The Sea of Thieves has had an influx of novice sailors in recent weeks. There is a lot to learn about the Sea of Thieves, and advice from an old salt could go a long way for these beginners.
Larinna, your friendly neighborhood Bilge Rat, has decided to throw a brand new event to celebrate the many new arrivals, a welcome party of sorts.
The festivities include defeating threats such as Skeleton Ships, Megalodons, and even Ashen Lords. Partaking in the merriment will gain you Favour with the Bilge Rats that you can exchange for unique cosmetics!
Larinna is also hoping to encourage veteran pirates to lend a helping hand with an extra incentive for pirates who choose to create Alliances.
If you decide to join forces with another crew with in an Alliance, you can earn additional Favour while taking on some of the challenges!
More Favour means less time before you unlock those shiny new cosmetics!
What is the Flags of Friendship Event?
For the Flags of Friendship Event, the Bilge Rats will be keeping track of the Favour you earn every time you complete one of their challenges—like a point system.
Once you have met certain point thresholds, the Bilge Rats will reward you with their newly commissioned Bilge Rat cosmetics.
For this Event, the Bilge Rats have curated a list of Challenges, which show pirates how much Favour they’ll earn for various feats.
These Challenges include defeating emergent threats to completing World Events!
Although you’ll need to complete challenges to acquire Favour points, there is no requirement that you complete all of the challenges or even that you complete any particular challenge.
Even better, the challenges are repeatable. So, you can choose to complete whichever challenges you prefer, as many times as you like, to collect that Favour.
If you enjoy raining on Flameheart’s parade, you can do the Burning Blade World Event over and over until you reach all the points you need.
Though, you will want to take note of a few challenges in the list. Particular challenges will award you with double Favour if you complete them while in an Alliance. These challenges do not require you to be in an Alliance to achieve them; they will just allow you to earn more Favour if you are in one upon completion.
How to Form an Alliance
To take advantage of these special challenges, you’ll want to be in an Alliance. For those who have not yet formed an official Alliance, it can be done by simply climbing up to the crow’s nest of your ship and interacting with the Ship Flag Box.
Open up the Ship Flag Box and tab over to the Alliances section. You will always be able to raise your Offer Alliance flag from here. One raised, another crew can go to their Ship Flag Box and join your Alliance.
If another crew already has their Offer Alliance flag raised, you can instead use the Join Alliance option to join the other crew’s Alliance.
Once in an Alliance, you will see all ships in the Alliance on your map table. You will also earn a percentage of the gold for any treasure your Alliance turns in. Though, you will not get credit towards commendations for anything turned in by your Alliance members.
How long is the Flags of Friendship Event?
The Flags of Friendship Event will be live between Thursday, July 1st to Thursday, July 15th.
What are the Flags of Friendship rewards?
The Bilge Rats are encouraging pirates to collaborate with their fellow pirates by offering a batch of brand new Vanity cosmetics. The more Favour you earn, the more cosmetics you will unlock!
The cosmetics available to those who earn enough Favour are the Flags of Friendship Scar, Makeup and Tattoo. You will also unlock the “Friend of the Sea” Title after reaching the final Favour target.
How to unlock the Flags of Friendship Cosmetics
To unlock the Bilge Rat Vanity Cosmetics, you will need to earn Favour by completing repeatable challenges.
The challenges that give Favour can be completed as often as you like to increase your total amount of Favour and reach each cosmetic’s target.
You can track your progress in-game in the Special Events menu. There you will see how much Favour you have earned.
Earning your first 150 Favour will unlock the Flags of Friendship Scar.
Earning 300 Favour will unlock the Flags of Friendship Makeup.
If you can earn 450 Favour, you will earn the Flags of Friendship Tattoo.
Finally, if you manage to tally up 600 Favour, you will earn the “Friend of the Sea” Title!
What are the Flags of Friendship Challenges?
The Flags of Friendship Event is comprised of six repeatable Challenges and one Long-Term Challenge.
