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?

Yes.

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

Want more Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag details? Set sail for these posts:

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Cheats and Challenges

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

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

How the Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Companion App Is Your First Mate

Assassin's Creed 4 Black Flag

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
the author

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

99 comments
dinaLomi
dinaLomi

Excellent site and many interesting

DJMcG
DJMcG

I have a galaxy mega. Still no companion access. This is basically an s4 why does it not support? Disappointed, I am die hard AC fan

bret watters
bret watters

i cant figure out how to send the fleet out on a mission can you help me ?

Jasmine
Jasmine

Got this game a week ago and today the Ubisoft servers finally decided to work. But then Kenway's Fleet never loaded. I don't know what to do...this sucks man. Guess I'll just have to press on without it :/

Atar
Atar

Question: Can your fleet help you do things like take over a fort? Also, if you saved ships to your fleet but didn't have an internet connection but now you're getting it- will the in-game account sync to the online account?

Terry
Terry

So is this the trend going forward? All AC games are going to have this nasty online requirement callously deemed as "optional" content? Such a shame, leaving the series behind with last gen. Never picked up AC4, won't bother with the rest, not until everything is playable offline.

Muriel
Muriel

Are there any plans to make this feature available offline? Holding back on picking up the game until I know for sure because I don't like being tethered to the internet.

Ken
Ken

I'm playing on an XBox One. My girlfriend also plays on the same one, but she has her own gamertag and uPlay account. Sometimes when I play, I access her Fleet in my cabin, and she will access my Fleet in her cabin when she plays. So for example when I capture a ship in my main game, it gets added to her Fleet. Any way to unscramble this? Seems random when it happens.

Simon
Simon

How can I get more ships for ships for my fleet? I can't figure out how ..

Wacaday
Wacaday

Nobody is actually saying how you send the ships out in the first place. How do you do it, there's no option?? I've got a uplay passport but when I access the fleet the only options are 'add more docks' 'salvage ship from fleet' and 'salvage for gemstones' how do you send the damn ships??? This is really frustrating as every site I visit says "send your ships to do this" HOW???

GermanRedrum
GermanRedrum

I have ZERO access to the Fleet missions. I can't even get into it. All I have is ships in the fleet. VERY frustrating.

Robin
Robin

I Iove this app it's amazing I am making so much money while I'm at work lol

Alexis
Alexis

I bought the physical game in Brazil but my PS account is UK. The Uplay passport code didn't work and when i followed the link from the game menu to download a new code, that wouldn't work either so therefore, i guess its not going to be possible for me to access any of these features(unless anybody knows of a way)..will this ruin the game for me? I have no interest in unlocking bonuses and extra points etc, but will not having access to this Kenways Fleet thing hinder my progress in this game? I literally just want to play through and complete the story and I'm worried that this won't be possible now.

johnny4323
johnny4323

First few times playing AC4 i used to skip the uplay jrgon at the start of game and cud ccess kenways fleet, then after building up my fleet tried to go back in later and cudnt, but now noticed that when turnin ps4 on i wasnt asked to skip uplay etc, so went into NOTIFICATION in ps4 menu downloaded update for the actual game THIS WAS NOT A PS4 SYSTEM UPDATE, but took over half an hr,

i then registered and can now access kenways fleet with within main game and companion app on samsung galaxy s3mini which is not on list of compatible devices but of course is android, so apologies if this seems obvious and we all hav it done but just my experience with ac4 and ubi, workin well now

EdwardConnor
EdwardConnor

On Kenway's fleet for some reason some trade routes are whited out and I can not access them. Anyone know why, I am on my way to getting 100% and I have one buried chest left, since I collected and found all the cadavers with maps, I am assuming its from Kenway's fleet? Any answers?

EdwardConnor
EdwardConnor

I am on Kenway's Fleet and some trade routes are whited out and I can access them why? Anyone know?

Fredrik
Fredrik

People keep talking about fleet being linked to uplay. Whenever I start AC4, I press square, to skip the registration. Kenways fleet still works like a charm for me.

Geena Lee
Geena Lee

Follow Sim City's example, took them six months but they did the right thing and made it playable offline. Seriously, what is your obsession with the always online non-sense? I get it you're trying something new and social in the single player part but hey, not all of us want it.

Mike Wand
Mike Wand

I was hoping to see my fleet sailing around on the water. Has anyone seen that? I don't even care about the mini game much since it was way too easy to become super rich.

I go around looking for the coolest ships to add to my fleet and I think it would be cool to see them out in the "real world"

Mike
Mike

Hi, how do i fully up grade my ship to its maxim level of armor and weapons can you nice people of ubisoft help me please.

Aaron
Aaron

When I take ships down they don't show up in my fleet they show up in my sons fleet. We are both playing on the same xbox but with different accounts.

Kyle
Kyle

Honestly this whole thing is a little disappointing. In order to log into Ubisoft I have to have certain ports enabled on my connection, which I can do when I'm at home. I just brought my ps4 to college and the internet there is more closely monitored, so I can't log in to Uplay even though I can access other internet features through my ps4. I can't use the app either because it's not available on my device. If you're going to make an app for mobile, why not also have a web version I could access from my pc?

Geena Lee
Geena Lee

What is wrong with this minigame? I updated to the latest patch and as much as I hate leaving my console tethered to the internet, I have yet to be able to connect to anything and get started. Not only do I hate leaving my PS4 connected (auto update from Sony once bricked my PS3), it is flat out aggravating that ubi can't get their $hit right when it comes to servers. Instead of bothering with worthless DLC, ubi needs to patch the game and make the fleet offline. How many people are really using the 'friends will help me' garbage anyway? seeing that the companion app croaks on anything that isn't an iphone or an ipad.

