Resource Crates

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Resource Crates are portable supply containers that can be acquired from the Merchant Alliance as part of a Trade Good Commission, or found all over The Sea of Thieves. These Crates are used to store, haul and deliver Resource Items for personal use or to be sold for the Merchant Senior Traders in exchange of Gold and Reputation. Merchant Representatives only accept Resource Crates when filled. When players have an active Merchant Contract for a specific Resource Crate, they can acquire an empty Crate from any Merchant Alliance Senior Trader to be filled.

Mechanics

A Player can only carry one Crate at a time and cannot use any other items while carrying them. When dropped, Crates emit a white glint from far away, making them easier to spot. Crates will float to the top when dropped in Water, however, they will start sinking to the bottom after some time has passed and disappear. Crates dropped on land or on shorelines will stay in-game for a long time. Untouched Crates will disappear when an Island respawns. Every Crate can be caught with a Ship's Harpoon.

There are three basic Resource Crates and three special Resource Crates. Players can open and close basic Resource Crates and add Resource Items into them from their Inventories. Resource Crates only accept one specific type of Resource Item and can hold up to a maximum of 50 Items.

Two types of Ghostly Resource Crates can be found from defeated Ghost Ships. The Storage Crate of the Damned is occasionally dropped by Grunt Ghost Ships and only contains Wooden Planks and Cannonballs. These Crates act identically to Storage Crates with the only difference being that they can actually be sold to the Merchant Alliance at the risk of losing any items inside. The Cannonball Crate of the Damned is a special Cannonball Crate that holds Ghostly Cannonballs and can be received as a prize for completing a Ghost Fleet World Event. This Crate can also be sold to the Merchants regardless of the items inside.

There are three special Resource Crates that act differently from the classic crates or are acquired from a different source. The Firebomb Crate is different for it has a maximum of 20 Storage slots for Firebombs and it has no specific Quests related to it. The Ammo Crate cannot be opened up like regular Crates and is filled with up to 50 ammunition for Weapons instead. This Crate can be sold while empty and refilled at Ammo Chests without any costs. The Storage Crate is unique in that it cannot be sold and can store every type of Resource item.

Where to find?

Empty Resource Crates can be acquired from Merchant Alliance Senior Trader NPCs at Outposts when Crews have an active Merchant Contract with a Resource Crate delivery order. These Merchant Quests are only found from Bottle Quests and the Senior Trader only supplies Player Crews with a single Crate of the requested type.

Full Resource Crates can be bought from Merchant Alliance Senior Trader NPCs at Outposts. A Cannonball Crate can be bought for 5000 Gold, and a Wood Crate and Fruit Crate can be bought for 3500 Gold. Crews can only purchase one of each crate from any given Outpost every five in-game days.

Aside from this, Resource Crates can be found all over the Sea of Thieves with variable amounts of Resources inside them.

Ghostly Crates are found only from defeated Ghost Ships.

Firebomb Crates can currently only be dug up as a part of various Mercenary Voyages.

Full Ammo Crates can only be found shored on Islands.

Storage Crates can also only be found shored on Islands with variable amounts of any Resource Item inside.

Emissary Mechanics

Any Player Crews sailing as Merchant Alliance Emissaries can receive Emissary Grade Reputation for picking up and putting basic Resource Crates on their Ship for the first time. This benefit is also applicable for Reaper's Bones Emissaries who gain Emissary Reputation for any Treasure items that they steal. Selling Resource Crates to the two companies as Emissaries does not give Emissary Grade Reputation, however, Players do receive Emissary Value, which is counted for the respective Company Emissary Ledger leaderboards. The higher the Crew's Emissary Grade, the more Gold, Reputation and Emissary Value they receive for selling Resource Crates. Players earn more Emissary Value with Merchants for Crates that are commissioned through a Trade Good Commission Quest.

Rewards

Full Resource Crates can be cashed in to Merchant Alliance Senior Traders at any Outpost for Gold and Reputation with the Company. As stated before, Merchant Alliance Emissaries will also receive Emissary Value with the Merchants for selling the Crates while flying an Emissary Flag. Being an Emissary also increases the Gold and Reputation gains for selling Crates. Alternatively, Crews can choose to sell any acquired Crates to the Reaper's Bones Representative at The Reaper's Hideout instead for equal Gold and Emissary Value gains, but less Reputation gains with the Reapers.

The following is a table of the multiplicative Rewards for selling Resource Crates as Graded Emissaries.

Emissary Grade Rewards, Reputation & Emissary Value
Grade 1 Base Reward
Grade 2 +33% Base Reward
Grade 3 +67% Base Reward
Grade 4 +100% Base Reward
Grade 5 +150% Base Reward

Classic Resource Crates have two reward tiers with the Merchant Alliance Company based on whether they are sold as a part of a Trade Good Commission Quest or not. When Crews deliver a filled Resource Crate to a specific Senior Trader marked in the Merchant Quest by the delivery date, they will receive 1,5x as much Gold, Reputation and Emissary Value for the Crates as they would have for selling it without a Quest objective. Delivering Resource Crates as part of Merchant Quests also rewards players with Merchant Alliance Commendations. These bonuses do not apply to Special Resource Crates for they are not tied to any Merchant Quests.

When sold, the whole Crew is rewarded with equal amounts of Gold, Reputation and Emissary Value, while Alliance Members will earn half of the Gold and Reputation Gains, but no Emissary Value.

Resource Crates have a variable value with the minimum and maximum reported Gold rewards documented in the tables below.

List of Resource Crates

There are various types of Resource Crates in Sea of Thieves.

