Easy Shanties hint:
To easily collect Shanties, don't chase them. Instead, stand exactly where you saw it appear and wait a few minutes (around 3-6). Eventually it will reappear in the same location ehere you are now standing, and you will automatically collect the sheet without having to chase it.
Easy 100,000 Reales:
After completing the mission "Mister Walpole, I presume?" (Sequence 2 Memory 3 of the main story), open your pause menu (Esc key for PC users), select Progress Tracker, select Sequence 2, Memory 3, and start a replay of that same mission. Play the mission until reaching an optional objective to pickpocket the three Templars. Once at that point, pickpocket the three Templars for an average of 750 - 850 Reales. Once pick-pocketed, quickly pause the game and choose Reload. Reload from last checkpoint. The game will allow you to keep the Reales you earned and pickpocket the Templars again. Repeat the above steps until you have 100,000 or more Reales. This can be done in a few minutes time, and 100,000 can easily cover about 20% of the total game's purchases. Note: The game developers prevent you from farming any more than 100,000 Reales on your person using this tactic, so to maximize profit, don't start farming until you've spent all your previous money to get as much as you can out of it.
Abstergo Challenge Cheats:
Unlock the following cheats under the Cheats option in the Abstergo Challenges menu by performing the correspondingtasks. Note: You cannot save the game while these are in use:
CHEAT - HOW TO UNLOCK / EFFECT
Celestial Navigation - Finish 10 Abstergo Challenges / Allows you to set and Lock the Time of Day
Arrr Matey! - Finish 20 Abstergo Challenges / Causes Edward to repeat extremely cheesy and cliche pirate speak.
No Quarter - Finish 30 Abstergo Challenges / Edward and the Jackdaw do not regenerate health
Scourge of the Seven Seas - Finish 40 Abstergo Challenges / Causes your wanted level to max out and stay there until otherwise deactivated
Loaded to the Gunwhale - Finish 50 Abstergo Challenges / Makes Edward permanently wasted and impaired
Poseidon's Will - Finish 60 Abstergo Challenges / Allows you to set the wave intensity of the sea
Dead Men Tell No Tales - Finish 70 Abstergo Challenges / Makes Edward and the Jackdaw invincible
Shiver Me Timbers - Finish 80 Abstergo Challenges / Morphs the enemies into... Scarecrow.. Rabbid Rabbit?.. I don't even know.
Armed to the Teeth - Finish 90 Abstergo Challenges / Gives Edward Unlimited ammo
Deceased Crew - Finish all 100 Abstergo Challenges / Your Crew is Dead! Actually, they're living skeletons.
Jackdaw charge attack:
Defeat every Legendary ships to unlock the ability to charge a ship with your ram. Charging a ship significantly increases the damage that is inflicted when you make contact.
Prequel Uplay Costumes:
Unlock the following costumes from the main protagonists of previous Assassin's Creed games by having the corresponding Uplay data:
COSTUME - UPLAY DATA
Altair Robes - Have Assassin's Creed Uplay data on profile.
Connor Robes - Have Assassin's Creed 3 Uplay data on profile.
Ezio Robes - Have Assassin's Creed 2 Uplay data on profile.
All Tavern Locations:
Search the following locations at the indicated coordinates on the world map to find all eight taverns and get the "Barfly" trophy/achievement . Simply walk up to the barkeeper at each tavern, watch the cutscene, and then defeat the bandits to unlock the tavern. You can see the taverns on the world map if you synchronize the viewpoints for the same area:
1. Andreas Island (573, 720 coordinates)
2. Salt Key Bank (496, 629 coordinates)
3. Crooked Island (808, 545 coordinates)
4. Arroyos (192, 565 coordinates)
5. Corozal (37, 266 coordinates)
6. Grand Cayman (392, 325 coordinates)
7. Kingston (623, 172 coordinates)
8. Ile ą Vache (839, 137 coordinates)
Reveal all collectible locations:
To reveal the location of all collectibles such as Animus Fragments, Chests, Secrets, and Song Sheets, simply synchronize every viewpoint. Note: To get the West Indies Sea collectibles, you must conquer all Naval Forts.
