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    Pirate101 Combat

    Note: KingsIsle has provided special permission for me to post on this topic and has asked me to remind everyone that the NDA is still in place.


    I've been lucky enough and have had the privilege of experiencing Pirate101 since its early Alpha release. I can honestly say that I was impressed with what I saw from day one and with each frequent patch I’ve seen it grow and morph into a better and more enjoyable game.

    The very first time I entered Skull Island, I immediately started looking around for similarities between Pirate101 and Wizard101; I think this will be the case for any veteran Wizard101 player. Upon first glance, you will immediately see that this game shares some of its DNA with Wizard101. The NPCs, questline interaction and basic controls felt familiar and I found it easy to adjust to Pirate101’s new gameplay elements.


    The major differences between the two games became apparent when I experienced my first battle against a couple of enemies in the lush jungle. I was presented with a grid or "battleboard" containing icons representing my enemies, my allies and my character. At first glance, it reminded me of a mini game you might find in another game as a side distraction. Once I experienced a couple of these battles, my opinion changed in a big way. This is no mini game. This requires thought and strategy much like chess does. This is a whole new type of combat that I have never personally experienced.


    Hand to Hand Combat


    I'm not going to describe the basic hand to hand combat mechanics here since KingsIsle's Combat page covers it already. Something the page does not explain is that your companions are extremely important in battle; they'll fight and attack your enemy by your side.

    When you first enter a battle, you can't choose which companion(s) you will bring into the fight unless you are entering into an "Epic Battle". Epic battles are boss fights at the end of a quest line where you're given an opportunity to pick your companions before the battleboard first appears, naturally you'll pick your strongest or favorite companions to fight by your side. Other than your #1 companion (who follows you around in the game), the other companions are chosen by chance based on a pre-determined percentage to join your fight. So even if you don't like one of your companions and choose not to level that one up, there's a chance it will end up in your battle. Read more about companions over at DITTO MONSTER'S BLOGGY THINGY.


    The lesson here is to ALWAYS level all of your companions or risk having a weak fighting partner. This gets extremely difficult to do as you progress and have MANY companions to train because you are given limited training points to level them up. The good news is that you can buy training tomes in any tavern with gold; the bad news is that you can buy training tomes in any tavern with gold. The scarcity of gold left me reluctant to spend it on training tomes; I wanted to hoard all of the precious currency I could for ship upgrades instead. Randomized companions coupled with training for and choosing skills makes the combat extremely challenging. It's a blast to learn what skill works best on which enemy and no two battles are ever the same.


    Ship Based Combat

    Ship based or "broadside" battles are the most fun for me. I simply love to watch a ship burst into flames and fall right out of the sky.

    The sides of the skyways are patrolled by a never ending supply of enemy ships. To engage one of them just pull off of the skyway and get within cannon range. You'll know when you're in range because you'll hear cannon fire and see a small target appear on the enemy. When the enemy is engaged your cannons will automatically fire for you but you also have timed skills to select and fire. Once fired, these skills will only fire again after a cooldown timer runs out so you have to monitor their use closely. As you progress in upgrading your ship, you acquire different weapons and different beasts that you can summon to devastate the enemy. You can even repair your ship while in a battle!


    Occasionally you'll be attacked by another enemy while fighting. You have a choice to speed to the nearest safe skyway and hope you can get out of cannon range or stand and fight. Other players are able to join your battle by pulling their ship within cannon range and targeting your enemy. When you get the enemy below a certain percentage of health the target will change color letting you know that you can board the enemy ship and enter a hand to hand battle.... if you choose to. I usually don't because I prefer to see the enemy fall out of the sky.

    I've enjoyed all of my time playing around with Pirate101’s alpha/beta releases and all of the new gameplay they offer. The combat’s simple presentation allows captains to start fighting right away and the depth of strategy means that no two battles will ever be the same. Whether you’re exploring the vibrant new environments, or sailing across the vast Spiral Skyways, the sense of adventure is alive and well in Pirate101.



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    Re: Pirate101 Combat

    Thanks Jester. I must say the combat is amazing, it's very unique.



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    Thanks so much for posting this guide!!! It's really helpful!! Definitely going to look back at it again when I start playing. Can't wait to start, it looks awesome!!!
    Last edited by amanda17; 08-16-2012 at 12:08 AM.
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    Re: Pirate101 Combat

    Thank you for sharing this guide! This should help me when I try out the beta for myself.

    Combat has always been the number 1 feature of interest for me. So I can't wait to test out battle tactics!
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    Re: Pirate101 Combat

    Awesome Guide JesterI love Ships battles the Most!



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    wow the more i hear about the game the more i cant wait to play
    Thanks for sharing it



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    Re: Pirate101 Combat

    Great read. Thanks for this Jester. Although now I'm even more excited to play. Just got to pray I am lucky in receiving a beta key lol.
    Last edited by Alex Jaderider; 08-16-2012 at 12:57 AM.



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    Re: Pirate101 Combat

    Wow I can't believe they gave us permission to post that article about combat! >:3
    Its a very interesting article and shows the combat good!
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    Re: Pirate101 Combat

    Love it. At Piratee101 website where describes all of combat things i didnt even understand, but idk how, but u decribe about combat and now i know how to battle even u didnt say how XD



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    The combat reminds me of Battleship... I am still somewhat in the dark on how you will fight alongside other players... o_o Still seems amazing to me. c:



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