Sea of Thieves Buried Treasure Guide: Map Bundles & Quest Boards Explained

Buried treasure has arrived in Sea of Thieves Season 5 alongside map bundles and the Quest Board. This guide has everything you need to know.

Sea of Thieves' buried treasure has been one of the most requested features from fans, and it has arrived alongside map bundles and the Quest Board. There are even two new commendations up for grabs with these Season 5 additions.

But how do you bury your own treasure in Sea of Thieves? What are buried treasure map bundles? And how does the Quest Board work? This SoT guide will tell you everything you need know!

How to Bury Treasure in Sea of Thieves

Burying treasure in Sea of Thieves is easy. First, you’ll need to collect some loot. This can be almost anything, from treasure chests to skulls, to item boxes, kegs, and even chickens in coops (don’t worry, they’ll be fine!). Really, your buried treasure hoard can be whatever you want it to be!

Set the item you want to bury on some dirt and pull out your shovel. Press the “secondary use” button  typically mapped to the left trigger on a controller and RMB on a mouse  to start scooping dirt.  

Work that shovel a bit and your buried treasure will disappear below the surface, with nothing but some slightly disturbed dirt to indicate its location. 

Custom Buried Treasure Maps & Map Bundles Explained 

Once you have fully buried treasure in the dirt, a custom map will appear in your inventory, with X marking the spot. If you bury more items on an island, more X’s will appear, with up to 10 per map. You can bury things on other islands too, and each island will generate its own chart.

The buried treasure maps will also appear on your ship's Voyage Table as a map bundle. You will want to be careful with this physical representation of your maps: map bundles can be stolen by other crews. They can be snatched directly off of the table, and if your ship sinks, map bundles will float to the surface, ready to be nabbed by whoever gets to them first.  

As a well-to-do-pirate, you will want to take care of your maps and map bundles, and keep an eye out for opportunities to steal some new ones from other players. 

How to Use the Sea of Thieves Quest Board for Buried Treasure

Sure, stashing loot as buried treasure is a fun part of the Sea of Thieves experience, but we all know sharing is caring. That’s where the Quest Board comes in. Once you’ve created some treasure maps, you can return to an Outpost or Seapost and find the Quest Board near the docks. Interact with it and navigate to the My Maps section. Every sharable treasure map you have will be displayed here, and you can select which maps to post.

Posting a map makes it available for other pirates to find on the Quest Board. If another crew takes your map and finds the treasure, you will receive a full share of the renown and reputation. Best of all, this can happen anytime, even while you are offline.

Don’t be surprised to drop off a few maps, and come back days later to see a message informing you of the renown you've earned from buried treasure. If a crew never takes your map, you will still eventually earn reputation and renown for posting it, but a lesser amount than if a crew had found it.  

You are welcome to take other player-created maps from the Quest Board as well. These will be listed in the Quest Board section. Buried treasure maps are generally divided into stashes and hoards, with hoards having more loot. Still, you won’t know in advance the type or quantity of the buried treasure, so it is a bit of a gamble. It could be a mountain of valuable loot, random fruit, or event kegs set as traps.

You can discard buried treasure maps you aren’t interested in, but keep in mind that you are limited to five maps from the quest board per day. Beggars can’t be choosers.

Buried treasure is a great new addition to Sea of Thieves. It’s a perfect thematic fit and can be a great strategic move for earning renown and reputation. But don't forget, there is plenty more to do once you’ve buried and uncovered loot to your heart's content. You can search out some hidden journals in a Siren Shrine, or take on the Sunken Kingdom Voyage. For those, and everything Sea of Thieves, be sure to check out our dedicated SoT guides hub

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Justin is a married father of two, has too many pets, and is a life-long gamer. When he's not in the virtual world he specializes in live event production, designing events for corporate clients such as Microsoft and Nintendo.

Published Dec. 8th 2021

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