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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Guide to Treasure Maps

Want to know how to use your treasure maps in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag and get all the pirate booty you'll ever need.

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One of the many collectibles you can gather on the islands that populate Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag are treasure maps. Here's some tips on how to find and use these maps to get all of your pirate-y goodness. 

How to Find Treasure Maps? 

Treasure maps are listed under "secrets" as things you can find on the individual islands. There are two techniques I've utilized for finding these secrets. 

The first is to simply walk the whole island. For smaller islands this is definitely doable, and sometimes necessary. The icon for the treasure map, as viewable on your mini-map, are tiny treasure maps. They are always found on the skeleton of a dead sailor. 

Another way to find treasure maps that sometimes works is to use synchronize points. These points are the high up spots in the game. I've found that when you use those synchronize points, it usually illuminates hidden objects (chests, animus fragments, and secrets) in that nearby area. In fact, it then usually allows you to access the map and then select the area/fragment/secret you'd like to head to next. For bigger islands, like Havanna, Kingston, and Nassau, this is the method I'd suggest. 

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Ok. I have a treasure map. Now where's my booty? 

The treasure maps are themselves a bit useless, unless you have an incredible memory for the shapes and features of every little island you stopped on. If you do, feel free to try and find the locations by sight alone. 

There is an easier way. On the bottom right of the treasure map are two numbers. They are, functionally, the latitude and longitude coordinates for your treasure. 

Quick refresher for those of us who forgot middle school geography. Latitude and Longitude are a series of imaginary lines that criss-cross the globe in a grid pattern. These lines are used for navigation. 

To get to the map, press the back button on the XBox controller.

While you are in the map, you can move the cursor across the area with the thumbstick. Next to the cursor are marks to let you know the coordinates that you are currently hovered over. Simply match up the coordinates on your treasure map to the numbers on the map cursor. 

Usually when you are over the right location, you will be prompted with a message informing you that you have a treasure map relevant to that area. 

I'm at the coordinates, but I don't see anything. 

This is where the image on the treasure map itself comes in handy. Check out the picture and compare it to landmarks, and base where the treasure is off of that. 

Quick equip your map using the Dpad menu to quick reference so that you can access the map at all times. 

Need more Assassin's Creed 4 Collectibles? Check out the quick reference here.

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Originally Published Nov. 6th 2013

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  • 1
    simmy_8522 7 months ago
    how can you tell if you've already collected the treasure from a map
  • 60
    Amanda Wallace 7 months ago
    Associate Editor
    You should not be able to view the map anymore, I believe.
  • 1
    hooman_8381 10 months ago
    You should go to top of the hill then open your map , you'll find it,
  • 1
    Dan Boswell 10 months ago
    I have not found all the treasures yet, but here is a list of the lat and long of most of them.

    240,607
    633,784
    749,625
    70,405
    606,835
    992,422
    623,172
    327,334
    333,650
    307,195
    55,178
    565,539
    525,235
    442,118
    479,487
    335,469
    579,720
    901,263
    179,593

    I hope this helps your game.
  • 1
    neil_4868 11 months ago
    where is the chest that has the treasure map number 197,593 as that map is the worst for the area, can i get help
  • 60
    Amanda Wallace 11 months ago
    Associate Editor
    I haven't found that one yet. I'll try and find the location for you.