Sea of Thieves enemy guide – How to defeat each creature in the game

Sea of ​​Thieves enemies

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The online pirate game Sea of ​​Thieves is about looting and looting, but always expect resistance and resistance when jumping from island to island. If you don’t fight real players, you repel NPC attacks and various types of mobs fight on land or giant creatures attacking your ship at sea.


Skeleton Sea of ​​Thieves
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Skeletons are the most common and most basic enemies in the game, coming in a number of different varieties. Normal white skeletons will control stone locks, rough buses or sabers, with some avoiding weapons that will scratch you instead. In small numbers, these skeletons rarely pose a threat, but in swarms it is easy to be overwhelmed. Make sure you attack skeletons that control firearms first, and you can block saber and claw attacks using your own saber.

Skeletons take a few hits to break completely, but you can also use bombs and bombs against them. Watch out for skeletons jumping out of the ground with gunpowder barrels – try hitting the skeleton itself and not the barrel. Otherwise, you could get caught in the large explosive radius of the barrel, but hopefully you will also remove many other skeletons. Skeletons can also eat to heal, so attack them to interrupt their healing animation. Skeletons covered with plants can be treated with water and rain.

Golden skeleton

The gold skeletons move slowly, but are resistant to hits from your saber. One of their weaknesses is water – collect water with a bucket and spray golden skeletons with it. They rust and you can easily release them with a bullet. However, it may be easier to lead them into water and let them cut there. Alternatively, bombs and cannonballs are also very effective tools against the Golden Skeletons.

Shadow Skeleton

Ghostly skeletons will only be palpable if they are exposed to light – they will shine on them with their lantern and you can hit them with regular attacks. You can fight these skeletons normally during the day. In Fort of the Damned you will fight a variant of these Shadow Skeletons called Shadows of Fate, which will require different lantern colors from Flames of Fate to be tangible. When playing with friends, create labels and coordinate which colors you need to use.

Skeletal captains

Skeleton Captains of the Sea of ​​Thieves
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These higher level skeletons have the same tactics as regular skeletons, but will have more health and kill more hits. These captains will have a red name above them and you will find them during the Order of Souls, battles in the fortress or randomly in the world. Captains can discard the tasks of captain’s orders, skull rewards and gold bags. You can also find other captains, such as the Ashen Guardians, who throw away more valuable loot.

Ocean Crawlers

Ocean of Thieves Ocean Crawlers
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Related: How to defeat Ocean Crawlers in Sea of ​​Thieves

These creatures from the depths of the ocean come in three different variations, all with different strategies for defeating them. They have a chance to drop siren gems.


These tanks are slow, but they strike. Crabs have an AOE attack that kills one hit, and they can make shields for their fellow Ocean Crawlers – but they will be motionless and vulnerable during that time.


These Ocean Crawlers will glide gracefully and shoot electric balls at you. Once they are covered in electricity, each of your attacks on them will strike you with electric shock and damage you.


These clams will charge you, so attack them after they make a move and stumble. They can also produce green spores that affect your vision and cause less damage.


Sea of ​​Thieves Phantoms
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Related: How to defeat the Phantoms in the Sea of ​​Thieves

Phantoms will roam the islands and are much more crazy than skeletons. These ghost skeletons will teleport around, hit you with their sabers and attack with occasional shots. You won’t feel like hitting them with your saber, but a few sword strokes will cause them to float and essentially blow and disperse.


Sea of ​​Thieves Sirens
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Related: How and where to find and defeat sirens in the Sea of ​​Thieves

Sirens appear if you are in the water for some time, and usually come in swarms led by a siren leader. They will chop at you and shoot bubbles at you; you will swim in the water slower than you would run on land, but you should still be able to send them with saber swings and shots. They can drop siren gems, and siren leaders can drop a trident of dark tides.


Related: How to summon and find Megalodon in Sea of ​​Thieves

Veterans of the Sea of ​​Thieves are familiar with the ominous musical allusion to sailing the sea, which means the arrival of a megalodon. There are five to five megalodons, all of different colors and rarities, although the strategy against them will remain the same. It orbits your ship with vulnerable cannon fire, and the music cue changes as soon as it charges and tries to attack you with its teeth. Unload your cannons on the megalodon – if you hit it enough while charging, you will stop its attack. Trident of Dark Tides is very effective against megalodon – maybe too much.


Sea of ​​Thieves Kraken
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Related: How to find and defeat the Kraken in the Sea of ​​Thieves

If there are no other world events at the moment, there is a chance that the Kraken may appear in the middle of you. You will hear a musical cue and the water around you will be ink black. The Kraken tentacles come out of the water and attack your ship. Attack the tentacles one by one with your cannons and avoid being caught and dragged into the water.

After defeating the Krakens, they drop a lot of loot and you can also find and cook Kraken meat – sell it for a good price for seapost.


Snakes will be very common on most islands and will be able to spit poison or bite you. You will get a toxic effect, which will gradually take away your health for a few seconds and make it impossible for you to see. These snakes are easily killed in one go, and some Merchant Alliance routes require you to place them in a cage.


Sea of ​​Thieves Shark
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If you are in the water for too long, sharks will appear and their bites are quite dangerous. If you have enough courage, attack these sharks with a saber or firearm; it should do a few gunfire and drop the cooked meat after death.

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