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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Hunting & Harpooning Guide

TIME : 2015-12-14 17:05:25

Hunting and harpooning is a great way to make money in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. There are many different types of animals to hunt, and you can sell the skins and bones you get to merchants. Animal parts are also used for crafting, and there are some pretty cool things to be made with the rarer pieces. Use our guide to learn where to find every animal in the game so you can become a master hunter.

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General Tips

You can use your fast travel to force animals and ocean dwellers to re-spawn. When hunting, be aware that aggressive predators like the jaguars and crocodiles. Passive animals like deer and rabbits will run away if they hear you. You can sneak up on them using stalking zones or high branches. 

Harpooning is much different than hunting. You can only start harpooning after Sequence 3. When you start harpooning, you’ll have a limited number of harpoons. These harpoons will not be reloaded in a battle with an aquatic animal. As you upgrade the Jackdaw, more will become available. You will also need to upgrade your rowboat in order to have a chance to take down the big aquatic prey. Remember that aggressive animals like bull sharks and great white sharks will attack your rowboat repeatedly, so it has to be sturdy.


Black Jaguar

You can find black jaguars in Pinos Isle and Isla Providencia. You’ll get a black jaguar pelt and a bone.

Capuchin Monkey

This animal is found on Mistiriosa Island, Tulum, and New Bone. Hunting it will get you a bone and a capuchin monkey pelt.


You can find crocodiles in many areas. They are present in Tulum, Nassau, Long Bay, Isla Providencia, and Matanzas. You’ll get a bone and crocodile leather from them.


Deer are found in Kingston, Satnanillas, Salt Lagoon, and Principe. Deer will reward you with a bone and deer hide.

Green Iguana

You can find green iguanas on Abaco Island or Andreas Island. They will give you a bone and iguana leather.


You can find this animal in Long Bay, Cayman Sound, and Jiguey. Get a bone and a hutia hide for hunting them.

Howler Monkey

This common monkey is found in Long Bay, Kingston, Cape Bonavista, Principe, Cat Island, and Tortuga. You’ll get a bone and a howler monkey skin from them.


Hunt jaguar in Tulum, Cape Bonavista, and Principe. You’ll get a jaguar pelt and a bone.


Find these small cats on Andreas Island or in Cumberland Bay. You can get an ocelot pelt and a bone from them. 


These common animals are found in Nassau, Kingston, and Corozal. Get a rabbit pelt and a bone for hunting them.

Red Howler Monkey

This rarer howler monkey is found only on Isla Providencia. They will drop a red howler monkey skin and a bone.

White Jaguar

White jaguars are rare. You can find them in Great Inagua or during the Templar Hunt for Opia Apito.

Wild Pig

Hunt these pigs in Nassau, Mariguana Island, Cape Bonavista, or Great Inagua. They will drop a wild pig hide and a bone.


Bull Shark

Find this predator in the ocean using the map near Tortuga and Gibara. You’ll get a bone and a bull shark skin. 

Great White Shark

This shark is also found in the ocean near Charlotte and Serranilla. Get a regular bone and a great white shark bone for harpooning one. 

Hammerhead Shark

This shark is also found using your map while in the ocean. Look near Eluethera and Gibara. You can get a bone and a hammerhead shark bone. 

Humpback Whale

Finding one of these big creatures will get you a bone and humpback whale skin. Find them using your map near Pinos Isle.

Killer Whale

Orcas can be found with the map in the oceans near Conttoyor and Cruz. Hunting one gets you a bone and a killer whale skin. It will also get you the “Killer Killer” trophy or achievement. 

White Whale

The elusive white whale is found only online during random community events. Harpooning one gets you’re the usual bone as well as a rare white whale skin.