Sea of Thieves controls are built around your ability to easily cycle through a set of radial 'dials' for various functions like communication, emotes, items, and so on.

Here, we've put together a simple page outlining the complete Sea of Thieves Xbox controls scheme, as well as the full Sea of Thieves PC controls scheme, and finally a quick comparison and some notes on the differences between playing Sea of Thieves with a controller or keyboard and mouse.

Sea of Thieves Xbox One controls scheme for using a controller

As we alluded to above, there are several radial dials you can bring up, containing various options for interaction or items you can equip. Below, we'll explain how to access all of those as well as how they work and how the controls for just about everything are laid out.

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Here's the default Xbox controller layout, which can be heavily re-mapped to your taste.

Xbox basic controls:

ActionButton
Jump A
Interact X
Secondary Interact Y
Stop Interacting Button
Stow Item Button
Drop Chest Button
Move Left Thumbstick
Look / Aim Right Thumbstick
Sprint Click Left Thumbstick
Dialogue Wheel D-pad Up
Emotes Wheel D-pad Down
Cycle Weapon Y
Map Wheel RB
Item Wheel LB
Primary Use RT
Secondary Use LT
Options View button
Reputation / Voyages Menu button

Xbox sailing controls:

ActionButton
Map Table: Toggle Map Pin A
Map Table: Pan Left/Right Thumbsticks
Map Table: Zoom In Right Trigger
Map Table: Zoom Out Left Trigger
Adjust Sail Height Left Thumbstick
Adjust Sail Angle Left Thumbstick
Climb Ladder Left Thumbstick
Aim Cannon Right Thumbstick

Xbox communication controls:

ActionButton
Open Dialogue Wheel D-pad Up
Open Dialogue Wheel D-pad Up
Open Emotes Wheel D-pad Down
Dialogue Wheel Next Set X
Emote Zoom In Right Trigger
Emote Zoom Out Left Trigger

Treasure hunting for more guides like this? Best to start with our main Sea of Thieves guide, including voyages, quests, progression and what to do first, or if you're right at the end of the game, take a look at our guide to Pirate Legend rewards and the Mysterious Stranger explained. We also have step-by-step instructions on how to download and install Sea of Thieves; there's also a guide on the Sea of Thieves map and how to find every island location, shape and name, along with our guide to Sea of Thieves' chicken, pig and snake locations for Merchant Alliance Voyages, a guide to loot values and how to earn Sea of Thieves gold fast, info on the full set of Sea of Thieves controls for Xbox and PC, a long list of various Sea of Thieves tips and tricks, an in-depth explainer on the dastardly Skeleton Forts, Skull clouds and Stronghold Keys, a massive collection of advice on Sea of Thieves sailing, ship combat and how to sail into the wind, plus how to find and kill Sea of Thieves' Kraken, and finally some advice for those encountering Sea of Thieves LavenderBeard, CyanBeard and CinnamonBeard error messages, too.

Sea of Thieves PC controls scheme for keyboard and mouse

The PC control scheme for Sea of Thieves is slightly different in that there are specific hotkeys for specific items that are usually restricted to just your item wheel when using a controller or playing on xbox, but otherwise it's worth noting that it is similarly customisable, just as the controller can be.

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The main PC controls, which can similarly be re-mapped to your heart's content.

PC basic controls:

ActionButton
Jump Space
Interact F
Secondary Interact R
Stop Interacting F
Stow Item X
Drop Chest F
Move WASD
Look / Aim Mouse
Sprint Left Shift
Walk Left Ctrl
Dialogue Wheel G
Emotes Wheel Z
Item Wheel Q
Item Wheel Next Page F
Look at Equipped Map Left Mouse Button
Cycle Weapon Mouse Wheel
Primary Use Left Mouse Button
Secondary Use Right Mouse Button
Options Esc
Reputation / Voyages Tab

PC item hotkeys

ActionButton
Draw Primary Weapon 1
Draw Secondary Weapon 2
Equip Fruit 3
Equip Cannonball 4
Equip Wood Plank 5
Equip Shovel 6
Equip Compass 7
Equip Spyglass 8
Equip Tankard 9
Equip Pocket Watch 0
Equip Lantern L
Equip Bucket B
Equip Instrument I
Text Chat T
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The item wheel.

PC sailing controls

ActionButton
Map Table: Toggle Map Pin Left Mouse Button
Map Table: Pan WASD or Mouse
Map Table: Zoom In/Out Mouse Wheel or = and -
Adjust Sail Angle A/D
Adjust Sail Height W/S
Climb Ladder W/S
Aim Cannon Mouse or WASD

PC communication controls

ActionButton
Push to Talk Left Alt
Open Dialogue Wheel G
Dialogue Wheel Next Set F
Open Emotes Wheel Z
Open Text Chat T
Zoom In/Out Emotes Mouse Wheel

How to re-map Sea of Thieves controls and other things to know

Remapping buttons for Sea of Thieves controls is reassuringly easy. Whether on PC or Xbox, simply bring up the Settings menu and head to the controls section, where you can re-map away to your heart's content.

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Remapping is simple enough from the game's settings menu.

Away from remapping, the main thing to know about Sea of Thieves' controls is that, as with most games, you're probably going to be at a slight competitive advantage if you play with a mouse and keyboard as opposed to a gamepad.

The usual arguments apply - aiming is generally more precise with a mouse than it is with a thumbstick on a controller, and you're able to look around faster and with greater control.

Likewise, the various item hotkeys make it a little faster for you to bring up various items to use them in a pinch - like a bucket for clearing out that water rushing in on your punctured hull's lower deck.

But all that said, Sea of Thieves is a game built around accessibility for all levels and players on both platforms. Play with what you prefer, and don't worry about the minutiae of competitive advantages unless they really mean something to you. Of all games, Sea of Thieves is totally one to play how you want, rather than how other people tell you!

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