Sea of Thieves ship battles: How to win, use cannons and repair your sinking ship explained

Sea of ​​Thieves ship battles are one of those skills worth learning if you run into trouble on the high seas, which unfortunately often happens.

The principles of combat are largely the same between ships, but their implementation really depends on the size of your ship and its crew.

This page explains how to defeat other ships down to the basics of cannons and cannonballs and, once the battle is over (or, if you have a team with you), how to repair your sinking ship.

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If you’re looking to learn the essentials of Sea of ​​Thieves, take part in the Maiden Voyage and read more about sailing and how to survive fights with skeletons and the kraken.

How to Win Ship Battles in Sea of ​​Thieves

Firstly, you need to learn the basics of how to navigate in Sea of ​​Thieves, as once you master how to move, you will be able to defend yourself more effectively.

From there, here are some tips on how to fight in Sea of ​​Thieves:

  • Weigh the risks and rewards before participating: how much loot do you have on board? How much do they have? How many of them are there compared to you? How much damage have you already received? Are you good at aiming? Answer all these questions before you decide to attack; You never know, if you hadn’t fired that useless shot, they might have ignored you anyway.

Don’t end up like these fools.

  • Don’t sail head-on into an enemy – Don’t literally “don’t crash into an enemy” (which can actually be a useful last resort…), but don’t drive. toward Face them, especially if they are looking at you from the side. In other words…
  • Always keep the enemy to one side: This is because your cannons are to the side and cannot fire directly forward or backward. The longer you keep enemies on your side and within range of your cannons, the more likely you are to win a duel.
  • Keep the lights off: All the flashlights around your boat can be turned off, and this makes a big difference in your visibility, especially at long distances. If you want to avoid being seen, whether to avoid combat or to sneak up on enemies, then the rapid day/night cycle makes turning off your lamps essential.
  • Keep calm! – It’s very easy to panic when you’re attacked out of nowhere, but try to keep your head. Staying more organized and fulfilling your roles will make a big difference in your chances of success.
  • Assign roles quickly: take your scout out of the top and put him on repair duties, for example, and make sure everyone knows what they’re responsible for and that the essentials (steering, repairs, cannons, fighting raiders) are covered beforehand. than nothing.
  • The best offense is sometimes the best defense, sometimes it really isn’t. Shooting pirates with cannons at enemy ships is ridiculously fun, but there is a huge margin for error. If you manage to get on their ship, try: dropping anchor (to slow them down and make them easier to hit with the cannons); blow up some explosive barrels; or distract people trying to repair the ship below deck.

Side stand! So satisfying…

  • You can sink your ship if it’s stolen: Same idea as voting someone into the brig, you can sink (sink and respawn) your ship if your team votes for it at any time. This is what you do if it is stolen and there is no chance of getting it back.
  • Bet on the side – this is the ultimate goal, really, especially on a galleon. A broadside is when you have an entire side of your ship firing at an enemy ship, ideally repeatedly. If someone charges at you head on, if you can turn to the side and hit them with multiple cannons firing at once, it’s almost impossible to lose.
  • Aim the cannons down: damaging their ship above the waterline does nothing but send the pirates flying if you manage to hit one. Your objective is to sink the ship and, to do this, you must damage it at or below water level, so try to get to its tent as low as possible to be most effective. Don’t waste ammo if you’re too close to hit them at the right height.
  • Target Invaders Quickly: It may seem counterintuitive to take people out of their duties to kill a single attacker, but it’s much worse to leave them wreaking havoc one-on-one than it is to have several of you take them down quickly.
  • Finally, stay prepared! – Not preparing and preparing to fail, etc. Each time you set sail, do the following: Stock up on bananas, cannonballs, and wooden planks from the island you’re docked on, making sure the ship’s supplies are full and you have some in your own inventory as well. Fill each cannon with a cannonball from the start, so you can fire immediately when necessary. Always have your weapon fully loaded when on a ship in peacetime, as it’s a nightmare to run below deck to reload in the middle of combat, and lastly: always be on the lookout for enemies! With the wind at your back, it’s surprising how quickly you can be ambushed. Eyes on the horizon, friends!

