador Capstan.png
Merchant Ambassador Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Merchant Ambassador "The spinning pegs of a capstan are like a ticking clock counting against your cargo."
Mutinous Fist Capstan.png
Mutinous Fist Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Mutinous Fist "The rebels who made this capstan have a rule: everybody pushes, or nobody pushes."
Night Wulf Capstan.png
Night Wulf Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Night Wulf "You'll need to raise anchor rapidly should the Wulf come calling. Flight is your only option!"
Obsidian Capstan.png
Obsidian Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Black Dog "Proud, ornate and somewhat threatening, this capstan belongs on a vessel of ill repute."
Omen Capstan.png
Omen Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Omen "Turn the cogs of this stout machine to raise anchor and fly like a phoenix into battle!"
Paradise Garden Capstan.png
Paradise Garden Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Paradise Garden "May your ship be blessed by the aura of this legendary, cute and slightly scary bush beastie."
Prehistoric Plunderer Capstan.png
Prehistoric Plunderer Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Prehistoric Plunderer "The bones embedded in this ossified capstan make it look like a drill. Let's hope it doesn't bore a hole in the deck."
Relic of Darkness Capstan.png
Relic of Darkness Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Relic of Darkness "Mystical foresight won't help you raise the anchor, only old-fashioned brute force."
Revenge of the Silver Blade Capstan.png
Revenge of the Silver Blade Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
Pearl in the Dark commendation Revenge of the Silver Blade "The Silver Blade has dropped her anchor for the last time. Make use of this aboard your own ship instead."
Rogue Tinkerer Capstan.png
Rogue Tinkerer Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Rogue Tinkerer "Working the capstan should be child's play for any pirate with a mind full of cogs and levers."
Royal Revenge Capstan.png
Royal Revenge Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Royal Revenge "The crew for another pair of hands to help with the capstan. This probably wasn’t what they had in mind."
Royal Sea Squirrel Capstan.png
Royal Sea Squirrel Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Royal Sea Squirrel "Spins around as easily as a leaping squirrel's tail, according to dubious drunken sightings."
Ruby Splashtail Capstan.png
Ruby Splashtail Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Ruby Splashtail "Pirates push their capstans harder when forced to look at yet another Splashtail."
Sailor Capstan.png
Sailor Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Sailor "Your basic capstan, three previous owners, 2,000 nautical miles travelled."
Sapphire Blade Capstan.png
Sapphire Blade Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Sapphire Blade "A reliable anchor is vital when sailing into unknown waters, in case you need to change your mind!"
Sea of Sands Capstan.png
Sea of Sands Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Sea of Sands "The sands of time slip by with each clunk of this capstan, so make haste to your next adventure!"
Shining Pegasus Capstan.png
Shining Pegasus Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Shining Pegasus "Pushing this weighty capstan of marble and gold feels like undergoing 12 labours..."
Shrouded Ghost Hunter Capstan.png
Shrouded Ghost Hunter Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Shrouded Ghost Hunter "A vicious capstan that is best used on a ship with a very tidy, dry, slip-free deck."
Silver Blade Capstan.png
Silver Blade Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Silver Blade "A reliable anchor is vital when sailing into unknown water, in case you need to change your mind!"
Soulflame Capstan.png
Soulflame Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Soulflame "This capstan is topped with ethereal fire. Try not to singe yourself when raising the anchor."
Spartan Capstan.png
Spartan Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Spartan "A well-oiled machine, not unlike the crew of fearless fighters that use it."
Spring Blossom Capstan.png
Spring Blossom Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Spring Blossom "Even in rough weather and choppy seas, the pond atop this sacred capstan remains tranquil."
Trapmaker's Capstan.png
Trapmaker's Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
The Trickster's Folly commendation Standalone Cosmetics "This capstan was crafted by a notorious trapmaker. Do you really want to keep winding this thing?!"
Tribute Peak Capstan.png
Tribute Peak Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Tribute Peak "Get the anchor raised and don't dawdle - time, as they say, is money…"
Twilight Hunter Capstan.png
Twilight Hunter Capstan Ship Customisation Chest
n/a
n/a Twilight Hunter "When this capstan raises your anchor, you know the hunt has begun."
Wild Rose Capstan.png
Wild Rose Capstan Shipwright Shop 50 Doubloons n/a Wild Rose "Could this ruby-red capstan result in love at first wind for the pirates who turn it?"
Wrecker Wrangler Capstan.png
Wrecker Wrangler Capstan Pirate Emporium 349 Ancient Coins n/a Wrecker Wrangler "If the anchor hits a Wrecker on the way down, great misfortune will befall you. If it's a Splashtail, don't worry."
