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September 26, 2013 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Pirate101 Tips – Understanding Talents

Having played Wizard101 for many years (proudly displays Pioneer Dragon Mount), I am very familiar with a single mental hurdle that must be overcome by all Wizard101 players who make the leap over to play Pirate101. In a single word, this hurdle is . . . talents.


In Wizard101 players are very familiar with coming to their school teacher and receiving a “spell” that they “cast” from a “card” in their “deck.”  As you can see from the picture below, my brand new storm wizard has a nice list of spells left to purchase in Wizard101.


In Pirate101 players also see a list from their class trainer.


As you can see from the shot above, my brand new Swashbuckler has a ton of things left to train, but here is a big difference!  These are not your Wizard101 wizard’s spells, these are called “talents and powers.”  Let me steal a couple paragraphs from our Player’s Guide about these:

“You can receive training in:

Talents – these make you faster, stronger, healthier, etc. or let you use new items (like Light Armor). They are active all the time.

Epic Talents – these are Combat skills that are used automatically when in combat, such as attacking whenever an enemy approaches, or getting a second chance if you miss during an attack.

Powers –special Combat abilities that show up at the bottom of the UI, during the Combat Planning phase. You can use a Power instead of a normal attack. These may attack one or more enemies, or help one or more units on your team.”

In my mind, I just imagine a confused Wizard101 player in Pirate101 purchasing the “Fast” Talent and wondering why they can’t “cast” this “spell” from their “deck.”  Ahhh fair wizard, not to worry, — Fast is a passive talent that will allow your character to move two extra steps on the battleboard PERMANENTLY from the time you train it.

That’s right!  All talents are passive, meaning you  don’t have to “cast” this “card” because it stays with you as a permanent benefit to your character every time you step on to the battleboard! That’s quite powerful (especially if the Talent is an Epic Talent like Repel Boarders where if an enemy approaches you, you get a free attack)!  To extend the metaphor, it would be like training a spell in Wizard101 that you never have to put in your deck but always gives you a benefit.

You can always find a list of your powers and talents by clicking “P” on your keyboard.  The first screen will be your powers and if you click the Star symbol in the top right corner, you’ll be taken to a list of your talents.


Fear not future Pirate101 players coming from Wizard101! Learn to use your powers and talents wisely, and you’ll be off to a great start in Pirate101.

What other small differences between Wizard101 and Pirate101 do you think people might find confusing?  Leave your thoughts below!


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  1. Ed Funk / Sep 26 2013 11:56 am

    The JuJu buffs, rally and such, are for the entire fight. Wizard buffs in a number of cases,last only for a round or until used. Those designated that benefit from these benefit the entire fight. And some of them affect everyone, some affect only 1 person.

    • Anonymous / Sep 26 2013 1:01 pm

      Buffs like Juju only last the number, in rounds, next to the hour glass if the fight lasts longer then that the Buff goes away

  2. Allyn / Sep 26 2013 1:00 pm

    Not only do you have to learn about your pirate, but your pirate’s companion and their talents and powers, but your pirate’s ship and it’s spells during battle. There isn’t much for training, so I staying near Skull Island for a while just navigating around and doing simple things, until I felt comfortable enough to move ahead in the story. It takes time so be patient matey! Argh!

    • Anonymous / Sep 27 2013 10:46 am

      i like both of them i don’t know why

  3. Justin Covert / Sep 26 2013 1:09 pm

    i like pirate101 little more then wizard101 because others wizard won’t complaining about ice immunity but rather have kingsisle remove immunity but keep high resist and get immunity of pierce! but like pirate101 fun and I am witchdoctor because I like henchman from pirate101 better then wizard101 and beside one question kingsisle about 2 spell should add into wizard101 and pirate101

    spell are:

    pirate101: witchdoctor more like death, minion, drains, juju, could they poison fire spell?

    wizard101: have through a spell idea like for a protection for your self from spell or stat so, people using immunity they more chance block pierce? i made to idea for spell and have ever through be good item make resist aura better have ever try making immunity aura? each different school that would be better and far to same school?

    because like pirate101 because i am witchdoctor mine witchdoctor only witchdoctor have lot of armor lol so, made him wear rooke gears xD

  4. Ash / Sep 26 2013 1:33 pm

    Do you know what I find confusing? Why does Pirate101 battles give lesser XP than Wizard101. I mean seriously, I can get over 200xp in a W101 duel but only 3-4xp in a P101 battle!

