Fort of the Damned (raid)

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Disambig.svg This article is about The Raid. For other articles with this name, see Fort of the Damned (Disambiguation).

Fort of the Damned is a Fortress Raid located in The Ancient Isles (L-14). Unlike other World Events, the Fort of the Damned Raid must be activated by players, and it can be activated at the same time as other rotating World Events.

As a reward for hard work, you are rewarded greatly with two reapers chest items, 4 Stronghold Skulls, 1 Chest of Legends, a treasure chest with gems filled with any variant, 4 gems of any variant, 4 Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels and 2 Crates of Ancient bone dust.

There are also various commendations for different things within the fort. Some of which have rewards such as doubloons and a mighty-looking title to terrify other non-expecting pirates!

An active Fort of the Damned is indicated by a massive red-eyed Skull Cloud appearing in the sky above the Fort.

Environment

The Fort of the Damned is covered in thick Fog at all times, one that is difficult to observe only from the outside. Unlike regular Skeleton Forts, the Fort of the Damned has no Cannons that can be manned. However, it shares the increased chance of spawning Gunpowder Barrels, making it easy to blow up any approaching Ships.

How to Activate

In order to activate the Fort of the Damned, players must perform a ritual requiring all six Flame of Fate and one Ritual Skull.

Lighting the Statues

All six Flames of Fate must be collected from the Ferry of the Damned and used on a corresponding Ferryman statue found within the Fort.

(Ordered clockwise from ritual cage)

The Ferryman Statues each have a motif representative of their deaths to mark what coloured Flames go where. To light a statue's lantern, raise your Lantern with Secondary Use and then Interact/Disengage. Once all the Statues have been lit, you are free to copy any of the flames from a lit lantern by raising your Lantern again and instead Secondary Interact the lantern.

Placing the Ritual Skull

After lighting all the statues, the cage with a headless Skeleton will open. Here, the Ritual requires a Ritual Skull to be placed onto the Skeleton's neck for commencement. There are various ways to acquire a Ritual Skull:

Skull of Destiny

Alternatively, Pirate Legends can seek out a Skull of Destiny to facilitate starting a Fort of the Damned raid, since it has the ability to cycle through all 6 flames, and can be used in place of a normal Ritual Skull.

The Raid

Once the Ritual is complete, the Fort of the Damned will become active, indicated by a massive red-eyed Skull Cloud above the fort fog. The Fortress Vault will seal and generate Treasure inside. Reaper’s Chests can be part of the Vault loot, which will also become visible on the Map Table.

The raid will spawn several waves of Shadow of Fate Skeletons and is finished with a boss fight with the Ghost of Graymarrow. Both phases of the raid will dynamically scale in difficulty to the number of pirates storming the fort.

Shadow of Fate Waves

Ghostly hands will appear from the Grates below the Ferryman Statues to indicate which colour Shadows of Fate have spawned.

Shadows of Fate are uniquely coloured Shadow Skeletons that correspond to one Flame of Fate that is required to render them corporeal (Raising not required). To make it apparent for players to discern which coloured Skeletons spawn during a wave, ghostly hands will appear under the appropriate Ferryman Statues. These Skeletons can spawn unarmed, with a Cutlass, Pistol, Blunderbuss, Gunpowder Barrel or a Stronghold Gunpowder Barrel. A Shadow of Fate Skeleton has been recorded to endure about 4 Cutlass, about 6 pallets of a Blunderbuss shot or a shot with a Flintlock / Eye of Reach.

There are a total of 12 waves of Shadow of Fate Skeletons in a Fort of the Damned Raid. Each wave will spawn Skeletons, all of the same colour, the number of which will depend on the number of attacking pirates. There is a chance for up to 4 coloured Gunpowder Skeletons to appear during the 3rd, 4th, 7th and 8th waves, and up to 5 Stronghold Gunpowder Barrel Skeletons at the final (12th) skeleton wave.

Once the waves are cleared, the boss fight will commence.

Ghost of Graymarrow (Boss)

Main article: Ghost of Graymarrow
The Ghost of Graymarrow is identical to the Skeleton Lord Graymarrow with a ghostly effect.

The Ghost of Graymarrow will spawn as a Skeleton Lord fight. This Ghost is more powerful than Graymarrow, having variable health depending of the number of players in the event and has the same move set, however, he summons Shadows of Fate reinforcements instead of normal skeletons.

Strategies

Gunpowder Barrels can be used for extra damage to the boss. There are around 10 regular barrels on the Island, with the Shadow of Fate skeleton waves spawning more of them. For repeated Fort activations during a single session, you can reserve the Stronghold Gunpowder Barrels from the Vault from the first raid towards killing Graymarrow on the second raid.

The suggested method to quickly lower the health of the Ghost of Graymarrow is to lure him to the bottom pier of the Fort and shoot him with Cannonballs from your Ship's Cannons.

If positioned correctly, you can have one Crew member firing the Boss with the Harpoon which can deal 15 damage per shot while briefly stunning Graymarrow, making cannon shots easier.

Firebombs can also be used against Graymarrow, but they don't do too much damage. Setting the boss on fire is effective in making his location more noticeable for your crewmates. Especially good for those Cannoning, as the fire is easy to see through the Cannon smoke.

Anchor your Ship to avoid Graymarrow's shockwave pushing your Ship out of range. Shadows of Fate with Gunpowder Barrels can also be summoned right on the pier and cause damage to your Ship on explosion, if the Ship is too close

Green Cursed Cannonballs can affect both Graymarrow and Shadows of Fate, hindering their movement and weapon use.

