How to get curses in Sea of Thieves

There are three available in the game.

There are three different curses available in Sea of Thieves. They are a vanity item, meaning they have no direct change to how you play the game and serve as a cosmetic piece to have on your character while exploring the game.

Here are the three available curses in the game:

  • Curse of the Order: “Wear the dark stains of the Order of Souls, caused by using Kraken ink to see beyond this world.” With this item equipped, your character’s eyes will drip ink.
  • Shores of Gold Curse: “Many Gold Hoarders fall foul of this curse. Just how much treasure has passed through your hands?” While wearing this item, random portions of your character’s body will have several chunks of gold overtop it.
  • The Ashen Curse: “The fiery rage of an Ashen Lord has taken hold in you, but it’s better to burn out than fade away …” Your body changes to show off a magma-like structure as if your insides were that of an erupting volcano.

You can swap out and equip these curses at any of the vanity chests. You can find them outside clothing shops, or on your ship. You can earn these curses by completing particular Tall Tale challenges and receiving Commendations for them.

  • Curse of the Order: Complete all of the Commendations for The Curse Rogue Tall Tale.
    • The Rogue’s Key – Recover the Skeleton Key
    • Relics of the Curse Rogue – Return Captain Briggsy’s Artifact
    • Free at Last – Defeat Captain Briggsy
    • The Curse Rogue – Complete The Cursed Rogue
    • The Hunter’s Trail – Discover all of the Bounty Hunter’s Journals
    • Briggsy’s Greatest Foe – Complete the Tall Tale 5 times
  • Shores of Gold Curse: Complete all of the Commendations for the Shores of Gold Tall Tale.
    • The Fabled Island – Reach the Shores of Gold
    • Path to Forsaken Fortune – Discover the Gold Hoarder Coin
    • Shores of Gold – Complete Shores of Gold
    • The Stain of Greed – Discover all of Briggsy’s Journals
    • Lord of Gold – Return the Skull of the Gold Hoarder 5 times
  • The Ashen Curse: Complete all of the Commendations for the Heart of Fire Tall Tale.
    • The Liar’s Hideout – Discover Stitcher Jim’s Hideout
    • The path of the Eternal King – Take the path of the Eternal King
    • The path of the Forsaken Flame – Take the path of the Forsaken Flame
    • The path of the Burning Heart – Take the path of the Burning Heart
    • The Fire Rises – Discover the Chest of Rage
    • Stitcher’s Schemes – Discover Stitcher Jim’s Journals
    • Heart of Fire – Complete the Tale
    • Saver of Souls – Complete the Tall Tale 3 times

The commendations revolve around completing the Tall Tale at least once, and then you need to repeat it five times, except for The Ashen Curse, which is only three times. These are not available for every Tall Tale in Sea of Thieves. You will likely have new Tall Tales released in the future with additional curses, and to unlock them, you will need to repeat pieces of content multiple times. It surely helps to have a crew with you when you complete them to have it all go significantly faster.