Finally cracked the top 100 on the global leader board!
1.5 Billion experience points = lots and lots of tapping
Finally cracked the top 100 on the global leader board!
After installing the Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas app and starting for the first time, your first task is to pick a good name for your pirate ship. Choose a name that is short and easy to remember. Best would be five or six letters with no numbers or symbols. Since so much of this game relies on having a large crew, you want to make yourself memorable and easy for other players to add.
As you begin to play the game you will notice that your ship is weak and that your levels of energy, health, stamina build very slowly after they have been depleted. This process is much faster if you have a crew of active players giving you gifts. From the ‘Crew’ menu, click the ‘Friends’ button to find the box where you can invite other pirates to join your crew.
You might invite the other ships you see sailing in the game, or ships that you have battled with. Better yet, you can look online for lists of powerful game members and invite them to join your crew. Aaarrrrrhhh’s Alternative Leaderboard is a great place to start.
Remember: 100 crew members is good, 200 is better, but 1,000 is better still!
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Questions & Answers - Updated July 12, 2013
Q: Under each weapon in “Stats” there are two numbers (some of mine say 3/0, 7/0, 16/8, 5/5) - What are they?
The first number is how many of that item you have, the second is how many are manned by your crew. If you have 500 cannons but only 100 crew, only 100 cannons will count toward your ship’s Attack score. More crew makes for a stronger ship! More details about equipping your ship »
Q: Can you please tell me what the UNLOCK is for on the Skill Points Screen?
Each time you level-up, you get 5 game points to spend toward your health, stamina, attack or defense levels. In the Skill Points screen, you can later click the UNLOCK button and spend 5 gems to reallocate your game points. I recommend spending game points to enlarge your energy bank, and never to spend them on attack or defense.
Q: In some battles opponents are able to send waves of cannon balls that are impossible to avoid. Even pirates with weaker attacks have been able to do this. Do they have a special item in their inventory? Are they a certain level or have a certain number of crew?
Except maybe for “fair fight” opponents, the outcome of ship battles is decided by the game server even before you start shooting. How easy an opponent is to beat is a function of their attack, defense and health values. More info in the footnote »
Q: Why has the game stopped sending me notifications when I’m attacked or when my crew sends me gifts?
A number of players have started complaining about this on the gamefaqs forum. My guess is that it’s a technical issue with the game servers. Let’s hope it gets resolved in the upcoming game update.
Q: I receive lots of energy gifts from my crew. How do I use it all?
This game limits the energy you can store, so there is an incentive to play more often to use more of your energy gifts. Since energy is the currency of this game, you will need the largest energy bank you can build—so each time you level-up, spend those five game points on enlarging your energy bank!
Q: How do I level-up?
The game rewards you with experience points for performing game quests, battling other ships and uncovering squares on the treasure maps. Collect enough experience points, and you level-up: unlocking level 10 requires 2,600 experience points, unlocking level 100 requires 1,200,000. This table lists the required experience for each game level. More info »
Q: How do I unlock the Night Quests?
Level-up to level 65 and complete Shadow Rock island to collect the Midnight Sapphire, at which point the game will enable you to use the spinning globes on each island to toggle between day and night mode.
Q: I have way more attack than defense, what can I do?
This inequality is built into the game because there are three categories of attack items (cannons, weapons, attack tackle) and two defense categories (amulets, defense tackle). The most powerful attack items also outweigh the defense items. However, the ratio of attack to defense is much less important now than it was before the battle dynamics were changed in July. If you want to keep your ship balanced, your only choice is to stop buying attack items and make sure you have the most powerful defensive items for each of your crew.
Q: How do you get gems without buying them?
Collect gems by finding the treasure squares on treasure maps, buying and harvesting from gem mines, and by picking up debris from around the islands (roughly 1% contain a gem). Collecting gems takes a while, so spend them wisely!
Q: Which islands have gem mines? How many mines are there?
The six gem mines are found on Skullhead Island, Shark Lagoon, La Grande Ile, St. George’s Island, Isla de Virtudes, and Laguna del Diablo.
Q: How do I beat the dice man?
Find tips and tricks for winning the game contests here.
Q: Any chance you can add a forum section so we players can chat? I think a forum is an easy way to find active players.
You can join my favorite forum at http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/647243-pirates-of-the-caribbean-master-of-the-seas
Q: I have completed all of the day and night missions and collected all of the keys. Why do I still not have the rank of Master of the night seas?
My Stats > User Statistics screen shows 179 quests unlocked and mastered, 22 islands unlocked and mastered. If yours does too, this your issue may be a case for Disney Interactive.
Q: I have completed everything there is to do in the game. What is the purpose to continue playing the game - is it only to level-up?
