Sea of Thieves progression being limited to cosmetics is absolutely perfection and should never change. However, it does feel a little underwhelming at the end of some progression goal when there's not much to show for it. While it is great having a wide variety of cosmetics to simply buy with no strings attached, rocking the Ceremonial Admiral set after reaching level 50 Merchants is feels great, and every Pirate Legend can recall the joy of dawning the purple and gold garbs for the first time. Cosmetics like these are the best not necessarily because they look cool (even though they do), but because they represent your accomplishments. For the vast majority of goals the game gives you though, the reward is nothing more than a title that often goes unnoticed and you personally never get to see while playing.
With Sea of Thieves in such a great state after the Shrouded Spoils update, a shift of focus to more cosmetic rewards would be great. Now, we have seen in the past few updates (Cursed Sails, Forsaken Shores, Shrouded Spoils) that Rare is able to lock cosmetics behind commendation completion. So the basic of this post will be to suggest a cosmetic piece that can be unlocked by completing a commendation and used to show off your accomplishment.
NOTE: All unlocks require Tier 5 and must still be purchased with gold.
|Golden Voyager||Complete Gold Hoarder Voyages||Gold Hoarder Helm, cannons|
|Keeper of a Glittering Hoard||Earn Gold from Gold Hoarder||Gold Hoarder Capstan|
|Sailor of the Golden Horizon||Sail nautical miles on Gold Hoarder Voyages||Sail with the Gold Hoarder logo, hull|
|Seeker of Lost Maps||Purchase Gold Hoarder Voyages||Gold Hoarder Flag|
|Hoarder of the Castaway's Gold||Sell Castaway's Chests||Gold Hoarder Trousers|
|Hoarder of the Seafarer's Gold||Sell Seafarer's Chests||Gold Hoarder gloves, boots, and belt|
|Hoarder of the Marauder's Gold||Sell Marauder's Chests||Gold Hoarder jacket and dress|
|Hoarder of the Captain's Gold||Sell Captain's Chests||Gold Hoarder hat, eye patch, hook, and peg leg.|
|Hoarder of the Grog Soaked Gold||Sell Chest of a Thousand Grogs||Tankard with the same face from the chest on it, sails with the face on it.|
|Hoarder of Treasured Tears||Sell Chest of Sorrows||Bucket with the same face from the chest on it, sails with the face on it.|
|Hoarder of Barnacled Gold||Sell shipwrecked chests||Some remaining Wailing Barnacle items|
|Hoarder of Lost Artifacts||Sell treasure trinkets||Gold Hoarder figurehead|
Order of Souls
|Voyager of Lost Souls||Complete Order of Souls voyages||OoS helm, cannons|
|Mercenary of the Ancient Order||Earn gold from OoS||OoS Capstan|
|Sailor of the Whispering Bones||Sail nautical miles on OoS voyages||Sail with the OoS logo on it, hull|
|Seeker of Lost Souls||Purchase OoS voyages||OoS Flag|
|Hunter of Foul Skulls||Deliver foul skulls||OoS Trousers|
|Hunter of Disgraced Skulls||Deliver Disgraced skulls||OoS boots, gloves, belt|
|Hunter of Hateful Skulls||Deliver Hateful skulls||OoS jacket, dress|
|Hunter of Villainous Skulls||Deliver villainous skulls||OoS hat, eye patch, peg leg, hook|
|Hunter of Cursed Crews||Defeat skeleton crews||OoS figurehead|
|Hunter of Cursed Captains||Defeat skeleton captains||OoS weapons|
|Raider of Cursed Strongholds||Clear skeleton forts||Full skeleton fort clothing set|
|Hunter of Fort Skulls||Deliver fort skulls||Skeleton fort weapon set|
|Merchant Voyager||Complete Merchant Voyagers||Merchant helm, cannons|
|Gilded Merchant||Earn gold from Merchant alliance||Merhcant Capstan|
|Sailor of the Merchant Alliance||Sail nautical miles on merchant alliance voayges||Sail with the merchant alliance logo, hull|
|Merchant Adventurer||Purchase merchant voyages||Merchant Alliance flag|
|Merchant Forager||Deliver banana crates on schedule||Special merchant helm|
|Merchant Shipwright||Deliver crate of planks on schedule||Special merchant hull|
|Cast Iron Merchant||Deliver crate of cannonballs on schedule||Special merchant cannons|
|Black Powder Merchant||Deliver gunpowder barrels on schedule|
|Merchant of the Dawn Caller||Deliver chickens on schedule||Merchant alliance trousers|
|Merchant of the Wild Hog||Deliver pigs on schedule||Merchant alliance boots, gloves, belt|
|Merchant of Serpents Scale||Deliver snakes on schedule||Merchant alliance jacket, dress, Snake Sails|
|Merchant of the Grand Fauna||Deliver gold animals on schedule||Merchant alliance hat, eye patch, hook, peg leg|
Note that these are just a suggestions for what each commendation can unlock. By all means, recommend better unlocks if you can. I tried to keep some parity between the factions. I also skipped over Athena's, which already does have some unlocks behind commendations, but not all commendations.
Alternatively, they could make it as simple as a sail or flag with the logo from the commendation pasted on it.
Having more real ways to show off our progress will result in meaningful cosmetics that will in turn make the progression feel more meaningful.
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