Mature Pirate themed Minecraft Server with working Ships and Cannons

Connect & Play

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 - 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.

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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.

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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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alarm @everyone Introducing Playtime rewards, overhead tags and 15 new one-time kits!! trophy NEW! Playtime rewards are rewards for playing! smirk_two_hand These are in addition to working your way up through the pirate ranks! 🔸Regular small rewards for playing naturally including in-game money and unlocking cosmetic overhead /tags for each of the 150 rewards! 🔸Get started now, click “claim” on /prewards each rank will unlock a new tag in /tags you can track /playtime 🎉 🔸Primary incentive is for new players to start them off, but all existing players playtime is backdated to claim rewards! 🤩 🔸Unlocking all 150 ranks earns each player £70,725 in-game, this requires a lot of playtime! You can see the website table for reference. 🔸 🏷NEW! Tags Unlock tags to show above your head as a means for decoration, showing your status, emotion, if you want to trade or PvP! I’m sure we will expand on the use cases over time! 🔸Use /tags to get started, you will already have some unlocked! 🔸There are 10 category packs of Tags; Base pack, Rank upgrades, playtime rewards, staff, contributor, Discord booster, Item creator, Seasons, PvP and a random silly pack. 
 You can see how each is unlocked on the website guide. 🔸If you have any ideas for tags to add to the server, you can design & submit them in #🏷│tags🔸 treasurechest NEW! 15 Kits added! 15 new /kits to unlock some unique custom treasure to collect! 🔸Unlock a one time kit every 10th level you unlock from playtime rewards! You can preview the /kits without unlocking them!
 🔸Massive thanks to @Drbipper who created these wonderful kits! A new Treasure hunter rank with custom tags was introduced for this treasure making! 🎉 (edited)

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