I Met A Genuine Pirate Legend In Sea Of Thieves

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This weekend, I sat down to play Sea of Thieves. As I sailed on my lonesome, passing time until my friends could log on, I returned to port and ran into another group of players. This type of encounter usually leads to disaster, but I was instead treated to a surprise: I had come face to face with a Pirate Legend.


When the other ship first came into port, I was surprised by how decorated it was. The hull was painted a deep shade of purple and trimmed with hints of gold, while the main sail bore a large skull. It was clear I was dealing with an experienced crew and as I leapt from my tiny ship to theirs, I hopped up and down to communicate peaceful intent. They seemed to consider me, as you consider a dog pawing at your shins, before deciding that I wasn’t a threat. That’s when I realized that one of the players was a Pirate Legend. His name was Ghaanja and he was the most impressive pirate I’d ever seen.

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Becoming a Pirate Legend in Sea of Thieves is a lengthy process that requires achieving max reputation with all three of the game’s main factions. The first player to become Pirate Legend was a streamer named Prod1gyX, whose viewers helped him out by gathering treasure for him. It sparked a controversy within the community about if his title was legitimate or not. Here before me was another Pirate Legend, a player so tenacious—or perhaps simply so bored—that they grinded hundreds of voyages to achieve the title. They wore a gold-trimmed outfit, colorful as their ship and suddenly, I felt very shabby. My Sovereign clothing set is among the most ostentatious in the game but I was nothing compared to the Pirate Legend. It felt like I was standing next to a kind of celebrity.

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Pirate Legends are able to access a special underground location called the Tavern of Legends by playing a special sea shanty in any of the game’s various taverns. Curious, I asked this Pirate Legend if I could see that hidden location. To my surprise, they agreed. We rushed off to the tavern and they played the song. A magical glow covered the floor, revealing a hidden stairwell. I followed it down into an underwater tunnel leading to the Tavern of Legends but could not enter. A strange portal blocked my way. When I tried to return to the surface, I was dropped into a random island far from port. The Pirate Legend was nowhere to be found.

Getting the Pirate Legend to play the special sea shanty and open up a portal to the Tavern of Legends feels a bit like getting a digital autograph. I’d mention this to my game-playing friends the same way I might bring up the fact I have Magic Johnson’s autograph or a tube of ping pong balls signed by the cast of Beerfest. You can’t really do much with an autograph besides trot it around from time to time.

Former Senior Writer and Critic at Kotaku.


At least you ran into someone in game.