    • Blaze LionRider / Sep 26 2013 7:00 pm

      The quests in Pirate101 give much more XP though. If you do all of the side quests, you will be at least level 60 by the end of Marleybone. You shouldn’t have too much of a problem with leveling. Besides, ship battles give a lot of XP if the enemy ships are around your nautical level.

    • Alex WinterSword / Sep 26 2013 7:51 pm

      because you don’t need very much xp to level up, and if you got to hundred from a battle, you would have a lot of high lvl people with wasted experience from quests because of all the fights

    • Silly Ryan / Sep 27 2013 4:57 pm

      Doing every side quest and main quest from skull island up to mooshu, I finish mooshu at level 58 and I was level 65 at marlybone halfway through the storyline

      • Anonymous / Nov 5 2013 9:20 pm

        The game is based on NATIONAL history. Armada was a spanish army and the best one people say. Jane Calamity is a star but on this game she is a chicken. I really love it. It takes me back. 😀

    • Anonymous / Nov 28 2013 9:24 am

      Well you do get tons more gold and loot in Pirate 101 than wizard 101 so I guess its balanced out

  5. nickstar / Sep 26 2013 5:30 pm

    come on bro XP need more update and give more XP

  6. serina / Sep 26 2013 5:43 pm

    well what I do is something much different than the other players.

  7. Anonymous / Sep 26 2013 5:48 pm

    p101 is great

    • Anonymous / Sep 28 2013 2:41 pm

      i love it

  8. Lakwana Cummings / Sep 26 2013 6:01 pm

    I see. That is true, but they give you better items for a change, am I not right?

  9. Anonymous / Sep 26 2013 8:59 pm

    you are so right

  10. Zep / Sep 26 2013 10:43 pm

    Companion management is quite a different concept from anything Wizard101. There are many strategies to approach how companions are obtained, trained, talented, etc. Usually there is an initial desire to keep your companions up with your pirate level, but often as we play we see that if we wait awhile, its easier and cheaper to train our companions. Tips on training tome efficiency could definitely be helpful, as in how many levels they can train for depending on the difference in pirate and companion level.
    Thanks for the excellent post.

    • Sincere Warwick Quarter / Sep 27 2013 6:36 pm

      I think p101 is better then w101 because you get compamions and you can train them much. And in w101 theres more XP to get and theres to companions. And each level in w101 you need more XP.

  11. Quick Melody Nightngale / Sep 26 2013 11:49 pm

    Well, I think what i find fustrating is that how HARD it is to buy a house. They are SO much more expensive than some of the starter W101 houses.

    • Anonymous / Sep 27 2013 4:14 pm

      this is the best game ever i been playing for o month and i am on level 58

    • Anonymous / Sep 27 2013 7:53 pm

      I do too.

    • Anonymous / Sep 30 2013 4:30 am

      Though there are not many houses to purchase in pirate, and they can be expensive I have found that it is easier to make enough money to purchase them than in wizard. Some high level enemies give out lots of coins.

  12. Anonymous / Sep 27 2013 12:04 pm

    thanks for all of the tips I`ll use them in the game.

  13. Anonymous / Sep 27 2013 5:34 pm

    I love kingsisle games

  14. Sincere Warwick Quarter / Sep 27 2013 6:29 pm

    ALL the tips i think for use

  15. alaura / Sep 27 2013 7:12 pm

    love pirte101 best game ever wizard101 is awesome too though

  16. brody / Sep 27 2013 7:14 pm


  17. William R Thompson Jr / Sep 27 2013 7:37 pm

    I love Pirate101’s tactical combat system, but, I hate it’s limited chat system, which, even in “open” chat, has restrictions on words, especially numbers, that make it extremely difficult to communicate, at times. I understand the necessity to protect the many children that play the game, but, understanding that, only lessens the frustration, slightly. It makes it almost impossible to communicate the tips on tactics I’d like to give those I see fighting less efficiently. I can only play the best I can, when they join my fights, and hope they learn from example. On the other hand, there is so much chance built into the fights, that no strategy, or tactics, are perfect, which makes every fight a new, exciting, and challenging, experience.

