Sea of Thieves guide: How to find all of the Skeleton Thrones

The 1.1.2 patch for Xbox's popular pirate adventure game Sea of Thieves recently went live, and with it came a collection of new items and features. You can check out the full patch notes in our summary here, but in this article we're going to focus on the limited time event that came with the patch: Skeleton Thrones.

Skeleton Thrones are large wooden chairs hidden through the game world that award you with commendations and the new currency, Bilge Rat doubloons, when you sit on them. There are 10 in total — five small, and five large. The small ones only require you, but for the larger ones, you'll need to have a pirate from another crew sit with you. If you "unlock" all of the thrones, you'll receive two titles for your in-game profile that give you bragging rights. Here's how to find the thrones, and some tips for using your cannon to reach them.

Getting started

While you could begin your search without some form of hint, that would be a long and tedious endeavor. Luckily, the Bilge Rat NPC Doug, located in the various Inn structures at Outposts, will nudge you in the right direction. Simply walk up and speak to him, and you'll know where to look.

If you're feeling social (and brave), it may be worth approaching other players and asking them if they'd like to team up to find all the Skeleton Thrones. Half of them require pirates from two groups anyway, and since ships are sitting ducks when their crews are trying to cannon themselves to the throne locations, the second vessel can patrol the area should another crew decide they want to go in for the kill.

Reaching the thrones

Once you spot a Skeleton Throne, you'll need to blast yourself to where it is. Depending on the elevation of the throne in relation to your ship's location, you'll need to aim accordingly. If your vessel is level with or above the throne, then you'll want to aim directly at the feet of it. Since projectiles come out of cannons slightly higher then where you directly aim, you should fly right into the throne's backboard and land right on the seat.

Things get trickier when you're below the throne. Aiming directly at the backboard will send you careening over it, and at this elevation, the feet are covered by the platform the throne is sitting on, shooting low will most likely cause you to smash into the side of whatever is holding it. Therefore, your best bet is to put some distance between your ship and the throne, which reduces the sharpness of the height angle and gives you a better shot at the feet of the throne. Shooting here from this range will arc you right into the backboard.

Where ARE the thrones? (Spoilers)

It's far more fun to actually find the thrones yourself, but we understand, maybe you don't have the time nor the inclination to go around looking for them. Thankfully, an awesome reddit user has compiled a list of all the known thrones locations, which should help save you a bunch of time. Note that large thrones require two players from separate crews, while small thrones only require a single player.

  • Shipwreck Bay - Large - On a small island to the north.
  • Plunder Outpost - Large - To the east, up high on a cliff's edge.
  • Marauder's Arch - Large - At the southern tip of the arch.
  • Cannon Cove - Large - At the top of the highest rock in a large hole.
  • Smuggler's Bay (offshore) - Large - As you move West towards map grid D2, there's a throne on the third offshore rock.
  • Thieves' Haven - Small - On a rock on the east side.
  • Devil's Ridge - Small - Underneath a ridge on the northern end of the island.
  • Hidden Spring Keep - Small - Use the south west cannon to fire yourself to the very top of the keep.
  • Map N10 - Small - Under the water in a small uncharted island.
  • Mermaid's Hideaway - Small - Adjacent to the southern peak.

Your thoughts

What do you think of the Skeleton Thrones event? Let me know.

Read: Sea of Thieves review

The Skeleton Thrones will be in Sea of Thieves for two weeks only, so set sail and get to sitting while you can. Sea of Thieves is available on Xbox One for $29.99 on Amazon, and $47.99 on the Microsoft Store.

Brendan Lowry

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