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Sea of Thieves Patch Notes 1.1.6 Brings a New Mermaid Event and Tattoo Set

Rare continues to add new content and fix issues with the weekly Sea of Thieves updates.


Sea of Thieves has undergone its weekly scheduled maintenance, and this week’s patch notes brings with it all manner of goodness for pirates to sink their hooks into, with the new Bilge Rat Adventure headlining the update.

Players who have been keeping tabs on the Bilge Rat Adventures have no doubt had a blast with the skeleton thrones and gunpowder skeletons, but now Sea of Thieves is shifting gears to focus on an underwater threat: the Sunken Curse. This event sees players tracking down mermaid statues and destroying them to earn doubloons.

Rare has heard players concerns over these activities requiring more than 4 players and has chosen to make these statues require no more than four players to be destroyed. This means a full galleon can complete the adventure without having to team up while solo players will still need to find some friends.

Included in the update are a few new pieces of cosmetics such as the legendary titles for those players who manage to complete the legendary skeleton exploder commendations, a new Wailing Barnacle tattoo set, and a Bilge Rat flag to fly from the top of the ship.

A few choice fixes are also mentioned, with cannonballs no longer damaging friendly players being a welcomed correction. A few trouser-clipping issues have been fix and localization corrections have been made. Unfortunately, players are still going to get fired out of cannons on the wrong angle and may continue to hear muffled effects after doing so.

Patch size

  • Xbox One: 1.64GB
  • Xbox One X: 1.64GB
  • Windows 10: 1.30GB

Rumours of artefacts beneath the waves are being whispered across the Outposts, and as usual the Bilge Rats already know all about it! Underwater statues and dangerous curses are amongst their tavern tales, so take a deep breath before diving into this Bilge Rat Adventure!

  • 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.

Source: Sea of Thieves

There’s lots of new content here for players to enjoy while we wait for Cursed Sails to drop sometime this month. If you’re not up to speed on what’s on offer, check out our article on everything coming to Cursed Sails and Forsaken Shores. Remember to swing by our Sea of Thieves Guide and Walkthrough for more helpful articles on farming resources and completing adventures!

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