The year may be coming to a close, but for Sea of Thieves, something new has just begun. Season 5 is now underway, bringing players lots of great new stuff and things to do. With the new features added with Season 5, a pirate’s life is going to be far from boring. There’s a lot of stuff that’s been added, so let’s look at the core new features and content. For the complete list of new features, add-ons, and improvements to Sea of Thieves with Season 5, check out the official release notes.
One of the classic trademarks of pirates is buried treasure, traditionally marked with an ‘X’ on a map. Before Season 5 of Sea of Thieves came along, you could dig up treasure buried by others. Now, you can bury your own treasure!
Burying your treasure is very simple. You just need the treasure you want to bury, then dig away! Once the treasure has been completely buried, you’ll get a map that marks where the treasure is (with an X, of course). You can bury more than one treasure. If you’ve buried multiple treasures, they’ll all be marked on your map with extra X’s. Maps of your own buried treasure are located in the Quest Radial, represented as a Map Bundle on the Captain’s Table.
With treasure you’ve buried yourself, you can do a few things. You can keep the map for yourself and dig the treasure back up later. Or, you can post it on any of the Quest Boards, so that other players can find your treasure. You can also give your map to another crew as a gift.
If you decide to keep your map for yourself, be careful. The map could be at risk of being stolen by other pirates who sneak onto your ship. Also, if your ship sinks, any maps you have onboard will float, just like any other items. Note that while floating maps can be retrieved, they can also stolen by others. If you want to keep your map, make sure you keep it safe!
As well as burying your own treasure and creating your own marked map, you can dig up other pirates’ treasure.
At every Outpost and Seapost, there is a Quest Board near the docks. From the Quest Board, you can pick up maps that lead to treasure. These maps work just like the ones you get when you bury your own treasure. They will have X’s marking where the buried treasure is. Do note that you can only collect 5 maps every in-game day, so don’t get too greedy!
What about your own treasure maps? What happens if another crew picks up your map from the Quest Board and finds the treasure? Well, not only do they get rewarded with your treasure, but you get a special reward too. If someone digs up a treasure you buried using the map you posted on the Quest Board, you’ll earn Renown and Trading Company reputation. What about if you bury a Chest of Legends that is found by someone else? For this, you’ll get Athena’s Fortune reputation, plus bonus Renown!
You can bury treasure, but that’s not the only thing. If you want to be really sneaky, you can also bury gunpowder barrels. Instead of finding treasure, other pirates can receive a big kaboom with the trap you set. With this in mind, you might want to be on your guard when digging someone else’s loot! You don’t want to end up the victim of someone’s explosive trap!
What better way to celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of a new one with fireworks. Fireworks are a new type of resource. You can buy Firework Crates from the Merchant Alliance, or find them out at sea. Fireworks in Sea of Thieves comes in over 50 different designs, with a variety of colors and effects.
How do you set off a firework? It’s very easy. Make sure you have a firework in your inventory, then load it into a cannon, fire, and boom! Fireworks will go off in a spectacular display when fired off from the cannon. In case you’re wondering, fireworks can’t be used to create damage to other ships. However, stray sparks can set off fires on ships, so be careful!
You can also sell fireworks that you find in crates. They can be taken to the Merchant Alliance for a reward, or sold to the Reaper’s Bones.
Fireworks aren’t the only light display you can fire off from cannons. You can also set off Signal Flares from cannons. These create a bright beacon of light, which can be used to send as a signal to other crews. You can find Signal Flares around the world.
Rowboats have now been outfitted with cannons. This can give you a strategic advantage for battles against rivals. You can use the cannon from your rowboat to sneakily attack other ships without firing cannons from your own ship.
There’s another update to rowboats you should know about. You can now choose the direction in which your rowboat is facing when you dock it to a ship. To do this, when docking, simply face the rowboat in the direction you want it to be in after you dock.
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SITTING DOWN & SLEEPING
A minor update: you can now take a seat and put your feet up. Plundering the seas is hard work, so why not take a moment to sit down and relax? There are plenty of places where you can choose to sit. You can sit down on the ship, at Outposts, and other places. You can even take a seat in the Captain’s Chair. To change camera position, press the Y (Xbox) or R (PC) button.
It’s not just sitting down you can do. You can also grab forty winks by sleeping in beds. This is beneficial, as sleeping regains health.
You can now find rats on your ship. This might sound like a bad thing, but the presence of rats does have its benefits. If your ship is taking on water without you realizing, you’ll now get a warning signal when rats come scurrying up from the bottom deck. If you see rats behaving like this, you might want to check your ship for leaks.
If you’re not a fan of rats and would rather not have them invade your ship, there is a way to get rid of them. You can simply disable them by going into the Settings menu.
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ROLLING DICE EMOTES
You can now emote using dice. You can unlock dice by reaching Renown level 5. There are 6 dice emotes you can get: D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, and D20. The numbers represent how many sides the die has, so a D6 die will have 6 sides. The dice can be found in your Vanity Chest. When you roll a die, it will be displayed in your pirate’s hand and can be zoomed in for a better look.
What can you do with dice? You can use them to create new games with other players, or as a way to make a decision or determine the outcome of something. It’s up to you. Get creative with them!
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IMPROVEMENTS TO CURRENT LOCATIONS
As well as Season 5 adding new gameplay and content, certain locations have been altered to make accessibility and exploration easier. This includes:
- Thieves’ Haven: Crumbling mechanisms have been replaced with newer working ones. Watch out for the booby traps though.
- Plunder Valley: To improve exploration, ladders have been added.
- Kraken’s Fall: Ladders and bridges have been added.
- Old Faithful Isle: Improvements have been made to help tackle the tricky terrain.
OTHER UPDATES WITH SEASON 5
Season 5 of Sea of Thieves also brings updates and improvements to the current game, such as:
- Seagulls will now gather around a floating treasure after a Kraken or Megalodon attack. This will help you locate the treasure. The treasure also won’t sink until the monster has been defeated, so you don’t lose any treasure.
- Skeletons and phantoms now drop ammo pouches. You can collect these to restock your ammo.
- You know your Speaking Trumpet, which you use to communicate with others? It’s got a nifty new feature which allows you to whisper in private to people.
- To add a touch of realism, your pirates’ mouths will now animate while you chat in-game through them.
- Cannon aiming has been improved.
- If you try to give a treasure to a Trading Company who doesn’t accept it, they’ll helpfully direct you to the one who does.
- If you’ve had a run-in with Ocean Crawlers, there will be more time before the next attack.
- There are 3 new shanties for you to enjoy: ‘Ballad of the Mer’, ‘Infernal Galop’, and ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’.
As you can see, Season 5 brings a lot to the table in Sea of Thieves. There’s nothing like a fresh wave of new content and ways to play to keep you busy. Of course, this isn’t everything that Season 5 has to offer. There are also new cosmetics and clothing, new missions and goals, new unlockables, new events, new Plunder Pass exclusives, and new stuff to purchase at the Pirate Emporium. There’s a lot to discover and try out, so don’t hesitate to check it out if you haven’t yet.
Sea of Thieves is available on PC, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S for your regional pricing. Season 5 is available to download for free now. The download size varies depending on the platform, roughly being 6 – 8GB.