Basic Resource Crates

These are the three Classic Resource Crates for the base Resources in the game. These Crates have a commissioned and non-commissioned reward based on whether they are sold as part of a Quest or not. They can only be sold when filled with 50 Resources.

Image Resource Crate Base Gold Reward Base Emissary Value Commissioned
Gold Reward
Commissioned
Emissary Value
Notes
Fruit Crate.png Fruit Crate 600 - 1,100 Gold 3000 1,200 - 1,900 Gold 4,650 Holds up to 50 Fruit.
Cannonball Crate.png Cannonball Crate 600 - 1,100 Gold 3000 1,200 - 1,900 Gold 4,650 Holds up to 50 Cannonballs.
Wood Crate.png Wood Crate 600 - 1,100 Gold 3000 1,200 - 1,900 Gold 4,650 Holds up to 50 Wooden Planks.

Ghostly Resource Crates

These are the ghostly remains of the Ghost Ships from the Sea of the Damned and can only be received from defeated Ghost Ships. These Crates can both be sold to the Merchants at any condition and do not have commissions.

Image Resource Crate Base Gold Reward Base Emissary Value Notes
Storage Crate of the Damned.png Storage Crate of the Damned 900 - 1,100 Gold 3,000 This Crate accepts up to 1600 Resource Items and usually contains Wooden Planks and Cannonballs
Crate of the Dark Brethren.png Crate of the Dark Brethren 10 - 25 Gold Unknown Found exclusively during Lords of the Sea Lords of the Sea. Functionally identical to a Storage Crate of the Damned.
Cannonball Crate of the Damned.png Cannonball Crate of the Damned 900 - 1,100 Gold 3,000 This Crate accepts up to 50 Ghostly Cannonballs

Special Resource Crates

These three Resource Crates are unique Crates that do not have Commission Quests related to them, but act similarly to Resource Crates.

Image Resource Crate Base Gold Reward Base Emissary Value Notes
Anniversary Firework Crate ingame.png Firework Crate 1,000 - 2,000 Gold 3,000 This Crate accepts a total of 50 Fireworks and Signal Flares and doesn't need to be filled to sell.
Firebomb Crate.png Firebomb Crate 1,100 - 2,000 Gold 3,000 This Crate accepts up to 20 Firebombs and can only be sold when filled
Ammo Crate.png Ammo Crate 280 - 520 Gold 0 This portable Crate carries up to 50 Ammunition for Weapons
Storage Crate.png Storage Crate Cannot be sold Cannot be sold This portable Crate can carry up to 1600 Resource Items

Notes

Trivia

Commendations

Commendations
ImageCommendationRequirementsRewards
Merchant Forager emblem.png
Merchant ForagerDeliver 50 Fruit Crates on schedule.
 
  • Grade I: 1
  • Grade II: 5
  • Grade III: 10
  • Grade IV: 25
  • Grade V: 50
Title icon.png Rewards the Merchant Forager Title.
Merchant Shipwright emblem.png
Merchant ShipwrightDeliver 50 Wood Crates on schedule.
 
  • Grade I: 1
  • Grade II: 5
  • Grade III: 10
  • Grade IV: 25
  • Grade V: 50
Title icon.png Rewards the Merchant Shipwright Title.
Cast Iron Merchant emblem.png
Cast Iron MerchantDeliver 50 Cannonball Crates on schedule.
 
  • Grade I: 1
  • Grade II: 5
  • Grade III: 10
  • Grade IV: 25
  • Grade V: 50
Title icon.png Rewards the Cast Iron Merchant Title.
Precious Commodities emblem.png
Precious CommoditiesDeliver 600 Merchant Alliance Consignments while flying the Merchant Alliance Emissary Flag.
High Seas only
 
  • Grade I: 120
  • Grade II: 240
  • Grade III: 360
  • Grade IV: 480
  • Grade V: 600
n/a
Prestigious Merchant emblem.png
Prestigious MerchantDeliver 320 Merchant Alliance Consignments while flying a Grade 5 Merchant Alliance Emissary Flag.
High Seas only
 
  • Grade I: 60
  • Grade II: 120
  • Grade III: 200
  • Grade IV: 240
  • Grade V: 320
n/a
Cargo Captured emblem.png
Cargo CapturedDeliver 480 Merchant Alliance Consignments to the Reaper's Bones.
High Seas only
 
  • Grade I: 60
  • Grade II: 120
  • Grade III: 240
  • Grade IV: 360
  • Grade V: 480
n/a
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
n/a

Patch history

  • 2.2.0 (June 22, 2021)
    • After redeeming a crate, players should no longer see a ‘Redeem’ prompt appear at the Merchant Alliance vendor.
  • 1.4.3 (February 6, 2019)
    • Using Resource Crates should no longer cause other game tooltips to show the incorrect button prompt.
  • 1.3.2 (October 31, 2018)
    • Merchant Alliance crates on board a ship that sinks will now float to the surface and can be picked up.
  • 1.2.4 (August 30, 2018)
    • Beached Treasures - Banana Crates, Cannonball Crates and Wood Crates will now wash up more frequently on beaches.
    • Supply & Demand - Banana Crates, Cannonball Crates and Wood Crates have an increased value when sold to the Merchant Alliance.
    • Merchant Crates no longer display an incorrect maximum capacity when being filled.
  • 1.0.8 (May 23, 2018)
    • Give and Take - Resource Crates which are being held by players can now have items put into or removed from them.
  • 1.0.7 (May 15, 2018)
    • Cannonball, wooden plank and banana crates no longer always spawn empty.