The Killer Whale Capstan.png
The Killer Whale Capstan The Hunter's Call 2,800 Gold
35 35
The Killer Whale "Based on the capstan that went down with The Killer Whale, let's hope this one is luckier."
Admiral Capstan.png
Admiral Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold
10 10
Admiral "A tidy, sturdy capstan that you'd find on a nice, proper vessel."
Bilge Rat Capstan.png
Bilge Rat Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold n/a Bilge Rat "This capstan is sturdier than it looks, but the splinters are a nightmare."
Castaway Bilge Rat Capstan.png
Castaway Bilge Rat Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold n/a Castaway Bilge Rat "This capstan is sturdier than it looks, but the splinters are a nightmare."
Ceremonial Admiral Capstan.png
Ceremonial Admiral Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold
10 10
Ceremonial Admiral "A tidy, sturdy capstan that you'd find on a nice, proper vessel."
Grand Admiral Capstan.png
Grand Admiral Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold
10 10
Grand Admiral "A tidy, sturdy capstan that you'd find on a nice, proper vessel."
Hunter Capstan.png
Hunter Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold n/a Hunter "When this capstan raises your anchor, you know the hunt has begun."
Imperial Sovereign Capstan.png
Imperial Sovereign Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold
10 10
Imperial Sovereign "If one absolutely must manually wind one's anchor, let one do it in luxurious style."
Rogue Sea Dog Capstan.png
Rogue Sea Dog Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold
10 10
Rogue Sea Dog "More travelled than your usual capstan, built to withstand the trials of the Sea of Thieves!"
Royal Sovereign Capstan.png
Royal Sovereign Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold
10 10
Royal Sovereign "If one absolutely must manually wind one's anchor, let one do it in luxurious style."
Ruffian Sea Dog Capstan.png
Ruffian Sea Dog Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold
10 10
Ruffian Sea Dog "More travelled than your usual capstan, built to withstand the trials of the Sea of Thieves!"
Sea Dog Capstan.png
Sea Dog Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold
10 10
Sea Dog "More travelled than your usual capstan, built to withstand the trials of the Sea of Thieves!"
Shark Hunter Capstan.png
Shark Hunter Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold n/a Shark Hunter "Unwind this when the hunt is over and you have a Megalodon meat feast to cook!"
Sovereign Capstan.png
Sovereign Capstan Shipwright Shop 49,000 Gold
10 10
Sovereign "If one absolutely must manually wind one's anchor, let one do it in luxurious style."
Azure Ocean Crawler Capstan.png
Azure Ocean Crawler Capstan Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold Hunter of Trophy Fish commendation Azure Ocean Crawler "Try not to get seasick while turning this oceanic capstan!"
Bone Crusher Capstan.png
Bone Crusher Capstan Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold Golden Skeleton Captain commendation Bone Crusher "This creepy capstan raises the anchor as fast as your sword drops skeletons!"
Glorious Sea Dog Capstan.png
Glorious Sea Dog Capstan Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold
20 20
Glorious Sea Dog "This smart-looking capstan befits a crew of disciplined, brave fighters... but it's yours now!"
Gold Hoarders Capstan.png
Gold Hoarders Capstan Gold Hoarders 69,550 Gold
55 55
Gold Hoarders "This capstan is plated with a fine gold, so calming to the touch."
Kraken Capstan.png
Kraken Capstan Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold Kraken Hunter commendation Kraken "A capstan as pointy and dangerous as the Kraken itself!"
Legendary Capstan.png
Legendary Capstan Athena's Fortune Shipwright 69,550 Gold
150150
Sailor of Athena's Fortune commendation
Legendary "When the anchor must be quickly raised, this legendary capstan will be praised."
Merchant Alliance Capstan.png
Merchant Alliance Capstan Merchant Alliance 69,550 Gold
55 55
Merchant Alliance "Daily capstan oiling will ensure that our clients are served without delays."
Ocean Crawler Capstan.png
Ocean Crawler Capstan Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold Hoarder of Sapphire Mermaid Gems commendation Ocean Crawler "Try not to get seasick while turning this oceanic capstan!"
Order of Souls Capstan.png
Order of Souls Capstan Order of Souls 69,550 Gold
55 55
Order of Souls "This capstan creaks like the bones of the dead returning to life..."
Parrot Capstan.png
Parrot Capstan Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold n/a Parrot "You'll soon be dancing the conga as you wind in your anchor."
Party Boat Capstan.png
Party Boat Capstan Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold Master Cartographer commendation Party Boat "Never mind weighing anchor - you'll need to weigh yourself after so much delicious food!"
Reaper's Bones Capstan.png
Reaper's Bones Capstan Reaper's Bones 69,550 Gold
60 60
Reaper’s Bones "A heavy capstan, but the labour will make you stronger."
