Destroyer achievement in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag


Fully upgrade the Jackdaw.

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How to unlock the Destroyer achievement

  • PrattalmightyPrattalmighty651,197
    28 Dec 2013 27 Dec 2013 18 Aug 2014
    157 11 42
    Hey All,

    Xzhibit isn’t going to roll up and just pimp your ride here. This will take a little time but I’ll share a couple tips, the amount of resources total for each upgrade and the locations for elite plans to aid in your voyage of sailing the most feared ship in the seven seas.

    Things you should focus on levelling as soon as you can are your hull armour, broadside cannons, heavy shot, swivel strength and round shot strength. Mortars and ram strength are helpful too, but more so once you’re going after larger, slower ships and forts.

    In order to upgrade your new floating death machine you’re going to need reales and materials, lots of them. The quickest way to obtain them is by plundering other ships and pirating their goods. Use your spyglass when looking at other ships to see what’s in their hold and if it’s worth your effort to engage them. Once you’ve battled another vessel and won you’ve got two options: initiate the boarding sequence and fulfil the tasks assigned to take all the cargo, or deliver another blow, sink the ship and only loot half its contents. I prefer to board and make off with the full booty but a case can be made for the essence of time and settling for half the cargo but more ships destroyed.

    Another benefit of boarding is being able to capture the ship and send it to Kenway’s fleet (avail first during Sequence 4). This mini game can become very lucrative earning reales the further you make it. IGN has a great guide I’ll link to if you’re interested learning more about the game and its tactics.'s_Fleet
    (you may need to copy and paste the link, the apostrophe is messing with the hyperlink)

    Larger vessels carry more goods and the largest ships, in high volumes are in the Southern portion of the map. I'd suggest sticking to the Northern part of the map until you've upgraded your ship enough to start taking on these higher level vessels. Don’t be discouraged if you spot a ship and it’s lacking the metal, cloth or wood materials you’re seeking. Chances are if it’s not transporting those it’ll have higher amounts of sugar and/or rum. Both sell for high value (sugar = 20per, rum=15per).

    Most parts final upgrade, require you to find an upgrade plan via a treasure map search. BozzSoulja has pointed out you can take advantage of the Time Saver: Technology pack. Price at $2.99 CAD, it removes the requirement to find the 18 plans for each part's best upgrade. You still need the money and resources to upgrade the parts though.

    Weapons and Armour
    Hull Armour
    - 50,000 reales, 700 metal and 1,450 wood
    - Elite Hull Armor-San Ignacio-379, 770

    Broadside cannons
    - 46,000 reales and 2,020 metal
    - Elite Broadside Cannons Set-The Blue Hole- 471, 170

    Chase Cannons
    - 3,000 reales, 60 metal and 100 wood

    Ram Strength
    - 22,500 reales, 350 metal and 950 wood
    - Elite Ram-La Concepcion Shipwreck- 181, 296

    Round Shot Strength
    - 51,900 reales
    - Elite Round Shot Strength-Kabah Ruins- 769, 145

    Chain Shot Strength
    - 8,500 reales

    - 37,300 reales and 1,150 metal
    - Elite Mortars-Antocha- 630, 660

    Swivel Strength
    - 20,700 reales and 625 metal
    - Elite Swivel Guns-Devil’s Eye Cave- 487, 357

    Heavy Shot
    - 31,900 reales
    - Map for Elite design plan *needed* Ambergris key 55, 178
    - Elite Heavy Shot Strength - Misteriosa- 307, 195
    - Thanks @ Vr English

    Fire Barrel Strength
    - 11,000
    - Map for Elite design plan *needed* Santanillas 221, 247
    - Elite Fire Barrel Strength - San Juan- 479, 487

    Diving Bell
    - 5,000 reales

    Heavy Shot storage
    - 6,000 reales
    - Map for Elite design plan *needed* Cayman Sound 327, 334
    - Elite Heavy Shot Storage - Petite Cavern- 901, 263

    Mortar storage
    - 7,800 reales
    - Map for Elite design plan *needed* Tortuga 882, 370
    - Elite Mortars Storage - Matanzas- 333, 650

