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June 27, 2013 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Pirate101 Tips – Picking Your Perfect Pirate

One Eyed Jack is here with the first Pirate101 game play tip article, some tips on how to pick the perfect Pirate!

When you first create your Pirate, every player is faced with three questions:

  1. How did you lose your parents?
  2. Where did you grow up?
  3. How did you get arrested by the Armada?

It’s the backbone of Pirate101 and makes for some really fun re-playability because if you chose different answers for each of these questions – you’ll experience the game differently. Sure, you’ll still be crashing your way through the Armada’s forces and finding all the pieces of the map to El Dorado, but these small choices will cue certain punch lines and apply game altering affects for the rest of your character’s Pirate101 existence.

This post will attempt to demystify a few of these choices.  Below is an example of how the choices you make early on will affect your Pirate later in the game.


Didn’t help?  Here’s more:

1- The “How you lost your parents” question will directly impact which companion you receive after you completed the “Presidio” dungeon of Skull Island. A good Internet search will yield information from pretty much every fan website out there, so to avoid spoilers, we’re not going to give you them all outright! However, choosing storm will net you a Swashbuckling companion, choosing shipwreck will result in a Privateer companion, and if you lost your parents to any of the other choices, you’ll receive one of three really awesome Buccaneer companions. All of them are great companions, so you can’t go wrong with your choice here.

These “Presidio Five” companions will talk to you throughout your journeys, and each has their own distinct personality.   Moreover, each of these companions knew your parents personally, so they will share insights about them when the situation arises. If you like finding all the unique little tidbits in the Pirate101 story, make sure to choose a different path for each of your different Pirates!

2- The “Where you grew up” question adds a very basic power card to your list of passive abilities.  Of course your character will be able to complete the entire game regardless of what power card is chosen, but there are a few extremely detail-oriented players out there who might want to re-roll their character if they didn’t make the right choice here:

  1. Marleybone: Keen Eyes (+5% accuracy)
  2. Krokotopia: Naturally Spooky (increased power effects)
  3. Grizzleheim: Naturally Tough (+5% health)
  4. MooShu: Born Warrior (+5 damage)
  5. Skull Island: Born Sneak (+5% dodge)


All of these abilities play into a major question – which class will you be? As a Witchdoctor, it would seem Naturally Spooky is an obvious choice, correct?  But what about Privateer?  Naturally Spooky will help them with their healing, but arguments could be made for any of the choices above . . . it really comes down to how you like to play your character.  If you like to put them out in the middle of the battle, you might choose health or dodging.  If you like to do a lot of damage, you might be swayed in that direction, and almost everyone can benefit from accuracy because it’s better to hit your target more often than not, right? The debate is endless, but we definitely like to give you a lot of options here because we know you love options!

3-  The last and most impactful decision you make is why the Armada arrested you — that directs both your class and your starter companion. Whether it’s hoodoo, dueling, brawling, treason, or smuggling, you’ll be off to adventure with one of what we like to call “The MooShu Five” companions.

  1. Buccaneer: Kobe Yojimbo
  2. Privateer: Egg Shen
  3. Witchdoctor: Kan Po
  4. Musketeer:  Wing Chun
  5. Swashbuckler: Subodai

Just like “The Presidio Five,” “The MooShu Five” companions are powerful allies who will banter with you throughout your journey and serve as faithful companions with several promotion quests.  They are awesome!  Keep them leveled up and they will help keep you alive.

See you in the Skyways and thanks for reading.

One-Eyed Jack
Community Manager


Leave a Comment
  1. Anonymous / Nov 11 2013 7:10 am

    i like swahbuckler best and buccaner

    • Silver Katherine / Oct 19 2014 8:02 am

      What a great guide, KI. I had understand this guide in the past, but I hope everyone’s understand what to do with their pirate, companions, and talents, not just only me. 🙂

  2. Anonymous / Jan 31 2014 2:44 pm

    i love that

  3. Tatiana Jackson / Feb 10 2014 8:57 am

    I never knew how much time went into the game.

    • Anonymous / Mar 7 2014 3:20 pm

      Buck is the best it has hawkles and he is the best

      • Brave Luke Bowman / Apr 18 2014 4:12 pm

        I think everybody gets hawkules. 😛

      • Anonymous / Jul 6 2014 2:37 pm

        Everyone but privateer gets hawkules. Look at the wiki 😛

  4. Sly Nicholas Nesbit / Feb 14 2014 7:48 pm

    swashbucklers and buccaneers don’t have high base health.

  5. Anonymous / Apr 5 2014 12:15 pm

    I think it makes sense that they made the name for the starter companions, “The Mooshu Five” Because all of them are actually from Mooshu!

  6. Anonymous / Apr 10 2014 7:43 pm

    In aquila the dungon of Lamos is inpossible unless you buy level 65 henchman on the last battle it looks fair but then 2 manticores come in and the boss has 4,567 health

  7. Mason / Apr 19 2014 2:32 pm

    Hi! From, Kindly Mason Fisher, Level 8.

  8. / Apr 23 2014 4:23 am

    Very energetic post, I loved that bit. Will there be a art 2?

  9. Sly Nicholas Nesbit / Jun 7 2014 1:27 am

    lvl 65 is the best,especially when your a bucanneer or privateer you get heavy armor and you can get really cool close.

  10. Cruel Anthony Blake (Pirate 101 Player) / Aug 3 2014 9:38 am

    This is Cruel Anthony Blake here from Pirate 101 (Level 8 Privateer) and I think that an ostrich is a pet that is not a very good pet even though this has nothing to do with what this page tells us. I am just saying. 😉

    • damian / Aug 4 2014 5:55 pm

      of course its not good you have to train it first to your level so it can get new abilities

      • Anonymous / Nov 27 2015 8:06 pm

        I agree with Damian. My ostrich is lvl 11, and it has helped me finish fights faster and easier.

  11. Hawkules / Sep 21 2014 9:51 am


  12. akn / Oct 18 2014 4:03 am

    i have played this game 2days and 2nights but i never get bored.My name in pirate101 is romantic victor cog.

  13. Bloody Tanner / Nov 2 2014 8:27 am

    Hi! My name is Bloody Tanner Xaixer, level 16.

  14. Richard / Jan 5 2015 6:28 am

    Hi my name is Merciless Richard Chamberlain! I’m a level 65 swashbuckler! I think swashbucklers are the best because, they get the highest dodge. My dodge is 229. Another reason is because of the poison, black fog, and lots of attacking powers. They also have dance of steel! When I did it while hidden, I did about 1200 damage to three enemies. Last, their weapon power is high! My weapon power is 342!

  15. cindy / Jan 13 2015 8:43 pm

    I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. si1verwing / Apr 13 2015 10:20 pm

    My favourite of the MooShu Five is and always will be Subodai. ^^ I became a Swashbuckler purely by accident, but now I wouldn’t switch to Musketeer for all the gold in the Spiral. 😀

    ~Sarcastic Mary Silver
    Level 65 Swashbuckler

  17. Anonymous / Aug 24 2015 12:10 pm

    i think hawkules is cool and im a swashbuckler

    • Anonymous / Aug 31 2015 6:06 am

      I believe Swashbucklers are sick because I am a swashbuckler and they have an awesome move called dance of steele. I never tried it but I have seen it in a walkthrough. It was totally cool! I am a level 18 swashbuckler. My companion is Subodai.

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