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Sea of Thieves 'Dark Relics' update brings new challenges and rewards

What you need to know

  • Rare has detailed the next monthly update for Sea of Thieves: Dark Relics.
  • Dark Relics brings new quests for players to undertake, rewards to gather and more.
  • This update also permanently introduces dangerous chests that can be seen on the map as well as rowboats with harpoon guns.
  • Sea of Thieves is included in Xbox Game Pass (opens in new tab).

Pirates, prepare yourselves, as the next monthly update for Sea of Thieves has been detailed: Dark Relics. In this update, crews of pilfering, plotting, potentially problematic skeletons have stolen relics from the Order of Souls. As such, the Order is paying handsome bounties for anyone willing to undergo dangerous voyages and retrieve these artifacts. There are five different types of relics to find: the Enchantment Vessel, Hexing Skull, Evil Eye, Mutinous Effigy and Bewitching Doll.

You can check out the trailer for Sea of Thieves: Dark Relics update in the video below:

It's not all limited-time quests and cosmetics though, as there are some nifty features here to stay. For starters, a mysterious new chest type is showing up in sunken ships, a chest that is extremely valuable but can be seen anywhere on the map due to its tendency to shoot pillars of color into the skies. The next change that's here to stay regards the unassuming rowboat: some genius decided that they need harpoon guns. Do with this information what you will.

There are also some other tweaks, like improved hit detection and matchmaking for Arena players. For more information on Dark Relics you can check out Rare's full post. As with all Xbox Game Studios titles, Sea of Thieves is included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

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Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.