Trading is the essence of Port Royale 4, so here’s what you need to know to get started.
Before you can really do anything in Port Royale 4, you’ll need to know the basics of how to trade. Thankfully, it’s quite simple – but you’ll need to keep a few things in mind.
In order to trade, you’ll first need a trading license with whichever town you want to buy or sell in. Naturally, you’ll not need this for your home town or any other town you’re an administrator of. And if you’re playing as Spain, one of your perks is free trading without the need for a license. But anyone else? You’ll need a license before you get started.
To get a trading license, simply click on the town you wish to trade at. Push the button to ‘buy trade license’. Bear in mind it costs some money – $10,000 to start with – so you’ll want to make sure you have enough. But once you’ve bought it one, that’s it; you’re now free to buy and sell from that town.
To trade at a town, you’ll first need to send a ship there. Click on the town, and press X (square on PS4) to travel there. Once your boat has arrived, open up the trading window. Here you’ll see a list of all trading goods within the game. Green bars indicate how many units of an item a town has. Red bars indicate their need for that item.
The more abundant a town is in a certain item, the cheaper it will be for you to buy. Buying items that a town produces – signified by the ‘cog’ item on the trading screen – will usually be cheapest. On the contrary, items that a town is lacking will be expensive to buy – but they’ll be willing to pay more than the average price for it.
A good rule of thumb is to buy items that have at least two green bars, and sell to towns until they have two green bars in that particular produce. You can choose how many items to buy or sell by clicking on an item and moving the slider left, to sell, or right, to buy. Make sure you keep an eye on the price as you do: it’ll change depending on how the town’s stock levels change.