Stage 1 of the Mystery has begun, and the first Puzzle is now available for all pirates to solve! Head to the official Sea of Thieves website to sign up and get started. Once signed up, you can work on the first Puzzle: Skin of Gold. Solving the Puzzle online will allow you to claim an in-game Voyage from Larinna at any Outpost and work on the next part of the Mystery.
Puzzle 1: Skin of Gold
Each Stage of the Mystery begins with a Puzzle for you to solve, and each Puzzle starts with a letter delivered to the Gold Hoarders. The Gold Hoarders have opened the first letter, which reads:
I trust you’ve seen my rules are SHAPED for Hoarders at their heart.
Just DON’T use COMMON PIRATES in your stead, and we can start!
First think of health and what you need to keep you fighting fit.
And FOODS that help survive both shot from gun and cutlass hit.
But there’s a DARK side to what we eat when time and life collude.
Old it becomes and rotten too, with scent of death imbued.
You must check in all the TIME. What if it’s now no good?
Be it PIG in PEN or FRUIT that’s stored in tuneless DRUMS of wood.
PICTURES paint a thousand WORDS – or so some artists say.
You must seek to LINK the two. Now hurry on your way!
With the clues given inside the letter, you can now scour the internet for the answers. You are ultimately looking for a code to submit on the official Sea of Thieves website. Entering the correct code will unlock the in-game Voyage and allow you to work on the next part of the Mystery.
The first part of the internet you will be investigating is Instagram!
The Bruised Banana
One minute after the Mystery started, the official Sea of Thieves Instagram account posted a story featuring a bruised banana. The bruising created an image of the Gold Hoarder.
The bruised banana art led pirates to another Instagram account, Banana Bruiser, that specialized in bruised banana art. One of their posts features the Gold Hoarder banana and shows Banana Bruiser bruising 13 symbols into the banana.
As hinted at in the letter with the capital words “PIG,” “PEN,” and “FRUIT,” you can put these symbols into a Pigpen Cipher decryption tool to reveal the text bitlysotfruit.
In the OneDrive are five images with more Pigpen Ciphers to decode. You’ll need to connect the split symbols and rotate them correctly to create the symbols. You’ll want to match their orientation to the Fruit Crate that was posted by the official Sea of Thieves Twitter account.
Once you have rotated and revealed the correct symbols, plug them into the Pigpen Cipher to reveal the following decoded letters:
- Banana = HKD
- Coconut = BNR
- Pomegranate = ASL
- Mango = DTI
- Pineapple = JJYG
With the Pigpen Cipher solved, it’s time to figure out the other puzzle in the fruit images.
Take note of the Spotify symbol found on each parchment. That’s where you will be heading next!
The Spotify Clips
Scanning any of the Spotify codes from the fruit images with your mobile phone will send you to the official Sea of Thieves Spotify account in the Spotify app. Listening to songs in the app will allow you to watch a small clip play alongside them.
Hidden in the small clips for specific songs on Spotify, you can find the letters “B,” “O,” “U,” “N,” “T,” and “Y.” Which, when put together, spell the word BOUNTY.
The songs with the clips and letters are:
Again, you must listen to the songs on your mobile device to see the clips with the letters.
The Vigenère Cipher
The next step is to use the solutions from the Pigpen Ciphers and the word from Spotify you’ve discovered together to form the code.
While many pirates were already trying to use a Vigenère Cipher to decrypt the decoded fruit letters, a Twitter post from the official Sea of Thieves account confirmed that the community was on the right track! You see, the Ship’s Crest has the word RIPEGREENCHIVE on it which is an anagram for VIGENERECIPHER.
Entering the decided fruit letters with the key BOUNTY into a Vigenère Cipher will give you the final code. However, the order of the decoded fruit letters in important!
You need to order of the letter segments for each fruit in alphabetical order. Putting the letters into the correct order will give you ASLBNRDTIHKDJJYG.
Now, plugin ASLBNRDTIHKDJJYG with the key BOUNTY into the Vigenère Cipher, and you will get ZEROUTCFOURFIVET.
You can then translate ZEROUTCFOURFIVET into the code 0UTC45T to reveal the the answer to the Puzzle!
What is the code to the puzzle?
The code to the puzzle is: 0UTC45T.
That’s the number zero, capital U, capital T, capital C, the number four, the number five, and capital T.
Now that you have solved the Puzzle, it’s time to jump into the Sea of Thieves and claim your in-game Voyage from Larinna. Completing the Voyage will end Stage 1, and you will be ready for Stage 2 to commence!
If you need any help with the Voyage, we’ll be updating our guide for it as we go along here: The Hunt for the Plated Silver Key Voyage.