Assassin’s Creed 4 naval combat tips & Jackdaw upgrade guide
Previously: Assassin’s Creed 4 ship types: Know your enemy
Try to keep your cash for upgrading your ship as it will make a more noticeable difference in battle. Kenway’s weapons don’t vary as much so splashing out on fancy swords won’t have as big an impact as a well cared for boat. Plus most of your most tangible character improvements come from hunting animals anyway.
Try to avoid selling anything you can use to upgrade like cloth or metal. There’s plenty of other stuff to trade and products like rum and sugar should be sold to make the big money. Metal is rare so get as much as you can and keep it. There’s good stuff in Southern waters but you’ll need a few upgrades before you can really explore there. Getting a wanted level can also draw in the bigger ships with better hauls. You can also capture forts to snag valuable gear.
To fully upgrade the Jackdaw you’re also going to need to spend some time looking for buried treasure to find design plans. You should also pay attention to upgrading your mortars, heavy shot, and ram as they’re needed in some cases to get 100% sync in missions. Whatever you go for start by getting stuff the ship doesn’t automatically have so you can get an idea of all the options and what suits you before you invest in any one area.
- Swivel guns – uses money and metal and lets you target more areas.
- Broadside cannons – uses money and metal to add more cannons.
- Chase cannons – uses money, metal and wood to give you front facing cannons
- Round shot strength – uses money to increase basic cannon damage.
- Heavy shot strength – uses money to increased heavy shot damage.
- Chain shot strength – uses money increases chain shot damage.
- Mortars shot strength- uses money and metal to increase your mortar damage.
- Fire barrel strength – uses money to increases your barrel damage strength.
- Harpoon strength – uses money to boost your harpoon damage.
- Heavy shot storage – uses money to increase the amount of heavy shots you can hold.
- Mortar storage uses money to increases the number of mortars you can hold.
- Fire barrel storage – uses money increases the number of fire barrels you can hold.
- Crew’s quarters – uses money and cloth to increase crew size.
- Cargo storage – uses money increase cargo size.
- Ram – uses metal and wood increases ramming damage.
- Hull Armour – uses money, metal and wood to boost damage resistance.
- Row boat Armour – uses money and wood top boost row boat resistance.
- Harpoon Storage – uses money to raise harpoon storage.