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Excavator achievement in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (Xbox 360)


Find a buried treasure.

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How to unlock the Excavator achievement

  • Zasta 360GameTVZasta 360GameTV
    31 Oct 2013 09 Nov 2013 09 Nov 2013
    The first and easiest Place for this Achievement is the first Island in the Game called Cape Bonavista.

    The Treasuremap can you found at 179, 593 near a dead corpse. Pickup the Map and turn around. Run straight to the Cave and find the digging spot.

    Here is a quick Map and below a Video:

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    You can get treasure maps by finding dead pirates that carry them. If you're near one (or if you've synchronised a nearby viewpoint, of course), it'll show up on your map as a treasure map. Interact with the dead pirate and you'll obtain the map.

    There's no shovel needed for digging, you dig with your hands, so you only need to find a treasure map and travel to the indicated location. Treasure maps show a longitude and latitude location in the bottom right corner, and on the map is the location itself... X marks the spot.

    I've found what is most likely the earliest point in the campaign where you can get this achievement. (Edit: There's actually an even earlier part in the game where you can get this achievement. I've added that one's specifications underneath the next description - I won't delete my first description since it might be of use to people who want the achievement when they've reached Havana but don't have their own ship yet)

    In Havana, go to the Cathedral of Havana. It's a big church in the northern part of Havana with a viewpoint on its southeast tower. It's west of the big red square (the forbidden area that is Castillo San Savador de la Punta) on your map, if you haven't synchronised viewpoints yet.

    Just north of the Cathedral's north wall, in the bushes, you'll find a dead pirate - as stated above, it'll turn op on your map as a treasure map if you get close enough or if you've already synchronised the viewpoint. Interact wih the body and you'll get a treasure map; the treasure itself is in Havana. To be exact, it's way south in Havana, next to the end of th city wall, on the beach. If you go there you'll notice a bent tree, behind it is the dig location (just look at the treasure map, it's very straightforward). Just dig there and the treasure and achievement are yours.

    Actual first place you can get this achievement:
    In sequence 1; you'll find a dead pirate with a treasure map on the beach where you rescue Stede Bonnet. I've misread the map earlier but when looking at the longitude and latitude of the map I found I actually returned to this part; the treasure is located very near. The map actually describes the beach you find the map on; just walk away from the beach and look for a cave with a bit of water in it. Way back into the cave you'll find the digging spot.
  • JuicyBoxMayneJuicyBoxMayne
    10 Nov 2013 28 Dec 2013
    This is my own guide that I made for this achievement before I completed the game.

    Please watch the video, as I explain how to do everything in it. Thanks!

    Additional tips:
    > You can find treasure maps on the skeletons of dead pirates.
    > It's recommended that you synchronize the surrounding area using a sync point so that you can find the location of the treasure map.
    > Select your current list of treasure maps with the D-Pad and use Y to open them.
    > The earliest you can obtain the achievement is on the island of Cape Bonavista at the very beginning of the game.
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    netstrykerVideo solutions are almost always better. Great solution.
    Posted by netstryker On 20 Feb 18 at 17:22
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