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Sea of Thieves The Wild Rose: How to complete the fifth Tall Tale

Sea of thieves the wild rose

Ask anyone what their favorite Tall Tale is, and they'll likely tell you it's Sea of Thieves The Wild Rose. With the Sea of Thieves Tall Tales (opens in new tab), Rare set out to tackle different genres with each chapter within Sea of Thieves (opens in new tab). The adventure game took the form of a mystery, a thriller, and many more. But in Wild Rose, it's an unforgettable, supernatural love story, like Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore but with more sword-wielding skeletons. Here's how to complete the fan-favorite Tall Tale, Sea of Thieves Wild Rose.

How to start The Wild Rose

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Starting The Wild Rose is pretty straight forward.  Head to Sanctuary Outpost and into the Order of Souls tent to meet Madame Olive. To her left you'll see the Tall Tale book which you have to have your team vote on to start. You'll receive a quest book chronicling the early stages of Rose and George's relationship, giving you hints towards the wider mystery of their disappearance.

The Chest of Memories

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The first part of the quest involves The Chest of Memories, a memento box that the couple has stored in an undisclosed location in the world. This is where your handy Tall Tale book comes in. Give it a read and you should find an entry that mentions where the chest has been hidden on one page, alongside a crude sketch of the chest itself. Ours was at Boulder Cay, but it can also be found at Rapier Cay or Sandy Shallows. Dig it up and open it to grab some new pages that will flesh out your book.

Music and spices

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The next part of the quest has you using your new pages (and the journal entries from the start of the book) to decipher the location of two more buried items, the Music Box and the Box of Spices. The key to this section is that the items are almost always buried underneath where Rose and George are frolicking in the sketch.

It's random which stories (listed below) that you get, so just be careful, as some buck the trend and need you to follow their clues and steps rather than just dig where they're stood.

  • Our First Dance - Wanderer's Refuge
  • Our First Kiss - Lagoon of Whispers 
  • The pig chase! - Salty Sands
  • Doing what I do best! - Boulder Cay
  • The day we found our pendants! - Sea Dogs Rest
  • Day 81 - Lonely Isle
  • Our First Bounty - Lone Cove
  • The Argument - Twin Groves
  • The Perfect Plan - Sailor's Bounty
  • Our Vows - Smuggler's Bay
  • We survived our first ambush! - Cannon Cove

Madame's mementos

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Head back to Madame Olive at Sanctuary Outpost and hand over the two mementos. After a cutscene she will transform the pair of items into an Enchanted Compass via ritual.

Once it all plays out, take the compass and head back to your ship.

Compass capers

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Open up your radial quest menu to select the enchanted compass in your inventory and all you have to do is simply sail to the destination and find Rose. You'll see a pendant piece and a note on her person, which you can pick up to learn more about her fate.

The compass will now change direction. Follow it and (beware, major spoilers) you'll come across Rooke, not George, a skeleton boss you need to defeat to free the lovers from their torment. Listen to what she has to say, then wallop them and grab the second pendant piece.

Now you've got both pieces, head back to Sanctuary Outpost for a final time and return the items to Madame Olive. Enjoy the satisfying cutscene, you've completed The Wild Rose!

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