A Freetrader (short: FT) is a career which strengths lie in trading and sailing they can also boost the effectiveness of a fleet with their group buff skills.
You are a freetrader an independent merchant adventurer tied to no company or government. You are the fuel that jumpstarts the engine of a thriving new world economy. You are an explorer, seeking lost treasures, undiscovered resources, and deadly secrets that will bring you fame, wealth, and glory. Most of all, you are the master of your own ship, and your own domain. Others inherit fortunes you will forge yours in the crucible of the Burning Sea.
Starting out as FreetraderEdit
Freetraders start with the standard 'Otter' Skuda (Fallback). They have access to the same missions as a Navy Officer or Privateer. By default Freetraders start as Florentine melee fighters. That is they fight with a small sword and main gauche (left hand off dagger).
Leveling as a FreetraderEdit
Freetraders have a solid repair skill available early (Expert Repairs), therefore they are tough to sink early on. They lack offense skills and as such ship combat may take a bit longer than other classes that have more potent offensive skills.
For strict leveling, it is advisable to pick up the Desperation and Ship Mastery skill trees. The last two skills in the Desperation tree (Rum Ration and Hasty Fire) allow Freetraders to get +60% to reload for two minutes. When combined with Ship Mastery skills, this allows Freetraders to easily defeat NPCs. A solid path is too complete the Desperation skills, and Ship Mastery skills as early as possible. After that skills are more flexible, Though it will pay dividends to get Skilled Negotiator as soon as possible, to increase the rate at which you can farm Commendations from NPC's while leveling up through doing missions. Some players may choose to take the Travel and Smuggling lines in order to jump start their economic production early.
Complete all the starting missions as these are easy, this will take you to a high enough level to start doing as you please (more missions or Open Sea play).
So what are Freetraders good at?Edit
Freetraders are superb for crossing long distances on the Open Sea thanks to position of Travel in their skillset. Additionally, with Misdirection, Freetraders are able to make themselves immune to attack for 15 seconds in PvP zones.
Freetraders are the best career for end game PvE. Thanks to Skilled Negotiator, a Freetrader receives significantly more commendations for claiming prize ships. Freetraders can also gain access to advanced production options, Trade Chat (Mostly obsolete) and can search any Auction House across the Caribbean (provided their faction standing with the port owner's trade union is above -500) upon completing the Level 20 Career Missions. Freetraders have a significant labor advantage in production of large, huge and colossal ships.
So what about PvP?Edit
High level Freetraders that spec for PvP have access to a number of potent skills, including Rum Ration, Desperation Fire, and Hasty Fire. With the right skillsets a Freetrader can be a formidable opponent in group PvP and port battles and desirable to have in a group for their buffs. Solo PvP however is something the average Freetrader may want to avoid, as the class suffers arguably the worst penalties due to crew loss: Turn rate and Reload rate.
The following Sailing Skills are specific to Freetraders:
- Career: Freetrader
- Claim Prize Ship (Freetrader)
- Freetraders do not suffer Acceleration Rate Penalties associated with crew loss.
1 These skills are gained through the career quests and don't require skill points.
The following ships are exclusive to Freetraders. Of course Freetraders can also use the All Career ships but the ships below tend to go better with the role and skills of a Freetrader.
- 'Limburg' Flute (level 10 Merchant Speed 18.75)
- 'Limburg' Trader's Flute (level 15 Merchant Speed 18.84)
- 'Atlas' Bark (level 15 Merchant Speed 18.5)
- 'Curieuse' Trader's Snow (level 16 Merchant Speed 20.25)
- 'Limburg' Flute (Civilian) (level 16 Merchant Speed 13.88)
- 'Bermuda' Trader's Sloop (level 16 Merchant Speed 21.7)
- 'Dromedary' Indiaman (level 17 Merchant Speed 18.4)
- 'Dromedary' Indiaman (Civilian) (level 22 Merchant Speed 13.88)
- 'Atlas' Bark (Civilian) (level 22 Merchant Speed 17.11)
- 'Santiago' Galleon (level 25 Merchant Speed 16.9)
- 'Dromedary' Hellbrand Indiaman (level 28 Merchant Speed 18.58)
- 'Mignone' Indiaman (level 30 Merchant Speed 16.2)
- 'Santiago' Trader's Galleon (level 30 Merchant Speed 13.25)
- 'Mignone' Stripped Indiaman (level 30 Merchant Speed 16)
- 'Santiago' Galleon (Civilian) (level 32 Merchant Speed 15.63)
- 'Sultan' Flute (level 38 Merchant Speed 16.5)
- 'Mignone' Indiaman (Civilian) (level 40 Merchant Speed 14.99)
- 'San Mateo' Stripped Galleon (level 40 Merchant Speed 12.62)
- 'Oliphant' Indiaman (level 44 Warship Speed 15.4)
- 'Mignone' Mastercraft Indiaman (level 45 Merchant Speed 16.2)
- 'San Mateo' Galleon (level 45 Merchant Speed 12.5)
- 'Oliphant' Heavy Indiaman (level 50 Warship Speed 15.4)
- 'San Mateo' Trader's Galleon (level 50 Merchant Speed 12.7)
- 'Couronne' Galleon (level 50 Merchant Speed 13.4)
- 'Monarch' Indiaman (level 50 Merchant Speed 16.34)
- 'Couronne' Mastercraft Galleon (level 50 Merchant Speed 13.6)
- 'Leviathan' Bark (level 50 Merchant Speed 12.9)
- 'Kraken' Indiaman (level 50 Warship Speed 14.2)
- 'Khan' Flute (level 50 Warship Speed 16.75)
- 'Mont Blanc' Indiaman (level 50 Warship Speed 15.4)
- 'Oliphant' Mastercraft Indiaman (level 50 Warship Speed 15.4)
- 'San Mateo' Heavy Galleon (level 50 Merchant Speed 12.5)
Through doing the Freetrader Career Missions, you can gain the following titles for your Freetrader:
- Fast Talker for completing Business and Pleasure
- Sole Proprietor for completing Groundbreaking
- Entrepreneur for completing Deals within Wheels
- Independent Operator for completing Dividing Loyalties
- Legitimate Businessman for completing Offers They Can't Refuse
- Union Speculator for completing Signed in Blood
- Shipping Magnate for completing Follow the Money
- Trade Mogul for completing Quarantine