In this article we will be guiding pirates to journal locations for The Legend of Glitterbeard. However, before we send you out on your journey, there is some background information we feel is important to share.
In March of 2020, Rare lost a beloved crewmate. On this one-year anniversary of his passing, Rare is sharing a moving memorial with the Sea of Thieves community: The Legend of Glitterbeard.
One way Rare hopes the community will engage with The Legend of Glitterbeard, is through sharing the experience in real time, or in sharing how they enjoyed the experience or what the experience has meant to them.
While we hope that guiding pirates to these journals will help facilitate these experiences, we’d like to do a bit more in this article to uphold the spirit of sharing in this experience.
With that in mind, we’d like to share how we experienced these lovingly crafted writings.
We should probably begin with at least a bit of background.
The Legend of Glitterbeard
The Legend of Glitterbeard is inspired by a man named James White—or ‘Jim.’
It seems that Jim exhibited a particularly noteworthy dedication to the players—a genuine passion not only for creating and welcoming pirates into this world, but also for ensuring that this world was a haven, where pirates could fully experience the magic therein.
With the introduction of The Legend of Glitterbeard, you can now find journals that Glitterbeard has left behind—journals which keep this passion alive.
Embodying this passion—along with Jim’s kindness and compassion—Glitterbeard is a selfless guide to pirates throughout the seas.
Sharing our Experience: How Glitterbeard’s Journals Offer so Much More than We’d Hoped
The journals chronicle Glitterbeard’s adventures. In reading along, we wouldn’t be surprised if pirates see themselves in Glitterbeard, or remember similar adventures or discoveries—particularly back when they first set sail.
The journals are also filled with pearls of wisdom. In fact, they are an excellent primer to the Sea of Thieves.
However, amidst the adventure stories and pearls of wisdom, we found something far more valuable: an opportunity to view the seas through Glitterbeard’s eyes.
You’ll see why this world meant so much to him, we think you might also remember more reasons why this world means so much to you.
Glitterbeard’s journals offer a perspective on life in the Sea of Thieves. Once adopted, it is a perspective that inevitably and effortlessly makes the most of every moment at sea.
Sadly—even for the most devoted Old Salts in these seas—it can be all too easy to lose this perspective. Even worse, new pirates might miss out on this perspective entirely.
It’s actually quite understandable.
Stressors in the outside world often wear us down into a rather joyless, rote task-completion mindset. That’s lamentable when it comes to our jobs or our personal responsibilities. It’s tragic when it comes to our escape.
That is why we feel that these journals offer something so valuable.
These journals offer an opportunity to reconnect with the joyous magic that lives in every adventure on the Sea of Thieves.
Honoring and Supporting this Memorial
As we mentioned at the outset of this article—because The Legend of Glitterbeard is so near and dear to its creators—we have been in close consultation with Rare to ensure that we are only publishing the information Rare is comfortable with us publishing, when they are comfortable with us publishing it.
As such, we have been given Rare’s blessing to publish a guide on the journal locations. However, this guide will not contain the text of those journals, and this guide will not disclose the location of the final journal.
Instead, we hope that pirates will enjoy uncovering those texts and discovering that final journal in the world.
If, after some time, Rare feels comfortable with us disclosing that final journal location, we will add it.
As for the other journal locations—we hope the remainder of this guide will help you on your way, as you explore this touching tribute.
The First Glitterbeard Journal
The first Glitterbeard journal you will discover, naturally or while on the hunt, will most likely be the My Maiden Voyage journal.
My Maiden Voyage
A book safe and snug inside, near mirth and music…
You can find the My Maiden Voyage journal in the Tavern of any Outpost on the Sea of Thieves. The journal is lying on a bench inside the Tavern just next to the entrance door. While there are multiple copies of this journal in the various Taverns, you only need to read one for this commendation.
Reading the My Maiden Voyage journal will also unlock the Glitterbeard Sail! You will find them immediately after reading the journal in the Ship Customization Chest.
Glitterbeard Journals in The Shores of Plenty
There are a total of four different Glitterbeard journals in The Shores of Plenty region.
In Good Company
A book discovered by a pirate seeking shelter and Sanctuary…
You can find the In Good Company journal on Sanctuary Outpost. Head to the beach on the South side of Tavern and look for a flipped-over rowboat. The journal will be lying on the ground next to the rowboat.
Actions and Words
A book sleeping near the cart of an exhausted Smuggler…
You can find the Actions and Words journal on Smuggler’s Bay. Head to the middle of the bay. On the beach, you will see some broken barrels, a hanging lantern, and bamboo logs. The journal is lying on the sand underneath the hanging lantern.
Lost and Found
A book at the mouth of a cave, lost upon a wanting moon…
You can find the Lost and Found journal on Crescent Isle. Head to the large tunnel at the center of the island. If you enter the tunnel from the East, you’ll find the journal laying on a rock next to the cooking spot and resource barrels on your right.
It Never Rains
A book upon the shore at the four bridged islands…
You can find the It Never Rains journal on Golden Sands Outpost. Head over to the North West beach of the Outpost. You’ll find the journal lying on a rock next to two broken rowboats just South of the dock.
