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Skeleton Captains are Boss Skeletons that either appear solo or with waves of underlings during Bounty Quests on Islands. They also appear as the bosses of Skeleton Fortress raids or mini-bosses of certain Tall Tales. They have higher health than regular Skeletons and can appear as any type of Skeleton. Skeleton Captains are distinguished by their clothing and orange coloured nameplate.


Skeleton Captains appear in various situations. They can spawn as any type of Skeleton: Normal, Shadow Skeleton, Plant Skeleton or Gold Skeleton. Skeleton Captains can spawn without a Weapon, with a Cutlass, Flintlock Pistol or Blunderbuss. Skeleton Captains will generally not spawn with Gunpowder Barrels, although during an Order of Souls Emissary Quest, one Island will always spawn Gunpowder Skeleton Captains.

It takes around 17 Cutlass hits or 6-7 Combos to kill one Regular Captain, Shadow or Plant Skeleton Captain. Gold Skeleton Captains are strong against Cutlass hits but can be easily taken down with firearms or a single Gunpowder Barrel.

Any Crews sailing as Order of Souls Emissaries will gain Emissary Grade Reputation for killing Skeleton Captains.

Type, Locations, and Rewards

Bounty Quest Captains

Up to 4 Skeleton Captains can spawn at the same island during a Bounty Quest. These Captains will drop one of the 4 regular Bounty Skulls: Foul Bounty Skull, Disgraced Bounty Skull, Hateful Bounty Skull, Villainous Bounty Skull. Any Skeleton Captains appearing as a part of Bounty Quests in The Devil's Roar will drop one of the Ashen counterparts of these 4 skulls, which are worth nearly twice as much as their original versions. These Skulls can be sold to the Order of Souls for Gold and Reputation. A Bounty Quest Skeleton Captain is usually preceded by waves of regular Skeletons of any type.

Killing Captains found through Bounty Quests count toward:

Killing Skeletons whose names are WITHOUT the "Captain" title are considered Skeleton Crew; killing them counts toward:

Skeleton Fort Captains

An active Skeleton Fort will spawn a Skeleton Captain as the first boss wave boss, who will drop a Stronghold Skull upon defeat. The Captain is as strong as any other Skeleton Captain and has the same mechanics as any other Captain.

Emergent Skeleton Captains

Emergent Skeleton Captains appear alone, roaming alone on the shores of Small or Large Islands. Upon defeat, an Emergent Skeleton Captain will always drop a Villainous Bounty Skull and a Skeleton’s Orders Quest with a small delay. The Quest will provide crews with a Treasure Map or Riddle Map for the Island the Skeleton Captain spawned on that will lead crews to high-value Treasure.

Ashen Guardians

Ashen Guardians are an Ashen Skeleton Captain that protect Ashen Chests. They can spawn as Emergent Skeleton Captains or during a Skeleton Fort's second boss wave. Drops a Villainous Bounty Skull and Ashen Guardian's Notes Quest that leads to an Ashen Chest.

Ashen Key Masters

Ashen Key Masters are an Ashen Skeleton Captain that protect Ashen Keys. They can spawn as Emergent Skeleton Captains or during a Skeleton Fort's second boss wave. Drops a Villainous Bounty Skull and an Ashen Key Master's Notes that leads to an Ashen Key.

Tall Tale Skeleton Captains

These are the various Skeleton Captains encountered during Tall Tales chapters.

List of Skeleton Captain names

Every Bounty Map or Emergent Skeleton Captain is named.

The following is an alphabetical list of all the documented Skeleton Captain names. These names can appear with or without the "Captain" title.

