Sea of Thieves Message In A Bottle

Sea of Thieves just wouldn't be a proper nautical-themed adventure if players couldn't find the occasional message in a bottle.


We here at Shacknews can't get enough of Rare's latest adventure Sea of Thieves. More than the beautiful graphics and soothing sailing mechanics, Sea of Thieves does a great job of capturing the essence of what it (probably) feels like to be a pirate. For some, this means being just a castaway on an island lost at sea — a sailor bearing the weight of more loneliness than any man could bear. For others, it's just a great way to have a fun time with friends. However, some unknown, immaterial in-game entity is sending out an SOS in the hopes that a well-to-do sailor will eventually find their elusive message in a bottle.

Message in a Bottle in Sea of Thieves

Any player who happens to find a message in a bottle in Sea of Thieves should grab it immediately. Not only is it a cool thing to find, it's also a communication of a new opportunity, presumably written by an ill-fated soul who fell into despair before finding rescue.

We like to think the third clue says, "Love can mend your life, but love can break your heart. - Gordon Sumner"

There's really no rhyme or reason to where, when, or how frequently messages in bottles will appear, but those lucky enough to pick one up will be pointed in the direction of an elusive score. Players sitting in the crow's nest keen on surveying the land should be able to spot messages in bottles by their signature glint of light, which reflects off the bottle and should direct player focus toward island shorelines.

Each message in a bottle will contain a map, either a Riddle Map, a Bounty Map, or a Treasure Map. Regardless of which type is on offer, the map will point pirates in the direction of loot or treasure that will be useful for picking up all those shiny cosmetic items.

Treasure Maps are the most straightforward result, being easy-to-follow and likely simple to locate. Players who find a Riddle Map will have to work for their rewards, as there won't be any sort of graphical representation of where to head; instead, they'll have to use the clues to find their juicy booty. Lastly, those who find a Bounty Map will have to prepare for battle against a horde of Skeletons and eventually a Skeleton Captain, who will drop a Bounty Skull once its demise is met.

That's really all there is to message in a bottle Sea of Thieves quests. Like many other aspects of the game, they're fun little distractions that lend well to the open-world freedom Rare was going after. To learn even more about the biggest quests and toughest challenges available, head on over to our Sea of Thieves guide and walkthrough.

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