Piracy increases the chances of some AI dropping the items on-board their ship when they are killed, each level of piracy also increases drop rate of Augmenters by 0.05% per level.
Piracy is useful when you are attacking low and medium level AI that do not have a Self-destructor equipped. Higher level AI have an equipped self-destructor which destroys all gear on-board when the ship is killed. These AI do not drop any of their gear regardless of your skill in Piracy -(Or rather, they have a tiny chance of dropping some items, not affected by your piracy skill). Piracy also does not affect the drop rate of rare universal drops of gear not found on the ship itself (such as a Gigo Laser) or rare drops specific to a certain type of AI.
Piracy is also a requirement for various pirate-themed gear. The skill costs a constant 4 Skill points per level.
Where to get Piracy
|Handel's Cove||Lost Cove||2|
|Blue Outpost||Blue Outpost||4||2 Blue Whisper||Space Blue Alpha Scout drop and mined in Blue Outpost|
|Tortuga||Tortuga Outpost||5||1 Scorched Trader Signet|
|Absolution||Absolute Power||7||1 Basil Bouquet||Basil drop|
|Tortuga||Treasure Cave||8||1 Gold Dubloon|
|Infernal Tempest||Alpha Research Station||12||3 Infernal Cell||Infernal Tempest Mission reward|
|Bipolar||White Haven||P2P Only||14||1 Rosemary Sprig||Rosemary drop|
|Bonnet||Bonnet Hideout||16||1 Traginium||Mined in Bonnet|
|Handel's Cove||Maboule's Hideout||19||1 Trader Emblem||Slumberchrome drop|
|Serpica||Scale Center||20||1 Nathaniel's Emblem||Nathaniel Courthope and Captain Albatross drop|
|Strontium-90||Dead Man's Redoubt||P2P Only||21||5 Gold Fistful of Dollas||Strontium-90 Mission reward|
|Strontium-90||Paulie's Scrapyard||P2P Only||22||5 Platinum Fistful of Dollas||Strontium-90 Mission reward|