If you are a Sea of Thieves player, you may have encountered an error saying, ‘Sea of Thieves services are temporarily unavailable. Try Again. (Lavender Beard)’ when trying to start the game. This is a common error in Sea of Thieves and can be caused by several reasons.
This mostly happens when your system cannot communicate properly with the game server. However, there are also instances where this error occurs if you have a proxy server or your firewall is blocking access to the game.
How to fix “Sea of Thieves services are temporarily unavailable”
The first thing you need to do when you get this error is checking if the game servers are down. If there is nothing wrong with the servers, you can try running the game again and see if you can play the game without errors.
However, if the error still persists, you can try these methods to resolve it.
Disable your proxy server
If you are connected to a proxy server, it may prevent you from properly establishing the connection with the game servers, so disabling the proxy servers may solve your problem.
To do this:
- Open Run command box on your Windows by pressing Windows key + R simultaneously.
- Type ‘
inetcpl.cpl’in the search field and press Walk in.
- This will bring up your Internet Properties window. Now click on the Connections tab, then lan settings.
- Uncheck Use a proxy server option, then click OKAY.
- Now in the main window click on Apply, then OKAY.
Launch Sea of Thieves and see if the error is gone. Also, if you have a VPN enabled, try disabling it. If it still shows the error, try moving to the next method.
Allow Sea of Thieves to Pass Through Your Windows Firewall
Your Windows Firewall may also be preventing the game from accessing its servers. It’s very important to make sure Steam and Sea of Thieves are allowed to pass through your firewall.
To allow your game through Windows Firewall:
- Simultaneously press Windows key + R on your keyboard to bring up the Run command box.
- Type ‘
control‘ in the search field, then press Walk in.
- This will open your Windows Control Panel.
- Now in the search bar type ‘
Windows Firewall‘ and click Allow an app through Windows Firewall under Windows Defender Firewall.
- Locate Sea of Thieves and be sure to check both the Private and Audience boxes. Also locate Steam and check both boxes.
- Click on OKAY.
Now launch the game and see if you can play it without any errors. If you can still see the error, try the next method.
Log back into your XBOX Live account
You can also get this error if you recently changed your Microsoft account password or if the servers are unable to establish a connection between your game and your account.
To solve this problem, you can log out of your XBOX account and then log back in.
- Launch sea of thieves from your desktop or Steam.
- Click on the Sign out menu to sign out of your Xbox Live account.
- Now you will see a pop-up message indicating if you really want to sign out of your XBOX account.
- Click on Yes to continue the process.
- Once you have successfully signed out of your XBOX Live account, click on the start game menu.
- Now you will see a login screen asking you to sign into your XBOX account. Log in to your account using your credentials. (Also link your XBOX Live account to Steam)
Removal of Xbl_Ticket identifiers
Here are the steps to change the Xbl_Ticket credentials:
- Open your Windows Start menu.
- In the search bar, type ‘
credential manager‘ and press Enter.
- Once the Credential Manager window opens, click on the Windows credentials.
- In the Generic Credentials section, look for an entry called Xbl_Ticket (followed by some numbers).
- Now expand it by clicking on the small arrow and click on Remove.
- Click on Yes in the following context menu.
- Now launch the game and click on the start game menu.
- Once you click on it, you will be asked to sign in to your Xbox account. Log in to the account using your login credentials.
After logging in, you should be able to play the game without any issues.
Exclude Sea of Thieves from your antivirus
If you have an antivirus installed on your PC, it may have accidentally flagged your game files as malware. So, you can try excluding your game folder from scanning in your antivirus setting and see if that fixes the error.
Other Errors in Sea of Thieves
In addition to the Lavenderbeard error, there are also other types of errors in this game. Some of the errors you might encounter while playing Sea of Thieves are:
You will run into this issue if something goes wrong on Sea of Thieves servers. There isn’t really much you can do on your end if you encounter this error, and you can expect the developers to be working on the fix already.
It will be resolved when the services are back up and running and you can play without any issues.
Alabaster Beard Error
The Alabasterbeard error occurs when your PC cannot communicate with the Sea of Thieves servers. This is mainly caused on your side and you will encounter this error when you have a bad internet connection.
If you see this error when trying to start Sea of Thieves, you should check your internet connection and make sure your internet connection is working properly.