Piracy Guide

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  • Introduction to Piracy :-

    A new "minigame" in Ikariam, Piracy strives to be a dynamic and engaging method to progress through the game. In-game, it is described as:

    "A powerful Pirate Fortress with a strong crew eager for your orders. They are looking to loot capture points and gold. Fame and enormous amounts of resources beckon the most successful pirates. From here you can start raids on other Pirate Fortresses."

    At the top of every score board, the top ranked players of Piracy are those who have proved themselves by being active and tactical. As a reward, they have gained millions in resources (to the extent that they may have collected more resources from Piracy than from collecting resources the normal way).

    Every piracy cycle lasts for exactly 3 weeks, you can check the timings in the fortress building.

    Requirements :-

    Research: Piracy (18 ) which requires Deck Weapons (Seafaring).

    The Fortress explained :-


    Below is the data for the Fortress. The range represents how far away a person can raid with the fortress and this is measured in islands (similar to trading post) and the base crew strength is the very basic amount of crew strength the player has (explained in more depth after).

    Building level
    Range
    Base Crew Strength
    Level 1
    450
    250
    1
    2
    Level 2
    906
    505
    2
    4
    Level 3
    1,389
    783
    3
    6
    Level 4
    1,935
    1,112
    4
    8
    Level 5
    2,593
    1,534
    5
    10
    Level 6
    3,427
    2,103
    6
    12
    Level 7
    4,516
    2,883
    7
    14
    Level 8
    5,950
    3,949
    8
    16
    Level 9
    7,834
    5,388
    9
    18
    Level 10
    10,284
    7,296
    10
    20

    Pirate Fortress levels 11-30.
    Building level
    Range
    Base Crew Strength
    Level 11
    13,430
    9,782
    11
    22
    Level 12
    17,415
    12,964
    12
    24
    Level 13
    22,394
    16,970
    13
    26
    Level 14
    28,534
    21,938
    14
    28
    Level 15
    36,015
    28,019
    15
    30
    Level 16
    45,029
    35,370
    16
    32
    Level 17
    55,779
    44,162
    17
    34
    Level 18
    68,482
    54,573
    18
    36
    Level 19
    83,366
    66,793
    19
    38
    Level 20
    100,671
    81,020
    20
    40
    Level 21
    120,648
    97,463
    21
    42
    Level 22
    143,562
    116,341
    22
    44
    Level 23
    169,686
    137,883
    23
    46
    Level 24
    199,309
    162,325
    24
    48
    Level 25
    232,729
    189,915
    25
    50
    Level 26
    270,255
    220,912
    26
    52
    Level 27
    312,210
    255,580
    27
    54
    Level 28
    358,926
    294,197
    28
    56
    Level 29
    410,748
    337,048
    29
    58
    Level 30
    468,032
    384,429
    30
    60

    Capture points explained :-

    Gaining capture points is the main goal of piracy, and players should aim to collect as many as possible in each cycle. They can be collected in two ways:

    1. Capture Runs :-
      The first and most basic is to send out Capture Runs. These are done within the Fortress menu, and have no risk associated to them. Raw data can be found below; as you can see, the shorter missions are the best for capture points and gold. If your focus is to use capture runs, choose short runs when you have access to Ikariam and long runs when you're away.

      Target
      Duration
      Capture points
      Capture points per second
      Smugglers
      2m 30s
      40
      115
      0.767
      Fishing Boat
      7m 30s
      96
      276
      0.613
      Wine Transportation
      15m
      173
      442
      0.492
      Merchant Ship
      30m
      311
      707
      0.393
      Ram Ship
      1h
      560
      1,131
      0.314
      Diving Boat
      2h
      1,008
      1,810
      0.251
      Diplomat Ship
      4h
      1,814
      2,896
      0.201
      Castaways
      8h
      3,265
      4,634
      0.161
      Phoenicians
      16h
      5,877
      7,414
      0.129

    2. Raiding players :-
      The second method for gaining capture points is raiding other players. This can be done by selecting a town in the island map, and selecting the raid option as shown here:

      If this option is not available, your opponent does not have a fortress built in that spot.

      Unlike other battle mechanics, the mechanics for raiding is relatively simple. Whenever a player tries to raid another, the outcome of the battle happens as soon the attack lands. If the player wins, the capture points reach the player immediately. When result of the raid is determined using the crew strengths of each side, and a factor called the "destiny bonus". This makes it so that both players randomly get assigned a bonus to crew strength between -10% to 10% (for example: 90-110, 106-94 etc).

      When there is a large difference between the players crew strength, destiny bonus will make little or no difference. When the strength of the players is similar, destiny will play a large role in the outcome.

