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

Life as a captain ain’t always easy, and that’s especially true when you’re a pirate Assassin. Not only do you have a crew to take care of, but you’ve got an entire fleet at your command. In Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, you can build your fleet with captured ships, then send them out in a robust minigame that’ll earn you currency and other rewards – such as Treasure Maps, customization options for the Jackdaw and even the Officer’s Outfit for Edward. It’s a fun diversion that’s also available to play via the companion app – but there are some complexities to it. We’ve seen your questions, and we’ve assembled answers to some of the most common ones. Let us know in the comments below if you have any other questions, or share your tips with the other captains out there!

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Kenway's Fleet FAQs

What is Kenway’s Fleet?

Kenway’s Fleet is a metagame you can access either through Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag or the companion app. Acquire ships through the boarding process and send them to join your fleet. From there you can send them on trading missions to gain a little extra cash.

What is the “odds of success” meter I see before every mission?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. You’ll need to make sure you have the right ship for the job. Sometimes a ship will be too weak to make a journey and sometimes it just won’t have enough cargo space. Obviously you want to send ships with a high probability of success.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Kenway's Fleet FAQ

How can I increase my odds of success?

You can select a stronger ship or you can take part in a battle to make a route less hazardous. In these battles you’ll select up to three ships from your fleet (they will not be available for battle if they are on a trading mission) to take on a group of enemy ships. The difficulty of these fights will depend on how dangerous the route is. Sometimes you’ll be up against tiny gunboats and sometimes it’ll be brigs and frigates.

How do I attack? Does it work like the naval battles in the main game?

No, it’s much more simplified. There’s no actual sailing involved. You square off and have two attack options. You can wait for your ship’s weapon meter to fill, at which point it will automatically fire, or you can trigger a fire barrel. While you can always use the ships’ main weapons, it is possible to run out of fire barrels.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Kenway's Fleet FAQ

How do I get more fire barrels if I run out?

In order to restock your fire barrels you’ll need to either take part in more dangerous battles (this will sometimes yield fire barrels as a reward) or you can help your friends out in their own trading missions.

How can I help my friends?

You can find your friends through the metagame menu and you’ll receive the option to either escort them or help speed up their journey. They can do the same for you in return.

What about resources required for missions: How do I get those?

These are also earned by taking part in battles. Clear out a dangerous route and you’ll acquire different resources that you can use to complete missions.

Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Kenway's Fleet FAQ

Some of these trading missions take a pretty long time. Will they only progress if I am actively playing Black Flag?

No. Because Kenway’s Fleet is attached to your Uplay account it will continue to update in real time even when you’re not playing.

Can Kenway’s Fleet be played even if I don’t have an Internet connection?

Edward’s Fleet is an online feature that allows a single player to interact with multiple players on consoles or via the game’s companion app. The feature requires an Internet connection to use. The real time updates also require this connection.

Is it possible to complete the single-player campaign without the fleet feature?


Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag - Kenway's Fleet FAQ

How does Kenway’s Fleet work on the companion app?

It works the same way it does in the game. The upside to the companion app is you can access your fleet anywhere you have wifi. Check on missions while you’re on your lunch break at work or maybe during a commute. Collect your rewards and send ships back out for more battles or trades.

What devices support the companion app?

This is the complete list of currently compatible devices:

iPad 2,3,4; iPad mini; Android; Google Nexus 7; Google Nexus 7 (2013); Google Nexus 10; Galaxy Note 10.1 N8010; Sony Xperia Tablet Z; Asus Transformer TF700 Pad Infinity; Samsung P3100 Galaxy Tab 2; Samsung GT-P5110 Galaxy Tab 2 10.1; Asus Transformer Prime TF201

Where can I find the companion app?

iTunes | Google Play

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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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