The Golder Hoarder’s are the faction based all around getting heaps of treasure chests and rare artifacts from other sailing to various islands and digging stuff up OR going around the sea completing vaults. Flying with the Gold Hoarder’s alliance grants a decent amount of gold, but only if you’re efficient and know how to find what you’re looking for, navigation is key.
Flying under the Gold Hoarder's Emissary
First things first, grab the Gold Hoarder’s Emissary flag, or let your crew mates who have it set it up for you. For those of you that don’t know, in order to successfully fly under the Gold Hoarder’s Alliance and maximize the gold you gain (depending on the level you reach while sailing), you need to be level 15 in the faction and purchase the flag from the Gold Hoarder at the tent for 20,000 gold. Trust me, you’ll make that much up and more if you fly under their flag within a single trip. Gotta spend a little to make a lot. You can vote on the flag at the gold hoarder’s tent at any outpost.
Once you have the flag on your ship, the NEXT objective is to stock pile some good Gold Hoarder’s quests. Once again, if you have someone on your crew who is higher level in the Golder Hoarder’s alliance, you’ll want THEM to grab the quests for you, as they will yield a higher chance of better treasure chests and artifacts. There ARE different tiers of chests you can find, which we’ll talk about later in this guide, so you want to try and get as many of the valuable ones as you can, IF you can. If you’re Playing Solo or playing with other lower level players, this doesn’t really matter, as you are just getting your foot in the door.
Gold Hoarder's Quests
There are two MAIN Gold Hoarder’s quests, one that is far more basic (easier but typically less reward), and one that is a bit more of an adventure, but yields a LOT of treasure at the end. Obviously, you’ll figure out which one better suits your thirst for gold, or if you’re just playing rather casually.
Gold Seeking Treasure Maps
These are the quests that are very simple and straight to the point. Go to the island and either figure out the clue OR use the treasure map(s) to find where the X on the map is. These quests can either be quite beneficial, if you’re efficient, or an incredible waste of time depending on where the quest tells you to go.
When it comes to the riddle quests, these are the ones that can yield some PRETTY good treasure artifacts (typically in a chest filled with gold), or sometimes you’ll find a couple of lame items that make your treasure hunting a waste of time. Always a gamble with these ones. If you have the riddle quest, it’ll let you know exactly which island to travel to as the first sentence, and once you arrive the next piece of the riddle will appear. SO, with each of these riddles comes 4 “Points of Interest” that you must find and then do a certain task to unlock the next piece. For example, playing an instrument on a certain island peak, or holding your lantern up to a specific gravestone. There can be HEAPS of combinations for every island, but typically the riddles are straight forward.
After the riddle shenanigans are complete, you’ll come to the FINAL part of the note, telling you to find another point of interest, but this time you’ll need to walk however many paces it tells you to, in the right direction. And here’s a tip, pull out your compass, hold it up to your face (so either hold click or hold trigger) and if you walk you’ll notice you walk PACES instead of running. This will more accurately tell you where the treasure is buried. Take out your shovel and smack the ground real good. At this point, a bunch of skeletons are probably gonna spawn, so be prepared for that.
The OTHER treasure maps are far more easy to figure out, if you know your islands. Simply locate which island the map is showing (may take some time if you’re new to the game), head on over and use your surrounding to locate the X on the map. Now, in my personal opinion, if the island is MASSIVE just don’t bother. You’ll find better loot sitting on small islands ABOVE the sand in a minute than you will digging up the entirety of a huge island for half an hour. Unless a big island has multiple digging spots, just move on.
The only other map you may find will have a little gold seal on it, meaning that it’s a part of a SERIES of treasure maps you will find, so it’s basically just a continuous run of treasure maps you can go on.
Now THESE, if you’re either experience or have a couple extra hands, are the Gold Hoarder’s quests you want to go on. These quests start by giving you nothing but a compass BUT this is one of those Jack Sparrow compasses that leads you exactly where you need to go. The compass needle will sway in the direction you want to go, and when you get close to the island. Once you get on the island (if you’re on a crew of more than just you, typically you can just shoot another player to the island to quickly find the clue) use the compass to guide you to where you need to dig. Once the compass starts spinning like crazy, look straight down and dig. Two digs and you’ll find yourself a bottled piece of a treasure map, and from there you can do one of a couple things, depending on the piece of the map.
You can either check to see if the map piece has the red X on it, with enough of the island to make out specifically which one it is, cause at that point you might as well just go and dig up the key. If the map piece is useless, nothing makes sense, use the compass again and head to the next island to get the next map fragment. Once you DO find the map piece with the recognizable island the red X, head on over. This time you’ll be digging up an entire chest with gold, possible artifacts, and the key to the vault. Skeletons will more than likely pop up, so be ready to fight em. Once you have the vault key, place it on the ground and read the inscription, it’ll tell you exactly what island you need to travel to.
Each island vault has a different pedestal close by to the vault that you need to place the key on top of, and once you place the key the vault will openly very shortly after, so be ready to go at that point because this is a timed event. Once the main vault door is open, you have around 3 minutes to get ALL the chests out of the main door (just rest them right outside the vault) and try to complete the main puzzle. Usually it’s easier when you have 3 or more players involved with this process, as there can be a LOT of valuable stuff in there to haul out, while one player figures out the vault puzzle.