    Crew Strength :-

    Crew strength has three parts to it, which are summed to make the total crew strength:
    1. Base Crew Strength - determined by building level
    2. Crew Strength Bonus - there is a bonus of 1400 strength once a player reaches 7000 capture points. You should therefore always keep a minimum of 7000 capture points.
    3. Converted strength - Capture points can be converted into crew strength. 10 Capture points get converted into 1 crew strength, and the time taken to do this is:
      Conversion Time: 156 + (7 * Crew Strength)
      where 156 represents the base conversion speed.
    Rewards :-

    Players in the top 50 are rewarded resources at the end of the cycle. The amount of resources received is equal to your rank's multiplier multiplied by the total safe limit from warehouses in the town plus the 100 safe from town hall. The rank multipliers are as follows:

    Rank
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    8
    9
    10
    11-20
    21-30
    31-50
    Multiplier
    11
    10
    9
    8
    7
    6
    5.5
    5
    4.5
    4
    3.5
    3
    2

    So an example of this would be someone achieving rank 6, and having a total warehouse safe limit of 36,100 in a town. They would therefore receive 36,100 * 6 (the multiplier for rank 6) = 216,600 of every resource in that town. As you can see, the potential rewards are huge!

    As of 2nd April 2017
    Rank
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    8
    9
    10
    11-20
    21-30
    31-50
    Multiplier
    2.75
    2.5
    2.25
    2
    1.75
    1.5
    1.375
    1.25
    1.125
    1
    0.875
    0.75
    0.5


    So an example of this would be someone achieving rank 6, and having a total warehouse safe limit of 36,100 in a town. They would therefore receive 36,100 * 1.5 (the multiplier for rank 6) = 54,150 of every resource in that town.

    (EDIT: rewards v.0.7.6~iots.)
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  • Strategies :-

    Here are several strategies that you may consider using. They are split into three sections - for the raider, non-raider and miscellaneous.

    For the raider :-
    • Finding targets - One method of finding targets near you is to go on to the world map and look for islands near you which have a black pirate flag on them. This means there are 1 or more players on the island with fortress built in a town, and you can therefore raid them. Alternatively, you can select targets within your region and close to your current rank in the pirate fortress. To do this, hover your mouse over the persons name, and if you find you can click it, it means the players fortress is within your reach. Remember you need to make sure your fortress is built enough so that the island is in your range. Image of the black flag in world view, and in island view:

    • Determining opponents crew strength - There is no definite way to do this, as spies tell us no information about an enemies crew strength. Having said that, you can use spies to look at things like online activity (more active players tend to gain more capture points). Or perhaps you can use last months highscores to determine how the player did when they took part last time.

    • Mobile towns - These are temporary towns that are set up to hit targets far away, and then demolished once the pirates are back. In order to do this effectively, you simply need to choose your target (which can be far far away), colonize on the island, build a level 1 fortress, attack and then demolish the colony once the pirates return. However, make sure the fortress you set up isn't your only fortress - if you only set one fortress up and demolish the town, your points will be deleted. Also, beware of corruption if your GR's aren't high enough.

    • Spies - These can be used to check whether the target is online or not. If they aren't, you can safely assume they won't be able to quickly convert capture points into crew strength using amrbosia.

    • Lost an outgoing raid? - Not to worry! You have not lost any capture points yet. Your opponent may think he has a greater crew strength than you, but this isn't necessarily correct - you may just have had bad luck with the destiny bonus (explained above). In any case, you should prepare for any counter attacks by building up your crew strength.
    For the non-raider :-
    • Staying under the radar - While your goal is to maximize your capture points, you don't want to collect so many at the beginning that you look like a juicy target to others. In the first 1-2 weeks, it could be advisable to lie low and build crew strength for defensive purposes. Being in a remote location may be helpful in servers with little activity, but on the most recently opened servers, you can expect players to raid you from all corners of the map.
    Miscellaneous :-
    • Ambrosia - If you have an incoming attack, a large number of capture points and little time to convert them, do not fear! At the cost of 10 15 ambrosias, you can instantly convert any number of capture points into crew strength. To do this, select the small orange "tick" on the right of the crew strength progress. This should bring up an option to verify your ambrosia transaction.

    • Help from alliance/friends - It is within the rules to ask alliance members and friends to collect points which you can raid off them. In this case, players normally do long capture runs such as the 8 or 16 hour ones, as these require little effort. If you wish to share the rewards at the end, be sure to stay within pushing rules!

    • The last minute - Only 2 days left for the cycle? Now is not the time to relax! Most active players will have prepared some form of strategy to gain points very rapidly in the last few days (if not hours/minutes/seconds). Some will have left juicy targets untouched which they will hit at the last moment, or some will be clicking away at the shortest and most efficient capture runs. Whatever happens, expect the capture run highscores to change a lot near the end.

    EDIT: Capture Point Conversion - 15 ambrosias ~iots
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  • Piracy Frequently Asked Questions :-

    Research :-
    I lost most of my researches in the "Seafaring" area and I haven't got the research points back. My research is stuck at "3. Piracy" with a green bulb.
    You didn't lose anything. The research for piracy was recently added, after you researched everything else, so you just need to research piracy first (18 research points only) and you'll be at your normal position.
    I researched piracy and I have a new building spot and I want to build a warehouse there.
    That spot on the island is for the pirate fortress only. Like the spot for the wall or the 2 spots for trading port and shipyard, you cannot build just anything there, only the fortress.

