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Resource Barrels are Objects that can be found all around the Sea of Thieves filled with various types of Resources or Maps. Typically, pirates can find Resource Barrels on Outposts, Islands, Seaposts, Shipwrecks or even floating in the Ocean. Barrels generally contain a mix of either Fruit, Bait, Cannonballs, Throwables, Cursed Cannonballs or Wooden Planks.

All Barrels globally reset their contents every 30 minutes after Server Start/Reset.

Every Barrel has 16 open Slots per Page for Resources. Each barrel can contain up to three pages worth of Resources with a maximum of 99 of a single item per one Slot. Therefore, the maximum storage capacity of a single Barrel is 4752 Resource Items.

Ship Resource Barrels

Each ship has three types of unique barrels on board: Cannonball, Food and Plank barrels. Pirates looking to stock up their ships should empty their inventory into the ship barrels and then pick up more supplies from Barrels off-ship.

Cannonball Barrel

The Cannonball Barrels are coloured Red with white Cannonballs painted on them.

The Cannonball Barrel is the designated Resource Barrel for storing all types of Cannonballs and Throwables on a Ship. Galleons and Brigantines both have three Cannonball Barrels, with an initial total stock of 45 Cannonballs in Adventure Mode (180 in Arena Ships). A Sloop has two Cannonball Barrels with an initial stock of 40 Cannonballs. The Sloop's Cannonball Barrels are the most accessible, situated just under the Helm on the Main Deck. The Cannonball Barrels on a Brigantine are placed right by the stairs on the bottom deck. The Cannonball Barrels of a Galleon are in the back of the Middle Deck, opposite the Wood Barrels, making them the least accessible of the three. Cannonball Barrels can store both regular types of Cannonballs as well as Cursed Cannonballs and Throwables. Generally, people separate the two-three types of Cannonballs into separate Cannonball Barrels, e.g. Cannonballs in the top Barrel and Cursed Cannonballs in the lower Barrels (with some even separating Green and Purple Cursed Cannonballs into the separate Cannonball Barrels on a Brig or a Galleon).

As of the 2.0.13 Patch, every Cannonball Barrel starts out with an additional supply of 2 Firebombs, 2 Chainshot and 2 Blunderbombs in both Arena and Adventure Mode.

Wood Barrel

The Plank Barrel is a Dark Brown Barrel with white Planks and a Hammer painted on it.

The Wood Barrel is the Resource Barrel designated for storing Wooden Planks on a Ship. Due to there only being one type of Wooden Plank currently in the game with a relatively small stock needed for repairing, every Ship starts out with just a single interactable Wood barrel. Every Ship starts out with an initial total stock of 15 Wooden Planks in Adventure Mode (60 in Arena Ships). The Wood Barrel of a Sloop and Brigantine are in front of the stairs to the lower deck. The Wood Barrel of a Galleon is at the back of the Middle Deck, opposite the Cannonball Barrels.

Food Barrel

The Food Barrel is a yellow Barrel with white Fish and Meat painted on it.

The Food Barrel is the Resource Barrel designated for storing all types of Food on a Ship. Every Ship has two Food Barrels with an initial total stock of 16 Bananas (In Adventure Mode). In The Arena Game-Mode, all Food Barrels spawn with 80 Coconuts instead. The Food Barrels on each ship are next to the kitchen area and the Ship's Stove for easier access for Cooking. Every type of Food item can be stored in the Food Barrel. Different Fruit and Bait (Raw and Burnt; Half-Eaten Raw and Burnt for Pineapple), different Meat (Normal and Half-Eaten Raw, Under-cooked, Cooked and Burnt) and different fish of different types and sizes (Normal and Half-Eaten Raw, Under-Cooked, Cooked and Burnt) each take up a single storage space in the Food Barrel, therefore making the three pages easier to fill.

Ambient Resource Barrels

Shipwreck Barrels

As of the Anniversary Update, all Barrels inside Sunken Shipwrecks have a chance to spawn Meat and Fish all types and cookedness in addition to the regular Resources that spawn in Barrels. This makes Shipwrecks a good source of additional Hunter's Call Reputation, as Crews fishing near a Shipwreck can check the contents of its Barrels every 30 minutes for a chance of the rarest Fish. Shipwrecks can be found by large flocks of Seagulls flying above them. These flocks can be spotted from very far away.

Hanging Sea Fort Barrels

Hanging in clumps of three and attached to a pulley system along the water's edge, these off-white coloured barrels have a chance to spawn animal Meat and Ruby Splashtails in uncooked or cooked states. These barrels also have a higher chance of Pineapples or other high tier Fruit spawning inside.

