Best Banjo Skins in Sea Of Thieves (Ranked)

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Sea Shanties are the universal language of Sea of Thieves. And playing them while sailing past another crew lets them know you’re friendly and just sailing the seas looking for a good time…

Chances are the other crew will open fire anyway.

So while your ship is filling with water, there’s fire everywhere, and you’re looking down at your instrument in despair, let’s at least make sure that instrument looks good!


10. Gilded Phoenix Banjo

Sea of Thieves Gilded Phoenix Banjo skin

This beautiful banjo deserves to be higher on the list for its looks.

But at the time of writing, it’s impossible to obtain.

The Gilded Phoenix Banjo is a gorgeous white instrument with luxurious gold detailing and a sky blue ribbon decorating the neck.

Since this comes in their colors, it looks like the finest instrument the Merchant Alliance has to offer – but there’s a catch.

This banjo was a Twitch drop back in February 2021. And if you missed it, well, you missed it.

Maybe it will end up in the shop someday. But until then you’ll have to make do with the other banjos on the list.


9. Parrot Banjo

Parrot Banjo skin in Sea of Thieves

If you want to bring a taste of the exotic onboard, the Parrot Banjo can do just that!

This banjo design is carved out of wood, with wonderful blue and green feathers decorating the body.

Even the head is colored to match.

A lot of the parrot cosmetics can be a bit over the top – but this banjo looks great no matter what style you’re going for.

It’s also an instrument you can get nice and early, and is available to all for 4950 Gold.


8. Obsidian Banjo

Sea of Thieves Obsidian Banjo skin

One of the slickest banjos in the game looks like it’s all set for a Rock concert.

But right now it’ll probably cost you a ton of real money. Let me explain.

The Obsidian Banjo is a sharp black and silver banjo, complete with green glowing gemstones, but it was only unlockable with a code that came with a special edition long-sleeve T-shirt.

This makes the Obsidian Banjo not only one of the rarest instruments – but also one of the rarest items in the entire game.

If you can get your hands on one, consider it a treasure.


7. Ocean Crawler Banjo

Sea of Thieves Ocean Crawler Banjo skin

Do you hate the new Ocean Crawler enemies as much as I do?

If you do, I think you’ll love this next instrument.

The Ocean Crawler Banjo is available to all for 4950 Gold. And whoever made it didn’t care about hiding what it came from.

This entire banjo looks like it’s made from cobbled together bits of crab: the body is a chunk of crab, crab legs are hanging off the bottom, and there’s even a great big crab claw at the top for good measure!

Perhaps it’s cruel. But Ocean Crawlers are a pain whenever they show up.

It’s no surprise one got turned into an instrument!


6. Banjo Of The Silent Barnacle

Banjo Of The Silent Barnacle skin in Sea of Thieves

Considering how much work you’ll have to do underwater to get this next banjo, it’s clearly starting to get a little rusty.

The Banjo Of The Silent Barnacle looks like it’s seen a few concerts on the Ferry of the Damned. But it’s a great look.

It can only be unlocked with the Hoarder Of Barnacled Gold Commendation, though.

So how do you get that?

Well, you need to deliver 300 Shipwrecked chests. So if you want it, there’s a lot of wreck diving in your future. I hope you don’t mind sharks and sirens!


5. Legendary Banjo

Legendary Banjo skin in Sea of Theives

This Banjo doesn’t just say you’re a legendary musician – it says you’re a legendary pirate too.

The Legendary Banjo is available for purchase when you reach the rank of Pirate Legend and gain access to the Athena’s Fortune Shop.

There’s nothing subtle about this instrument, either.

The body is a giant Pirate Legend emblem.

But if you want to tell the world what you’ve accomplished, why not use this banjo to do it?


4. Glorious Sea Dog Banjo

Sea of Theives Glorious Sea Dog Banjo skin

A lot of the coolest banjos are locked behind challenges and long term goals.

But if you’re a new pirate, don’t fret, as you have access to one of the most beautiful banjos from day one.

This Glorious Sea Dog design is a stunning red banjo with gold detailing, colorful feathers at the head, and it’s clean! (somewhat of a rarity across the seas)

It gets even better than that too – as this banjo only costs a modest 4000 Gold.

If this is your first day playing Sea Of Thieves, sell a couple of bits of treasure and treat yourself.


3. Banjo Of Plenty

Sea of Theives Banjo Of Plenty skin

When your crew is sailing the seas, hungry because you all forgot to buy a fruit crate, you can bring out an instrument that looks good enough to eat.

The Banjo Of Plenty is available from the Pirate Emporium and is decorated with lush red berries and… metal studs?

I’m not sure about those bits, but anyway, the whole banjo is shaped suspiciously like a cooked chicken leg.

And the red wrapping could even be bacon.

If you have a chef on board, this is the instrument for them.

And the longer you look at it, the stranger it gets!


2. Shining Pegasus Banjo

Shining Pegasus Banjo skin in Sea of Theives

If you want a shot at an instrument that looks like it was crafted by the Gods, you better act fast.

As the Shining Pegasus Banjo is a reward on Season 3’s Plunder Pass (at the time of writing, Season 3 is in full swing!)

There really isn’t another banjo quite like this.

The body looks like it’s crafted from the clouds with shiny gold details, gold strings, and to top it off, the head of the banjo is a cute little Pegasus figure.

This instrument looks like it came straight out of Disney’s Hercules.

It’s just a shame you’ll struggle to find an outfit to match.


1. Silver Blade Banjo

Silver Blade Banjo skin in Sea of Theives

The Shining Pegasus Banjo is awesome – but it is not for everyone.

If you want a more traditional banjo that’s stunning, rare, and coveted, this skin has it all.

The Silver Blade Banjo is a brilliant instrument that’s decorated in white and silver with subtle pale purple details.

It also has a compass shape decoration in the center, complete with a glowing aqua crystal.

You’ll need to work long and hard if you want to get your hands on it though – as it’s a reward for playing on the Insider build of the game for 108 weeks!

A fitting reward for a true master of the Sea Shanty.

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