    1. 5 Paces West
    2. Aarrron Leigh
    3. Adam Bones
    4. Alex Thieves
    5. All Lies Eliza
    6. Amir The Feared
    7. Andrew Foulplay
    8. Andy Blastable
    9. Arrrndria Warren
    10. Aye Aye Rai
    11. Bad 'Un Haddon
    12. Bad Bradford
    13. Bad Deal Lindsey
    14. Bad Luckingham
    15. Bad Omen Davies
    16. Bad Penny Coppens
    17. Bad Tidings Tidmarsh
    18. Bam Bam Wymerz
    19. Battling Catling
    20. Beastly Ben Siddons
    21. Ben The Black
    22. Benjamin Slain
    23. Big Trouble Troughton
    24. Bilge Rat Beanland
    25. Black Artur
    26. Black Sheep Thomas
    27. Black Spot Baker
    28. Blackheart Blake
    29. Bloodkowski
    30. Board 'em Bowler
    31. Boombaca
    32. Bosun Bolton
    33. Both Barrels Barrett
    34. Brave Dave Stevens
    35. Brawl Carter
    36. Brawlin' Hall
    37. Breachin McEachern
    38. Bret The Bretrayer
    39. Brigantine Kozin
    40. Brown The Drowner
    41. Buccaneer Bridle
    42. Bucko Betts
    43. Campion The Wonderous
    44. Cannonball Khan
    45. Carousin' Russell
    46. Cast Away Cross
    47. Catarina Nine Tails
    48. Caulkin' Chalk
    49. Chartin' Ballantyne
    50. Cheat Daniels
    51. Choke 'em Coppens
    52. Chris Maiming
    53. Ciardi The Cheat
    54. Commander White
    55. Crafty Crawford
    56. Crazy Crosbie
    57. Crew Quakenbush
    58. Crossbones Everson
    59. Cross Boney Neilly
    60. Crudewellyn
    61. Cussin' Russ
    62. Daring Nourish
    63. Dark Soul Cole
    64. Darrryl Yarrrdner
    65. David Ahoymond
    66. David Sandybeach
    67. David The Bladesmith
    68. Davide The Greed
    69. Deadly Daley
    70. Death O' Me Timmins
    71. Deeceitful
    72. Devil's Kiss Davies
    73. Devious Deakes
    74. Diamond Geezer Melizza
    75. Dirty Deal Mitchell
    76. Dirty Diggle
    77. Dirty McMurtrie
    78. Dirty Play Derman
    79. Doominguez
    80. Double Crosser Prosser
    81. Double Dealin' Dempsey
    82. Double-Gun Dunn
    83. Doubloons Donaldson
    84. Drunken Duncan
    85. Dude Clark
    86. Enrique The Honorless
    87. Esther the Blessed
    88. Feared Ford
    89. Fearsome Fisher
    90. Fiendish Field
    91. Filthy Rich Semmens
    92. Fire Bomb Dom
    93. Fire Bomb Thomas
    94. Flash Ashby
    95. Flay J
    96. Flintlock Jocevicius
    97. Foul Deeds Rashed
    98. Frightening Frith
    99. Full O' Sin Quinn
    100. Gilded Giddings
    101. Glenn Deadwards
    102. Glorious Gluyas
    103. Go To Hell Huxell
    104. Gold Grasper
    105. Grabbin' Garner
    106. Grandee Preston
    107. Great Doomfield
    108. Grim Dimi
    109. Grim Jim Spain
    110. Grimmerman
    111. Grisly Chisholm
    112. Grog Mayles
    113. Grog Swill Hill
    114. Grog Swillin' Dillon
    115. Guillaume Le Terrible
    116. Gun 'Em Down Dunham
    117. Gunnin' Gulliver
    118. Hannes Shipwrecke
    119. Heave To Hughes
    120. Hellbound Ellis
    121. Hoardin' Agnew
    122. Hole Em' Hollands
    123. Hold Fast Holland
    124. Hook Handy Burt
    125. Hornpipe Holmes
    126. Horrendisett
    127. Horrifying Hunt
    128. Horth Of The North
    129. Huge Hoard Ward
    130. Ill Manners Smith
    131. Ill Will Hinds
    132. Iron Bryan Smyth
    133. Iron Johnson
    134. Jacob Scourgegaard
    135. Jak The Black
    136. Jessica Bonebreaker
    137. Jewels Williams
    138. Jolly Prodger
    139. John Traitor
    140. Jorge El Fuerte
    141. Josh The Dosh
    142. Joshuaarrrr
    143. Katie O' Nine Tails
    144. Katrine o' Nine Tails
    145. Katie Tyrant
    146. Keelhaul Cartwright
    147. Keelhaul King
    148. Keith Steals Ale
    149. Kill Again Milligan
    150. Kraken Beater Orlowski
    151. Kwoken
    152. Lady Katherine
    153. Lash Me Barnard
    154. Last Dawn Davies
    155. Last Laugh Efraim
    156. Leighvil Loveday
    157. Logun
    158. Long John Bradshaw
    159. Lootin' Lauren
    160. Lootin' Liz Burton
    161. Lootin' Lobacz
    162. Lord Lloyd
    163. Lordly Clark
    164. Lorenzo The Assassina
    165. Lost At Sea Kuczynski
    166. Lucky Lawrence
    167. Lucky Lukasz
    168. Lucky Luke Gracie
    169. Mad Dog McNulty
    170. Mad Man Baran
    171. Mad Miss Tina
    172. Mad Oli
    173. Mahon 'Of War
    174. Maim Me Stirling
    175. Maims Griffiths