    Building :-
    What is the maximum level of the fortress?
    A fortress can have level 30 maximum.
    Do I have any reduction for it?
    Yes, it is a building like any other, so you have reduction for materials and building time.
    If I demolish a fortress will I lose my capture points?
    If you have at least one fortress in any other town you won't lose the points. Only if you demolish the last fortress and remain with none you will lose the capture points.
    Does the amount of captured pirate points depend on the size of the crew and/or fortress level?
    No. If you win the battle and you get all the points. If you lose the battle and you don't get any points.

    Interface :-
    What do the black flags on the world view signify?
    Your pirate base level (fortress) determines how far away you can see black flags and therefore raids. Each level increases this range with 1.
    Why I cannot click on some player names in the Daily Pirate List?
    If the player has a town with a fortress in your range you can click it, but if it is outside your range, you cannot click it. Upgrade your fortress to expand your range.
    I do not want to play the piracy game anymore. How can I have my old Ikariam game back?
    Just demolish all fortresses. You will not see anything related to piracy, not the black flags, not the points and crew strength. You will still see the highscore, though.You will not be raided by pirates.
    How can I send off raids or pirate missions using a mobile phone or a tablet?
    You can use piracy on mobiles or tablets only if you use a browser and ver.0.5.3 (or bigger) of the game. Mobile versions (0.5.3 with graphics from 0.4.5) do not have piracy.

    Crew :-
    Do crew have an upkeep cost?
    No, there is no upkeep cost for the pirates.

    Raids :-
    Does a raid over another player need any action point?
    Yes, a raid over another player takes one action point. Also you can see the piracy fleet movement in your military advisor.
    Do I see when I am raided?
    Yes, your military advisor will turn red like on any other attack.
    I placed a colony on an island to be close to the one I want to raid. I built the fortress and raided the other player. Now I want to abandon the colony and I cannot. Why?
    Make sure all conditions for abandoning a colony are fulfilled and check if you do not have a point conversion running. Point conversion is like the workshop for the army.
    If I go into vacation mode am I safe from raids?
    No, you are not safe, you can be raided even if you are in vacation mode.
    Can I raid players that are in godly protection mode?
    If they have a fortress, yes, you can raid them.
    Can I raid players if I am in godly protection mode? Will my godly protection mode be over?
    Yes, you can raid other players even if you are in godly protection mode and No, you do not lose the godly protection mode if you raid them.
    If I share the same IP with other players can I raid them? Will this count as fleet contact?
    No, it is not fleet contact. You can raid anyone who has a fortress, no limits to that. From 25 November 2014 IP sharing You cannot raid each other - military and piracy.

    Capture points:-
    Will my 1400 bonus be doubled if I have over 14000 capture points?
    No, you get the bonus only if you have over 7000 capture points and there is no other limit. 14000, 21000, 28000, etc. will get you 1400 bonus only.
    When is the highscore for capture points updated?
    Highscore for capture points is updated once every 30 21 days. The amount of time remaining till next evaluation and update is displayed in the fortress, in the middle, between your captured points and your crew strength. But you can see every day 4 places above you and 5 places below you. This score is updated at 18:00 every day. In the last day before evaluation it is updated every 30 minutes.
    My points have vanished and I saw no one attacking me. Is this a bug?
    Most probably the attacker put a town in your island to be close to you, attacked you and then demolished the town. This way you cannot trace the town from which he was attacking you.
    If I see an incoming raid and I start a conversion of the capture points do I save them from being taken?
    If your conversion finishes before the raid reaches you then you benefit from the capture points by strengthen your crew, but if the raid reaches you before the conversion ends, then you lose all capture points.
    I see a raid attack on me and I want to protect my capture points by demolishing the fortress. Is it possible?
    No, it is not possible to demolish a fortress while it is under attack.

    Miracles:-
    Which miracles have an impact on piracy raids?
    The only miracle to have an effect on piracy raids is Poseidon.

    Ambrosia:-
    Will using 100% increased storage capacity (Steam Driven Forklift) give me double the reward?
    No, it does not depend on the storage capacity, but on the theft security limit.
    Will using 100% increased theft security (Padlock) give me double the reward?
    No, activating padlock will not get you double amount of resources, but if you achieve a good rank you will have so many resources that it is possible that you need to activate 100% increased storage capacity (Steam Driven Forklift) to store them all. Any amount of resources above the storage limit will be lost.

    Ban:-
    Is there any ban related to piracy?
    Yes. Circumvention of multi rule is one of them: e.g. if you have multiple accounts (and they are clearly IP-shared), you cannot let a friend raid some of them in order to raid him back from another account. Normally, breaching of such rules causes immediate permanent ban of all involved accounts ~ IP-sharing
    The same, usage of scripts of any type e.g. to send out automatically capture runs or piracy raids, is not allowed at all ~ script using ingame and mass piracy bans
    And you cannot create accounts for the sole purpose of being raided ~ piracy pushing rule


    EDIT: Capture points and Ban policy ~iots.

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