Where to find Sea of Thieves Ashen Keys: Locations & how to use

Andrew Highton
player holding up ashen key in sea of thieves

Ashen Keys are an important item in Sea of Thieves, so here’s exactly how you can find them and what they’re used for in the pirate game

There are a lot of important items for you to find in Sea of Thieves, whether you’re exploring the game solo or you’re completing quests in co-op. Ashen Keys are a vital item when it comes to getting chest in the game, so you’ll need to know where to find them if you want as much loot as possible.

Here’s everything you need to know about Ashen Keys in Sea of Thieves, including how to get them, and what they’re used for.


holding an ashen key in sea of thieves
Ashen Keys can be used on Ashen Chests to gift wondrous rewards.

How to get Ashen Keys in Sea of Thieves

There are two key ways (no pun intended) to obtain Asken Keys in Sea of Thieves, either kill an Ashen Key Master or get extremely lucky when fishing.

The more likely of these two methods is going to be killing Ashen Key Masters, unmistakable skeletons surrounded by an intimidating red aura.

Where to find and kill Ashen Key Masters in Sea of Thieves

If you do intend to go after Ashen Key Masters, you’ll need to know where they are exactly. There are several different ways you can go about doing this, and it’s up to you to find the most efficient/easiest way.

The first way is to raid Skeleton Forts as they can randomly appear during battle. If you find this isn’t as effective as you’d like, then you can always check the coastland of the various islands as they can just be wandering around.

If you’re lucky enough to trigger an encounter with one, get ready for a battle as they won’t be easy to kill. They can take a lot of damage and can regain health. Don’t get greedy, just be patient and chip away at their health, and keep your blunderbuss ready for crucial moments to inflict massive damage.

If you do defeat one, it will drop an Ashen Key.

How to use Ashen Keys in Sea of Thieves

With an Ashen Key in your possession, you simply need to approach an Ashen Chest with the key, use the interact button, and the chest will pop open revealing your goodies inside.

sea of thieves ashen chest
Ashen Chests are very distinctive and lucrative.

What are Ashen Chests in Sea of Thieves?

Ashen Chests are rare containers that contain valuable resources and can only be obtained through the use of an Ashen Key.

Each chest will have three items of loot for you to snatch up and these will consist of:

  • An Ashen Tome
  • Any two of the following:
    • Brimstone Casket
    • Devil’s Remnant
    • Doubloon Pouch
    • Extra Ashen Tome
    • Gold
    • Magma’s Grail
    • Ritual Skull
    • Roaring Goblet

There doesn’t appear to be any way to guarantee what loot you get, so if you are after something, in particular, then you’ll just need to keep farming Ashen Chests.

Where are Ashen Chests in Sea of Thieves?

With a key available and knowledge of Ashen Chests in hand, you now need to find yourself an Ashen Chest. There are a few well-known ways to find a chest, and we’ve listed them below:

  • Guaranteed: Beating a Skeleton Fort
  • Guaranteed: Defeating a Captain’s Ship in a fleet
  • Guaranteed: Solving an Ashen Guardian’s Notes Quest
  • Guaranteed: Completing an Ashen Chest Stash Voyage
  • Not Guaranteed: Killing a Kraken
  • Not Guaranteed: Killing a Megalodon
  • Not Guaranteed: Killing an Ashen Lord
  • Not Guaranteed: Finding aboard a Skeleton Ship

A guaranteed chest is always preferable of course, but not necessarily the easiest task. It’s up to you which you prefer, but as long as it results in you bringing home the pirate equivalent of bacon then that’s all that matters!

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