Red Ruth

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


Very little is known of Flameheart and his Ashen Lords. According to Duke, Red Ruth was an alchemist by trade, responsible for designing Weapons as well as Cursed Cannonballs for Flameheart's Crew on the Burning Blade. This means that the Cursed Cannon that Salty stole from Flameheart to develop Cursed Cannonballs with Wanda the Warsmith were developed by Red Ruth herself.

Red Ruth's dialogue and taunts regarding plans and schemes during her fight seem to indicate that she was Flameheart's tactician.


Red Ruth only makes an appearance during the Ashen Winds World Event, where she can be one of the four encountered Lords. The Ashen Winds World Event is signified by a red fiery Tornado in the skies and can appear at the following locations:


Red Ruth 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, or blunderbuss.
  • 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.


Red Ruth

Start of the battle

• You wish to face an Ashen Lord? Then face me!
• Finally! I was getting SO bored down there...

General Taunts

• What an unusual strategy!
• Interesting tactic…
• Learn to show some respect!
• I expected more!
• What curious combat this is!
• You're starting to annoy me!
• I'm not done yet!
• You need to learn your place!
• I didn't plan for this!
• This isn't supposed to happen!
• I'm not done yet!
• How are you doing this?
• Perhaps you have SOME skill...

During melee attacks

• Hands off!
• I don't think so!
• Go away!

Using Fire Breath

• You should have stayed at sea!
• Flesh is so frail!
• You won't get past this!
• That's close enough!

Using Boulder Throw

• Let's see how you handle this!
• Catch!
• Who needs bullets?
• Here's another!

Using Shockwave

• Keep your distance!
• I'll blow you away!
• Let's shake things up!
• Leaving so soon?

Using Ash Cloud

• What will you do now?
• Now you see me...
• Catch me if you can!
• Not so easy now, is it?
• Can you still fight blind?

Summoning skeletons

• Let's call in some support.
• There's strength in numbers!
• Weapons at the ready!
• Have you met my friends?
• Let's make things interesting!

Using Volcanic Eruption

• Dodge this, if you can!
• Let's see you deal with THIS!
• Witness my real power!
• You're no match for me!
• Behold! The might of an Ashen Lord.

Phase switch

• I seem to have miscalculated...
• You haven't won yet!
• A minor setback!
• I can recover...
• It's not over yet!
• I may have acted rashly...
• I need to focus!
• How could I let this happen?!
• My power is draining...
• You'll suffer for this!
• You missed your chance!


• My Master… Forgive me!
• You haven't seen the last of me!

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.