Fort of the Damned is different from the other world events that spawn naturally, such as Flameheart or Ashen Winds. Instead, it is a unique world event in Sea of Thieves that can be started at any time manually. Starting it requires a special sequence of events to be completed by you and your crew. This guide will show you how to activate and successfully complete the Fort of the Damned.

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Starting Fort of the Damned

Before arriving at the Fort of the Damned, you and your salty crew must first prove yourselves worthy by collecting all 6 of the Flames of Fate from the Ferry of the Damned using your lantern. Collecting each flame will require you to die in a special way.

  • Pink: Dying to enemy players from another crew
  • White: Dying to lighting (found inside storms)
  • Blue: Dying to a Shark, Siren, or Megalodon
  • Green: Dying to a skeleton, phantom, or ocean crawler
  • Purple: Dying to poison (snake bite, venomball, or Kraken ink)
  • Red: Dying to fire (firebomb, volcanic rocks, etc.)

Once you’ve obtained each flame, you’ll want to store it safely on one of the lanterns aboard your ship. As you obtain these, it becomes increasingly more important to make sure your ship doesn’t sink or you will lose all the flames you’ve collected. We suggest getting the pink flame first as provoking PvP later may lead to losing the flames you’ve already collected.

The other thing you’ll need is a Ritual Skull. Here’s where you can find them:

  • Larinna, outside each tavern, sells a “Skull Stash Voyage” for 40 Dubloons. This will lead you to a Ritual Skull buried at the outpost where you bought the quest. You can only purchase one of these quests per month.
  • Chance to be in loot after sinking a Skeleton Ship
  • Guaranteed drop after sinking the Captain Ship in the Skeleton Fleet World Event
  • Guaranteed drop after defeating an Ashen Lord at an Ashen Winds World Event
  • Chance to find inside an Ashen Chest
  • Chance you can find one after you kill a Skeleton Captain on an island, pick up the “Skeleton’s Orders”, and complete the quest. It might be in the collector’s chest you get from that.

Purchasing the Skull Stash Voyage is definitely the fastest way to get a Ritual Skull, but since you can only purchase one of these per month you may have better luck finding one while you’re out and about collecting your Flames of Fate.

Fort of the Damned Ritual

Once you’ve gathered everything up, head to the Fort of the Damned which is located at L14 on the map. Once there, park your boat at the dock and head into the fort to locate the main ritual room. Use your lantern to apply the proper colored flame to each statue, and once every statue is lit the cage in the center will open revealing a headless skeleton inside. Place the Ritual Skill here and the Fort of the Damned event will begin.

Defeating the Fort of the Damned

Keep in mind that as soon as you complete the ritual, a giant skull icon will appear above the fort sending a literal BAT SIGNAL in the sky to every other crew on the server. So be extra careful and ready for any enemy crew that may try to roll in.

The event will begin with several waves of Shadow of Fate Skeletons spawning until you get to the boss wave where you’ll face off against the Ghost of Graymarrow. Fighting the Shadow of Fate Skeletons can be tricky on their own as they start in a state of invincibility, much like the shadow skeletons you may have encountered already during Order of Souls voyages or regular Skull Fort events.

Unlike the shadow skeletons, which will become vulnerable when exposed to any light source, the Shadow of Fate Skeletons will only become vulnerable when you use your lantern to expose them to the colored flame that matches their color. While fighting these skeletons at the fort, take a look at the grates underneath each statue in the ritual room. If any of them have ghostly hands reaching through the gate, then you’ll know you need to grab that color during that round. This is a nice little trick to learn as it’s an easy way to know which color you need so you and your crew can complete that round faster.

Shadow of Fate Skeletons Weapons

The Shadow of Fate Skeletons can spawn with any of the following weapons:

  • Blunderbuss
  • Pistol
  • Cutlass
  • Gunpowder Barrel (can spawn during rounds 1 through 8)
  • Stronghold Gunpowder Barrel (can spawn during rounds 9 through 12)

Each Shadow of Fate Skeleton takes about 8 sword strikes, or 1 point-blank (full damage) blunderbuss shot to kill them.

