AC4 Legendary Ships Guide

In four corners of Caribbean Islands’ map, you can find five Legendary Ships. They are designed as extremely tough ships, level 75, with devastating fire power, and large amount of health.
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The battle begins once you get close enough, about 500 meters. Unlike the other ships, they are very fast, and you can’t get on them. Even without cargo like sugar, rum, cloth, metal or wood, they offer the best prize between 10,000 to 20,000R. Once you destroy all Legendary Ships, they will never respawn again. But, as we described in our Money Making Guide, you can farm some legendary ships and make a real fortune.
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Legendary Ships general information

  1. After conquering a fort, a nearby legendary ship appears on the map.
  2. Each ship has large amount of health.
  3. Their side cannons unleash devastate power.
  4. Some of them are pretty fast and you can’t catch them up, if you don’t incapacitate them first.
  5. You can’t board them, thus, you can’t add them to your fleet.
  6. The best attack during the battle with Legendary Ships is to ram them from behind.
  7. If you mark them on the map, you can notice them when you come into their 500m radius.
  8. The best practice is to start the battle with mortars.
  9. You can destroy the ships even without all elite upgrades, but it takes a “couple” of tries.

El Impoluto

Location: Upper-left corner
The Nearest Fort: Dry Tortuga
Reward: 20,000R
Main Characteristics: Extremely fast, likes to rush/ram towards the target.
Strategy: The hardest ship to defeat, due to legendary speed and ramming behavior. From the start this ship tends to ram you down. If this legendary ship does not succeed in it, the next attack is a broadside cannons fire, thus, use the brace when you see cannons coming.

When the battle starts, the best strategy against it is to slow down the ship, or El Impoluto will sail away, turn towards you, and ram you repeatedly, until you sunk. When the ship turns around, use your cannons and mortars. If the ship goes behind you, stop his ram strategy by letting off a few fire barrels.

HMS Fearless and Royal Sovereign

Location: Northeast corner
The Nearest Fort: Eleuthera
Reward: 10,000R each
Main Characteristic: When the battle against these two legendary ships starts, they will surround you and employ their broadside cannons against you.
Strategy: When you approach them, attack one of the legendary ships from the side, keep moving and make sure you never get caught between them. Keep constant fire on the ship that follows you, and distance from the other one, with fire barrels. When you destroy one of them, the other one changes its behavior and becomes more hostile, and will try to ram you.

The best strategy is to attack one of the boats, lower his health close to the sink, then ram the other boat and sink it as fast as possible. After that, the first boat will attack you, and you should sail away and launch mortars and fire barrels behind you.

HMS Prince

Location: Southwest corner
The Nearest Fort: Navassa
Reward: 20,000R
Main Characteristic: Even the ship is hidden in a fog, it’s one of the easiest Legendary ships to defeat.
Strategy: The best position for your ship is behind HMS Prince, since it has devastating broadside attack with cannons. If you successfully position your ship behind HMS Prince, hit it with chain shots and try to ram it. When you lower its health to 25%, it’ll attack you with rear cannons.

La Dama Negra

Location: Southwest corner
The Nearest Fort: Serranilla
Reward: 20,000R
Main Characteristic:Extreme fire power. Mostly attacks with mortars. It’s pointless to use ram strategy against this heavily armored ship.
Strategy: La Dama Negra legendary ship is very similar to the HMS Prince, since they have almost the same attack strategy. The only difference is that you don’t know where its mortal attacks will land, since it doesn’t show red target locations. The key factor for defeating the ship and winning 20,000R is to stop your ship or change sailing directions (moving zig-zag) whenever La Dama Negra fires mortars, because their landing position will be on your course a few meters in front of you.
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