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Sea of Thieves - How to Defeat the Ghost Ships (Haunted Shores)

Written by Hitbotc   /   Jun 17, 2020    


With the release of Haunted Shores we see the introduction of a new event called ghost ships! These spooky spectres are no simple encounter. In fact this could quite possibly be one of the most challenging PvE events that has ever been released to the Sea of Thieves. There are two ways to encounter these ships through the burning blade world event which will be signaled by FlameHeart’s skull in the sky or through the new oos voyages. There are three main things I want to cover to help you win these events.. Stocking up your ship, assigning roles to your crew, and strategy.

Guide to Destroy the Ghost Ships



With the release of Haunted Shores we see the introduction of a new event called ghost ships! These spooky spectres are no simple encounter. In fact this could quite possibly be one of the most challenging PvE events that has ever been released to the Sea of Thieves. There are two ways to encounter these ships through the burning blade world event which will be signaled by FlameHeart’s skull in the sky or through the new oos voyages.

There are three main things I want to cover to help you win these events.. Stocking up your ship, assigning roles to your crew, and strategy.

Lets start with stocking up your ship.. For the burning blade world event I recommend no less than 200-250 projectiles consisting of cannonballs, firebombs, blunderbombs, or chainshots, 100 planks, and a whole crap ton of food. If you have some flex tape that could come in handy too. For the oos voyages you will need significantly less supplies.However, for both encounters I recommend an extra pair of britch-iz as you will 100% bleep your pants when you see these glowing bad boys sailing towards you.

Once your ship is stocked up and ready to fight. Each crewmember will need to know what their role is and what they are responsible for. This ensures everyone knows what they need to do when bleep hits the fan.

The roles I recommend

  • Bilge Rat: Their primary focus is on repairing and bailing. They can help on the cannons as needed.
  • Helmsman: Their primary focus is on positioning the ship for cannon shots while doing their best to keep the ship safe. They also call out where the ghost ships are so the rest of the crew is ready.
  • Cannoneer: Their primary focus is to bring down the ghost ships as quickly as possible by shooting them with the cannons. They also assist with whatever might be needed in the moment like helping bail or adjusting sails.

Feel free to duplicate or combine these roles depending on your ship size. There is no need for a boarder in this encounter as you are not able to board ghost ships or ram them as they will pass right through you. So I’m so sorry to tell you Sharpie, but ramming speed will not help against these ghouls. What will help is communicating with your crew. Speak up if you need help with adjusting sails or bailing below deck.

Now that your crew is all sorted out. Lets talk strategy. To bring down a ghost ship, shoot it three times with a cannonball, firebomb, blunderbomb or even a chainshot. However,there are a BLEEP ton of ghost ships so make sure you are quick and accuarte with your shots. My advice is to focus on one ship at a time while circling the perimeter of the event. If your ship is in need of serious repair you can leave the perimeter of the event giving your crew the time to make the much needed repairs to your ship.

Try to avoid getting swarmed or sandwiched by these ships as they attack using three new and deadly cannonballs. The Phantom cannonballs are a green spector that will leave a large hole in your ship. The Wraith cannonballs are a green screaming skull of terror that leaves multiple holes and causes knockback similar to hitting a keg and lastly we have the Flame Phantom cannonballs that will set your ship ablaze!

Try to avoid sailing directly behind the ghost ships as they drop mines behind them. A good strategy here is to have a crew member ready to shoot any mines that may get in your way.

Lastly the most important thing you can do is always be on the move. If your ship becomes immobilized you better start praying to the whale lord as your ship is about to get bleeping destroyed by these ruthless ghost ships. If you do find yourself in this situation it is all hands on deck to get your ship repaired and on the move again.

Defeating Ghost Ships will reward you with haunted loot and spooky supplies, marked in the water with swirling ghosts above it. You might even score a cannonball crate of the damned, stocked with phantom cannonballs or even some wraith cannonballs for you to wield in battle! Giving you a significant edge against other pirates.

These new encounters come with new commendations and achievements to be unlocked. So if you are one of those kinda pirates that like to complete everything you can. You are going to love this!

And there you have it. To complete this event and get the precious rewards, you and your crew will need to stock up, work together, strategize, and most importantly keep your wits about you. While it is recommended to do this encounter with a few ships in an alliance, I hope this guide gives you and your crew the courage and know how to tackle without any stinkin alliances - because who really wants to share their loot?

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Written by Hitbotc.