Shovel

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The shovel is an equipment item in Sea of Thieves, used either for digging buried items such as treasure or bait, or burying treasure on an island.

Mechanics

Every player acquires a shovel during their Maiden Voyage, which can be used at any time during their adventures on the Sea of Thieves. The shovel can be accessed from the Item Radial. The cosmetic design of a player's shovel can be switched at Equipment Chests. These designs can be purchased from Equipment Shops and only change the item's appearance.

Usage

The shovel has two interactions: dig and bury.

Dig

Pirates can dig with their shovel by pressing the Primary Use button (Keyboard White Mouse Left.png/360 RT.png) with the shovel equipped over suitable ground. A player can only dig on soft ground, such as sand and grass, with any other surface making the shovel clank back.

Players can either dig up treasure or bait. Treasure is most often buried on islands, the location of which can be indicated by a quest. Once the treasure has been located, digging at the correct spot will trigger the distinct sound item being hit underground. An item can take a varying number of digs depending on crew size.

Bury

The shovel can also be used to bury your own treasure. Pirates can bury treasure by pressing the Secondary Use button (Keyboard White Mouse Right.png/360 LT.png) with the shovel equipped over soft ground, with any other surface causing the shovel to clank back.

Standing over a piece of treasure on the ground with the shovel in-hand will indicate the Secondary Use button (Keyboard White Mouse Right.png/360 LT.png) to bury the item. Unlike digging, players can only use the bury function when looking at a treasure item. After a few digs, your pirate will pat the ground twice with the shovel, and the buried item will disappear below the earth, with only a slight disturbance to the ground to indicate its location.

Once fully buried, the crew will be awarded a Buried Treasure Map, marking the location of any treasure buried by the crew on that island. If the number of items buried by one crew on one island exceeds 10, a fresh map will be awarded on top of the previous one to save overcrowding of x marks the spot locations on one map. The crew will too be awarded with a Map Bundle on their Voyage Table, containing all of their Buried Treasure Maps, which can be stolen, gifted or lost. If the bundle is removed or lost from the crew's Voyage Table, their Buried Treasure Maps will no longer be accessible through the Quest Radial, however, they are still able to rediscover the stash, provided that they can remember where they left it.

Variants

All new players are equipped with the basic Sailor Shovel skin. Other versions are available for purchase from the Equipment Shop, and from various companies. Note that there are no upgrades, with all differences being purely cosmetic.

