This Destiny 2 Sails of the Shipstealer walkthrough has been hand-made to help walk you through Season of Plunder – whether you’re a new, returning, or veteran Guardian. I’m going to break down every individual quest step and clear up any confusion you might have regarding where to go or what to do.
Bungie is notorious for not exactly being clear with a lot of its in-game descriptions, so my goal is to spell out what they don’t. I’ve broken this Sails of the Shipstealer walkthrough up into weeks and steps, so it should be pretty easy to follow along. There’ll also be a new section every Tuesday on reset. So, make sure you’re checking back every week for the next quest steps and more Destiny 2 guides.
Destiny 2 Sails of the Shipstealer Walkthrough
Sails of the Ship Stealer Week 1
Step 1 – Visit the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M.
Okay, kicking off this Destiny 2 Sails of the Shipstealer walkthrough, we have step 1 – visit the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M.
The Star Chart is our new Seasonal vendor, although it doesn’t take up a wing of the H.E.L.M. like the vendors of old. Instead, it’s a massive Fallen treasure horde just sitting smack-bang in the middle of the H.E.L.M. I’m not sure why we couldn’t have our Ketch as a social area and have the vendor there, instead – it just feels really out of place here.
Plus, the H.E.L.M. was meant to be overrun with Egregore but that’s just… gone now, I guess.
Either way, you’ll need to pop into it to say hi and pick up a few essentials to help with your new pirate ambitions.
Step 2 – Restore a Treasure Map in the Captain’s Atlus Using Map Fragments
It’s been a few seasons since Destiny has had a seasonal item that sits in our quest menu. We’re back at it, though – this time with the Captain’s Atlas that we got from the Star Chart. This is what’s going to give us the bonus currency we need to open treasure chests at the end of Expeditions.
The Captain’s Atlas is similar to the Hammer of Proving and Battlegrounds missions back in Season of the Chosen. Instead of slotting in Medallions to smash chests, we’re using Map Fragments to create treasure maps to dig up chests at the end of the mission.
Step 3 – Loot the Buried Treasure at the End of an Expedition Mission
On the topic of buried treasure in Expeditions, you need to use your now completed Treasure Map to dig some up at the end of one. It’s this season’s activity like Nightmare Containment was for Season 17. Unlike Nightmare Containment, though, it launches straight from the H.E.L.M. rather than being its own patrol zone.
It’s not a hard activity by any means. Just play through it, and once you get to the end – dig up one of the three marked treasure mounds just behind the mission completion chest.
Step 4 – Claim the Successful Expedition Weekly Challenge
This is a bit of an unusual one – Sails of the Shipstealer step 4 requires you to go into your weekly seasonal challenges and claim “Successful Expedition.” It’s pretty simple to complete – just head into your quests menu, click on Seasonal Challenges, and claim the first one. You’ll also get a chunk of XP and a Repute that’s used to upgrade the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M.
Step 5 – Upgrade the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M.
Speaking of that, your next Sails of the Shipstealer step requires you to use your newfound Repute to upgrade the Star Chart. In the Star Chart menu, under where it says Pirate Crew, you’ll see a big symbol. Click into it and you’ll be presented with a screen that has a bunch of individual upgrades divided into three categories. Most of them will be locked for now – don’t worry about that. Just pick and unlock one of the first ones. You’ll gain access to the rest in the following weeks.
Step 6 – Complete Pirate Hideout: The Brute
After you complete that seasonal challenge, it’s time for your first run of this season’s weekly seasonal quest. Pirate Hideouts are replacing Sever, and like Sever it seems we’ll have a new one each week up until the last few weeks of the season in December.
Sails of the Shipstealer week 1’s mission is Pirate Hideout: The Brute. It launches from the H.E.L.M. and it’s not a hard mission by any stretch of the imagination. Just rush through it, kill the boss, and collect the relic.
Step 7 – Speak to Eido on the Holoprojector in the Eliksni Quarter
Collecting the relic at the end of Pirate Hideout: Brute will bring you up to step 7 in this Sails of the Shipstealer walkthrough. You’re done with all the hard work at this point – all that’s left is a brief return to the Eliksni Quarter in the H.E.L.M. to have a chat with some old pals.
First up – Eido. When you load into the Quarter, there’ll be a holographic projector pretty much right in front of you. Interact with it to receive a message from everyone’s favorite curious Eliksni.
