The Sea of Thieves Wild Rose adventure is the fifth of the Sea of Thieves Tall Tales, a set of exploration-focused story voyages that go beyond the typical reactive missions we're used to in Rare's Sea of Thieves. These Tall Tales were added as part of the Anniversary Update, which also brought fishing, harpoons and plenty of other handy fixes to the game.
Despite being quite short in comparison to the rest of the tales, The Wild Rose is quite tricky to figure out, which is why we're here to outline how to beat this voyage in detail. Hopefully you can crack the mystery and receive the glorious loot you're owed. In any case, you'll be one step closer to the elusive Shores of Gold...
How to start The Wild Rose
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
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
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
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.
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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