Ashen Key

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An Emergent Ashen Key Master.
Ashen Keys have a chance to be caught with a Fishing Rod.

An Ashen Key is a type of Key in Sea of Thieves that is used to unlock Ashen Chests to gain access to the valuable Treasure and rewards inside such as Ashen Tomes, Ritual Skulls, Gold, or Doubloons. Ashen Keys are also a type of Bilge Rats Treasure that can be sold to the Bilge Rats for Doubloons. Alternatively, they can be sold to the Reaper's Bones for 10 Doubloons and Reputation instead.


The Ashen Key is not useful on its own, unless the Crew finds an Ashen Chest. A single Ashen Key can be used up to unlock an Ashen Chest, after which, the Chest will reveal three Treasure items. A used Ashen Key cannot be recovered, but the unlocked Ashen Chest can be sold for an equal amount of Doubloons once opened and emptied.

Ashen Chests can be found from various sources, most commonly found as a reward for solving an Ashen Guardian's Notes Quest that is dropped by Ashen Guardians that appear during Skeleton Fort World Events or on Islands as Emergent Skeleton Captain spawns.

Where to find

Ashen Keys can be found from the following sources:

Tip: If in need of an Ashen Key, find either an Emergent Skeleton Captain or Ashen Guardian on an Island and attempt a soft-reset of the Island by having the whole crew die or exit the Island's Title Card range. A soft-reset has a chance to change the Captain/Guardian to a different type, or cause it to despawn (in which case, a soft-reset can be attempted again).


Ashen Chest Treasure Pool

Every Ashen Chest opened with an Ashen Key will reveal 3 Treasure items:

Selling Ashen Keys

Ashen Keys can be sold both to:

The following is the reward chart for sold Ashen Keys (only applicable when selling to the Reaper's Bones):

Emissary Grade Doubloons Emissary Value
No Emissary Doubloons 0
I Doubloons 900
II Doubloons 1197
III Doubloons 1503
IV 10 Doubloons 1800
V 12 Doubloons 2250



Plundered Prizes emblem.png
Plundered PrizesSell 600 of any Trading Company items while flying the Reaper's Bones Emissary Flag.
High Seas only
  • Grade I: 120
  • Grade II: 240
  • Grade III: 360
  • Grade IV: 480
  • Grade V: 600
Lock icon.png Unlocks Dawn Hunter Set items for purchase.
Fearless Reaper emblem.png
Fearless ReaperSell 320 of any Trading Company items while flying a Grade 5 Reaper's Bones Emissary Flag.
High Seas only
  • Grade I: 60
  • Grade II: 120
  • Grade III: 200
  • Grade IV: 240
  • Grade V: 320
Key Cash emblem.png
Key CashSell an Ashen Key.+10 Doubloons
Key of Thieves emblem.png
Key of ThievesUse a stolen Ashen Key.
High Seas only
+10 Doubloons

Pirate Chat Wheel

Here is the Pirate Chat Wheel for the Ashen Key:

Ashen Key Wheel.png

Patch history

  • 2.0.9 (November 20, 2019)
    • Introduced.