Featured article: Mercenary
Mercenaries, or mercs, are Non-Player Pirates (NPPs) hired onto a ship in Puzzle Pirates. Affiliated with the Crimson Company, they outperform swabbies in duty puzzles sea battle frays, and can participate in haunted seas and Atlantis frays.
Identified by their bright red name and unique adjectives, mercenaries require rum spice for hiring and perform better than swabbies in various activities. The number of available mercenaries depends on the ship type, and they contribute to flag influence during blockades. They consume rum spice and receive a share of booty, adjusting their cut during sea monster hunts based on the ratio of mercenaries to pirates. Mercenaries have specific roles and limitations in different scenarios, enhancing the gameplay experience.
Mercenaries were introduced with release 2023-03-28.