Sea of Thieves Rare Thief Guide for The Art of the Trickster Tall Tale Guide

Sea of Thieves – The Art of the Trickster Tall Tale Guide

You will need to be on your toes for this Tall Tale! The Trapmaker will definitely have a few surprises in store for pirates brave enough to track her down.

As with the other Tall Tale Guides, you might want to pull out your interactive SoT companion map. There’s an entire marker series that goes hand-in-hand with this text guide to help you on your way. You’ll likely find it particularly helpful with Step 3!

Art of a Trickster Marker Series for the Rare Thief SoT Companion Map

You can find the web version of the interactive SoT companion map here.

Trickster Markers on Web SoT Companion Map

Of course, if you’d rather use the interactive map on your phone or tablet, you can use the SoT companion app.

Trickster Markers on Mobile SoT Companion Map
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The Art of the Trickster Tall Tale: Step by Step

Step 1 – Art of the Trickster Tall Tale Book

This Tall Tale book is found by our good friend Salty located on the East side of Plunder Valley. Vote on the book to have it added to your Map Radial and let Salty tell you about the tricky Trapmaker.

Art of the Trickster Start

The Trapmaker was hired by Briggsy at one time to make traps for her and guard her stash. Perhaps the Trapmaker knows where one of these stones is hiding.

Step 2 – Discover the Rum Bottle Spyglass

You will be sticking to Plunder Valley for this part of the Tall Tale. Head to the West tunnel that is an offshoot of  the cave with Bat rock painting in it. Then make your first left into skeleton room from here.

Skeleton Puzzle Room

This first puzzle will have you moving various skeletons around the room to match positions described in the Tall Tale book.

Plunder Valley Bird of Stone

The forsaken Captain points to fire and ash…

Find the skeleton with its arm outreached and interact with it until its hand is pointing to the fire across the room.

Hand in hand, two lovers face their destiny…

Find the couple and interact with them until their hands are touching.

The Rum Runner laid her drink to rest…

Find the skeleton with a mug of grog in its hand and interact with it until the drink is down.

The thief hides behind her mask of gold…

Find the skeleton holding a mask and interact with it until the mask is on its face.

Once all the skeletons are in the right position a cage in the middle of the room will drop down. In that cage will be the telescope and note in a skeleton’s hand.

Trapmaker's Spyglass

You will unlock the Drinking in the View commendation for obtaining the spyglass.

Step 3 – Discover Trapmaker’s Key

Depending on the new pages added to your Tall Tale book, you will either be heading to Discovery Ridge or staying on Plunder Valley. Either island, you will be performing the same task of finding the Trapmaker’s counter weight.

The last page in your Tale book will have a bird’s eye view of a part of the island. Find the Trapmaker’s mark on the island as shown in the image in the book. The most important part of the page is the image and the words below the image.

The words just below the image of the section of the island we are focused on will mention two types of objects. What you will want to do is line up these two objects in the eyes of the skeleton outline in your newly found telescope. Once you line up these two objects with the eyes, the mouth of the skeleton in the telescope will point to the dig spot.

The two objects can either be a physical object in the world like a rowboat or a rock painting depicting the object.

For example, “Deck and helm where once I stood, by stone now turned to drifting wood.”. You will want to look for pieces of wood very close to a stone.

Line up the quest telescope so both objects are in the eye sockets of the skeleton face in the telescope and then dig where the mouth, “X”, lines up. You will find more notes for the next two locations on the island.

Trapmaker's Notes

More examples include:

Caged inside a kind of brig, near broken urn a place to dig

Plunder Valley

See where to dig on your map:

Caged and trapped I may be bound, near ancient urn within the ground

Plunder Valley

See where to dig on your map:

Dark creatures now awake, an ancient call for all our sake

Plunder Valley

See where to dig on your map:

Once soaring through the sky with pride, now crawling in the earth to hide

Plunder Valley

See where to dig on your map:

Salvage and wood to batten down hatches, closer now if viewpoint matches

Plunder Valley

See where to dig on your map:

For forgotten people long we scour, in search of an ancient burning power

Plunder Valley

See where to dig on your map:

Rum and sea forever my fate, iron serves a fiery hate

Plunder Valley

See where to dig on your map:

Rum and gold drown my grief, ferried for an accused thief

Plunder Valley

See where to dig on your map:

Crossed the seas now lost for days, I feel a red piercing gaze

Plunder Valley

See where to dig on your map:

