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Cursed Sails Campaign Guide

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Disclaimer: This article was written for the original Cursed Sails Event—ah, the summer of 2018…

However, you might still find this article quite helpful. The first step of the 2020 Cursed Sails event involves finding Wanda’s Journals.

For Wanda’s Journals,
Skip to Step 5.

If you’re curious what the original Cursed Sails event was like, feel free to peruse at your leisure.

The Summer 2018 Cursed Sails Event

The most exciting update yet for Sea of Thieves, The Cursed Sails, has just been released and with it comes many new pirate festivities for the community to enjoy.

One of the many new features being introduced to the game are ships helmed by skeletons!

Similar to The Hungering Deep, The Cursed Sails provides a story for the players to follow that will shed light onto why these new threats have emerged from the sea.

While Merrick had players hunting for journals to reveal the history of the mighty Megalodon, in The Cursed Sails, Wanda the Weaponsmith has left clues behind about her disappearance that ultimately lead to the new menace roaming the seas.

Skeleton Ship

Stuck trying to gather all the clues? We’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find an image and text-based guide to help you out.

Want more visuals? You might find it helpful to use the interactive map, too!

We’ve added a brand new marker series just for
Cursed Sails!
You can use the web version of the map here.

Of course, if you’re wanting to read along with this guide on your screen, you might want to open up the map in the mobile version.

Apple Pirates click here.
Android Pirates click here.

Step 1: Visit Sharon the Shipwright

Go to the shipwright, Sharon, on Golden Sands Outpost and ask her about Wanda. She will tell you to go and check out the Weaponsmith Shop on the outpost. This step will begin the Cursed Sails campaign.

Sharon the Shipwright on Golden Sands Outpost

Step 2: Investigate Wanda’s Workshop

Turn around and walk over to the Weaponsmith’s Shop. Enter the shop, and you will find that Wanda is missing! She has been replaced by her sister, Wonda.

Inside the shop, investigate the note and the pendant.

Next, turn around and look down at the shop’s threshold. There you’ll see footprints. Follow their path from the shop to the beach. At the water’s edge, you can investigate the footprints.

These three actions will complete the first step of the campaign.

3: Return to Sharon on Golden Sands Outpost

After telling Sharon what you found in the shop, she will tell you about Wanda and Salty’s possible whereabouts. Apparently, the two used to meet on Crescent Isle.

4: Find Salty on Crescent Isle

Get on your vessel and sail on over to Crescent Isle.

In the cove, you will spot Salty in parrot form on a barrel. Talk to Salty and he will give you directions for where you can find more clues—Wanda’s Journals.

Salty on Crescent Isle
See Salty’s location on your map:

Step 5: Find Wanda’s Journals

You will find Wanda’s Journals on Mermaid’s Hideaway, Thieves’ Haven, and The Sunken Grove.

Seeing as these are quite large islands—particularly Thieves’ Haven—searching for journals might feel a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack.

Never fear, me hearties! We’ve mapped out the locations. We describe where to find each of the journals below. However, sometimes it helps to not only see it on a map, but also be able to zoom in and out—and orient yourself around—your destination.

So, we’ve included links to each journal’s specific marker on the interactive map below the journal’s image.

You may read these journals in any order you wish. When finished, you’ll find the journals will have led you back to Salty on Crescent Isle.

Wanda’s Journal on Mermaid’s Hideaway

Head on over to the big pond in the middle of the island. On the southeast side of that pond, you’ll see Five Paces Frank standing amidst a humble camp with a few fireside benches.

Wanda’s Journal is on one such bench.

Legendary Storyteller Journal #2 on Mermaid's Hideaway
See the journal’s location on your map:

Wanda’s Journal on Thieves’ Haven

Thieves’ Haven is a large multi-level island hollowed by twisting caves and corridors. Fortunately, the journal is actually well within reach just upon sailing up to the island’s shores.

If you look at a map of Thieves’ Haven, you’ll notice a patch of golden sand on the northeast side of the island.

This might be familiar from times when you’ve come here to find riddle landmarks and rock paintings for: “The Survivor’s Camp,” “The Last Crewmate,” or the “Thrice Marked Crabs.”

