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Shovel
Shovel.png
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Type Equipment
Location Equipment Chest

The Shovel is an Equipment Item in Sea of Thieves, used either for digging buried items such as Treasure or Bait, or burying almost any Treasure on an Island.

Mechanics[]

Every Player Pirate acquires a Shovel during their Maiden Voyage, which they can use at any time during their adventures on The Sea of Thieves. The Shovel can be accessed from the Equipment Radial Menu. The Cosmetic design of the Player's Shovel can be switched at Equipment Chests. These designs can be purchased from Equipment Shops and only change the visual appearance of the Shovel.

Usage[]

The Shovel has two interactions:

Dig[]

Pirates can dig with their Shovel by pressing the Primary Use button (Keyboard White Mouse Left.png/360 RT.png) with the Shovel equipt over suitable ground. A player can only dig soft ground, with any other surface making the Shovel clank back. Players can either dig up Treasure or Bait. Treasure is most often hidden on Islands, the location of which is written on Treasure Maps or Riddle Maps. Once a Player has located the buried Treasure, they will have to hit the ground and start digging. If they are at the correct spot, they will hear the distinct sound of hitting an Item underground. Depending on the Voyage, Quest and crew size it takes a different amount of digs to dig up a single Treasure item.

Players have a chance to dig up Bait when hitting soft ground with their Shovel. Digging at the Water Shoreline will give players Leeches, digging in Sand will give players Grubs and digging in Grass gives players Earthworms.

Bury[]

The Shovel can also be used to bury your own Treasure. Pirates can bury treasure with their Shovel by pressing the Secondary Use button (Keyboard White Mouse Right.png/360 LT.png) with the Shovel equipt over suitable ground. A player can only bury in soft ground, with any other surface making the Shovel clank back. Standing over a piece of Treasure on the ground with the Shovel equipt will indicate the Secondary Use button (Keyboard White Mouse Right.png/360 LT.png) to bury the item. Unlike digging, players can only use the bury function when looking at a Treasure item. After a few digs, your pirate will pat the ground twice with the shovel, and the buried Treasure will disappear below the earth, with only a slight disturbance to the ground to indicate the location. Once fully buried, the crew will be awarded with a Buried Treasure Map, marking the location of any Treasure buried by the crew on that Island. If the number of Treasure items buried by one crew on one Island exceeds 10, a fresh map will be awarded on top of the previous one to save overcrowding of X Marks the Spot locations on one Map. The crew will too be awarded with a Map Bundle on their Voyage Table containing all of their Buried Treasure Maps, which can be stolen, gifted or lost. If the Bundle is lost from the crew's Voyage Table, their Buried Treasure Maps will no longer be accessible to them, however they could still be able to rediscover the stash, provided that they can remember where they left it!

Variants[]

All new players are equipped with the basic Sailor Shovel skin. Other versions are available for purchase from the Equipment Shop, and from various Companies. Note that there are no upgrades, with all differences being purely cosmetic.