  • Total Cost: 1,605,330 Gold  2,175 Doubloons  398 Ancient Coins
Image Name Source Cost Requires Set In-game description
Admiral Shovel.png
Admiral Shovel 1,850 Gold n/a Admiral "If physical toil is absolutely necessary, this efficient shovel will commandeer buried prizes."
Aristocrat Shovel.png
Aristocrat Shovel 15 Doubloons n/a Aristocrat "Seems a shame to get dirt and sand on this shovel. But, more treasure means more finery."
Azure Ocean Crawler Shovel.png
Azure Ocean Crawler Shovel 2,600 Gold
Hunter of Trophy Fish
Hunter of Trophy Fish emblem.png
Hunter of Trophy Fish
Deliver 25 Trophy Fish.
Azure Ocean Crawler "You know what digs really well? Crabs do! So this shovel makes perfect sense, okay?"
Bilge Rat Shovel.png
Bilge Rat Shovel 1,850 Gold n/a Bilge Rat "Would you believe that's still the original handle? Lots of digging left in it yet."
Bone Crusher Shovel.png
Bone Crusher Shovel 1,850 Gold
Scourge of Skeleton Ships
Scourge of Skeleton Ships emblem.png
Scourge of Skeleton Ships
Defeat 50 Skeleton Ships.
Bone Crusher "What better than a skeleton for digging in the earth?"
Castaway Bilge Rat Shovel.png
Castaway Bilge Rat Shovel 1,850 Gold n/a Castaway Bilge Rat "Would you believe that's still the original handle? Lots of digging left in it yet."
Ceremonial Admiral Shovel.png
Ceremonial Admiral Shovel 1,850 Gold
Merchant Alliance 31
Ceremonial Admiral "If physical toil is absolutely necessary, this efficient shovel will commandeer buried prizes."
Cultured Aristocrat Shovel.png
Cultured Aristocrat Shovel 24,975 Gold
The Curse Of The Pacifists Demise
The Curse Of The Pacifists Demise emblem.png
The Curse Of The Pacifists Demise
Curse another crews' ship with Peaceball while flying Reaper's Mark flag.
Cultured Aristocrat "Seems a shame to get dirt and sand on this shovel. But, more treasure means more finery."
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Dark Adventurers Shovel 624,375 Gold
Pirate Legend
Pirate Legend emblem.png
Pirate Legend
Obtained from the Mysterious Stranger after reaching Level 50 in any three Trading Companies.
150
Dark Adventurers "Perfect for digging up Chest of Legends. Oh, and all the other less legendary loot."
Dawn Hunter Shovel.png
Dawn Hunter Shovel 24,975 Gold
Plundered Prizes
Plundered Prizes emblem.png
Plundered Prizes
Sell 600 of any Trading Company items while flying the Reaper's Bones Emissary Flag.
Grades:
  • 120
  • 240
  • 360
  • 480
  • 600
 treasures
Dawn Hunter "Not to be used as a weapon. Or for burying people."
Deep Ocean Crawler Shovel.png
Deep Ocean Crawler Shovel 16,650 Gold n/a Deep Ocean Crawler "You know what digs really well? Crabs do! So this shovel makes perfect sense, okay?"
Eastern Winds Jade Shovel.png
Eastern Winds Jade Shovel 24,975 Gold
Generous Giving for Many
Generous Giving for Many emblem.png
Generous Giving for Many
Deliver 25 Generous Gifts.
Eastern Winds Jade "Folk tales say these tools were used to load carts with gold and gems in tribute to a terrifying fire-breather."
Eastern Winds Ruby Shovel.png
Eastern Winds Ruby Shovel
n/a
n/a Eastern Winds Ruby "In colder regions, this shovel might be used to dig up snow. You'll just have to settle for gold."
Eastern Winds Sapphire Shovel.png
Eastern Winds Sapphire Shovel
n/a
n/a Eastern Winds Sapphire "In colder regions, this shovel might be used to dig up snow. You'll just have to settle for gold."
Esteemed Hoarder Shovel.png
Esteemed Hoarder Shovel 2,800 Gold
Gold Hoarders 35
Gold Hoarders "Grab a mighty hoard from famed pirates to get your hands on this glittering 20 karat gold shovel."
Fearless Bone Crusher Shovel.png
Fearless Bone Crusher Shovel 15 Doubloons n/a Fearless Bone Crusher "What better than a skeleton for digging in the earth?"
Flaming Jackal Shovel.png
Flaming Jackal Shovel 2,600 Gold n/a Flaming Jackal "Dig for victory! Or treasure. Mostly treasure, actually."
Forsaken Ashes Shovel.png
Forsaken Ashes Shovel 2,600 Gold
Master Devil's Voyager