Wood and iron my be the tools, to save my soul from greedy fools

Plunder Valley

See where to dig on your map:

Through island waters I rowed in awe, spited by a fearsome jaw

Discovery Ridge

See where to dig on your map:

Deck and helm where once I stood, by stone now turned to drifting wood

Discovery Ridge

See where to dig on your map:

The red sun rises gifting light, the blue moon shines bright at night

Discovery Ridge

See where to dig on your map:

Plundered supplies help my plight, friends of the sea fill my sight

Discovery Ridge

See where to dig on your map:

Ancient people praise the sea, in ships they used a fabled key

Discovery Ridge

See where to dig on your map:

Through leafy palms I stumble and tread, through rum and greed I lost my head

Discovery Ridge

See where to dig on your map:

Salvage and supplies steel my nerve, for gold and greed I have to serve

Discovery Ridge

See where to dig on your map:

The third solved page will have you dig up the Trapmaker’s Gunpowder Key. This is the counter weight you have been searching for!

Don’t hang around too long though, the Trapmaker has set traps on the island to set off when discovering the counter weight. Quickly run back to your boat with the weight before a giant explosion bests you!

Finding the key will unlock the The Trickster’s Key commendation.

Step 4 – Deliver counter weight to Sailor’s Bounty

You will now need to bring the counter weight to the belly of Sailor’s Bounty. It will not be as easy as it sounds as the underground cave system you need to journey through has dozens of traps ranging from popping spikes to swinging scythes.

You should be able to dodge most of them if you watch your step. Do not step on any of the wooden platforms sticking out of the sand. Those are pressure plates that will set off traps in the tunnel.

The counter weight is destructible so you need to be very careful with it. Skeletons, traps and exploding barrels can damage the weight.

Follow the Trapmaker rock painting marker to the final destination.

Once you put the weight in the counter weight holder, you will fight skeletons and a Captain of the Lair.

The room where you fight the waves of skeletons has levers you can pull to use traps on the skeletons. They also can harm you though so be careful where you stand after pulling a lever.

The captain will drop a totem and more Trapmaker’s notes. Grab totem and run back through traps to your ship.

Step 5 – Complete the Ancient Vault

Depending on which totem you received in the caves of Sailor’s Bounty, head on over to the corresponding island.

  • Boar Totem – Devil’s Ridge
  • Crab Totem – Uncharted Island at N13
  • Moon Totem – Crescent Isle
  • Scarab Totem – Crook’s Hollow
  • Snake Totem – Mermaid’s Hideaway
  • Shark Totem – Kraken’s Fall

This Ancient Vault will not have you solving a puzzle but fighting waves of skeletons.

Light all four braziers to start the vault. What’s this, the Shroudbreaker stone already?! Go on into the small nook that has the stone and pick it up. Not so fast!

You will be met with a closed vault and waves of skeletons to fight. You will be fighting the new coral skeletons. There will be three waves, each with its own Captain to defeat.

Defeating the captain will drop a medallion. You will place the medallion into the altar. Doing this three times will complete the Ancient Vault and the door to the vault will open allowing you to exit with your prize!

Grabbing the Trapmaker’s Shroudbreaker stone will unlock the The Trickster’s Stone commendation.

Step 6 – Return Shroudbreaker Stone to Salty

With the Shroudbreaker in hand, return to Plunder Valley and give the stone to Salty.

Art of the Trickster Finish

This will complete the Tall Tale and you will have unlocked another commendation!

The Fate of the Morningstar

The Fate of the Morningstar is the next Tall Tale in the Shores of Gold storyline. Check out our guide to help you on your next journey with the Ferryman.

Journal Locations

We also have a guide here to help you find the five journals for this Tall Tale.

79 thoughts to “Sea of Thieves – The Art of the Trickster Tall Tale Guide”

  1. I had a part on Discovery Ridge saying through palm trees and rum and something about losing a head, couldnt figure it out for the life of me and ended up spending 2 hours until some crew sunk me, if anybody knows the location to dig or line the spyglass it would be helpful.

    1. There is a skeleton on a stone next to a palm that should be it. But i’d advise you to just boycot that quest and protest Rare. Seriously that quest is broken. After you picked up the final item you don’t even have five seconds before you explode and the entire quest disappears. Great design. Two hours wasted looking for random garbage on this shitty quest just so you die and lose everything.
      But don’t worry the fanboys will flock in and tell you how i got outplayed or i’m just BAAAAD because five seconds wasn’t enough for me to run to the water. I literally picked it up started walking and died. Absolutely no way to get away from the isle.

