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The Black Market Opens in the Sea of Thieves

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Ever since the Black Powder Stashes, the Outposts have been a bit more astir. Changes on the wind. Angst and furor bubbling below the surface. Yet one particular pirate seems to have used these happenings to turn a handsome profit: Duke.

Aye, Duke seems to have earned enough capital to give the current shops at the Outposts some healthy competition: the Black Market!

Perhaps we should have seen it coming. Duke has always evinced an entrepreneurial streak—finding ways to solve various trading companies’ problems, and monetizing the process. Aye, and his got quite a high tolerance for risk.

Some may think Duke’s thirst for grog keeps him close to the tavern. Could it also be that Duke knows a tavern is the best place to hear what pirates really want—yet cannot seem to get—from the local traders?

Whatever the case may be, Duke has ventured into the lucrative Outpost market—offering unique items he knows pirates have long hoped to find in the seas.

What can I buy on the Sea of Thieves Black Market?

Brand New Cosmetic Sets!

Aye, we’ve long associated Duke with his own cosmetics, available to those who complete his Bilge Rat Adventures. If we’ve understood correctly, however, there will now be new sets in the Black Market—independent from Bilge Rat Adventures.

Brand New Additions to Existing Sets

Some cosmetic sets just aren’t quite complete.

I myself am a fan of the “Corsair Sea Dog” clothing items. Have you ever noticed, there are no Corsair Sea Dog weapons?

Perhaps the more noticeable items are those that you might expect to see at the shipwright. The “Castaway Bilge Rat” collection boasts a hull and sails, but there’s no figurehead.

Even more noticeably, hardly any sets have cannons, capstans, and wheels. The sets original to each region each only have cannons, capstans, and wheels for achieving certain levels in their respective trading companies.

In the Shores of Plenty, it’s the “Admiral” set for the Merchant Alliance. In The Wilds, it’s the “Sea Dog” set for Order of Souls. In The Ancient Isles, it’s the “Sovereign” set for the Gold Hoarders.

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Perhaps oddest of all, those sets do not represent the main level locked set for each trading company: “Ceremonial Admiral,” “Rogue Sea Dog,” and “Royal Sovereign” respectively. So, if we were betting pirates… we might place our money on seeing those…?

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For more on level-locked cosmetics, and to get a general sense of which items are native to which areas here’s an article chockablock with infographics: Sea of Thieves Locked Cosmetics, Vol. I.

Existing Outpost Items with a Twist

Perhaps you like the overall design of an item, but you’d prefer to see it in another color. Perhaps you love an existing outpost item so much, you want it in ALL the colors!

Duke will also be offering variants on existing outpost items. I wonder what this might look like in other colors?

Time-Limited and Exclusive Sets from the Past

You see a fellow pirate brandishing a sword you’d steal if you could. You check every weaponsmith, but no one seems to carry it.

Ah, it’s very likely you’ve spotted a time-limited or exclusive item that has since vanished from the Sea of Thieves.

There has been quite a bit of clamor over these items. Pirates have long requested that these items return to the seas. The problem is: the pirates who earned the originals were promised exclusive bragging rights.

So, while Duke could not secure the originals, in true Black Market fashion Duke has secured items that are eerily similar—redesigned, restyled, and resurrected!

Many pirates seem to be awaiting this beauty:

Wailing Barnacle Ship Cosmetics

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Which Currency does the Black Market Accept?

Ah, yes. Now that there are three in-game currencies, you’ll certainly want to keep them each straight.

The Black Market requires Gold and Doubloons. There is no need for Ancient Coin in Duke’s establishment.

However, you can’t just use your gold and Doubloons willy nilly. Some merchandise categories are bought with Gold; other categories are bought with Doubloons.

Desirables for Doubloons

Desirables are made up of three categories: (1) variants of previously time-limited or exclusive sets; (2) brand new additions to existing sets, and (3) brand new sets. 

Goodies for Gold

You will use gold to purchase variants of Outpost shop items. 

Just be sure to look at the little coins next to the price. That will tell you all you need to know.

Will these Black Market items be here to stay?

No. Perhaps it’s to be expected that the Black Market would be a bit fickle. Then again, perhaps Duke just enjoys the element of novelty and surprise. Whatever the reason, the items for sale on the Black Market will be changing every month!

Never fear! No. Stop. I can see the fear…

First, Duke will be bringing all of the items back into the Sea of Thieves periodically. So, none of these items will be gone permanently. True, we have no inkling as to how long it might be until the items return, but..

Second, we’ve created an entirely new category devoted to letting you know what Duke is selling…

Checking The Time

Introducing: What Is Duke Selling?

