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.
Xbox basic controls:
|Look / Aim||Right Thumbstick|
|Sprint||Click Left Thumbstick|
|Dialogue Wheel||D-pad Up|
|Emotes Wheel||D-pad Down|
|Reputation / Voyages||Menu button|
Xbox sailing controls:
|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:
|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.
PC basic controls:
|Look / Aim||Mouse|
|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|
|Reputation / Voyages||Tab|
PC item hotkeys
|Draw Primary Weapon||1|
|Draw Secondary Weapon||2|
|Equip Wood Plank||5|
|Equip Pocket Watch||0|
PC sailing controls
|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|
|Aim Cannon||Mouse or WASD|
PC communication controls
|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.
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!