Pirate Ships in Tropico 2 is the main source of income for your island. Using ships is a central part of the gameplay and is required for several important activities. Pirate ships are sent out on cruises, the traditional activity of pirates, boarding other ships and taking treasure, cannons and captives. The ships are also used for raiding settlements, which bring unskilled captives back to your island. They are also used to capture skilled captives, and explore uncharted regions.
Because of these varied requirements, it is a good strategy to have a collection of different ships, as some are better used for certain tasks.
List of ships
|Snow||0 gold, 20 lumber||28||1||1||3||5||4||4||4||Tiny crew size so can be sent out repeatedly. Best for capturing skilled captives.|
|Schooner||100 gold, 30 lumber||32||1||2||5||8||7||8||7||Fastest ship available. Good for a variety of tasks.|
|Sloop||250 gold, 50 lumber||28||1||2||8||10||10||16||10||Faster, cheaper, and slightly better armed than a Brigantine, at the cost of reduced endurance and fewer rations.|
|Brigantine||500 gold, 70 lumber||26||1||2||8||30||10||12||10||Good second ship to depart with a Frigate in a cruise. Fast so can catch fleeing enemy vessels.|
|Frigate||1000 gold, 125 lumber||22||1||4||13||40||17||26||17||Best for cruising. Strong and reasonably fast.|
|Galleon||1000 gold, 150 lumber||15||1||5||15||60||20||40||20||High cost and low speed balanced by being most powerful ship in game.|
Any campaign requiring you to accumulate a gold hoard of 7,500 coins or less can generally be achieved using only one Frigate for cruising, providing you regularly change the region that it cruises in.
|Missions • Buildings • Edicts • Pirate King • Background • Quality • Flaw • Ships • Captains|
|Pirate Jobs||Landsmen||Guard • Overseer||Seamen||Crew • Officer|
| Captive Jobs|
|General||Blacksmith • Builder • Cook • Farmer • Hauler(Skeleton)|
Lumberjack • Miner • Priest • Server • Surgeon • Trader • Wench
|Specialty||Bird Handler • Carpenter • Courtesan • Distiller • Engineer|
Gunsmith • Hatter • Shipwright • Tobacconist