In the newest update for Sea of Thieves, Rare continues their monthly based storyline that constantly changes the game in various ways. The story began with The Shrouded Islands in the previous patch. The adventure covered the sudden events of the shrouded mists surrounding Golden Sands Outpost, and all the inhabitants went missing. This update introduces the Forts of the Forgotten, which add new locations in every region inhabited by phantoms and are always available, unlike world events.
How to Complete a Fort of the Forgotten
These new sea forts have risen from the Sea of the Damned and can be found in various places across all the regions. Unlike world events like the Fort of Fortune or an Ashen Lord, these forts can be started at any time by anyone. These forts don’t contain a ton of loot compared to going on an entire voyage or a world event. Yet, what makes these unique and with doing is that sea forts can be easily farmed. With the addition of the sea forts, Flame Hearts’ world event has disappeared for now. Thus, all his unique damned loot can now be found within the sea forts vault room.
Clearing a Fort of the Forgotten involves fighting several waves of phantoms until the captain spawns; he will drop the treasury key once defeating them. A mixed assortment of damned loot and normal loot can be found within the Treasury. Fortunately, the Treasury rarely gives any low-tier drops. You will often get a small yet profitable pullout. Additionally, several places within the fort have possible extra loot. Different cupboards, boxes, and drawers can all have small items like pouches of gold, skulls, mermaid gems. But most importantly, you can find an extra key to a storage room upstairs at the top of the fort that can give you a few extra Chests of the Damned.
How to Load Your Ship Quickly
There will be a few convenient hatches on most of the fort’s floors to help you drop down any extra loot you find down to the Treasury. Next to the prison cell, there will be a set of pulleys that control a lift and the gate. After completing the sea fort, load the loot onto the lift and use the pulleys to push the lift out to where your ship can very quickly harpoon it all aboard.
How to Complete the Adventure
This adventure and the deeds that come with them are only available until April 7th and can take a reasonable amount of time to complete. Like at the start of Shrouded Islands, you must return to Golden Sands Outpost and speak to Belle again; she will send you off to visit different sea forts in other zones. There are six total fortresses, yet you only need to visit about three of them to complete this quest. Before you set off, make sure to raise an Emissary of your choosing, since you will be going to complete each of these forts, you can quickly get a rank five Emissary Flag while doing the quest. While this adventure is active, an additional phantom called The Jailor will spawn on the first wave when you arrive at a Fort of the Forgotten. Once defeating The Jailor, they will drop a Prison Key that allows you to free the abducted residents of Golden Sands and obtain an Enchantment Vessel. Here you have a checklist to finish the quest and receive the Jailor’s Cutlass. The list includes:
- Defeat a Phantom Jailer
- Free the Prisoners and speak to them to learn more about what is happening.
- Clear a Fortress in each region of the sea
- Bring Belle any Enchantment Vessel you find.
Next Steps in Your Forts of the Forgotten Adventure
Afterward, you may pick and choose to go to whichever sea fort you wish; make sure they are in different regions such as The Ancient Isles, Shores of Gold, or The Wilds. To complete the deeds for this event to give you the Freer of Forgotten Forts title requires you to save and interact with every kidnapped NPC from Golden Sands. This list includes:
- Speak to Wonda once she’s freed
- Speaking to Tina once she’s freed
- Speak to Tom once he’s freed
- Speak to Cecil once he’s freed
- Speaking to Sharon once she’s freed
- Speak to Senior Trader Mavis once she’s freed
- Speaking to Hugh The Hoarder once he’s freed
- Speak to Madame Olga once she’s freed
- Talking to Emily once she’s freed
Going for the deeds to get the title is between a bit of extra time to a dreadfully lengthy amount of time to complete. Each fort only spawns three different NPCs to talk to, yet one of them is always Wonda. Each sea fort you will visit has a chance to rotate two NPCs out and can be a complete game of chance to finally go through the list of each person you have to talk to. A tip that can help with this process is that forts will repopulate whenever a player isn’t pre-occupying them. You can make a trip rapidly between two sea forts to reload one of them, and if this doesn’t work, you can voyage around the sea and visit every Fort of the Forgotten.
Ending the Forts of the Forgotten Adventure
Once you have done all of that, you should have easily obtained a Rank 5 Emissary Flag and have a handful of Enchantment Vessels to sell to Belle. Return to Golden Sands Outpost whenever you have finished speaking with everyone and talk to Belle. Hand in your Enchantment Vessels. Finally, you should be able to complete the adventure and obtain your cutlass and your title.
If you are done with your adventure and are looking for a great way to increase your reputation, check out our guide to quickly farming Athena’s Fortune in Crooks Hollow in Sea of Thieves.