Expeditions are a side-activity that can be found and undertaken during any kind of voyage, except a swabbie ship transport. There are currently seven types of expeditions, which range from hunting down merchant ships, to defending islands from vikings, to recovering buried treasure. They are obtained from brigands and barbarians that have been defeated during a voyage, black boxes, and Explorers' halls. Depending on the type of expedition, pirates can be rewarded for their efforts with Pieces of Eight, plundered booty, a trinket or even a portrait.
Players can keep track of expeditions they have access to and have completed via the Yer Expeditions section, which is visible on the Ahoy! tab when a ship learns of at least one expedition. Expeditions are lost after booty division, unless the expedition's map or compass is still on the navigation table. The Yer Expeditions section will also disappear with booty division until another expedition is obtained.
|Expedition type||Obtained from||Activities involved|
|Brigand King sighting ("BK")|
|Imperial Outpost ("IO")||
|Viking Raid ("VR")||
|No puzzle (Exploration)|
Expeditions which can be bought in an explorers' hall may also be found by opening a black box. Additionally, some boxes may reveal maps to a buried treasure or sunken ship expedition. These maps either have crossed shovels (for a buried treasure expedition), or a sunken ship (for a shipwreck).
All expeditions except Imperial outposts and Viking raids can further be obtained as a random reward for defeating brigands and barbarians at sea while voyaging. News of an expedition won from a brigand or barbarian will be displayed in the Booty Pillaged ahoy, and a new expedition will appear beneath the Yer Expeditions section on the Ahoy! tab, giving information about the currently active expedition.
More information about an expedition can be found on the expedition report screen, which lists all of the current expeditions, and where they may be found. Expedition locations are indicated relative to the ship's currently-charted course. The distance may read:
Only one expedition may be active at any one time, though the specific active expedition may be changed by any crew member ranked officer or above on the expedition report screen. Expedition information will be lost upon dividing the booty whether or not it has been completed, unless the expedition's map or compass is still on the chart table.
Note that unlike sea monster hunt locations, the expedition league point will be part of a regular chartable route. Expeditions extorted from defeated brigands/barbarians will allow pirates to see the expedition league point on Yer Known World. Expedition maps obtained from Explorers' halls or Black markets will contain all the league points from the island of purchase to the expedition site. To sail to an expedition league point, pirates must be able to chart the entire route it appears upon in the usual way, such that the charting end-point is an island.
Any vessel that is not configured for swabbie ship transport may take part in an expedition, provided the officer has all the correct privileges. For example, the ship can only enter a sinking Imperial outpost if the officer is allowed to sail it into sinking battles.
Brigand King sighting or compass
- Main article: Brigand King
This expedition causes a Brigand King ship to spawn. Defeating it will award a trinket to experienced pirates on board.
Placing a Brigand King Compass on the navigation table will start this expedition. Another possibility is to find news of a Brigand King after defeating brigands or barbarians (a sighting). The expedition scales the difficulty of the Brigand King to match the pirates' abilities.
Note that the Brigand King sightings, which are unlocked through defeating brigands, are slightly different to compasses. While a Brigand King sighting may only be pursued once, a compass may be used to spawn a Brigand King ship repeatedly until a battle has been either been won or lost against it. Disengaging from the battle also allows the compass to be used again.
One type of expedition involves receiving information pertaining to the location of buried treasure. This expedition will direct pirates to an atoll located at a nearby league point indicated by an X on Yer Known World and league tracker - red if the expedition is active, and grey if inactive. Upon reaching the league point, any officer in the crew owning the ship can order the pirates aboard onto the atoll by pressing the "Dig for treasure" button located on the Ahoy! tab. The crew will be deposited on the atoll, and be informed to dig for treasure. Buried in the island, usually near an X of some sort, there is a foraging puzzle station, which allows all crew members to forage for chests.
Anyone with officer privileges aboard the ship can order everyone to leave the island at any time from an option on the Ahoy! tab. There will be a message when nearly all of the chests have been foraged, and another when the last chests have been cleared. Additionally, as of release 2013-12-17, once all pirates have finished foraging they will be whisked back to the ship automatically.
As in a normal sea battle, PoE earned will be placed into the booty, with pirates aboard receiving their share, although this is not added to the pirate's total earnings on the pillage summary. When the booty is divided, pirates will get additional PoE from the chests, whether or not they are still aboard the ship. The amount of PoE earned in these chests will be dependent on the number and skill level of the pirates aboard the ship at the time the expedition was won from brigands.
- Main article: Imperial outpost
Another possible type of expedition involves raiding an Imperial outpost. A map must be purchased from an explorers' hall, which leads to a tiny island denoted with a crown icon in the ocean view. After an Imperial ship is sunk during a sea battle, a swordfight takes place on the island. If the pirates win the swordfight, Pieces of Eight, cannon balls, and rum are placed in the ship's booty and hold.
- Main article: Merchant brigand
Another type of expedition involves allowing players to track a merchant ship at any point in the ocean. The merchant ship will behave normally and contain whatever commodities it was shipping, along with some PoE. This type of expedition will be listed as complete either upon defeat of the merchant ship, or when the merchant ship ports. The ship will appear as a small ship icon on Yer Known World - again, red if the expedition is active, and grey if inactive.
Another type of expedition comprises sailing to a nearby shipwreck, located at a league point. On Yer Known World and league tracker the wreck is designated by a partly sunk ship icon, again- red if the expedition is active, and grey if it is not. Upon reaching the league point, a "Haul Treasure!" button becomes available in the Ahoy! tab. If clicked, a Treasure Haul game begins. Unlike a Buried Treasure expedition, there are no chests to be hauled. A message and duty report is displayed when all PoE has been hauled from the sunken ship.
- Main article: Viking raid
These expeditions are accessed using maps purchased at an explorers' hall. The map leads to a tiny island denoted with a viking helmet icon in the ocean view. First pirates man the guns at the shore fortifications, then either a Swordfight or Rumble takes place on the island. If the pirates win the brawl, Pieces of Eight are placed in the ship's booty and hold.
Pirates must search for the Yeti which is hiding somewhere on the island. Nearby will be its cave and a few food-themed furniture items. Once discovered, the yeti grants pirates a free two person portrait which is entitled "Definitive proof of <Yeti Name>". To begin the portrait, click on the portrait easel.
When the pirates leave the island, the Yeti places a number of ice chests, containing PoE, in the ship's booty and hold.
This type of expedition was made available to production oceans with release 2013-12-17.
A bug exists whereby pirates cannot paint the portrait after they have generated a preview, and then made changes. This is because the Yeti enters the portrait with the "ready" box ticked, but will not tick it again. To work around this, pirates must cancel the portrait and start it again.
Vampirate sighting or compass
- Main article: Vampirate
This expedition causes a Vampirate ship to spawn. Defeating it will award blood boxes which are held in the ship booty.
Placing a Vampire Reliquary on the navigation table will start this expedition. The expedition scales the difficulty to match the pirates' abilities.
A vampire reliquary may be used to spawn a Vampirate ship repeatedly until a battle has been either been won or lost against it. Disengaging from the battle also allows the vampire reliquary to be used again.
This type of expedition was made available to production oceans with release 2021-09-04.