Skull And Bones: How To Board Ships [Quick Guide]

Learn how to board enemy ships in Skull and Bones along with the rewards that players will receive after boarding.

How To Board Ships?

In Skull and Bones, Players can board ships with Crew Boarding after damaging them.

Skull and Bones boarding might seem very easy; however, it is not as easy as it looks. Before boarding the enemy ships, players have to damage them up to a certain level. However, it should be kept in mind that players cannot perform boarding inside the safe zone as their ship weapons are disabled, and they cannot engage in any fights.

I have divided the process of shipboarding into two different levels, listed below:

  1. Damage the enemy ships
  2. Get close and board
Key Takeaways
  • Skull and Bones allows its players to board ships.
  • Boarding cannot be performed while players are in the safe zone.
  • In order to board ships, players have to damage them up to a certain level.
  • Boarding can reward players with extra loot; however, this reward also comes with the risk of getting close to enemy ships.

Damage The Enemy Ships

Damaging enemy ships
Dealing damage to enemy ships [Image by eXputer]
So, to start boarding the enemy ships, you must damage them. A health bar of the opponent’s ship will be visible to you on the top of their ship. These ships can be damaged using different weapons that are mounted on your ship. These weapons can be mortars, cannons, and even ramming, which can help you decrease the health of enemy ships.

Once you have decreased the enemy ship’s health, its health bar will start blinking (red and blue). From what I have experienced, these health bars start blinking once the enemy ship’s health is below 40%; however, it is not necessary as, for some ships, you have to deal more damage. Once you have damaged the ship enough, it is time to board it.

Get Close And Board

The second level to Skull and Bones boarding is to get close to the enemy ship that you have damaged enough to make their health bar blink.

  1. Once you are close enough, aim at the enemy ship.
  2. A prompt will appear on your screen asking for you to press the boarding key (R on PC, Y on Xbox, and Triangle on PS5) for crew boarding.
    Press Boarding Key
    Press Boarding Key [Image by eXputer]
  3. I recommend you aim a little bit higher and then press the boarding key.
  4. Aiming higher will help you with the grappling hook trajectory.
  5. After pressing the boarding key, your crew will start throwing grappling hooks onto the enemy ship, and the process of boarding will start.
    Boarding Complete
    Boarding Complete [Image by eXputer]

Now, it is time to plunder all of the enemy resources and enjoy the riches that you have acquired.

Rewards Of Boarding

Bonus Loot
Bonus Loot obtained from boarding [Image by eXputer]
Getting straight to the point, there are not many rewards that players obtain from Skull and Bones boarding, but the only rewarding thing about it is that players will get Bonus Loot which cannot be obtained by sinking ships. You get more loot, but with the risk of coming close to the enemy ships and taking more damage.

However, while being out there and playing as a pirate, sinking the enemy ship is way more fun than boarding. I don’t find it necessary to board ships until they have loot that I need or that is hard to find while sailing in the sea.

With all of the information provided above, my guide on how to board ships in Skull and Bones ends. In this guide, I have thoroughly explained every aspect of shipboarding that Skull and Bones provide. While you are at it, make sure to read our other guides on Skull and Bones as well. 

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