Emissary Flags

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Disambig.png This article is about the Emissary Flags on the Ships. For Treasure Item, see Broken Emissary Flags.

Emissary Flags are special Flags in Sea of Thieves that are hoisted to indicate a Crew's status as a Trading Company's Representative Emissary. Emissary Flags allow players to rank up in Emissary Grades, with each grade adding a multiplicative reward bonus for any sold Company-related Treasure.


In order to be able to hoist an Emissary Flag, a Player first has to purchase the Flag License from the Trading Company Representatives. Emissary Flag Licenses cost 20,000 Gold to buy, after which they are permanently available for the Player. Gold Hoarders, Order of Souls, and Merchant Alliance Emissary Flag Licenses also require the player to be Rank 15 in their faction to purchase. Reaper's Bones does not have a rank requirement. Not everyone in the Crew has to have an Emissary Flag purchased in order to take part in representing the Company.

Emissary Flags are different from regular Flags in that they cannot be hoisted from the Ship Flag Box atop the Crow's Nest. Instead they have to be raised and lowered from Company Emissary Tables, which are generally found near Trading Company Representatives on all Outposts. The Reaper's Bones Emissary Tables are generally hidden out of sight. In order to become an Emissary of a Company, any Player with a purchased Emissary Flag licenses has to put the decision up for a Vote on a chosen Company's Emissary Table. A Crew can only represent one Company at a time and their Ship has to be nearby for a vote to be possible.

Once a Crew has voted to represent a Trading Company as an Emissary, the Emissary Flags will be hoisted. Every Ship will have two Emissary Flags, a larger square flag on the back and a thin Pennant on top of the Main Mast. Regular Flags can also be raised and lowered with Emissary Flags. Emissary Flags change with the Emissary Grade of a Crew. Crews progress through Emissary Grades by completing various tasks and actions for the Trading Company. The larger the Grade, the larger the Pennant on the Main Mast. These Flags are visible from far away. Additionally, if a Player were to look at a distant Emissary Ship with a Spyglass, a short tune will play.

An Emissary Flag can only be lowered at the Company's Emissary Table if the Crew's Ship is nearby. Company Representatives will pay Crews with Gold and Reputation for their efforts if they return and vote to lower an Emissary Flag that is higher than Grade 2.

Alternatively, an Emissary Flag can be lost by Sinking or Scuttling the Ship. Once an Emissary Ship sinks, their Graded Broken Emissary Flag will float to the surface. A crew's own Broken Emissary Flag is not worth anything (a mere 1 Gold), but if a Crew finds another Ships Broken Emissary Flag, they can sell it to The Servant of the Flame on The Reaper's Hideout for Reaper's Bones Reputation and Gold.

A Ship sailing with the Reaper’s Bones Emissary Flag will be marked on the Map Table for all Crews to see as if they were sailing with a Flag Of The Reaper’s Mark. A Grade V Reaper's Bones Emissary Ship can see shadows of all other Company Emissary Ships on the Map instead.

Types of Emissary Flags

The following Table lists all of the Emissary Flags with their Costs, Vendors, Unlock Requirements and Descriptions:

Trading Company Flag Cost Sold By Requirement Description
Gold Hoarders Gold Hoarders Emissary Flag 20,000 Gold Gold Hoarders Rank 15:
Gold Swabbie Promotion
Set sail for the glittering horizon, earning more coin and treasured reputation as an Emissary of the illustrious Gold Hoarders.
Order of Souls Order of Souls Emissary Flag 20,000 Gold Order of Souls Rank 15:
Mystic Apprentice Promotion
Sail forth and seek fallen souls as one of our mystical Emissaries. Your service will be rewarded with more gold and reputation.
Merchant Alliance Merchant Alliance Emissary Flag 20,000 Gold Merchant Alliance Rank 15:
Merchant Cadet Promotion
Acquire our Emissary Flag and perform a valued duty, increasing your standing and gold as a representative of the Merchant Alliance.
Athena's Fortune Athena’s Fortune Emissary Flag 20,000 Gold Pirate Lord
(Athena's Fortune Hideout)
Pirate Legend Title The glory of the pirate's life in the Sea of Thieves shines bright by representing Athena's Fortune, earning more gold and reputation with the blessing of the Pirate Lord himself.
Reaper's Bones Reaper’s Bones Emissary Flag 20,000 Gold The Servant of the Flame
(The Reaper’s Hideout)
n/a An eternity on the waves awaits, with more gold and reputation as a servant Emissary of the Reaper's Bones.

Returning an Emissary Flag

The Following Table lists the Gold Reward for retrieving your own Company's Emissary Ship by voting to lower it at the Company's Emissary Table. Player Crews will also get increasing amounts of Reputation with the return of the Flag.

Retrieved Emissary Flag Value Chart
Gold Reward Gold 750 Gold 1,750 Gold 3,000 Gold 5,000 Gold

Broken Emissary Flags

Broken Emissary Flags are Treasure items retrieved from a sunken Emissary Ship and can only be sold to The Servant of the Flame at The Reaper's Hideout or the Caged Skeleton at any Outpost for Gold and Reputation. Selling your own Broken Emissary Flag (marked as "Yours") is only worth Gold. The following table lists the values of any broken emissary flags.

Flag Type Base Gold Value Base Emissary Value
Your Crew's Broken Emissary Flag (Any Grade) Gold 1
Broken Emissary Flag (Grade I) 1,600 - 2,400 Gold 6000
Broken Emissary Flag (Grade II) 3,500 - 4,900 Gold 12000
Broken Emissary Flag (Grade III) 5,500 - 6,500 Gold 18000
Broken Emissary Flag (Grade IV) 7,600 - 8,500 Gold 24000
Broken Emissary Flag (Grade V) 9,500 - 10,500 Gold 30000


  • The Shop Icons for Emissary Flags are identical to the Trading Company Set Flags and not indicative of the Emissary Flags in-game.
  • Sea Dogs and The Hunter's Call have no Emissary System.


Patch history

  • 2.5.3 (June 26, 2022)
    • Emissary Flags and Tunnels of the Damned - Following the discovery of a gameplay exploit, active Emissaries passing into a Tunnel of the Damned will no longer drop a broken Emissary Flag upon leaving the server. This is a temporary mitigation which will be replaced by a permanent fix in a future update.
  • 2.0.14 (April 22, 2020)
    • Introduced.