Chest of Sorrow

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The Chest of Sorrow is a Cursed Treasure Chest in Sea of Thieves, that leaks water during periods of uncontrollable sobbing.

Cursed Effects

The Chest when it's crying.
The Chest's effects can be negated while on the side Ladders of the Ship.

The Chest of Sorrow will periodically start crying, leaving a puddle of tears around it that, if left unattended on a ship, can quickly flood and sink the ship. Its sobbing is very loud, making Chests of Sorrow easy to locate when nearby. The periods between, and duration of its sobbing vary.

To prevent the tears from sinking a ship, players must bail the water with buckets, or remove the chest from the ship.

  • On Galleons and Brigantines, one crew member may carry the chest on the side Ladders. This does work on Sloops, however the player must sit very low on the ship's side ladder.
  • Place the chest on a Harpoon Rowboat, detach it from the ship and use the Harpoon to tow behind the ship.

The flooding can be used as a tactic to sink another Crew, or Skeleton Ships, by placing it on their ship.

Where to find

Chests of Sorrow can be found from the following sources:


Sorrow Chests can be sold to:

The following is the reward chart for sold Sorrow Chests:

Emissary Grade Gold (Min.) Gold (Max.) Emissary Value
No Emissary 3,000 Gold 3,500 Gold 0
I 3,000 Gold 3,500 Gold 9720
II 3,990 Gold 4,655 Gold 12927.6
III 5,010 Gold 5,845 Gold 16232.4
IV 6,000 Gold 7,000 Gold 19440
V 7,500 Gold 8,750 Gold 24300


  • Picking up and placing Treasure Chests on a Ship for the first time gives Emissary Grade Reputation to Trading Company Emissaries representing the Gold Hoarders or Reaper's Bones.
  • It is possible to get a Chest of Sorrows stuck inside the hull of a Galleon in several places, making it very difficult to retrieve the Chest, which will still continue filling up the ship when crying. In this case players will either have to sink their ship, or raise the water level high enough so that the stuck chest can be retrieved from outside the ship's Hull.
  • All Treasure Chests emit a White Glint from a distance.
  • Treasure Chests can be caught with a Harpoon.
  • It is unconfirmed whether Sorrow Chests can spawn on Skeleton Ships, as the Chests would cause them to sink too quickly.


Hoarder of Treasured Tears emblem.png
Hoarder of Treasured TearsSell 100 Chests of Sorrow to the Gold Hoarders.
  • Grade I: 2
  • Grade II: 10
  • Grade III: 25
  • Grade IV: 50
  • Grade V: 100
Title icon.png Rewards the Hoarder of Treasured Tears Title.
Golden Tribute emblem.png
Golden TributeSell 600 Gold Hoarder Treasures while flying the Gold Hoarders Emissary Flag.
High Seas only
  • Grade I: 120
  • Grade II: 240
  • Grade III: 360
  • Grade IV: 480
  • Grade V: 600
Eminent Hoarder emblem.png
Eminent HoarderSell 320 Gold Hoarder Treasures while flying a Grade 5 Gold Hoarders Emissary Flag.
High Seas only
  • Grade I: 60
  • Grade II: 120
  • Grade III: 200
  • Grade IV: 260
  • Grade V: 320
Tributes Taken emblem.png
Tributes TakenSell 480 Gold Hoarder Treasures to the Reaper's Bones.
High Seas only
  • Grade I: 60
  • Grade II: 120
  • Grade III: 240
  • Grade IV: 360
  • Grade V: 480
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
Legendary Gold Hoarder emblem.png
Legendary Gold HoarderSell 500 Chests as a Pirate Legend
High Seas only
  • Grade I: 10
  • Grade II: 50
  • Grade III: 100
  • Grade IV: 250
  • Grade V: 500
Title icon.png Rewards the Legendary Gold Hoarder Title.
Lock icon.png Unlocks the Legendary Shovel and Legendary Compass for purchase.

Pirate Chat

Here is the Pirate Chat Wheel of the Chest:

Chest of Sorrows Wheel.png


  • The weeping sounds of the Chest of Sorrow are performed by Lead Sound Designer Guillaume Muller.
  • The Chest of Sorrow and the Chest of Everlasting Sorrow share the same 3D model.
  • The face on the Chest of Sorrow is that of the Sea King, the Siren Queen's husband.
  • Plans for a female version of the Chest of Sorrow had existed since before the game's launch. This variant was eventually introduced in 2.0.8 as the Chest of Boundless Sorrow.
  • Players used to be able to stop a Ship from filling up when the Chest was crying by leaving it on a Rowboat docked on a ship.

Patch history

  • 2.0.8 (October 16, 2019)
    • PAYOUT: Significant increase in gold and reputation reward.
  • 2.0 (April 30, 2019)
    • Chest of Sorrows no longer fills up a ship when placed on a docked Rowboat that is then detached from the ship.
  • 1.2.0 (July 31, 2018)
    • The Chest of Sorrows now fills up ships with water as intended.