Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – How to Unlock 8 Taverns + Manuscripts + Art Pieces Guide

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There are a total of eight Taverns that need to be unlocked & the Manuscripts offer insight on historical events and people. Art pieces are collectables found throughout the world and on Edward Kenway’s fleet.


There are a total of 8 taverns that need to be unlocked. You simply walk up to the barkeeper, watch a short cutscene and beat up the bandits. You can see the taverns on your map if you synchronise the viewpoints for the respective area.

The tavern locations and their coordinates are as follows:

#1 – Andreas Island (573,720)

#2 – Salt Key Bank (496, 629)

#3 – Crooked Island (808, 545)

#4 – Arroyos (192, 565)

#5 – Corozal (37, 266)

#6 – Grand Cayman (392, 325)

#7 – Kingston (623, 172)

#8 – Ile à Vache (839, 137)


These Manuscripts are always located in the restricted zone guarded by several enemies. The Manuscripts offer insight on historical events and people.

List of Manuscripts:

“Aberdeen Bestiary” (Phoenix Detail) – Image of a rising phoenix from the “Aberdeen Bestiary.” Likely insignificant or possibly faked. Taken from the estate of Peter Beckford.

“Atalanta Fugiens” – From the “Atalanta Fugiens” by Michael Maier, alchemist and counselor to Emperor Rudolf II. Once owned by the Peter Beckford estate.

“Cortez and La Malinche” from The History of Tlaxcala – Painting of Hernán Cortéz, explorer and conquistador. Previously owned by mister Peter Beckford.

“Crónicas dos Feitos de Guiné” – Portrait of Henry the Navigator, benefactor of many famous 15th century explorers. Once belonged to estate of Peter Beckford.

“De Gama Diary Extract” – Extract from the diary of Vasco de Gama, one likely owner or scholar of Voynich manuscript or one of its copies. Taken from the collection of Peter Beckford.

“Epistola de Magnete” – The “Epistola de Magnete” is an early draught of what we would today call a perpetual-motion machine. This drawing is presumed to have been taken from Peter Beckford’s legendary collection of ephemera.

“Introductio Geographica” – An image of Jacob’s Staff taken from the “Introductio Geographica” by Petrus Apianus. Once belonged to the estate of Peter Beckford.

“Magellan’s Ship” – Detail from a map by Ortelius depicting Magellan’s ship, “Victoria”. From the estate of Peter Beckford.

“Sacred Theory of the Earth” – A comprehensive an*lysis of the earth and its vagaries, written by theologian Thomas Burnet. Taken from Peter Beckford’s estate.

“Solaris” from “Mundus Subterraneus” – An early image of the sun and its spots, published in the 16th century by Athanasius Kircher. Thought to be from the collection of Peter Beckford.

“Tabulae Rudolphinae” – Taken from the “Tabulae Rudolphinae” by Johannes Kepler. Possible connection to Emperor Rudolf II? From the Beckford estate’s collection.

“The Fetus In The Womb” – “The Fetus In The Womb”, a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci. Relevance unknown. Taken from the estate of Peter Beckford.

“Vertumnus, a Portrait of Today” – A magnificently surreal portrait of the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, painted in the sixteenth century by the singular Giuseppe Arcimboldo. Note what appears to be a Paris Japonica bloom in the fore. Taken from the collection of Peter Beckford.

“Voynich Manuscript” – Folio 33v – One of four extant pages of the mysterious Voynich manuscript, stolen from Peter Beckford’s collection at some point after 1705. Though the manuscript was found in Europe prior to the European discovery of the New World, this image clearly depicts a sunflower, a flower only found in the Americas at the time.

“Voynich Manuscript” – Folio 34r – The second of four extant pages of the mysterious Voynich manuscript, stolen from Peter Beckford’s collection at some point after 1705. Significance unclear.