Once the Ghost of Graymarrow is defeated, the Fort Raid will be complete, the Skull Cloud will disappear and a Fort of the Damned Key will be dropped by the boss. The location of the Fort of the Damned Key can be tracked on a Map Table.

Vault Loot and Rewards

The Map Marker for the Key.
The Vault filled with high-value Treasure.

Completion

In order to get credit for completing a Fort of the Damned Raid, a player must be within Title Card range of the Fort when the Vault is opened with the Fort of the Damned Key. Stealthy players can hide aboard another Crew's ship or Fort until the vault is opened to get credit.

The Chest of Legends that spawns in the vault will count as stolen for Commendations if it is first picked up by a player from another Crew.

If the key is not used and the fort is started again, the loot inside the vault will not spawn on top of the one that's already inside, it will just reset. So trying to farm the fort without opening the vault and just holding onto keys will not bring more loot. Therefore, if a key is lost or simply stuck somewhere and it's not usable anymore, triggering the fort again will reset the loot inside the vault.

Commendations

Commendations
ImageCommendationRequirementsRewards
Sent Crying Back to the Sea emblem.png
Sent Crying Back to the SeaDefeat 5 blue Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+Doubloons
Sent Screaming Back to the Sea emblem.png
Sent Screaming Back to the SeaDefeat 25 blue Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+10 Doubloons
Sent Wailing Back to the Sea emblem.png
Sent Wailing Back to the SeaDefeat 50 blue Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+25 Doubloons
Cooling Burning Hearts emblem.png
Cooling Burning HeartsDefeat 5 red Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+Doubloons
Dousing Burning Hearts emblem.png
Dousing Burning HeartsDefeat 25 red Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+10 Doubloons
Snuffing Burning Hearts emblem.png
Snuffing Burning HeartsDefeat 50 red Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+25 Doubloons
Cursed Bones Laid to Rest emblem.png
Cursed Bones Laid to RestDefeat 5 green Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+Doubloons
Cursed Bones Exorcised emblem.png
Cursed Bones ExorcisedDefeat 25 green Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+10 Doubloons
Cursed Bones Buried Deep emblem.png
Cursed Bones Buried DeepDefeat 50 green Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+25 Doubloons
Lightning-struck Skeletons Discharged emblem.png
Lightning-struck Skeletons DischargedDefeat 5 white Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+Doubloons
Lightning-struck Skeletons Earthed emblem.png
Lightning-struck Skeletons EarthedDefeat 25 white Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+10 Doubloons
Lightning-struck Skeletons Grounded emblem.png
Lightning-struck Skeletons GroundedDefeat 50 white Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+25 Doubloons
Envenomed and Ensnared emblem.png
Envenomed and EnsnaredDefeat 5 purple Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+Doubloons
Envenomed and Ended emblem.png
Envenomed and EndedDefeat 25 purple Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+10 Doubloons
Envenomed and Entombed emblem.png
Envenomed and EntombedDefeat 50 purple Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+25 Doubloons
One More Fight emblem.png
One More FightDefeat 5 pink Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+Doubloons
One More Battle emblem.png
One More BattleDefeat 25 pink Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+10 Doubloons
One More War emblem.png
One More WarDefeat 50 pink Shadows of Fate.
High Seas only
+25 Doubloons
A Spectrum of Shadows emblem.png
A Spectrum of ShadowsDefeat each colour of Shadow of Fate.
High Seas only
+10 Doubloons
Lock icon.png Unlocks Lantern of the Damned for purchase.
Summoning the Damned emblem.png
Summoning the DamnedActivate the Fort of the Damned by lighting all six Flames of Fate and sacrificing a Ritual Skull.
High Seas only
+Doubloons
Lock icon.png Unlocks Facepaint of the Damned for purchase.
Defeating the Damned emblem.png
Defeating the DamnedClear the Fort of the Damned of all enemies.
High Seas only
+Doubloons
Banishing the Damned emblem.png
Banishing the DamnedClear the Fort of the Damned of all enemies, 10 times.
High Seas only
+10 Doubloons
Lock icon.png Unlocks Jacket of the Damned, Wicked Web Tankard, Wicked Web Blunderbuss, Wicked Web Cannons, and the Wicked Web Figurehead for purchase.
Vanquishing the Damned emblem.png
Vanquishing the DamnedClear the Fort of the Damned of all enemies, 25 times.
High Seas only
+25 Doubloons
Lock icon.png Unlocks the Soulflame Set Lantern, Weapon, and Crew Costumes for purchase at the Athena's Fortune Shop and the Wicked Web Collector's Figurehead for purchase at Outpost Shipwright Shops.
Conquering the Damned emblem.png
Conquering the DamnedClear the Fort of the Damned of all enemies, 50 times.
High Seas only
+50 Doubloons
Title icon.png Rewards the Raider of the Damned Title.

Titles

Titles
ImageTitleDescription & Requirements
Raider of the Damned emblem.png
Raider of the DamnedClear the Fort of the Damned of all enemies, 50 times.
('Conquering the Damned' Commendation).
Earned in High Seas only

Patch history

  • 2.7.2 (January 19, 2023)
    • Shadows of Fate will now be instantly stunned if they emerge into an area illuminated by the correct flame.
  • 2.0.8 (October 16, 2019)
    • Introduced.