Greedy brigands and barbarians, commonly referred to as greedies, are a special type of enemy brigand, who selfishly hoard bits of treasure for themselves. They appear randomly during the melee phase of a sea battle while pillaging, and are identifiable by their extravagant jewelry that they collect and hoard, such as gold eyepatches and flashy necklaces.
Greedies appear more frequently and in larger numbers when there are more new players aboard, and as the booty ramp on a pillage grows larger. They take the place of a regular enemy crew member during the melee phase of a sea battle, and they are no stronger or weaker at fighting than regular brigands. Each of them will have a specific color to which they are susceptible. When players perform large strikes against a greedie with the right type of color, there is a chance of stealing treasure-filled Lavish Lockers from them.
During the swordfight against greedies, the color of the mini-board beside each brigand's face indicates which color strikes they are susceptible to: red, yellow, green or blue. While you have a greedy brigand targeted, fused blocks of the relevant color will have a unique appearance, indicating that clearing it will send a powerful strike to the brigand.
Players should create the largest possible strike using a single color, to have the greatest chance of stealing the treasure. Only fused strikes of correctly colored pieces will provide a chance of obtaining treasure; sprinkles and combos provide no bonus or additional effect, but multiple blocks of the same color will increase the chances of stealing treasure.
Greedy barbarians work in much the same way as brigands. During the rumble brawl, the color of the mini-board beside each barbarians's face indicates which color balls they are susceptible to: red, orange, yellow, aqua or blue. While you have a greedy barbarian targeted, connected balls of the relevant color will have a unique appearance, indicating that clearing the group will send a powerful strike to the barbarian.
Players should aim to clear vast amounts of a single color in order to have the greatest chance of stealing treasure. Only groups of correctly colored balls that are destroyed will provide a chance of obtaining treasure; dropped sprinkles and combos provide no bonus or additional effect, however multiple groups breaking together are added together.
When a pirate sends a strike that successfully steals a Lavish Locker from a greedy brigand, one of the following messages is displayed in the chat window:
<pirate> delivers an overwhelming barrage against <greedy brigand>, causing some treasure to fall from their grip!
<pirate> executes a masterful strike against <greedy brigand>, who drops some treasure in surprise!
<pirate> performs a powerful attack against <greedy brigand>, and steals some loot in the process!
<pirate> swings a devious blow against <greedy brigand>, jarring some treasure loose!
Lavish Lockers are a type of treasure chest that can be won from greedies. When a player successfully strikes and wins some treasure, a message is shown to everyone aboard the ship, announcing the attacking player and which greedy brigand dropped the locker. Lockers dropped during the fight are added to the ship's booty immediately, so the ship may retain newly acquired lockers even if the melee fight was lost. However, all lockers in the booty chest are vulnerable to being plundered in subsequent battles.
Lockers are opened during booty division, and the contents are divided proportionately between pirates who assisted in attacking greedies during each battle. The lockers contain Pieces of Eight, along with exclusive items such as furniture, trinkets, silver chromas, pelicans, and lobsters. Greedy trinkets can be exchanged at trading posts for special clothing and furniture designs, or for coin purses containing Pieces of Eight.
- Greedy brigands were first announced in a forum post by developer Forculus in July 2016.
- They were first added to the Ice Ocean with Ice release 2016-08-05.
- They were added to production oceans on release 2016-09-28.
- Prior to release 2023-08-28, the contents of Lavish Lockers were dividied amongst pirates based on the number of sea battles they participated in, and not by a pirate's contribution to their acquisition.