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Destiny 2 Sails of the Shipstealer quest steps up to Week 5

What's involved in the Season of Plunder questline.

Destiny 2's Sails of the Shipstealer is a quest running throughout Season of Plunder.

Each season, Destiny 2 has a story which updates with new steps each week - requiring you to collect season-specific currency and activities to progress.

In Season of Plunder, this is finding Treasure Coordinates and Map Fragments, which will in turn allow you to dig up treasure using Treasure Maps from Expeditions.

Confused? This seasonal storyline is designed to take you through this step-by-step, as well as give you story to chew on until the next weekly reset.

This page explains how Sails of the Shipstealer works as well as all Sails of the Shipstealer quest steps as they're released.

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How Sails of the Shipstealer quest in Destiny 2 works

To start Sails of the Shipstealer, you must complete the Season of Plunder's introductory quest 'Salvage and Salvation'. This starts automatically the first time you load up the season, but if not, then you can begin from the H.E.L.M.

Once done, you must then complete 'Ahoy and Aweigh' - introducing you to Ketchcrash and the Captain's Atlas in the H.E.L.M., the 'vendor' for the season - which then finally gives you 'Sails of the Shipstealer'.

To start Sails of the Shipstealer, you must complete 'Salvage and Salvation' and 'Ahoy and Aweigh' first.

Each week, the Sails of the Shipstealer quest steps follow a familiar pattern - visiting the H.E.L.M., looting a Treasure Map at an Expedition once you have enough Map Fragments and Treasure Coordinates, and finally a Pirate Hideout activity, before returning to the H.E.L.M. or Eliskni Quarter for some character interactions to progress the story.

Sails of the Shipstealer has a total of 62 steps, with only a certain number of steps releasing each week. You can either play these as they are released, or wait until later in the season to play them in bulk - whatever works for you!

All Season of Plunder activities will appear in the H.E.L.M. director screen.

Destiny 2 Sails of the Shipstealer Week 1 quest (Steps 1-10)

First, complete the 'Salvage and Salvation' and 'Ahoy and Aweigh' steps to unlock the following:

1. Visit the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M.
2. Examine the details of the Captain's Atlas in your quests. Restore a Treasure Map in the Captain's Atlas using the Map Fragments and Treasure Coordinates provided.
3. Loot buried treasure at the end of an Expedition activity. (Complete an Expedition with a Treasure Map active)
4. Claim the Successful Expedition Weekly Challenge in the Season of Plunder section of your quests. (Claim the challenge in your Seasonal Challenges menu, as seen here:)

This is where to claim the Successful Expedition Weekly Challenge.

5. Upgrade the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M..
6. Complete Pirate Hideout: Val'aug, the Brute. (Activity is within the H.E.L.M. director screen)
7. Visit The Ether Tank holoprojector in the Eliskni Quarter.
8. Visit Spider in The Ether Tank in the Eliksni Quarter.
9. Check in with Spider in The Ether Tank.
10. Mithrax and Eido are studying what you recovered from the Pirate Hideout. They will contact you when they have more information.

You can find the The Ether Tank holoprojector straight ahead of where you spawn into the Eliskni Quarter.

Destiny 2 Sails of the Shipstealer Week 2 quest (Steps 11-18)

Steps 11 to 18 are as follows:

11. Visit the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M.
12. Loot buried treasure at the end of an Expedition activity. (Complete an Expedition with a Treasure Map active). Also, defeat 50 enemy combatants on the Cosmodrome.

13. Complete Pirate Hideout: The Sharpshooter. (Activity is within the H.E.L.M. director screen).
14. Visit the Eliksni Quarter, and watch a conversation between Spyder and Mithrax in the Ether Tank.
15. Debrief with the Drifter at The Ether Tank holoprojector in the Eliskni Quarter.
16. Collect your reward from Spider in The Ether Tank.
17. Speak to Spider again in The Ether Tank.
18. Mithrax and Eido are studying what you recovered from the Pirate Hideout. They will contact you when they have more information.

Destiny 2 Sails of the Shipstealer Week 3 quest (Steps 19-26)

Steps 19 to 26 are as follows:

19. Visit the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M.
20. Loot buried treasure at the end of an Expedition activity. (Complete an Expedition with a Treasure Map active)

21. Complete Pirate Hideout: Tagh’al and Thagh’urn, the Blademasters
22. Witness the conversation in The Ether Tank
23. Visit The Ether Tank holoprojector in the Eliskni Quarter.
24. Visit Spider in The Ether Tank in the Eliksni Quarter.
25. Check in with Spider in The Ether Tank.
26. Mithrax and Eido are studying what you recovered from the Pirate Hideout. They will contact you when they have more information.

Destiny 2 Sails of the Shipstealer Week 4 quest (Steps 27-33)

Steps 27 to 33 are as follows:

27. Visit the Star Chart in H.E.L.M.
28. Loot Expedition buried treasure and defeat combatants on Europa.
29. Complete Pirate Hideout: Alaaks, the Beast Tamer.

30. Visit The Ether Tank holoprojector in the Eliksni Quarter.
31. Visit Spider in The Ether Tank in the Eliksni Quarter.
32. Check in with Spider in The Ether Tank.
33. Mithrax and Eido are studying what you recovered from the Pirate Hideout. They will contact you when they have more information.

Destiny 2 Sails of the Shipstealer Week 5 quest (Steps 34-41)

Steps 34 to 41 are as follows:

34. Visit the Star Chart in H.E.L.M.

35. Loot Expedition buried treasure and defeat 50 Champions. (Legendary Lost Sectors are a good source for this!)
36. Complete Pirate Hideout: Arask, the Bully.
37. Witness the parley on the neutral asteroid base. Travel to the asteroid via the Destinations tab in the H.E.L.M.
38. Visit the Ether Tank holoprojector in the Eliksni Quarter.
39. Visit Spider in The Ether Tank in the Eliksni Quarter.
40. Check in with the Spider in The Ether Tank.
41. Mithrax and Eido are studying what you recovered from the Pirate Hideout. They will contact you when they have more information.

More steps coming next weekly reset!


The Season of Plunder is here! New additions include the Sails of the Shipstealer quest, Treasure Coordinates and Map Fragments, Cryptic Quatrains and Quicksilver Storm. Meanwhile, there's the arrival of King's Fall and weapons such as Doom of Chelchis and Touch of Malice, as well as the return of Allied Demand in Iron Banner this season. Get up to speed with our levelling guide ahead of tackling the Duality dungeon, and learn how to collect Calus Bobblehead locations, Calus Automaton locations and find all Opulent Key chests. For The Witch Queen, learn how to get Exotics including Dead Messenger and Parasite.


When does the Sails of the Shipstealer quest expire?

Although Sails of the Shipstealer is the seasonal quest for Season of Plunder - which runs between August and December 2022 - you don't need to complete the quest in full before the season ends.

Though the Seasonal Challenges and Artifact will move on once the Season ends, this quest - and the associated currencies and activities - will remain until the next major expansion releases. This will be Year 6 and Lightfall, which launches on 28th February, 2023.

So though it's worth playing Sails of the Shipstealer during Season of Plunder to get the most out of that season's rewards, if you want to catch up later, then you can.

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