[Updated] Sea of Thieves Patch 1.1.6 Being Rolled Out; Introduces The Sunken Curse Bilge Rat Adventure and New Commendations, Time-limited Cosmetics & More


[Update] The 1.1.6 update is now live and servers are back up. You'll find the official release notes for the patch down below:

Sunken Curse Event – Cursed Mermaid Statues are the latest addition to Sea of Thieves. Hidden in the shallows around island shores, they radiate, cursed with ancient magic. For this adventure, the Bilge Rats are challenging all brave pirates to seek out and destroy the statues. Not all statues are bound by the same curse but they all regenerate health over time and while some will require more firepower than others to destroy, no more than four players will be required to destroy even the toughest statue.

Sunken Items - It's not all malevolent curses in the shallows! Eagle-eyed pirates can also find artefacts, skulls and treasure chests hidden on the seabed ready to be plundered.

The Wailing Barnacle Cosmetics - The Hat, Dress and Jacket of The Wailing Barnacle have been added to the Bilge Rat shop. These items are time-limited and only purchasable with Bilge Rat Doubloons, so get them before they sink back to the depths on the 25th July.

Bilge Rat Titles - Earn three unique titles, introduced with The Sunken Curse event and equip them straight from the Vanity Chest!

Bilge Rat Doubloons - There are 100 Bilge Rat Doubloons available for the standard Commendations, and an additional 50 Bilge Rat Doubloons available for completing the Legendary Commendation and becoming a Legendary Curse Breaker. Each of The Sunken Curse Commendations in the Bilge Rat progress screen detail the amount of Bilge Rat Doubloons it rewards. You have until the 25th of July to earn Bilge Rat Doubloons by completing these Commendations.

Bilge Rat Flag - A new flag has been added to all pirates' flag inventory! This new flag can be used to show other pirates that they're on the hunt for Bilge Rat Doubloons.


  • The Wailing Barnacle Tattoo Set - Now available in the clothing shop on all Outposts, this tattoo set is purchasable with gold and here to stay!
  • Legendary Skeleton Exploder Title - We heard feedback from our community that Legendary Commendations are deserving of a Legendary Title, so we have now introduced the 'Legendary Skeleton Exploder' Title. Existing players who have met the criteria can grab it in the Bilge Rat shop for free. If players unlock the Legendary Commendations required for Gunpowder Skeletons in the future, they will automatically be awarded this Title.
  • Loading Screens - Now give players information about the latest goings on and what's new in Sea of Thieves.
  • Front End Animations - Pirate animations have been updated when entering the game through the front end.
  • UI Update - A small banner is shown on Commendations within the Bilge Rat progress screen when there are Bilge Rat Doubloons to be earned.

Performance Improvements

Multiple server and client crash fixes.
Further improvements and optimisations for all platforms are ongoing.

Fixed Issues

  • The Hungering Deep rewards which were not received by a number of players who earned them will be awarded over the next few days.
    We are rolling out this fix, there will be no in-game prompt so keep an eye in your Customisation Chests for the items and Titles you earned.
  • Bilge Rat Doubloons which were earned but not rewarded correctly as part of the Skeleton Thrones Bilge Rats Adventure will be awarded.
    We are rolling out a fix over the next few days for players to receive Bilge Rat Doubloons which were not awarded correctly for the Skeleton Thrones event.
  • Upon impact, cannonball knockback no longer causes unintended damage to fellow crew members.
  • Bear & Bird Figurehead Loading Screen is now localised in all available languages.
  • Mysterious Stranger conversation text is now correctly localised in German, French, Italian and Spanish.
  • Ghost Trousers no longer appear broken on certain body types.
  • Bilge Rat Trousers no longer appear inconsistent when equipped with a peg and mid-length boots.
  • The Bilge Rat progression UI now correctly counts Gunpowder Skeleton Titles towards the overall Title count.
  • The option to enable and disable the Player Talking Indicator has been added back into Settings.
  • Players should now see all their items once they have joined a new server.
  • Loading Screen tips should no longer be clipping on 4:3 display screens.

Known Issues

  • The 'Gunpowder Plot' Commendation and its Legendary Commendation counterpart may not unlock.
    We are investigating a fix for this issue. The time-limited Gunpowder Skeleton event cosmetics will be available again in the future for any players wishing to complete the set.
  • Some players travel in an unintended direction when fired from a cannon.
  • Some players may continue to hear muffled sounds after being fired from a cannon.
    We have reports that being fired out of a cannon again clears the muffled sound.

[Original story] Sea of Thieves patch 1.1.6 is currently being rolled out on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, which will introduce the new Sunken Curse Bilge Rat Adventure.

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Rare has taken the game’s servers offline to implement the update, and carry out necessary maintenance. The servers are expected to be back up at 2PM BST.

The new Sea of Thieves update will end the Gunpowder Skeleton Bilge Rat Adventure, and will introduce new Commendations, Titles, Doubloons and time-limited cosmetics.

We’ll update this post as soon as the official release notes are available.

Sea of Thieves is available now for Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.