Are you like us and can’t leave a single thing unfinished in a game? Do you look at maps and see icons for items you haven’t yet tracked down and go a little crazy until you grab every last one? We love taking the time to finish all side missions and collect all collectibles, and if you share that love then we’ve got a handy list of all the goodies you’ll be hunting for in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag as well as the bonuses you’ll receive for tracking each of them down.
Animus Fragment – Mostly for the most hardcore completists among you, the Animus Fragments are just a fun bonus to track down. All 200 must be obtained in order to complete all of the Abstergo Challenges, which allows you to unlock the Deceased Crew Cheat. (Get all the details on Cheats in our Cheats and Challenges feature.)
Letter in a Bottle – Found on beaches and rocky shores throughout the world, the letters inside these bottles come from people who lived in the area you are traveling through. You may recognize the subjects of these letters if you pay close enough attention…
Manuscript – Always located in a restricted zone and guarded by several people, the Manuscripts offer insight on historical events and people – the cornerstone of the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
Treasure Map – The Treasure Maps are exactly what they claim to be. You’ll pull these off the corpses of sailors who met their unfortunate demises on beaches throughout the Caribbean. Each map will contain a set of coordinates and a drawing of the treasure’s surroundings. Once you are able to track down the coordinates, you’ll have to find the exact spot marked by an X on your map. These Treasure Maps lead to money or plans to unlock upgrades for the Jackdaw. Treasure Maps can also be acquired through Taverns and there are a handful to be earned from Kenway’s Fleet missions.
Shanty – Finding one of these beauties will net you a new song for your crew to sing. However, they are unlike the other collectibles in that they act like the Almanac Pages in Assassin’s Creed III. You’ll have to chase them down. Don’t worry if you miss them, they’ll reset after a brief period.
Templar Key – Though there are only five of these Templar Keys, they will take you a bit of time to collect as they are all tied to a series of missions. Complete four tasks set by various Assassin Bureau leaders and they will lead you to one of the keys. Remember hunting down all the Assassin Seals in Assassin’s Creed II so you could access the Armor of Altair? The Templar Keys offer a similar reward. Once you collect all five, you’ll unlock the Templar Armor, which grants you an increased resistance to enemy attacks.
Mayan Stone – You’ll have to solve a puzzle in order to get the Mayan Stones. Across the map there are 16 Mayan Stelae; climb to the very top and interact with it in order to switch over to Eagle Vision. While using your Eagle Vision, manipulate a pattern on the ground so it matches up with three specific objects in the environment. Once you’ve solved the puzzle you’ll be shown the location of the Mayan Stone. Gather all the stones and you’ll gain access to the Mayan Outfit, which deflects metal projectiles.
Present Day Collectibles – The present day is all about snooping. Find QR Codes throughout the building to unlock cryptic notes or, if you’re dying to know more about Abstergo and what happened following the events of Assassin’s Creed III, hack your co-workers’ computers. As the game progresses you’ll be able to access new areas and gain some insight into the inner workings of Abstergo and the Templars. You might also spot some interesting Easter eggs if you’re paying attention…
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