Naval Action 8-Step Quickstart Guide

This is a guide to get you quickly started in Naval Action. There is a lot to learn and do in Naval Action, and everybody has their own interests and play style. This guide maps out a path that you can take at your own pace, quickly or slowly, to learn the basics and get started on a sound footing in the game.

Here are the eight steps to this guide:

1. Make money while exploring the world

You need money to pay your crew, buy your ship, and outfit it with cannons and supplies. As a new player you have a Basic Cutter, which is always free, but it is also the smallest warship in the game. However, it is very good for one thing: transportation. And the easiest way to make some money is to take passenger missions from port to port.

2. Complete the Tutorials

The in-game tutorials cover the basics of how to sail and fight your ship. By basic, we mean very rudimentary -- just enough to get you started, but you need to learn a lot more to be effective in the game. When you are ready to move beyond the basics, here are some recommended video tutorials that will help you develop the skills you need to progress in the game:
In Depth - Basic Manual Sailing Tutorial
Naval Action Core Mechanics: Gunnery
Naval Action Tutorial: Turning Through the Wind

3. Complete the Final Exam

When you complete the Final Exam you will receive some rewards and an advance in rank. The rank advance is important because it enables you to command a larger crew, which you need for larger ships. You can take the exam as often as you like until you pass. It is a good way to practice combat and sailing skills at no cost. Here are some video tutorials to help you with the final exam:
Naval Action Tutorial: Final Exam and AI Tactics
Naval Action Tutorial: Crew Management

4. Redeem/equip your Cerberus

After completing the Final Exam, as a reward you will receive a Note than you can convert to a Cerberus light frigate, along with guns, rum and repairs, and five thousand reals of in-game currency. You have also received a promotion, increasing the amount of crew you command from 100 to 280. This enables you fully crew a light frigate like the Cerberus, but more importantly, you can undercrew a heavy frigate like the Trincomalee. For now, your Cerberus is perfect for capturing a Traders Brig, which you can use to generate an income to support your rise up the ranks.

5. Capture a Traders Brig

While completing passenger missions with you Cerberus, keep a sharp lookout for a Traders Brigs. Valuable trade goods can be captured and sold to make more money, and when you add a Traders Brig to your fleet, you can start to take cargo missions.

6. Purchase/equip a Trincomalee heavy frigate

Once you have made at least 100k reals, you can now afford to purchase/equip an inexpensive Trincomalee. The Trinc is a free dlc that veteran players recieved some time ago, and it is the only dlc ship that can be traded among players. Look for a low cost Trinc at the ship auction in the capital, or feel free to ask in nation chat if someone has a ship to sell.

7. Level up with 5th-rate Kill missions

The evil plantation owners have hired pirate mercenaries to try and interdict the supply of arms coming into the island. With your Trincomalee, you can battle the mercenaries by taking 5th-rate Kill missions at a port near the capital. Each battle could net you over 1000 xp, which will quickly add up and get you promotions to command more crew and bigger ships.

8. Have fun!

Naval Action is a challenging game to play. There are skills to be mastered and knowledge to be gained to play this game at a high level. Seek out other players and don't hesitate to ask for help. Join us here at -- our raison d'etre is to help people like you who are just starting out.