Treasure Vault Keys
Treasure Vault Keys are a type of Treasure Item found as a reward for Wayfinder Voyages issued by the Gold Hoarders Trading Company in Sea of Thieves. These Keys look like Totem statues that lead to Totem themed Gold Hoarder Treasure Vaults hidden on Large Islands all over The Sea of Thieves. The Keys can either be sold to the Gold Hoarders Representatives on Outposts who are willing to offer Gold, Reputation and Emissary Value for these Chests, or they can be used to open up a specific Gold Hoarder Treasure Vault for a chance for more valuable Treasure.
A player can only hold one Gold Hoarder Vault Key at once and cannot use items or sprint at the same time. When dropped, Vault Keys will emit a white glint from far away, making them easier to spot. Treasure will float to the top when dropped in water, however, they will start sinking to the bottom after 5 minutes have passed. Any Treasure dropped on land or on the shoreline will stay in-game for a long time. Untouched Treasure will disappear when an Island respawns. Treasure that has been dropped in Deep Waters will disappear after sinking to the bottom.
Like any Treasure, Vault Keys can be sold for Gold and Reputation, however, they can also be used to unlock a Gold Hoarder Treasure Vault. The location of the Treasure Vault is noted in the name of the Vault Key itself. Additionally, players can read an inscription on the Key, hinting at the location of the Vault on the Island.
There are three types of each Treasure Vault Key - Stone, Silver and Golden. The material of the Key determines the value of the Key and also the total value of the Treasure inside the Gold Hoarder Treasure Vault. The chances of receiving each type of Vault Key are dependent on the difficulty and region of the Wayfinder Voyage.
Where to Find
Treasure Vault Keys are currently only found as the main reward of Wayfinder Voyages issued by Gold Hoarders. During the Voyage, players will gain access to a Golden Wayfinder Compass in their Quest Radial Menu, leading them to the buried locations of Torn Map Parchments. These Parchments will make up a Torn Treasure Map that reveals the location of the Key as an X on a Large Island. The X will reveal a Collector's Chest with Gold and one Treasure Vault Key inside. Players do not need to complete the whole Torn Map to complete the Voyage. If the first parchments already reveal the location of the X and Players recognise the Island, they can go and immediately dig it up.
Treasure Vault Keys can be sold to Gold Hoarders Representatives at any Outpost for Gold and Reputation with the Company. Gold Hoarders Emissaries will also receive Emissary Value, and an increase to the Gold and Reputation gains. Alternatively, crews can choose to sell any Treasure Vault Keys 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 Treasure Vault Keys as Graded Emissaries.
|Rewards, Reputation & Emissary Value
|+33% Base Reward
|+67% Base Reward
|+100% Base Reward
|+150% Base Reward
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.
All Treasure Vault Keys have a variable value with the minimum and maximum reported Gold rewards documented in the tables below.
There are a total of 7 types of Treasure Vault Keys corresponding to 7 different Totem-themed Gold Hoarder Treasure Vaults.
|Moon Totem Key
|The moon shines bright within the island's large cave.
|Inside the Northern side of the Island's inner Cave system.
|Snake Totem Key
|The snake slithers in sand under the island's grand archway.
|Under the North-Western Stone Arch.
|Scarab Totem Key
|The scarab hides in the cave near the island's tears.
|Right inside the Cave opening by the Eastern waterfall.
|Boar Totem Key
|The boar cowers in sand beneath the vast cliff on the island's each beach.
|Amidst the rocks on the South-Eastern beach.
|Shark Totem Key
|The shark awaits in lonely rocks near twin palms, beneath the great rock spine of the island.
|Amidst the Northern cliff-face under the Island's central Arch.
|Fetcher's Rest Key
|The eagle perches in a glowing cave near the island's central arch.
|In the central cave system, next to Eagle cave paintings.
|Ashen Reaches Key
|The sun sets against rocks within the island's north west tunnel.
|In the middle of a northern cave system cutting through the island.
All 7 Treasure Vault Keys can appear in three different forms - Stone, Silver and Golden. The material of the Key determines its total sold value and the amount of Treasure in the corresponding Treasure Vault.
|Base Gold Reward
|Base Emissary Value
|Stone Treasure Vault Keys
|1,200 - 1,400
|Made of Stone and not as valuable. Opens up Stone-level Vaults. Available from Rank 25-35 Wayfinder Voyages.
|Silver Treasure Vault Keys
|2,300 - 2,400
|Made of Silver, this key and its Vault are more valuable. Available from Rank 35-45 Wayfinder Voyages.
|Gold Treasure Vault Keys
|3,600 - 3,750
|Made of Gold, this key and the Vault it opens fetch glorious rewards. Available from Rank 45+ Wayfinder Voyages.
Tall Tale Keys
The Ancient Vaults are also approached during several Tall Tales that lead players to various Quest Items hidden in these Vaults. The Totem Keys found during these Tall Tales are identical to the Stone Treasure Vault Keys and open up the same Vaults, but cannot be sold.
- Before Wayfinder Voyages were released, versions of Treasure Vault Keys, Vault Medallions and Gold Hoarder Treasure Vaults were accessible during various Tall Tales.
- Treasure Vault Keys and Vault Medallions share their models and most Pirate Chat commands with their equivalent Quest Items in Tall Tales.
- Hoarder of Vault Keys → Find 50 Gold Hoarder Treasure Vault Keys
- Seeker of Ancient Vaults → Open 100 Gold Hoarder Treasure Vaults using a Vault Key | Unlocks the Ancient Vault Sails for purchase
- Golden Tribute → Sell 600 Gold Hoarder Treasures while flying the Gold Hoarders Emissary Flag.
- Eminent Hoarder → Sell 320 Gold Hoarder Treasures while flying a Grade 5 Gold Hoarders Emissary Flag.
- Tributes Taken → Sell 480 Gold Hoarder Treasures to the Reaper's Bones
- Plundered Prizes → Sell 600 of any Trading Company items while flying the Reaper's Bones Emissary Flag.
- Fearless Reaper → Sell 320 of any Trading Company items while flying a Grade 5 Reaper's Bones Emissary Flag.