Fort of the Damned Rounds

There are a total of 13 rounds you must beat in order to complete the Fort of the Damned. The event gets harder as it goes along, so here is a list of what to expect each round:

  • Rounds 1-4: Spawns 8-10 skeletons of 1 color
  • Rounds 5-8: Spawns 8-10 skeletons of 2 colors
  • Rounds 9-12: Spawns 8-10 skeletons of 3 colors
  • Round 13: Boss fight against the Ghost of Graymarrow

Fighting the Ghost of Graymarrow

Today’s boss is brought to you in part by the Fate of the Morningstar! This 8th Tall Tale final boss, Graymarrow, was slain and is now reborn as the Ghost of Graymarrow to protect the Fort of the Damned.

The Ghost of Graymarrow has significantly more health than he did in his fleshy form. His attacks are the same, except he can’t teleport anymore. Keep in mind that the Ghost of Graymarrow has the same amount of health no matter your crew size, so the advantage here goes to larger crews. During the fight, the Ghost of Graymarrow will summon more Shadow of Fate Skeletons to protect himself, so be careful of those and make sure you continue to grab the correct flames needed to defeat them as you did in the previous rounds.

The main attack you will want to avoid is his shockwave attack. This attack is easily recognized as he’ll lift two chests out of the ground, then raise them over his head and slam them together which will create a large shockwave. The shockwave will knock players back as well as deal a lot of damage. He can also switch between using a blunderbuss, pistol, or cutlass depending on how far away you are, so be aware of that as well.

Once defeated, the Ghost of Graymarrow will drop the Fort of the Damned Key which will open the stronghold vault at the fort. The skull cloud over the fort will also go away as soon as you defeat the boss.

Fort of the Damned Treasure

After opening the vault you will be rewarded with a hefty supply of fruit and a pile of loot. Here’s the list of treasure you will receive:

1 Chest of Legends (Athena Chest)

4 Stronghold Skulls

2 Reaper’s Chests (Can be either the red or yellow variety)

2 Stronghold Chests

4 Random colored Mermaid Gems

1 Collector’s Chest containing gold and 3 randomly colored Mermaid Gems

2 Crates of Ancient Bone Dust

4 Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels

4 Gunpowder Barrels

Fort of the Damned Strategies

Here are some general strategies for anyone attempting to complete this, whether you’re solo or in a crew of 4.

Solo

If you’re attempting to solo Fort of the Damned…be extra prepared. Bring extra food, cannonballs, wood, etc. It’s best to anticipate a fight with another ship, as usually other players will show up when this fort is active. It’s not a bad idea to raise your Alliance flag as well to potentially indicate to other players that you’re friendly and could use some help. The best advice I can give when trying to solo Fort of the Damned is to complete a wave of skeletons, then run to the VERY top of the fort. There’s a ladder way up there that can take you to the very top. Once up there, the skeletons can’t reach you and you’ll have an unobstructed 360 degree view of everything around you. Check your horizon in between EVERY round to make sure you know where any enemy ships are. If you see one getting close, it may be time to get on your boat to defend, negotiate, alliance up, or run (depending on the situation).

Duo

If you’re in a crew of two, I’d recommend the same strategy as solo. Both players fight the waves of skeletons and then always check your horizon in between rounds. If you’d like to be extra cautious, you can always have 1 player fighting the fort and the other in the crow’s nest of your ship keeping an eye out for approaching boats or rowboats with enemy players. During waves 5-12, each player should carry a different Flame of Fate color to use against the Shadow of Fate Skeletons.

Trio

The best strategy for trio teams is to have 2 players fighting the fort while 1 player stays on the ship keeping an eye out for enemy boats. During waves 5-12, each player should carry a different Flame of Fate color to use against the Shadow of Fate Skeletons.

Quad

The best strategy for quad teams is to have 3 players fighting the fort while 1 player stays on the ship keeping an eye out for enemy boats. During waves 5-12, each player should carry a different Flame of Fate color to use against the Shadow of Fate Skeletons. With a full crew you can even have 1-2 players lure the skeletons to the docks and the other 2 blow them up with cannonballs while they are vulnerable.

