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Pirates ARRR Us!

Shiver me timbers! This page be all about those scurvy dogs known as PIRATES! We threw together a collection of the various pirate-related goodies on this site so you bilge-sucking lubbers could make like yer one of us!

General Information (Player or GM)

Naval Terms: Learn how to talk like a pirate and learn the various shipping terminology.

The Pirate Crew: Learn more about the actual roles and duties of the various crewmembers of a typical ship.

Classes & Archetypes












Prestige Classes





Table: Misc. Acrobatics Modifiers

Acrobatics Modifiers DC Modifier
Slightly Slippery (wet deck of a ship) +2
Slightly Unsteady (boat/ship in rough water) +2
Mildly Unsteady (boat/ship in a storm) +5
Move at full speed on narrow or uneven surfaces (like the rigging of a ship) +51


Climb DC Example Surface or Activity
0 A slope too steep to walk up, or a knotted rope with a wall to brace against.
5 A rope with a wall to brace against, or a knotted rope, or a rope affected by the rope trick spell.
10 A surface with ledges to hold on to and stand on, such as a very rough wall or a ship’s rigging.
15 Any surface with adequate handholds and footholds (natural or artificial), such as a very rough natural rock surface or a tree, or an unknotted rope, or pulling yourself up when dangling by your hands.
30 An overhang or ceiling with handholds but no footholds, or a typical city wall
A perfectly smooth, flat, vertical (or inverted) surface cannot be climbed.
Climb DC Modifier* Example Surface or Activity
–10 Climbing a chimney (artificial or natural) or other location where you can brace against two opposite walls.
–5 Climbing a corner where you can brace against perpendicular walls.
+5 Surface is slippery.
* These modifiers are cumulative; use all that apply.


Table: Swim Skill DCs

Water Swim DC
Calm water 10
Rough water 15
Stormy water 20*

* You can't take 10 on a Swim check in stormy water, even if you aren't otherwise being threatened or distracted.


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Special Materials

GM Information

Ship Travel Speeds

Raft or barge (poled or towed)2 1/2 mile 5 miles
Keelboat (rowed)2 1 mile 10 miles
Rowboat (rowed)2 1-1/2 miles 15 miles
Sailing ship (sailed) 2 miles 48 miles
Warship (sailed and rowed) 2-1/2 miles 60 miles
Longship (sailed and rowed) 3 miles 72 miles
Galley (rowed and sailed) 4 miles 96 miles

Magic Items

Magic Armor and Weapons



Wondrous Items