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Time for a suitably spine-chilling Sea of Thieves content update as the cold nights draw in! The Shadows of Fate are back, spreading across the world like a plague, and there are Voyages and Challenges to lead brave crews into action and deliver both answers and rewards. Time to find out the Fate of the Damned...

Raise your lantern and explore the release notes below to unearth everything that's new in the Fate of the Damned content update, including events and rewards, gameplay and accessibility improvements and eerie Pirate Emporium additions.


Ready to come face to face with fate? Take part in Fate of the Damned Challenges to determine your own aims and awards, while Larinna's latest Voyages let you shed light on the fates of others...

Fate of the Damned Challenges

  • During the Fate of the Damned update, each week unlocks new Challenges for crews, which will have them face off against the surging threat from the Sea of the Damned. Battle to take back control through the Fate of the Wild Shores, Fate of the Ancient Sands and Fate of the Roaring Skies!
  • Alongside the weekly Challenges, crews can also take on the Slayer of Fate Challenge at any time to unlock new rewards.
  • A new in-game Events menu allows players to track their progress through Challenges and see rewards earned.

Fate of the Damned Voyages

  • Larinna has been investigating the mysterious goings-on, but her Bilge Rat crews have gone missing. Take on Voyages to find their last known whereabouts, share their Flames and uncover their stories.
  • Each week Larinna offers a different Voyage into a different region of the world, where you’ll meet some familiar faces and learn more about the skeletons’ foul rituals.
  • Beware! A wicked threat from the Sea of the Damned has been summoned back into the world by these rituals. Keep your wits about you and use the Flames of Fate to best your foes.
  • Victorious crews will be rewarded with offerings to the Order of Souls and a precious Ritual Skull, readying them for a daring assault on the Fort of the Damned.

Fate of the Damned Rewards

All Soulflame cosmetics will be shipped to the Pirate Legend Hideout when the Fate of the Damned update ends – collect them now before they’re sealed behind the waterfall!

Fate of the Damned Events


Tricky treats in the Pirate Emporium this month include the Soulflame Ship Collection, new Skeleton Mau and Skeleton Alsatian pets, frightening facepaints, emotes that employ a lively skeleton’s arm and a free Lantern Dance emote!

Soulflame Ship Collection

Skeleton Pets

Soulflame Facepaints

  • Give rival crews a good scare with four new luminescent facepaints!

Skeleton Emotes

  • A skelly will give you a hand with four silly new emotes using a brand new prop.

Lantern Dance Freebie Emote

Skeleton Pet Bundle (Store Only)

  • Available only from the Xbox, Microsoft and Steam Stores, this bundle contains the skeletal Mau and Alsatian along with 1000 Ancient Coins and a bonus 25,000 gold bonus for use in the Outpost shops! Head to the Microsoft Store or Steam Item Store to find out more.


Despite having a busy month, Larinna has still managed to acquire some new Black Market stock for pirates looking to spend their hard-earned Doubloons!

Aristocrat Clothing

Wild Rose Equipment

Gameplay Improvements

Mysterious Notes

  • When waking up at the start of a session, players may now find Mysterious Notes left beside them. Follow these notes to be directed to the various activities across the Sea of Thieves with each new content update.
  • When collecting a Mysterious Note, a pop-up will now appear as the note is added to your inventory. All Mysterious Notes collected can be browsed within a new section in the Quest Radial.

In-Game Event Tracking

  • The in-game menu now contains an Events tab, showcasing the current events taking place across the Sea of Thieves and tracking your progress through them.

Flameheart’s Range

  • When a Flameheart Ghost Ship encounter is active, the area in which music and menacing remarks from Flameheart can be heard around the islands has been reduced.

Ashen Lords Balancing

Emergent Captain Balancing


Oh Gourd!

Skipping the Intro Cutscene

  • Players can now opt to skip the front end intro animation by enabling ‘Auto-skip Intro Animatic’ in Video Settings.

Shark Hunter Ship Set

  • The previously unavailable Cannons, Capstan, Figurehead, Flag* and Wheel are now purchasable for gold at any Outpost shipwright.
* Release Note Error: Shark Hunter Figurehead and Flag are mistakenly mentioned here and have been available to purchase since patch 1.1.0.

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Optimisations

  • Sea of Thieves has been optimised in preparation for the next generation of Xbox consoles with Series S and Series X.


Auto-Move Accessibility

  • Players can now bind a key to ‘Auto Move’, allowing their pirate to move forward in that direction until stopped.
  • ‘Auto Move’ functions as expected while traversing land or swimming, but also applies forward motion to actions such as raising the capstan and climbing ladders. While players will still need to interact with these items to begin, the use of ‘Auto Move’ can remove the need for a held action during the interaction.

