Maybe you’ve just finished Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag. Or perhaps you want to experience a… different side of the pirate’s life. What to do? Try taking on some of your favorite missions again – but this time with a few Cheats enabled.

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Cheats and Challenges

You may have noticed (or not, if you were too engrossed in the game) notifications popping up as you progressed through Black Flag, alerting you to the completion of an Abstergo Challenge. Perhaps you spied the Cheat notification making an appearance every now and then. These are rewards for completing the challenges, and they provide new and interesting ways to play through the game.

Challenges fall into various categories like Pirate Challenges (Complete 3 Naval Contracts, Drink 5 Glasses of Rum, Unlock 5 Taverns), Explorer Challenges (Loot 10 Underwater Chests, Collect All 200 Animus Fragments, Survive 10 Shark Attacks) and Golden Boy Challenges (Spend 50,000 Reales, Pickpocket 200 Reales, Possess 100,000 Reales), among others. There are 100 challenges to complete in the game; the more you complete, the more Cheats you’ll unlock.


Celestial Navigation – Do you want to always be sailing off into the sunset? We sure do. Celestial Navigation locks the day/night cycle onto whatever time of day you choose. It can be morning, evening, mid-afternoon or midnight forever. (Finish 10 Abstergo Challenges)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Cheats and Challenges

Arrr Matey – Real pirates probably didn’t spout off things like “Shiver me timbers” and, yes, “Arrrr, matey,” but that shouldn’t stop you from filling Edward’s speech with these piratey pop culture cliches. (Finish 20 Abstergo Challenges)

No Quarter – Craving more of a challenge? Turn on the No Quarter Cheat for Hardcore Mode. With this enabled, neither Edward nor the Jackdaw will regenerate health. (Finish 30 Abstergo Challenges)

Scourge of the Seven Seas – Become the most feared pirate in the Caribbean. The Scourge of the Seven Seas fills your Wanted level all the way up… and keeps it there. Activate both this and No Quarter if you’re feeling tough. (Finish 40 Abstergo Challenges)

Loaded to the Gunwale – Give Calico Jack’s way of life a shot with the Loaded to the Gunwale Cheat, which will make Edward permanently drunk. We don’t know how Jack does it. (Finish 50 Abstergo Challenges)

Poseidon’s Will – Similar to the Celestial Navigation Cheat, Poseidon’s Will allows you to claim mastery over the ocean. Lock the waves to whatever setting you’d like. Maybe you want to force your enemies (and yourself) to brave massive waves, or maybe you just want to coast through smooth seas. (Finish 60 Abstergo Challenges)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Cheats and Challenges

Dead Men Tell No Tales – This one is essentially the opposite of No Quarter. With this activated Edward and Jackdaw will take no damage. It may not be much of a challenge, but it sure is fun jumping off literally everything with no concern for your well-being. (Finish 70 Abstergo Challenges)

Shiver Me Timbers – We won’t spoil this one for you… Let’s just say you’ll be in for a treat when you encounter an enemy with Shiver Me Timbers activated. They’ll look quite a bit different than what you’re used to. (Finish 80 Abstergo Challenges)

Armed to the Teeth – Tired of running out of ammo? Enable this cheat and never worry about that again. This gives both Edward and the Jackdaw unlimited ammunition. (Finish 90 Abstergo Challenges)

Deceased Crew – You can probably work out what Deceased Crew is just based on the name. If you’ve ever wanted to captain the undead, here’s your chance. (Finish 100 Abstergo Challenges)

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag - Cheats and Challenges

Note: While using any Cheat, your ability to save is disabled. Not all Cheats affect the gameplay, but this way your in-game progression remains authentic.

For more help with Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag details, check out these posts:

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – The Arsenal of a Pirate Assassin

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – In the Mood for Collecting

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Kenway’s Fleet FAQ

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Assassin's Creed® IV Black Flag

Release date — October 29, 2013
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a young British man with a thirst for danger and adventure, who falls from privateering for the Royal Navy into piracy as the war between the major Empires comes to an end. Edward is a fierce pirate and seasoned fighter who soon finds himself embroiled in the ancient war between Assassins and Templars. Set at the dawn of the 18th Century, the game features some of the most infamous pirates in history, such as Blackbeard and Charles Vane, and takes players on a journey throughout the West Indies during a turbulent and violent period of time later to become known as the Golden Age of Pirates.

ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Sexual Themes, Violence, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol
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Anne Lewis began her career as an editor at PlayStation: The Official Magazine, where she worked under Gary Steinman. She can now be found skulking around the UbiBlog, once more working for Gary. Alas. When Anne isn’t writing about games, she's alphabetizing her comic book collection or shooting at stuff with a bow. Follow her on Twitter: @BDRAnneLewis

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  1. Jim on November 29, 2013
    Too bad many of the challenges are glitched, But i only have problem with "Kill an enemy with every type of weapon" It's stuck on 8/9. The patch might have fixed it if i start a NEW save file, but i'm not gonna do EVERYTING all over just to get that one cheat and the MP title. Even if it bugs the hell out of me and gives me less respect of Ubisoft...
    • Armada on December 6, 2013
      You can Fix it. Jus Delete You "Profile" and Restart the Game. When you Profile is deleted the Game Uploads All the "New Content/ Patches/ Data" to your Game. When you look at your list it should be Fixed. I had the same Problem but After I did dat it was Fixed & now I 100% Finished with the Sp part of the Game. Now it jus time to Kick some Online Mp Ass & Wait for the rest of the Community Challenges to Pop up so I Could get the Rest Items. (The Persian Sword, The Wheellock Gun & the 3 Ship Apperance parts) So the Waitin Game begins & A can of WhoopAss jus opened in the Mp Section lol Oh & Freedom Cry!!!! BlunderBust ShotGun to the Face! I'm out
      • Jonathan Thomas on December 8, 2013
        Armada please help me man. I have the same bug as Jim and your explanation isn't detailed enough for me to attempt to do this. Please explain to me in great detail every step and the outcome. I'm on xbox
      • Evan on December 10, 2013
        This doesn't work for the ps4 I've tried numerous times and killed enemies in almost every way imaginable with every usable weapon an explanation on how to do it properly or a patch is a must because this something that should have been addressed long ago... And since this has been around for so long already it kinda gives me the impression that ubisoft doesn't care about what goes on after the game except for hyping up their dlc.
      • Evan on December 10, 2013
        This doesn't work for the ps4 I've tried numerous times and killed enemies in almost every way imaginable with every usable weapon an explanation on how to do it properly or a patch is a must because this something that should have been addressed long ago...
    • Sdf on December 25, 2013
      How about you steal an axe from those bige fellas and kill a guard with that?
  2. LC on November 29, 2013
    Wyh is "no quarter" even a cheat? Why can't we play normally in a hard mode without health regeneration. Acutally being able to play like that but not being able to save sucks balls tbh...
  3. Brian on November 29, 2013
    @Jim for that challenge steal a brutes heavy axe and perform a kill. hope this does the fix
  4. Dom on December 1, 2013
    @Brian is right. I finally got that challenge when I picked up a brute's heavy axe and killed another enemy with it.
  5. DraGonFly007 on December 20, 2013
    "No Way out" glitches with the 'Back Flip' Combo being non-functional, stopping Game Progression ... very upsetting.
  6. Darren on December 21, 2013
    Assuming I bother to 100% the main story, I'll forever be stuck on 98/100 thanks to the stupid mini games
  7. RoaringGiant on December 22, 2013
    The 9/9 weapon is a throwing knife if you are uncertain as i at first wasn't sure until i discovered i had one in my inventory got the the challenge a wile back - Giant
  8. Umm on January 16, 2014
    They won't "spoil" the Shiver Me Timbers cheat here? The point of the article IS TO REVEAL THE CHEATS. I came here for spoilers, guys, and you dropped the ball on that one for absolutely no fucking reason.
    • Anne Lewis | Communications Associate Author on January 16, 2014
      It's not that I didn't want to spoil it, it's that the Shiver Me Timbers Cheat is an awesome surprise and I didn't want to ruin it. I can tell you what it does if you really want, or you can turn it on and find out.
    • UMM on January 25, 2014
      I already found out. And it's not that awesome, not if you're unfamiliar with the game it's referencing (let's face it, it isn't exactly a MASSIVELY POPULAR reference is it?)
  9. roopert29 on January 21, 2014
    Has anyone found out why I'm stuck at 99 completed Abstergo challenges? I do not see an available 100th challenge.
  10. chumble on March 13, 2014
    • Josh on March 19, 2014
      Chumble, most games anymore do not have cheat codes...I for one have found only a select handful of Xbox games that even have codes, the rest require you to unlock the cheats by doing the "stupid shit". And the title is "Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag Cheats and Challenges". To get your "cheats" you will have to do as the rest of us do and play the game to unlock them. I am sorry if this is not what you want to hear, but that's the way most games are anymore and if they don't have cheat codes like the old days or do such and such to unlock, then either it requires money or a "trainer" program to work with
  11. ben on March 15, 2014
    can anyone tell how to get the 2 chests in nassau which are at the hill in the left side of the map? tried hard but cannot get up there....any help is appreciatedthanks
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