Sea of Thieves comes without any tutorial. While the game design is very intuitive, figuring out the basics can be overwhelming for people that just started the game for the first time. That’s why we created this series of Beginner’s Tutorials. They should give you an overview of all the important bits of the game and our more in-depth guides will then help you perfect your skills. If there is anything unclear after reading this, then join our Discord and ask us there!
This is what you see after you start the game up. It is important to understand how ships and servers work in Sea of Thieves to know what’s going on here.
Everything in Sea of Thieves happens in a shared world. This means that (currently 6 per server) crews get matched together on one map. There is no dedicated singleplayer mode. The ship type or crew size doesn’t matter. This means that there could be either 6 crews with 4 people on 6 galleons (24 People on the server) or 6 crew with 1 man sloop (6 people on the server). The server would be “full” both times.
The Galleon is one of the 2 ship types in Sea of Thieves. It has enough space for a crew of 4 people, 8 cannons, and 3 sails. It requires teamwork and coordination to work properly.
A lot of people want to play the sloop first to learn the game before switching to the galleon. This is the wrong approach. The galleon is by far the easiest way to learn the game. You will get matched with 3 others that might know a bit more and teach you the basics. If you ever get stuck in the brig (Prison cell) or have a bad experience with a random crew then just leave the game and join a new one. Discords are great for finding friendly people to play with, too!
For a Galleon guide refer to The captain’s guide to galleons in Sea of Thieves
The Sloop is made for a crew of up to 2 players. It is more nimble and way smaller, but you have to do most things by yourself. There aren’t many people there that can teach you how to play.
Playing sloop is a lot more difficult than Galleon. While it might seem easier because you don’t have to rely on others, it can be very unforgiving. Once you are more experienced it is a great alternative, but don’t expect to win a lot of PvP at the start.
For a more in-depth guide on the Sloop have a look at The sea bear’s guide to sloops in Sea of Thieves
Once you select your crew type you get to a lobby screen. Here you can invite friends and then press “Set Sail” to start the game.
Your first Voyage
Now, let’s go through each step from spawning in the game until you complete your first voyages. We will split this up into each of the factions because all of them work a bit differently.
You first spawn in the tavern. From here you will want to grab some resources from the barrels all over the outposts. Make sure to fill your inventory and deposit everything in the barrels on your ship a few times. This way you won’t run out of resources in case a heated battle comes up later.
Getting your first quests (voyages)
The next few pictures are a step-by-step guide to the voyage starting process for each faction. For an overview of each faction and their lore, refer to our Trading Company Overview
How to start sailing
Before we will start with a tutorial for each of the voyage types you will have to know how to start sailing. Your ship is anchored at the outpost with raised sails by default.
There’re 2 steps to start sailing:
From here, each of the factions quests plays a bit differently. The Merchant Alliance is all about trading, so you will have to find some animals for them first.
Now all that’s left to do is delivering the cages to the correct outpost and selling them to the Merchant Alliance representative there.
After digging the chest up you will have to bring it back to any Gold Hoarders representative at any outpost. Time and Location limits only apply to Merchant Alliance voyages.
Order of Souls
These are basically PvE bounty missions. If you need any help with personal combat, then we have The pirate’s guide to personal combat in Sea of Thieves for you!
After you killed the captains you will have to pick up the skulls that they dropped. Bring them back to any Order of Souls representative to get your reward!
Thanks for reading!
We hope this tutorial will solve a few mysteries for the new players. Don’t forget to check the other parts of our series out and maybe take a look at the more advanced guides in our guide section. Sea of Thieves is a great game, the lack of a proper tutorial shouldn’t keep anyone from enjoying it. If you have any questions or feedback, join our Discord and we’ll be glad to have a chat with you!