8 Tips for Soloing in Sea of Thieves Sailing in the Sea of Thieves can be a perilous journey – more so if you happen to be sailing it alone. Its not impossible to go it alone, but many may find it a more challenging endeavor with all the work youll have to do and threats you may face. Below, youll find tips on how to make you solo adventure work. It goes without saying, but in a place called Sea of Thieves, friends might be hard to come by.
Theres always the possibility that you may run into other crews with a friendly disposition – but theres no sense in being prepared for the worst. Always be on the lookout for other ships – and use your telescope sparingly to avoid giving others a chance to spot it glinting. If you spot a ship near the island you are sailing to – or already docked there – you may want to reconsider stopping. Keep your cannons loaded just in case you get ambushed, and always have wood planks handy to quickly fix a leak without spending too much time below decks. . Remember the Crazy Ivan u-turn. By taking advantage of your manueverabilty and sight lines you can duck behind a rock while a Galleon goes around the other side. Spin your wheel in the opposite direction and drop anchor as soon as the opposing ship is out of sight.
Your ship will make an abrupt and violent sounding U-turn, immediately straighten the wheel and raise anchor, youll gain several leagues before they realize where youve gone. Long live Crazy Ivan!. It can be a real chore to have to do everything yourself, but luckily Sloops are built to maximize efficiency. The anchor, wheel, and rigging are all located near each other, so you can quickly adjust your sail angle to get as much speed as possible without moving far from the wheel. You should also make sure when you get your Voyage to check out the location of the assignment relative to your position on the map, and mark it – leaving both in view. If you turn around from the steering wheel, you can peer down below the overhang to see your position without having to run all the way down into the Captains Cabin. You can also shoot yourself out of a cannon to save time – as long as you aim it first.
Try parking your ship near a cliff and shooting yourself up to the top. When youve got the items you need from the island you can jump back down onto your ship. Through the Seas Darkly. Your sloop comes equipped with several lanterns: two on the front, one by the wheel, two in the captains cabin, and one in the hold. Leaving them on turns your ship into a beacon, especially at night. The less attention you draw to yourself, the better. Have an Escape Plan. Whether youre dropping off loot at an Outpost, or preparing to explore an island for its treasure, remember that the tides can bring other players at a moments notice. Because it takes time to raise the anchor, unfurl the sails, and get a correct heading – you may want to prep your departure the moment you get ready to drop anchor. Before you do, turn the Sloop around so it faces out to sea. Once you drop the anchor, unfurl the sails again and make sure your wheel is set to shoot you straight into the sea. That way, if you spot trouble coming, you can dive over to your ship and raise the anchor not have to worry about any extra steps.
Dont try to outrun a galleon with the wind, head upwind instead and they will be dead in the water while your lighter, more manueverable Sloop gets leagues ahead. If a quick escape is needed while you hold treasure, hide it away on the island and come back later. . Some islands, including certain Outposts, have a pretty sizeable landmass that can include coves and high cliffs – perfect for stashing a ship. Obviously theres nowhere you can perfectly hide a big ship, but you can use large rocks and peaks to your advantage – especially if you want to dock at an occupied Outpost and sneak in from the other side of town.
You should also take into account the islands location in the world. If your investigating an island far in the Southwest, its likely other players will sail in from the Northeast – and stashing your ship on the other side of the island may reduce the chance it gets spotted. When taking on Bounty Voyages from the Order of Souls, you may be up against increasing hordes of skeletons. If your bounty brings you to a small islands shore, park your Sloop as close as your can and bring the Eye of Reach from the armory. You might just be able to snipe the skeletons from the safety of the ship, and use the ammo box on board to restock as needed. Its a bit cheap, but its better than being outnumbered – and youll be in a good spot to run if another ship shows up to attack you. Sabotage on the High Seas. When you are forced to engage with other players – think carefully about how you want to proceed.
Most battles between ships are a war of attrition: whoever runs out of supplies first loses. Because you have a lot of roles to fulfill: Pilot, repairman, and gunner – it can be hard to fight back effectively. If the conditions are right – and youre fighting by an island or some dire rocks, you might have a better shot at sabotaging their ship by taking it over. If the other boat doesnt have many players you can try defeating them – but remember theyll respawn soon. Use that time to raise their anchor and point the ship into the nearest hazard you can. With luck, by the time they come back theyll already be taking on water, and you can distract them long enough before they realize their ship is sinking. Know When to Cash In. The more Voyages you take on and the more treasure you find, the bigger target you paint for yourself and bigger chance youll lose it all before making it back to an Outpost. Try to stick with doing 1 or 2 Voyages tops before looking for an empty Outpost to pull into. If you see another boat, its better to keep sailing – since you have to bring the cargo in one by one, theres a good chance other players will use that to rob you blind.
You should also be stashing your good smartly. Place small items in out of the way places like behind the map. You can also use the crows nest – or better yet, jump down onto the sails and place chests along the top where people rarely look up to examine..
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