'Assassin's Creed Odyssey' Ship Upgrade Guide: The Search For Ancient Tablets

Assassin's Creed Odyssey features the return of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag style naval battles. Where there's a ship in an Assassin's Creed game, there's a way to upgrade it and the ship in Odyssey serves as the only form of crafting in the game.

Get your ship in, well, ship shape with this upgrade guide Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Ship Crafting

Like crafting in most other games, ship upgrades in Assassin's Creed Odyssey require the player to collect resources. There are six different resources needed to upgrade ships, but not every resource is used for every upgrade. Upgrades also require a moderate amount of money, usually between 1,000 coins for the early upgrades and into the quintuple digits for the best ship upgrades. The six resources include:

  • Wood
  • Iron
  • Animal skins
  • Precious stones
  • Ancient tablets
  • Obsidian glass

Most of these resources can be found out in the wild. Select trees and rocks will provide wood and iron, while some rocks also pay out with precious stones and obsidian glass. Obsidian glass is also a common item looted from chests and off the bodies of enemy leaders. Animal skins can be found from killed animals, and it doesn't matter what type of animal it is.

The real hold-up I had was with the ancient tablets. These can be found hidden away in the ruins of old buildings and structures, but need to be looted. You aren't just going to stumble into ancient tablets sitting out like you would a tree or rock.

Be sure to also stop in at every Blacksmith you find. At the bottom of their inventory, blacksmiths carry crafting components. Most of the blacksmiths have wood and iron, with other resources appearing less frequently.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Ship Upgrades

There are only nine areas of the ship that can be upgraded in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. They are as follows:

  • The hull
    • Upgrading the hull gives your boat more hit points and open more slots for Lieutenants to be hired
  • Rower stamina
    • Upgrading this increases your boost duration, and speeds up your recovery time
  • Crew armor
    • This provides added benefits for bracing against incoming enemy attacks
  • Arrow weapon damage
    • This makes arrow attacks stronger
  • Spear weapon damage
    • This increases how effective spears are against boats
  • Ram damage
    • Increases the power of your ship when ramming into another ship
  • Arrow volleys
    • Increases the number of arrow attacks you can make, while shortening the reload time between attacks
  • Spear volleys
    • Increases the number of spear attacks you can make, while shortening the reload time between attacks
  • Fire braziers
    • The first upgrade introduces fire attacks for both arrows and spears, subsequent upgrades allow for more attacks and quicker build up to attacks.

Ship cosmetics, such as a figurehead, outfits for your crew members and special sails, can also be changed at any time. They can be found in the bottom right corner of the "Ship" page on the pause menu. These do not provide any gameplay benefits and are purely for looks.

So what do you think? Are you ready to hit the open ocean and upgrade your ship to the max in Assassin's Creed Odyssey? Have you had good luck finding those pesky ancient tablets? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.