How to board enemy ships in Skull and Bones

Melvin Mathew
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In Skull & Bones, boarding enemy ships is a crucial part of improving your pirating endeavors on the high seas. It gives you the chance to gain extra loot and reap the rewards of your plundering efforts. Here’s a guide on how you can board enemy ships in Skull and Bones.

Skull and Bones went into the ideation stage back in 2013, right after the release of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. The game was later officially announced in 2017. After numerous delays, the game is finally out for players to enjoy.

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Skull and Bones allows you to pilot your own pirate ship as the game lets you choose from a plethora of different kinds of ships. This makes naval combat an essential component of the Skull & Bones experience. Players can customize their ship in countless ways and pit it against fleets of rival ships.

This definitely might make some players wonder how they can board enemy ships. Boarding enemy ships yields greater rewards compared to solely sinking them during naval combat. By capturing the vessel intact, you can loot valuable resources, currency, and items from the enemy’s cargo hold, enhancing your pirating endeavors. Here’s all you need to know on how to do it.

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How do you board enemy ships in Skull and Bones?

Boarding an enemy ship might require some patience and a strategic approach. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how you can do it:

  • Before you can board an enemy vessel, you must first weaken it to below half of its health. You can do this by engaging in naval combat and inflicting damage upon the enemy ship using your own cannons.
  • Once weakened, maneuver your ship alongside the enemy vessel. It’s essential to approach from the side without sailing past it.
  • Once you are in position, aim at the enemy ship as if you were preparing to fire your cannons. Then, hit the designated prompt to initiate the boarding action. On mouse and keyboard, this is typically the ‘R’ key, while on controllers, it may be ‘Y’ or ‘triangle’, depending on the platform.
  • Your crew will deploy grappling hooks from your ship toward the enemy vessel. It’s crucial to ensure that you are close enough for the hooks to successfully latch onto the target. Maintaining a slower speed can aid in achieving a successful grapple.
  • If at least one grappling hook connects and secures the enemy ship, the boarding attempt will be successful. At this point, you will transition to boarding the enemy vessel.

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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.