Once you’ve completed all the game quests, you might continue playing to level-up to 201, build the strongest ship you can, or to win as many battles as possible to get on the leader boards and get immunity. Or you can put away your mobile device and spend some time with your friends and family ;)
Winning the Game Contests
Every six weeks or so the game developers announce a weekend contest within the Master of the Seas game. The following are a few tips to beat them.
Recent contests have all been dice contests. The dice champion is easy to beat, so it’s important to play early and often or else you’ll miss your chance before the contest ends. The key to winning is to have at least 200 energy, lots of gold, and a couple of gems for each throw of the dice. Building up a bank of gold and dozen or two gems is a good idea in the days leading up the contest weekend.
The contest compass will begin shaking after every ten minutes or so of gameplay, indicating that the dice champion is waiting for you. Search the islands and when you find one with dice over it, click to zoom in, then click to open the property on the island with dice over it. Click the Play Dice button to open the game, and the dice champ will roll his dice. If you don’t like what the the dice champ rolls, you can back out BEFORE you roll your dice, then go right back in for another chance (a good idea if the dice champion rolls three sixes or three ones). Your goal is to match the champ’s total—you don’t have to roll the same numbers that he does. If you lose a hand or don’t have enough energy or gold to play, the dice champ will reappear in about two minutes.
You’ll need 200 energy and thousands in gold to roll the dice, and one to three gems to cheat and win each hand. The key to cheating is to remember that that opposite sides of the dice add up to 7. Good luck!
Opponent battle contests have included the Ghost Ship, Royal Navy, and Sea Monster. Opponents are much more powerful than you and take real work to beat.
Finding the opponent: If you leave your app open, the contest opponent will show up only every few hours, making it easy to miss. So close your Master of the Seas app, open it again, and within 7-12 minutes you should notice that the compass pictured on the left of the contest status bar will start shaking. When it does, move around the islands to look for the contest ship or squid. When you find it, click on it to attack it just like you would another pirate ship. After battling, completely close out the app then immediately reopen it and try again. Update: Some players have had success advancing their devices’ internal clock a few hours to make the opponent appear the next time they open the game app.
Winning the contest: Since the contest opponents are usual much more powerful than you, when attacking them the game will often prompt you with an option to buy items to strengthen your ship. Don’t do it. Whether or not you win the battle is random (usually about a 1 in 5 chance) and does not depend on your ship’s strength or health. Ten wins are required to win the contest, so count on battling the contest opponent at least fifty times to collect all ten. Don’t let the 40 losses discourage you ;)
There are four strategic goals to choose between while playing this game:
- Complete all the game quests
- Win as many battles as possible to get on the leader boards and get immunity
- Level-up to 201
- Build the strongest ship you can
Having a huge crew helps with every goal. Build crew as quickly as you can. 100 will get you started, 1,000 is better, but 10,000 will put you into overdrive!
Goal #1 - To complete all the game quests, you will need the largest energy bank you can build, because the more quickly you can collect energy the more easily you can complete the game quests. I’d suggest that you only buy the minimum number of ship items required to complete the quests until you unlock the best of each category, the spend to buy lots of the top items.
Goal #2 - Forget the various game quests, all you really need is health and stamina to be proficient at battling. Keeping your ship’s defense points at or more than your attack points will help fend off attacks. Replay quests that yield the most gold to buy items for your ship, and ignore the other quests.
Goal #3 - To level-up as quickly as possible, you will need the largest energy bank you can build. Concentrate on day quests that yield the most experience to level-up far enough to play the Tortuga night quests, then play the ‘Sober Up The Baker’ night mission (unlocked at level 67) repeatedly and to level-up most quickly.
Goal #4 - Once again, you will need the largest energy bank you can build to construct a strong ship. Level-up as quickly as possible until you have unlocked all best ship items (see Goal #3 above), then use your energy to replay the night quests that yield the most gold. Spend the gold to buy on the strongest items for your ship!
Personally, my goal was to complete all the game quests (#1) - which I did pretty quickly. Then I worked up to level 200 (#3) and am now building the strongest ship I can (#4).
Battles between ships
Besides playing the game quests, the other big component of playing Master of the Seas is battling other pirate ships.
Some players may feel that it’s wrong to attack other players. Others may feel that sinking opponents’ ships is the best part of the game, sinking as many as possible in an attempt to get on the game’s leader boards. Choose how often you like to battle, then build up your ship and stamina bank accordingly. For stamina, think about how many ships you sink in a session of playing MotS. For most players, a stamina bank of 20-30 points is plenty.
The game’s battle mechanics were heavily revised for version 1.5*. The size of a player’s health bank is now critical and players lose all their stamina when they prey on smaller ships. When fighting ships your own size, it now takes multiple attacks to sink the other ship. When attacking another pirate ship, players have the option to play a mini-game that makes sinking their opponent more challenging.
