How to get Ashen Key and Chest in Sea of Thieves

How to get Ashen Key and Chest in Sea of Thieves

Hey there, fellow pirates! I’m thrilled to be your guide through the tumultuous waters of Sea of Thieves today. We’re going to venture into the exciting world of acquiring Ashen Keys and Chests. This guide isn’t just a simple walkthrough; we’re going on a thrilling treasure hunt!

Buy it from Duke

Our first stop in this adventure is a visit to our good old friend Duke. This trusty tavern dweller holds the key (pun intended) to our quest. If you’re new to this, Duke sells the Ashen Chest and Key voyage for a mere 149 doubloons. The best part is, he’s always available in the tavern, ready to help you kick-start your journey.

Skeleton Fort

In Sea of Thieves, there’s more than one way to get that chest and key. The Skeleton Fort, a place of thrilling battles and glorious rewards, is another destination on our map. Here’s where it gets fun – the last wave before the final boss will spawn two crucial characters, the Ashen Guardian and the Key Master.

These guys don’t just show up for no reason – they bring gifts. The Key Master, as you’d expect, drops the key. The Ashen Guardian, on the other hand, provides a note, a crucial piece of the puzzle that leads us to the chest. Here’s the cherry on top – the location is always the Skeleton Fort itself.

Once you’ve bested the final boss, you’ll gain access to the vault. This isn’t just any vault; it’s the resting place of another chest. Yes, you heard it right. The Skeleton Fort not only houses our Ashen friends but also guarantees an extra chest.

Spawn Points

The Ashen Key Masters and Guardians aren’t just limited to the Skeleton Fort. They can appear anywhere across the vast islands of Sea of Thieves. Intriguingly, they share their spawn points with regular skeleton captains.

However, the Sea of Thieves isn’t always fair. In my experience, the Key Masters show up less often than the Guardians or the skeleton captains. But hey, it wouldn’t be fun if it were too easy, right?

The Note

The Note

Remember the note from the Ashen Guardian? It isn’t always a simple ‘X marks the spot’ map. Sometimes, it throws you a curveball in the form of a riddle. Figuring it out becomes part of the thrilling treasure hunt, adding another layer of fun to your Sea of Thieves adventure.


If battle isn’t your thing, or you’re just looking for a change of pace, fishing offers a more serene way to obtain an Ashen Key. As you sail from one island to another in the beautiful world of Sea of Thieves, why not throw in a line or two? I have found that this can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

And who knows? You might reel in an Ashen Key! Keep in mind that patience is key here. My advice is to ignore any fish that show up, focusing solely on the possibility of catching that elusive key. It’s a game of patience but certainly adds a unique twist to your voyage.

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