Gold is everything in Sea of Thieves, as you're going to be earning gold from every single voyage you go on, whenever you return to an outpost to cash in your chests. In this Sea of This gold guide, we'll be walking you through the best ways of how to earn gold quickly in Sea of Thieves, on top of highlighting the various ways in which you can spend your hard earned cash.
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Sea of Thieves Gold Guide
Your primary way of earning gold in Sea of Thieves is to undertake any voyage presented to you by any of the three factions when you start the game at an outpost on the map. The three factions are the Merchant Alliance, the Order of Souls, and the Gold Hoarders, and as the name probably suggests, the Gold Hoarder faction generally offers more money as a reward for completing voyages than the other two do.
You can always find the Gold Hoarder faction in a dark purple tent on an outpost, and although you might have to search around a bit since the outposts in Sea of Thieves are all randomly generated, you'll always want to keep an eye out for their signature tent. Once you've found the Gold Hoarder vendor, select the option to view their voyages, and you can choose up to three voyages to have in your inventory at once.
With your three Gold Hoarder voyages on hand, head to your ship and set sail immediately, making sure to piece together the clues given to you as to where the treasure lies. Keep in mind that you'll always be hunting treasure chests with Gold Hoarder voyages, be it through a complex riddle, or a mysterious map given to you once you've activated the voyage.
It's worth remembering that to cut down on the time it takes you to complete a voyage for the Gold Hoarders, you should aim to complete all three voyages for the faction while you're out on the high seas, before returning to an outpost with all three treasure chests stashed away safely on your ship. Not returning to an outpost after you've collected a treasure chest significantly increases the amount of gold you can earn with minimal time taken, and as such you should generally aim to complete at least two or three voyages before returning to port to cash in your chests.
Although this tactic is somewhat risky, as you've got to make sure you're not attacked by an enemy crew who want to steal your treasure chests, it is the most rewarding. No matter if you're carrying zero, one, or three treasure chests on your ship in Sea of Thieves at any one time, you've always got to make sure you're on your guard against attacking ships. If your ship is sunk, you'll instantly lose all the treasure chests that you've accumulated so far, so you've always got to have an eye on the horizon.
Once you're back in port, simply carry over all the treasure chests on your ship to the Gold Hoarder merchant in their tent, and you can cash them in to both earn yourself a tidy sum of gold, as well as increasing your standing with the faction. If you increase your standing to a higher rank with the Gold Hoarders, they'll trust you to take on more challenging voyages, which can reward you with even more money.
How to Earn Gold Quickly in Sea of Thieves
There’s another method for earning gold extremely quickly in Sea of Thieves, although it’s a whole lot more challenging than digging up buried treasure chests for the Gold Hoarder faction. When you’re out on the high seas, you’ll periodically see a gigantic skeleton skull in the sky, signalling the precise location of a skeleton fort.
This skeleton fort, if you and your crew can fight your way through the hordes of undead lurking within, will reward you with at least 4,000 gold for your efforts. It’s a hell of a lot more gold for your efforts than a single voyage for the Gold Hoarders will earn you, but it’s also significantly more difficult. The risk is entirely yours to take.
As for what you want to be spending your hard earned money on in Sea of Thieves, you'll want to head to any of the shops located on an outpost. You can either head to the weapons merchant to buy yourself a decorative sniper rifle or pistol, or you can go over to the merchant who deals in clothing outfits, where you can purchase anything from new coats and boots to brand new hats and eyepatches for your pirate.
But the biggest thing you're going to want to be saving up for in Sea of Thieves is ship upgrades. While you should head over to our Sea of Thieves ship upgrades guide for all the information you need on these purchased, we will say that they can cost as much as 140,000 gold, meaning you'll have to start saving pretty early on if you want to afford a nice new pair of sails for you ship, or a brand new hull.
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