Gamer’s Guide To Legendary Ships In AC IV Black Flag
I’m not even the tiniest bit ashamed to say that I possibly poured 50 hours of game time into Black Flag in the week it was released. Everything about this game made me happy, but what made the happiest was the exceptional naval combat that achieved that magical balance of intensity and fun. Ship battles, especially with towering Man O Wars, were always fun and the more challenging it was the better. This brings me to the big dogs of the caribbean. The four legendary ships that menace about on the waters. Each one of them have their own unique abilities and are really tough to take down.
The first thing that you have to note are the upgrades to your ship. Do not attempt these ships with weak upgrades because you will be pulverized beyond repair. Don’t underestimate these towering behemoths and make sure your ship is as upgraded as possible. Obviously, upgrading the Jackdaw is going to take a long time with lots of plundering for materials and such. It is possible to take these bastards on without all the elite upgrades, but it’s going to be incredibly tough. Most of the important elite plans for your ship can be found in underwater shipwreck chests so make sure you get as much of those as possible.
The most recommended upgrades that I can think of are the hull, broadside cannons, swivel guns and mortar elite upgrades. These will give you a definite advantage in all the battles. Once you have that sorted out, it’s time to take on these puppies. Here are some strategies for each one of the legendary ships:
This one can be found on the north west of the map. The main weapon this baby posses is an incredibly tough ram. One full on ram has the potential to take down an entire section of your ship’s health, even when fully upgraded. Here is where your mortar will be of the best use. Keep your distance and keep the mortar fire going while trying your best to avoid this monster’s bump. You sometimes have to employ some intense evasive maneuvers with your sails and you do this by going to medium sail, plotting a quick course away from the storming ship and quickly going into full sail to avoid it. It is recommended that you go the direction where the wind blows the strongest to increase your chances of avoiding.
If you avoid its charge, go wild with your round shot and heavy shot as much as you can and shoot the weakspots as they come up. But don’t linger too long near her because she is going to barrage you. Get a fair distance away and rain down mortar fire. After a while, she should go down rather easily.
South east of the map is where you will find this supposed “ghost ship”. This one is probably the easiest of the lot because it posses the weakness that almost all ships do. The weakness I’m talking about is going into full sail, circling the ship, shooting round shots or heavy shots into it and then shooting the weakspots. This technique will mess up any ship in a matter of minutes and if you do it correctly, this legendary ship will go down without much of a fight. The unique asset of this ship is the fog that lingers around the battle space that obscures your view somewhat. This isn’t really that bad because you can spot the ship quite easily. Just fire away to your heart’s content and you should be fine.
The La Dama Negra
This little powder keg can be found to the south west of the map. She’s a fat one. And by fat one, I mean that she has some incredibly tough armour that you cannot penetrate by cannon shots alone. This one will probably take you the longest because her health will go down quite slowly. Because cannon shots do nothing to the side of the ship, you have to rely on your mortar shot the most. The only place that is still susceptible to cannon shots is the rear of the ship. When you shoot it, some weakspots will be revealed, but they don’t do as much damage as the mortar. This battle will mostly be a grind because of how slow the health goes down. She does posses some monstrous firepower so make sure you keep your distance and don’t veer too close to her side.
Royal Sovereign & HMS Fearless
In an alarming twist, this legendary ship is actually two extremely tough Man O Wars. They can be found to the north east of the map. They function and battle the same as normal Man O Wars, but are much tougher and more resilient. You can mostly use that technique I explained earlier to damage them as much as possible, but be mindful of the fact that there are two of them. You have to avoid one while focusing on the other one. There is another twist in this battle where when you destroy one ship, the other one sets itself on fire and starts violently charging you. This is probably the toughest ship that you would ever face and I died about three times trying to take it on. The trick to this is to damage both ships to near destruction and then taking them out in quick succession. If you do this, the battle is more than manageable. I didn’t even lose enough health to take out one section when I did this trick.
These ships are ruthless, but with a clear head and some good tactics, you won’t have much trouble. I did them all in a space of an hour after I upgraded most of my ship so make sure you do that first before tackling them. Enjoy all the money you get from sinking these behemoths.