    176. Malicious Malham
    177. Many Scars Rennie
    178. Mark Conson
    179. Mark Grandrews
    180. Maroonin' Masella
    181. Marooning Marshall
    182. Martin Adrift
    183. Matey Marlow
    184. Matt Doom All
    185. Max Picaroon
    186. Mayhem Machacek
    187. McGrath O' Great Wrath
    188. Me Hearty Milne
    189. Meaner T'Sjoen
    190. Meenbeard
    191. Merry Berry
    192. Merry Heron
    193. Merry Mei
    194. Mighty McFarlane
    195. Mike The Mutinous
    196. Miller The Killer
    197. Mister Cur Johnson
    198. Mitchell Munter Pirate Hunter
    199. Monstrous Morris
    200. Musket Mike
    201. Nastalie Oberg
    202. Ne'er Trust ‘Im Bell
    203. Never Yield Field
    204. Neelke Skull Cracker
    205. 'Nick It' Nicholson
    206. Nightmare Ang
    207. No Deal Atkinson
    208. No Mercier
    209. No Quarter Norris
    210. No Truce Nesbit
    211. Ofri Scar
    212. Okon the Condemned
    213. Orrible Ollive
    214. Parrley
    215. Paul Cunningscam
    216. Payne Killer
    217. Peglegory
    218. Peter Deathknell
    219. Pilfering Piasecki
    220. Pinch It Finch
    221. Pistol Proof Palmer
    222. Plunderin' Parkes
    223. Pretty Paulie Collins
    224. Pukin' Luke Woods
    225. Raidin' Bower
    226. Raidin Zalewski
    227. Ram 'Em Retnasamy
    228. Rammin' Hamlin
    229. Red Jed
    230. Red Rage Timmins
    231. Rhys O' Eight
    232. Rich Bludgeons
    233. Rickam El Rojo
    234. Rob 'Em Stothard
    235. Robbing Ronowski
    236. Robdog
    237. Rowdy Rodak
    238. Rum Runner Sumenkov
    239. Rumi Gillig
    240. Run Yer Thru Stevens
    241. Ryan Scurvyson
    242. Sam Chester Treasure
    243. Scam You All Joyce
    244. Scar Lots De Abreu
    245. Scareface Chase
    246. Scarred Pritchard
    247. Scary Serrano
    248. Scourge Orton
    249. Sea Legs Lucas
    250. Shady Jones
    251. Shady Sharp
    252. Shahriar the Liar
    253. Shameful Shane Scott
    254. Shan't Tell Porritt
    255. Shantyroinen
    256. Shark Bait Wilson
    257. Shark Bite Wright
    258. Shelley Pressgang
    259. Shifty Shuvojit
    260. Shipwrecks Flynn
    261. Shipwrecky Hewitt
    262. Sink 'em Simkin
    263. Sly Dog Soltani
    264. Sneaky Snookes
    265. So Mean Guidot
    266. Spew Hard Benson
    267. Stealing Styles
    268. Stern Heart Holland
    269. Stowaway Longdin
    270. Stowaway Thomas
    271. Sure Shot Shaw
    272. Swabertson
    273. Tall Tale Mikael
    274. Tha' Damned Park
    275. Tha' Vile Vincent
    276. The Duncan Sailor
    277. The Gent Clement
    278. The Great White
    279. The Greater White
    280. The Man McMahan
    281. The Scourge Oberg
    282. The Wild Grover
    283. Thief O'Keeffe
    284. Thievin' Frost
    285. Thomas Skullvanny
    286. Three Sheets Neate
    287. Tie 'Em Up Tysdal
    288. Tom Picaroon
    289. Tom Thunder
    290. Topdog Topham
    291. Topher Twinsword
    292. Tough Luck
    293. Treachereiss
    294. Treacherous Todd
    295. Tricky Abell
    296. Tricky Johnson
    297. Trigger Happy Tristan
    298. Two-Faced Tuohy
    299. Tyrant Skilton
    300. Typhoonan
    301. Vasil Stormatov
    302. Vicious Vic
    303. Watch Yer Backson
    304. Wheeler the Stealer
    305. Whip 'Em Whapples
    306. Wildfire Wilkins
    307. Wild Man Whittemore
    308. Wily Whelpton
    309. Wily Whaley
    310. Witgold
    311. Wolf Doswell
    312. Wong John Silver
    313. Wrath of Martin
    314. Xander Slashwell
    315. Yo Ho Hentze
    316. Yo-Ho-Hohan
    317. Zoe Banshee
  • Trivia

    • Multiple Skeleton Captains can spawn on the same voyage and share the same name.
    • Skeleton Captain names are playful variations of the real life names of Rare Ltd employees.
    • Logun was added as an Easter Egg in July 2019 for Captain Logun who has been producing the Keelhauled Podcast since Feb. 2018.


    Patch history

    • 2.6.1 (September 1, 2022)
      • A once notoriously quick Skeleton Captain ("Quick Dicken") can no longer be found appearing on islands across the Sea of Thieves, thanks to his moniker unintentionally contravening the new naming filter introduced with Captaincy...
    • 1.0.2 (April 4, 2018)
      • Bounty Captains will no longer spawn multiple times.

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