Epheria Carrack: Balance and Epheria Carrack: Advance were introduced in the The Great Expedition Update on 23 October 2019. Both ships are upgrades from Epheria Caravel and require an Epheria Caravel to craft.

Carracks are a great improvement over the Caravel, with almost every ship stat increased to create the best Barter ships available.

 

Upgrades on Balance & Advance:

  • 5000+ more Weight Limit (69% increase in LT)
  • 20 more Cabins for Sailors
  • 5 to 10 more Inventory
  • 7 additional cannons on each side
  • 5% improvement in Turn/Brake
  • 10% to 15% greater Speed
Caravel Upgrade Comparison Chart
T4T5
Ship StatEpheria CaravelCarrack (Advance)Carrack (Balance)
HP1,000,0001,350,000 1,300,000
Rations1,100,0001,300,0001,400,000
Base LT10,00016,500 15,000
Speed100%110%115%
Accel100%100%100%
Turn110%115%115%
Brake110%115%115%
Inventory30 slots40 slots 35 slots
Cabins305050
Cannon per Side2 (captain)9 (captain)9 (captain)
Reload13s13s12s

Upgrade to Epheria Carrack (Advance):

  • the best Carrack for Inventory space (5 more than Balance)
  • greatest base LT of all Carracks (1,500 more LT than Balance)
  • slowest cannon speed (1 second slower than Balance)
  • 5% improvement in Speed (5% lower speed than Balance)
  • 200,000 more Rations (100k less than Balance)
  • possibly less time cost? (requires more Brillant mats that are obtained via Barter after obtaining a 5.1k Barter count. Could be bad if your RNG is bad and no Brilliant Barters spawn.)

Upgrade to Epheria Carrack (Balance):

  • faster cannons (1 second faster)
  • 15% more Speed (5% more than Advance)
  • 300,000 more Rations (100k more than Advance)
  • 5 more Inventory Slots (5 less than Advance)
  • possibly greater time cost? (requires 15 more Tear of the Ocean. This item can’t be obtained via Barter. It is obtained via a Daily Black Rust quest. 1 per day. It has a steep 3,900 Sea Coin cost for each. The good news is you would be guaranteed to have enough Tears from questing after 50 days)

Carrack Advance & Balance: Best in Barter Ships

The upgrade ships from Epheria Caravel are NOT considered best for battle and manuverability.

They are considered best for Barter and Trade.

When you compare them to the upgrade line from the Epheria Frigate, you can see why.

These Barter ships have more Inventory and Weight Limit, but less damage and Speed/Accel/Turn/Brake.

Note that the Carracks all have 50 Cabin space, which allows you to strengthen areas you feel are too weak in Speed/Accel/Turn/Brake.

Barter Carracks vs Battle Carracks
Barter —————- T5 Carracks ————- Battle
Ship StatCarrack (Advance)Carrack (Balance)Carrack (Volante)Carrack (Valor)
HP1,350,000 1,300,0001,250,0001,300,000
Rations1,300,0001,400,0001,400,0001,500,000
Base LT16,500 15,00013,50013,500
Speed110%115%120% 115%
Accel100%100%110% 110%
Turn115%115%125% 125%
Brake115%115%125% 125%
Inventory40 slots 35 slots20 slots20 slots
Cabins50505050
Cannon per Side9 (captain)9 (captain)9 (captain)9 (captain)
Reload13s12s12s11s

 

The Best Carrack: Advance or Balance?

Which Ship Should I Choose?

Both Carracks are almost identical. For me, I would choose the Advance because of its superior Barter capacity. If you’ve done any Bartering lately, you know the value of 1.5 extra LT and 5 more Inventory. I do like sailing fast, but meh. I’m willing to give up the 5% extra Speed that Balance would give me. But if you value Speed and that 1 second faster cannon reload speed, go for that!

Players like to make fun of the Carrack Balance and many consider it a potato ship, because it attempts at being a middle ground between a battle and barter ship. Most players are choosing Carrack Advance at the moment. But Balance is still an awesome ship that takes lots of time and effort to obtain. I celebrate with anyone that attains one!

Epheria Carrack (Advance) vs Epheria Carrack (Balance): Materials

The materials for the Carrack (Advance) and Carrack (Balance) are almost the same.

The only difference is in the amount of three different materials.

Carrack Balance requires 8 more Tear of the Ocean. This item is obtained via a Daily Black Rust quest and may extend your goal by 8 days. But it requires 5 less of each the Brilliant mats. (Ingot and Shard). Black Rust are the most difficult.