Narrate Emotes

  • When ‘Let Games Read to Me’ is enabled, emotes performed by other pirates will now be narrated and described to the player.
  • Hiding Emotes that hide the player’s gamertag will not be narrated.

Fixed Issues


  • When performing an emote, you should now consistently perform that action for any players observing you.
  • When a Megalodon appears alongside a Sloop, it should now circle the ship and more frequently find opportunities to attack while the ship is moving.
  • Reaper’s Chests earned from the Fort of the Damned should now have a Reaper’s Beacon.
  • Ashen Artifacts dropped by Ashen Skeletons now provide Emissary Grade progression when taken.
  • Firebombs should now deal consistent damage to animals.
  • When a player has acquired the maximum number of food items, the number shown should now be marked in red.
  • After lighting all the Flame of Fate beacons at the Fort of the Damned, Graymarrow should climb out of the ground instead of appearing from nowhere.
  • There is now a loading screen while going through the Pirate Legend Hideout waterfall entrance.
  • When at Ancient Spire Outpost, players should now safely teleport to the intended location.
  • The Legendary Skeleton Exploder Commendation should now be visible to players in their reputation page under Gunpowder Skeletons in the Bilge Rats tab.
  • The Commendation counters shown on the reputation pages now more accurately represent players’ progress with a Trading Company.
  • Quickly pressing the primary use key while holding a pet should no longer disable the ‘give pet’ animation.
  • The ‘Drop Capstan’ tutorial prompt now resets properly if the player’s ship sinks while on-screen within the radius of the Maiden Voyage island.
  • When playing with Korean language settings, players are once again able to offer their soul to the Ferryman to skip the revival duration.

Ancient Treasure Vaults

Tall Tales

Pirate Emporium

  • Switching currency should now properly update the price in the item preview window.


Visual and Audio

The Arena

  • The last crew to vote for the migration after the contest will no longer be stuck on the ‘recording results’ message and instead migrate as intended.

Custom Servers

  • Steam players should now be able to join an active custom server after receiving an invite.
  • Players should no longer be able to browse the store at North Star Seapost while on a Custom Server.
  • Players should no longer be able to browse Larinna’s Black Market while on a Custom Server.


  • Players who unlocked incorrect achievements on Steam before June 3rd 2020 will now have the incorrect achievements removed upon next login (but if the achievement was legitimately earned since then it will stay).
  • Players who have not had their Xbox achievements carried over to Steam will find their achievements correctly synchronised when logging in following the Fate of the Damned update.
  • When attempting to join a game without an invite on Steam, players will now be shown the correct notification message.

Performance and Stability

  • Improvements to server performance reducing latency, lag spikes, ‘rubberbanding’ and server correction during gameplay.
  • Improved client stability when loading into The Arena tavern upon selecting Duo Sloop Open Crew.
  • Improved client stability when idling on the Ferry of the Damned for an extended duration.
  • Improved server stability when progressing through Tall Tales.
  • Improved Xbox loading times from when a player sets sail on the front end to when they arrive in the world.
  • Improved and optimised client performance.
  • Optimised a range of islands across The Devil’s Roar to improve client performance.
  • Camera movement should now feel smoother when using the mouse and keyboard on Xbox consoles.

Known Issues

In-Game Event Tracking

  • On rare occasions, players can end up with their event progress out of sync when viewed via the in-game Events menu. This can be fixed by restarting the game and logging back in.

Mysterious Note Completion

  • When following the actions defined in a Mysterious Note, the note will not be removed from your radial until the next time you log in.

Fate of the Damned Voyage Localisation

  • Players may find that text encountered during Fate of the Damned Voyages is missing its translation in languages other than English.

Players Impacted Following Server Migration

  • We are currently tracking a number of player-impacting issues which can occur following a server migration. These include crews migrating near Outposts finding themselves moved to a location where another ship is already present, and issues with ship interaction points following a migration.

Ranged and Melee Weapon Hit Detection

  • In areas of intense action, players may find themselves firing shots or landing strikes that do not cause damage to their targets. While improvements continue to be delivered during our content updates, this continues to be a key priority for the team.

Stuck UI Menus

  • When interacting with a barrel and moving quickly through its inventory, players may find that the barrel’s state is not updated as items are removed. Players can also experience Game Options becoming stuck on screen when exiting a barrel in this state.

To learn more about known issues in Sea of Thieves currently being tracked and their status, head over to our Known Issues support site article.

Download and Installation

Download size:

  • Xbox One: 5.82 GB
  • Xbox One X: 7.72 GB
  • Windows 10: 8.12 GB
  • Steam: 5.46 GB

Xbox Installation Instructions can be found here.
PC Installation Instructions can be found here.