Don’t Fear the Pirate
Did you know that Blue Oyster Cult lead singer Eric Bloom is a gamer, and not only that… a KingsIsle gamer? There’s even two quests in Wizard101 that are given by his NPC Snorri Oysterbloom,“Sitting Bear” and “Fall Tree Bower.” Eric also enjoys playing Pirate101 with his Witchdoctor character, Grumpy Eric. Check out his favorite Pirate101 game play tips!
Good day to all players and fans of Pirate101! As a player of Wizard101 I was pleased when Pirate101 was announced and released. I usually play a caster in Wizard101 when I have a chance so I created a Pirate101 Witchdoctor, Grumpy Eric. Grumpy Eric is now level 65 and finished with the game (for now). I also have a couple of alt characters, because I like to explore different ways of playing.
When I first started Pirate101, I did a little bit of reading in the forums but I’d rather play than read up so I usually just jump in the game and learn as I go. It doesn’t take long to figure out who the better companions are. Although you don’t get him for a while, I found El Toro indispensable, mostly for his buff. I set up my powers ‘deck’ with the Witchdoctor “JuJu” cards up first to get that buff as fast as possible. With El Toro’s buff and the one of the Juju buffs locked in, I then start the fight.
I hold off on area attacks until I have at least three opponents in the attack area. If it’s an easy fight, I disregard that first rule. My favorite companions towards the end of the game were Bonnie Anne (she’s always good) and Kan Po (equally as good). I scored Lemba Moonskull in one of the packs. He’s a good shot. Zeena and Ebon Moon would round out my better teammates, although there are plenty more depending on the fight. Towards the end of the game, you might benefit by putting your pet away and getting out and training up your shooters like Dan Drake, Rooster Cogburn and Lefty.
Use your bank for storage whenever possible and coordinate bank visits with your need to get back to Skull Island for other reasons. I tend to carry too much stuff, my biggest failing as a gamer, so the ability to off-load at the bank is a necessity.
Now that the game has the bazaar on Skull Island, it’s much easier to get decent gear, selling off what you can’t use for better items.
For training, I concentrated on “Will” since I’m a Witchdoctor and also on “Dodge”, but you can train many different ways to customize your gaming experience. Don’t forget to use your practice points to cross-train in other abilities than your main skills. Also, keep your best companions trained up as high as you can afford by buying training points at the taverns.
I like the broadside combat battles too. You’ll receive new ships on occasion as you age in the game, but perhaps buy an upgrade as you can get better ships. Ship gear is important as well if you want to succeed at sea. You might have to grind some Skyway battles to get to the higher levels of broadside combat, but it’s worth it! Besides, that’s the cheapest way to get better gear; you win it instead of buying it.
Good luck out there!