Obtaining the Compass
The compass is not for mere direction. It has a multitude of invaluable uses. Unfortunately, this is not a twin of the compass that Tia Dalma herself gives to Captain Jack Sparrow, and does not point to whatever it is you want most. However, it does track your quests for you.
One of the main functions of the compass is to direct the pirate to a quest object. From the Journal menu, a pirate can select to Track a specific quest. The quest object will then appear on the pirates Map and compass.
The compass will point a yellow arrow in the direction of the object. Once it is close enough, the object will appear as a yellow star on the compass screen.
You can turn the compass on and off by pressing the C on your keyboard.
The second function of the compass is to display and track both enemies and allies.
- All enemies appear in Red
- Crewmates appear in Pink
- All other pirates appear in Blue
- NPCs (townspeople and merchants) appear in Green
The compass' radar shows a range of the pirate or their ship other surrounding objects. By clicking the + or - symbol, the distance the compass shows can be zoomed in or out. This can be very useful in close-quarters combat or trying to determine if an enemy ship is within the reach of long range cannons.
Sea Combat Radar
When aboard ship, the compass changes to reflect the pirate's ship and nearby vessels.
All other pirate vessels appear in Blue
While Battling the Queen Anne's Revenge, she will appear as a gold skull and crossbones on the compass.
Any Ships in Ship PvP will appear as their nationality (French=Red/White/Blue or Spanish=Red/Yellow)
Press the Map Icon on your Compass or press F8 to bring up a Map of the island or area you are on. This handy Map is perfect for finding your way around the island. It also serves as a long range radar, as it shows you all of the merchants and where they are located, other pirates, and is perfect for spotting enemies outside of the Compasses' range. The arrow is where your pirate is located at the time, with a large circle around it. The circle is the range in which the Map is tracking. The Map also marks where entrances to Caves, Swamps and Forests are with small silver rectangles.
Note: Most wild islands do not have maps for beach areas, but there may be maps for any interior areas.
Forgot where you are, or don't know the name of the place you're in? Look at the bottom of the Compass and you can find out where your pirate is located.
The compass normally defaults to orienting itself in the direction the pirate is facing at all times. However, in ship combat, some pirates find this disorienting.
In the Options Menu, a new Interface option allows the player to see HOW the compass will direct itself.