It is important to note that the game does not differentiate between pirates who are or who are not members of your crew. If you often play at the same time of day, you will likely see (and sink) a number of the same ships from one day to the next. Some of these may even be on your crew - since as your crew grows, it becomes impossible to keep track of everyone who is a crew member vs. who is just a ship you see or sink frequently.
Sinking your own crew won’t make you many friends, but it’s a likely consequence of trying to improve your kill percentage and make your way onto the leader boards.
There are numerous leader boards: the global experience leader board, a contest leader board for players who won the last contest the most times, and battle leader boards for pirates who have sunk the most ships for their level group (levels 20-30, 30-40, 40-50, etc.). A player on any of these boards will have immunity—sinking them will not affect their health or stats. Being on a leader board will also net a player hundreds, even thousands of crew invitations. BONUS!
*Since version 1.5 health seems to be a multiplier of your ship’s strength—but its not a linear function. My best deduction so far is that the square root of a ship’s Health is multiplied by the sum of its Attack and Defense to determine its Battle Value. So with 40 health your ship would be twice as strong as it would with 10 health - but 1,000 health would only make your ship ten times as strong as 10 health.
Building up your ship
Having a large crew is important - not only because they may give you gifts, but because the items you acquire for your ship each require a crew member to operate.
Every crew member can use one of each type of inventory item: a cannon, a weapon, an amulet, an attack tackle, and a defense tackle. The game will automatically arm your crew with the best items in each category of your ship’s inventory. So if you buy lots more cannons than you have crew, only the most powerful cannons will count toward your ship’s Attack points total.
You begin building up your ship from the game’s first quest. As you progress through the game, continue to acquire the items required to complete the quests you would like to play.
Don’t bother to acquire more of an item than required to play the game - save your gold until you have made it past level 50 and have begun unlocking the best inventory items in each category.
It’s a good idea not to sell any of your ship’s inventory at until you have completed all of the game quests. That way, if you need to replay a mission you are already stocked up. About once a month the developers announce special mini-games to play for special weapons and bonuses. You will often have to replay old quests to win these games, which is pretty easy when you still have the required items onboard your ship!
The game favors attack items over defensive items, so it’s easy to find yourself with a ship with many more attack points than defense points. Find out how this affects game play in the upcoming post, Battles between ships.
All of the night missions yield more gold and experience than pretty much any of the day missions. Since all the best ship upgrades aren’t available until you reach level 80 anyway, level up as quickly as possible and then use the best night missions to build up killer ship. Once you reach level 65, click the spinning globe on any island to switch between day and night missions.
Best Quests for collecting Experience: Day Missions (level 1-64)
- Shipwreck Cove: Impress Teague = 200 Exp + 150 Gold per Energy
- Isla de Riquezas: Find the lost treasure = 194 Exp + 56 Gold per Energy
- The Whirlpool: Reach the whirlpool = 188 Exp + 188 Gold per Energy
Best Quests for collecting Gold: Day Missions (level 1-64)
- Isla de Riquezas: Find the treasure = 100 Exp + 250 Gold per Energy
- The Whirlpool: Reach the whirlpool = 188 Exp + 188 Gold per Energy
- Isla de Riquezas: Fight the Blood pirates = 167 Exp + 167 Gold per Energy
Best Quests for collecting Experience: Night Missions (level 65+)
- Tortuga: Sober up the baker = 636 Exp + 214 Gold per Energy
- La Grande Isle: Attack a French ship = 600 Exp + 240 Gold per Energy
- Silver Sand Beach: Ground a Royal ship = 600 Exp + 150 Gold per Energy
Best Quests for collecting Gold: Night Missions (level 65+)
- The Whirlpool: Find a stolen headstone = 200 Exp + 300 Gold per Energy
- The Whirlpool: Battle sea vermin = 238 Exp + 289 Gold per Energy
- Isla de Virtudes: The test of Humility = 444 Exp + 278 Gold per Energy
Once past the beginning levels of the game you will find that completing quests, leveling-up and buying items for your ship require enormous amounts of energy and gold. You may also find that ship inventory items which once seemed valuable are now nearly worthless.
Keep this in mind as you give gifts each day to your crew. The game only allows you to give pitiful amounts of gold and stamina, so do your crew a favor and stick to energy or inventory gifts.
Send gifts by opening the ‘Crew’ menu and clicking the ‘Gifts’ button at the bottom. The gifts you have to choose from vary each time the menu is opened, so you may close and reopen it as many times as needed to find a gift worthy of sending to your crew. You may select crew individually to send customized gifts, or click the ‘ALL’ button at the bottom to gift to all of them.