The Plunder Games Event

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The Plunder Games Event Guide

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Ready yourselves, pirates: it’s time for The Plunder Games!

Aye, your lovable local Bilge Rats are always thinking up new events for the Sea of Thieves. After all, events make a fantastic excuse to raise a grog!

It seems that—in a world beyond the Shroud—athletes from all over the world will soon gather for a grand tournament, exhibiting their talents and going for gold!

Well, pirates like flaunting their skills at sea—and they certainly like gold! So, perhaps it’s no surprise that the Bilge Rats got swept up in the excitement!

In this “heptadecathlon,” the Bilge Rats are inviting pirates to showcase their piratical prowess in a series of sporting and athletic Challenges.

In other such events, individuals participate in the hopes of taking home a gold medal. Ah, but for pirates, there’s no need to fuss about fashioning that gold into a fancy medal. After all, it buys the same amount of grog!

So, for each Challenge pirates complete, the Bilge Rats will help them celebrate with a congratulatory clink of coins!

What is The Plunder Games Event?

The Plunder Games Event is comprised of 17 different Challenges. Completing these Challenges will reward you with a significant amount of gold!

The event will last approximately three and half weeks—beginning on July 23rd and continuing through August 16th. In the first two-and-a-half weeks—from July 23rd to August 8th—every day will unlock a new Challenge. Happily, once a challenge is unlocked, it remains unlocked through the end of the event: August 16th!

This means that by August 8th all event Challenges will be unlocked and you will still have from August 9th to the 16th to work on any Challenges you may have missed.

You do not need to complete the Challenges in one sitting either. You can add progress to each over several sailing sessions! As long as you meet the Challenge’s requirements before August 16th, you will unlock the corresponding gold.

You can view each of the Challenges in-game via the Special Events menu.

The Plunder Games

How long is The Plunder Games Event?

The Plunder Games Event will run from Friday, July 23rd to Sunday, August 16th.

What are The Plunder Game rewards?

This event offers a ship-load of gold! While there are no cosmetics attached to this event, you will have the opportunity to earn 9,999 gold for each Challenge completed.

Gold

What are The Plunder Games Challenges?

The Plunder Games Event is comprised of seventeen Challenges. Each Challenge can only be completed once and will reward gold upon its completion.

While most of the Challenges in this event are crew-based, several will require you and you alone to be the ultimate champion!

Opening Ceremony

Light a beacon with a Flame of Fate, using your lantern to begin The Plunder Games!

To complete this Challenge, you will need to light one of the 12 beacons found throughout the Sea of Thieves with a Flame of Fate.

This Challenge is not crew-based, so you’ll have to acquire your own Flame of Fate and light a beacon with your Lantern to receive credit.

A critical requirement for this Challenge is to use a Flame of Fate to light the beacon. The default yellow flame inside your Lantern will not work for this Challenge.

There are three beacons found in each of the four regions. While some are hard to reach, each region at least has one that you can easily light.

Set Beacon flame

What is a Flame of Fate?

Flames of Fate are colored flames that you can obtain from the Ferry of the Damned. There are six different colors for six different Flames of Fate.

You can use the Flames of Fate to light Beacons or Lanterns on a ship. Lighting your ship’s Lanterns will allow you to share Flames of Fate from other pirates.

How to get a Flame of Fate

You can collect a Flame of Fate from the Ferry of the Damned after dying in a specific way.

The six different Flames of Fate are Green, Blue, Purple, Pink, Red, and White.

You can earn each Flame of Fate in the following ways:

  • Green = Death by Skeleton/Phantom/Ocean Crawler
  • Blue = Death by Shark/Siren
  • Purple = Death by Snake Venom
  • Pink = Death by Pirate
  • Red = Death by Fire
  • White = Death by Lightning

Once you die from any acceptable method, you will arrive on the Ferry of Damned and can collect the Flame of Fate from the Well of Fates.

We have a detailed guide on the best ways to earn each of the Flames of Fate here.

One of the easiest Flames of Fate to earn is the red one, as you can obtain it quickly on your own.

Simply damage yourself from falling off the crow’s nest or from a Blunderbomb until you have less than a third of your health left. Then, throw a Firebomb at your feet, and you will die from the fire.

Collect your red Flame of Fate from the Well of Fates, and you are ready to find a beacon!

Take flame from Well of Fates

Where are the Beacons?

As we mentioned, each region has three Beacons. You can find the Beacons on large islands and can be hard to reach.

One of the easiest Beacons to light in The Shores of Plenty is on Mermaid’s Hideaway. You can find the Beacon above Mermaid’s Lagoon.

