Pirates of the Caribbean JJP Rulesheet (WIP)


Basing this rulesheet off of gameplay from the livestreams, along with personal experience playing the machine at Pintastic and the official JJP flowchart.

Pirates of the Caribbean is JJP’s 4th game. Designed by newcomer Eric Meunier, POTC carries on the Jersey Jack tradition of making immersive machines for everyone. The game is a different adventure every time you play it, with different modes and different characters to choose from. The machine also features 5 Multiball modes and 5 mini wizard modes (one for each of the five movies), and tons of side objectives.


  • The Depths - Hole to the very left of the machine that kicks the ball out into the “P” lane, which feeds the ball to the left flipper. This is fed by the Maelstrom, Abyss, and the Captain’s Quarters. It can also be shot by a lucky bounce from the slingshots.

  • Devil’s Triangle - An interesting pseudo-orbit shot with a spinner in front. A strong shot to the Devil’s Triangle will end in a u-turn that returns the ball back to the flippers, which can be very troublesome to control. Used in modes and the spinner is used to advance towards Multiball 5 (Dead Men Tell No Tales). Also qualifies the purple skull for the Star Map.

  • Maelstrom - Tight left ramp shot that goes in a circle and feeds the left inlane. In the center of the circle, there is a whirlpool (think White Water) which can be made with the help of a diverter. Balls that go into the whirlpool are kicked out of The Depths. The whirlpool is used to start Multiball 3 (At World’s End) and it also collects Jackpots during that mode. The left ramp itself is used in modes and also qualifies the red skull for the Star Map.

  • Abyss - Hidden scoop behind the upper left flipper. In order to make this shot, you have to hold the upper left flipper up, and then shoot the ball into it. Balls that fall into the Abyss are kicked out of the Depths. The shot is used to collect the Super Jackpot during Multiball 3 (At World’s End) and is also used to collect characters in modes.

  • Port Royal - Left orbit shot, which can either feed the pop bumpers or feed the ship popper. This is also where Multiball 1 (Curse of the Black Pearl) is started. An up post is featured at the very start of the shot, which can hold balls at certain times during play. This shot is used in modes and also qualifies the yellow skull for the Star Map.

  • PIRATE target - Spot target in between Port Royal and the left Chest Target that collects a lit PIRATE award when qualified through the inlanes.

  • Chest Targets - Two targets on both sides of the Chest shot, with green arrows pointing towards them. Completing both targets qualifies the lock at the Chest.

  • The Chest - Orbit that feeds the ball to the upper left flipper for shots at the Captain’s Quarters, Fountain of Youth, or the GOLD targets, with a replica of the Dead Man’s Chest on top of it. It also locks balls for Multiball 2 (Dead Man’s Chest) thanks to a u-turn that feeds the inside of the chest. Lastly, it’s also used in modes, and qualifies the green skull for the Star Map. In prototype versions of the game, the chest replica would open up, but this was changed in the production releases.

  • Star Map - An interesting shot with some rubber lining both sides, 5 targets, a magnet, and an up-post. When multiple modes are qualified, the up post will raise and the magnet will allow the ball to hit the targets and collect the Skull value for each target it hits. The last target the ball hits begins a mode corresponding to whatever color the target was. If the Star Map is unlit, it will just hit the targets and rattle around the rubbers before heading back to the flippers. Typically, the ball will hit the GOLD targets on the way out. The shot is also used during modes, where it can collect certain characters and award more time.

  • MAP targets - Three targets in between the Star Map and the Captain’s Quarters, which qualify Captain’s Quarters to collect a Map Award. These are typically hit from the lower left flipper but they are possible to make from the upper left flipper as well.

  • Captain’s Quarters - Hole above the Fountain of Youth that collects the Map Award whenever it’s lit and feeds the ball to the Depths. Also used during modes and as a Skill Shot.

  • Fountain of Youth - Upper loop shot which continuously feeds the upper flipper, allowing you to rack up big combos. After enough shots to the Fountain of Youth you will be able to begin Multiball 4 (On Stranger Tides). Repeated shots to the Fountain of Youth score higher and higher values and set you up to collect tons of gold. It’s also used in modes and to qualify the blue skull for the Star Map.

  • Pop bumper entrance - Small gap near the loop that has a rollover. The ball tends to fall into this area at random.

  • GOLD targets - 4 standup targets, each one labeled with a letter of GOLD. Whenever these are hit, a small amount of gold will spawn, which you can collect using the action button. Making combo shots before hitting the GOLD targets causes more gold to spawn.

  • Black Pearl Ramp - Steep right ramp that always feeds the Black Pearl upper playfield. Used during modes. Prone to draining the ball SDTM if you aren’t careful.