Tips for Completing Fort of the Damned

  1. Place an ammo crate in the middle of the ritual room for faster reloading while killing skeletons.
  2. If you can, try to use gunpowder barrels to do extra damage to the boss, the Ghost of Graymarrow.
  3. Bonus to number 2, the Stronghold Gunpowder barrels spawned during rounds 9-12 do way more damage than regular ones. Try to kill the Shadow of Fate Skeleton that’s holding the barrel without blowing it up so you can use them to damage the boss.
  4. Tridents work really well against the Ghost of Graymarrow, and if charged up to the largest 3rd bubble attack it’ll do splash damage which will also damage any vulnerable Shadow of Fate Skeletons nearby as well.
  5. Lure the Ghost of Graymarrow to the docks so crewmates can blast him with cannonballs from your ship for fast damage. (Bring a lot of cannonballs for this tactic.)
  6. If using the tactic described in number 5, you can anchor your ship to keep the shockwave attack from moving your boat.
  7. Firebombs can be used, but they don’t do a lot of damage against the Ghost of Graymarrow. However, they can make it easier to see him in the fog which may help the aim of your crewmates who are manning the cannons.
  8. If you plan on repeating Fort of the Damned for a second time, save the Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels from the fort’s vault to use against the Ghost of Graymarrow during your second fight.
  9. Harpooning the Ghost of Graymarrow has a chance to stun him, which will keep him in place for a short moment. This can be useful if you have a teammate firing cannonballs at him.
  10. The Ghost of Graymarrow is affected by the Green Cursed Cannonballs, so grab some popcorn, have some fun, and hit him with a Grogball! It’s quite entertaining to see this big nasty boss puking his ghostly guts out!

Commendations for Fort of the Damned

There are quite a few commendations you can earn by completing the Fort of the Damned. Here is a list of the Commendations that will earn you a reward for completing them.

Rewarding Commendations Unlocks

Summoning the Damned

Activate the Fort of the Damned by lighting all six Flames of Fate and sacrificing a Ritual Skull

Unlocks the
Facepaint of the Damned

Banishing the Damned

Clear the Fort of the Damned of all enemies, 10 times.

Unlocks the
Jacket of the Damned

A Spectrum of Shadows

Defeat each color of Shadow of Fate.

Unlocks the 
Lantern of the Damned

Vanquishing the Damned

Clear the Fort of the Damned of all enemies, 25 times.

Unlocks the following:
Soulflame Blunderbuss
Soulflame Crew Set
Soulflame Lantern
Soulflame Cutlass
Soulflame Eye of Reach
Soulflame Pistol

Conquering the Damned

Clear the Fort of the Damned of all enemies, 50 times.

Unlocks the Title
“Raider of the Damned”

Here is a list of the Commendations you can earn as a bonus to completing the Fort of the Damned. These do not give you anything other than Dubloons or Gold for completing them.

Other Commendations

The Flame of Lost Seafarers

You lit your lantern with a blue Flame of Fate from the Ferry of the Damned

The Flame of Burning Hearts

You lit your lantern with a red Flame of Fate from the Ferry of the Damned

The Flame of Cursed Bones

You lit your lantern with a green Flame of Fate from the Ferry of the Damned

The Flame of Treacherous Weather

You lit your lantern with a white Flame of Fate from the Ferry of the Damned

The Flame of  the Viper

You lit your lantern with a purple Flame of Fate from the Ferry of the Damned

The Flame of Embattled Souls

You lit your lantern with a pink Flame of Fate from the Ferry of the Damned

The Festival Party Boat

Ignite your ship's lanterns using Flames of Fate of all six colours.

Sent Crying Back to the Sea

Defeat 5 blue Shadows of Fate.

Sent Screaming Back to the Sea

Defeat 25 blue Shadows of Fate.

Sent Wailing Back to the Sea

Defeat 50 blue Shadows of Fate.

Cooling Burning Hearts

Defeat 5 red Shadows of Fate.

Dousing Burning Hearts

Defeat 25 red Shadows of Fate.

Snuffing Burning Hearts

Defeat 50 red Shadows of Fate.

Cursed Bones Laid to Rest

Defeat 5 green Shadows of Fate.

Cursed Bones Exorcised

Defeat 25 green Shadows of Fate.

Cursed Bones Buried Deep

Defeat 50 green Shadows of Fate.

Lightning-struck Skeletons Discharged

Defeat 5 white Shadows of Fate.

Lightning-struck Skeletons Earthed

Defeat 25 white Shadows of Fate.

Lightning-struck Skeletons Grounded

Defeat 50 white Shadows of Fate.

Envenomed and Ensnared

Defeat 5 purple Shadows of Fate.

Envenomed and Ended

Defeat 25 purple Shadows of Fate.

Envenomed and Entombed

Defeat 50 purple Shadows of Fate.

One More Fight

Defeat 5 pink Shadows of Fate.

One More Battle

Defeat 25 pink Shadows of Fate.

One More War

Defeat 50 pink Shadows of Fate.

Defeating the Damned

Clear the Fort of the Damned of all enemies.

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