Master Devil's Voyager emblem.png
Master Devil's Voyager
Complete all 'Devil's Voyager' Commendations.
Forsaken Ashes "As well as digging up treasure, this looks suited to shoveling hot coals."
Frostbite Shovel.png
Frostbite Shovel 24,975 Gold
Generous Giving for Many
Generous Giving for Many emblem.png
Generous Giving for Many
Deliver 25 Generous Gifts.
Frostbite "Just be careful not to lean too heavily on the end of this shovel when unearthing your treasure."
Frozen Horizon Shovel.png
Frozen Horizon Shovel 249 Ancient Coins n/a Frozen Horizon "No, I asked for a snow shovel - not a shovel that makes snow."
Ghost Shovel.png
Ghost Shovel 13,250 Gold
Pirate Legend
Pirate Legend emblem.png
Pirate Legend
Obtained from the Mysterious Stranger after reaching Level 50 in any three Trading Companies.
150
Legendary Riches
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Legendary Riches
Grades:
  • 60
  • 120
  • 180
  • 240
  • 300
 treasures
Ghost "Now here's a shovel that has dug more graves than it has dug up treasures."
Gilded Phoenix Shovel.png
Gilded Phoenix Shovel
n/a
n/a Gilded Phoenix "You may be just shoving it into the ground, but that doesn't mean it can't be gorgeous."
Glorious Sea Dog Shovel.png
Glorious Sea Dog Shovel 2,600 Gold n/a Glorious Sea Dog "Digs up treasure chests just in time for your rivals to show up and steal them!"
Grand Admiral Shovel.png
Grand Admiral Shovel 1,850 Gold n/a Grand Admiral "If physical toil is absolutely necessary, this efficient shovel will commandeer buried prizes."
Guardian Ghost Shovel.png
Guardian Ghost Shovel 13,250 Gold
Bring It On
Bring It On emblem.png
Bring It On
After receiving your Blessing, complete a Pirate Legend Voyage while representing The Guardians of Fortune.
Guardian Ghost "Now here's a shovel that has dug more graves than it has dug up treasures."
Hunter Shovel.png
Hunter Shovel 1,850 Gold n/a Hunter "Not to be used as a weapon. Or for burying people."
Imperial Sovereign Shovel.png
Imperial Sovereign Shovel 1,850 Gold n/a Imperial Sovereign "We recommend waiting between digs so your crew can appreciate its impractical splendour."
Inky Kraken Shovel.png
Inky Kraken Shovel 16,650 Gold n/a Inky Kraken "What better for digging up treasure over on Kraken's Fall?"
Kraken Shovel.png
Kraken Shovel 2,600 Gold n/a Kraken "What better for digging up treasure over on Kraken's Fall?"
Legendary Shovel.png
Legendary Shovel 2,600 Gold
Pirate Legend
Pirate Legend emblem.png
Pirate Legend
Obtained from the Mysterious Stranger after reaching Level 50 in any three Trading Companies.
150
Legendary Gold Hoarder
Legendary Gold Hoarder emblem.png
Legendary Gold Hoarder
Sell 500 Chests as a Pirate Legend
Grades:
  • 10
  • 50
  • 100
  • 250
  • 500
 chests
Legendary "Shovel of a pirate beyond measure, ideal for digging lovely treasure."
Lucky Hand Shovel.png
Lucky Hand Shovel 600 Doubloons n/a Lucky Hand "With a few talismans bolted on for good luck, you'll be sure to strike paydirt any day now."
Magpie's Glory Shovel.png
Magpie's Glory Shovel
n/a
Guardian tier in Athena's Fortune Emissary Ledger 11 times 11x Legendary Spirit "Use this Athena's Fortune award for unearthing or interring amazing acquisitions."
Masked Renegade Shovel.png
Masked Renegade Shovel
n/a
Keeper tier in Reaper's Bones Emissary Ledger 11 times 11x Masked Renegade "Ideal for roguish Reaper behaviour, be it for burial or burglary!"
Measly Hoarder Shovel.png
Measly Hoarder Shovel 700 Gold
Gold Hoarders 5
Gold Hoarders "By swiping a pittance of loot from pitiful pirates we'll let you have this 6 karat gold shovel."
Mercenary Shovel.png
Mercenary Shovel 15 Doubloons n/a Mercenary "Digging feels like less work when you remember that the treasure belongs to someone else."
Merchant Alliance Shovel.png
Merchant Alliance Shovel 300,000 Gold
Merchant Alliance 50
Merchant Alliance "Sometimes it's wise to bury cargo and come back for it later - unless you happen to be transporting livestock."
