Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

Strategy Guide/Walkthrough/FAQ

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  • Cheat mode

    Successfully complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding cheat under the "Cheats" option at the "Abstergo Challenges" menu. Note: Enabling a cheat will prevent the game from being saved.

      Armed To The Teeth: Successfully complete 90 Abstergo Challenges.
      Arrr Matey!: Successfully complete 20 Abstergo Challenges.
      Celestial Navigation: Successfully complete 10 Abstergo Challenges.
      Dead Men Tell No Tales: Successfully complete 70 Abstergo Challenges.
      Deceased Crew: Successfully complete all 100 Abstergo Challenges.
      Loaded To The Gunwhale: Successfully complete 50 Abstergo Challenges.
      No Quarter: Successfully complete 30 Abstergo Challenges.
      Poseidon's Will: Successfully complete 60 Abstergo Challenges.
      Scourge Of The Seven Seas: Successfully complete 40 Abstergo Challenges.
      Shiver Me Timbers: Successfully complete 80 Abstergo Challenges.

  • Bonus costumes

    Successfully complete the indicated task to unlock the corresponding costume:

    Classic Assassin and Uplay costumes

      Altair's Robes: Have Assassin's Creed played on your Uplay profile, and an internet connection to retrive the costume.
      Connor Kenway's outfit: Have Assassin's Creed 3 played on your Uplay profile, and an internet connection to retrive the costume.
      Edward The Legend outfit: Purchase for 20 Uplay points.
      Ezio Auditore's Robes: Have Assassin's Creed 2, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, or Assassin's Creed: Revelations played on your Uplay profile, and an internet connection to retrive the costume.

    Unlockable costumes

      Explorer outfit: Successfully complete Community Challenge #6. Community challenges will randomly appear while online.
      Governor's outfit: Find and share a social chest. Social chests will randomly appear while online.
      Mayan outfit: Find and solve all 16 Mayan Stela puzzles to unlock the secret door in Tulum (70, 405 coordinates). Open the secret door to get the Mayan outfit. It deflects all bullet attacks.
      Officer's outfit: Successfully complete the "Great Reputation 1" trading mission to Gibraltar with Kenway's Fleet (Mediterranean Sea mission).
      Stealth outfit: Successfully complete 50% of the Assassin Contract side quests. It decreases visibility and improves stealth.
      Templar Armor: Successfully complete all Templar Hunt side quests, then open the cage in the Great Inagua hideout using the five Templar keys. It provides 25% damage reduction.

    Crafted costumes

      Feline Pelt outfit: Craft it using a Jaguar Pelt and Ocelot Pelt.
      Hunter outfit: Craft it using a Red Howler Monkey Skin and White Jaguar Pelt. It reduces animal aggression.
      Shark Hunter outfit: Craft it using a Bull Shark Skin and Hammerhead Shark Bone.
      Whaler outfit: Craft it using three White Whale Skins.

    General Store costumes

      Brown Cloak: Purchase for 1,500 R.
      Crimson Cloak outfit: Purchase for 3,000 R.
      Merchant outfit: Purchase for 10,000 R.
      Pirate Captain outfit: Purchase for 8,000 R.
      Pirate Cloak: Purchase for 6,000 R.
      Politician's outfit: Purchase for 12,000 R.
      Privateer outfit: Purchase for 5,000 R.

  • Infinite money

    Proceed through the main missions until you have access to Sequence 2: Memory 3. Proceed through Sequence 2: Memory 3 until you reach the area where the three templars are standing around a table. The "Pickpocket All Templars" optional objective will appear while standing next to them. Pickpocket all three templars, then pause the game and select the "Reload Last Checkpoint" option. The money you pickpocket from the templars will be saved, and you can pickpocket them again. Repeat this process as many times as desired to get an unlimited amount of money. You can get approximately 35,000 R every seven minutes using this glitch. You can use the money earned from this glitch to easily buy all weapons and gear in the game. Note: You can load any sequence and memory you have completed throughout the game, allowing you to use this trick at any point once you have access to the specified sequence and memory. Additionally, this glitch was done on an unpatched version of the game. After the patch has been applied, the glitch can still be used if done once you reach Sequence 2: Memory 3, but it cannot be done after completing the memory.

  • Easy money

    Note: This trick requires a decent amount of hull armor and 10 or more mortar rounds for the Jackdaw ship. Travel to the legendary ship battle in the northeast corner of the map, with the two legendary ships that attack you. You will not be able to defeat both ships without your ship fully upgraded, but you will be able to defeat one if you complete the following steps. When the battle starts, shoot two mortar rounds at the ship you are focusing on while turning around, then release your fire barrels. When they get close, use your heavy shot. Do not get between the two opposing ships or you will quickly be defeated. Once they pass, keep shooting mortars at the ship you are trying to defeat while they are turning around. Repeat the previous steps until you destroy the ship you are focused on. Quickly pick up the loot from the destroyed legendary ship, or else the other ship will ram and sink you quickly. You will get 10,000 Reales and be able to keep it after you die. Repeat this process as many times as desired.

    Note: This trick requires the cannon and/or shot upgrades; or upgrades to your chain shot and ram abilities. Also, the Brothers-In-Arms must not have been sunk yet. Start a battle with a group of ships, then sink one of them and ignore the other ships. Collect your loot, then intentionally fail. After respawning, the ship you sunk will also be back with its loot, and you will still have your previously collected loot. Repeat this process as many times as desired to earn 10,000 Reales each time.