  18. Anonymous / Sep 27 2013 7:52 pm

    Why does a Privateer have a increased will power when a Privateer needs strength to get incresed damage?

    • Quick Pearl / Oct 14 2013 8:50 pm

      Most Privateer companions boost Will. Your pirate Privateer won’t necessarily need strength to boost damage, unless you are using a smashy or slashy weapon. You can tell which stat boosts what weapon when you highlight your mouse over the weapon. Juju is a great way to see what stat needs to be boosted for a privateer companion. (I have two privateers from MB that boost strength.)

      Hope this helped. 🙂

  19. si1verwing / Sep 27 2013 9:07 pm

    Thank you, this was helpful, as I am one of the dedicated Wizard101 players that decided to try out Pirate101 (love it too XD).

    ~Sarcastic Mary Silver

  20. isaiah lumpkins / Sep 27 2013 9:15 pm

    i think pirate 101 has better talents also i think you should have pirates vs wizards now that would be awsome

  21. Anonymous / Sep 27 2013 10:01 pm

    Difference between damage and strength?
    Difference between resistance and armor?

    • Quick Pearl / Oct 14 2013 8:46 pm

      Strength is one of the stats in game, and it boosts damage for slashy and smashy weapons.
      Damage boosts damage for all the weapons. (Slashy, smashy, stabby, shooty, and staffy.)

      Resistance protects against magical attacks. (Sparks from most types of guns, witchdoctor spells, and the general staffy attack. It’s indicated by yellow numbers when you or something takes damage.)
      Armor protects against physical damage. (Swords, axes, some guns, shields, and a lot more. Indicated by red numbers when you or something takes damage.)

      Hope this helped. 🙂

  22. Joe Mom / Sep 28 2013 2:13 pm

    Oh my gosh, the powers at the end are awful X.X Never arrange your powers like that! The least powerful minions are towards the beginning and the most powerful are at the end! There are so many others that I don’t even have time to explain them all.

  23. connor frostblade / Sep 28 2013 2:22 pm

    wizard101 is fun

  24. Anonymous / Sep 28 2013 6:12 pm

    no new players coming from Wizard101 will understand how right clicking on s square on the battleboard targets it for other players in combat

  25. Ty Anvilblade / Sep 29 2013 7:59 am

    Thanks for clearing up the confusion.

  26. Anonymous / Sep 29 2013 3:29 pm

    I really enjoy P101 more than W101. The story moves along much faster, and the fights are shorter and more engaging. But I think that they should update so we can preview houses, I really bugs me that I cant compare house so I know which one I really want.

  27. Anonymous / Sep 29 2013 3:30 pm

    Its a pretty good game, and this is coming from someone who also has the Pioneer Dragon mount. Its obviously not as good as the one and only Wizard101, but I think it’s fun! However, I’m still confused about the number of players and crew members that can come into the battleboard at once, because I’ve noticed it varies (depending on size of the battleboard maybe?)

  28. Icy / Sep 29 2013 4:54 pm

    One big differece I noticed is the fact that you can’t teleport. Sad, really, for those times when you need to turn in a quest in a different world.

  29. Denis / Sep 29 2013 10:57 pm

    is it possible to send one of your pirates to wizard city? if so how hi does your level have to be?


  30. jeremy / Oct 1 2013 5:30 pm

    my favorite witchdoctor power is charm cause you can bring people on your team. i’m a swashbuckler.

  31. drakefeatherwing / Oct 1 2013 7:22 pm

    I need to get back into P101, I think I’m a level 21 Bucc in Cool Ranch atm, I think the XP differential is perfectly fair.

  32. Tyler FireFist / Oct 2 2013 6:03 am

    How is it possible that Prospecter (i don’t remember his name) is in both games?

  33. Anonymous / Oct 5 2013 2:23 pm

    thank you for a great game i really love to play p101

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