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Content Updates in Sea of Thieves come with time-limited events and Cosmetics, often introducing new game mechanics into the game. The Content Updates can be grouped into several types. Major Content Updates introduce a larger variety of changes to the game and are often based around new Lore focused events. The Bilge Rat Adventures and Mercenary Voyages are smaller, semi-regular events focused around unique activities or voyages, and introduce smaller changes and additions.

The Hungering Deep[]

Main article: The Hungering Deep

Duration: May 29 – June 13, 2018

Launching with the 1.1.0 Patch, this Update introduced the first Bilge Rats Campaign that had players following riddles and rumours to piece together what happened to 'Merry' Merrick, the proud owner of a pair of matching peg legs. The Hungering Deep update introduced the Drum, Speaking Trumpet and Flags to the game as well as Tattoos and Scars (for looking good while shouting at other pirates)! This update also introduced the original Megalodon who had to be taken on by at least 5 people.

Skeleton Thrones[]

Main article: Skeleton Thrones

Duration: June 13 – June 28, 2018

The 1.1.2 Patch brought along with it the Skeleton Thrones Bilge Rat Adventure, which introduced 10 Hidden Skeleton Thrones to the Sea of Thieves. Sitting on the Chairs allowed players to unlock Event related Commendations, Titles and the newly added Bilge Rat Doubloons, which they could spend on limited time Cosmetics or for exchanging it for Gold or Reputation.

Gunpowder Skeletons[]

Duration: June 28 – July 11, 2018

Gunpowder Skeletons introduced a new, explosive feature, Gunpowder Skeletons. The new Bilge Rat Adventure allows players to earn doubloons and commendations relating to the new skeleton type, blowing up large groups of skeletons. This update had the time-limited Bone Crusher Set weapons for purchase.

The Sunken Curse[]

Main article: The Sunken Curse

Duration: July 11 - July 26, 2018

Rumours of artefacts beneath the waves are being whispered across the Outposts, and as usual the Bilge Rats already know all about it!

Cursed Sails[]

Main article: Cursed Sails

Duration: July 31 – August 30, 2018

A story driven time-limited campaign putting players up against a new emergent threat: Skeleton Ships.

There’s panic at the Outposts as banners are appearing throughout the three regions of the Sea of Thieves – banners that are calling you out! Every pirate worth their salt is being challenged to battle at sea, as the dead make war on the living in grim galleons that wield curses against the unwary. Want more ways to meet the foe? The new Brigantine vessel lets three-person crews join the fray, or you can now form Alliances to share voyages, gold and experience rewards across crews. To arms, pirates!

Cursed Crews[]

Main article: Cursed Crews

Duration: August 30 – September 11, 2018

Cursed Sails’ time-limited campaign has ended, but the skeleton ships enemy threat remains, and players can now wield Cursed Cannonballs.

Forsaken Shores[]

Main article: Forsaken Shores

Duration: September 27 – October 31, 2018

Sail to Forsaken Shores, a long-lost region has been rediscovered: a perilous land known as The Devil’s Roar. Crew up and go from sea dog to scout in this strange, treacherous place where the world itself is your enemy. Stand fearlessly before The Devil's Roar as it becomes a permanent new part of your adventure!

Festival of the Damned[]

Duration: October 31 – November 28, 2018

Season appropriate time-limited event adding Beacons and Flames of Fate that can be obtained from Well of Fate on Ferry of the Damned.

Shrouded Spoils[]

Main article: Shrouded Spoils

Duration: November 28, 2018 – January 2, 2019

As a treacherous fog engulfs the waters, pirates can enjoy a variety of new features and improvements in Shrouded Spoils, the next free update for Sea of Thieves. Fresh hazards threaten unwary ships, but there are more riches to earn and more ways to build your legend. Greater risks bring greater rewards! Do you dare to discover what’s new on the seas?

Mercenary Voyage of the Rum-Runner[]

Duration: February 6 – March 6, 2019

This was the start of the new bilge rat voyages known as the Mercenary Voyages, this voyage made you do work for the 3 companies and finally head to Thieves Haven to dig up 3 Chests of a Thousand Grogs.

Reaper's Run of Wanderer's Refuge[]

Duration: March 6 – March 20, 2019

The first of the two reaper runs, this voyage took you to mainly Wanderer's Refuge to dig up a fortune of captains's chests. But beware... Other players would be looking for loot to steal and to get the title you need to have the reaper's mark up. Do you dare brave the reaper?

Reaper's Run of Shipwreck Bay[]

Duration: March 20 – March 30, 2019

The Anniversary Update[]

Main article: Anniversary Update

Released on April 30, 2019

The Anniversary Update introduced The Arena, Fishing and Tall Tales a set of permenant story-driven quests for everyone who seeks to conquer the Shores of Gold.

