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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Claire Farnworth
First Published: 26-11-2013 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 22-07-2020 / 13:23 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 12-08-2020 / 00:41 GMT

Optional Objectives:

  • Tackle the Pickpocket.
  • Use Smoke Bombs to escape combat.

This mission will begin automatically upon re-entering the Animus.

Part 1: Escort

As you leave the docks, you will need to follow Stede through the streets. After a short amount of time, he will point out a weapon shop and give you some money to purchase a new set of blades. Go ahead and buy them.

Upon exiting the shop, Stede will point out a church nearby. Climb to the top of this to reach the waypoint marker, synchronise the waypoint to progress the mission and then perform a leap of faith to return to ground level.

Diving off viewpoints is clearly the quickest - and safest - way to get down from tall structures.

Part 2: Pursuit

As you land; Stede will be set upon by a pickpocket. This fellow will then appear as a red objective marker. Chase him down and tackle him (for the optional objective). Kill him whilst he is down, or when he gets up and attack you. Once he is dead, loot his corpse before returning to Stede. Follow Stede into the nearby doorway for a scene.

Part 3: Fight

We’ll now be in a bar fight. This acts as a bit of a primer or tutorial to the game’s hand to hand combat system (which can pretty much be applied to the melee weapons too).

Follow the on-screen tutorials to practice attacking, blocking, throwing and countering. After a few run throughs, the game will let loose and have you fight off against 5 assailants at once. Knock them all out and a scene will play.

Make sure to practice counter-attacks as these will prove very useful throughout the game.

Part 4: Escape

You can also use Smoke Bombs to stun guards long enough that they will not block any attacks you make. Useful for harder enemies like Brutes.

As soon as you regain control, hit the range button to drop a smoke bomb (this will complete the other optional objective). Whilst the guards in the doorway in front of you are disoriented, sprint past them and into the city. We need to exit the red circle on the map and find a place to hide (haystack, bench, crowd etc.) outside of it to lose the interest of the guards. Once the guards have given up looking for you, the mission will be complete.

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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Ubisoft
  • Platforms
    PC, Wii U, PS3, PS4, XB1
  • Genre
    Action-adventure, Stealth
  • Guide Release
    26 November 2013
  • Last Updated
    22 July 2020
  • Guide Author
    Claire Farnworth

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The year is 1715. Pirates rule the Caribbean and have established their own lawless Republic where corruption, greediness, and cruelty are commonplace. Among these outlaws is a brash young captain named Edward Kenway. His fight for glory has earned him the respect of legends like Blackbeard, but also drawn him into the ancient war between Assassins and Templars, a war that may destroy everything the pirates have built. Welcome to the Golden Age of Piracy.

Inside this guide:

  • Every story mission (and how to get FULL Synch for each one!).
  • Every single side quest covered (Legendary Ships, Contracts etc).
  • All hidden treasure maps and treasures located.
  • Every miscellaneous mission is detailed.
  • Hunting/Harpooning/Crafting - it's all in here.
  • All Templar Hunts
  • Trophy/achievement guide.
  • "Freedom Cry" and Playstation-exclusive "Aveline" DLCs covered in full.

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