Sea of Thieves Update 2.8.5 Patch Notes

A new Sea of Thieves update 2.8.5 is rolling out on Xbox One and PC. According to the official Sea Of Thieves patch notes, the latest SOT update 2.8.5 introduces ‘The Legend of Monkey Island,’ a captivating story told through three Tall Tales. Players embark on a journey to free Guybrush from a dream-world in ‘The Quest for Guybrush,’ facing Legendary Trials. Apart from this Seas of Thieves patch 2.8.5 also includes Pirate Emporium cosmetics, new items like the Mad Monkey Ship Collection, enhanced accessibility settings, gameplay fixes, and environment improvements.

Previously, a big SOT update 2.8 added Season 9 update added Bury Treasure, Share Map, Cannon Rowboats, Fireworks, and Flares. Unfortunately, players are still experiencing a number of issues with the game. Today’s SOT game update 2.8.4 will address a few of these issues.

Read the full details below.

Sea Of Thieves 2.8.5 Release Notes – August 31, 2023

  1. New Tall Tales: The Quest for Guybrush
    • A new original story told across three Tall Tales.
    • Guybrush has been imprisoned by LeChuck in a dream-world.
    • Crews must undertake three Legendary Trials to convince Guybrush to break free.
    • New Commendations, achievements, and rewards added.
  2. Pirate Emporium:
    • Players can purchase cosmetics from the Pirate Emporium using Ancient Coins (purchasable with real money).
    • Ship liveries, costumes, weapons, pets, and emotes are available.
  3. New Items:
    • Mad Monkey Ship Collection.
    • Mad Monkey Ship’s Crest.
    • Mad Monkey Weapon Bundle.
    • Mad Monkey Concertina.
    • Guybrush Costume Set.
    • Elaine Costume Set.
    • Carla Costume Set.
    • Spiffy Pet.
    • Paradise Garden Cutlass (free!).
    • Sea of Sands Sailor Bundle (Microsoft, Xbox, and Steam Stores only).
    • Various other outpost cosmetics and items.
  4. Season Two Legacy Cosmetics:
    • Cosmetics previously available during Season Two are now available in Outpost shops in exchange for Doubloons.
    • Pirate Legends can purchase special items like Athena’s Might Cutlass and Shackled Phantom Hull.
  5. Refreshed Emissary Ledger Rewards:
    • Players representing various factions in their Emissary Ledger can earn specific rewards.
  6. Accessibility Improvements:
    • New aiming accessibility option for combat with audio cues.
    • Accessibility setting added for reduced camera sway while riding ziplines.

Fixed Issues:


  • Pirates jumping and grabbing a ladder at the top will now smoothly climb the last step and ascend more quickly.
  • Players who join the game on a crew actively taking part in a Skeleton Fleet encounter may now find they initially appear on the Ferry of the Damned before arriving on their ship.
  • The Legend of the Veil Quest Book can now be stashed within the Quest Radial.
  • Pondies can no longer be caught around Port Merrick.

‘The Journey to Mêlée Island’

  • Pirates are prevented from accessing off-limits areas of Mêlée Island while progressing through this Tall Tale.
  • Pirates are prevented from inspecting the Citizen’s wares while handing in items to prevent overlapping dialogue.
  • The Clock Tower is now set to the correct time when starting the Tale from a checkpoint.
  • When the objects blocking the mansion door are removed, they will now be visually removed for all crew members.
  • Pirates will no longer become stuck in the ground at Lookout Point when attempting to jump into the mist.
  • Pirates’ movement will no longer feel buffered when walking over rocks near the mansion.
  • The liquid in Corina’s pot now moves as intended.
  • The History Book has now been repositioned on its stand.

Battle for the Sea of Thieves

  • Same Faction battles will now correctly progress the Distinguished Faction Champion Commendation.

Captains of Adventure

  • Placing a Storage Crate in front of a shipwright will no longer allow Captains to bypass the limit on how many provisions can be purchased.
  • Pirates being harpooned away during a transaction with the shipwright will no longer enable the provision purchase limit to be bypassed.

Visual and Audio

  • Players will no longer hear their own text chat messages audibly spoken by other players who are using Text to Speech.
  • Players with the Prehistoric Plunderer ship items equipped will no longer experience visual issues when playing on Xbox Series X and Series S with a HDR screen.
  • Hendrick’s appearance is now consistently correct during a Lost Shipments Voyage.
  • When a fishing rod is equipped in the Tunnels of the Damned, the float and line no longer disappear.
  • Snakes will no longer appear to turn away from the player when being charmed.


  • Players can now easily speak to the Pirate Lord in the Pirate Legend Hideout.
  • Further improvements have been made to remove areas where pirates can push through the environment into the sea within the Pirate Legend Hideout.
  • Pirates can no longer intersect with palm trees at Port Merrick.
  • Pirates should no longer encounter an invisible wall when walking around Ancient Spire Outpost.
  • Pirates are no longer able to push themselves under the environment by swimming into rocks at Plunder Outpost.
  • Pirates are no longer able to walk through a stone wall in the closed Rowboat dock at Mercy’s End Fortress.
  • Ship Trinkets on the souvenir wall in the Pirate Legend Hideout no longer have the same sail pattern.

Text and Localisation

  • Article Two of the Pirate Code hanging at the Outposts now consistently shows as “The Sea Unites Us as One Community” in all locations.
  • Coral Artefacts now show the correct names on notifications when handed in to The Reaper’s Bones.

Performance and Stability

  • Improvements made to initial loading times when launching the game.
  • Ongoing improvements made to server stability to reduce instances where players are disconnected from their session.

Sea of Thieves 2.8.4 Download Size

Xbox Series X: 8.82 GB
Xbox Series S: 5.73 GB
Xbox One X: 8.82 GB
Xbox One: 5.73 GB
Microsoft Store: 8.7 GB
Steam: 7.93 GB

Download free Sea of Thieves update 2.8.5 on Xbox One and PC.

Jack Johnson
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