The most exciting update yet for Sea of Thieves, The Cursed Sails, has just been released and with it comes many new pirate festivities for the community to enjoy. One of the many new features being introduced to the game are ships helmed by skeletons! Similar to The Hungering Deep, The Cursed Sails provides a story for the players to follow that will shed light onto why these new threats have emerged from the sea. While Merrick had players hunting for journals to reveal the history of the mighty Megalodon, in The Cursed Sails, Wanda the Weaponsmith has left clues behind about her disappearance that ultimately lead to the new menace roaming the seas.
Stuck trying to gather all the clues? We’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find an image and text-based guide to help you out.
Want more visuals? You might find it helpful to use the interactive map, too!
Of course, if you’re wanting to read along with this guide on your screen, you might want to open up the map in the mobile version.
1 – Visit Sharon on Golden Sands Outpost
Go to the shipwright, Sharon, on Golden Sands Outpost and ask her about Wanda. She will tell you to go and check out the Weaponsmith Shop on the outpost. This step will start the Cursed Sails campaign.
2 – Investigate Wanda’s Workshop
Turn around and walk over to the Weaponsmith’s Shop. You will find Wanda is missing and has been replaced by her sister, Wonda. Inside the shop, investigate the note and the pendant. After investigating those two items, turn around and look down at the entrance of the shop. Follow the footprints from the shop to the beach and investigate the footprints. These three actions will complete the first step of the campaign.
3 – Return to Sharon on Golden Sands Outpost
After telling Sharon what you found in the shop, she will tell you about the possible whereabouts of Wanda and Salty. Apparently the two used to meet on Crescent Isle.
4 – Find Salty on Crescent Isle
Get on your vessel and head on over to Crescent Isle. In the cove, you will spot Salty in parrot form on a barrel. Talk to him and he will give you directions for the next clues. You will be heading to Mermaid’s Hideaway, Thieves’ Haven (large island near Plunder Outpost) and The Sunken Grove (island between two Outposts) to read Wanda’s journals.
5 – Find Wanda’s Journals
You can collect them all in any order but you will be visiting Mermaid’s Hideaway, Thieves’ Haven and The Sunken Grove to read Wanda’s journals. The journal on Mermaid’s Hideaway is in the camp near the body of water in the island. The journal on Thieves’ Haven is in the shipwreck camp on the East side of the island. The journal on The Sunken Grove is in the cave camp at the center of the island. Reading these three journals will have you return to Salty on Crescent Isle.
6 – Return to Salty on Crescent Isle
Once returning and talking to Salty on Crescent Isle, he will tell you about Wanda’s secret hideout on Wanderer’s Refuge. You know where to go next!
7 – Investigate Wanda’s Alchemy Lab
Once on Wanderer’s Refuge, head over to the big tunnel in the middle of the island. Once there you will find a small opening on the South West side of it. Walk on in and discover Wanda’s Alchemy Lab. In here you will need to interact with five objects. There will be the Evil Pirate Code on the table in the middle, the cannon base behind the table to the right, an apron laying on a bed in the far right of the room, then a scroll on the back middle wall, and some tools to the back left. Once investigating these five items, you will be instructed to return to Sharon on Golden Sands Outpost.
8 – Return to Sharon on Golden Sands Outpost
Go to the shipwright, Sharon, on Golden Sands Outpost and tell her about your findings on Wanda. After explaining Wanda’s story, you will be given a new sail. You can collect two more at the other outposts Sharon tells you to visit.
UPDATE: Some players have been running into an issue where Sharon will not grant the sails or have the option to tell her about your discoveries regarding Wanda. There have been reports that speaking to Salty again on Crescent Isle will fix this issue. Worth giving a try!
Also, double check your progress for the inspection of clues in the Bilge Rat commendations. You should have 3/3 for investigating the shop, 3/3 for finding the journals and 5/5 for investigating the Alchemy Lab.
And there it is, you have now completed Wanda’s story and discovered the origin of the skeleton ships. This small chunk of the Cursed Sails is just the beginning of your time with the update. There are skeleton ships to conquer and seas to reclaim.
Each region in the Sea of Thieves is now under attack by skeleton pirate crews! You will now notice the outposts in each region have a skeleton banner planted in the middle of the shops. These banners have details attached to them about when and where to find the skeleton crews threatening the region. The locations and times are as follows:
The Battle for The Shores of Plenty
North West of Smuggler’s Bay, 1st through the 10th,
The Great War of The Ancient Isles
West of Sharkbait Cove, 11th through the 20th
The Final Stand of The Wilds
East of Marauder’s Arch, 21st through the 30th
To conquer the skeleton crew in The Shores of Plenty for example, you will need to head North West of Smuggler’s Bay between the 1st and the 10th in-game day. You can use your pocket watch to see what the current day is. The Sea of Thieves runs on a different clock than what you might be used to. One day in the Sea of Thieves is 24 minutes long.
Once you are at the location at the right time, waves of skeleton ships will rise out of the water and attack you and any nearby ships. You will have to defeat multiple waves until you get to the captain wave, much like the skeleton forts. Be sure to stock up on supplies and try to form an alliance with any nearby ships. These skeleton crews are not joking around.
Between finding out what that suspicious Wanda has been up to and fending off skeleton crews in the Sea of Thieves, you will be a busy pirate for the next three weeks! Let us know if you have any questions below! Good luck out there pirates!