Step 8 – Visit the Spider in the Ether Tank in the Eliksni Quarter
After having a lovely catch-up with Eido, you’ll need to check in with Spider – a character that is distinctly less… approachable. He’ll offer you one of three potential rewards with no way to tell the difference between each. I got a red border variant of the new seasonal shotgun, so I assume each engram is a red border of a different new weapon. Pick one, and you’re pretty much done with Sails of the Shipstealer week 1.
Step 9 – Check in With Spider in the Either Tank
Bungie has this habit of doubling up on seasonal quest steps. In this case, both steps 8 and 9 involve you talking to the Spider – it’s just different dialogue each time. You should automatically complete this while doing step 8, but if you don’t, just speak to Spider again.
Sails of the Ship Stealer Week 2
Step 11 – Check in With the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M.
Sails of the Shipstealer week two is going to start off the same way pretty much every week is going to start – with a trip to the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M.
When you get there, Mithrax will call you for a chat. You’ll get some seasonal story details before he leaves you be, at which point you should pick up your bounties from the Star Chart. After that, do either step 12, or if you don’t have the materials for a treasure map in your Captain’s Atlas – a Ketchcrash, first.
Step 12 -Defeat Targets and Loot Expedition Buried Treasure
Step 12 requires you to complete an Expedition and loot the buried treasure at the end of the mission. To loot Expedition buried treasure, you need a treasure map active in your Captain’s Atlas. If you haven’t got the materials for that, you’ll need to get them before you can continue with Sails of the Shipstealer.
The Expedition mission for Season of Plunder week two was on the Cosmodrome. Depending on when you’re doing your quest, though, it’s possible you’ll have a different location.
The missions are simple – just run through them and make sure you loot the buried treasure, not just the end chest.
Step 13 – Complete Pirate Hideout: The Sharpshooter
Pirate Hideout: The Sharpshooter is up next for this week’s artifact chase. Just like week one – it’s a super simple mission to complete. There really is no challenge here at all. Load into the mission, kill the boss, and loot the artifact. It’s that simple.
Step 14 Witness the Conversation in the Ether Tank
I’m quite a fan of the seasonal story Bungie is telling here. It’s clear that Mithrax knows more than he’s letting on, and that’s continued to be hinted at in this quest step. Step 14 literally requires you to go to the Ether Tank (where Spider is in the Eliksni Quarter), and watch him and Mithrax beef it out. It’s pretty entertaining, so you might want to pay attention to it.
After getting his ass handed to him, Spider will send you out of the bar – embarrassed by the previous display.
Step 15 – Check in with Drifter Through the Holoprojector in the Eliksni Quarter
Head out to the holoprojector just outside of the Ether Tank for a chat with your old friend Drifter. As it turns out, these old relics that we’re chasing every week remind him of something particularly nasty from long ago. He tells you that he’s going to do his own research into the matter – so expect him to come up with some answers in the following weeks.
After that, it’s a trip back to Spider to close out Sails of the Shipstealer week two.
Step 16 – Return to Spider
As always, we finish the week up by chatting with Spider. He’s gotten over himself after his row with Mithrax and will offer you one of three engrams just like last week.
Unlike last week, I didn’t get a red border weapon. Instead, I got green boots… that’s a bit of a slap in the face considering how hard it is to get Deepsights this season. I’m assuming the reward you get is random at this point, but if anyone else got these boots, please let me know.
Step 17 – Finish Up Your Conversation With Spider
Finish speaking with Spider and you’ll be all done for this week. The seasonal gameplay loop is starting to emerge this week, and while it’s simple and short, it’s also extremely entertaining. Hopefully, Bungie can keep this momentum up going into week three.
Sails of the Shipstealer Week 3
Step 19 – Check in at the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M.
Okay, week three is out and about. Despite being a short week for Sails of the Shipstealer, this might be my favorite installation in the seasonal quest thus far. Things are really heating up between Spider, Mithrax, and Eido. The mystery surrounding Mithrax and his history with the House of Wolves is enthralling and I genuinely cannot wait to see what we learn next week.
For now, though, you’ll be heading back to the Star Chart in the H.E.L.M. to have a chat with the aforementioned Mithrax. You’ll get a bit of dialogue on the Holoprojector before being sent on your way. Season of the Plunder is starting to settle into its gameplay loop, so expect this style of “see Star Chart, do Expedition, do Pirate Hideout, go to Eliksni Quarter” for the next few weeks.
