As one of the three factions in Sea of Thieves, the Merchant Alliance will often task pirates with quests that involve the retrieval of pigs. This isn’t just a matter of visiting a different port and loading up a few bags full of pigs, though. You will have to strike out on your own and track down and capture the required number and type of pigs in order to complete the voyage.
Where to Find Pigs
The finding portion of trading pigs is the easy part. They hang out on a variety of islands and tend to run away screeching if you try to grab them. In order to narrow down your target list of islands, we suggest checking out some of the following:
- Sunken Grove
- Mermaid’s Hideaway
- Devil’s Ridge
- Crescent Isle
- Fool’s Lagoon
- Shark Tooth Key
- Lone Cove
- Snake Island
There are likely others, but we’ve had success with the above. You can usually spot pigs pretty easily as you sail by, so you don’t need to drop anchor and get your feet wet unless you can see them. If you don’t mind resorting to more modern methods, you can try using Sea of Thieves‘ interactive map.
How to Capture Pigs
In order to capture pigs, you will need pig crats. These cages can be obtained by talking to the Merchant Alliance vendor. It’s one pig per crate, no sharing. So be sure to take enough of them with you. Once you’ve arrived on an island with pigs, simply make sure you’re holding the cage in your hand when approaching the pig and press the action button to capture it. Make sure you grab the correct type of pig, as there is no way to release a pig from its cage once you’ve caught it. If you got the wrong one, you’ll need to kill it with your sword!
Once you have caught the required number of pigs, return them to your ship and store them in a safe place. Pigs don’t do so well under water, so be sure to keep them up high or at least keep those pesky holes plugged! Visit your nearest outpost and bring the cages to the Merchant Alliance vendor for your reward.
Keep in mind that pigs need to be fed! If you don’t feed them bananas on a regular basis, they will starve and die, which will really mess up your plans to become the greatest pig trading pirate in the world.
Good luck finding those piggies, pirate! If you need further assistance, stop by our Sea of Thieves Guide Hub for all the latest in pirate advice.