Creative name, huh? Well, we wanted to make it easy to remember. So:


This will be a little hub for all things Black Market! You’ll be able to see Duke’s latest offerings as well as scroll through past offerings to see if you’ve missed anything, or to simply view a bit of game cosmetic history and evolution.

Aye, and it launches today! There you can see Duke’s offerings for his September 2019 Black Market Grand Opening!

We hope to see you on the seas flouting the worn out reign of the trading companies in your new Black Market swag!

Rare Thief Article: What is Duke Selling?

What else is new?

Duke’s Black Market is hardly the only exciting feature in this Smuggler’s Fortune update.

If you plan on spending doubloons in Duke’s Black Market, you might want to do the Mercenary Voyages—Reaper’s Grave of Shipwreck Bay, and Seapost to Seapost—and find Stitcher Jim. You’ll earn more than enough spending money for your trouble.

There’s also another shop, another currency, another foe, and pets!

Curious? Scroll on down…

Rare Thief Article: Stitcher Jim Resurfaces
Scouring the seas for Stitcher Jim? At least this shamed and wretched soul knows he should be in hiding.

Here you’ll find the locations for Stitcher Jim, the “Masked Stranger,” and five mysterious sketches. In addition to gaining insight, you will earn several Mercenary Voyage commendations. Perhaps more enticingly, you’ll earn some extra doubloons!

Stitcher Jim Resurfaces in the Sea of Thieves
Rare Thief Article: Reaper's Grave of Shipwreck Bay
Doubloons in your pocket feeling a little light? Duke’s new Mercenary Voyages should add a bit of weight! To acquire these commendations—and the accompanying doubloons—you’ll need speed, strategic planning, and a healthy dose of PvP!

Here you’ll find everything you need to know and more, including average sailing times, sample voyage routes, and tips to help you maximize your profits.

Sea of Thieves Reaper’s Grave of Shipwreck Bay Voyage
Rare Thief Article: Ancient Skeletons—New Treasure from a New Foe
A skeleton springs to life with the unmistakable sound of clinking clanking coins! What is this new being? What is it carrying? What does it all mean? All great questions, me hearties, but not questions you want to be answering when face-to-face with an Ancient Skeleton.

No, you’ll want to make the most of this opportunity to earn Sea of Thieves’ new premium currency: Ancient Coin! Here you can find the answers you seek before that fateful moment comes:

Ancient Skeletons—New Treasure from a New Foe…
Rare Thief Article: The Pirate Emporium
There’s a curious new shop above the Order of Souls with exotic new offerings from beyond the Shroud.

What is this shop? What items can you buy? How long will these items remain stocked on these shelves? What is this premium currency, Ancient Coin? How do I get it? All fantastic questions, me hearties! Allow us to introduce you to “The Pirate Emporium.”

Sea of Thieves: The Pirate Emporium
Rare Thief Article: Pets—All You Need to Know
Since pirates first awoke in these taverns, we have eagerly anticipated this moment: Pirate Pets have arrived in the Sea of Thieves!

With so much to celebrate, we could not keep our furry and feathered friends caged in the general Pirate Emporium article. Plus, we will surely be adding even more to this article as we get to know our newest little crewmates.

Sea of Thieves Pets—All You Need to Know
Rare Thief Article: In Store on the Shores
Ways and means cloaked in mystery, the Pirate Emporium is a bit cagey about their curation. Offerings may seem to disappear just as quickly as they appear—unless you keep a weather eye. Well, we’ve got our spyglass trained for you.

This article marks the inauguration of a new series in which we will publish each and every Pirate Emporium update. We’ll introduce the newest offerings, let you know which items might not be stocked for long, and keep you up to date on any and all Pirate Emporium news.

In Store on the Shores! Sept. 9th – Oct. 11th 2019

To the Tavern!

Aye, we pirates do love a good tavern. ‘Tis a place to share our findings and adventures. ‘Tis a place to clap each other on the back. ‘Tis a place to glean further insight.

Happily, we’ve found proverbial taverns on several social outposts—each bustling with a vibrant pirate community! Want to join in the merriment? Ye will always find a hearty welcome at our table!

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To the Tavern!

Aye, we pirates do love a good tavern. ‘Tis a place to share our findings and adventures. ‘Tis a place to clap each other on the back. ‘Tis a place to glean further insight.

Happily, we’ve found proverbial taverns on several social outposts—each bustling with a vibrant pirate community! Want to join in the merriment? Ye will always find a hearty welcome at our table!

Want to keep a weather eye out?

Jot down yer email, and we’ll be sure to let ye know when there’s something new on the horizon.

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