Step 20 – Loot Buried Treasure at the end of an Expedition and Defeat Combatants on Nessus
The Expedition for Sails of the Shipstealer week three is Nessus. Step 20 of the quest requires you to loot a buried treasure at the end of an Expedition – it doesn’t have to be Nessus. However, as an additional task, step 20 also calls for you to kill Cabal on Nessus.
You don’t have to kill these Cabal in an Expedition, but you are awarded bonus progress for doing so. One run of Expedition: Nessus is more than enough to complete the full task.
It’s important to point this out because you’re not guaranteed to load into Expedition: Nessus when you boot up the Expedition playlist during week three. I, for example, loaded into the Europa variant of the mission.
The later you wait to complete Sails of the Shipstealer, the worse I imagine this will be. As more Expedition locations are added to the playlist, your chances of getting a specific one reduce drastically – so keep that in mind if you’re doing this quest later on rather than on release.
Also, remember that you need to actually loot the Buried Treasure at the end of an Expedition for this quest step to count. So, you’ll want to make sure your Captain’s Atlas has a Treasure Map equipped in it. If it doesn’t, you’ll want to hit up Ketchcrash for some Map Fragments before you do anything.
Step 21 – Complete Pirate Hideout: The Blademasters
Once you’ve finished up with your Expeditions (Nessus is actually one of the harder variants of the activity), it’s time for your next Pirate Hideout. Just like in previous weeks, The Blademasters are complete walkovers that you could beat with two hands tied behind your back.
The arena is straightforward, with the only bit of complication coming from the boss battle. You’ll be fighting two Cabal Gladiators that alternate between each other. When one is attacking, the other is shielded. This sounds troublesome, but it isn’t. Just hit whichever one is vulnerable until it puts its shield up, and then do the same for the other. Rinse and repeat until both of them are dead.
Step 22 – Witness the Conversation in the Ether Tank
After finishing up the Pirate Hideout, you’ll be heading back to the Eliksni Quarter from the H.E.L.M. Once again, you’ll be popping into the Ether Tank to bear witness to Spider, Mithrax, and Eido having a rather heated debate. These little segments are the highlight of Season of Plunder for me so far. The insight we’ve been getting into Eliksni politics has been great, and I would literally die for Eido.
This week is easily the best of the lot so far. It’s a big melting pot of intrigue, deception, and mystery, topped off with some tense family dynamics between Mithrax and his adopted daughter.
Even if you don’t typically pay attention to the seasonal story, make a point of doing so here. At the very least, try to keep up with what we learn about Mithrax’s past – I have a feeling that’s going to be very important come the end of Season 18, and beyond.
Step 23 – Check in with Drifter at the Holoprojector
After awkwardly standing there watching Mithrax threaten Spider with torture in front of his own daughter, you’ll want to step out for a bit of fresh air. Pop around the corner to the Holoprojector and phone up Drifter to try and lighten the mood a bit.
He’s still conducting his own investigation independent of Mithrax and Spider, but for now, you’ve just got to sit tight and let things take their course.
Step 24 – Speak with Spider in the Ether Tank
Say goodbye to Drifter then return to Spider to finish up week three of Sails of the Shipstealer. Once again, Spider will play an Engram roulette with you – and, once again, he’ll cheat you and award you a green piece of armor.
Like previous weeks, Eido will then crackle over your radio to tell you that she detected some energy interference. She also pointed out that she’s got enough data to devise a way to block these energy spikes. It’s clear that Spider is hiding something – whether it be cheating us with the Engrams, or something more sinister. Either way, we’ll find out what it is next week.
Step 25 – Check in with Spider
As always, you’re going to be told to check in with Spider even though you just spoke with him. You’re more than likely going to complete this quest step automatically, so don’t pay it any mind. On the off chance you don’t, pop back over to the Ether Tank to say hello.
After that, head to the H.E.L.M. to place this week’s artifact and you can call it a day!
Step 26 – Check Back Next Week
After that, you’re done with Sails of the Shipstealer week 3. All you have to do now is wait until the next weekly reset for your next set of quest steps. As always, once they drop, you’ll find this walkthrough update – so make sure you bookmark this page and check in on Tuesday!