Brigand King

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Brigand Kings are special brigands found occasionally when players attack red- or orange-ringed ships. Brigand kings cannot be distinguished from normal brigands before entering sea battle. Rather, the brigand king makes an announcement at the start of the sea battle and the brigand ship will display the <Brigand King> flag on the battle navigation screen. During the melee the normal swordfight puzzle background is replaced with a special "Brigand King!" background. Once the battle ends the brigand king's ship disappears immediately. Barbarian Kings behave exactly like Brigand Kings, except they display <Barbarian King> during sea battle, rumble during the melee, and use a "Barbarian King!" background1.

A ship engaged with a Brigand King ship.

Defeating a brigand king provides a special trinket particular to that king. These trinkets can be held in portraits. The trinkets are inscribed with the message, "Ransomed by <Brigand King> to <Pirate> on <date>." Every experienced player2 aboard will receive the same type of trinket, but they may be different colors.

Old salts in the inn will provide information on the kings for their standard ten PoE fee. This information appears to be a random statement pertaining to a specific King gathering/plundering a certain type of fruit. How exactly these statements pertain to the Brigand Kings is uncertain. There is speculation that the fruit increases the chance of that Brigand King appearing, but people have also encountered Brigand Kings without having any fruit on board, so it doesn't seem to be a requirement to get them.

1 There have been cases of Admiral Finius and Gretchen Goldfang being a Barbarian King yet the background to the rumble puzzle appears as a non-Barbarian King rumble background.
2 On doubloon oceans, the player must be holding at least a Pirate badge. On subscription oceans, the player must be subscribed.

List of Kings

Brigand/Barbarian Kings
Admiral Finius
Finius' swabbies wear tam o'shanters.
Engagement chants:
  • Sacre bleu! You're in the presence of royalty! Admiral Finius approaches!
  • Admiral Finius says, "What have we here? Another minnow who has taken the bait? Hurry and hook these insufferable fools!"

Grappling chant:

  • Admiral Finius says, "Raise your blades, men! It is time to skewer these shrimps!"

Death chant:

  • Admiral Finius says, "Your beloved admiral is down men! Fight on! Fight on! We shall drink the sweet wine from glory's cup yet!"

Defeat chants:

  • Admiral Finius says, "If I am to lose to the likes of pirates, then let me die as well! For death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily..."
  • Admiral Finius says, "Very well, I shall give each of yer dedicated hands one <''Insert trinket name''> in ransom for my release."

Victory chant:

  • Admiral Finius says, "Victory is mine! It was futile from the beginning, no mere pirate could take on the greatest naval genius ever to grace the emerald infinity!"
Admiral Finius
Barnabas the Pale
Barnabas's swabbies are blue skellies with glowing blue eyes.
Engagement chants:
  • The echoing cries of long dead pirates fill the air... Barnabas the Pale and his ghostly crew have come for you!
  • Barnabas the Pale says, "Hear me now, mortal humans! Your ship crossed over to the Abyss, and with it comes death!"

Disengagement chant:

  • Barnabas the Pale says, "You cannot escape death mortals! I will hunt you down, beyond the seas and into your fevered dreams. I will find you."

Grappling chant:

  • Barnabas the Pale says, "Rise from your watery graves ye fallen ones- cutthroats, murderers and traitors! Raise up your cold steel and join me in battle!"

Death chant:

  • Barnabas the Pale says, "Your master commands you to fight to the very end! Death is nothing to those that live it everyday!"

Defeat chants:

  • Barnabas the Pale says, "From the Abyss I was born and there I shall return. Perhaps now I shall finally have my peace and see her lovely face again..."
  • Barnabas the Pale says, "Very well, I shall give each of yer dedicated hands one <''Insert trinket name''> in ransom for my release."

Victory chant:

  • Barnabas the Pale says, "Board their ship and loot it all! If any one tries to stop you, strike them down and throw them overboard. We can always use more crewmen..."
Barnabas the Pale
Gretchen Goldfang
Gretchen's male swabbies wear turbans. The female swabbies wear scarves. All have gold rings on their hats.
Engagement chants:
  • Hide your treasure! The ruthless pirate, Gretchen the Goldfang is headed your way!
  • Gretchen Goldfang says, "I thought I smelled treasure in the air... To your stations! I can almost taste their precious gold already!"