  • Easy boarding

    While facing large ships (for example, frigates), position your ship near your target, then swim to the ship, and eliminate the crew through close quarters. Afterwards, swim back to the Jackdaw, and hit each ship with a single broadside to immediately win the boarding sequence that follows.

  • Charge Ram attack

    Defeat all four legendary ships to unlock the Charge Ram attack.

  • Revealing all collectible locations

    To reveal the location of all collectibles (Animus Fragments, Chests, Secrets, and Song Sheets) in the game, synchronize all the viewpoints. Note: To get the West Indies Sea collectibles, you must conquer all Naval Forts.

  • All elite ship upgrade plan locations

    Search the indicated locations at the listed coordinates on the world map to find all nine hidden elite ship upgrade plans in special chests:

      1. Elite Round Shot: Kabah Ruins - 769, 145 coordinates
      2. Elite Hull: San Ignacio - 379, 770 coordinates
      3. Elite Swivel Guns: Devil's Eye Cave - 488, 353 coordinates
      4. Elite Harpoon: Andreas Island - 579, 720 coordinates
      5. Elite Broadside Cannons: The Blue Hole - 471, 170 coordinates
      6. Elite Heavy Shot: Petite Cavern - 901, 263 coordinates
      7. Elite Fire Barrels: San Juan - 479, 487 coordinates
      8. Elite Fire Barrel Storage: Isla Providencia - 502, 44 coordinates
      9. Elite Ram: La Concepcion Shipwreck - 181, 296 coordinates

  • All Mayan Stela locations

    Search the indicated locations at the listed coordinates on the world map to find all 16 Mayan Stela puzzles. The first puzzle is part of DNA Sequence 4: Memory 1 (it cannot be missed). After completing this memory, the other Mayan Stela puzzles will become available. Some of them are on islands in dangerous ocean zones; thus, it is recommended to upgrade your ship and continue through the story to make all locations accessible. You can also view the Mayan Stela locations on your map if you synchronize the viewpoints of their respective area. To check which ones you have found, open the progress tracker, and select the "Mayan Stela" tab. It provides an overview of islands that contain the secret puzzles. Once all 16 puzzles have been solved, travel to Tulum. There will be a marker on your map saying "Mayan Outfit". Go to that location in Tulum (70, 405 coordinates), and open the secret door to get the special Mayan outfit. The following are the exact coordinates of each Mayan Stela puzzle:

      1. Great Inagua: Acquired during DNA Sequence 4: Memory 1
      2. Cat Island: 734, 694 coordinates
      3. Matanzas: 343, 642 coordinates
      4. Cape Bonavista: 179, 593 coordinates
      5. Tulum: 70, 405 coordinates
      6. Pinos Isle: 334, 476 coordinates
      7. Pinos Isle: 342, 478 coordinates
      8. Tortuga: 876, 377 coordinates
      9. Long Bay: 525, 253 coordinates
      10. Isla Providencia: 502, 44 coordinates
      11. Isla Providencia: 502, 44 coordinates
      12. New Bone: 431, 116 coordinates
      13. Misteriosa: 303, 199 coordinates
      14. Misteriosa: 296, 196 coordinates
      15. Santanillas: 217, 245 coordinates
      16. Santanillas: 221, 242 coordinates

  • All tavern locations

    Search the indicated locations at the listed coordinates on the world map to find all eight taverns. Simply walk up to the barkeeper at each tavern, watch a short cutscene, and defeat the bandits to unlock the tavern. You can see the taverns on the world map if you synchronize the viewpoints for the respective area.

      1. Andreas Island (573, 720 coordinates)
      2. Salt Key Bank (496, 629 coordinates)
      3. Crooked Island (808, 545 coordinates)
      4. Arroyos (192, 565 coordinates)
      5. Corozal (37, 266 coordinates)
      6. Grand Cayman (392, 325 coordinates)
      7. Kingston (623, 172 coordinates)
      8. Ile à Vache (839, 137 coordinates)

  • All Underwater Shipwreck locations

    Search the indicated locations at the listed coordinates on the world map to find all 13 hidden shipwrecks. Note: Shipwrecks become available after completing Sequence 6: Memory 1.

      1. San Ignacio: 378, 769 coordinates
      2. Petite Caverne: 901, 264 coordinates
      3. Jiguey: 564, 539 coordinates
      4. Atocha: 632, 661 coordinates
      5. Black Trench: 221, 449 coordinates
      6. San Juan: 480, 486 coordinates
      7. Devil's Eyes Cave: 487, 356 coordinates
      8. Anotto Bay: 622, 276 coordinates
      9. Ambergris Key: 55, 177 coordinates
      10. The Blue Hole: 470, 170 coordinates
      11. Kabah Ruins: 768, 144 coordinates
      12. La Concepcion Shipwreck: 180, 296 coordinates
      13. Antocha: 629, 661 coordinates

  • Giant squid attack Easter Egg

    Swim inside the Antocha shipwreck at the 630, 660 coordinates. While looking out one of the windows, you should be able to see a giant squid take down a whale.

  • The IT Crowd reference

    Go to the map near the entrance to the modern-day Abstergo offices. Two co-workers will begin talking about Chicago. They will talk about John from IT. The male co-worker will comment that whenever he requests help, John replies with "Have you tried turning it off and on again?", which is a reference to the British comedy The IT Crowd.


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