Old Horatio

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Old Horatio is a Skeleton Lord boss in Sea of Thieves. He is one of the four Ashen Lords to serve under Captain Flameheart. He can be encountered and battled during the Ashen Winds World Event. When defeated, Old Horatio drops an Ashen Winds Skull and around 15 Devil's Roar Treasure items.


Very little is known of Flameheart and Ashen Lords. According to Duke, Old Horatio was the Army's Shipwright and recruiter, responsible for constructing Flameheart's Fleet and pressganging Skeletons to fight for them. Therefore, Old Horatio was most likely the one who built the Ashen Dragon. Old Horatio can be glimpsed during The Seabound Soul Tall Tale as the Lord leading Flameheart's funeral, indicating that he was the Commander of the Ashen Dragon fleet that Captain Adara mentioned in her Journals during the tale.


Old Horatio can be fought as one of the four Ashen Lords during the Ashen Winds World Event. The Ashen Winds World Event is signified by a red fiery Tornado in the skies and can appear at the following locations:


Old Horatio has the same moveset as all Ashen Lords with the major difference being the taunts signalling the attacks.

  • Melee Attack - The most basic out of all the attacks, the Ashen Lords will strike any players who get too close to them by causing damage and knocking them back.
  • Fire Breath - The Lord tries to distance nearby players by spewing flames out of their mouth akin to a flamethrower. Any players inside the breath attack take heavy damage. This attack also sets the Lord on fire, dealing fire damage all around them.
  • Lunge Attack - The Lord attempts to close the distance between them and the player by jumping towards them, dealing damage and knocking them back when hit.
  • Boulder Throw - There are two versions of this attack: a small quickly thrown rock or a larger boulder that can reach remarkable distances. The smaller rock throws do not have voice lines. The larger boulders deal considerable damage and set hit players on fire. It seems that both of these attacks can be cancelled with damage.
  • Summon Skeletons - The Lord summons a handful of Ashen Skeletons to fight for them. The Lord seems to be able to spawn two groups of skeletons. These skeletons are relatively weak and can easily be taken out with a cutlass lunge. The summoned skeletons can spawn with no weapons, a cutlass, blunderbuss or flintlock.
  • Ash Cloud - The Lord will cast a thick and wide cloud of Ash that drastically lowers visibility around the Lord and outside. Everything inside the Ash Cloud will have an auditory echo to it.
  • Shockwave - The Lords gain access to this attack during the second phase. They will gather strength and pound the ground with a fiery blast, setting any nearby players on fire, dealing heavy damage and sending them flying in the air. The closer players are to the Lord, the more damage this attack will deal. Since players are thrown high in the air, they will also receive fall damage unless they have their back to a wall or are in water. Unlike the Skeleton Lord shockwave attack, this attack also damages the masts, capstan and wheel of any nearby ships.
  • Volcanic Eruption - The Lords gain access to this attack during the final phase. They will kneel and summon a volcanic eruption out of the sky, while also using the Fire Breath attack the whole time. Making any close attacks risky. During this attack, like under a Volcanic eruption, all the surrounding water will become superheated, geysers will appear on the Island itself and volcanic Rocks will fly from the skies, often instantly killing any hit players. This attack is also devastating to any nearby ships.


Old Horatio

Start of the battle

• Flameheart has summoned me, but first I'll deal with you!
• By Flameheart's will, I am reborn !
• You seek to defy my master? Then die!

General Taunts

• I'll tear you apart!
• Wait 'til I get my hands on you!
• I'm just warming up!
• You'll never leave here alive!
• This is just a taste of our power!
• Pirate scum!
• This ends right here!
• Stand still so I can kill you!
• Why don't you just surrender?
• I'll crush you!
• See who you're dealing with!

During melee attacks

• Let's have some fun!
• Take this!
• Fool!

Using Fire Breath

• How do you like THIS!
• I'll turn you into ashes!
• Let's spice things up!
• The world is ours to burn!

Using Boulder Throw

• Gotcha!
• Flameheart taught me this one!
• Bring out the big guns!
• This is for you!
• I don't need weapons!

Using Shockwave

• Let the Ground tremble!
• Time for you to run away!

During Ash Cloud

• It's time to disappear!
• I can see you...
• The wind is rising!
• You can't fight what you can't see!

Summoning skeletons

• Arise!
• The dead are mine to command!
• C'mere, shipmates!
• My crew have been dying to meet you!

Using Volcanic Eruption

• Let the heavens fall!
• Nowhere is safe from me!

Phase switch

• I pushed too hard!
• Don't come any closer!
• Stay back!
• Keep away from me!
• [Exhausted gasping / panting]
• Time to withdraw!
• Now I'm really angry!
• You dare defy the Ashen Lords?!
• I'm ready for battle!

Upon defeat

• This can't be how it ends!
• Flameheart will avenge me!
• This is impossible! Nooooo!


  • Old Horatio has sustained multiple injuries that are reflected in his appearance, separating him from the visual appearance of the other Ashen Lords. The remains of a jacket, similar to the jacket worn by Captain Grimm, hangs off of his belt and bandolier. His ribs appear damaged on one side, and his one arm appears wrapped and bandaged, perhaps due to an injury sustained during the events depicted in The Seabound Soul, as that arm is held up to his side while leading the coffin carriers to Flameheart's final resting place.
  • All Ashen Lords have one massive arm made of Ashen Jewels, which gives them their powers according to the Ashen Winds update page. These jewels are also found in the Chest of Rage according to Duke's dialogue during the Heart of Fire update.

Patch history

  • 2.5.0 (March 10, 2022)
    • Ashen Lords using lunge attacks should no longer be prone to getting stuck inside rocks.
  • 2.0.17 (July 29, 2020)
    • Introduced.