Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag achievements

Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

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There are 60 Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag achievements (50 without DLC) worth 2,587 (1,250), and 10 challenges

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All Aboard! in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

All Aboard!38 (30)

Board a ship without losing any crew members.

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Achievement Guide for All Aboard!

600,288 (310,249)
Achievement won on 27 Nov 13
TA Score for this game: 2,587
Posted on 02 December 13 at 03:33, Edited on 01 March 14 at 08:46
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Note that this achievement is not available until you have reached Nassau and Ben Hornigold has 'shown you how to take a ship'. (thanks to Da Lukinator for the clarification on this). Anytime after that you can pop this. You can get this by using some key strategies.

First, use your spyglass to find a Brig (thanks to Done For You for pointing out this doesn't work on a gunboat). These are the second lowest level ships in the game. The reason you want to go for these is that once you disable them (there are no yellow health bars, just red), and you attempt to board them, the target kills are only x/10 for Brigs in order to take control of the ship (it doesn't work on x/5 ships either). If you take the following steps, you will get this in a few tries, if not your first one:

1. Disable the ship
2. As you move up to it, make sure you hold the B button to board AS SOON as the option shows up on your screen. This allows you to be far away from the ship when your crew starts throwing grappling hooks.
3. When you release the ship's wheel, run up to the swivel gun on the side of your ship and press B to use. Start firing as soon as possible - Try to aim at the enemy sailors directly, however, I found that aiming all the way to the other side of the ship (crossing over to the far right or left depending on where you are standing) you can kill more sailors.
4. Once the game forces you to release the swivel gun, jump up on the railing of your ship and pull out your gun. If a sailor is highlighted just keep tapping the Y button to auto-fire. Depending on how many guns you have, you will need to reload after 1-4 shots, however, don't reload, go to step 5.
5. If you didn't take over the ship by now, swing over to the enemy ship and try to air assassinate someone.
6. If you STILL don't have it, hurry up and drop a smoke bomb (click twice left on your D-pad then hit Y quickly) and assassinate anyone around you.

Another option if you are having difficulty with this is to upgrade your pistols so that you can get more shots off before boarding. In the crafting menu, try upgrading any or all of the following:

Pistol Holster II which uses Ocelot Pelt x2 (try Andreas Island, Cumberland Bay)
Pistol Holster III which uses Humpback Whale Skin x2 (check the map for icons)
Pistol Holster IV Crocodile Leather x2 (try Tulum, Nassau, Long Bay, Isla Providencia, Matanzas - shoot crocodiles with your pistol)

You can buy the hunting goods but whale and crocodile leather is expensive.

Upgrading your swivel gun will also help because of increased damage.

The above steps should almost guarantee this achievement, however, if not, you just need some practice with all the buttons, etc. since you are probably just starting out. No worries, find another Brig and try again. Should come quickly.

Edit / Update: According to Dread Reaver he was unable to get this on a x/5 ship, which is why I now recommend a Brig. Alternatively you can find a Schooner with x/10 but these are rare. Just stay away from ships that have scouts on the upper platforms.

If you have questions please let me know.
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