Sid Meier's Pirates! (WP) achievements

Sid Meier's Pirates! (WP)

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Strategist in Sid Meier's Pirates! (WP)

Strategist40 (15)

Defeat 1 Big City in Bombarding with Less Than 16 Cannons

  • Unlocked by 178 tracked gamers (14% - TA Ratio = 2.66) 1,269  

Achievement Guide for Strategist

172,115 (102,889)
Achievement won on 11 Apr 12
TA Score for this game: 798
Posted on 16 April 12 at 03:32, Edited on 17 April 12 at 22:46
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You can either get this intentionally or accidentally. When you select a city from the sailing screen by touching it, you will be presented with the option to enter or bombard and you will be shown the number of cannon protecting the city as well as how much gold is in the city. The number of cannon is very important.

Also, the cannon limit may or may not relate to your total number of cannons. I advise trying this early in a character's career, or selling cannon until it is below 16.

Throughout the Caribbean are numerous settlements -- two of which will prove very useful for this achievement.

The two settlements of note are Indian or Pirate settlements. You can visit either and instigate an attack on a big city in the area. To determine the size of a city, large, medium, or small, go to the menu and look at the world map. If you zoom in to the middle of the map you should notice a building icon near some cities - if it is a large building, it qualifies as a large city, a small building indicates it is a small city, while a medium building indicates a medium city. A pirate ship or Indian war canoe will then leave the settlement and head to the city. Once it reaches the city, you will be notified, success or failure, by the sound of a sword clash followed by text in the bottom of the sailing screen describing the results of the attack. If the attack is a success, select the city, and you should see the number of cannon has decreased, which will increase your odds of a successful bombardment. If the message given when you select bombard doesn't indicate you will succeed, simply have the city attacked again until it does.

To ensure you have less than 16 cannons, I suggest using your starting ship as it carries 12.
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J Schwizzle
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J Schwizzle
Achievement won on 30 Jul 12
TA Score for this game: 798
Posted on 06 August 12 at 05:29
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I found that the best way to do this was to take a fully-armed (32 cannons) war galleon and use it to bombard (and occupy) a large city over and over until the cannon count is low (10 or fewer). At that point, enter the city, sell enough cannons to bring your count below 16, then exit the city and bombard it again -- the achievement should pop as soon as you defeat the guard and occupy the city.

As a fun bonus, you can enter the city after each time you occupy it and meet with the governor, and you should net a few rank promotions from the various nations before you're through. Note that if you're trying to get to Duke with a particular nation, I'd recommend claiming the city for it only once -- on the last bombardment -- to avoid ill will.
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