Black Powder Stashes[]

Main article: Black Powder Stashes

Duration: July 17 – August 14, 2019

Dark Relics[]

Duration: August 14, 2019 – September 11, 2019

Smuggler's Fortune[]

Main article: Smuggler’s Fortune

Duration: September 11 - October 16, 2019

Fort of the Damned[]

Duration: October 16, 2019 - November 20, 2019

The Fort of the Damned Content Update introduced the highly lucrative, but difficult Fort of the Damned Raid Event to Sea of Thieves.

The Seabound Soul[]

Duration: November 20, 2019 - December 11th, 2019

The Seabound Soul Content Update brought along with it The Seabound Soul Tall Tale, the Ashen Treasures Bilge Rat Adventures & Mercenary Voyages and the introduction of Fire to Sea of Thieves.

Festival of Giving[]

Main article: Festival of Giving

Duration: December 11th, 2019 - January 15th, 2020

Introducing The Reaper’s Hideout, deliverable Gifts, the introductory Maiden Voyage and a Skeleton Fort overhaul.

Legends of the Sea[]

Duration: January 15th, 2020 - February 19th, 2020

Crews of Rage[]

Duration: February 19th, 2020 - March 12th, 2020

The Crews of Rage Content Update introduced the Chest of Rage, the Pirate Appearance Potion and improved the Molten Sands Fortress.

Heart of Fire[]

Duration: March 12th, 2020 - April 22nd, 2020

The Heart of Fire Content Update introduced the Heart of Fire Tall Tale, Costumes, new Legendary Treasure and a permanent Mercenary Voyage for Pirate Legends.

Ships of Fortune[]

Main article: Ships of Fortune

Duration: April 22nd, 2020 - May 27th, 2020.

Ships of Fortune is a spiritual successor to the Anniversary Update, introducing major changes to the game such as increased Trading Company ranks, new Trading Company cosmetics, an Emissary system, player reviving, a complete overhaul to the Arena game mode, and the addition of a new Pet species: Cats.

Lost Treasures[]

Main article: Lost Treasures

Duration: May 27th, 2020 - June 17th, 2020

Lost Treasures is a minor Content Update introducing a handful of Quality of Life features, bugfixes, new Events and Cosmetics.

Haunted Shores[]

Main article: Haunted Shores

Duration: June 17th - July 29th, 2020

Haunted Shores introduces the new Ghost Ship World Event and Voyages, as well as a number of new Shanties.

Ashen Winds[]

Main article: Ashen Winds

Duration: July 29th - September 9th, 2020

Ashen Winds introduced the Ashen Winds World Event, Ashen Lords and the Ashen Winds Skull to the game.

Vaults of the Ancients[]

Duration: September 9th - October 28th, 2020

Vaults of the Ancients introduced a new Gold Hoarders Voyage as well as a new pet species to the Pirate Emporium: Dogs.

Fate of the Damned[]

Main article: Fate of the Damned

Duration: October 28th - December 9th, 2020

Fate of the Damned marked the availability of the Soulflame Cosmetics. It also had new emporium stock during November 2020.

Festival of Giving (2020)[]

Duration: December 9th, 2020 - January 2021

Festival of Giving introduced several time-limited Events, new ice-themed cosmetics available through Twitch Drops and the Pirate Emporium, and the new Cannon Flares cosmetic items available at the Shipwright Shop. The time-limited events were: 12 Deeds of Giving, available up until 20th January, awarding the Eastern Winds Jade Set equipment. Plundered Presents, available until 30th December, awarded new Gold Hoarders Set equipment items. Grogmanay, available from 30th December to 20th January 2021, awarded an Order of Souls Bucket, Frostbite Cannon and Paradise Garden Cannon Flare upon completing its challenges.


Season One[]

Main article: Season One

Duration: January 28th – April 14th, 2021

Season One introduced the concept of Seasons. Season One has 100 tiers of different rewards to work your way through. Season One introduced Lost Shipment voyages, and added the Dark Adventurers Set for Pirate Legends. Champion of Souls, Festival of Fishing, and Vault Raiders were the time-limited events in Season One.

Season Two[]

Main article: Season Two

Duration: April 15th – June 22nd, 2021

Season Two added Fort of Fortune and introduced Commodities system.

Season Three[]

Main article: Season Three

Duration: June 22nd, 2021 - September 23rd, 2021

Season Three introduces A Pirate's Life, five new Tall Tales based on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean.

Season Four[]

Main article: Season Four

Duration: September 23rd, 2021 - TBA

Season Four introduced Siren Shrines and Siren Treasuries.

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