This time you’ll find Wanda’s Journal.

See the journal’s location on your map:

Wanda’s Journal on The Sunken Grove

The Sunken Grove seems to derive its name from the island’s sunken center. Head toward that center, and follow the winding path down.

Near the lowest point, you’ll notice a cave sheltering a small campsite. There you’ll find Wanda’s Journal on a camp bench.

See the journal’s location on your map:

Step 6: Return to Salty on Crescent Isle

Upon returning and talking to Salty on Crescent Isle, he will tell you about Wanda’s secret hideout on Wanderer’s Refuge. You know where to go next!

Salty on Crescent Isle

Step 7: Investigate Wanda’s Alchemy Lab

Once on Wanderer’s Refuge, head over to the big tunnel in the middle of the island. Once there you will find a small opening on the South West side of it. Walk on in and discover Wanda’s Alchemy Lab.

In Wanda’s Lab, you must investigate five objects.

First, you will need to read the Evil Pirate Code. You will find it tacked to a table right in the middle of the lab.

Looking up from the table, you’ll see another piece of paper tacked onto the back wall: a scroll.

Off to your right, you’ll notice a wooden platform, serving as a makeshift bedroom. On the front corner of this platform you will find another item: a cannon base.

You’ll also find an item worth inspecting on the bed: an apron.

Finally, you’ll want to head over to the back left of the lab. There you’ll find some tools worth a look.

After investigating these five items, you will be instructed to return to Sharon on Golden Sands Outpost.

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Step 8: Return to Sharon on Golden Sands Outpost

Go to the shipwright, Sharon, on Golden Sands Outpost and tell her everything you’ve discovered about Wanda.

After telling Wanda’s story, Sharon will give you a new set of sails—and information on where you can collect two additional sets. 

Sharon the Shipwright on Golden Sands Outpost

Also, double check your progress for the inspection of clues in the Bilge Rat commendations. You should have 3/3 for investigating the shop, 3/3 for finding the journals and 5/5 for investigating the Alchemy Lab.

Find those Cursed Sails!

You have now completed Wanda’s story and discovered the origin of the skeleton ships. This small chunk of the Cursed Sails is just the beginning of your time with the update. There are skeleton ships to conquer and seas to reclaim!

skeleton ship

Skeleton Ships

Each region in the Sea of Thieves is now under attack by skeleton pirate crews!

On every outpost, you will find an ominous sight: a dagger-stabbed parchment announcing the skeletons’ threats. Aye, within you’ll find the details of when and where these skeletons plan to attack.

To conquer the skeleton crews, you must sail to the region threatened on the days in question. The locations and days are as follows:

The Battle for The Shores of Plenty

The battles begin on the 1st, with fighting continuing through the 10th. To join in the fight, you’ll need to sail North West of Smuggler’s Bay.

The Great War of The Ancient Isles

The war rages on in the Ancient Isles from the 11th through the 20th. You’ll find the troubled waters West of Sharkbait Cove.

The Final Stand of The Wilds

From the 21st to the 30th, you and your fellow pirates will make your final stand in The Wilds. Head East of Marauder’s Arch to find the action!

These are in-game days.

Use your pocket watch to see what day it is. The Sea of Thieves runs on a different clock than what you might be used to. One day in the Sea of Thieves is 24 minutes long.

Checking The Time

Once you are at the right place at the right time, waves of skeleton ships will rise out of the water, attacking any nearby ships. Defeat multiple waves of ships and you will spawn a captain wave, much the same as you would when fighting on skeleton forts.

Be sure to stock up on supplies and try to form an alliance with any nearby ships. You won’t want to be fighting these Skeleton Ships and your fellow pirates at once!

Between finding out what that suspicious Wanda has been up to and hunting down Skeleton Ships throughout the Sea of Thieves, you will be a busy pirate for the next three weeks!

Feel free to ask any questions below. Good luck out there, pirates!

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.

32 thoughts on “Sea of Thieves – Cursed Sails Campaign Guide”

  1. Okay so me and my friend did the quest and went to see Sharon to which she just caps locked us about Wanda and then I got a notification saying that the: ‘Cursed Sails Begins.’?? was i supposed to get that at the start?
    She also gave us no sails or any directions even after restarting the game so… i’m confused as to if this is a glitch or i’ve missed something??

