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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

Jackdaw Upgrades

Claire Farnworth

There are an abundance of upgrades that can be applied to the Jackdaw and these fall into one of three categories - Combat, Storage and Harpooning. Below you’ll find tables outlining the upgrades available and what reagents are required to purchase the upgrades.

It should be noted that using resources straight up will only get you so far with upgrading. To upgrade the Jackdaw to its maximum level, you will have to earn and unlock the elite plans by diving shipwrecks and hunting down buried treasures.

Each table shows the name of the upgrade, what classes of reagents are required for each upgrade type and where to find the elite upgrade for that particular section of the ship.

Combat Upgrades

**Upgrade type** **Reagents Required** **Elite Recipe Location.**
Hull Armour (5) Reales, Metal, Wood San Ignacio Shipwreck.
Broadside Cannons (7) Reales, Metal The Blue Hole.
Chase Cannons (2) Reales, Metal, Wood N/A
Ram Strength (4) Reales, Metal, Wood La Concepcion Shipwreck.
Round Shot Strength (5) Reales Kabah Ruins.
Chain Shot Strength (3) Reales N/A
Mortar (4) Reales, Metal Antocha Shipwreck.
Swivel Strength (4) Reales, Metal Devil’s Eye Caverns.
Heavy Shot (3) Reales Buried Treasure on Misteriosa.
Fire Barrel Strength (3) Reales Buried Treasure in San Juan.
Diving Bell (1) Reales N/A

Storage Upgrades

**Upgrade Type** **Reagents Required** **Elite Recipe Location**
Heavy Shot Storage (4) Reales Buried Treasure in Petite Caverne.
Mortar Storage (4) Reales Buried Treasure Matanzas.
Fire Barrel Storage (4) Reales Buried Treasure on Isla Provedincia.
Crew’s Quarters (3) Reales N/A.
Cargo Storage (3) Reales N/A.


**Upgrade Type** **Reagents Required** **Elite Recipe Location**
Rowboat Armour (3) Reales, Wood Buried Treasure on Andreas Island.
Harpoon Strength (3) Reales N/A.
Harpoon Storage (3) Reales N/A.
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  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, Wii U, XB One
  • Genre
    Action Adventure, Stealth
  • Guide Release
    26 November 2013
  • Last Updated
    7 December 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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