For the main puzzle, you need to find 3 medallions scattered randomly throughout the room, and they glow white so keep your eyes open for them. Once you have all three medallions, place them all in the central room piece, the tiny tub of water, which has three squares inside it with designs on them. If you look up, you’ll notice FOUR pillars with turn-able square designs on them. The left most three pillars are in the exact order of the three designs in the pool of water, so match those up EXACTLY, and the fourth pillar is a mashup of ALL three of the previous designs. Once you have everything turned to the correct order, press the button above the medallions, and the door should open revealing a Chest of Ancient Tributes, the most valuable chest in the room and DEFINITELY one to try and get.
After your three minutes is up, and you’ve gotten everything you can out of the vault, the door will slam shut and the room will flood with water, killing any players left inside. This CAN be a moment, however, if you have multiple crewmates, who are willing to die to try and collect the gold on the ground, if you didn’t have enough time to grab them. And that’s the vault complete!
Skeleton Ships and Sunken Wrecks
A lot of folks totally overlook the value of taking down skeleton ships or exploring the sunken wrecks when they’re flying the Gold Hoarder’s Emissary flag. These are actually some of the best things you can target.
Sunken Wrecks (which are typically indicated by birds flying above them) can have HEAPS of valuable treasure chests stored on them, sometimes including CURSED Chests, which sell for absolutely insane amounts of cash. These can also contain other random valuable items like artifacts or mermaid gems, and then the opposite alliance loot such as crates of resources or skulls. Always worth a look.
Skeleton ships, on the other hand, are not only fun to take out BUT they can also drop heaps of valuable chests and loot to grab, and don’t take much more than 10-20 cannons if you hit your shots (aim below the deck!) You can even get Ashen Chests from time to time, so when you feel like you can take on a sloop or galleon, always go for it.
Just like every other alliance, the Gold Hoarder’s Alliance flag can be upgraded to level 5, which will give the best bonuses to selling your items as possible. For your knowledge (and greed):
- Emissary Level 1: No Bonus
- Emissary Level 2: 33% Bonus
- Emissary Level 3: 66% Bonus
- Emissary Level 4: 100% Bonus
- Emissary Level 5: 150% Bonus
That’s right, when you have Emissary Level 5 you receive more than DOUBLE what the item is worth, so typically, unless you’re having a rough time with other players or the risk is getting too high, you wanna get to level 5.
Now, although we would’ve LOVED (just loved) to have sold every chest at every emissary value just to pretty much make us hate our lives, we figured we’d stick with just the level 5 emissary value and show you what the maximum value is for each basic treasure chest and artifact you can get.
Remember, the number of gold you can make varies, so we’ve got with a rough amount of gold that you will typically get around. We’ve also included the reputation gained from each chest, so you’ll notice some are a little more worth grinding than others.
These are your standard, run of the mill, basic ol’ Treasure Chests that are found pretty much everywhere in the world of Sea of Thieves.
These are BASICALLY the exact same as the regular treasure chests, but with the Ashen versions you will typically only find these in the Devil’s Roar.
Ashen Castaway's Chest
Ashen Seafarer's Chest
Ashen Marauder's Chest
Ashen Captain's Chest
Rare Treasure Chests
Each of these chests is worth a LOT in gold and reputation, but each one requires a good amount of work to find.
- Chest of Ancient Tributes is obtained through completing the Vault Puzzles
- Chest of the Damned is completed through the Fort of the Damned
- Stronghold Chests are obtained through completing (and opening) the skeleton stronghold vaults
- Skeleton Captain’s Chest are obtained through sinking Skeleton Ships
Rare Treasure Chest
Chest of Ancient Tributes
Chest of the Damned
Skeleton Captain's Chest
Just for quick reference, Cursed Chests are completely random in spawn. You might find them while digging up treasure, sitting out in the ocean waiting to be hooked up, or just resting on an island in no particular location. BUT if you find them, they are both good and bad.
- Chest of Sorrows will cry and flood your ship within seconds if you don’t catch it.
- Chest of Rage will light your ship on fire if it’s not placed on the very front.
- Chest of a Thousand Grogs will… well, it’ll make you tipsy so you look ridiculous in front of your crew.
Chest of a Thousand Grogs
Chest of Sorrows
Chest of Rage
Quick note on these ones, there are 12 artifacts to be found, but only 4 specific price points at which their sold at. 3 artifacts in each of the 4 categories or “rarity” of the artifact.
Devil's Roar Artifacts
Lowering the Emissary Flag or Getting Emissary Quest
After a hard days work of completing vaults and digging up chests, always make sure to lower your emissary flag afterwards. I’ve seen people just leave the game, totally forgetting that by lowering the flag, you actually get a boost of both gold AND reputation, depending on what level your flag is. Always make sure to vote to lower after you’re done with that alliance!
BUT, if you’re wanting to continue on, and you’ve reached your Level 5 emissary, you can now accept a new Emissary Quest given out by the Gold Hoarder, which could be a heap of treasure maps or vault quests, so they’re always worth picking up if you want to keep on playing.