Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag features a large number of collectibles that can be found by players who wish to reach a 100% synchronization rate at the end of the game, and the following guide explains how to find all of them, and how to unlock all corresponding AC 4 achievements and trophies.
Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Collectibles are divided in four major categories that serve different purposes; while the locations featured in the game are also divided in categories based on their importance to Edward’s story.
To fully control a location in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag you will have to find and retrieve all collectibles in the area, and you will also have to complete all activities related to the said location.
These activities include Assassin Contracts, Naval Contracts, solving Mayan Stelae Puzzles, or finding and unlocking the hidden taverns.
The Templar Hunts are also side activities (missions) that can be unlocked in specific areas, but you don’t have to complete them in order to control those zones.
The Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Major Locations are areas related to Edward’s life as a pirate. They are large cities or islands and they include more collectibles than other areas. These locations should be visited while playing the main sequences (missions).
Cape Bonavista, which is accessed at the beginning of the game, is a major location, as well as Havana.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag includes 9 major locations: Cape Bonavista, Havana, Nassau, Kingston, Long Bay, Great Inagua, Tulum, Principe, and Isla Providencia.
The Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Secondary Locations are medium or small islands scattered through the ocean.
Most of them are not related to the story and can be visited at any point in the game, but only after Edward captures Jackdaw. A secondary location also includes collectibles to be found and side-activities that must be completed in order to fully control it.
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag features 25 secondary locations: Arroyos, Salt Key Bank, Crooked Island, Grand Cayman, Petite Caverne, Jiguey, Ambergris Key, San Juan, Anotto Bay, Misteriosa, Pinos Isle, Cat Island, Matanzas, New Bone, Tortuga, Andreas Island, Corozal, Ile A Vache, Abaco Island, Salt Lagoon, Santanillas, Cumberland Bay, Mariguana Island, Cayman Sound and Florida.
Side Activities Locations
The Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Side Activities Locations are similar to the secondary locations, but they involve a series of activities you have to complete, or they unlock new side activities.
These locations also include collectibles that must be found. An example of such a location is Dry Tortuga, which is a Naval Fort that must be conquered. When the fort falls in Edward’s hands, it will become a location controlled by the pirates and you will be able to unlock a Naval Contract that can be completed to earn additional funds.
The shipwrecks of legendary ships, such as San Ignacio, are also side activities locations. AC4: Black Flag includes 18 side-activities locations: Castillo De Jagua, Charlotte, Chinchorro, Conttoyor, Cabo De Cruz, Dry Tortuga, Eleuthera, Gibara, Navassa, Punta Guarico, Serranilla, Kabah Ruins, Devil’s Eye Caverns, La Concepcion Shipwreck, The Blue Hole, San Ignacio Wreck, Antocha Shipwreck, and The Black Trench.
For every location featured in AC4, a specific guide was created, to help you find all collectables in the game; however, there are items that don’t belong to any of these locations, being scattered through the ocean.
These items are referred to as Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag West-Indies Sea Collectibles.
The four categories of collectibles featured in Assassin’s Creed 4 are: Chests, Animus Fragments, Song Sheets and Secrets.
The chests you can find while exploring the world have the single purpose of helping you get more money (R or Reales), as well as other valuable items that will be automatically sold. All chests in an area must be collected to gain full control over it.
The Animus Fragments in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag don’t award any special rewards, except for the fact that they help you gain 100% sync in an area and they help you unlock challenges.
There are 200 AC4 Animus Fragments that must be collected, and they are similar to the Feathers from the previous Assassin’s Creed video game.
The Song Sheets are also collectibles that will help you reach 100% synchronization at the end of the game.
A Song Sheet or a Shanty is a piece of paper containing the lyrics of a pirate song. Once collected, your crew will learn the song on the said sheet and will sing it while sailing. The Song Sheets fly away when you get close to them, and you will have to catch them before they disappear.
Their locations are fixed, and they respawn if you fail to collect them. The time required for a Shanty to respawn is around 2 minutes.
The Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag Secrets are probably the most important collectibles in the game, and they are divided in three sub-categories. T he first sub-category includes a series of manuscripts which are pieces of papers related to multiple historical events and characters, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing named“The Fetus in The Womb”.
The second sub-category includes the letters, which are found inside bottles. The letters contain personal thoughts of those who live, or lived, in the areas visited by Edward. Finally, the third sub-category features the treasure maps.
These maps are vital if you want to unlock new designs for your ship, in order to customize it, or if you want to earn large amounts of money. The treasure maps can be found on cadavers and can be retrieved from them by interacting while close to a corpse.
A secret map will usually show a drawing which marks specific points in the world, as well as a series of coordinates. Using the coordinates on the treasure map, you will have to find a specific area, by opening your main map and navigating on it.
After you determine the area, you will have to find the exact position of a treasure using the drawing on the same map. When you do, you will reach a digging spot and the buried chest.
Revealing All Collectibles Locations
All collectibles in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag can be revealed by synchronizing the viewpoints.
You don’t have to buy specific maps, and you don’t have to perform additional missions.
For the Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag West-Indies Sea Collectibles, on the other hand, you need to conquer all Naval Forts.