The challenges that award Favour range from taking out Ghost Ships to defeating a mighty Ashen Lord!
Every challenge during this event is crew-based, so you don’t need to worry about who fired the last shot. As long as someone from your crew got the kill or was there on the Fort, you will get credit.
Flags of Friendship Challenges
Earn 2 Favour by...
Defeating a Ghost Ship. Do so while in an Alliance to earn extra Favour!
You will earn 2 Favour for every Ghost Ship you destroy. If you are in an Alliance, you will earn 4 Favour. Grunt Ghost Ships only take three cannonballs to defeat while Ghost Ship Captains take 10.
Ghost Ships can be found during an Order of Souls Ghost Ship voyage or during the Burning Blade World Event. Defeating Ghost Ships from either will count and award Favour.
To find Ghost Ships during a voyage, speak to an Order of Souls representative at any Outpost. Purchase the Ghost Ship voyage from the representative and vote on the voyage at your ship’s voyage table. You will receive a quest that will tell you which island the Ghost Ships are haunting. Sail there, destroy some Ghost Ships and rack up some Favour!
To find Ghost Ships during the Burning Blade World Event, keep an eye out for the giant Flameheart cloud in the sky. Underneath this cloud will be dozens of Ghost Ships just waiting to be sent back to the Sea of the Damned!
Earn 5 Favour by...
Sinking a Skeleton Ship. Do so while in an Alliance to earn extra Favour!
You will earn 5 Favour for every Skeleton Ship you destroy. If you are in an Alliance, you will earn 10 Favour.
Skeleton Ships can be found emergently roaming the seas or during the Skeleton Fleet World Event. Defeating Skeleton Ships from either will count.
You will most likely run into at least one emergent Skeleton Ship during any adventure in the Sea of Thieves. If you see a ship on the horizon and it has different color flashing lanterns on it, it is probably a Skeleton Ship.
To find Skeleton Ships during the Skeleton Fleet World Event, keep an eye out for the giant Ship cloud in the sky. If you sail to it you will find yourself in a three wave battle against several Skeleton Ships. Sinking each one will award you with Favour.
Earn 25 Favour by...
Defeating Flameheart’s flagship, the Burning Blade. Do so while in an Alliance to earn extra Favour!
You will earn 25 Favour every time you defeat the Burning Blade. If you are in an Alliance, you will earn 50 Favour.
The Burning Blade can be found during the fourth and final wave of the Burning Blade World Event. Look for the giant Flameheart floating in the sky and you’ll find Ghost Ships to sink. Keep destroying the Ghost Ships until the Burning Blade appears. The Burning Blade has a heart on its sails and takes 20 cannonballs to defeat.
If you are looking for some tips and tricks while fighting the armada of ghost ships, be sure to check out our guide here.
Earn 25 Favour by...
Defeating an Ashen Lord on an island or at a Fort.
You will earn 25 Favour every time you defeat an Ashen Lord.
You can find Ashen Lords under the Ashen Winds Tornado or at any Fort of Fortune. These are some of the toughest Skeleton Lords that roam the Sea of Thieves.
Battling one is comprised of three stages. At each stage, the Ashen Lord will have access to a new ability. They have lots of health and can throw fire rocks at your ship from a distance. You’ll have to be on your toes during the entire fight!
If you need any help mastering the fight against one, be sure to check out our Ashen Lord guide here.
Earn 5 Favour by...
Attacking a Kraken’s tentacle until it retreats back under the waves.
You will earn 5 Favour for every Kraken tentacle you defeat.
Krakens will randomly spawn when you and your crew are sailing in open waters. They cannot be summoned on-demand in any way.
To better your chances of finding a Kraken, make sure your ship is sailing in open water. If you are close to an island or large rocks, it’s unlikely one will spawn.
Since Kraken’s are so large, they need a lot of space to roam.