Carrack Advance requires 8 less Tear of the Ocean, but 5 more of Brilliant Rock Salt Ingot and Brilliant Pearl Shard. These two items have a cheaper Sea Coin cost of 1600. To aquire the Barter Routes for Brilliant mats, you have to have over 5.1k Barter count. Solo players will have any easier time obtaining these, but it may be difficult if you aren’t anywhere near the required Barter count.

You can exchange one type of Brilliant mat for another, but it will cost you 200 Sea Coins at Ravinia.

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Epheria Carrack: Advance

Ship MatsAdditional Info
iconMoon Vein Flax Fabric x180
iconDeep Tide-Dyed Standardized Timber Square x144
  • [Daily] Win-win Situation = x3 Timber (Defeat 1 Ocean Stalker northwest of Oquilla’s Eye)
  • Ravinia’s Sea Coin Shop 1,000 Sea Coins Each (144,000 total)
  • Cox Pirates’ Shadow Ghost drop: 1x Usable Pirate Ship’s Remains = x1 Timber
  • 150 Oquilla Coins = x6
iconBrilliant Rock Salt Ingot  x35
  • Barter x1 Sea Good for x1 Ingot:
    • [Level 5] Portrait of the Ancient
    • [Level 5] Luxury Patterned Fabric
    • [Level 5] 102 Year Old Golden Herb
    • [Level 5] Taxidermied White Caterpillar
    • [Level 5] Azure Quartz
  • Ravinia’s Sea Coin Shop 1,600 Sea Coins Each (56,000 total)
  • Drop from Black Rust (very rare)
iconTear of the Ocean x42
iconBrilliant Pearl Shard x35
  • Barter 1x Sea Trade Good for Shard x1
    • [Level 5] Elixir of Youth
    • [Level 5] Mysterious Rock
    • [Level 5] Golden Fish Scale
    • [Level 5] Faded Gold Dragon Figurine
    • [Level 5] Azure Quartz
  • drop from Nineshark (very rare)
  • Ravinia’s Sea Coin Shop 1,600 Sea Coins Each (56,000 total)
iconEpheria Caravel: Black Dragon Prow +10
iconEpheria Caravel: Upgraded Plating +10View details in Epheria Caravel Ship Parts
iconEpheria Caravel: Mayna Cannon +10View details in Epheria Caravel Ship Parts
iconEpheria Caravel: Stratus Wind Sail +10View details in Epheria Caravel Ship Parts

Epheria Carrack: Balance

Ship MatsAdditional Info
iconMoon Vein Flax Fabric x180
iconDeep Tide-Dyed Standardized Timber Square x144
  • [Daily] Win-win Situation = x3 Timber (Defeat 1 Ocean Stalker northwest of Oquilla’s Eye)
  • Ravinia’s Sea Coin Shop 1,000 Sea Coins Each (144,000 total)
  • Cox Pirates’ Shadow Ghost drop: 1x Usable Pirate Ship’s Remains = x1 Timber
  • 150 Oquilla Coins = x6
iconBrilliant Rock Salt Ingot  x30
  • Barter x1 Sea Good for x1 Ingot:
    • [Level 5] Portrait of the Ancient
    • [Level 5] Luxury Patterned Fabric
    • [Level 5] 102 Year Old Golden Herb
    • [Level 5] Taxidermied White Caterpillar
    • [Level 5] Azure Quartz
  • Ravinia’s Sea Coin Shop 1,600 Sea Coins Each (48,000 total)
  • Drop from Black Rust (very rare)
iconTear of the Ocean x50
iconBrilliant Pearl Shard x30
  • Barter 1x Sea Trade Good for Shard x1
    • [Level 5] Elixir of Youth
    • [Level 5] Mysterious Rock
    • [Level 5] Golden Fish Scale
    • [Level 5] Faded Gold Dragon Figurin
    • [Level 5] Azure Quartz
  • drop from Nineshark (very rare)
  • Ravinia’s Sea Coin Shop 1,600 Sea Coins Each (48,000 total)
iconEpheria Caravel: Black Dragon Prow +10
iconEpheria Caravel: Upgraded Plating +10View details in Epheria Caravel Ship Parts
iconEpheria Caravel: Mayna Cannon +10View details in Epheria Caravel Ship Parts
iconEpheria Caravel: Stratus Wind Sail +10View details in Epheria Caravel Ship Parts

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