Easy boarding hint:
When facing large ships like frigates, position your ship near your target and then swim to the ship to take the crew out in close quarters combat. Once done, swim back to the Jackdaw and then hit each ship with one broadside. You immediately win the boarding sequence that follows without having to go into heavy fighting.
The IT Crowd easter egg:
Go near the entrance to the modern-day Abstergo offices to overhear two co-workers talking about Chicago. Eventually they start talking about John from IT. The male worker comments that whenever he requests help, John replies smugly with "Have you tried turning it off and on again?, a reference to the popular British comedy, "The IT Crowd."
Giant squid attack:
Swim inside the Antocha shipwreck at coordinates 630,660 and look out one of the windows to see a giant squid take down a whale.
Elite Ship Upgrade Locations:
Find the plans for the following ship upgrades by searching the corresponding locations:
UPGRADE - LOCATION
Elite Round Shot - Kabah Ruins (coordinates 769, 145)
Elite Hull - San Ignacio (coordinates 379, 770)
Elite Swivel Guns - Devil's Eye Cave (coordinates 488, 353)
Elite Harpoon - Andreas Island (coordinates 579, 720)
Elite Broadside Cannons - The Blue Hole (coordinates 471, 170)
Elite Heavy Shot - Petite Cavern (coordinates 901, 263)
Elite Fire Barrels - San Juan (coordinates 479, 487)
Elite Fire Barrel Storage - Isla Providencia (coordinates 502, 44)
Elite Ram - La Concepcion Shipwreck (coordinates 181, 296)
The following underwater shipwrecks are found at the corresponding locations after Sequence 6-1 is completed:
SHIPWRECK - LOCATION
Shipwreck #1: San Ignacio (coordinates 378, 769)
Shipwreck #2: Petite Caverne (coordinates 901, 264)
Shipwreck #3: Jiguey (coordinates 564, 539)
Shipwreck #4: Atocha (coordinates 632, 661)
Shipwreck #5: Black Trench (coordinates 221, 449)
Shipwreck #6: San Juan (coordinates 480, 486)
Shipwreck #7: Devil's Eyes Cave (coordinates 487, 356)
Shipwreck #8: Anotto Bay (coordinates 622, 276)
Shipwreck #9: Ambergris Key (coordinates 55, 177)
Shipwreck #10: The Blue Hole (coordinates 470, 170)
Shipwreck #11: Kabah Ruins (coordinates 768, 144)
Shipwreck #12: La Concepcion Shipwreck (coordinates 180, 296)
Shipwreck #13: Antocha (coordinates 629, 661)
Mayan Puzzle Locations:
Complete the following Mayan puzzles at the corresponding locations to unlock the Mayan Outfit at Tulum (coordinates 72, 404):
PUZZLE - LOCATION
Symbol #1 - Great Inagua; completed during DNA Sequence 4, Memory 1.
Symbol #2 - Cat Island (coordinates 736, 692)
Symbol #2 - Mantanzas (coordinates 340, 643)
Symbol #4 - Cape Bonavista (coordinates 180, 594)
Symbol #5 - Tulum (coordinates 71, 402)
Symbol #6 - Pinos Isle (coordinates 337, 475)
Symbol #7 - Pinos Isle (coordinates 344, 476)
Symbol #8 - Tortuga (coordinates 875, 379)
Symbol #9 - Long Bay (coordinates 524, 255)
Symbol #10 - Isla Providencia (coordinates 503, 45)
Symbol #11 - Isla Providencia (coordinates 505, 43)
Symbol #12 - New Bone (coordinates 434, 113)
Symbol #13 - Misteriosa (coordinates 302, 120)
Symbol #14 - Misteriosa (coordinates 295, 197)
Symbol #15 - Santanillas (coordinates 214, 244)
Symbol #16 - Santanillas (coordinates 224, 243)
Unlock the following costumes by performing the corresponding tasks:
COSTUME - HOW TO UNLOCK
Explorer outfit - Complete Community Challenge #6. Community challenges will randomly appear while online.
