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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 / 00:59 GMT

Harpooning sea creatures is an ambient hunting event that happens whilst you are piloting the Jackdaw. As you sail about, you will occasionally see a white circular marker appear on the ocean nearby with a swarm of seagulls flapping about overhead. This is where we are able to attempt our harpoon side activities.

As you approach a target location, similar to boarding enemy ships, we need to hold down the interact button to continue.

The activity takes place in a rowboat. You’ll sit at the front with a harpoon. Use the targeting button to bring up a reticule of sorts and when you see the target animal, throw your harpoon at it. If you successfully hit the creature, it will start dragging the boat. This is a great opportunity to pepper it with additional harpoons.

After a short trip, the animal will break free and dive underwater. A few moments later it will charge at the boat in an attempt to damage it. Hit it with a harpoon before it can do so and repeat the dragging process.

Once the animal’s health bar has been reduced to nothing, the hunt will be complete. Easy! When you are ready to give it a try, you’ll be able to find the marine-based animals in the following locations:

**Animal** **Most Common Locations**
Bull Shark Central North to Northwestern corner of the world map, occasionally around the eastern end of Cuba.
Great White Shark The far south to southwest corners of the world map.
Hammerhead Shark Central North to Northeastern corner of the world map.
Humpback Whale In the open water to the south of Kingston. Around the islands south of the western most part of Cuba.
Killer Whale Around the islands south of the western-most part of Cuba, along the southern coast of Cuba (near the Cabo de Cruz fort).
White Whale Will appear randomly on the map during community events.

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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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