The Sea of Thieves Anniversary Update introduced a glorious new addition for lovers of lore: Tall Tales!
Nine Tall Tales weave together a storyline deeply embedded in Sea of Thieves cannon. Collectively, these nine Tall Tales are known as “The Shores of Gold.”
These Tall Tales will lead you on journeys through the Sea of Thieves’ vibrant past, introducing you to famous and infamous pirates alike. Some of whom might appear in the present—or return in the future.
Even better, each Tall Tale has many variations! So, even if you’re doing a Tall Tale you’ve done before, you’ll likely sail to new destinations and encounter new clues.
As with any epic journey, you might feel a bit lost from time to time. Never fear, me hearties! We’ll be here.
Here you’ll find in-depth walkthroughs for each Tall Tale—and their variations. With in-game images, infographics, thorough explanations, and a trusty map, we hope to help you on your way.
Embark on the very first Shores of Gold Tall Tale: The Shroudbreaker! There are nine Tall Tales in all, leading you to “Tribute Peak”—an island which is also often referred to as the “Shores of Gold.”
Scour your maps, but you won’t find this island. It lies hidden beyond The Devil’s Shroud. Worse yet, any ship attempting to sail through the Devil’s Shroud is doomed to wreck against the Shroud’s mighty wrath.
There is only one way to reach those shores. The ship must sail with the protection of the Shroudbreaker. Thus, your journey begins with a search for that Shroudbreaker.
If you’ve completed the first Tall Tale, then you’ve found it: the Shroudbreaker! Unfortunately, this artifact is of no use in its current state. It is missing four stones; all of which are necessary to unleash the Shroudbreaker’s power.
At the end of your first Tall Tale, the Mysterious Stranger mused that there was a pirate who once made it to the Shores of Gold: Captain Briggsy. She might know where to find these stones. Alas, Captain Briggsy is now a fearsome Skeleton Lord, jealously guarding her secrets.
Ah, but the Order of Souls has ways of extracting such secrets. To do so, Madame Olivia will need Captain Briggsy’s skull.
In this Cursed Rogue Tall Tale, you must find Captain Briggsy, slay Captain Briggsy, and retrieve Captain Briggsy’s skull for the Order. Madame Olivia will help you on your way.
For the Legendary Storyteller, we will begin with the following memory:
“Tasha… a girl in a tavern, staring in awe as the firelight flickers and great tales are told…”
As it turns out, these great tales were stories Briggsy told Tasha about her adventures at sea. Perhaps Briggsy thought there was little risk confiding in a child.
Yet, unable to sail with Briggsy herself, young Tasha wrote stories and drew pictures reliving Briggsy’s adventures.
Although young Tasha’s vibrant imagination adds plenty of color to the stories, the underlying information as to Briggsy’s exploits remain—and might just lead you to a Shroudbreaker stone.
For Stars of a Thief, this memory may help light our path:
“Sudds… A dear friend who threads his way across the wildest oceans by the light of the stars…”
Sudds and Briggsy were dear friends, indeed, sharing a deep respect for the storied skies o’er the Sea of Thieves.
Believing she and Sudds were likely the only two to truly know the constellations—and the only two to possess an Enchanted Spyglass for viewing such constellations—Briggsy used this knowledge to hide a Shroudbreaker stone.
Our next tale begins with the following memory culled from Briggsy’s skull:
“Wild Rose… True love shining like a beacon that calls across the waves…”
Despite Briggsy’s reputation, it seems Briggsy fondly recalls a romance that bloomed aboard her ship. Seeing as Wild Rose and George once sailed with Briggsy, they might have a bit of insight on those Shroudbreaker stones.
Ah, but no one seems to know where to find Wild Rose and George. That is, except perhaps their dear friend Madame Olive.
It seems Sudds was not the only person Briggsy sought out for their expertise.
“Salty… trembling before a blade, revealing the lair of a Trickster.”
You might remember Salty from “Cursed Sails.” Though Salty undoubtedly learned a few trade secrets from Wanda, it was not Salty’s expertise that intrigued Briggsy.
Rather, Briggsy sought an acquaintance of Salty’s —a Trapmaker—known as the Trickster.
Heralded as the best Trapmaker in the Sea of Thieves, Briggsy was determined to have the Trickster craft sinister traps along the path to yet another Shroudbreaker stone—whether the Trickster wanted to or not.
If you’ve completed “Wild Rose” then you’ll know that there is a malevolent ritual cursing pirates throughout the Sea of Thieves. It is a ritual that can trap souls.
Once slain, this ritual encases the victim’s soul in a physical object, prohibiting the soul from reaching the Ferry of the Damned.
Neither dead, nor free to live, these souls languish as they linger.
Charged with overseeing the souls on the Sea of Thieves, the Ferryman cannot allow this. However, neither can he leave his helm.
Hearing of your deeds, the Ferryman seeks your assistance.
Like so many, Graymarrow and the Morningstar’s crew each aspired to reach the Shores of Gold—and each were seeking the Shroudbreaker stones.
The Morningstar found one. Graymarrow found out.
Alas, you know the Fate of the Morningstar. Rather than simply slay the crew—and risk them returning from the Ferry of the Damned—Graymarrow wielded that vile ritual to trap their souls in the land of the living.
Although Graymarrow never seems to have found the other three Shroudbreaker stones, he still jealously guards the one he stole.
On behalf of the so cruelly cursed Morningstar Crew, what sweet sweet revenge it would be to steal that stone in turn.
You’ve done it! You’ve acquired each of the four stones required to awaken the power within the Shroudbreaker.
Ah, but the Shroudbreaker only provides safe passage through the shroud. It offers no additional safety or clear passage once you reach the Shores of Gold.
Considering how jealously guarded the path was that brought you this far, it’s hard to imagine that no one would have placed additional riddles, traps, and tricks on the island.
Aye, and it’s easy to imagine that a pirate might become so twisted in their obsession over this hoarded gold that they might never have left…
A new threat emerges!
These nine Tall Tales were just the first batch of lore-driven adventures for us to experience. There are more Tall Tales after the Shores of Gold that will have you and your crew uncover a mysterious new threat to the Sea of Thieves…
Fair Winds, Me Hearties!
We’ve done our absolute best to be as thorough as possible, and we update these guides regularly.
Nevertheless, with so much to explore—including the in-game updates and additions—we’re bound to have missed a few spots. Let us know if you come across anything we missed in the comments below!
Together, as we all stumble upon new permutations within each Tall Tale, the Rare Thief crew will continue enriching these guides for all pirates set to embark upon their Tall Tale adventure!
Looking for the Shores of Gold journal locations? We also have a Journal Guide, helping you find each and every journal for all nine Tall Tale.