Excavator trophy in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag


Find a buried treasure.

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How to unlock the Excavator trophy

  • pixeldreams_txtpixeldreams_txt372,883
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    In the first sequence, after acquiring the assassin robes, you'll come upon a man who is being held captive. Once you free him, your next task will be to board the ship in front of you. Before that, you should see a dead body on the beach, there should also be a marker on your mini map showing the body is carrying a treasure map.

    Once you get the map, turn straight around and head forward, you'll come upon a small pool of water, with a very tiny cave on the other side. Cross the water and if you look on the ground you will see a tiny pile of dirt built up. A prompt will appear to "Dig", and you'll have your first buried treasure!

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    JBirdTheThirdUnable to get this trophy although i have already found 12 of the buried treasures. Please let me know if there is a way to fix this. Also let me know if there are others who have had this same problem
    Posted by JBirdTheThird On 31 Dec 13 at 02:29

    I have had the same issue. I have found over 10 buried treasure and this has still not unlocked for me.
    Posted by LoomingLuck On 15 Jan 14 at 18:49
    LoomingLuckUpdate: I started a new file and played through till you kill the assassin and save Bonnet. The treasure map on this first island has it's treasure chest on the same island. When I collected it It unlocked.

    So maybe it just glitched on my first save file. As I now have all the buried treasure on that one.
    Posted by LoomingLuck On 18 Jan 14 at 06:33
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    You can get treasure maps by finding dead pirates that carry them. If you're near one (or if you've synchronised a nearby viewpoint, of course), it'll show up on your map as a treasure map. Interact with the dead pirate and you'll obtain the map.

    There's no shovel needed for digging, you dig with your hands, so you only need to find a treasure map and travel to the indicated location. Treasure maps show a longitude and latitude location in the bottom right corner, and on the map is the location itself... X marks the spot.

    Actual first place you can get this trophy:

    In sequence 1; you'll find a dead pirate with a treasure map on the beach where you rescue Stede Bonnet. I've misread the map earlier but when looking at the longitude and latitude of the map I found I actually returned to this part; the treasure is located very near. The map actually describes the beach you find the map on; just walk away from the beach and look for a cave with a bit of water in it. Way back into the cave you'll find the digging spot.

    If you're already in Havana and you don't have your own ship yet:

    In Havana, go to the Cathedral of Havana. It's a big church in the northern part of Havana with a viewpoint on its southeast tower. It's west of the big red square (the forbidden area that is Castillo San Savador de la Punta) on your map, if you haven't synchronised viewpoints yet.

    Just north of the Cathedral's north wall, in the bushes, you'll find a dead pirate - as stated above, it'll turn op on your map as a treasure map if you get close enough or if you've already synchronised the viewpoint. Interact wih the body and you'll get a treasure map; the treasure itself is in Havana. To be exact, it's way south in Havana, next to the end of th city wall, on the beach. If you go there you'll notice a bent tree, behind it is the dig location (just look at the treasure map, it's very straightforward). Just dig there and the treasure and trophy are yours.
  • EnigmaNerdEnigmaNerd179,793
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    There are 22 Buried chests, some of the maps are only unlocked in the Kenway's Fleet. You will need this treasures cause some maps allow you to do the MAX. upgrade in the Jackdaw.


    1- Havana ( Queen Anne's Figurehead ) 0:14
    2- Nassau ( Grey Sails ) 1:20
    3- Salt Lagoon ( Money ) 2:26
    4- Tulum ( Money ) 3:24
    5- Abaco Island ( Money ) 4:25
    6- Pricipe ( Money ) 5:27
    7- Kingston ( Blackwood Wheel ) 6:25
    8- Cayman Sound ( Money ) 7:33
    9- Mantazas ( Elite Mortar Storage ) 8:30
    10- Ambergris Key ( Money ) 9:37
    11- Jiguey ( Money ) 12:08
    12- Lone Bay ( Money ) 13:26
    13- New Bone ( Money ) 14:15
    14- San Juan ( Elite Elite Fire Barrel ) 15:11
    15- Pinos Isle ( Aquilas Wheel ) 17:42
    16- Andreas Island ( Elite Harpoon ) 18:43
    17- Petite Caverne ( Elite Heavy Shot Storage ) 19:47
    18- Cumberland Bay ( Money ) 21:20
    19- Isla Providencia ( Elite Fire Barrel Storage ) 22:17
    20- Cape Bonavista ( Money ) 23:12
    21- Misteriosa ( Elite Heavy Shot ) 24:22
    22- Anotto Bay ( Money ) 26:09
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