    I hope someone can help, Thankyou xx

    1. Amir Abdollahi

      You have two options when talking to Sharon after the quest: Ask Sharon about Wanda and tell Sharon about Wanda. Asking about Wanda is what you should do from the start and telling her about Wanda will complete the quest. You only have the option to Sharon about Wanda after doing all the steps.

      1. We didn’t get the option to tell her about Wanda, only ask after we completed the entire thing and was directed back to her?

        1. Amir Abdollahi

          Hmm, that is very odd. Have you checked through your Bilge Rat commendations to make sure that you have 3/3 for shop items, 3/3 for journals and 5/5 for lab items?

          1. Amir Abdollahi

            I am not sure. If you investigated all three items it should say 3. I would personally leave the server you are on and interact with all three again to see if it updates. Good luck!

    2. Also having this exact problem, got to wanderers refuge and found all the items, was told to go back to Sharon and there isn’t even an option to talk about Wanda. Glitch? Kinda pissed off tbh because I’ve spent the past 5 hours completing the questline and there’s no rewards or even an ending.

  2. Thank for the guide Amir! My friend and I just complete the quest and i did get the completion, but my friend is stuck at the last part with Sharon like Jemina says.

    1. Amir Abdollahi

      Darn, that’s no good! In their Bilge Rat commendations, do they have have 3/3 for shop items, 3/3 for journals and 5/5 for lab items?

        1. Amir Abdollahi

          I am not sure to be honest. I followed these exact steps and didn’t run into that issue. I know others have been getting the Sails at the end as well following this. Have you tried leaving the server and joining a new one? That is the only thing I can think of at the moment.

          1. I am also haveing the same problem I can’t get the reward or tell her about Wanda. I talk to Salty again still and it still doesn’t work. I was looking forward to getting the sails and can’t get it.

  3. Where do i find the journal on thieves haven im at the shipwreck on the inside of the island and theres a campfire but i dont see it??

  4. William Kelly

    What are the two other outpost where you get sails? I went to daggertooth and golden sands, but what’s the third one?

    1. Amir Abdollahi

      Check out the Shipwrights at Plunder Outpost and Daggertooth Outpost to get the other region’s sails.

  5. My husband and I just finished as well the campaign as well and didn’t have the option to tell her about Wanda either. Only “I’ve found some clues” Like we hadn’t been to see Salty or any of the other stuff yet. Said we got a sail, and a new title. Got the title, no sail though? Must be bugged 🙁

    1. Amir Abdollahi

      Hmm, so the yellow sails popped up and said they were unlocked but they were not in your Shipwright inventory yet? If that is the case, maybe try switching servers to see if that refreshes it. Some people have been saying that talking to Salty again has fixed whatever issues they had with Sharon. Also might be worth a try!

  6. Hi, I’m curious about the boat flags, I only got 2 (the yellow and the purple), is there a third one ? For the third raid ? And where do I find it ? ): ?

    1. Amir Abdollahi

      Yes, there are three total. One from Sharon at Golden Sands. The other two are at Plunder Outpost and Daggertooth. Speak with the shipwright at each!

  7. We finished it and killed a skeleton ship… then another spawned w/ no skellies. Then another. Then another. Then another. Then another. We sunk them all and got the loot, but it honestly wasn’t worth that much; maybe $10000. Didn’t get any commedations or anything for killing them, but I’m not sure if we were supposed to. Certainly cool tho.

    1. Oh wow! Sounds like you got pretty lucky there with the no skellie spawn ships! I have heard a few stories about that happening. Hmm, that is odd you didn’t get a commendation. You definitely should have. What region were you in? And the battles in each region are wave based similar to the skull forts.

  8. Amir, I’d like to say thank you. Your guides are informative and help me go step-by-step through the game. It’s a huge help and I hope you keep up the great work thanks.

    1. Amir Abdollahi

      Thanks for the kind words! We will do our best to bring the same quality for any new content that needs a guide 🙂

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