Sea of Thieves controls - Xbox and PC control schemes for gamepad, keyboard and mouse and how to re-map controls explained

How to do just about everything with this list of Sea of Thieves controls.

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

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
JumpSpace
InteractF
Secondary InteractR
Stop InteractingF
Stow ItemX
Drop ChestF
MoveWASD
Look / AimMouse
SprintLeft Shift
WalkLeft Ctrl
Dialogue WheelG
Emotes WheelZ
Item WheelQ
Item Wheel Next PageF
Look at Equipped MapLeft Mouse Button
Cycle WeaponMouse Wheel
Primary UseLeft Mouse Button
Secondary UseRight Mouse Button
OptionsEsc
Reputation / VoyagesTab

PC item hotkeys

ActionButton
Draw Primary Weapon1
Draw Secondary Weapon2
Equip Fruit3
Equip Cannonball4
Equip Wood Plank5
Equip Shovel6
Equip Compass7
Equip Spyglass8
Equip Tankard9
Equip Pocket Watch0
Equip LanternL
Equip BucketB
Equip InstrumentI
Text ChatT
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The item wheel.

PC sailing controls

ActionButton
Map Table: Toggle Map PinLeft Mouse Button
Map Table: PanWASD or Mouse
Map Table: Zoom In/OutMouse Wheel or = and -
Adjust Sail AngleA/D
Adjust Sail HeightW/S
Climb LadderW/S
Aim CannonMouse or WASD

PC communication controls

ActionButton
Push to TalkLeft Alt
Open Dialogue WheelG
Dialogue Wheel Next SetF
Open Emotes WheelZ
Open Text ChatT
Zoom In/Out EmotesMouse Wheel

Getting started? Read what to do in Sea of Thieves and take take part in the Maiden Voyage tutorial, which teaches you the essentials of sailing and ship battles. It's also useful for beginners to know how to survive fights with skeletons and the kraken. Elsewhere we have advice on how to get easy gold and doubloons, complete skeleton forts and The Shroudbreaker, take part in fishing in Sea of Thieves and Sea of Thieves island maps.


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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