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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


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  1. Sniper Rose / Jun 27 2013 1:32 pm

    Nice guide KI. Keep it up! 🙂

  2. brea56 / Jun 27 2013 2:14 pm

    i agree sinprr

    • Anonymous / Jun 27 2013 2:59 pm

      I like sniper to

  3. Anonymous / Jun 27 2013 2:58 pm

    I like swash buckler

    • Anonymous / Jun 27 2013 6:17 pm

      I’m a level 10 swash buckler.

      • Anonymous / Aug 8 2013 4:27 pm

        and iam a lvl 65 buccaneer

    • Anonymous / Jun 28 2013 12:02 am

      me to bro!

      • FrostBiteTheThird / Jul 1 2013 6:05 pm

        What you just did Anonymous is the definition of forever alone.

      • mike / Aug 9 2013 5:51 am

        I level 90 buccaneer

      • Anonymous / Nov 4 2013 7:51 pm

        i have a level 24 swashbuckler a level 10 buccaneer a level 10 musketeer and a level five privateer worked hard to level them all up

  4. SorceressMiklai / Jun 27 2013 2:58 pm

    I really like the artwork flowchart and how it maps it out for your character. For my second account I had lists because I was trying to do each pirate different than in my first account but at the same time make sure that none on my second had the same stories/background either.

    I am really love y’all’s blog and the different insights from everyone associated with KI & P101 🙂

    Keep ’em coming!


  5. Anonymous / Jun 27 2013 4:46 pm

    I was wondering why I always gasperd de vole

    • Anonymous / Aug 12 2013 4:39 pm

      becuse you picked the armada on how you lost your parents

  6. Anonymous / Jun 27 2013 5:14 pm

    this game is so cool it is a good replacement for wizard 101 when I forgot my username

  7. liam / Jun 27 2013 5:32 pm

    so this is just like doing a punnet square

    • pirate101community / Jun 28 2013 9:30 am

      Really good analogy! I wish I would have thought about that when I was writing it! 🙂

  8. Brave.s / Jun 27 2013 6:21 pm

    I am a musketeer lv 49 thanks pirate101

  9. Anonymous / Jun 27 2013 6:51 pm

    kan po is THE boss

    • swashbucklermaster / Nov 4 2013 8:46 pm

      You KNOW it!

  10. Anonymous / Jun 27 2013 6:51 pm

    Its like Wizard101, questions. Keep ’em coming. I love this game and Wizard101. Hope there are cheat codes. There needs to be one for Wizard101.

    • Anonymous / Jul 24 2013 6:58 am

      Kingsisle doesn’t do cheat codes. It’s just not how they work? And why would they? It would mess up pvp, make the game way too easy, give you loads of free stuff, or junk up the process in other ways. The games are fine the way they are. Without cheats.

  11. Anonymous / Jun 27 2013 7:10 pm

    buccaneers rule!

    • Anonymous / Jul 16 2013 11:01 pm

      You said it i’m a level 44 buccaneer!

  12. cade / Jun 27 2013 9:24 pm

    I like Praiviteteer

  13. Anonymous / Jun 28 2013 7:04 am

    wizard101 sucks pirate101 is beter

    • pirate101community / Jun 28 2013 9:31 am

      Aww! I like them both! 🙂

      • Anonymous / Jul 24 2013 6:59 am

        As do I.

      • Allan Thunderhunter II / Aug 13 2013 2:22 pm

        I personally prefer Wizard101. No offense.

  14. Dark Jacob / Jun 28 2013 9:19 am

    I already knew the last two questions’ roles in what makes up your pirate, but I I had no idea what the first question had to do with anything at all. It seemed like it was there because it was there. Thanks for the info! 🙂

    • pirate101community / Jun 28 2013 9:32 am

      You’re welcome and thanks for reading!

  15. Quick Morgan / Jun 28 2013 4:40 pm

    I have another question. How do you report players who are not your friend?

    • Anonymous / Jul 24 2013 7:01 am

      Just click on them to bring up the friend window, and click report. If they’ve teleported away or something before you could click on them, right click their name in the chat window and click report.
      Hope that helped.

  16. Anonmys / Jun 28 2013 4:42 pm

    Pirate 101 is so cool I just wish that it was membership access areas.

  17. Coolster50 / Jun 28 2013 7:29 pm

    Buccaneers FOR THE WIN!!!!!

  18. FrostBiteTheThird / Jul 1 2013 6:02 pm

    I love magic, so you’d expect me to like Witchdoctors. All though I do like them, Privateers are actually my favorite. And a you said we love choices, I think you should add more choices! I also think Bonnie Anne should have some counter parts! I know you said that you want everybody to have a healer, BUT, there could be 2 other companions. You get one of the “Shaman Trio” (I’m calling them the Shaman Trio because they can heal others) by the answer of 2 of the questions. (How you where arrested doesn’t count)Here is a few examples: Shipwreck and Marleybone result in Bonnie Anne. Or, Storm and Grizzlehiem could result in maybe a Privateer Moose. And last, Armada and Skull Island could get a Watermole Shaman. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you incorporate this into Pirate101.

  19. K Monk / Jul 2 2013 3:27 am

    I thought as must about this, that answering those 3 questions would give a player different companions

  20. awsome / Jul 3 2013 5:18 pm

    I love all kingsisle games they are the BEST

  21. Game Wizard / Jul 9 2013 7:08 am

    Awesome Guide man!
    You nailed this one.
    I need to change my Strats now.. Lol

  22. Game Wizard / Jul 9 2013 7:09 am

    Reblogged this on Gha Links Blog and commented:
    A Nice Guide for Pirate101

  23. Mallory / Jul 10 2013 7:39 am

    I emailed you guys and have not gotten a reply not even a robot response.

