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This article is about the building type. For the House chat channel, see House (command).

A house (briefly known as a boarding house) is a building where pirates can buy a house (a collection of rooms) and enter other pirates' houses. There are ten different types of houses. Each type of house requires a separate building. House buildings cannot be built on outpost islands.[1] If an island has one type of house building, a second building of that same type cannot be constructed.

Icon Type  Rooms  Roommates  Cost (PoE)   Doubloon fee 
Icon Shack.png
Shack 1 1 1,250 * 0
Icon Shack.png
Shack (Defiant or Shadow) 2 1 1,250 * 0
Icon Cabin.png
Cabin 2 1 2,500 2
Icon Bungalow.png
Bungalow 3 2 5,000 5
Icon Cottage.png
Cottage 4 2 10,000 10
Icon Row house.png
Row house 6 3 20,000 20
Icon Townhouse.png
Townhouse 7 3 40,000 40
Icon Manor.png
Manor 9 4 80,000 80
Icon Villa.png
Villa 10 4 160,000 160
Icon Mansion.png
Mansion 11 5 320,000 320
Icon Estate.png
Estate 15 5 640,000 640
Icon Gallery.png
Gallery 15 6 640,000 640

Icon Pirate hall.png
Pirate hall
(modest) 3 n/a 10,000 10
(fine) 5 n/a 40,000 40
(stately) 11 n/a 200,000 200
(grandiose) 27 n/a 800,000 800


House Panel, pets allowed, not set as home.
House Panel, pets disallowed, home.

To buy a house, simply walk up to one of the houses on the island. Click on the minimap and select "Housing" to find an island's houses. At the entrance of the house an option to buy is available.

At any given house, pirates can only purchase or enter houses of that specific type: at a shack only shacks are available and not a mansion. To buy a different type, go to the house of the appropriate type. However not all islands have all house types available.

Only the monarch of a flag or the captain of a crew may purchase a pirate hall.

No ongoing property tax must be paid for upkeep of a house.

It is not possible to trade-in a currently owned house in exchange for a discount on a new house. Additionally, the ownership of houses is non-transferrable; a pirate cannot sell a house to another pirate.

Free shack

Pirates that do not own any shack may acquire a shack for free on any island that has them. Owning housing of another type does not influence this rule.

House panel

Editing the room's news

Clicking on "Edit News" brings up an initially blank screen, where pirates can leave news for themselves and others to read. Editing the news supports HTML code for making text bold, italicized, underlined, and for changing text forecolors and backcolors. (See the External Links section below for info on how to change text colors.)

See News for detailed examples.

Throwing a party

Owners and roommates can throw a party. Just click the button marked "Throw party" on the House panel. Party messages, once complete, appear on the notice board's "news and events" tab. Party advertisements cost 250 PoE each. There is a limit of one party message at a time for a house. Party messages disappear after one hour of advertisement.

Arrange furniture

Main article: Furniture placement

Owners and roommates can also add, move, and remove their own furniture or remove props from their building. This is done using the Arrange furniture panel by clicking on the "Arrange Furniture" button.

If a piece of furniture that is designed to hold items, such as a wardrobe, sword rack, or bludgeon trunk is removed, all items contained in that furniture are transferred to the appropriate section of the owner's booty panel. Note however that Pieces of Eight are stored in the house coffers and not in a specific chest. This means that even if all chests are removed, the PoE will remain attached to the house and be inaccessible until a chest is placed again.

Building records

The "Building Records" button on the House panel will show a list of recent changes to the house. This includes items and PoE that have been added and removed, as well as changes made to roommates.

Disallow pets

Owners and roommates can disallow pets to be shown in the scene. Just click the button marked "Set Disallow Pets" on the house panel. To allow pets to be shown again click the button "Set Allow Pets" that appears when it is in Disallow Pets mode.

Configure access to the house


By default, only the owner of a dwelling or his or her roommates may enter. Other players may knock on the door of a house to ask permission to come inside. The owner (and any roommates) will get a notice that the person wishes to enter. The request can be accepted or denied. Further, an owner can use /invite to extend an invitation and /plank to eject a person.

Pirates that have purchased dwellings can add roommates via the "Configure house" button. Roommates are treated like shoppe managers. They have similar privileges to arrange furniture, invite people, or eject people. It is not possible for the owner and roommates to eject each other. The maximum number of roommates is determined by the type of house.

Additionally, the owner or roommates can configure a house using the "Configure house" button to allow entry without knocking when the owner or a roommate is home to any combination of the following four groups: hearties, crewmates, flagmates, and/or all players. Note these groups are checked against the owners and roommates currently in the building only. The hearties of an absent roommate will not get unrestricted entry, for example.

A pirate hall has different access rights to other housing types. All members of the crew or flag to which the hall belongs have free access. In addition, the hall has no roommates - instead, the captain and senior officers of a crew or the monarch and royalty of a flag automatically have roommate access rights to the hall. Pirates not in the crew or flag may still knock on the door to request entry.

Home Sweet Home

Main article: Home

Clicking on the "Set as home" button on the House Panel will set the building as home for that pirate. Subsequently, when a pirate clicks "Go home" on the Ye panel, they will be transported back to their home (in this case this house).


Owners and roommates can paint houses.

To paint a house:

  1. Purchase a paint brush from an apothecary.
  2. Return to the room which is to be painted.
  3. On the Booty panel, click on the paint brush and select Paint.
  4. There will be options to paint the room various colors, at prices which vary by island.

Note: Do not purchase paint directly from the apothecary for this purpose. Since houses do not have a hold, the stall or shoppe will not be able to deliver the paint to the house.

Returning a house

Houses can be returned for 1/2 of the PoE cost refunded. On doubloon oceans, the doubloon cost is not refunded in any portion. If a pirate returns their only shack, they can obtain a new one for free. If a pirate owns multiple shacks and returns one, the first one returned will not grant any money back, regardless of the order in which the shacks were bought. Any additional shacks may be returned for 625 PoE.

Historical notes

Anticipated for months, housing and furniture were introduced with release 2005-08-10. Two new releases, release 2005-08-12 and release 2005-08-18, introduced new bug fixes as well as renamed some houses.

See also/external links


Icon boarding house.png Houses
Shack | Cabin | Bungalow | Cottage
Row house | Townhouse | Manor | Villa
Mansion | Estate | Gallery
Pirate hall (modest, fine, stately, grandiose)
See also: Furniture