SAILING Sailing These parameters determine how your ship sails.
Max Speed: Maximum Speed How fast your ship can move in battles. Improving battle speed does not improve Open Sea speed. Acceleration: Acceleration Determines how fast the ship gains speed. Deceleration: Deceleration Determines how fast the ship loses speed. Lower values are better if you want to maintain speed, higher values are better if you want to stop quickly. Turning (Fast): Fast Turn Rate The Ship's turn rate in degrees per second. This is how fast the ship turns if it is moving at maximum speed. Turning (Slow): Slow Turn Rate The Ship's turn rate in degrees per second. This is how fast the ship turns if it is moving at a speed of at least 4 knots. Turning Accel: Max Turning Acceleration This shows how fast a ship accelerates into a turn. The higher the value, the faster the ship reaches its maximum turn rate. Turning Decel: Min Turning Deceleration Ships gradually suffer less deceleration as they turn. This shows a minimum amount of deceleration a ship has when turning. Lower numbers (relative to other acceleration stats) are better. Best Point: Best Point The wind angle at which the ship can attain its maximum speed. The wind comes from angle 0o, and angle 180o is running with the wind at your back.
Capacity: Capacity How many units of cargo the ship can hold. O.S. Visibility: Open Sea Visibility How far away other ships will spot you on the open sea. O.S. Spotting: Open Sea Spotting Increases your spotting range, allowing you to detect ships beyond their O.S. Visibility. Crew: Crew The maximum number of crew on your ship. Shows the fighting strength of your crew. Target Tracking: Target Tracking Reduces the accuracy penalties you suffer due to your movement and your target's movement. Improves your chance to hit fast moving ships.
LEVEL (SIZE): Level and Size The level required to use this ship, and the size of the hull. DURABILITY: Durability The number of ships you have left. Decreases by 1 whenever the ship is defeated in combat (with the exception of skirmish). INSURANCE VALUE: Insurance Value Amount of doubloons you will receive for this ship if she is sunk or scuttled.
HEALTH Health The ship's Health stats show how much damage it can sustain.
Hull: Hull (Structure) The internal structure of your ship. When your structure runs out, your ship sinks. Port: Port (Left) The ship's port armor. Armor facings protect the ship's hull. Stbd: Starboard (Right) The ship's starboard armor. Armor facings protect the ship's hull. Bow: Bow (Front) The ship's bow armor. Armor facings protect the ship's hull. Stern: Stern (Rear) The ship's stern armor. Armor facings protect the ship's hull. Sails: Sails & Masts Shows how much damage the ship's sails and masts can sustain. Ships lose speed as they take sail damage.
Integ. Integrity The ship's Integrity stats show how much damage it can sustain.
3790 2680 2680 1325 660 4400
DR Damage Reduction Shows how much the ship's armor reduces the damage it receives.
- 15 15 13 12 10
MODIFIERS Modifiers These change your chance to hit, chance to get hit and the damage you take.
Sails: Sails Offense, defense and resistance values for your ship's sails and masts. Crew: Crew Offense, defense and resistance values for your ship's crew. Bow: Bow (Front) Offense, defense and resistance values for your ship's bow armor. Stern: Stern (Rear) Offense, defense and resistance values for your ship's stern armor. Sides: Broadsides (Left & Right) Offense, defense and resistance values for your ship's broadsides. Grapple: Grappling Grappling offense makes it easier to board ships. Grappling defense protects you against hostile boarding attempts.
OFF Offense Offensive modifiers are a percentage increase to your chance to hit. The numbers here include any benefits from 'Accuracy, All' items.
0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
DEF Defense Defensive modifiers are a percentage decrease to the chance enemies will hit you. The numbers here include any benefits from 'Defense, All' items.
19.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 0.0
RES Resistance Resistance is a percentage reduction in the damage you take.
0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 -
BATTERIES Batteries The guns on your ship are divided into batteries. Guns within a single battery are identical and are controlled as a group.
Type Quantity & Weight This shows number and size of the guns in the battery. Heavier guns do more damage, have longer range and penetrate armor better. Lighter guns reload faster and are better at dealing sustained damage against unarmored targets.
Reload Reload The time it takes to reload the entire battery of guns, in seconds.
Damage Maximum Damage This shows how much damage each cannon can do at minimum range using heavy round shot. Damage gradually decreases as your target gets farther away.
Range Maximum Range This shows how far the cannons can fire heavy round shot. Other ammo types modify this range.
Acc Accuracy This shows the cannon's percentage chance to hit a standard target at 200 or 400 yards away. The chance to hit is increased based on target size, and decreases based on movement.
200 / 400 Accuracy This shows the cannon's percentage chance to hit a standard target at 200 or 400 yards away. The chance to hit is increased based on target size, and decreases based on movement.
Swivels: Swivel guns fire anti-personnel shot, spraying enemy decks with a lethal cloud of musket-balls.
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148 / 155
148 / 155
148 / 155
148 / 155
Fore guns: Guns in the front of the ship, also known as bowchasers.
148 / 155
Aft guns: Guns in the back of the ship, also known as sternchasers.
148 / 155
Upwind & Luffing
25% - 35%
3.08 - 4.31 knots
Open Sea Speed: 45
Information based on version 126.96.36.199
First Rates are the kings of the seas. No ship can compare to their sheer firepower and ability to take punishment. The poor maneuverability makes First Rates extremely vulnerable and they should never be sailed without an escort.
The 'Sovereign' is worth an investment for Naval Officers who are looking for the most Firepower, being used for PvE and/or as Port Battle ship.
Strategy and Use
Obviously ships of this size were never intended to go chasing around the Caribbean after pirates, or even squadrons of frigates belonging to various nations. Instead they were designed with the sole purpose of carrying as much firepower into a line battle as possible, but their cost and unwieldy size coupled with the fact that most of them enjoyed a long service life led them to be fairly rare. The Royal Navy only ever possessed a maximum of 11 First Rated ships.
Having extremely poor acceleration and turning statistics, the 'Sovereign' First rate is best used in a line battle. The only truly usable tactic for a ship of this size is simply sailing parallel to it's opponent and slugging it out.
However, in a larger group of ships, much more creative strategies arise. If faster ships of a friendly battle group can herd an enemy ship under the guns of this ship, the results will almost surely be catastrophic for said enemy, even more so if the 'Sovereign' is capable of getting in a raking broadside.
The 'Sovereign' First Rate is a Colossal Ship of the Line, featuring 112 cannons, in total.
Considering this ship has 4 Swivels, 2 Fore guns and 4 Aft guns; this leaves 102 (112-10) cannons on the broadsides. Meaning this ship has 51 cannons on each broadside.
The 'Sovereign' is a Prize Bronze Cannon First Rate. This makes the 'Sovereign' the most expensive ship in PotBS.
Due to the 'Sovereign' having Prize Bronze Cannons, the 'Sovereign' also possesses the most Spike Power of all ships in PotBS. It is able to deal 2438 damage with one broadside, in basic stats and using Round Shots, at 0 yards.
The 'Sovereign' has the most structure, armor, DR, sails and crew of all ships in the game.
Besides the fact that the 'Sovereign' is heavily armored and featuring excellent batteries, the 'Sovereign' is also very swift for a First Rate, having 0.39 acceleration.
The 'Sovereign' is the heaviest armored First Rate.
Requires 3 different loot drops from Fairfax Pirates and several other special components that take Citations of Conquest and Marks of Victory to obtain. The 'Sovereign' also takes a tremendous amount of materials (cannons, ship fittings, etc.) to build. See Recipe: 'Sovereign' First Rate.
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