Rowboats could be considered the unsung hero in Sea of Thieves. With their versatility, they are able to make a pirate’s life much easier while sailing at sea. With that said, here’s our Rowboat Guide for Sea of Thieves.
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Acquiring a Rowboat
Rowboats are easier to find in Sea of Thieves than many people believe. With the exception of Outposts (unless a player left one there for you), any island has a chance to have a luxurious rowboat sitting there waiting for you to give it a proper home. However, it’s important to note that not all rowboats are created equally. There are two types of Rowboats in Sea of Thieves:
Second, is the harpoon rowboat and this bad boy is the King of all Rowboats! This is the kind of rowboat that all pirates lust over. NEVER leave a harpoon rowboat behind, if you don’t already have one.
The simple addition of a harpoon to the front gives the harpoon rowboat many uses and advantages over a basic lantern rowboat, such as having a quick way to snag loot from shore, to even some HIGH end “Pro Gamer Moves” that we’ll discuss later in this guide.
Regardless of the type of rowboat you have, my favorite part is the Rowboat’s Chest. These can have so many different items inside from TOP quality foods to an assortment of deadly and cursed cannonballs. It’s like a Christmas present, so if you find a rowboat on shore ALWAYS check to see what goodies are inside the Rowboat’s Chest.
How to Maneuver the Rowboat
Rowboats are the most maneuverable boats in Sea of Thieves, but are also the slowest moving (still faster than swimming though). They require constant input in order to properly maneuver them around. This means pushing the correct inputs constantly, almost as if you are rowing an actual boat. Here’s the default controls to your rowboat:
- Press A+D at the same time to go forward
- Press A by itself to go left
- Press D by itself to go right
- Press LT+RT at the same time to go forward
- Press LT by itself to go left
- Press RT by itself to go right
- Sharp Right = hold Q and press D
- Sharp Left = hold E and press A
- Sharp Right = hold LB and press RT
- Sharp Left = hold RB and press LT
- Brakes = hold Q and E
- Brakes = hold LB and RB
When steering a rowboat, it will initially seat you facing the back of the boat. Looking “backwards” like this can make steering more difficult, as turning will feel reversed. You can move your camera right or left to face forward, but you’ll never be able to spin in a full 360 as your camera will stop halfway. Looking forward at this “halfway” spot will make steering your rowboat so much easier! Left becomes left, and right becomes right.
Taking Your Rowboat WITH You
Once your boat is attached, you can unload your island’s worth of goodies onto your ship. When you’re ready to take your little boat back to shore, simply head to the back of your boat where it’s docked, look at the ropes holding it up, and use the “Detach Rowboat” button to set it back into the water.
How to Damage a Rowboat
Much like your ship, a rowboat can take damage and WILL sink. This means that any loot in the rowboat will fall out, and everything INSIDE the Rowboat’s Chest will be LOST FOREVER. So make sure you unload your treasure onto your ship, and don’t leave too many of your “good” supplies in the Rowboat’s Chest.”
The only things that will damage a rowboat are cannonballs (fired from cannons), explosions from a Gunpowder Keg, and Blunderbombs. If you’re wanting to intentionally destroy your rowboat, it is best to chuck a few blunderbombs at it where it’ll turn into woodchips in no time.
Advance Harpoon Rowboat Techniques
Harpoon Rowboats have quite a few unique uses which really make it one of the BEST things to have since the addition of Splinter Free Ships.
Land boating requires a harpoon rowboat, but is one of the BEST ways to turn in large amounts of loot to those Alliances at Outposts that like to hang out a bit too far inland. You may need to practice these techniques, but here are a couple ways to get your Harpoon Rowboat onto shore. These strategies are especially good for the Solo Sloopers out there, as they will save you massive amounts of time when turning in your loot.
For this technique, you want to line your harpoon rowboat up facing the shore. Hop on your harpoon and shoot it onto something near your final destination. Then jump onto the oars and start rowing forward. This may take some practice, but you will notice in no time that you are rowing your rowboat across the beach and towards your destination.
First, steer your harpoon rowboat as close as you can to land. Next, get off the oars and start using your harpoon. Fire your harpoon and attach it to anything you can reach. From there you can then hold Right-Click on your mouse (keyboard setup) or hold LT (Controller) to make the harpoon pull your boat. You may need to retract and shoot the harpoon a couple times to adjust your path, but this will effectively pull your rowboat across land towards your destination.
Final Tips About Rowboats
Rowboats can be used in PVP to help you quickly sneak over to an enemy ship without having to swim and risk becoming shark bait. Adding a gunpowder keg to this tactic is a quick and fun way to bring a barrel of death right to the enemy’s ship deck.