If you are brand new to sea of thieves then I highly recommend you check out this list of things I wish I would have known when starting the game.
To those who just installed the game!
If you are going to get the game, here are a few things you should know. (Remember these tips are exclusively for new players):
- Do the maiden voyage as soon as you boot up the game. Its basically a tutorial and will make you aware of the controls and mechanics of the game.
- The end goal of the game is the rank of Pirate Legend. You achieve this by getting to level 50 in 3 or more trading companies. You will learn what those are in the tutorial. My advice: DO NOT RUSH IT! The best part about this game is the journey, not the end. Mark my words you will be far more satisfied with the game if you reach PL naturally instead of speedrunning it.
- There are world events that cycle every 30 minuets. If you are a new player, DO NOT approach them alone. They are designed for more experienced pirates, so best if you leave them alone. World events usually have a huge indicator in the sky, such as a skull/ship cloud. If you do not see a world event active, RUN TO SHORE! In between world events the Kraken will chose to attack a random ship that is not within range of an island, so if you see that flaming tornado disappear, beeline straight for the nearest island and wait until you see the next event appear.
- PVP is a thing and cannot be turned off! This is what most people don’t like about the game, so be warned. Stock up on resources, get all the food and supplies you can possibly hold and if you do encounter another player, then may God have mercy on your soul. Remember, the more you do something, the better you get at it, so I would recommend watching youtube videos on pvp so you are as prepared as you can be.
- Tall tales are a really interesting dive into the lore of SoT, and if you want the most out of the game I would definitely recommend doing them at some point. Start with the Shroudbreaker, and it will tell you where to go from there.
- Megalodons and skeleton ships may appear next to you on the water, and they will be hostile unless you go near an island.
- Fort of the Damned is a complicated challenge, so unless you know how to do it, don’t even try. A red skull in the sky means one is currently being done, so be prepared for ships to move towards it in hopes of stealing the loot from the people who started it.
- A red boat on your minimap means that the boat flying the reapers bones flag is looking for pvp, so avoid them if you can.
- Not all player encounters are violent! Some of the best moments in the game come from being in an alliance and singing shanties, destroying sloops and selling treasure together! My rule of thumb when encountering another ship is to only fight if they shoot first, that way you can avoid fights if you are just trying to vibe.
- If you die and your ship sinks in pvp, it is YOUR fault. Hate to be that guy, but if you died, it is because YOU weren’t prepared enough. But hey, at least you learned what not to do right?
- Only use the internet for help if you absolutely need it, otherwise you ruin the fun for yourself of exploring and problem solving on quests.