Trident of Dark Tides

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The Trident of Dark Tides is a weapon and treasure in Sea of Thieves. It can be used to fire bubbles of energy to damage and knock back opponents. It is found in the world rather than equipped at an Armoury.


The Trident of Dark Tides holds a total of 30 charges. As these charges are used up, the glowing blue crystals will gradually begin dimming, and the trident itself will slowly begin turning gray. Once the trident is out of charges, it crumbles to dust.

You can begin charging the projectile by holding your Primary Use key. Holding Secondary Use will begin aiming the staff without charging a projectile. There is a short delay before a small bubble forms at the end. Continuing to hold the key will make the bubble grow to a medium one, then eventually a large one. The bigger the projectile the slower it will travel. The projectile can be released at any time by releasing the button, though you can cancel it without using up any charges by dropping the trident. The projectile detonates when it impacts terrain, hostile creatures, or enemy players. Firing a bubble also consumes a number of charges, depending on the size of the bubble.

  • Small bubble: 1 charge dealing 30 damage, with little to no blast radius.
  • Medium bubble: 2 charges dealing 60 damage in a medium radius.
  • Large bubble: 3 charges dealing 90 damage in a large radius.

A hidden damage multiplier of around 2,5 is applied against creatures, often allowing one-shots against weaker enemies. (90 damage * 2,5 = 225 damage.)

If the trident only has 1 or 2 charges remaining, the bubble will never grow to a medium or large version respectively.

Where to find

The Trident of Dark Tides can be found by chance in various activities:


The trident can be sold to any Trading Company, Sovereigns, or the Reaper's Bones.

Pirate Chat

Here is the Pirate Chat Wheel of the Trident of Dark Tides:

Trident of Dark Tides chat.png


Patch history

  • 2.8.2 (May 18, 2023)
    • Players attempting to sell a Trident of Dark Tides while aiming it will no longer be prevented from aiming other weapons once sold.
  • 2.8.0 (March 16, 2023)
    • Crews can now cash in a Trident of Dark Tides at their local Merchant Alliance, Sovereign or Hunter’s Call representative in return for gold and Seasonal Renown. (Note: Despite phrasing of the 2.8.0 patch notes, this item can in fact be sold to any Trading Company.)
  • 2.5.3 (June 26, 2022)
    • Players should no longer encounter oversized projectiles fired from a Trident of Dark Tides.
  • 2.4.0 (December 2, 2021)
    • The Trident of Dark Tides aim sensitivity Settings are now saved between sessions.
  • 2.3.1 (October 14, 2021)
    • When releasing a Trident of Dark Tides from a Harpoon into water, it should no longer spin continuously on the surface.
  • 2.2.1 (August 17, 2021)
    • When players wield the Trident of Dark Tides, Megalodons and emergent Krakens now take reduced damage from the Trident’s attacks.
  • 2.2.0 (June 22, 2021)
    • Introduced.