Governor's outfit - Find and share a social chest. Social chests will randomly appear while online.
Mayan outfit - Find and solve all 16 Mayan Stela puzzles to unlock the secret door in Tulum (70, 405 coordinates). Open the secret door to get the Mayan outfit. It deflects all bullet attacks.
Officer's outfit - Complete the "Great Reputation 1" trading mission to Gibraltar with Kenway's Fleet (Mediterranean Sea mission).
Stealth outfit - Complete 50% of the Assassin Contract side quests. It decreases visibility and improves stealth.
Templar Armor - Complete all Templar Hunt side quests, then open the cage in the Great Inagua hideout using the five Templar keys. It provides 25% damage reduction.
CRAFTED COSTUME - HOW TO UNLOCK
Feline Pelt outfit - Craft it using a Jaguar Pelt and Ocelot Pelt.
Hunter outfit - Craft it using a Red Howler Monkey Skin and White Jaguar Pelt. It reduces animal aggression.
Shark Hunter outfit - Craft it using a Bull Shark Skin and Hammerhead Shark Bone.
Whaler outfit - Craft it using three White Whale Skins.
GENERAL STORE COSTUME - HOW TO UNLOCK
Brown Cloak - On sale for 1,500 R.
Crimson Cloak outfit - On sale for 3,000 R.
Merchant outfit - On sale for 10,000 R.
Pirate Captain outfit - On sale for 8,000 R.
Pirate Cloak - On sale for 6,000 R.
Politician's outfit - On sale for 12,000 R.
Privateer outfit - On sale for 5,000 R.
Go to a General Store and select the "Hunting Goods" tab. Buy the Red Howler Monkey Skin for 5,000 R and White Jaguar Pelt for 6,000 R. Select the "Crafting" tab at the main menu, then select the "Hunting Outfit" option.
Sail to a Killer Whale hunting location (such as coordinates 537, 340 on the world map). After a deck hand announces that there is a whale, Kenway will be sent with a harpoon to hunt it. Harpoon the whale and follow it, being careful when it dives. It will eventually surface again on the horizon and run at your boat. Harpoon it again to avoid taking damage. Repeat the process until the whale's health is taken down to unlock the achievement or trophy. Note: Get harpoon upgrades, harpoon storage, strength, and extra armor to make this process easier.
To find a buried treasure, first obtain a treasure map. An easy one is found on Mariguana Island, at the coordinates 878, 539. Collect the map to see a picture and the coordinates of a treasure. This particular treasure can be found on Andreas Island, at the coordinates 575, 717. To unlock the locations of other treasure maps, you can talk to the barkeepers of taverns, or just explore the world and synchronize viewpoints.
Repeatedly drink at a tavern until you pass out. A tavern can be found in Nassau, which is one of the first locations you will visit during the main story. Walk up to the bar, and interact with the bottle to start drinking. You have to drink at least five times to pass out.
Go to any warehouse found at farms. They have a restricted area around them (shown as red on the world map) and are marked on your map if you synchronize viewpoints. One can be found in Nassau, at coordinates 633, 784. Once you enter the restricted area, there will be an alarm bell on your HUD. Then, get noticed by an enemy and wait for him to ring the bell. Kill him fast with a melee attack when he starts ringing the bell to unlock the achievement/trophy. Note: You can also do this at warehouses that have already been looted. The enemies will respawn after a while.
To rescue pirate hostages by distracting enemies with dancers, you have to allow some of your crew members to die. Board an enemy ship and your crew should start fighting. Many of your crew will probably die. Then, go to Kingston and go to coordinates 623, 172. There is a restricted area where two enemies are aiming at captured pirates. You can hire some dancers nearby, just up the street. Send the dancers to these two enemies. When they are distracted, sneak behind them and free the pirates to get the "Siren Song" achievement/trophy. If this event does not appear (even after losing many of your own crew members), fast travel to another island, and return later.
