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In Java Minecraft click "Multiplayer" then "Add Server" and into server address input

After joining, Leave spawn to start building & surviving, Semi-Vanilla Minecraft with a Pirate Theme and custom mechanics.

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Ships & Cannons

Build your own custom Ship and sail the oceans, equip it with working cannons to sink rivals!

You can Sail and Steal small Dhows as soon as you spawn! /rank up in-game to use larger ship types, or /donate to bypass ranking and unlock all ships and cannons!

Learn Ships

Pirate Crews

Be part of an Empire, Build or join a crew of Pirates and play together. Crews get private chat, alliances, crew home, kills and stats tracking, crew member vitals and setting your own custom crew rank names!

Learn Crews

Protecting Builds

Pirates can protect their builds or plots of land easily on PirateCraft, no commands needed, just a golden shovel! More Claim blocks are awarded for game-play. Read further about Claiming Land and Builds on our guides page.

Learn Protection

Automatic Ranking by playing

Auto-Ranking gains homes, features, commands, kits and more permissions! Ranking is based on game-play statistics. Use /rank in-game to monitor promotion progress.

Learn Ranks

Pirate Marketplace

The PirateCraft Economy is fully player driven with a giant pirate marketplace to buy, sell and run a shop!

In-game Money

Custom Brewing

Brew custom pirate Grog! PirateCraft has 200+ custom brewing recipes! You can brew and barrel-age good hard booze!

Learn Brewing

Working Gates & Bridges

Build unlimited gates and bridges of any size for your castles and forts! Build a moat with a working bridge and working portcullis gate! All triggered by a simple lever or redstone! Get creative and build traps!

Gates & Bridges


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PCGamesN is a British online video game magazine.

PCGamesN - The best Minecraft servers

Sail, build, and plunder in PirateCraft, a server dedicated to the golden age of scurvy and theft.

PirateCraft is one of the most ambitious servers we’ve played on and even has a fully-functioning ship-to-ship combat mechanic.

As with all Minecraft ideas of such magnitude, it’s a little clunky, but it works. Ships can be built and sailed across the seas, cannons can be mounted to the hull, and then used to fire at enemy vessels.

PCGamesN is a British online video game magazine

On land, a simple but functional economy replicates the trade and booty of the period, and players can create their own Minecraft builds on ‘safe zones’ in order to bunk and store treasures in.

Safe Zones are protected from griefers, meaning you can build as much as you like without fear of others trashing your masterpieces.

Piratecraft’s salty setting makes it one of the best Minecraft roleplay servers. Of course, if you’re roleplaying a pirate there’s going to be some grief involved, and provided the owner is in a Safe Zone, other players can siege them. Attackers can destroy ‘soft’ blocks, and generally make a nuisance of themselves until they either walk away or the defender surrenders. Similarly, ships can be stolen, provided the owner is not onboard at the time.

So if you’re looking for a PvP Minecraft server with a twist, this could be the buried treasure you seek.

PCGamesN is a British online video game magazine.

PC Gamer - The best Minecraft servers

Sailing a ship around in Minecraft is tricky, but in PirateCraft, they do a surprisingly good job of making it work.

As is often the way with these Minecraft survival servers, it takes a bit of time to get used to things, but it’s well worth the effort if you like the idea.

The scale of the ships is impressive, as is the ship-to-ship combat. Just don’t be surprised when someone nicks your pirate ship. There’s no honour among thieves.

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RadioTimes - The best Minecraft servers

Pirate ships aren’t the most compatible mechanic to implement to Minecraft, but Piratecraft does a surprisingly admirable job of bringing the golden age of piracy to blocky life.

The ambitious server does take some time to get used to, but is worth learning for the impressive ship-to-ship combat.

You can dock at ports also and join the other landlubbers to trade with a functional currency, and even store your treasure in safe zones.

In true pirate fashion, however, ships can be stolen – so be on your guard.

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