One of the easiest Beacons to light in The Ancient Isles is at the top of Plunder Valley. You will find the Beacon at the highest peak of the island.

One of the easiest Beacons to light in The Wilds is on Kraken’s Fall. You can find the Beacon on a North cliff of the island.

And finally, one of the easiest Beacons to light in The Devil’s Roar is on The Devil’s Thirst. You’ll find it up high on the central part of the island.

For the exact locations of each Beacon and how to reach them, you can check out our guide here.

Festival of the Damned

Volley-brawl

Defeat 10 Skeletons while they’re affected by Cursed Cannonballs. Easiest on a beach.

To complete this Challenge, you will need to kill ten skeletons of any kind, while they are affected by Cursed Cannonballs. You don’t need to curse and kill all ten at once. Instead, you can space them out over the event, though the more you can curse and kill at the same time, the better!

This Challenge is crew-based, so as long as someone from your crew gets the killing blow to an affected Skeleton, you will receive credit.

You will first want to gather several Green Cursed Cannonballs. Depending on your aim, you’ll want a couple to spare in case you miss your first shot.

You’ll want specifically Green Cursed Cannonballs as these types of Cursed Cannonballs can be used against skeletons. Purple Cursed Cannonballs only affect ships which won’t be very helpful for this Challenge.

Where can you find Green Cursed Cannonballs?

You can find Cursed Cannonballs randomly in Resource Barrels across the Sea of Thieves. We’ve found some of the best places to find them are at Outposts and shipwrecks.

There are two types of Cursed Cannonballs, purple Cursed Cannonballs that affect ships and green Cursed Cannonballs that affect skeletons.

You are looking to gather the green Cursed Cannonballs.

How to Curse Skeletons

Now that you have some green Cursed Cannonballs, it’s time to find some skeletons to use them on.

An easy way to gather a group of skeletons together is to start an Order of Souls voyage and go to the island the Bounty quest will direct you to. You are guaranteed to find several groups of skeletons through the voyage.

The smaller the island, the easier it will be to gather your group of skeletons as well.

Once you find the skeletons on the island, get them to follow you to the beach so you can use your Cursed Cannonballs on them.

Once the skeletons have huddled together on the beach, board your ship and fire a green Cursed Cannonball at them. Hopefully, you will get a direct hit and curse all the skeletons.

Quickly switch to regular cannonballs and fire into the group again to kill them. You’ll want to work fast between when you first hit them with the curse and after when you hit them with the regular cannonball, so you kill them before the curse wears off. It wouldn’t hurt to fire several regular cannonballs into the group of skeletons to be sure you kill them all.

If you have crew mates, you can also have them standing by to jump in and sword the skeletons to death after they have been cursed.

Upon killing your tenth cursed skeleton, you will complete the Challenge!

Cursed Cannonball

Steeplechase

Climb up and ring the bell found high atop the Glorious Sea Dog Tavern.

You will find several bells on Sea Dogs Tavern, but only the highest bell will count for this Challenge.

This Challenge is not crew-based, so you will have to ring the bell yourself to receive credit.

Make your way to the Sea Dogs Tavern found in the map coordinates K11.

Park your ship at the main dock and make your way up to the actual tavern on the large rock. As you climb up the path, you’ll finally arrive at the tavern. Keep walking around it until you see the first tavern sign.

Sea Dog Tavern Sign

Whether you challenge yourself and complete the course or climb up the ladder, you’ll be near the very top of the Sea Dog Tavern, where you’ll find the bell to ring. Ring the bell and the challenge and gold is yours!

Sea Dog Tavern Ladder

Whether you complete the course or climb up the ladder, you’ll be near the very top of the Sea Dog Tavern, where you’ll find the bell to ring.

Sea Dog Tavern Bell

Big Game Fishing

Locate and defeat a Megalodon. (Yes, it counts as a sport.)

To complete this Challenge, you’ll need to defeat a Megalodon.

This is a crew-based Challenge so as long as someone from your crew deals the final blow to the Megalodon, you will receive credit.

Where can you find a Megalodon?

Megalodons 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 one, 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 they are so large, they need a lot of space to roam.

Once you find a Megalodon, you’ll need to take it down!

How to defeat a Megalodon

You’ll want plenty of cannonballs and planks when taking on a Megalodon. While your firearms will damage the Megalodon just fine, cannonballs are most effective against the giant shark. If you run out of cannonballs, we recommend using the Eye of Reach against the Megalodon. If you have a Trident of Dark Tides handy, those are also very effective!

