Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett – Message in a Bottle Side-quest Guide

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In the first expansion to Borderlands 2, you’ll be on a pirate themed adventured with Captain Scarlett. Like any good pirate, you’ll eventually find a special side-quest called “Message in a Bottle” that asks you to find multiple hidden treasure chests scattered throughout the new locations. While some of these “X” marks are easy to find, many can be very tricky for the uninitiated landlubber. That’s why we’re here to help with a full guide telling you where to find each treasure. Get all the details below.

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Message in a Bottle Side-quest Guide

Town of Oasis:

  • Circle around to the eastern fence of the town, and look down a northern alley with a single shuttered door.
  • Press the green button to find the treasure inside.

Hayter’s Folly:

  • In the southwestern corner of the map, jump off the bridge and climb the rocks around the waterfall.
  • Jump across the falls to the rocks on the other side. Just ahead, look down at the rock wall for a small bottle.
  • Interact to smash it and reveal a secret room.
  • Kill the mob inside and interact with the big “X” in the back left corner to uncover the treasure.

The Rustyards:

  • Follow your marker to the western side of the yards, and stick to the cliffside.
  • Look inland toward the grubby garbage-strewn containers. Inside one, near a set of stairs, look carefully for a big “X” to interact with. Use it to uncover your treasure.


  • Get to the center of the map, which is a canyon leading inward from the right side of the map, to find a giant anchor.
  • Run past the left side of the anchor and look down to find this “X”.

Magnys Lighthouse:

  • In the northern section of the map, climb to the top of the lighthouse and look down. Below the cliffs, you’ll find a tall section of rocks you can’t reach from below.
  • Here comes the tricky part. You’ll need to drop down from the lighthouse onto these tall rocks. It may take some practice, but your “X” is located right there.
  • To find the rocks, look down at the northern ledge of the lighthouse.

[Extra tips from forumite Meerrkat]

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9 Comments on Borderlands 2: Captain Scarlett – Message in a Bottle Side-quest Guide


On October 28, 2012 at 10:14 am

Thanks, although, you should realise that on the last one your description is much too vague and should be acompanied with an image link…


On October 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm

This would be great except in the Rustyard, in the marked area, there are exactly zero shacks.


On December 5, 2012 at 12:32 am

pretty nondescript there. having a bit of a problem finding this so called shack as well.


On December 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

How do you get North (marked by the giant N on your minimap) and south confused? the treasure is on the SOUTH side of the lighthouse!


On January 30, 2013 at 5:03 am

it would be nice to see a screen shot of the treasures location in the rustyards ‘been searching for days and still can’t find it..


On January 30, 2013 at 5:44 am

in the rustyards when you cross the final bridge look right you will see stairs head towards them keep to the right you will see a metal container and in the gap you will be prompted to dig and VOILA!! the treasure’s yours


On January 31, 2013 at 8:26 am

Look south at Magnys Lighthouse.


On January 31, 2013 at 8:26 am

Look SOUTH at Magnys Lighthouse. NOT NORTH. use a sniper scope to find the X and jump to it


On October 17, 2014 at 5:13 am

you forgot the bottle in wurmwater on the palm tree