How to use cannons and cannonballs in Sea of ​​Thieves

Cannons are the bread and butter of combat and can be loaded with a variety of different cannonballs simply by holding them up and interacting with the nearest end of the cannon. Once loaded (you can tell if they’re loaded at a glance if there’s a short piece of rope sticking out of the back), simply grab it to change its position, aim at your target, and fire. It’s handy that, as long as you have more ammo in your inventory, the cannons can be reloaded with the press of a button, without needing to separate.

The intrepid can load into the open end of a canyon and take off toward distant climes (you’ll need to aim beforehand if you’re doing it alone). This is useful if you ever want to quickly reach higher ground on an island, reach otherwise inaccessible ledges, or even cross great distances of ocean to infiltrate an enemy ship at high speed. Note that you will take damage if you hit solid ground from a significant height when shooting, but not when landing on water.

Since launch, the number of cannon shells available has skyrocketed, and you’ll find a full breakdown of those available and their various effects below:

Standard Cannonballs: Useful for punching holes in an opponent’s lower deck or breaking their mast, wheel, or winch. Bug Bombs: They deal minimal impact damage, but can push a ship on its axis, usefully diverting enemy cannons from the target. Incendiary bombs: set fire to the impact zone, and the flames spread slowly until they are extinguished with water. Chain Shot: A spinning chain that causes minimal damage to the hull but can destroy a ship’s mast, wheel, or capstan in a single blow, forcing frantic repairs. Cursed Cannonballs: Do not cause direct damage, but inflict problematic effects on ships (purple cursed cannonballs) or crew members (green cursed cannonballs) caught in the blast radius.

Purple damn cannonballs

  • Anchorball: Raise or lower the anchor of the ship caught on impact.
  • Ballastball: Submerges the ship into water, forcing it to take in water from holes one deck higher than normal.
  • Barrelball: Prevents access to all supply barrels for a short period of time.
  • Helmball: Locks the ship’s rudder for a short period of time.
  • Peaceball – Raises all cannons in the impact zone to the highest angle.
  • Riggingball – Raises all sails, slowing the boat to its lowest speed.

Cursed green cannonballs

  • Grogball – Gets players drunk for a short time.
  • Jigball: Makes players dance in place for a short time.
  • Limpball: Restricts the player’s movement speed for a short time.
  • Venomball: Poisons players for a short time.
  • Wearyball: Puts players to sleep for a short time.

The first season has arrived! Learn about all Season 1 Battle Pass rewards and everything else added in the Sea of ​​Thieves patch notes. New to the game? Learn what to do in Sea of ​​Thieves and take part in the Maiden Voyage tutorial, which teaches you the basics of navigation and naval battles. It is also useful for beginners to know how to survive fights with skeletons and kraken. Elsewhere we have tips on how to get gold and doubloons easily, complete skeleton forts and The Shroudbreaker, participate in fishing in Sea of ​​Thieves and on Sea of ​​Thieves island maps.

How to fix your sinking ship in Sea of ​​Thieves

All ships have four main damage zones: the hull, wheel, winch, and mast, which can be affected in various ways by projectiles, environmental hazards, large enemies, or simply careless driving. A damaged hull will let in water and eventually cause the boat to sink, while the wheel, winch and mast will stop working if they are completely damaged, so it is vital to carry out repairs as quickly as possible.

Performing a repair simply requires a crew member to equip a board and then interact with the damaged location to repair it. Larger holes in the hull will take longer to repair than smaller ones (don’t forget to bail water from the lower decks over the sides of the boat when you’re done!), and several boards will be needed to fix the winch. wheel and mast if they have suffered multiple damages. Please note that completely torn sails must be hoisted back into position using their ropes before boards can be used on the damaged areas.

Although which repairs you prioritize will depend on your current circumstances, you will usually want to focus on repairing the hull first when sailing a galleon or brig, as water comes in quickly, making it difficult to bail quickly enough to avoid sinking. Meanwhile, sloops fill relatively slowly, meaning that it is sometimes preferable to escape a danger zone first, allowing water to flow steadily below deck, and then repair her once you are in a safer position. In all cases, you’ll know your ship is about to sink when it starts making a violent moan.

Note that holes above the water level do not absorb water, meaning you can leave them for last unless they are hit by a Ballastball or are in turbulent, stormy waters.

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