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Lost Ark guide: How to get Pirate Coins

You want that Song of Resonance, don’t you?

A boat near the docks in Lost Ark Image: Smilegate/Amazon Game Studios via Polygon
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In Lost Ark, Pirate Coins are a valuable currency that you’ll collect to purchase valuable things, like the Song of Resonance. Our Lost Ark Pirate Coin farming guide will point out how to get Pirate Coins quickly using quests and merchants.

How to get Pirate Coins quickly

If you are trying to score Lost Ark Pirate Coins quickly to buy, say, the expensive Song of Resonance (16,500 Pirate Coins), then you’re best off doing quests.

We were able to farm up 17,000 Pirate Coins in around 20 minutes just from doing a few quests.

Notably, the quests on Freedom Isle will reward 15,000 Pirate Coins total. To round us up to get enough coins for the Song of Resonance, we went to Giant Mushroom Island, which is somewhat nearby. The single quest there will reward 2,000 Pirate Coins.

We’ve marked the location of both islands below.

A map showing where to find Freedom Isle and Giant Mushroom Island in Lost Ark
The topmost island is Giant Mushroom Island and the eastern island is Freedom Isle.
Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Smilegate/Amazon Game Studios

There are also quests that reward Lost Ark Pirate Coins on Peyto and Glacier Isle, Runaways Island, Kalthertz, Cradle of the Sea Fermata, Blackfang’s Den, Lullaby Island, and other islands. When you’re running low on coins, just head to one of these islands to load up on some more.

Trading other coins for Pirate Coins

If you have Gienah’s Coin, Sceptrum’s Coin, Arcturus’s Coin, Ancient Coins, or Sun Coins, you can also trade them at ports for Pirate Coins.

The Tea and Libra Guild Vessel is docked at all ports, so you can approach it on your boat and trade with it. The coins all exchange at different rates, which we list below:

  • 1 Gienah’s Coin: 10 Pirate Coins
  • 1 Sceptrum’s Coin: 12 Pirate Coins
  • 1 Arcturus’s Coin: 15 Pirate Coins
  • 1 Ancient Coin: 17 Pirate Coins
  • 1 Sun Coin: 20 Pirate Coins

If you have any High Seas Coin Chests, which you get as quest rewards from time to time, you can use them to get 100 Sun Coins, and then in turn trade them in for Pirate Coins, which is pretty lucrative.