“Voynich Manuscript” – Folio 34v – The third of four extant pages of the mysterious Voynich manuscript, stolen from Peter Beckford’s collection at some point after 1705. Significance unclear.

“Voynich Manuscript” – Folio 35r – The fourth of four extant pages of the mysterious Voynich manuscript, stolen from Peter Beckford’s collection at some point after 1705. Significance unclear.

“World Map” (1570) – A map of the world by Abraham Ortelius, creator of what many consider to be the first modern world atlas. Once a part of Peter Beckford’s collection.

Columbus Map – A map of the world once used by the navigator Christopher Columbus (Christoffa Corombo). Taken from the collection of Peter Beckford.

Mayan “Dresden” Codex – Ancient Mayan codex, still extant. Currently being held in Dresden. Once owned briefly by the wealthy plantation owner, Peter Beckford.

Art Pieces:

Art pieces are collectibles found throughout the world and on Edward Kenways fleet. Collecting art displays it around Edward’s Hideout, and adds to the database completion percentage. Though art is not needed for 100% sync.

“An English Ship in Action with Barbary Vessels” – More of a display of his imaginative and technical skills than an actual historical representation, this dramatic painting by Willem van de Velde II depicts a battle with the Barbary corsairs who operated in northern Africa.

“Harbour Scene at Sunset” – Harbour scenes such as the one depicted in this 1643 painting were a favourite subject of the painter’s, artist Claude Lorrain.

“Merry Company” – 1623 painting by Gerard van Honthorst illustrating a provocative scene of a debauched student with two prostitutes.

“Nymphs By A Fountain” – Erotic Painting by Peter Lely that gave birth to the Great British n*de during the nation’s Puritan period.

“Saint Jerome as Cardinal” – An unusual rendering of Saint Jerome as a scholar rather than an ascetic. The book supporting his hands alludes to his work as a translator of the Bible in the 5th century

“The Burning of the ‘Royal James’ at the Battle of Solebay” – An oil on canvas painting by Willem van de Velde II, the founder of the English school of marine painting. This painting represents The Battle of Solebay, the opening battle of the Third Anglo-Dutch War.

“The Flight into Egypt” – “The Flight into Egypt” was commissioned by King Philip V of Spain for display in the french court.

Baroque Guitar – Produced in Italy in the 17th and 18th centuries, the Baroque Guitars are smaller and much more decorated than the modern ones. This one was made with snake wood, ivory and bone.

Bat-nosed figurine – Gold-work from the isthmian region. Represents a crowned half-human, half-bat figure flanked by four crocodile heads.

Beaver Pelt – Found in great numbers throughout the northern regions of North America. Highly sought for their use in tailoring fine hats.

Bracelet – Ivory bracelet owned by a Nigerian chief from the kingdom of Owo.

Bust of a water deity – Aztec fertility goddess. The headdress is a defining feature of their water deity.

Cabinet – An armoire heavily decorated with tortoiseshell and bra*s.

Chalice – A finely crafted chalice from the region now called Mexico.

Clock – A English longcase clock displaying hours, minutes, moon cycles, and the times of high tide around London Bridge.

Commode – Commode made by layering tortoise shells and bra*s.

Copper Field Flask – A copper flask engraved with floral forms with traces of gilding.

Deity figurine – Taino deity used in hallucinogenic rituals. Depicts the Rain Giver with magical tears.

Drum – A military drum displaying royal symbols used to provide a marching cadence.

Eagle figurine – Twin birds figure crafted for protection. First named aguilas (eagles) by Christopher Columbus when he sailed along the West Indies coast of Central America.

Earth monster relief – Aztec sculpture of the Earth Monster, a creature representing the earth swallowing the sun at dusk. Also said to have fertility connotations.

Goa Stone Container – An elaborate golden container meant to hold a Goa stone – man-made balls of precious stone compounds used as medicine.

Head of an Oba – A large bra*s sculpture representing the head of a Nigerian king.