Megalodons will circle the ship they are attacking and randomly bite it. If you can damage the Megalodon enough during its charged bite attack, you can circumvent any potential damage.

Once you have inflicted enough damage, the Megalodon will rear its head in the sky and slowly sink to the bottom of the ocean.

Megalodon Attack

Vault

Pose with grace and strength as you unlock the Vault beneath a Skeleton Fort (or Fort of Fortune).

To complete this Challenge, you must unlock either a Skeleton Fort Vault or a Fort of Fortune Vault.

You can find an active Skeleton Fort World Event below any large skull-shaped cloud in the sky. These can appear above any fort in the Sea of Thieves. Active Fort of Fortune World Events are below an even larger skull-shaped cloud with red eyes and a red scar on its forehead.

Once you find an active Fort, you will have to battle through 14 waves of skeleton foes to finally face off against the final boss of the World Event, a mighty Skeleton Lord. The Skeleton Lord will drop a Vault Key upon its defeat. You can use this key to open the fort’s vault.

This Challenge is crew-based, so as long as someone from your crew uses the Vault Key on the fort’s vault, you will receive credit.

Trap Shooting

Defeat 3 skeletons at once by detonating a nearby Gunpowder Skeleton. A steady aim will help…

Gunpowder Skeletons are skeletons that spawn holding a Gunpowder Barrel in their hands. They will run towards any pirate in their vicinity and set off the Gunpowder Barrel they are holding when close enough.

For this Challenge, you’ll want to gather several skeletons around a Gunpowder Skeleton and shoot the Gunpowder barrel to kill all the surrounding skeletons. Anyone in your crew can shoot the Gunpowder Skeleton for the entire crew to get credit.

You need to make sure that you or someone in your crew is the one to set off the Gunpowder Barrel. If the skeleton holding the Gunpowder Barrel sets off the Gunpowder Barrel on its own, you won’t get credit for the skeleton kills.

This Challenge is crew-based, so as long as anyone from your crew is the one to trigger the Gunpowder Barrel skeleton, you will receive credit.

Where can you find Gunpowder Skeletons?

Gunpowder Skeletons randomly spawn, so there isn’t a guaranteed way to find them. However, you have a chance of finding them randomly on islands, during Order of Souls voyages, and at active Skeleton Forts.

Active Voyage

It is important to note that skeletons are more likely to spawn while you have an active voyage. You also have a better chance of skeletons spawning the higher rank the voyage is. We have had good luck finding Gunpowder Skeletons with several other skeletons while working on Gold Hoarder Treasure Map voyages and Athena’s Fortune voyages.

Not only will you be running around islands looking for treasure with an active voyage, but you’ll also have a chance to be ambushed by skeletons when digging up treasure from the voyage.

Pirate Legends can always run through the Athena’s Run of Thieves’ Haven voyage that Larinna is selling. That voyage is notorious for spawning plenty of Gunpowder Skeletons while trying to complete the voyage.

Slalom

Weave this way and that, performing 3 sharp turns while sailing by dropping anchor.

To successfully do an anchor turn and receive credit towards this Challenge, you will need to drop your anchor when your wheel is turned all the way to the left or all the way to the right.

Regardless of direction, as long as your wheel is completely turned in one direction when the anchor is dropped, you will receive credit for this Challenge.

It doesn’t matter how fast your ship is moving. You can be sailing full speed through the waves or stopped at an Outpost. As long as you turn your ship’s wheel as far as it will go when your anchor drops, you will have done an anchor turn.

This is another crew-based Challenge so you will receive credit for the Challenge regardless if you are the one to drop the anchor or not. Just make sure you are on the ship when it happens.

Human Javelin

Launch yourself with power and precision from a ship’s cannon to land on the deck of another ship.

To complete this Challenge, you will need to shoot yourself from a cannon onto another ship.

This is not a crew-based Challenge, so you will need to make sure you can complete this feat on your own.

This Challenge is one of the more demanding Challenges to complete. If possible, you’ll want to find another crew to make an Alliance with to work on this with, as it might take a few tries and patience.

We found it easiest to park your ship in front of the ship you plan to land on perpendicularly, so you are making a ‘T’ shape. This way, you have plenty of runway to land on. It might also be helpful to anchor, so you don’t lose your angle once you are lined up.

Aim for the other ship’s helm area as a backboard, and you will hopefully bounce off the other ship’s helm onto the deck. You can also try aiming for the other ship’s mast as a backboard.

Shoot Onto Other Ship

Fin-nastics

Be swift and nimble to defeat a shark using a Gunpowder Barrel.

