Shores of Gold (quest)

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Disambig.png This article is about the 9th Tall Tales chapter & quest. For the island or other possible meanings, see Shores of Gold (Disambiguation).

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The fabled Shores of Gold are now in reach - but what dangers might be lying in wait?

Shores of Gold is the ninth and final Tall Tale in the Shores of Gold arc. With the Shroudbreaker assembled, pirates embark to find the legendary Shores of Gold.

The tale can be acquired from Grace's wood cart on Morrow's Peak Outpost, unlocked after completing Revenge of the Morningstar.


The Walkthrough for this Tall Tale is not ready. Until we provide a walkthrough of our own, head on over to the Rarethief Walkthrough of this Tale.


  • There are Stoves and Animals roaming at the checkpoints in the Tribute Peak caves, so that tired players can prepare and cook Food for the encounters to come.
  • Sitting on the Gold Hoarder's throne is necessary for the Tribute Seat Commendation


Briggsy's Journals

I forgot to stop

(Captain's quarters of the southern shipwreck, Tribute Peak)

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Well this is embarrassing. I’m normally a dab hand behind the wheel, and I don’t make a habit of wrecking my ship halfway up the beach.
Still, what matters is that I made it here. Another first for Captain Briggsy! I should plant a flag, but all I have is these journals.
I’m kind of disappointed that the shores aren’t really made of gold, but at least I won’t go blind once the sun comes up.
The Shroud doesn’t seem to cover the island, just… wrap around it, I guess. That means it’s safe to explore, and exploring I shall go!


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Let's not mention this…

(Among empty crates before the bridge, Tribute Peak)

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Bah! Looks like I’m not the first to make it here after all. This stuff doesn’t look ancient, just old, and I’m sure it was made by pirates.
I guess the island slips out of the Devil’s Shroud from time to time, and that’s when others came? Maybe even Ramsey got here in the end.
Well, no point in sulking. I’m here now, and I bet I can find something they missed.
A memento, to help remember this place. And when I tell this story, maybe I’ll conveniently forget to mention this little discovery.
We’ll make it our secret, okay?


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(Compass room, Tribute Peak)

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It’s still night, but I just woke up sweating. My first really bad dream in years.
Maybe if I write it out, I can sleep. I was back in the tavern at Golden Sands on the night Ramsey called parley.
Trying to open one of those sealed chests. I couldn’t pick the lock. Couldn’t force it. Then suddenly, there’s the key in my hand.
I smirk and throw open the lid… Nothing there. Seriously. Nothing, like looking into a chasm. A bottomless pit in a box.
And suddenly, I feel hands on my back, shoving me! I think it’s one of Ramsey’s men, and now I’m inside the chest, falling — screaming out as the lid snaps shut overhead…
Then I woke up. Ugh.


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No Shortcuts!

(Behind broken pillar in the circle of totems, Tribute Peak)

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This is a weird place. It looks like someone used powder kegs to blow their way down into whatever lies below this island.
Maybe they managed it somehow, maybe not. Either way, the tunnel they left behind collapsed a long time ago.
There has to be another way down. Ancient civilizations love putting secret passages in stuff.
It’s a well-known fact! Ask anyone. Whatever it takes, I’m going to get down there.
I want to see every last inch of this place before I leave!


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Climbing Masterclass

(On the hand of a statue, Tribute Peak)

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You know how some people are good climbers? Well, I am a GREAT climber. That’s why I left this book up here, as proof.
Well… I say “climb”. I actually used a cannon from the wreck of my sloop. But if you’re reading this, you must’ve had the same idea.
This place has some amazing views, and I want to see them all! I do wish I had someone to talk to though…
I hope you’re okay out there, Sudds.


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Why are they Here?

(Through the entrance to the Belly of Gold, Tribute Peak)

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I am very much creeped out right now, not that I’d ever admit it to anyone. I finally made it on top of the throne and inside.
I hadn’t gone far before I spotted a chest. One of the sealed ones people sometimes sell to the Gold Hoarders, but… open.
It looked just like the one from my dream. Like, exactly the same. It sounds stupid but I didn’t dare go near it in case I fell in.
As if I needed more clues, I spotted the Gold Hoarder emblem on a door, too. So. They’ve been here before. But why?


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Where the gold goes

(Near the broken underground bridge, Tribute Peak)

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I don’t like Trading Companies. There were none when I first came to the Sea of Thieves, young and cocky as I was.
I don’t blame people for working with the Gold Hoarders though. If you’ve found a chest you can’t open, why NOT take it to them?
Well… Maybe because we should have been asking ourselves what they do with the treasure afterwards, when we’ve walked away.
I think it comes here. I think it ALL comes here. That’s why this place is called Shores of Gold.