Merchant Ambassador Shovel.png
Merchant Ambassador Shovel
n/a
Commander tier in Merchant Alliance Emissary Ledger 11 times 11x Merchant Ambassador "Guaranteed no blisters when you dig deep with this elegantly padded excavator."
Nightshine Parrot Shovel.png
Nightshine Parrot Shovel 16,650 Gold n/a Nightshine Parrot "You can dig through the dirt and still look bright and snazzy, thanks to this shovel."
Notable Hoarder Shovel.png
Notable Hoarder Shovel 1,400 Gold
Gold Hoarders 15
Gold Hoarders "A reasonable 12 karat gold shovel can be yours if you raid enough wealth from lowly pirates."
Notorious Hoarder Shovel.png
Notorious Hoarder Shovel 3,500 Gold
Gold Hoarders 45
Gold Hoarders "This magnificent 24 karat shovel is a deserved reward for raiding big booties of revered pirates."
Ocean Crawler Shovel.png
Ocean Crawler Shovel 2,600 Gold n/a Ocean Crawler "You know what digs really well? Crabs do! So this shovel makes perfect sense, okay?"
Onyx Shovel.png
Onyx Shovel Equipment Chest
n/a
n/a Black Dog "Widely believed to avoid unearthing buried skeletons, so long as you can dig in the right place."
Order of Souls Shovel.png
Order of Souls Shovel 300,000 Gold
Order of Souls 50
Order of Souls "Using a shovel like this to exhume remains is sometimes a necessary evil if you're the Order of Souls."
Parrot Shovel.png
Parrot Shovel 2,600 Gold n/a Parrot "You can dig through the dirt and still look bright and snazzy, thanks to this shovel."
Reaper's Heart Shovel.png
Reaper's Heart Shovel 149 Ancient Coins n/a Reaper's Heart "Spend quality time with a special someone by digging up a treasure chest together."
Relic of Darkness Shovel.png
Relic of Darkness Shovel
n/a
Chief tier in Order of Souls Emissary Ledger 11 times 11x Relic of Darkness "Bury bones or bring to light bright bounties with this tool from the Order of Souls."
Renowned Hoarder Shovel.png
Renowned Hoarder Shovel 2,100 Gold
Gold Hoarders 25
Gold Hoarders "16 karats of quality shovel are waiting after you plunder the prizes of prominent pirates."
Rogue Sea Dog Shovel.png
Rogue Sea Dog Shovel 1,850 Gold
Order of Souls 31
Rogue Sea Dog "Certified to have dug up at least a hundred chests, it's a shovel you can rely on."
Royal Sovereign Shovel.png
Royal Sovereign Shovel 1,850 Gold
Gold Hoarders 31
Royal Sovereign "We recommend waiting between digs so your crew can appreciate its impractical splendour."
Ruffian Sea Dog Shovel.png
Ruffian Sea Dog Shovel 1,850 Gold n/a Ruffian Sea Dog "Certified to have dug up at least a hundred chests, it's a shovel you can rely on."
Sailor Shovel.png
Sailor Shovel
Default item
n/a
n/a Sailor "Perfect if all you want from a shovel is to dig some earth. Preferably when no-one is watching."
Sapphire Blade Shovel.png
Sapphire Blade Shovel
n/a
n/a Sapphire Blade "Being a pioneer means exploring in new directions. Down is a direction."
Scorched Forsaken Ashes Shovel.png
Scorched Forsaken Ashes Shovel 2,600 Gold
Captain of Ashen Bones
Captain of Ashen Bones emblem.png
Captain of Ashen Bones
Set fire to 100 Skeletons with the Ashen Winds Skull
Scorched Forsaken Ashes "As well as digging up treasure, this looks suited to shovelling hot coals."
Scurvy Bilge Rat Shovel.png
Scurvy Bilge Rat Shovel 5,400 Gold n/a Scurvy Bilge Rat "Would you believe that's still the original handle? Lots of digging in it yet."
Sea Dog Shovel.png
Sea Dog Shovel 1,850 Gold n/a Sea Dog "Certified to have dug up at least a hundred chests, it's a shovel you can rely on."
Seared Forsaken Ashes Shovel.png
Seared Forsaken Ashes Shovel 2,600 Gold
Captain of Ashen Bones
Captain of Ashen Bones emblem.png
Captain of Ashen Bones
Set fire to 100 Skeletons with the Ashen Winds Skull
Seared Forsaken Ashes "As well as digging up treasure, this looks suited to shovelling hot coals."
Shovel of the Ashen Dragon.png
Shovel of the Ashen Dragon 2,600 Gold
Tome of Power III
Tome of Power III emblem.png
Tome of Power III
