Does Skull and Bones have melee combat?

Melvin Mathew
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Skull and Bones, Ubisoft’s new maritime adventure has finally arrived for players to immerse themselves in the thrilling world of piracy on the high seas. However, one burning question that many have is whether the game includes melee combat. We have the answer for you.

Skull and Bones offers a captivating marine adventure focusing on intense ship battles and naval strategy. However, this is not the first foray of Ubisoft into the ocean.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag was released in 2013 and it was this year that saw the shaping up of Skull and Bones. The game was initially intended to be an expansion of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag but became its own standalone adventure as time passed.

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Black Flag is often considered by many to be one of the best Assassin’s Creed games out there. When it came out, it offered something new to players allowing them to pilot their own ship as a pirate and engage in naval combat, as well as build a crew and board enemy ships which made melee combat a core aspect of gameplay.

This begs the question of whether or not Ubisoft has included melee combat in Skull and Bones. Here’s all you need to know.

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A captain stands at the helm of his ship during vicious naval combat in Skull and BonesUbisoft

Is there melee combat in Skull and Bones?

No, unfortunately, Skull and Bones does not feature melee combat but instead focuses solely on ship-to-ship combat.

The primary form of combat revolves around mastering your sailing ship, executing strategic maneuvers, and charting your course as the captain of your vessel. This is unfortunate as some players have expressed interest in a melee mechanic that would allow for closer engagements between vessels, adding another layer of depth to the gameplay.

Can you get out of your ship in Skull and Bones?

There are opportunities to leave your ship and explore land-based areas, these instances are primarily focused on gathering resources, purchasing items, or upgrading your equipment. However, it’s essential to note that these land-based explorations do not involve melee combat.

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Melvin is a games and guide writer at Dexerto. He is an avid gamer and cinephile. When he's not breaking his controller while playing Soulsborne games, he's watching films and making small lists on Letterboxd. When he's not playing games or watching movies, he's probably breaking his shin while skateboarding.