How can you earn the maximum amount of money in the least amount of time in Assassins’s Creed IV? Just like in real life, money is essential in the game to regularly buy new weapons or improve facilities on your boat. I learned this lesson the hard way during the first hours of the adventure, somewhere off the coast of Cuba…
An icon vaguely representing a cetacean appears on the map. Hovering over the symbol tells me the unthinkable: it’s a white whale! With a gesture, I order my men to launch a canoe in pursuit of the monster. I throw a first harpoon. The blade plants itself in the milky flesh of the beast which, enraged, breaks my craft with a flick of its tail. Game over. Defeated, I take note of the obvious. I need to upgrade my equipment, and to do that, I’m going to need money, lots of money, and very quickly.
A small reversal of fortune gave me the idea of gathering these 10 essential tips that’ll help you earn money quickly in Assassin’s Creed IV.
Carry out contract killings
Contracts are a quick way to earn money in Assassin’s Creed IV
Contract killings are one of the fastest ways to earn money in Assassin’s Creed IV. After killing your target, you will receive 1,000 reals to which a bonus of 500 reals is added if you manage to complete all the additional objectives.
Pay attention to the secondary objectives
To get maximum synchronization in the main and additional missions, it’s essential to strictly follow the secondary objectives. Available in the game’s pause menu, these obligatory requirements allow you to complete the missions of the game with a 100% synchronization percentage and, at the same time, earn the most money. Don’t hesitate to repeat a botched mission so that you can complete secondary objectives – it’s worth the money (500 additional reals on average).
Look for chests
Hidden throughout the game are chests, which should help you in the event of shortages. Even if the chests don’t yield as much as boarding a vessel (a few hundred reals maximum), the ease with which they can be accessed should satisfy even the most impatient person.
Go on a treasure hunt
The treasure hunt will make you rich
The hobby of choice for any self-respecting pirate, the treasure hunt, will make you rich if you take the time to explore the world of Assassin’s Creed IV. Hint: the approximate coordinates of each buried treasure are listed on each map.
Couriers appear randomly on the streets of three large cities in the game. They are indicated by a yellow icon representing a package on the game map. They generally carry ammunition as well as about a hundred reals, and they’re always good for the taking. Hint: place a marker on the courier icon on the map so that you don’t lose sight of them.
Pick a pocket or two
Pick the pockets of passers-by and your victims. You’ll get between 10 and 20 reals per head, but these petty thefts represent a source of easily accessible and virtually unlimited income.
Play the good Samaritan
United we stand
In the city, come to the aid of pirates in distress. In addition to gaining new crew members for free, you’ll collect a substantial reward.
Choose your target
Before you launch an attack on a random boat, use your long sight (R2 on the PS3, LT on the Xbox 360) to identify the exact nature of their cargo. Attack those ships carrying the most rum and sugar and sell your loot for a maximum return on your investment.
Ransom royal convoys
When your ship is sufficiently equipped and you have enough naval battles under your belt, go attack a royal convoy. They are indicated by the letter R on the map, and you could get between 1,000 and 2,000 reals as a reward. But be careful: these convoys are usually escorted by two gun-boats.
Hunt down legendary vessels
Legendary ships lie at the edge of the map
Once the Jackdaw is improved and sufficiently armed, you can set sail to conquer the game’s legendary ships. These 5 extra boats in level 75 lurk within the confines of the game’s map. With rewards that can reach 20,000 reals, this loot really is worth the time and effort it’ll take you to unearth it. Hint: to quickly locate the legendary ships, take control of the forts.
These 10 tips should help you accumulate a fortune in no time, perfect for financing improvements to your ship and optimizing weapons for your pirate crew.