Sea of Thieves gold comes from all kinds of sources - in fact you earn it from completing almost every task in the game - but some of those gold sources are a lot more efficient than others.
Seeing as Sea of Thieves' cosmetics are just so darn expensive, learning how to grind out gold quickly is pretty important, and so below we'll provide a list of treasure and chest types and rank them according to how much gold they provide you with, as well as explaning the best ways to earn gold - or at least our favourites - and any other tips we've picked up on how to earn money fast in Sea of Thieves, too.
Sea of Thieves gold sources explained - how to get gold in Sea of Thieves
Gold is the only in-game currency in Sea of Thieves. You get it for handing in the items earned from your Voyages and your general adventuring, and it can spent on just two things right now: cosmetic upgrades, and more Voyages.
That might sound a little bit pointless - not to mention rather circular - but for one, buying cosmetics is pretty great when it means making your ship look awesome, and likewise more Voyages means higher Reputation levels, and higher Reputation means you're edging closer and closer to Sea of Thieves' Pirate Legend endgame.
With that in mind, grinding gold is going to be one of the central things you end up doing once you breeze past the early hours of the game, and knowing how to do that efficiently really does help.
Before we dive into the best ways to do it, here's a quick list of every way you can earn gold in the game (that we've discovered so far).
- Selling chests and trinkets to the Gold Hoarders.
- Selling skulls to the Order of Souls.
- Selling animals and goods like Tea, Silk, and Spices to the Merchant Alliance.
- Selling other items, like Gunpowder kegs.
In other words, you get gold by selling stuff to the various Outpost Traders in game. What you need to know, then, is what stuff sells for the most gold, and what stuff is the easiest to get in bulk.
Sea of Thieves treasure and chest gold values list
As you might have come to expect, the Sea of Thieves community has been nice and busy over on the subreddit for the game. Users Jake_Smith81 and homeless0alien in particular have now created some spreadsheets detailing the different prices people earned for different items that they sold in-game.
Here's a breakdown of what sells for how much on average according to their collected data - along with a few other additions from our own experience - so you know what to protect on your ship and what to trade in first. Note that loot in Sea of Thieves seems to vary slightly in value from case to case, so the below tables are split into the highest values recorded so far, the lowest, and the average of all of those submitted by community for each item.
Gold Hoarders loot value list:
|Item||Max Value||Min Value||Average|
|Chest of Sorrow||1536||1021||1332|
|Chest of 1000 Grogs||1467||838||1057|
Order of Souls loot value list:
|Item||Max Value||Min Value||Average Value|
Merchant Alliance loot value list:
|Item||Max Value||Min Value||Average Value|
|Gold Snake (Voyage)||1844||1428||1601|
|Gold Striped Pig (Voyage)||1802||1059||1342|
|Gold Chicken (Voyage)||1706||1031||1336|
|Gunpowder Keg (Voyage)||832||832||832|
|Black Chicken (Voyage)||862||734||800|
|Black Coated Pig (Voyage)||900||653||798|
|Blue Dappled Snake (Voyage)||444||334||382|
|Pink And Black Spotted Pig (Voyage)||375||368||372|
|Red Speckled Chicken (Voyage)||381||283||337|
|Pink And Black Spotted Pig||281||266||275|
|White Chicken (Voyage)||233||165||212|
|Pink Bristled Pig (Voyage)||183||143||157|
|Red Striped Snake (Voyage)||168||137||148|
|Gold Striped Pig||103||103||103|
|Black Coated Pig||80||80||80|
|Red Speckled Chicken||63||41||52|
|Pink Bristtled Pig||16||16||16|
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.
The best ways to get gold fast in Sea of Thieves
So, we know from the above that the Skeleton Fort loot - Stronghold Skulls and Chests, Exquisite Spices, and various other assorted trinkets and items - consistently comes out on top as the most valuable when sold.
Outside of that, the Merchant Alliance seems to have the widest range of high-value items you can trade in. Gold animals, when required for Marchant Alliance Voyages, all grant well over 1,000 gold when handed in, as well as the highly valuable Equisite Spices and the range of other items that sell for seven or eight hundred gold and up.
But we also know that just noting the most valuable items isn't going to do much for knowing the best ones to farm - it's all very well saying Skeleton Forts are the way to go, but that would be ignoring the fact that they can take a long time on average, and an awful long time if you get some particularly aggressive fellow pirates in your server.
What's our recommendation? Well, there's no definitive best, so here are our general thoughts from experience so far:
The best ways to get Sea of Thieves gold fast:
- Skeleton Forts - To get the obvious one out of the way first, Skeleton Forts soom to consistently reward a total of around 15,000 gold, if you can collect all the loot for your crew alone. The issue is they're time consuming - even just getting to them can take a while if they spawn on the other side of the map - and quite challenging, especially if other crews get involved. Likewise, the more who join you the more there are to share the loot with, or, worse, the more there are who want to steal your own. If you do these, prioritise grabbing the Stronghold loot and Exquisite Spices first!
- Merchant Alliance quests - They might seem tedious, and it does rely on some luck, but if you're assigned Gold animals to be retrieved that's some easy four-digit rewards right away, and other quests like those for the Gold Hoarders seem to punish unlucky players even more severely (imagine doing multi-step riddle quests only for some Seafarer chests, which happens!)
- Shipwrecks - The other consistently-rewarding source of gold is raiding shipwrecks. These appear randomly out at sea, but are identified by a flock of swarming seagulls circling in the sky above it. Dive underground and retrieve the items from the ship's multiple levels, one at at a time, and you'll consistently get about 3,000 gold's worth of loot. The only issue is there's no telling where the next one can be found, so it's more of a "always do these when you see them" thing, as apposed to a method you can rinse and repeat.