  • Total Cost: 936,930 Gold  75 Doubloons  398 Ancient Coins
Image Name Source Cost Rep Set In-game description
Aristocrat Shovel.png
Aristocrat Shovel Equipment Shop 15 Doubloons
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Aristocrat "Seems a shame to get dirt and sand on this shovel. But, more treasure means more finery."
Fearless Bone Crusher Shovel.png
Fearless Bone Crusher Shovel Equipment Shop 15 Doubloons
n/a
Fearless Bone Crusher "What better than a skeleton for digging in the earth?"
Frozen Horizon Shovel.png
Frozen Horizon Shovel Pirate Emporium 249 Ancient Coins
n/a
Frozen Horizon "No, I asked for a snow shovel - not a shovel that makes snow."
Gilded Phoenix Shovel.png
Gilded Phoenix Shovel Equipment Chest
n/a
n/a
Gilded Phoenix "You may be just shoving it into the ground, but that doesn't mean it can't be gorgeous."
Mercenary Shovel.png
Mercenary Shovel Equipment Shop 15 Doubloons
n/a
Mercenary "Digging feels like less work when you remember that the treasure belongs to someone else."
Onyx Shovel.png
Onyx Shovel Equipment Chest
n/a
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Black Dog "Widely believed to avoid unearthing buried skeletons, so long as you can dig in the right place."
Reaper's Heart Shovel.png
Reaper's Heart Shovel Pirate Emporium 149 Ancient Coins
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Reaper's Heart "Spend quality time with a special someone by digging up a treasure chest together."
Sailor Shovel.png
Sailor Shovel Equipment Chest
n/a
n/a
Sailor "Perfect if all you want from a shovel is to dig some earth. Preferably when no-one is watching."
Shovel of The Wailing Barnacle.png
Shovel of The Wailing Barnacle Equipment Shop 15 Doubloons
n/a
Wailing Barnacle "This watery shovel should serve you well, but the sand does seem to stick to it."
Silver Blade Shovel.png
Silver Blade Shovel Equipment Chest
n/a
n/a
Silver Blade "Being a pioneer means exploring in new directions. Down is a direction."
Twilight Hunter Shovel.png
Twilight Hunter Shovel Equipment Chest
n/a
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Twilight Hunter "Not to be used as a weapon. Or for burying people."
White Rose Shovel.png
White Rose Shovel Equipment Chest
n/a
n/a
Standalone Cosmetics "A beautiful shovel that pretty much does the ground a favour."
Wild Rose Shovel.png
Wild Rose Shovel Equipment Shop 15 Doubloons
n/a
Wild Rose "A beautiful shovel that pretty much does the ground a favour."
Measly Hoarder Shovel.png
Measly Hoarder Shovel Gold Hoarders 700 Gold
5 5
Gold Hoarders "By swiping a pittance of loot from pitiful pirates we'll let you have this 6 karat gold shovel."
Notable Hoarder Shovel.png
Notable Hoarder Shovel Gold Hoarders 1,400 Gold
15 15
Gold Hoarders "A reasonable 12 karat gold shovel can be yours if you raid enough wealth from lowly pirates."
Admiral Shovel.png
Admiral Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
n/a
Admiral "If physical toil is absolutely necessary, this efficient shovel will commandeer buried prizes."
Bilge Rat Shovel.png
Bilge Rat Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
n/a
Bilge Rat "Would you believe that's still the original handle? Lots of digging left in it yet."
Bone Crusher Shovel.png
Bone Crusher Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
n/a
Bone Crusher "What better than a skeleton for digging in the earth?"
Castaway Bilge Rat Shovel.png
Castaway Bilge Rat Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
n/a
Castaway Bilge Rat "Would you believe that's still the original handle? Lots of digging left in it yet."
Ceremonial Admiral Shovel.png
Ceremonial Admiral Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
31 31
Ceremonial Admiral "If physical toil is absolutely necessary, this efficient shovel will commandeer buried prizes."
Grand Admiral Shovel.png
Grand Admiral Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
n/a
Grand Admiral "If physical toil is absolutely necessary, this efficient shovel will commandeer buried prizes."
Hunter Shovel.png
Hunter Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
n/a
Hunter "Not to be used as a weapon. Or for burying people."
Imperial Sovereign Shovel.png
Imperial Sovereign Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
n/a
Imperial Sovereign "We recommend waiting between digs so your crew can appreciate its impractical splendour."
Rogue Sea Dog Shovel.png
Rogue Sea Dog Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
31 31
Rogue Sea Dog "Certified to have dug up at least a hundred chests, it's a shovel you can rely on."
Royal Sovereign Shovel.png
Royal Sovereign Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
31 31
Royal Sovereign "We recommend waiting between digs so your crew can appreciate its impractical splendour."
Ruffian Sea Dog Shovel.png
Ruffian Sea Dog Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
n/a
Ruffian Sea Dog "Certified to have dug up at least a hundred chests, it's a shovel you can rely on."
Sea Dog Shovel.png
Sea Dog Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
n/a
Sea Dog "Certified to have dug up at least a hundred chests, it's a shovel you can rely on."
