When you create your character, you will be asked if you want to spawn on an island in the North, West, East or South. The islands are identical except for their geographical orientation. Each is rotated 90 degrees from the other. (Hint: This is important when searching for treasure using a Treasure map.) They are also the centermost islands in the world.
Freeports are the intended starting area in the game and are relatively easy than the rest of the game. PVP is disabled in Freeports and on most servers, you can't progress past level 8 while in a Freeport (some unofficial servers have this turned off). Also, the carnivorous animals are not as challenging and the resources are more plentiful.
You can talk to the Ferryman NPC on the dock to travel between the four freeport islands if you decide you don't like yours.
It is advised to build a Simple Bed to place on your new sailing vessel in case you die during your travels. This will allow you to respawn on your ship. When you have a ship, it is wise to leave the Freeport region as soon as possible. Ships will decay much faster than in regular zones. A ramshackle sloop will decay in less than 24 hours without repair.
Later you can return to the freeports to stock up on crew for 5 gold each at the crew recruiter and you can spend your precious gold at the cosmetics vendor to purchase cosmetics for clothing, dyes, ship figureheads and monster taming tokens.
Locations[edit | edit source]
Freeports can be found in these regions: