Sea of Thieves: How to Get and Use Pets

Sea of Thieves: How to Get and Use Pets

We show you how you can get pets and mascots of your own.

If you're going to become a pirate hero for the ages in Sea of Thieves, you'll never manage it without some little furry friend to offset your massive hat and gold teeth. We'll take you where where to get and equip pets in Sea of Thieves, as well as what kinds are available.

How to Buy Pets

If you want your own pet, right now there's only one way to do so: buy one using Sea of Thieves' "Ancient Coins" in-game currency. If you have Ancient Coins, you can go to the Pirate Emporium in the main menu before you start a game, and one of the tabs at the top of the screen should say "Pets." Here you can buy whatever ones you want, as well as cosmetic clothing for the ones you have. At time of writing, the standard price for pets in Sea of Thieves is 499 Ancient Coins, as well as 249 Ancient Coins for each cosmetic pack.

The pet shop is the only way to make an animal friend. | Joel Franey/USgamer, Rare/Xbox Game Studios

How to Get Ancient Coins

There's two ways to get Ancient Coins: either through micropayments in the Pirate Emporium (a single pet will cost around five dollars), or by defeating Ancient Skeletons in the main game. There's no way to make Ancient Skeletons spawn beyond just hoping hard; with a random chance for them to appear on any island or fort, colored blue and gold while carrying a sack around. Once you kill them, you and all your crew will get between 100 and 800 coins automatically.

How to Get Pets for Free

If you want to get a pet for free, currently the only way to do that is to beat the odds and find an ancient skeleton to kill. Even then there's no guarantee it'll drop enough to by yourself a furry friend, but the alternative is paying real money, which you may not be willing to do.

How to Retrieve Pets in Sea of Thieves

Once you buy a pet of your own, you can find it by going to the Pet Chest in your ship, or finding certain shops that have one kept outside. These chests are small and rounded with a red bandana draped over them, several colourful feathers, and a small collar lying against it. Just select the chest and whatever pet you want to take out for a spin, as well as whatever you want it to wear.

Unless you're lucky enough to find a special skeleton, Ancient Coins can only be bought for real money. | Joel Franey/USgamer, Rare/Xbox Game Studios

What Pets Can You Get?

Currently there's only two kinds of pet available, parrots and monkeys, but with variations and different colors for each. Parrots are split into Macaws, Parakeets and Cockatoos, while Monkeys can be Capuchins, Barbarys and Marmosets. There's no mechanical difference between any of these, it's just about the different looks and some behaviour changes.

Full Pet List


  • Crimson Macaw
  • Azure Macaw
  • Bright Belly Macaw
  • Flame Feather Macaw
  • Plumcap Macaw
  • Reaper's Heart Parrot


  • Grey Wing Parakeet
  • Palm Grove Parakeet
  • Blue Water Parakeet
  • Sun Kissed Parakeet
  • Blue Moon Parakeet


  • Campfire Cockatoo
  • Cloudy Sky Cockatoo
  • Garnet Cockatoo
  • Paradise Green Cockatoo
  • Royal Pink Cockatoo


  • Cloudy Capuchin
  • Lagoon Blue Capuchin
  • Pink Paw Capuchin
  • Reaper's Heart Capuchin
  • Sunset Capuchin
  • Whitebeard Capuchin


  • Midnight Indigo Barbary
  • Pale Ghost Barbary
  • Red Sun Barbary
  • Shadow Barbary
  • Silver Mane Barbary


  • Dark Ember Marmoset
  • Ink Cloud Marmoset
  • Mocha Marmoset
  • Nightpaw Marmoset
  • Peaktop Marmoset

What Do Pets Do?

Pets function as more of an in-game toy than anything really useful, something to play with on long voyages and add a bit of color and life to your ship. You can pick them up and interact with them, even give them food, but when put down they tend to move about the ship on their own. When you go onto land, they'll follow you around. Don't worry about them dying or getting lost - the game won't allow them to do either of those, teleporting them around after you.

Can I Put a Parrot or Other Pet On My Shoulder?

No, you can't put a parrot on your shoulder, though it may be added somewhere down the line. Rumor has it that different character builds and costumes make this difficult to program, and while we were unable to source that information, it makes sense considering the vast array of clothes and body types in Sea of Thieves.

If that was useful, why not take a look at some of our other Sea of Thieves guides? We've got all the details on fishing here, or you can follow this link to find out about Ashen Keys and Chests.

Joel Franey

Guides Writer

Joel loves books, games, comics and drinks that make a person feel like they just got kicked in the head by a mule. He has a Masters in writing from Sussex, which he somehow got by writing about Superman. He is absolutely NOT three children in a long coat, so please stop asking.

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