To complete this Challenge, you simply need to kill a shark using a Gunpowder Barrel. It’s okay if you die with the explosion, just as long as you take the shark with you!

This is not a crew-based Challenge so you’ll have to find and kill a shark on your own to receive credit.

Where to find Gunpowder Barrels

Gunpowder Barrels can be found randomly across the Sea of Thieves. They can be found washed up on the beaches of islands, in Barrels of Plenty floating in the water or even in shipwrecks.

Though, one almost guaranteed place to find Gunpowder Barrels is at inactive forts. Sail to any inactive fort nearby and you are bound to find several Gunpowder Barrels just waiting to be taken.

Where to find Sharks

Sharks spawn emergently in the Sea of Thieves. If you just jump into the water and wait a little while, you are sure to have one or two spawn nearby. Though, you will also have to contend with any sirens who wish to ambush you now as well.

If you are having trouble having a shark spawn near you, you can always head to the closest shipwreck. Both sharks and sirens are more likely to spawn at shipwrecks so you will definitely find one to use your Gunpowder Barrel on.

Gunpowder Barrel Shark

Synchronised Sinking

Play a shanty aboard your ship as you and your vessel sink below the waves in unison.

To complete this Challenge, you will simply need to equip one of your four instruments and play it while your ship is sinking.

Your ship can sink from another crew damaging it, self-inflicted damage from ramming an island, or simply scuttling from the My Crew menu.

To quickly complete this Challenge, start a session, run to your ship, select Scuttle from the My Crew menu and immediately start playing any instrument.

You can also do this at the end of your session before logging off.

This is not a crew-based Challenge so make sure you are on your ship playing an instrument while it sinks!

Fry-athlon

Unleash the power of flame and burn 3 skeletons at once using a firebomb or Chest of Rage.

To complete this challenge, you will need to burn three skeletons at once using a firebomb or Chest of Rage.

The easiest way to do this is with a Firebomb. Round up any three skeletons, regardless of type, and throw a single Firebomb in the center of them. If all three light ablaze, you will have completed this Challenge.

Firebombs can be found randomly in Resource Barrels across the Sea of Thieves. You can easily find several while plundering the Outpost at the start of your session.

As for finding three skeletons, you can find them emergently while exploring islands or vote on Order of Souls Bounty Voyage. While completing the Bounty Voyage, you will encounter several waves of skeletons in groups of three or more. You should have no problem bunching three to throw a Firebomb at to complete this Challenge.

This is a crew-based Challenge so as long as someone from your crew is the one to light the skeletons, you will receive credit.

Firebomb

Track a Fiend

Sprint and leap across islands until you locate and defeat an Ashen Guardian.

Ashen Guardians can be found emergently out in the Sea of Thieves on the beaches of large islands or during the second to last wave of a Skeleton Fort.

They glow bright red and have a red title above their head, Ashen Guardian. They look similar to Ashen Key Masters, so make sure you pay attention to the title above their head.

They are similar in health and power to a Skeleton Captain and will drop a Villainous Skull and Skeleton’s Orders, leading to an Ashen Chest.

Killing either an emergent Ashen Guardian or one from a Skeleton Fort will count for this Challenge.

This is another crew-based Challenge so as long as anyone from your crew deals the final blow, you will receive credit.

Ashen Guardian

Hurling

With all your strength, hurl a bucket of vomit over an enemy pirate brandishing a sword.

To complete this Challenge, you will need to throw vomit from your bucket onto a pirate from another crew who has their sword equipped.

First, you’ll need to fill up your bucket with vomit. To do that, you’ll want to drink several tankards of grog or eat raw meat. Once you have consumed enough grog or gotten sick from the raw meat, equip your bucket and wait for your pirate to react.

Vomit should project out from your pirate’s mouth into the bucket.

With your bucket filled with green bile, you are now ready to find an unsuspecting pirate to throw it on. The pirate must be from another crew and have their sword equipped to get credit for this Challenge.

If you can’t find a friendly crew to swap Challenges with, your best bet is to jump on another crew’s ship and stay alive long enough for them to start swiping their sword at you. As soon as you see them equip their sword, chuck your vomit, and hope for the best!

This is not a crew-based Challenge, so you’ll need to gather your own vomit and find a poor soul to douse.

Throw Vomit

Chest Relay

Pass the baton by handing a treasure chest over to another crew and having them turn it in.

To complete this Challenge, you will need to let another crew sell a chest owned by your crew.

This is a crew-based Challenge, so you don’t need to worry about giving up multiple chests for your entire crew to get credit.