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I only wanted one…

(Among the crates before the swinging logs, Tribute Peak)

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I’ve made a huge mistake. I only wanted a little thing. Just a keepsake, something to prove I’ve been here.
Just one little trinket from a treasure pile. I don’t feel sick, or cursed. I feel great! And that’s bad, because I haven’t slept or eaten in days.
There’s a different kind of feeling inside me now, though.
I don’t like it. I don’t understand it. But I know it’s getting stronger.


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(Scaffolding in the trap-plated room, Tribute Peak)

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He was waiting for me, just as I expected. I thought he’d attack, but he seemed to understand.
He says I can’t go back. I’ll be an outcast. A target. I know he’s right. If I agree to serve, he’ll share a cure one day.
He’s probably lying. But what choice do I have? Briggsy died on this island, and I’m all that’s left.


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A last act of free will

(Scaffolding before the corridor to the final room, Tribute Peak)

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I was commanded to destroy the relic. He doesn’t want pirates reaching here unexpectedly, when he might be sleeping.
I have disobeyed. If there really is a cure for… what I am, now… I might need the Shroudbreaker to find it. One day.
Instead, I’ll hide the gems that seem to focus its power. I know plenty of old places to keep them safe from fleshy fingers.
The Shroudbreaker can go back to sleep in its vault to recharge. And I’ll start gathering treasures for him, as ordered.
I’ll be a slave. I’ll be a villain. I’ll be a monster. At least now I know what the feeling inside of me is. Shame.


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The Fabled IslandReach the Shores of Goldn/a
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Path to Forsaken FortuneDiscover the Gold Hoarder Coinn/a
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Shores of GoldComplete 'Shores of Gold'.Lock icon.png Unlocks the Gold Hoarder Jacket in the Clothing Chest.
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The Stain of GreedDiscover all Briggsy's Journalsn/a
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Lord of GoldLegendary Commendation: Complete the Tale (5 times)n/a
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Gold and GloryLegendary Commendation: Complete all Commendations for 'Shores of Gold'.Lock icon.png Unlocks the Gold Hoarder Figurehead in the Ship Customization Chest.
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Seeker of Grand AdventureLegendary Commendation: Complete all Tall Tale CommendationsTitle icon.png Rewards the Sailor of the Shores of Gold Title.
Lock icon.png Unlocks the Shores of Gold Curse in the Vanity Chest.

Patch history

  • 2.5.2 (May 12, 2022)
    • When approaching the encounter with the Gold Hoarder, players should no longer be able to get stuck behind the Siren statue located before his lair.
  • 2.4.1 (January 20, 2022)
    • Killing the Gold Hoarder without entering the final room should no longer cause another to appear on the throne.
  • 2.3.1 (October 14, 2021)
    • Players should no longer be able to jump over the compass puzzle door and fall out of the playable area.
  • 2.2.1 (August 17, 2021)
    • Barrels found in the trap tunnels and Throne Room no longer can contain Cannonballs and Wooden Planks, and will always offer food to prepare crews for the encounter.
  • 2.0.2 (May 23, 2019)
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Resolved collision issues with a certain kind of tree.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Players should no longer be randomly spawned on the Shores of Gold when playing in the main world.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – The mast puzzle in the dark room should no longer show the masts in an incorrect position when first reaching the room.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Resolved collision issues in the environment to prevent players clipping into geometry.
  • 2.0.1 (May 8, 2019)
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Compass Vault no longer has areas where players can become stuck in geometry and get teleported out to a safe location.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Adjusted various areas of the chasm where players could get out or see out of the environment.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Central rock formation can no longer cause players to become stuck.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Players who are left behind after their crew engages the Gold Hoarder will no longer create incorrect checkpoints in the chasm after the encounter, causing them to become trapped.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Players losing the Gold Hoarder’s Coin will now correctly fail the Tall Tale and must return to Morrow’s Peak to restart.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Skeleton Ships will no longer spawn for crews inside the Shores of Gold shroud.
      • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Following Tale completion, the Shroudbreaker should no longer reappear attached to your ship when returning to the world.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Gold Hoarder Skeletons will no longer rudely interrupt the final cutscene if they weren’t destroyed during the encounter.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Skeletons should now path more predictably outside the Compass Vault.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Skeletons that spawn inside the chasms will now automatically attack nearby players to prevent crews from raising the capstans without engaging.
    • ‘The Shores of Gold’ – Adjusted timing on the Shores of Gold approach sequence to ensure the island banner audiovisual cue does not clash with the shroud music.
  • 2.0 (April 30, 2019)
    • Introduced.

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