Disengagement chant:

  • Gretchen Goldfang says, "Escape, will you? No matter, the stink of treasure will be all over you soon enough - and then so will I once more!"

Grappling chant:

  • Gretchen Goldfang says, "Show no mercy and their riches are ours!"

Death chant:

  • Gretchen Goldfang says, "The filthy rats have overwhelmed me! Exterminate these vermin!"

Defeat chants:

  • Gretchen Goldfang says, "No! To your knees men! Search every plank about the deck, I think I've lost a tooth in the fray!"
  • Gretchen Goldfang says, "Very well, I shall give each of yer dedicated hands one <''Insert trinket name''> in ransom for my release."

Victory chant:

  • Gretchen Goldfang says, "See this golden smile, feeble pirate? You just helped make it bigger! Ha ha ha!"
Gretchen Goldfang
Vargas the Mad
All of Vargas's swabbies are bald, including the females.
Engagement chants:
  • Brace yourself! Vargas the Mad and his barbaric horde are looking for a rumble!
  • Vargas the Mad says, "Hehehe! Looking for a bit of a fight are we? Wonderful! We all just ran out of things to smash!"

Disengagement chant:

  • Vargas the Mad says, "Run away! Hehehe, run away! Hide under the ocean, behind the sun or beneath the tiniest seashell! I will find you pirates!"

Grappling chant:

  • Vargas the Mad says, "Time break a few necks lads! Hehehe!"

Death chant:

  • Vargas the Mad says, "Things are getting a bit dark around here mates... seems the dream world is calling. Crack a few skulls for me!"

Defeat chants:

  • Vargas the Mad says, "No! No! No! We cannot lose! If we do they will come for us! They will comes for us all!"
  • Vargas the Mad says, "Very well, I shall give each of yer dedicated hands one <''Insert trinket name''> in ransom for my release."

Victory chant:

  • Vargas the Mad says, "Hehehe, another mighty good brawl we had! The icing on the trout is that we take all your shiny coins and the like!"
Vargus the Mad
The Widow Queen
The Widow Queen's swabbies are all female and wear a grey bandana with a red hourglass on it.
Engagement chants:
  • Watch your back! The devilishly beautiful Widow Queen and her deadly crew of lady pirates have spotted you!
  • The Widow Queen says, "What have we here, a nice morsel trapped in my web? Fear not, it will all be over soon."

Disengagement chant:

  • The Widow Queen says, "This is going nowhere fast. Should you stumble into my web again I should hope you have more of a fight in you."

Grappling chant:

  • The Widow Queen says, "Easy now, this won't hurt a bit... it will hurt a lot. Draw your blades ladies, it's time."

Death chant:

  • The Widow Queen says, "Fight for your Queen, ladies, fight on! Destroy the swine that dare challenge a sea goddess!"

Defeat chants:

  • The Widow Queen says, "Curse you, curse you all! Ladies, retreat back to the shadows, this day is not ours..."
  • The Widow Queen says, "Very well, I shall give each of yer dedicated hands one <''Insert trinket name''> in ransom for my release."

Victory chant:

  • The Widow Queen says, "What your hold needs is a woman's touch. You'll get that at least, as we can't go about taking every bit of treasure you have without actually touching it."
The Widow Queen

Trinket Rewards

Admiral Finius
Baby Portrait of Adm. Finius Fish Eye Lens Monocle Porcelain Cup Prestigious Naval Medal Royal Anchovy Tin
Barnabas the Pale
Cursed Idol Ectoplasm Music Box of Lamentations Will o' Wisp
Gretchen Goldfang
Ivory Toothpick Lucky Rabbit's Foot Salt Shaker Wooden Amulet
Vargas the Mad
Jigsaw Puzzle Piece Reading Pipe Scientific Tome Siren's Comb
The Widow Queen
Arsenic Ring Jeweled Brooch Rose Goddess Perfume Silk Handkerchief


See Also

Historical Notes

The artwork for Vargas the Mad was missing until release 2006-07-19. Players who encountered him at sea would see an error message instead of his face.


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