At some point every Battle Pirates player decides whether to participate in Kixeye's monthly raid events. A lot of rumor surrounds these events and the players who talk the loudest are often the least knowledgeable. So in response to requests for a player guide on the subject this is an attempt to provide one. The advice here is primarily aimed at midgame players who are researching new hulls and technologies and are just reaching the point where they can aim for the better prizes. Because no comprehensive raid guide has been written for the player community, this is presented as a separate "Part II" so that players at other stages of the game can share a direct link to the content that interests them.
Undoubtedly there are other players who are better suited to write a raid guide than myself. For example, I am unable to share firsthand experience on most of the tier 3 ship specials. The people who finish in the global top 100 and have played every raid since the events began aren't writing guides, so if you have the ability to improve on the information here your comments and input are welcome.
About once every four weeks Kixeye holds a special Battle Pirates event that usually begins on a Thursday and ends the following Monday. Exact times and duration may change slightly. Raids get announced one week in advance and the prizes remain secret until shortly before the event; the information usually comes out less than 24 hours before the start in a teaser video posted by Kixeye staff to the General Discussion forum.
In addition to monthly raids, Kixeye began offering weekly events called Forsaken Missions in December 2012. The weekly events allow players to choose a 72 hour window to earn event points within a 7 day time frame. Forsaken Missions will not be offered when monthly raids are happening. An expansion at the bottom of this guide will cover weekly events.
Unofficial "leaked" prize threads that players start before an event are a combination of educated guess and Photoshop hoax.
Raid awards have a five tier structure with two redemption options at the first four quotas. Prizes are scaled to be useful to players at different stages of the game. A midsized player around level 40 can usually earn quota 3 with a reasonable effort; quotas 4 and 5 are possible with planning and effort and become easier as players gain better technology and experience. The top prize is new at each event; quota 4 usually returns former top prizes at least four months after the original release.
Raid challenges fit within the game narrative of player Forsaken forces battling against the Draconian empire. Event mechanics and challenges change periodically: past events have ranged from solo missions to team cooperative events where as many as 4 players work together. During raid events all ship repairs happen at double the normal speed. Players often build specific "raid fleets" to optimize performance under these special conditions.
Rumors abound about raids and in general the people who talk the loudest are the least knowledgeable.
- Yes, it is easier to win a raid by coining; no, coining is not necessary.
- Yes, it is easier to earn the top quota at a low level by spending a lot of time at the computer; no, the people who do that are not necessarily No-Doz addicts who live in Mom's basement.
- Yes, it really helps to earn good raid hulls; no, they aren't an instant-win button. (Well, sorta)
Many of the top raid hulls take 4 or 5 days just to build the hull. So the fleets built from these hulls become long term projects unless you're a really
heavy coiner. Players who skip the raids and builds Forsaken hulls will trade off quality for quantity: somewhat weaker in 1:1 matchups but more fleets to play with. People who play hard at every event collect a terrific hull collection, but then usually run a shipyard backlog of unbuilt hulls; this is the main reason behind the perennial player requests to implement a Dry Dock.
A player who wants to earn quota 4 or quota 5 for the first time would be wise to start building a raid fleet before the one week countdown announcement. It is usually possible to make educated guesses about the date of the next event and the tier 4 offerings. The surprise nature of these things can be frustrating: if your first set of plans is less successful than expected, then keep your head in the game and work out a plan B.
At the start of my second raid it turned out that nearly a week of refits and upgrades had been a waste of time: the fleets that had performed best on the previous event turned out to be totally useless. Yes, that was annoying. But raids are timed events and the clock doesn't stop until it's over. Probably the best decision I ever made in Battle Pirates was to keep playing the event anyway; ended up with both the Dreadnought X and the Barracuda which was much much
better than expected.
Kixeye's forums often see venting threads as raids unfold. The choice in whether to participate in the event or in the debate is up to you. Personally, I would rather fly the Jolly Roger than this flag...