Skeleton Ship Spawn Times and Locations in Sea of Thieves

Find out where each skeleton ship spawns on the map and the time it spawns in-game and in real life.

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As part of the Cursed Sails free content update, skeleton ships have begun surfacing around the waters in Sea of Thieves. Players who are looking to unlock all the Cursed Sails commendations from the Bilge Rats will want to schedule their playtime to ensure all skeleton ships can be defeated.

Each of the nine skeleton crews only appear in the game at certain times during the next three weeks. Three skeleton crews will be assaulting the outposts each week, and of these three crews, each will only appear in the game between specific in-game times. Because of the time constraints, players should make sure they finish the Cursed Sails campaign, as they will need the new sails that are awarded in order to unlock the Bilge Rat commendations.

Skeleton Ship Times and Locations

Each outpost in the three regions contain a standard with a letter skewered to the pole. Reading the letter reveals the in-game time and location of the skeleton crew.

Because every Sea of Thieves server has the same in-game time, it is possible to translate the following in-game dates to real-life times. Reddit user noob761 has crunched the numbers, and for every 24 minutes of real-life time, 1 day passes in-game. Each of the skeleton crews only appears in one area of the map for 10 in-game days, which is 4 hours in real-life.

These times are when players can find the skeleton ships at the given locations. The following times are EST:

Sea of Thieves Skeleton Crew Locations

July 31st to August 7th
Skeleton Crew Location In-Game Time Real-Life Time Cursed Cannonball 
The Cursed Helm The Shores of Plenty, North West of Smuggler's Bay 1st to 10th 8AM - 12PM & 8PM - 12AM Locks ship's wheel
The Foul Grog The Ancient Isles, West of Shark Bait Cove 11th to 20th 12AM - 4AM & 12PM - 4PM  Makes crew drunk
The Dancing Demon The Wilds, East of Marauder's Arch 21st to 30th 4AM - 8AM & 4PM - 8PM Forces crew to dance 
August 8th to 14th
Skeleton Crew Location In-Game Time Real-Life Time Cursed Cannonball 
The Fools Stride The Shores of Plenty, North West of Smuggler's Bay 1st to 10th 4AM - 8AM & 4PM - 8PM Breaks crews legs
The Treacherous Bounty The Ancient Isles, West of Shark Bait Cove 11th to 20th 8AM - 12PM & 8PM - 12AM  Players can't interact with resource barrels
The Enslaving Chain The Wilds, East of Marauder's Arch 21st to 30th 12AM - 4AM & 12PM - 4PM Raises or lowers anchor
August 15th to 21st
Skeleton Crew Location In-Game Time Real-Life Time Cursed Cannonball 
The Sandman's Revenge The Shores of Plenty, North West of Smuggler's Bay 1st to 10th 12AM - 4AM & 12PM - 4PM Forces crew to sleep
The Black Viper The Ancient Isles, West of Shark Bait Cove 11th to 20th 4AM - 8AM & 4PM - 8PM  Poisons crew
The Siren's Gale The Wilds, East of Marauder's Arch 21st to 30th 8AM - 12PM & 8PM - 12AM Raises ship's sails
August 22nd to 28th
Skeleton Crew Location In-Game Time Real-Life Time Cursed Cannonball 
The Sandman's Revenge The Shores of Plenty, North West of Smuggler's Bay 1st to 10th 4AM - 8AM & 4PM - 8PM Forces crew to sleep
The Black Viper The Ancient Isles, West of Shark Bait Cove 11th to 20th 8AM - 12PM & 8PM - 12AM  Poisons crew
The Siren's Gale The Wilds, East of Marauder's Arch 21st to 30th 12AM - 4AM & 12PM - 4PM Raises ship's sails

With the skeleton crews’ spawn times documented and their locations noted, take some time to ensure you know how to kill the skeleton ships, as it can very easily become an overwhelming challenge. Check back with us over the next two weeks as I continue to update the locations of the next six skeleton crews! In the meantime, swing by the Shacknews Sea of Thieves guide and walkthrough for more helpful tips!

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