Animal Crates

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Animal Crates are Transportable Items used to Capture, Transport, and Deliver Animals in Sea of Thieves.

Where to Find

Animal Crates are provided by any Merchant Alliance Trading Company Representatives at Outposts when Crews have an active Merchant Voyage that require the capture of Animals. The appropriate kind and number of Crates are relevant to the Animals listed on the Merchant Contract accessed from the Map Radial Menu.

Empty Animal Crates can also be found either beached or hidden on Islands.


An Animal Crate has no value on its own and cannot be sold back to the Merchant Alliance empty. The Crates are only valuable when carrying Animals. Player Crews will have to travel to Islands that spawn Animals (Large Islands spawn two types of Animals, Small Islands spawn just one) and manually capture these Animals inside the appropriate Crates. Each type of Crate can fit a specific Animal.

A Player Pirate can capture an Animal, if they are holding the appropriate Animal Crate and are next to the Animal in question. A prompt will appear, indicating that the Animal can be captured inside the Crate. Once captured, the Animal can then be delivered back to any Merchant Alliance Representatives on Outposts and sold for Gold and Reputation. On their own, captured Animals are not worth much Gold and Reputation. However, if a Crew has acquired a Merchant Contract that requests the delivery of a specific Animal to a specific Outpost by a specific date and time, completing the Commission will reward players with 10 times as much Gold and Reputation for the specific Animals.

Types of Animal Crates

  • Chicken Coop - Used for Capturing any of the four types of Chicken. Chickens are the easiest to deliver.
  • Pig Crate - Used for Capturing any of the four types of Pig. Note that Pigs need to be periodically fed Fruit, or they will starve and die.
  • Snake Basket - Used for Capturing any of the four types of Snake. Snakes will bite and Poison the player, but they can be tamed for a short while by playing Instruments.


  • Animals can die inside Crates. Try to keep them safe from sources of damage like Cannonball fire, Fire, Weapons or even Poison from adjacent captured Snakes.
  • When Animals die in a Crate, they leave behind uncooked Meat on the floor of the Crate (or Burnt or Cooked Meat when killed by fire).


Patch history

  • 2.3.2 (November 11, 2021)
    • When caging Animals, leaving them on an island and returning from some distance away should no longer cause them to change colour.
  • 2.2.1 (August 17, 2021)
    • Crew can no longer find an Animal Crate that offers repeatable Seasonal Renown when collected.
  • 2.0.2 (May 23, 2019)
    • Killing a captured animal then handing the crate to another pirate now shows the correct tooltip.