Jar with Four Faces – Ceramic jar depicting four faces created in Casa Grande, thought to bring increased wealth to the region.

Jar with ritual scene – Ceremonial Mexican vessel depicting figures engaged in various actions. It may represent the birth of Quetzalcoatl, the ruler-priest of the ancient city of Tula.

Joined Armchair with Cushion – A solid arm chair with a large stuffed cushion, typically reserved for the head of the household or important guests.

Kast Cupboard – Kasten were used for storing linens. This piece, produced in New York, has an art style that mimics techniques used in the Netherlands.

Maize Deity – Aztec agriculture goddess of sustenance. Depicted holding corn and wearing the amacalli (paper house) headdress.

Map of the World – A beautiful map of the world with period specific cartography.

Mirror Back – A lovely example of art native to Veracruz, such mirrors served as costume elements connoting high rank or authority. They may have serve a ceremonial function as well.

Oboe – French instrument makers invented the oboe late in the seventeenth century. This one was made by Hendrik Richters, considered to be one of the finest oboe makers of his period.

Parade Helmet a l’Antique – Early Baroque French parade helmet, designed in imitation of ancient Roman examples. Probably intended for use in a mock joust or carousel.

Pectoral disk – Simple and elegant, made of polished gold, this chest ornament was mistaken for a mirror by Christopher Columbus.

Pedestal Bowl – Vallejo-style Bowl from Costa-Rica. Inspired by the Mayan ceramic tradition. Represents deities in the form of monsters.

Scherer’s 1700 Globe – A globe crafted in 1703, adorned with vivid Catholic imagery and decoration. It contains interesting cartographic errors, such as depicting modern day California as an island.

Seated Zemi Figure – Taino skeletal deity seated on a ceremonial seat. May have been crafted for protection.

Silver Teapot – A silver teapot fabricated by North American silversmiths near Charlestown, Ma*sachusetts, engraved with a Rococo-style coat of arms and crest.

Silver Two-handed Bowl – Silver bowl fabricated in New York in the early 1700s. Commonly used to contain brandy and raisins, which guests could scoop up them selves using spoons.

Standard Bearer – Sitting Aztec upper-cla*s male figure. Right hand may have originally held banner.

Taino bust – Taino artwork. The Taino people believed their deities could be summoned during rituals aided by hallucinogenic drugs.

Tripod Vessel with Date Glyph – Aztec vessel with a date glyph on its front side. The Aztecs burnt human remains, animal remains, and incense in these vessels as an offering to their gods.

Triptych – Christian motifs crafted in delicate hummingbird feathers.

Trumpet A trumpet with five ferrules, a wooden block, binding ta*sels, and a “Numberg rim” common to the German city of the same name.

Vanitas Still-life – Vanitas often represented the pa*sage of time and death with objects such as a skull, a clock or here, an overturned wine gla*s and an extinguished candle. Pieter Claesz was a master of this style.

Violoncello – Produced by Antonio Stradivari from a combination of spruce, maple, and ebony; strung with gut strings overspun with fine metal wire.

Vulture Vessel Ceramic vessel in the form of a vulture for use in human sacrifice ceremonies.

Whydah Gally style Bell A ship’s bell is prized possession whenever a ship is broken up. Often engraved with the ship’s name, they were used by the crew to indicate time and important events like shift changes and meals.

Wooden Term Statue of St. Adrian – Patron saint of plague, and believed to cure illness, St. Adrian was martyred in the early 300s after having been tortured so severely that his intestines were exposed… as depicted in this statue.

Wooden Term Statue of St. Livertin – Saint Livertin is thought to be able to cure stress and headaches. He is often represented clutching his head, as though he were in great pain.

Yoke-Form Vessel – A Mayan cylindrical ceramic vessel joined with a U-shaped element; commonly considered to be a belt or waist-guard a*sociated with an ancient Mesoamerican ball-game.


Written by JP McALEER

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