"Wild West Indies"
First, craft all pistol holsters. You can purchase the required crafting items from any general store (so you do not have to hunt down the animals on your own), if preferred. Also, purchase and equip the "Cannon-Barrel Pistol" for one-shot kills. Once done, find a group of at least four enemies, walk up to them with the pistols selected in your weapon wheel, and press Y without manually aiming to have each shot kill an enemy and get the "Wild West Indies" achievement/trophy.
Cannon fodder - Recruit 500 crew members.
FTFY - Fully upgrade your hideout.
Cartographer - Visit every location of the game.
Ghost In The Machine - Hack 15 computers in Abstergo Entertainment.
Roped In - Perform 5 air assassinations from a swinging rope.
Sharing Is Caring - Share each type of discovery with friends once.
All Aboard! - Board a ship without losing any crew members.
Siren Song - Rescue pirate hostages by distracting enemies with "dancers."
Wild West Indies - Kill 4 enemies in a row using multi-pistols.
Excavator - Find a buried treasure.
Committed To The Cause - Reach level 55 in Multiplayer.
Personal Bag Of Tricks - Finish a game session with an ability set that you customized in Multiplayer.
Master Of The Caribbean - Complete the Discovery Mode of Wolfpack in Multiplayer.
Lab Technician - Play and complete a game session of Game Lab in the Multiplayer Public playlist.
All Rounder - Play on every game mode, and use every ability and ranged weapon once in Multiplayer.
Routine Hacking - Complete present day mission 2.
Getting Weird Around Here - Complete present day mission 3.
Bunker Buddies - Complete present day mission 4.
It's All Good - Complete present day mission 5.
Hungover - Wake up in a haystack.
Heroes Aren't Born - Complete memory sequence 1.
Good While It Lasted - Complete memory sequence 2.
A Pirate's Life For Me - Complete memory sequence 3.
No Apologies - Complete memory sequence 4.
Silence, Fool! - Kill a guard ringing a bell.
Owned - Complete every activity in a single location.
Vault Raider - Unlock the secret door in Tulum.
Killer Killer - Harpoon a killer whale.
Help A Brother Out - Complete a Templar Hunt sequence.
Sea Legs - Complete all naval contracts.
Employee Of The Month - Complete 25 Abstergo challenges.
Business And Pleasure - Earn 50,000 reales.
Mer-man - Swim a total of 1 nmi.
Redingote Up! - Craft the Hunter outfit.
Thug Life - Plunder 30 ships.
Seven Deadly Seas - Explore all underwater shipwrecks.
Death Of A Salesman - Complete memory sequence 5.
Mixing Up The Medicine - SComplete memory sequence 6.
The Hammer Fall - SComplete memory sequence 7.
Adrift - Complete memory sequence 8.
A New Hope - Complete memory sequence 9.
My Elusive Fortune - Complete memory sequence 10.
Been Down So Long... - Complete memory sequence 11.
Just Like Starting Over - Complete memory sequence 12.
By The Book - Complete 100% of all main mission constraints.
King Of The Castle - Capture all forts.
Devil Of The Caribbean - Defeat all 4 legendary ships.
Destroyer - Fully upgrade the Jackdaw.
Barfly - Unlock all taverns.
Saw That One Coming... - Complete memory sequence 13.
Prizes, Plunder, and Adventure! - Earn all Bronze, Silver, and Gold trophies.
Blackbeard's Wrath - Trophies:
Elevator to the Gallows - Kill a player using a lift that has been trapped with Booby Trap.
Sacred Land - Playing as The Jaguar, be the highest scoring player of a Domination game session.
Queen Anne's Revenge - Playing as Blackbeard, perform an acrobatic kill and a gun kill in less than 10 seconds.
Preemptive Strike - Playing as The Orchid, block 10 abilities from opponents with Sabotage.
Freedom Cry - Trophies:
Liberation Day - Free your first slave.
Firepower - Kill 5 guards at once with a blunderbuss.
His Own Medicine - Disarm the Gouverneur and kill him with the branding iron.
Seeds of Independence - Liberate 500 slaves.
His Word Was "Perhaps" - Freedom Cry - Complete all missions.
His Full Attention - Freedom Cry - Achieve 100% synchronization.