      1. I agree the minute I started digging I heard explosions that came towards me from the direction of my ship definitely no escape possible without more warning at the very least

        1. I’ve got the clue “deck and helm” and I’m friggin so lost. I’ve spent a good frickin hour and a half and I’ve probably been parked at Discovery Ridge for like six days in the game. This is the most difficult task. Can someone just tell me in what AREA this is? I’m just not enjoying it and I really want to move on.

      2. The trickster quest is a bit ridiculous. It takes forever to sight glass all of the markers. I blew up the first two times. The third time I made it off the island but got attacked by a kraken and a meg at the same time. I managed to swim the keg over to a landmark before a shark got me. After that I had to sail from far away to retrieve the keg. It gets worse from there. The room you put the keg in spawns a seemingly endless number of skeletons until the captain finally spawns. If you succeed you aren’t done yet. The captain drops a totem that you take to another island where you have to defeat another three waves of rather easy skeletons. Finishing that awards the jewel but you have to take it back to an island that is always swarming with other players.

        I finished it solo but it took almost 5 hours!

      3. The one on plunder valley about an ancient burning power is impossible to find using that picture…

    2. The mark to stand on is right around the middle of the island, above the waterfalls. the headless skeleton is propped up against a rock. if you around the paths of the island you should find the skeleton before the mark. hope that is helpful

      1. step 3, theres one on plunder valley that says “crossed the seas now lost for days, I feel a red piercing gaze” stand on the mark north side of the canyon and stare down southwest, you’ll see a set of oars and a drawn red eye, line those up with the eyes of the skull to find your mark, took me and my friend almost an hour to find it, happy hunting!

    3. Yes, I believe if you stand on top of the canyon wall on the west side, face south and look down, you can see two palm trees that meet at the base, and right next to it is a crate of rum. Look through your spyglass, putting the base of the palm in one eye of the skull and the rum in the other, and then dig where the x lies.

    4. Yeah we had one on plunder that said “for forgotten people long we scour, in search of an ancient burning power. ” never did find it…

      1. This one is in the middle valley part of the island. There is a painting of two people in black with their arms up, and a painting of a fire t the right of it. – Happy sailing!

          1. I actually didn’t stand on any mark. I just dug about two steps back from the middle of the two paintings.

      2. Can someone help me with plunder valley one , “For forgotten people long we scour, in search of an ancient power” its impossible the view given is covered by trees

        1. I just added a picture to the guide for the rock paintings you should be looking for. It’s of a flame and several people. Check in the valley of the island.

  2. “Deck and helm where once I stood, by stone now turned to drifting wood.”. any pics on where to stand to find this please been stuck a couple hours here :/

      1. It should be around here, in the middle of the island. From memory, starting on the West side, walk through the valley. When it opens up, hop up onto some rocks to the left and walk on them heading East until you find the mark to stand on. Then look to East by South East for the two objects.

  3. For the step 3, I got this sentence:
    Nothing is lost, nothing is spoiled, I obey gold and greed
    The image is the one of the raw boat and the shark on Discovery Ridge but there is nothing here or at the other places of Discovery Ridge.
    Please help me find that bottle!

  4. salvage and supplies steel my nerve, for gold and greed i have to serve. Anyone now this riddle? i have been stuck on it for an hour.

      1. We spent forever on this quest to end up beating all the skeletons at sailors bounty but the captain won’t spawn. We have the boss music and everything but he doesn’t spawn no matter what we try. This game is so broken hahaha

    1. its in devils ridge at the side where the small islands are, there is a way downhill, is painted in a piece of wood/boards

  5. I lost the Totem to another crew can I get it back or do I need to fight them and steal it back again or do I need to reset the mission

    1. You could fight them to get it back but it might be a better use of your time to just start again.

  6. So after i got the counterweight, i lost my ship to the kraken cause apparently i didnt have wood. Swam back to shore with the stupid barrel and found a rowboat. Rowed all the way to Sailor’s bounty, nearly died to the waves upon waves upon waves of skeletons. Brought the totem to crescent isle, got into the vault. Then i made into nearly all the way through the 3rd wave when i was crackshotted by the captain and stuck in a wall. Teleported back to my ship and the quest failed

    Good job Rare

    1. I hated this quest for the same reason. I put hours into this quest. Overall, Tall Tales is really fun and probably the best update they’ve done, but the Trickster quest is way too difficult. The quest should not fail at the end if you die from the coral skeletons after all that work!

