Sea of Thieves’ First Monthly Update Sends Players on a Series of Explosive New Quests

Jul 18, 2019
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Following a year of bigger, yet less-frequent updates, Rare recently announced Sea of Thieves would be focusing on regular monthly updates going forward, and now the first of those updates has arrived. July's Black Powder Stashes update tasks players with retrieving a series of gunpowder caches hidden around the world, which can be traded for money and status. Of course, the update also comes with various new rewards, gameplay tweaks, and more. You can check out a trailer for the Black Powder Stashes update, below.

Here's the full Black Powder Stashes rundown:

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Black Powder Stashes voyages can be obtained from Duke in any tavern and task pirates with retrieving gunpowder caches hidden across the Sea of Thieves by skellies who have mischief in mind. There are two voyage variants – Reaper’s Black Powder Runs and Black Powder Smuggler’s Runs – and recovered stashes can be turned in to the Order of Souls, Merchant Alliance or Gold Hoarders for a reward of coin and reputation. Pirate Legends can cash in with Athena’s Fortune too! Completing voyages will earn new commendations, unlock new titles and an exclusive Reaper sail, flag and Mercenary figurehead for your ship

The Black Powder Stashes update also includes the following features:

  • Mermaid gems – Duke has heard word of Mermaid Gems being scattered throughout the world; washed up on islands, inside Skeleton Fort Vaults and shipwrecks, and even inside the bellies of krakens and megalodons
  • More rewards – improved Hunter’s Call rewards for cashing in fish and meat, more fruit, cannonball and wooden plank resource crates washed up on beaches and improved sunken shipwreck rewards including gunpowder kegs, mermaid gems and resource crates
  • Game balancing – improvements across a wide range of areas including cursed cannonballs, Tall Tales boss battles, returning to ship via a mermaid and encounters with megs, skeleton ships and eye of reach skeletons
  • And lots more – a range of accessibility improvements, new puzzles for three Tall Tales, the chance to dig up fishing bait, new interactive hatches for sloops and brigs, crew member ‘join’ and ‘leave’ notifications, audio improvements and over 60 fixes to reported issues across Adventure, Arena and Tall Tales.

Sea of Thieves is available now on PC and Xbox One. You can jump into the Black Powder Stashes update right now.

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