    Fire Barrel storage
    - 6,000 reales
    - Map for Elite design plan *needed* acquired by completing the Scarlatina mission, in Canada, within Kenway's Fleet minigame.
    - Elite Fire Barrel Storage-Isla Providencia- 502, 44
    - Thanks @XsPurity

    Crew’s Quarters
    - 4,300 reales and 400 cloth

    Cargo storage
    - 8,000 reales

    Rowboat armour
    - 2,400 reales and 250 wood

    Harpoon strength
    - 5,000 reales
    - Map for Elite design plan *needed* Mariguana Island 880,544
    - Elite Harpoon Strength - Andreas Island- 579, 720
    - Thanks @DarkLordRaptor

    Harpoon storage
    - 2,000 reales

    Hope this helps you on your way, please let me know if I can improve this any further to help future people out and I’d appreciate the upvote if I was able to help you in your quest.

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    Apostle92627I haven't had any problems either.
    Posted by Apostle92627 on 18 Jun 20 at 02:12
    ClassierPompanoIf you can't connect to UPlay servers then delete friends off your list until you have less than 50. This can be done whilst the game is running and you will notice that all the social notifications will pop up as well as access to the Fleet.
    Posted by ClassierPompano on 14 Apr 21 at 20:48
    xNeo21xCan confirm that as soon as I dropped my friend list below 50, I was able to access the Kenway’s Fleet menu and finally get the last map I needed to get the last ship upgrade.
    Posted by xNeo21x on 03 Jul at 20:05
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  • ZiMba 4 LiFE IIZiMba 4 LiFE II736,201
    16 Apr 2015 15 Apr 2015 28 May 2015
    38 5 14
    All credit goes to the owner of the video , i just wanted to post a way to grind for the upgrade materials , i hope it will help you :)

    EDIT : Just start at Sequence 8, Memory 1 and destroy the already weakened Man of War. and take the loot, then reload the checkpoint as much as you want, then when you've done all that you want, quit to the main menu to save everything. Make sure you quit to main menu, otherwise this wont work
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    Zarda1Was faster for me to just go around sinkng ships.
    Posted by Zarda1 on 08 Mar 17 at 05:21
    SlightlyEroticThis works. And is a great guide and don’t understand why it isn’t the top guide.....You may want to add that the sugar and other materials you get when you sink the ships can be sold at a high price as well and soon adds up the more you reload check point.

    Also. You can fight a few other shops for gold and cargo t be sold that sink quite quickly if your Jackdaw is upgraded a bit.
    Posted by SlightlyErotic on 31 Dec 17 at 09:30
    lSoNlworks perfect!
    Posted by lSoNl on 20 May 18 at 23:29
  • Your skill diedYour skill died222,888
    09 Jan 2014 02 Jan 2014 02 Jan 2014
    37 7 6
    This is just a quick little side-note guide because I really do approve of Prattal's guide.
    If you're strapped for cash for this, or other Reale-related achievements, there's a way to make very quick money. If you haven't defeated the two legendary ships in the north-eastern corner, don't. When you do decide to test yourself against them though, don't defeat both of them.

    When you defeat each ship you can loot 10,000 Reales from their wreck. Simply defeat one, take the 10,000 and let the other kill you. You keep the 10,000 and both ships have respawned and you spawn back ready to fight both of them again. Just keep doing this until you have all the Reales you need. Hope this helped <3

    Also, if at some point doing this the ships stop dropping the 10k (happened to me twice) simply exit out of the game fully, then come back and start again.

    At the time of writing this I don't have the achievement because I need 600 more metal or so, in a day or so though I'll expect to have it.
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    Icebreaker Xsame, took it down several times and got nothing. . .
    Posted by Icebreaker X on 26 Aug 15 at 08:34
    zr122I did not expect this to work, but it did! Got my last 60,000 reales in about half an hour. +1
    Posted by zr122 on 28 Apr 19 at 16:54
    SmilesThatGlowThis was super weird for me.
    It was working, and I used this exploit about 12 times today, but now it never saves the money after dying/respawning.
    It’s as if it doesn’t save it through anymore? Not sure how to explain it.
    Posted by SmilesThatGlow on 03 Jun 20 at 14:55
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