Triumphant Sea Dog Capstan.png
Triumphant Sea Dog Capstan Shipwright Shop 69,550 Gold Sea Dog Captain commendation Triumphant Sea Dog "This smart-looking capstan befits a crew of disciplined, brave fighters... but it's yours now!"
Capstan of the Ashen Dragon.png
Capstan of the Ashen Dragon Shipwright Shop 69,950 Gold Tome of Resurrection III commendation Ashen Dragon "Flaming hot to the touch, this capstan really encourages the crew to wind faster."
Deep Ocean Crawler Capstan.png
Deep Ocean Crawler Capstan Shipwright Shop 110,250 Gold n/a Deep Ocean Crawler "Try not to get seasick while turning this oceanic capstan!"
Fearless Bone Crusher Capstan.png
Fearless Bone Crusher Capstan Shipwright Shop 110,250 Gold Master Of Cursed Iron commendation Fearless Bone Crusher "This creepy capstan raises the anchor as fast as your sword drops skeletons!"
Inky Kraken Capstan.png
Inky Kraken Capstan Shipwright Shop 110,250 Gold n/a Inky Kraken "A capstan as pointy and dangerous as the Kraken itself!"
Nightshine Parrot Capstan.png
Nightshine Parrot Capstan Shipwright Shop 110,250 Gold n/a Nightshine Parrot "You'll soon be dancing the conga as you wind in your anchor."
Capstan of Sunken Sorrow.png
Capstan of Sunken Sorrow Shipwright Shop 139,100 Gold Marauder of the Sunken Kingdom commendation Sunken Sorrow "Sorrow is inevitable if you fail to drop the anchor as you approach an island."
Scurvy Bilge Rat Capstan.png
Scurvy Bilge Rat Capstan Shipwright Shop 140,000 Gold n/a Scurvy Bilge Rat "This capstan is sturdier than it looks, but the splinters are a nightmare."
Capstan of the Silent Barnacle.png
Capstan of the Silent Barnacle Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold Hoarder of Barnacled Gold commendation The Silent Barnacle "A fine, nautical capstan - though its last ship still languishes on the ocean floor."
Cultured Aristocrat Capstan.png
Cultured Aristocrat Capstan Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold The Curse Of The Pacifists Demise commendation Cultured Aristocrat "Form and function come together in the most unlikely of places."
Dawn Hunter Capstan.png
Dawn Hunter Capstan Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold Plundered Prizes commendation Dawn Hunter "When this capstan raises your anchor, you know the hunt has begun."
Eastern Winds Jade Capstan.png
Eastern Winds Jade Capstan Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold n/a Eastern Winds Jade "Look lively when manning this jewel-encrusted capstan - unless you like your anchor raising to drag on."
Scorched Forsaken Ashes Capstan.png
Scorched Forsaken Ashes Capstan Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold Warsmith of the Flame commendation Scorched Forsaken Ashes "The most important part of the ship, when you realise you just dropped anchor in superheated water."
Sunshine Parrot Capstan.png
Sunshine Parrot Capstan Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold Legends of the Sea II commendation Sunshine Parrot "You'll soon be dancing the conga as you wind in your anchor."
Thriving Wild Rose Capstan.png
Thriving Wild Rose Capstan Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold Always Yours commendation Thriving Wild Rose "Could this violet capstan result in love at first wind for the pirates who turn it?"
Venomous Kraken Capstan.png
Venomous Kraken Capstan Shipwright Shop 165,375 Gold Legendary Kraken Hunter commendation Venomous Kraken "A capstan as pointy and dangerous as the Kraken itself!"
Ghost Capstan.png
Ghost Capstan Athena's Fortune Shipwright 500,000 Gold
150150
Collector of Legendary Skulls titleCollector of Legendary Villainous Skulls title
Ghost "This spooky capstan looks like it could raise the dead as well as the anchor!"
Veil of the Ancients Capstan.png
Veil of the Ancients Capstan Athena's Fortune Shipwright 500,000 Gold
150150
25 25
Veil of the Ancients "A sturdy capstan topped off by an eternally burning flame. Don't scorch your fingers!"
Dark Adventurers Capstan.png
Dark Adventurers Capstan Athena's Fortune Shipwright 4,134,375 Gold
150150
Dark Adventurers "Weigh anchor - carefully - with this intimidating but potentially hazardous capstan."

Patch history[]

  • 2.6.0
    • A range of capstans have been updated to fix incorrectly rotated pegs when equipped on a Sloop.
  • 1.1.2
    • Players will no longer continue to endlessly hear the capstan audio upon visiting the Ferry.
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