  24. lalalalalalala / Jul 13 2013 8:25 am

    I went on your game to play and it had no characters on character selction and made make a new pirate do you know why?

    • Anonymous / Jul 24 2013 7:04 am

      I’ve never had that problem, but on Wizard101, my fire wizard was unable to complete the quest to receive his heckhound spell. Maybe these are both bugs. If that’s the case, hopefully they’ll be fixed soon.

  25. john / Jul 30 2013 6:25 pm

    privateer is my favorite school i’m max lvl but i wish they made a specail move for hitting like buccaneer and swashbuckler

  26. Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 5:01 pm

    level 18 witchdoctor!

    • Pirate101Lover / Sep 10 2013 2:10 pm

      level 17 swashbuckler FTW (I’m so boss for my level)

  27. Anonymous / Aug 1 2013 9:08 am

    buccaneers are better than ANYONE ELES

    • john / Aug 9 2013 4:05 pm

      privateers are better then buccaneer mostly cause we got so many increasing spells when we max

      • Anonymous / Nov 4 2013 7:57 pm

        also swashbucklers are weak against privateers so when i go against privateers i have to rely on getting highest damage possible

    • Anonymous / Nov 8 2013 6:54 pm

      Yes yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes. You are so right. BUCCANEERS ARE AWSOME!!!

  28. Anonymous / Aug 3 2013 6:15 am

    there should be one more options for each of the three questions,
    Orphaned by: commandeering, frog musket
    Where you grew up: aquila, plus 5% armor
    Your crime: thievery, scallywag-companion is a pig, like ju hao

    please reply and tell me if you have any problems with this(Still working on type of weapon they use)

  29. Anonymous / Aug 3 2013 3:01 pm

    level 25 privateer

    • john / Aug 9 2013 4:10 pm

      i hope they put a hitting spell for privateers next chapter something cool tough,
      for privateers they should put a spell when your companions die they come back to life in next chapter

  30. Anonymous / Aug 8 2013 1:46 pm

    buccanners rock lvl 65

  31. Anonymous / Aug 9 2013 7:46 am

    keep up the great games kingsisle!

    • Anonymous / Aug 20 2013 4:41 pm

      great games kingsisle hope you make a king 101

      • Anonymous / Aug 28 2013 6:22 pm

        i love it

  32. john / Aug 9 2013 4:04 pm

    i’m privateer lvl 65

  33. Anonymous / Aug 10 2013 4:24 pm

    i am lvl 90 witchdoctor

    • Garret / Aug 13 2013 4:35 pm

      I like swashbucklers the best
      btw it only goes to lvl 65

  34. jeremy / Aug 11 2013 3:29 pm

    I am a musketeer in P101 a life wiz in W101. yaw should make another game.

  35. Aurora Declark / Aug 13 2013 1:14 pm

    Really? level 90 on pirate101 oh please! stop lying :p level 90 is on wizard101 not pirate101, P.S: i love swashbucklers! They are cute xD and strong.

  36. emily / Aug 13 2013 1:38 pm

    i like witcdoctors cause they are cloce to wizards p.s i love your games they are incredible! XD

  37. emily / Aug 13 2013 1:39 pm

    oh it’s emily landon and emily lightriver

  38. Joel / Aug 14 2013 8:37 pm

    I must say i love kingsile games and i enjoy playing the games but what are all the ompanions you can get as a witchdovpctir level 46

  39. dead-eye brian / Aug 18 2013 12:35 pm

    by the way i am swashbuckler. they are cool and strong. 😉

  40. Anonymous / Sep 13 2013 7:26 am

    Very helpful thank you! (I have Gaspard De Vole Guinea Pig Buccaneer! Not Dissapointed even though i would have preffered Birgus Latro)

  41. Anoymous / Sep 14 2013 8:29 am

    Very interesting!! These two charts are just wonderfully detailed, and the descriptions are thoroughly described!! Love it! 😀 😀 😀

  42. wichdoctor life wizard / Sep 14 2013 11:44 am


  43. Emma Darkspear / Sep 24 2013 4:39 pm

    Musketeers are awesome! you guys forgot the kraken skulls five though. XD i LOVE louis le bisque!!!!!!!!

  44. Anonymous / Oct 5 2013 7:20 am

    I love a priviter

  45. Kirby girl / Oct 5 2013 2:51 pm

    NO WAY witchdoctors are best they can do all kinds of stuff and dont I just love my goat he is too awesome for my first little helper -_- he almost got burned in jail from the Armada =_= but anyway Love him >.<

  46. Deadshot / Oct 6 2013 12:53 pm

    you don’t mess with Musketeers 🙂

  47. Anonymous / Oct 13 2013 12:29 pm

    I like privateers. You know why they have the least companions? Because they don’t need a lot. 😄

  48. Anonymous / Nov 6 2013 8:43 am

    I am a Level 49 Witchdoctor and I love every minute of it.

  49. Elf / Nov 7 2013 8:47 pm

    Thank You!

  50. Anonymous / Nov 8 2013 6:47 pm

    Im a level 65 buccaneer and they are the BEST. Kobe Yojimbo may have low health and a strange hairstyle, but he is SUPER STRONG.

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