Glitterbeard Journals at The Reaper’s Hideout
There are a total of two different Glitterbeard journals found on The Reaper’s Hideout.
An Unexpected Outcome
A book on a pier, near where masked secrets lurk and linger…
You can find the An Unexpected Outcome journal on The Reaper’s Hideout. Head to the South side of the island to find the journal on the Southern dock.
A Strange Voyage
A book on a rock, gazing out over Death’s domain…
You can find A Strange Voyage on The Reaper’s Hideout. It is lying on the ground near a large boulder just outside the main Reaper’s Bones structure.
From the Reaper’s Bones structure, walk North over the small bridge and go immediately West towards the dock. Before you reach the dock, you should see the journal lying on the ground to your right near a large rock boulder. There is also a sketch placed on the large rock boulder you are looking for.
Glitterbeard Journals in The Ancient Isles
There are a total of 11 different Glitterbeard journals in The Ancient Isles.
A book at a camp, where plundering pirates made their home…
You can find the Soul Searching journal on Plunder Outpost. It is lying on the sand near the beach camp found just outside the Equipment Shop on the Outpost. You’ll find it laying at the foot of a rowboat and paddle sticking out of the sand near the Cooking Spot.
My First Gold
A book at the heart of a tiny island to the far south…
You can find the My First Gold journal on Booty Isle. Head to the middle of the island and you’ll find the journal on top of one of three Resource Barrels grouped together.
A book left behind at a Hunter’s old camp…
You can find the Making Music journal on Shark Bait Cove. The journal is leaning against some buckets in Merrick’s old fishing camp located on the island’s South West outer ring.
Head in the Clouds
A book waiting to be discovered, near a mighty ridge…
You can find the Head in the Clouds journal on Discovery Ridge. Head to the Western most side of the island to find a shipwreck. Near the shipwreck will be a small camp where the journal is.
Our New Home
A soggy book lurks at a great, round island to the west…
You can find the Our New Home journal on Plunder Valley. It is lying in the water at the base of the waterfall just underneath the giant eagle-shaped peak found on the island’s West side. You’ll find it just next to the wooden bridge at the foot of the waterfall.
Flags of Friendship
A book cast away by a pirate who’d had too much to drink…
You can find the Flags of Friendship journal on Castaway Isle. It is lying on the sand on the Northern side of the island next to some broken rum bottles.
A book gazing upon the open sea, near to a faithful friend…
You can find the Reunion journal on Stephen’s Spoils. It is sitting on a wooden stool on the dock near Merrick.
Fleets of Flame
A book perched crookedly atop a steep slope, high overhead…
You can find the Fleets of Flame journal on Crook’s Hollow. Head to the island’s highest level and find the cannon on the South West cliff that faces out West. You’ll find the journal lying on top of a Resource Barrel next to the cannon under the shade of a large tree.
A Tavern of Legends
A book in the greenery, where elysian waters bubble forth…
You can find the A Tavern of Legends journal on Paradise Spring. Head to the center of the island where you will find a small pool of water. On a rock ledge that surrounds the water will be the journal.
Shopping and Supplies
A book that waits upon the edge of a heavy, bladed weapon…
You can find the Shopping and Supplies journal on Cutlass Cay. Head to the North side of the island and you will find the journal on a rock next to two Resource Barrels.
Easy Come, Easy Go
A book in the beach shelter of one who sought safe harbour…
You can find the Easy Come, Easy Go journal on Thieves’ Haven. Head to the East side of the island to find a shipwreck on the beach. Inside the hull of the shipwreck will be the journal lying on the ground.
Glitterbeard Journals in The Wilds
There are a total of three different Glitterbeard journals in The Wilds.
A New Flag to Fly
A book waiting where pirates who speak sharply come to rest…
You can find the A New Flag to Fly journal on Dagger Tooth Outpost. It is lying on the ground in the beach camp in the bay of the Outpost. You’ll find the beach camp just in front of the Gold Hoarder Trading Company representative.
Wrecks of the Lost
A book near where an old lantern still burns faithfully…
You can find the Wrecks of the Lost journal on Old Faithful Isle. It is located near a set of Resource Barrels on top of the large arch at the island’s center.
A book waits where a mighty ship crests twin peaks…
You can find the Feathered Friends journal on Galleon’s Grave Outpost. It is sitting on top of a Resource Barrel on the West side of the Outpost’s Southern dock.
The Last Glitterbeard Journal
While you can read the journals in any order, The Legend of Glitterbeard journal will most likely be the last one you find. Once you find and read the last Glitterbeard journal, you will unlock the very special Glitter Beard and the Glitterbeard Cannon Flare.
The Legend of Glitterbeard
Carry on the Legend
The 22nd and final journal is hidden well. As the community begins to discover its location, we will update this guide with its location!
Sharing the Experience
As we mentioned above, this is an experience which Rare hopes pirates will enjoy sharing among family, friends, crewmates, and your fellow pirates.
If you’d like to share your experiences with us and any fellow pirates who’ve stumbled onto this article, we would be honored to read them in the comments below.