How to Kill All Skeleton Types in Sea of Thieves (1 Viewer)

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The main enemy a pirate will encounter in Sea of Thieves is the mighty skeleton. This bony minion comes in various types, all of which will put your skills to the test. If you want to make it as a pirate, you’re going to need to know all the skeleton types and how to kill them.
[h=2]Skeleton Types and Weaknesses[/h]There are several different skeleton types in Sea of Thieves, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and their own captain. Typically, you will only encounter one type of skeleton at a time during a regular quest like the Order of Souls voyages. The only time where all skeleton types will appear is during a skeleton fort raid.

  • Normal Skeleton
  • Blue Bandana Skeleton
  • Plant Skeleton
  • Spectral Skeleton
  • Gold Skeleton
  • Captain Skeleton
Normal Skeleton

The normal skeleton is your bog-standard white enemy that can appear just about everywhere. These skeletons are by far the easiest to kill. They have no overt strengths or weaknesses and are susceptible to all forms of attack.
Blue Bandana Skeleton

When you see a skeleton wearing a blue bandana (or a blue eye-patch), you know you’re in for a more difficult fight. These skeletons are a lot more aggressive and are often found during Order of Souls voyages. Aside from being my ferocious in combat, they also have more health, often taking up to 5 cutlass hits to destroy, and that’s if they don’t heal. Keep in mind that some of the other skeleton types also wear blue bandanas, but their main feature is different.
Plant Skeleton

A plant skeleton might look friendly, all covered in flowers and leafy-greens, but don’t let that fool you, these skeletons are exceptionally tough. Their leafy cover acts as a sort of body armor which is strengthened whenever they touch water. Keep these skeletons away from water at all cost, else their armor will refresh. When out of water, they will dry up and become more brittle. Don’t bother shooting them, you’re better off using your cutlass to hack them down, as you would a plant.
Spectral Skeleton

Also known as ghost skeletons, the spectral skeletons are black, misty skeletons that look all foggy and creepy with beedy little blue eyes. These skeletons seem to absorb hits when they first spawn, and might as well be invulnerable. However, you can make them vulnerable to attacks by equipping and raising your lantern or fighting them in the sunlight. Fighting the spectral skeleton at night, and without light, is a bad idea.
Gold Skeleton

Gold skeletons are toughest skeleton types you’ll fight in Sea of Thieves. When they first spawn, it seems as if they’re completely invincible. It will take a lot of blunderbuss shots, cannonballs, and explosives to kill them, unless you know their weakness: water. Throw a bucket of water on a gold skeleton or lead them to the ocean and watch them rust. They will slow down to a crawl and be extremely weak, so start shooting and slashing!
Captain Skeleton

As mentioned above, each of the five skeleton types has a captain variant. This is a bigger version of the skeleton that retains the same attributes as its smaller minions. A gold skeleton captain will be weak to water, a spectral skeleton captain must have light shined on it, etc. Skeleton captains will only appear after their minions have be slain, so use this to your advantage by keeping one minion alive if you need time to recover and get resources. Also, they’re easily spotted by the unique hat they wear, and the big orange name above their head.
There will likely be more skeleton types to come as Rare continues to support Sea of Thieves. We’ll be sure to update this as more skeletons pull themselves out of the ground to fight us! Check out our Sea of Thieves guide if you want more insights into the various features and items in the game.

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