It is also important to note that the Kraken is part of the World Event rotation. If you see a Skeleton Fort cloud, Skeleton Fleet cloud, Flameheart cloud, or Ashen Winds Tornado cloud in the sky, you will not find a Kraken as you sail the open waters.
You’ll know you have found a Kraken when the water around your ship turns inky black. Tentacles will pop out of the water and attack your ship!
You can defeat the Kraken by taking out each of its tentacles. This involves shooting each tentacle with several cannonballs until the tentacle flails back into the water. You’ll know you have taken one of the tentacles out by the musical cue that plays when you defeat one.
Once you take out enough of its tentacles it will retreat and set your boat free from its inky trap!
Earn 10 Favour by...
Completing an active Skeleton Fort, Fort of Fortune or the Fort of the Damned.
You will earn 10 Favour for every Skeleton Fort, Fort of Fortune or Fort of the Damned you clear.
To successfully complete a Skeleton Fort you or someone on your crew has to be on the fort when the Vault is opened. This goes for the Fort of Fortune and Fort of the Damned.
That means that you can put in the hard work, complete every wave of a fort, and open the Vault yourself, or you can sneak on the fort and hide until the Vault is opened by another crew
As long as you are on the fort when the Vault is opened, you will get credit and Favour.
If you are unfamiliar with the Fort of Fortune, be sure to check out our guide that will prepare you for one of the hardest challenges you’ll encounter on the sea!
Earn 10 Favour by...
Defeating a Megalodon of any kind.
You will earn 10 Favour for every Megalodon you defeat.
Megalodon’s will randomly spawn when you and your crew are sailing in open waters. Similar to Krakens, they cannot be summoned on-demand in any way.
To better your chances of finding one of them, make sure your ship is sailing in open water. If you are close to an island or large rocks, it’s unlikely a Megalodon will spawn.
Since Megalodons are so massive, they need a lot of space to roam.
You’ll want plenty of cannonballs and planks when taking on a Megalodon. Megalodons will circle the ship they are attacking and randomly bite it.
Megalodons are vulnerable to both cannonballs and pirate weapons. Cannonballs are most effective against the giant shark so you’ll want your best shot on your ship’s cannons firing away. If you run out of cannonballs, we recommend using the Eye of Reach against the Megalodon.
Once you have inflicted enough damage, the Megalodon will rear its head in the sky and slowly sink to the bottom of the ocean. In its absence will be a nice haul of loot!
What challenges should you do?
If you are in an Alliance, you will want to take advantage of the 2x multiplier.
Taking down the Burning Blade in an Alliance will give you 2x the Favour for every Ghost Ship you destroy and 2x the Favour for completing the World Event.
If you see a Skeleton Fleet cloud in the sky, it also might not be a bad idea to sail over to it with your Alliance and sink any Skeleton Ships who dare challenge you.
Taking a look over the challenges though, you’ll see that you can easily earn Favour while simply sailing the Sea of Thieves and taking advantage of any threat that presents itself.
If a Megalodon spawns on you and your crew, raise the sails and take it out. If you see a Skeleton Ship off in the distance minding its own business, make your crew its business and send it to the depths of the ocean.
Alliance or no Alliance, you should find challenges that present themselves while you play that will help you reach that 600 Favour target.
Throughout the Event, you will want to share any extra treasure you collect with other crews. You will earn progress towards the Supplemental Income challenge for each unique piece of treasure you place on another crew’s ship.
Placing 100 pieces of treasure on another crew’s ship and completing this Long-Term challenge will award you with the “Pirate Philanthropist Title” title.
That treasure is not completely lost though! You will receive gold for each piece sold by the crew you gave it to on top of any gold earned through an Alliance.
If you have any questions, comments, or funny alliance stories, be sure to leave them in the comments below!
And if you come across another crew with their alliance flag raised and instruments out, why not make Larinna and the Bilge Rats proud by pulling out your Hurdy-Gurdy to join in on the fun?
Who knows? You might just be forming the Sea of Thieves’ next big musical group!