  • Black Pearl Ship - A unique upper playfield with several shots that can be made. The ship constantly rocks back and forth, and the more you get done on the ship, the more difficult it becomes to control the ball. The upper playfield has two orbits with a spinner each, both of which are used during modes with the spinners qualifying the “Load Cannon” targets. There are also two blue targets to the left of the playfield that qualify the Bonus X targets, two yellow targets at the center that spot a GOLD target, and two green targets (one near the cannon and one near the right exit) that qualify the Cannon when lit. The ball can exit the playfield through a habitrail towards the right of the playfield or drop into the bumpers.

  • Cannon - Difficult shot at the upper left of the Black Pearl Ship, with a door in front of it that raises when the Cannon is qualified. When a ball is loaded into the Cannon, the action button must be pressed at the right time to fire at the opposing ship. The Cannon is used to qualify and collect Super Jackpots during Multiball 1 (Curse of the Black Pearl).

  • Ship popper - VUK near the that kicks the ball into the top of the Black Pearl Ship. The ball typically doesn’t land here on purpose.

  • Right orbit (what’s the game’s name for it?) - Orbit that goes through the bumpers and towards the upper flipper. Used during modes and has a light labeled “Liar’s Dice” which currently doesn’t do anything.

  • Bumpers - A set of three bumpers surrounding the entrance to the right orbit. The bottom right bumper has a figure of Jack Sparrow that spins when the bumper is hit, increasing in speed when you hit it a ton. These are generally used to advance the Mystery Level.

  • Tortuga Scoop - Small hole near the right orbit that is used to collect Mystery Awards or start Tortuga Multiball when lit. It’s also used in modes.

  • Right lane - A curvy lane that goes through the bumpers. Collects Extra Ball when lit.

  • Bonus X targets - A few standup targets scattered around the playfield. Hitting a Bonus X target when lit increases the bonus multiplier by the number shown on the target.

  • PIRATE lanes - 6 lanes spell out PIRATE, which qualifies the PIRATE target for the award you chose with the action button. The left set of lanes has an interesting orientation - there are two inlanes and one outlane in between them. The right outlane has an opening that feeds the plunger as a ball save.

  • “Spot Character” target - Target near one of the left inlanes that spots a mode shot during Chapters. Not sure how to activate this, but some characters are able to light this target.

  • Spinning disc - At certain times during gameplay (ie. when the Chest Lock is qualified), the spinner in the center of the playfield will active, making the game more difficult than usual. The production releases only use one disc, but prototypes featured three discs in order to reveal the Map Award.

  • Action Button & Screen - This button is your friend. During gameplay, you can use it to collect gold whenever it spawns on screen. You can also press it at any time during play to change the PIRATE award that will be qualified through the inlanes. There is a screen above the action button that has multiple functions during gameplay, including acting as a “compass” that points towards the most valuable shot available.

Character Select:

Every game of POTC starts with an opportunity to choose which character you want to play as. Each character gives benefits to the player (ie. easier Multiballs, easier Chapters, etc.), and also allows you to skip the character’s shot during Chapters. In a multiplayer game, the same character cannot be chosen twice.

  • Armando Salazar: If you “multi-drain” out of a multiball, you’ll get one ball back.
  • Elizabeth Swann: A Chapter is always lit.
  • Will Turner: Extends the combo timer & awards 5x all Skill Shot values.
  • Davy Jones: Liar’s Dice Bonus. Enables Liar’s Dice at the beginning of a game (?)
  • Jack Sparrow: Removes “worst” Mystery awards. Also makes everything related to Treasure score double, including the Treasure Hoard mode.
  • Weatherby Swann: Makes the player immune to being plundered by other players.
  • Blackbeard: Extends the multiball ball save.
  • Scrum: Spots one random female character during each Chapter.
  • Marty: After Tortuga Multiball, you’ll be left with some Gold. Normally, the Gold resets to 0 after Tortuga Multiball ends.
  • Carina Smythe: Increases all mode timers.
  • James Norrington: Chapters are easier to complete.
  • Henry Turner: The “Spot Character” target is always lit during modes.
  • Hector Barbossa: Makes all Multiballs easier with a longer ball save, allowing the player to stack them easier. However, the scoring is lower as a result.
  • Pintel: Spots PIRATE lanes, making it easier to qualify the PIRATE award.
  • Bootstrap Bill: Makes Dead Man’s Chest Multiball easier to start - shooting just one Chest target will light each Lock.
  • Tia Dalma: If more than one Chapter is lit at the Star Map, you can select which Chapter you want to play with the flippers and the action button.
  • Cutler Beckett: One press of the action button collects all Gold available.
  • Angelica: Spots one random male character during each Chapter.
  • Ragetti: When a ball is on the Black Pearl, hitting the action button adds another into play. Available once per ball.
  • Cotton: Easier Pearl Motion (?).
  • Philip Swift: Makes On Stranger Tides Multiball easier to start.
  • Joshamee Gibbs: Increases the value of Tortuga Multiball, along with the bumpers. He’s also the narrator for the game and will help the player out on their adventure.