A crucial part of this Challenge is for your crew to own the chest being sold. For your crew to own a chest, your crew must be the first ones to pick it up.

If there’s an undisturbed chest washed up on the beach, if you pick it up, you own it. If you open a Skeleton Fort vault, the first crew to pick up the chest from the vault owns it, not the ones to open the vault.

The Gold Hoarder chests such as the Castaway, Seafarer, Marauder, Captain, Skeleton, and Stronghold chests will count towards this Challenge.

Treasure Chests, Reaper’s Chests, and Reaper’s Bounty chests will not count for this Challenge.

As for another crew selling the chest you own, you can gift a chest to a friendly crew, or you can let a not-so-friendly crew steal a chest and let them turn it in.

Either way you get a chest you own in another crew’s hands, make sure you are still sailing the sea on the same server when the other crew sells your chest to get credit.

Sell Other Crew's Chest

Pentath-loot

Run, jump and swim for loot until you have five chests hoarded at once.

To complete this Challenge, you’ll need to have five chests on your ship at one time.

The Gold Hoarder chests such as the Castaway, Seafarer, Marauder, Captain, Skeleton, and Stronghold chests will count towards this Challenge.

Treasure Chests, Reaper’s Chests, and Reaper’s Bounty chests will not count for this Challenge.

You can sail the sea and collect random chests you find along the way. You are bound to find five different chests as you traverse islands during your adventure!

You can also go on a more focused search for chests and vote for a Gold Hoarder voyage. You will easily collect five chests as you complete the X Marks the Spot and Riddle quests during the voyage.

This is a crew-based Challenge so all five collected chests will grant credit for the crew.

Podium Finish

Ascend to a small Skeleton Throne (or a large Throne alongside another crew) and sit down.

To complete this Challenge, you will need to use the Sit Emote by yourself in a small Skeleton Throne, or with another crew in a large Skeleton Throne.

Skeleton Thrones are giant wooden chairs hidden throughout the Sea of Thieves. There are a total of ten Skeleton Thrones, five small and five large.

Sitting in any one of the small thrones with the Sit Emote will complete this Challenge.

The large Skeleton Thrones require at least one crew member from another crew to be sitting in the chair at the same time to get credit so it might be harder to complete the Challenge this way.

This is also not a crew-based Challenge. You will have to physically sit in a Skeleton Thrown yourself.

Finding the Skeleton Thrones is much easier than getting yourself into one. Most of the Skeleton Thrones require you to shoot yourself from your ship’s cannon with impeccable aim to the perched location of the throne.

One of the easiest Skeleton Thrones to sit in and can be done all by yourself without the help of another crew is the Skeleton Throne on Thieves’ Haven. You can find it on the East side of the island. Park your ship next to the rock the Skeleton Throne is sitting on, and hop on over to it.

Skeleton Throne on Thieves' Haven

If you would like to hunt down the other nine Skeleton Thrones, be sure to check out our Skeleton Thrones Location Guide here!

Skeleton Thrones

Closing Ceremony

Celebrate the end of The Plunder Games by drinking with another crew while at an Outpost.

To complete this Challenge, you’ll need to drink from your tankard at the same time another crew drinks from theirs while at an Outpost.

This is not a crew-based Challenge so make sure you have a tankard full of grog ready to go!

As long as one person from another crew drinks from their tankard while you drink from yours, you will complete this Challenge. You do not need to be in an Alliance with the other crew to get credit.

If you can’t find any friends at sea, your best bet might be to sail around to each Outpost, looking for another crew who is already there. Hop off and raise your tankard to show your friendly intentions! Hopefully, the other crew will join you in the merriment and drink to the event!

Drink Grog

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to leave a comment below! Have fun out there champions! Enjoy the extra gold and happy sailing!

To the Tavern!

Aye, we pirates do love a good tavern. ‘Tis a place to share our findings and adventures. ‘Tis a place to clap each other on the back. ‘Tis a place to glean further insight.

Happily, we’ve found proverbial taverns on several social outposts—each bustling with a vibrant pirate community! Want to join in the merriment? Ye will always find a hearty welcome at our table!

Follow Along

To the Tavern!

Aye, we pirates do love a good tavern. ‘Tis a place to share our findings and adventures. ‘Tis a place to clap each other on the back. ‘Tis a place to glean further insight.

Happily, we’ve found proverbial taverns on several social outposts—each bustling with a vibrant pirate community! Want to join in the merriment? Ye will always find a hearty welcome at our table!

Want to keep a weather eye out?

Jot down yer email, and we’ll be sure to let ye know when there’s something new on the horizon.

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