The next time you see a bright glow from above, you can no longer assume it’s just Flameheart yelling down at you. Pirates across the sea can now paint the sky with dazzling lights using Fireworks and Signal Flares!
Fireworks and Signal Flares are a consumable resource that washed ashore alongside Season Five. You can find them in Resource Barrels, on island beaches, or purchase them from the Merchant Alliance.
You can use Fireworks and Signal Flares on any cannon you can find across the Sea of Thieves. There are dozens of different types to discover, and they come in a wide range of colors.
You can use Fireworks to celebrate the win of a hard-fought battle. Or you can use Signal Flares to signal a ship in your Alliance for help! Either way, pirates everywhere will be spending a lot more time looking above the horizon!
What Are Fireworks?
Fireworks are a consumable resource, similar to Cannonballs and Chainshot. You can load them into any cannon and ignite them on command.
The Fireworks will explode in dozens of different shapes and sizes. As you shoot them from your cannons, you’ll discover a wide variety of pyrotechnic effects and several dozen different outlines the Fireworks can create.
You can shoot Fireworks at pirates to briefly obscure their vision with a blinding effect. Or you can shoot them at ships for a slight chance of lighting them on fire!
Where can you find Fireworks?
You can either find Fireworks or purchase Fireworks.
As for finding Fireworks, you can find them randomly in Resource Barrels, or Firework Crates washed up on island beaches.
As for purchasing Fireworks, you can buy them from a Merchant Alliance representative at any Outpost. Speak with the Merchant Alliance representative and choose the “Browser offers, Resources and Commodities” option. Then, choose the “Browse Fireworks” option.
When purchasing Fireworks from the Merchant Alliance, you will be buying a bundle of Fireworks, not just one at a time.
You can hold a maximum of ten Fireworks in your inventory at once. Don’t worry, though! You can store the rest you discover in your Cannonball Barrel on your ship or in a Firework Crate.
Holding Fireworks in your inventory doesn’t affect how many Cannonballs, Chainshots, Firebombs, or Blubderbombs you can carry.
How much do Fireworks cost?
Each of the themed Firework Crates will cost 20,000 gold to purchase.
You can sell Firework Crates back to the Merchant Alliance or sell them Reaper’s Bones for Gold.
How to use Fireworks
If you have shot a Cannonball from a cannon before, you will be familiar with shooting a Firework.
Once you have obtained a Firework, select it from your inventory and approach any cannon. Then, load the Firework into the cannon and fire away.
When launched from a cannon, the Firework will fly for a short time before exploding into a spectacular light show.
Unlike shooting Cannonballs, when you shoot a Firework from a cannon, there is a small delay before the Firework is launched. After the fuse burns through, the Firework will launch from the cannon. Be careful, though, as once the fuse is lit, you can’t stop it!
If you shoot the Firework and it hits an obstacle before it explodes, the Firework will extinguish with a brief flash, and you won’t see the effect.
You cannot shoot Fireworks at ships to damage them. However, you have a small chance of lighting a ship on fire with a Firework!
What Are Signal Flares?
Similar to Fireworks, Signal Flares are a consumable resource. You can load them into any cannon and ignite them on command.
Signal Flares give pirates another way to communicate with pirates across the Sea of Thieves. When shot into the sky, other pirates can see the bright beacon they create from a great distance.
Signal Flares will illuminate pirates, ships, and land nearby, allowing you to see more clearly.
Once in the sky, the Signal Flare will float in the sky for 45 seconds.
Where can you find Signal Flares?
You can find Signal Flares in Resource Barrels across the Sea of Thieves.
Lucky for you, your ship comes stocked with two! So when you first set sail on a new ship, you’ll find one White Signal Flare and one Red Signal Flare in your Cannonball Barrel.
How to use Signal Flares
Just like Fireworks, you’ll be using Signal Flares with cannons.
Once you have obtained a Signal Flare, select it from your inventory and approach any cannon. Then, load the Signal Flare into the cannon and fire away.
When launched from a cannon, the Signal Flare will fly for a short time before exploding.
If you shoot the Signal Flare and it hits an obstacle before it explodes, the Signal Flare will extinguish with a brief flash, and you won’t see the effect.
Signal Flares stay in the sky for about 40 seconds.