  7. I got crossed the sea now lost for days, I feel a red peircing gaze. It’s on plunder valley. Have no idea 🙁

  8. I love all the people that whine about this already easy game having something slightly difficult. I hope the devs. ignore you morons and make it even harder. Gaming needs to go back to how it use to be. Keep weeding out the weak Rare. GG!

    1. This is why we can’t have nice things. Why do the new players need to be chased off? YOU are actively killing this game. Do you really want the playerbase to shrink just so you can say “I did a thing that was hard for new people to do!”?

  9. Got “Plundered supplies help my plight, friends of the sea fill my sight”. Anyone know where it is?

    1. I just found it after hours… Its west sid of island standing on cliff about the outer islands looking straight down there is a fish and a busted crate.

    2. Correction: (put wrong location last msg)
      I just found it after hours… Its above the valley by the book ‘bait and switch’ its seahorses and a busted crate lookin down into valley south south-east on island.

  10. Got “rum and gold drown my grief, ferried for an accused thief” Anyone know where to find that one? I’ve been looking for it for hours 🙁

    1. Hmm, that one sounds tricky. We haven’t gotten it yet. Which island? Discovery or Plunder? If you find it, we would love a screenshot of it so we can share it with other pirates. Sounds like physical objects and not rock paintings though. Perhaps a skeleton with rum bottles surrounded by them?

      1. For “rum and gold drown my grief, ferried for an accused thief” is on the west side of plunder valley. Up top you will find a bird shrine, you need to go on the rock above the shrine and you’ll find the skull you need to stand on. Align with the wheelbarrow and the skeleton

  11. I had a different trapper spyglass mission that hasn’t been posted, but unfortunately forgot to take a screenshot.

    Something along the lines of:
    “Wood and iron are the tools to keep me safe from greedy fools”

    The location is the cannon and barrel on the mid tier to the east.

  12. Idk if its just me as a solo player but that fight to the lair captain is long and drawn out. 10-15waves with at least 10 -15 each wave.

  13. It’s on Plunder Outpost, ontop of the Bird Shrine, there is a “Skull Mark” you have to line up the eyes with the wheel barrel of skeleton corpse and their rum.

  14. I have The red sun rises gifting light, the blue moon shines bright at night but can not seem to find the red sun and blue moon as indicated in the screenshot anywhere. Any help would be appreciated thanks.

    1. On the southeast side of the island, down below on the beach there is a big rock face up against the cliff wall. They are painted there.

  15. I died on captain wave and the captain wont wasnt there when i cam back, I can still hear music, but there is no totem or captain, andyone know how to fix this?

  16. Spoilers: (I was seriously stuck so I’m just helping out)
    “For the deck and helm where I once stood”, find the painting of the mermaid queen, or whatever, with all her merpeople rising up to a boat in a storm. Turn 180°. Walk forward a tiny bit. You’re looking for the 2 pieces of wood on the left and the rock on the right. Voila.

  17. Here is a location found on Discovery Ridge that isn’t in the guide yet.

    ‘Through leafy palms I stumble and tread, through rum and greed I lost my head’

    Can be found here:

    Hope this helps.

    Whilst I’m here I will let you all know that I just wasted 4hrs on this mission! Did ALL the grind to finally get to the tomb only to die on the third wave of coral skeletons. I respawn on my ship and that’s it, mission failed!!! I can’t quite believe it, you go through all that crap to get one shot in the tomb. I’m not sure I can bring myself to go through all that again only to die there again through fear I might go and drive a burning bin lorry through Rare’s front reception or something. What a crap piece of game design. Hope you all have better luck peeps.

    1. Great find! Thank you so much for posting. We will get this added to the guide soon. I am sure it will help so many other pirates out there who also get this riddle.

    2. Same thing, game lagged I got killed third wave… wtf rare?! Some of us have jobs and families and can’t spend 5 hours playing all that often and all for naught?! Crap.

  18. This guide is helpful to a limited extent as it doesnt help you find the location of the clues on Plunder Valley by showing these pics.

    1. We have the exact locations on our map found here. We have been meaning to add screenshots of the locations on the map to the pictures in this guide. We will get on that!

  19. its ok things could be worse you could get to the island place the keg then fight all the skeletons get tho the captain die and come back for the captain and all skeletons to have disappeared and wont respawn!

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