The Newbies’ Guide to Surviving in Pirates: Tides of Fortune

There are many things to do in the game, especially when you are just starting out. It may seem a bit overwhelming at times but there are a few keys to making it as a pirate in this game.  

Here I will help you to learn how to sail the Seven Seas with the best of them, all while managing to do the least amount of damage to yourself.  Almost all the Items in the game have a brief summary or description about them, simply click on them to read more. It may take you an extra minute or two but, as with all things, it's best to know what you're working with. So let's get you on your way!

Focus on resources

To get as many free Items as possible - and make no mistake, free is good - I recommend that you follow the tutorial when starting out.  If it tells you to build a Gold Mine, then build a Gold Mine. Following these steps will get you Rewards and, while the Rewards in question may seem small, these quickly add up. To Scout or Blockade a Haven as effectively as possible, you should choose a Haven close to your own that has a low Level - anything that makes it look as if its Captain is no longer active. Doing this will ensure that you avoid early conflicts in the game.

These Missions are found on an Icon on the left side of the screen; look for the Icon with the Map, behind which is a hook and sword. You also have Missions in the Events Icon at the bottom left of the screen. There are Personal Events there as well but those require a bit more experience to complete. Finally, be sure to complete Daily Quests to get Rewards. You get a few sets of these throughout the day and all it takes to claim them is the click of a button. This is the absolute easiest way to get free Resources and Experience Points!  You’re a pirate after all, so take advantage of all the free loot you can!

Daily Quests

The next key point is to think of your Map as a real one. Remember, your Haven is your home, making the Havens immediately surrounding yours, your neighbors. As in real life, it is better to make friends with your neighbors than enemies. Send a message to them first if they have a blockade that you'd like to raid, or a Treasure Island you would like to Capture.

If you are looking to build something or train Units (and you should always be looking to do one, if not both, of these things) it may be that you are unable to until refreshing your supply of one of the three main Resources. If this is the case, it is another excuse to contact them and make them a trade offer. Why not? You have nothing to lose from doing so, and if they don’t have the Resource you need, you have at least reached out to them. Plus, it’s better than the alternative as one of the more frustrating things in the game can be making a trade offer only to have someone accept it from across the Map, resulting in your Galleons getting tied up for half a day.

Another reason to reach out is to ask them if they’re in a Brotherhood, in which case you can speak with them about how they like their Brotherhood and what requirements there are to join.

Choosing the right Brotherhood

Choosing the right Brotherhood is very important. There's no need to be concerned if you don’t have one in mind though. Joining a Brotherhood that will make an impact on YOUR numbers usually only comes with time. This is because the higher ranked the Brotherhood is, the greater the individual bonuses are. Additionally, the more activity there is, the more Rewards your group can achieve. In the meantime, there are many great smaller leaders out there who do not want to hold Presidios with their Brotherhood and others that just want to teach others about the game.  

This can be a wonderful place to start and learn some skills before moving on to a more permanent setting. You can look at a Brotherhood’s info page and see their Achievements. Achievements are important because they add Influence Points and can even contribute individual Rewards.  Leaders may also put a message out there stating the requirements to join, etc. This screen will also let you send a request or join immediately depending on the required Level and the settings of that particular Brotherhood.

Pirates Brotherhood

As I stated before, these are just a few key points to know when starting out. There are many more things that will be going on but if you can follow these steps you will avoid a lot of stress down the road. So remember, follow the tutorial and take advantage of anything free, play nice with the neighborhood kids, and find good people in a good place before finally settling in.  

Fair sailing! ~ASH

This article was written by ASH, who granted permission for it to be posted on Any thoughts or views expressed herein are the player's own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Plarium Global.