Stronghold Gunpowder Barrel

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Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels are a highly volatile Explosive in Sea of Thieves. They can be found being carried or guarded by Skeletons. These Barrels can be sold to the Merchant Alliance Representative Senior Traders on the dock of every Outpost for Gold and Reputation.

Where to find

Usage

Primary Use of a barrel in hand will light a 5s fuse to detonate, but can be cancelled by Secondary Use. The barrel can be picked up while the fuse is lit.

The Stronghold Gunpowder Barrel will immediately detonate if shot, struck, caught in an explosion, or upon contact with the outside of a ship hull. The explosion will damage all nearby pirates and Creatures (based on distance) within 9 paces of the detonating barrel, and damage any Ship within the explosion distance.

Rewards

Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels can be sold to:

The following is the reward chart for the sold Barrel:

Emissary Grade Gold (Min.) Gold (Max.) Emissary Value
No Emissary 2,750 Gold 6,000 Gold 0
I 2,750 Gold 6,000 Gold 12960
II 3,657 Gold 7,980 Gold 17236.8
III 4,592 Gold 10,020 Gold 21643.2
IV 5,500 Gold 12,000 Gold 25920
V 6,875 Gold 15,000 Gold 32400

Notes

  • Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels are counted as Gunpowder Barrels, meaning that they can be turned in for a Gunpowder Barrel Trade Good Commission. However, this does not affect the Commission reward, making it more effective to turn in a regular barrel for the Commission instead.
  • Picking up and placing Gunpowder Barrels on a Ship for the first time does not give Emissary Grade Reputation to Trading Company Emissaries. Only selling a Barrel as part of a Trade Good Commission offers Emissary Grade Reputation as Merchant Alliance Emissaries.
  • Gunpowder Barrels do not emit a Glint or Glow from a distance.
  • Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels are 3x more effective than regular Gunpowder Barrels, dealing damage in a considerably larger radius of the Ship.
  • Ship collision will not detonate the barrel while carried in hand, however sailing into one even slowly will cause the barrel to detonate.
  • Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels can be grabbed with a Harpoon, even from the hands of Pirates or Skeletons.
  • Blowing up a Stronghold Gunpowder Barrel in your hand on a Ship will count as a Cannonball hit, meaning that a player can destroy a Skeleton Ship with a Keg and it will count as a kill.
  • Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels will blow up if they are within the area of effect of a thrown Throwable.
  • A Stronghold Gunpowder Barrel held by a player or Skeleton who is on fire will explode after a short period of time.

Commendations

Commendations
ImageCommendationRequirementsRewards
Black Powder Merchant emblem.png
Black Powder MerchantDeliver 100 Gunpowder Kegs on schedule.
 
  • Grade I: 1
  • Grade II: 10
  • Grade III: 25?
  • Grade IV: 50
  • Grade V: 100
Title icon.png Rewards the Black Powder 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
Legend of Black Powder emblem.png
Legend of Black PowderSell 100 Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels as a Pirate Legend
High Seas only
 
  • Grade I: 1
  • Grade II: 10
  • Grade III: 25
  • Grade IV: 50
  • Grade V: 100
Title icon.png Rewards the Legend of Black Powder Title.
Master of Black Powder emblem.png
Master of Black PowderSell 10 Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels+20 Doubloons
Greater Gunpowder for Gold emblem.png
Greater Gunpowder for GoldSell 5 Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels to the Gold Hoarders.
Time-limited
+Doubloons
More Munitions for the Mystics emblem.png
More Munitions for the MysticsSell 5 Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels to the Order of Souls.
Time-limited
+Doubloons
Bigger Bang for your Buck emblem.png
Bigger Bang for your BuckSell 5 Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels to the Merchant Alliance.
Time-limited
+Doubloons
Golden Benefactor emblem.png
Golden BenefactorComplete all Mermaid Gem and Black Powder sales quotas for the Gold Hoarders. (45)
Time-limited
+15 Doubloons
Title icon.png Rewards the Golden Benefactor Title.
Mystic Benefactor emblem.png
Mystic BenefactorComplete all Mermaid Gem and Black Powder sales quotas for the Order of Souls. (45)
Time-limited
+15 Doubloons
Title icon.png Rewards the Mystic Benefactor Title.
Merchant Benefactor emblem.png
Merchant BenefactorComplete all Mermaid Gem and Black Powder sales quotas for the Merchant Alliance. (45)
Time-limited
+15 Doubloons
Title icon.png Rewards the Merchant Benefactor Title.

Pirate Chat

Here is the Pirate Chat Wheel of the Barrel:

Stronghold Gunpowder Barrel Wheel.png

Patch history

  • 2.0.4 (June 19, 2019)
    • The ‘Mega Keg’ now correctly shows fuse VFX when lit underwater.
  • 1.4.0 (November 28, 2018)
    • Introduced.