The sea can be a dangerous place for a pirate. Between waves, shipwrecks and other dangers, you need an edge to get you through storms and get you back home. (It’s probably a good thing I can’t swim.) One of the ways you can gain an edge is by learning how to play the game, and one of the ways you can learn is by reading my Sea of Thieves Captain Bones’ Special Recipe Guide.

This year’s big new game, Sea of Thieves, is all about building your own pirate crew, and recruiting people from all around the world to crew with you. From the start, you’ll have the choice of selecting a Bandit or a Merchant, two different classes of pirate with different playstyles. But this isn’t the full extent of your pirate experience. There are also the other classes, which can be played in different ways depending on your playstyle: The captain, who commands the Sails, The Gunner, who lets you control the cannons, and The Quartermaster, who has the most control over the other two classes.

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Sea of Thieves: A Pirates Life sends sailors into the unknown in search of the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow. One of the more interesting and intricate side stories found along the way deals with Captain Bones’ Special Recipe.

The side quest involves a chess game between two long-dead pirates, and a quest for a mysterious drink called Captain Bones’ Special Recipe. It’s a quest that goes off the beaten path, so if you need a guide, you’ve come to the right place.

How to Get Captain Bones’ Special Recipe

Captain Bones’ Special Recipe is found in the first tall tale offered by the Castaway. Vote on the voyage, progress through the portal, go past the caves (DEAD-MEN-TELL-NO-TALES!), and keep moving forward until you reach the ghostly pirate town of Sailor’s Grave.

In the center of Sailor’s Grave is a ship wreck converted to a tavern. Go to the entrance, and look to your left. There is another shipwreck there. Inside are two skeletons playing chess.

Light the candle on the table with your lantern. One skeleton downs his grog, the other skeleton finds his cup quite empty. You will need Captain Bones Special Recipe to fill it.

Leave this ship, and circle to your right around the exterior until you find a ramp under the talking, disembodied skull of the Cursed Captain (it’s easy to find, he doesn’t shut up). Climb up the ship, and use the broken mast to cross to the front half of the vessel.

Walk to the bowsprit and jump into a pool of water. Swim forward, under some wreckage, and you will find a platform you can raise via pulley.

Pull yourself up, and you will find yet another pulley and platform. Cross that to find a third pulley, this time manipulating two platforms.

Pull it until the platform nearest to the pulley is close to the other side of the gap, and jump to it. Once you land, look right, and there will be a small cave.

Inside the small cave, you will find Captain Bones Special Recipe. Exit though a door, and climb up the bowsprit dead ahead.

While you are there, you may as well retrieve that talkative skeleton head. Use your lantern to burn the rope, dropping the cage. There is a key in the tavern to open the hatch, giving you access to that chatty little skull.

Return to the chess players with Captain Bones Special Recipe, and pour the drink in the empty flagon. The skeleton will down it, and the powerful kick will blow his head up (strong stuff!). You will be awarded the A Powerful Thirst Commendation, nice job!

How to Complete the Chess Game

What about that game of chess? To complete that, you will need the head of the Cursed Captain, and to track down Poor Dougie’s Key.

Use the coin to buy into the game, and place the skull atop the now headless skeleton. The Cursed Captain will win the game. Your reward is access to the treasure room of a wrecked ship on the corner opposite the light house (where you went up the first pulley-platform).

That’s all you need to know about how to find Captain Bones’ Special Recipe and complete the chess game in Sea of Thieves. However, that’s but the first Tall Tale in A Pirate’s Life. For more guides, including how to complete the Sunken Pearl, be sure to check out our Sea of Thieves Hub. Arr!Captain Bones is a fellow captain who has been with us since the beginning of the game. He’s a good guy, but he’s gotten more and more obsessed with cooking food for his crew! He doesn’t just know how to cook, he’s a world-class chef who loves to share his recipes. He’s even written up several of his secrets for the crew. If you’re a fan of his blog, you know he takes some passionate, think-outside-the-box ideas.. Read more about buy in sea of thieves pirates life and let us know what you think.

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