Disclaimer: This article was written for the original Festival of the Damned Event—how we long for the simpler times of 2018…
‘Twas all Hallows’ Eve of 2018—only months after Sea of Thieves was opened to all! Aye, this was the first haunted celebration on the seas.
Although much time has gone by since the original Festival of the Damned, pirates can still relive the fun and earn all the commendations!
If you’d like to see what the original Festival of the Damned event was like—or get those commendations—feel free to continue on with the article below.
Without further ado, let’s pick up where the original article began…
Time to party! On your next visit to the Sea of Thieves you will find that Duke has kicked off a spooky celebration, the Festival of the Damned, to honor all fallen pirates as well as the Ferryman that guides them back to the land of the living!
The community can participate in the celebration by bringing different colored Flames of Fate from the Ferry back to the Sea of Thieves. Upon their return, pirates can spread the flame taken from the Ferry to other lanterns and beacons scattered across the four regions in the Sea of Thieves.
Below, you’ll find an image and text-based guide to help you along. There are videos, too!
You might find the interactive map helpful, as well. There you can plan your voyage from one beacon to the next, easily zoom in and out, and find a number of other helpful markers—in addition to…
You can access the web version here.
Of course, if you’re wanting to read along with this guide on your screen, you can also use the free mobile app.
Festival of the Damned Flame of Fate Commendations
To earn the Flame of Fate commendations, you will need to ignite your lantern with six different Flames of Fate.
Acquire these vibrant hues by succumbing to rather colorful deaths.
Death by Skeleton
Death by Shark Bite
Death by Snake Venom
Death by Pirate
Death by Volcano
Death by Lightning
When you arrive on the Ferry of the Damned, you will see a large floating flame at the center of the ship: the Well of Fates.
Approach the flame with your lantern equipped and raised up high. This will prompt you to take the new flame. You will now be able to spread the flame you gathered from the Ferry to other lanterns and beacons in the Sea of Thieves!
Pirates, Ye Be Warned!
The Flame of Fate commendation you are trying to unlock must be gathered from the Well of Fates yourself. The commendation will not unlock if you take the flame from another pirate once back in the Sea of Thieves.
If you are trying to collect all the Flames of Fate it is important to keep your boat afloat. You will also lose any flames placed in lanterns in your ship if your ship sinks.
So Much More to the Flames of Fate!
Oh, there is so much more to know about these alluring little flames.
The Flames of Fate were originally introduced in the Festival of the Damned. At the time—October 2018—the Festival of the Damned was the only in-game challenge requiring these flames. So, originally, we had all the Flames of Fate information here in this article.
Now pirates also need these flames to activate the Fort of the Damned! Who knows how the flames might be used in the future?
Rather than rewriting the same information every time the Flames of Fate are used anew in the Sea of Thieves, we decided to create an article dedicated solely to the Flames of Fate.
That way—whenever the Flames of Fate make an appearance in the game—we can simply provide a little link to that article for any pirates who are curious.
The Lightbringer commendations will have pirates taking their newly acquired colorful flames and spreading them across the Sea of Thieves. There are 3 beacons to light per region for a grand total of 12.
If you arrive at a beacon to find it ablaze with a color different from the color you hold in your lantern, simply light the beacon as you would if it were not lit.
If you arrive at a beacon to find that it has already been lit with the same color you hold in your lantern, you won’t be able to light it. Never fear, simply use a bucket of water to douse the fire. Then, reignite the beacon with your own flame.
Pirates will also need to make nice for a bit. There is a commendation for synchronizing your ship’s lantern colors with another ship while in an alliance.
Lightbringer of the Shores of Plenty
Find the Shores of Plenty beacons at Cannon Cove, Mermaid’s Hideaway, and Smuggler’s Bay.
We show you the locations in images below—both in game on the islands and from a bird’s-eye view. But, we also thought it might be helpful to add a video of the actual footpaths—or cannon flight paths—you can take to make your way up to those beacons yourself. To add the videos as quickly as possible, we decided to add videos for each area as soon as completed. The first is for the Shores of Plenty. Enjoy, me hearties!
The Festival of the Damned beacon is located on the gigantic main rock located at the center of the island. The beacon is only accessible by cannon so you must shoot yourself up from your ship. The best approach is likely to park your boat on the East of the island and aim your cannons West (and up!).
You will find the Festival of the Damned beacon above the Mermaid’s Lagoon. No need for cannons. Just climb on up.
Head to the North of the island. On the topmost ridge you’ll find the Festival of the Damned beacon.
Lightbringer of the Ancient Isles
Find the Ancient Isles beacons at Crook’s Hollow, Devil’s Ridge, and Plunder Valley.
Here’s another little video showing possible footpaths up to the beacons.
This beacon is located at the highest point of the island. No need for a cannon, though. Just scamper on up.
This beacon is just above the waterfall—and accessible on foot.
The Festival of the Damned beacon on Plunder Valley is located at the top of the island. There’s no need for cannons, but it is a bit of a hike.
Lightbringer of the Wilds
Find the Wilds beacons at Kraken’s Fall, Marauder’s Arch, and The Crooked Masts.
Here’s a little video showing you footpaths—and a cannon flight path—you can take to actually get up to those beacons yourself.
You will find this beacon atop the big rock structure to the North of the island. Make your way up the rock structure first, then head North. You will have to drop down a few ledges to reach this beacon. Pack a banana or two.
There’s perhaps no better place for a Festival of the Damned beacon than on the iconic Marauder’s Arch. Climb on up and light that beacon!
The Crooked Masts
This is one of the two that cannot be reached without an assist from a cannon. This beacon is located at the top of the North peak on the island. Park your boat on the North side and aim your cannons high!
Lightbringer of the Devil’s Roar
Find the Devil’s Roar beacons at Fetcher’s Rest, Ruby’s Fall, and The Devil’s Thirst.
If the beacons are already lit—as many of them are right now—then the footpaths to these beacons are easy to find. Since these beacons may not be lit quite as often in the future, we made a little video. Plus, since these newer islands are a bit less familiar to the community, we thought it might help fellow pirates get their bearings and see where they might want to park their ship.
This beacon is located on the northeast part of the island. No cannon needed for this one.
Head on over to the bridge that connects the two main rock formations on Ruby’s Fall. You will find the beacon for the Festival of the Damned just North of it.
The Devil’s Thirst
This beacon is just West of Old Coop’s remains located on the main hill to the north of the island.
Now that you know how to attain—and where to spread—each Flame of Fate, you can properly honor the Ferryman during the Festival of the Damned. As always, if you have any questions or need any help, leave a comment below!