Sovereign Shovel.png
Sovereign Shovel Equipment Shop 1,850 Gold
n/a
Sovereign "We recommend waiting between digs so your crew can appreciate its impractical splendour."
Renowned Hoarder Shovel.png
Renowned Hoarder Shovel Gold Hoarders 2,100 Gold
25 25
Gold Hoarders "16 karats of quality shovel are waiting after you plunder the prizes of prominent pirates."
Azure Ocean Crawler Shovel.png
Azure Ocean Crawler Shovel Equipment Shop 2,600 Gold
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Azure Ocean Crawler "You know what digs really well? Crabs do! So this shovel makes perfect sense, okay?"
Forsaken Ashes Shovel.png
Forsaken Ashes Shovel Equipment Shop 2,600 Gold
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Forsaken Ashes "As well as digging up treasure, this looks suited to shoveling hot coals."
Glorious Sea Dog Shovel.png
Glorious Sea Dog Shovel Equipment Shop 2,600 Gold
n/a
Glorious Sea Dog "Digs up treasure chests just in time for your rivals to show up and steal them!"
Kraken Shovel.png
Kraken Shovel Equipment Shop 2,600 Gold
n/a
Kraken "What better for digging up treasure over on Kraken's Fall?"
Legendary Shovel.png
Legendary Shovel Athena's Fortune Shop 2,600 Gold
150150
Legendary "Shovel of a pirate beyond measure, ideal for digging lovely treasure."
Ocean Crawler Shovel.png
Ocean Crawler Shovel Equipment Shop 2,600 Gold
n/a
Ocean Crawler "You know what digs really well? Crabs do! So this shovel makes perfect sense, okay?"
Parrot Shovel.png
Parrot Shovel Equipment Shop 2,600 Gold
n/a
Parrot "You can dig through the dirt and still look bright and snazzy, thanks to this shovel."
Scorched Forsaken Ashes Shovel.png
Scorched Forsaken Ashes Shovel Equipment Shop 2,600 Gold
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Scorched Forsaken Ashes "As well as digging up treasure, this looks suited to shovelling hot coals."
Shovel of the Ashen Dragon.png
Shovel of the Ashen Dragon Equipment Shop 2,600 Gold
n/a
Ashen Dragon "Digs up treasure like a... like a hot shovel through sand."
Esteemed Hoarder Shovel.png
Esteemed Hoarder Shovel Gold Hoarders 2,800 Gold
35 35
Gold Hoarders "Grab a mighty hoard from famed pirates to get your hands on this glittering 20 karat gold shovel."
Notorious Hoarder Shovel.png
Notorious Hoarder Shovel Gold Hoarders 3,500 Gold
45 45
Gold Hoarders "This magnificent 24 karat shovel is a deserved reward for raiding big booties of revered pirates."
Scurvy Bilge Rat Shovel.png
Scurvy Bilge Rat Shovel Equipment Shop 5,400 Gold
n/a
Scurvy Bilge Rat "Would you believe that's still the original handle? Lots of digging in it yet."
Triumphant Sea Dog Shovel.png
Triumphant Sea Dog Shovel Equipment Shop 11,180 Gold
n/a
Triumphant Sea Dog "Digs up treasure chests just in time for your rivals to show up and steal them!"
Ghost Shovel.png
Ghost Shovel Athena's Fortune Shop 13,250 Gold
150150
Ghost "Now here's a shovel that has dug more graves than it has dug up treasures."
Deep Ocean Crawler Shovel.png
Deep Ocean Crawler Shovel Equipment Shop 16,650 Gold
n/a
Deep Ocean Crawler "You know what digs really well? Crabs do! So this shovel makes perfect sense, okay?"
Inky Kraken Shovel.png
Inky Kraken Shovel Equipment Shop 16,650 Gold
n/a
Inky Kraken "What better for digging up treasure over on Kraken's Fall?"
Nightshine Parrot Shovel.png
Nightshine Parrot Shovel Equipment Shop 16,650 Gold
n/a
Nightshine Parrot "You can dig through the dirt and still look bright and snazzy, thanks to this shovel."
Cultured Aristocrat Shovel.png
Cultured Aristocrat Shovel Equipment Shop 24,975 Gold
n/a
Cultured Aristocrat "Seems a shame to get dirt and sand on this shovel. But, more treasure means more finery."
Dawn Hunter Shovel.png
Dawn Hunter Shovel Equipment Shop 24,975 Gold
n/a
Dawn Hunter "Not to be used as a weapon. Or for burying people."
Eastern Winds Jade Shovel.png
Eastern Winds Jade Shovel Equipment Shop 24,975 Gold
n/a
Eastern Winds Jade "In colder regions, this shovel might be used to dig up snow. You'll just have to settle for gold."
Shovel of the Silent Barnacle.png
Shovel of the Silent Barnacle Equipment Shop 24,975 Gold
n/a
The Silent Barnacle "This watery shovel should serve you well, but the sand does seem to stick to it."
Sunshine Parrot Shovel.png
Sunshine Parrot Shovel Equipment Shop 24,975 Gold
n/a
Sunshine Parrot "You can dig through the dirt and still look bright and snazzy, thanks to this shovel."
Thriving Wild Rose Shovel.png
Thriving Wild Rose Shovel Equipment Shop 24,975 Gold
n/a
Thriving Wild Rose "A beautiful shovel that pretty much does the ground a favour."
Venomous Kraken Shovel.png
Venomous Kraken Shovel Equipment Shop 24,975 Gold
n/a
Venomous Kraken "What better for digging up treasure over on Kraken's Fall?"
Dark Adventurers Shovel.png
Dark Adventurers Shovel Athena's Fortune Shop 624,375 Gold
150150
Dark Adventurers "Perfect for digging up Chest of Legends. Oh, and all the other less legendary loot."

Pirate Chat[]

Here is the Pirate Chat Wheel for Shovels:

Shovel chat.png

Patch history[]

  • 2.4.0
    • Introduced bury function.
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