Since it is impossible for two characters from the same account to log on to the same ocean, alt abuse occurs between two accounts controlled simultaneously.
Examples of alt abuse
- Evading any in game restrictions placed on the use of alts.
- A player who uses an alt with a lower puzzle standing than their main account to win PoE from lower-ranked people.
- A player who uses an alt to manipulate their own puzzle standing.
- Placing an alt in a rival's crew or flag to spy on or grief their play, such as by reporting moves in a blockade to a ship's opponents.
- Using an alt to evade a mute, blackspot, or ban.
- Creating a greenie alt to find greeters or to harass the greeters.
- Using "alt flags" to stage blockades. (This problem has been largely eliminated with the introduction of flag fame ratings.)
- Using alts with low puzzle standing to evade the Black Ship.
- Using a greenie alt to keep swabbies aboard a ship while pillaging.