Ryo
Ryo

It's an improvement from the last game but making this as a mandatory online just plain stupid. Why everything have to be online from you guys?

I refund my copy yesterday and bought more interesting game from other publisher when i found out this crap. What a shame. No more buying ubisoft game for me no matter how interesting the game. They will manage to ruin it anyway like capcom does.

Sarah
Sarah

It's bizarre that there's no app for the Vita or PSP.

Alex
Alex

I have two saves but it seems like they share the same fleet. Help!

Robbie
Robbie

Stephen. I get that error too. I access via I phone. I just wait a bit and then go back in. Usually 10-20 minutes and I can access fleets on the app again

Robbie
Robbie

David. I do not mean to offend when I ask this but I presume you have your xbox partitioned so your daughter has one log on and you another but have you made sure that on your game you are logged on to uplay? I have not tried multiple games but I think that if, on your game, you log into a desperate uplay account to your daughter you should be able to access fleets

Stephen Olley
Stephen Olley

Hello to all

When I load up Kenway's fleet on iPad it's says.. "Kenway's fleet is running on another platform and it's not and I've disconnect on iPad and in game says connection established don't know what going on plz help

Thanks Stephen

David Stanley
David Stanley

I only have access to one Xbox Live account, and my daughter started her campaign before I had a chance to play. She is able to access Kenway's fleet, but has no interest in doing so; when I started my game, I found I don't have the option of using Kenway's fleet. What's up with that--and we are both fairly far along in the campaign, and have totally different playing styles, so I don't want to switch accounts with her. Please Help!!!

will
will

Is there any way to track the missions you've already completed.

Thom
Thom

I was wondering if on a mission lets say your ship, a frigate, has about 35% health and the odds of success on this mission says 100% and the passage is cleared safe. Does that guarentee me that my ship will make it back with out being destroyed/undamaged? Thanks.

ryan
ryan

I try to access kenways fleet for the first time. and it says i still have to activate my uplay passport. iv done this and downloaded it. But it still wont let me acces it. Any ideas?

Tony
Tony

Stuck in 99% :( missing buried chest.

12 area at kenway's fleets are open

All icons in the map are gold.

Am I missing something, I double checked all the maps for possible missed bured treasure chest and hopeless. Does community chalenges give me a treasure map? Please help.

Thx.

DAZ
DAZ

FIXED MINE

I was like others, constant messages of error couldn't connect to servers, but i could sign in on pc/laptop. PS3 & PS4 versions wouldn't connect, So after going around in circles i went and put Assassins Creed 3 in my Ps3 and went to uplay which logged in, i then went to account info and noticed my email was undefined, it wouldn't let me use my primary email because i had used it for my original Ubi account. so i gave it my Gmail email and now everything on all formats are working, So to cut to a short version, you cant have the same email for Ubi & Uplay accounts.

Mark J D Welsh
Mark J D Welsh

Thanks, I Didn't Know How To Get More Ships Into Edward Kenway's Fleet.

Kyle
Kyle

How come every time i do the "Great Reputation 1" mission to acquire the Officer robes it doesn't give them to me. i have played the mission twice now but still no outfit?

Rosie
Rosie

Had zero luck with that so far, and now that watch dogs is about to launch, expect servers to pretty much be non existent. Waste of a feature, robbing consumers, gave away my copy to gamestop, pretty much done with Ubi because of their anti consumer always online requirements for single player gameplay no matter how ardently they scream "Its Optional".

Eileen
Eileen

Good luck getting and answer for tough questions. Always online is an anti-consumer practice being adopted by greedy publishers and there is nothing we can do.

Anne Lewis | Communications Associate
Anne Lewis | Communications Associate

Are you talking about in the main game or adding ships from inside the fleet interface? In the main game you just have to successfully board ships and then select the "Add Ship to Fleet" option. You can't actually find ships in the interface and add them, but you can spend diamonds and build docks to hold more ships.

Alex
Alex

You have to unlock them by using the fleet and elite fire barrels is found through the fleet

Alex
Alex

You have to find the blueprints in shipwrecks and from treasure mapsO.O

Sarah
Sarah

But now available for the Kindle Fire HD. Just got it from the App Store. Thanks!

Robbie
Robbie

Hi Alex. The fleets feature runs from Uplay account. If you are logged into the same uplay account across both saves then yes, the fleets will be the same on both saves. I guess one way around it is to have two uplay accounts registered to two email addresses and switch between accounts when you loads the relevant game. Sounds complicated but only way to seperate the two saves I can see

Robbie
Robbie

Alex, as Anne has said fleets is tied to your Uplay account, not the individual game session. If both your saves are logged into the same Uplay account the fleet will be the same across the two

Anne Lewis | Communications Associate
Anne Lewis | Communications Associate

Kenway's Fleet is tied to your Uplay account. I'm not sure why it would be showing up for her and not for you. I assume you're both playing on the same system so there shouldn't be a connection issue.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones

Once you get to around mission 3/4, once you capture a ship it will give you an additional option, instead of lower wanted or fix the jackdaw it will say send to kenways fleet. Keep an eye out for good ships too, when you use the spyglass it tells you what they have on board, but also class(schooner,brig etc) look for ones which have coloured level, these are better.