Ashen Dragon "Digs up treasure like a... like a hot shovel through sand."
Shovel of the Bristling Barnacle.png
Shovel of the Bristling Barnacle 24,975 Gold
Hoarder of Barnacled Gold
Hoarder of Barnacled Gold emblem.png
Hoarder of Barnacled Gold
Sell 300 Shipwrecked Chests to the Gold Hoarders.
Grades:
  • 5
  • 20
  • 60
  • 150
  • 300
 chests
Bristling Barnacle "This watery shovel should serve you well, but the sand does seem to stick to it."
Shovel of the Silent Barnacle.png
Shovel of the Silent Barnacle 24,975 Gold
Hoarder of Barnacled Gold
Hoarder of Barnacled Gold emblem.png
Hoarder of Barnacled Gold
Sell 300 Shipwrecked Chests to the Gold Hoarders.
Grades:
  • 5
  • 20
  • 60
  • 150
  • 300
 chests
The Silent Barnacle "This watery shovel should serve you well, but the sand does seem to stick to it."
Shovel of The Wailing Barnacle.png
Shovel of The Wailing Barnacle 15 Doubloons n/a Wailing Barnacle "This watery shovel should serve you well, but the sand does seem to stick to it."
Silver Blade Shovel.png
Silver Blade Shovel
n/a
n/a Silver Blade "Being a pioneer means exploring in new directions. Down is a direction."
Sovereign Shovel.png
Sovereign Shovel 1,850 Gold n/a Sovereign "We recommend waiting between digs so your crew can appreciate its impractical splendour."
Sunshine Parrot Shovel.png
Sunshine Parrot Shovel 24,975 Gold
Legends of the Sea II
Legends of the Sea II emblem.png
Legends of the Sea II
Find Umbra's book on Crescent Isle, where Salty once rested.
Sunshine Parrot "You can dig through the dirt and still look bright and snazzy, thanks to this shovel."
Thriving Wild Rose Shovel.png
Thriving Wild Rose Shovel 24,975 Gold
Always Yours
Always Yours emblem.png
Always Yours
Legendary Commendation: Complete all Commendations for 'Wild Rose.
Thriving Wild Rose "A beautiful shovel that pretty much does the ground a favour."
Tribute Peak Shovel.png
Tribute Peak Shovel
n/a
Marauder tier in Gold Hoarders Emissary Ledger 11 times 11x Tribute Peak "The perfectly crafted tool for unearthing locked chests destined for the Gold Hoarders."
Triumphant Sea Dog Shovel.png
Triumphant Sea Dog Shovel 11,180 Gold
Sea Dog Seeker
Sea Dog Seeker emblem.png
Sea Dog Seeker
Dig up 100 Chests with the Glorious Sea Dog Shovel in either Arena or Adventure
Note: This can be achieved by digging up any type of buried treasure.
Grades:
  • 5
  • 10
  • 30
  • 50
  • 100
 chests
Triumphant Sea Dog "Digs up treasure chests just in time for your rivals to show up and steal them!"
Twilight Hunter Shovel.png
Twilight Hunter Shovel
n/a
n/a Twilight Hunter "Not to be used as a weapon. Or for burying people."
Venomous Kraken Shovel.png
Venomous Kraken Shovel 24,975 Gold
Legendary Kraken Hunter
Legendary Kraken Hunter emblem.png
Legendary Kraken Hunter
Defeat 10 Krakens
Venomous Kraken "What better for digging up treasure over on Kraken's Fall?"
White Rose Shovel.png
White Rose Shovel 1,500 Doubloons n/a Standalone Cosmetics "A beautiful shovel that pretty much does the ground a favour."
Wild Rose Shovel.png
Wild Rose Shovel 15 Doubloons n/a Wild Rose "A beautiful shovel that pretty much does the ground a favour."

Pirate Chat

Here is the Pirate Chat Wheel for Shovels:

Shovel chat.png

Patch history

  • 2.9.1.1 (November 28, 2023)
    • Players are now prevented from burying Voyage items that had only been partially uncovered.
  • 2.5.0 (March 10, 2022)
    • New pirates equipping a shovel for the first time will now be shown the Burying Items tutorial.
  • 2.4.0 (December 2, 2021)
    • Introduced bury function.
  • 2.3.1 (October 14, 2021)
    • Players should now be able to consistently dig with a Shovel after migrating servers.
  • 2.2.1 (August 17, 2021)
    • Players can no longer cancel the digging animation while using a Shovel in order to dig more rapidly than intended.
  • 1.3.0 (September 27, 2018)
    • The effects that appear after digging no longer appear to have lines running through them.