Barrels of Plenty

Barrels of Plenty, also known as Floating Barrels, are the shipwrecked Barrels that can be seen floating in groups anywhere in the Ocean. Barrels of Plenty are indicated by a small flock of Seagulls circling around them. These Seagull flocks are smaller than the flocks circling Shipwrecks and they cannot be seen from as far away. Floating Barrels usually have a larger amount of Resources in them than usual Barrels. As with the Shipwreck Barrels, Barrels of Plenty also contain Fish and Meat of all types. Different types of Treasure items (Treasure Chests, Artefacts, Bounty Skulls, Resource Crates, Trade Good Crates, Mermaid Gems, Messages in a Bottle, Coral Messages in a Bottle or even Gunpowder Barrels can be found floating among Barrels of Plenty.

Floating Barrels can be grabbed and let go with a Harpoon, making it easier to empty their contents. Like any items left floating in the open seas, Barrels of Plenty and the Treasure among them will sink and disappear after a while.

Lost Shipment Barrels of Plenty

While in a Lost Shipment, crews will find several modified Barrels of Plenty along the route of the sunken galleon. These act as normal Barrels (the normal barrels will still give food and supplies, and a flock of seagulls will be flying above), but with a few key differences: 1) There will be one Merchant Barrel mixed in with the normal barrels. 2) All non-barrel treasure (chests, skulls, etc.) will be replaced with Trade Good Crates. 3) There will be bits of wreckage from the lost ship floating amongst the waves, such as broken ladders and wooden hatches.

Merchant Alliance Barrel

In a Lost Shipment voyage, crews will find slightly different Barrels of Plenty that contain a Merchant Alliance Barrel among the normal barrels, distinguishable by its blue color and Merchant Alliance insignia, that harbors a clue.


  • Barrels used to only limit a supply capacity of 1188, but can now store multiple pages worth of supply.
  • Harpooned Barrels of Plenty can sometimes collide with the Ship while sailing, making a lot of noise.

Patch history

  • 2.7.1 (December 15, 2022)
    • Barrels of Plenty Balancing
      • The number of floating barrels that appear in a group has now been reduced. However, the likelihood of finding a rare items in these has now been increased.
    • Jettisoning Ship Supplies
      • When a ship sinks, the resources held within its barrels now float to the surface in the barrels to be easily collected.
  • 2.6.2 (September 29, 2022)
    • Cargo Runs can now appear on emergent maps found inside Barrels.
  • 2.4.1 (January 20, 2022)
    • When browsing a Barrel's inventory with a mouse and keyboard, moving the mouse quickly between the Barrel and Player inventory should no longer cause the Barrel to lose mouse focus and become unresponsive.
  • 2.4.0 (December 2, 2021)
    • Players can now transfer resources directly between barrels and Storage Crates.
  • 2.0.5 (July 17, 2019)
    • The amount of bait appearing in barrels has been reduced.
  • 2.0.4 (June 19, 2019)
    • Venomballs can once again be found in barrels throughout the world.
  • 2.0 (April 30, 2019)
    • The barrel inventory has been expanded to display a 4x4 grid of items rather than a 3x4 grid.
    • Grubs, Leeches and Earthworms can now appear in barrels.
  • 1.4.3 (February 6, 2019)
    • Did you hear that? - Barrels now make a noise when you hit them with your ship.
    • Resolved issue navigating a 2-page Barrel inventory with a mouse.
  • 1.4.0 (November 28, 2018)
    • If ship barrels are empty when players migrate, they will no longer get restocked.
    • After server migration, players can no longer get into a state where they can't loot barrels.
  • 1.3.0 (September 27, 2018)
    • Players can now take and store stacks of resources with a single button press.
    • When removing resources from barrels, if all items in a stack are removed, the next stack with remaining resources will automatically be selected.
    • Maps in Barrels can now appear inbarrels.
    • Items you store in the first slot of a barrel which you previously looted will no longer be invisible.
  • 1.2.5 (September 6, 2018)
    • Barrels now display a tooltip to indicate they are empty.
    • Barrels are less likely to be found empty in the world.
  • 1.2.4 (August 30, 2018)
    • Cursed Cannonballs can now appear in barrels.
    • Barrels in the world can now contain more than one kind of item.
  • 1.2.1 (August 8, 2018)
    • Barrels of plenty now float for longer.
  • 1.1.5 (July 4, 2018)
    • Resource barrels on ships will no longer periodically restock if they are below the default level.
  • 1.0.8 (May 23, 2018)
    • Barrels of Plenty no longer disappear when respawning onto your ship after death.
  • 1.0.1 (March 27, 2018)
    • Seagulls now fly over Barrels of Plenty.