(need to get a list of the characters and benefits here)

Skill Shots:

POTC has three Skill Shots.

  • A short plunge into the bumpers awards the player 1k points and advances the Mystery Level by 1.
  • A medium plunge into the ship popper scores 5k points and qualifies the Load Cannon targets on the Black Pearl Ship.
  • A strong plunge that sends the ball to the upper flipper allows the player to shoot for the Captain’s Quarters to score 2.5k and a spin of the Map. This skill shot value can be increased by 2.5k per loop by shooting the Fountain of Youth and then making the Captain’s Quarters as a combo.


Hitting each pop bumper once will either light Mystery or advance the Mystery level. The maximum Mystery level is 10, and the higher the Mystery level is, the better your award will be. Examples of low-level Mystery awards include holding over a Skull value, spawning some Gold, advancing a Multiball mode, or awarding small points, while high-level Mystery awards include playfield multipliers, ball save, an instant Multiball mode, or even lighting the Extra Ball. Each Mystery level has a different colored insert, I believe Mystery level 1 is white and Mystery level 10 is red.

PIRATE Inlane Awards:

At any time during play (as long as Gold hasn’t spawned), you can press the action button to change the award that will be qualified by completing the PIRATE inlanes. Each award has its own color, which is shown on the screen, inlanes, and the lit PIRATE target. Certain awards are given after reaching certain thresholds of PIRATE completions (i.e. ARRRRR Frenzy after 3 & 10 completions, Light Extra Ball after 5 completions). These awards include:

  • Light Bonus X
  • Hold Bonus X
  • Light Shot X
  • Light Super X
  • Big Points
  • Start Hurry-Up (not yet implemented?)
  • ARRRRR Frenzy (all switches score 250 points and ARRRRR for 30 seconds, really good mode to stack up with a Multiball or Super X)
  • Gold
  • Light Extra Ball

Bonus X:

Completing the two “Advance X” targets on the Black Pearl Ship qualifies the standups to increase the bonus multiplier. Once the multiplier is collected, you will have to complete them again to qualify the multipliers again. I’m not sure if there’s a cap on this or not.

Shot X:

This can be qualified as one of the PIRATE inlane awards. When this is collected, shooting any flashing target will make the value of only the next shot multiplied by whatever number was on the target.

Super X:

This can be qualified as one of the PIRATE inlane awards. The first time this is collected, only the “2x” target will be flashing. Hitting the target begins 2x scoring for about 30 seconds. The playfield multiplier can supposedly be increased up to 6x but I’m not sure how to do this. If a MAP Award is collected during this time, it’ll typically advance the playfield multiplied by 1x.

Map Awards:

Completing the MAP targets qualifies the Captain’s Quarters to collect a Map Award. The display shows a map with various possible combinations spinning around, and the final combination is what you’re awarded with. There is a complex algorithm to the probability of certain features (i.e. if a certain amount has been plundered from an opponent, the opponent will have a 50% chance of being able to plunder the next time a MAP Award is obtained.)

The possible Map combinations are listed below:

  • First layer:
    • Light
    • Award
    • Add
    • Change
    • Plunder
  • Second layer:
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 10
    • Extra
    • Lit
    • Opponent’s
  • Third layer:
    • x Playfield
    • x Bonus
    • Chapter
    • x 10k Points
    • x 25k Points
    • x 10 Gold
    • Jackpot
    • Treasure
    • Ball
    • Character

Notes on Plundering:

  • “Plunder Opponent’s Character” allows you to steal an opponent’s character, giving you the benefits of that character. The downside of this is that if you achieve a character champion high score at the end of the game and you’ve plundered a character, you won’t qualify for that ego award.
  • “Plunder Opponent’s Ball” is very rare, but it can be awarded.

Liars’ Dice:

This is awarded as an option off of the 3rd PIRATE award and can be accessed at the start of a game by playing as Davy Jones. Shoot the right orbit to start this video mode. First, select out of a few options what you want the stakes for the game to be (ie. gold, tilt warnings, points, etc.) You can also select “Walk Away”, which allows you to exit the mode, and “Help!”, which brings up a page teaching you how the rules of Liar’s Dice works (just like in the movies). If you lose, it’ll be double or nothing - ie. if you had 119 gold as the stakes, winning Liar’s Dice would award you with that amount added to your total, but if you lost, you would lose all of your gold.


In POTC, the player will collect tons of gold throughout the course of the game by hitting the action button when they spawn. The gold spawning is accompanied by a callout and the blinkers on the playfield flashing yellow. When the gold is about to vanish, they will turn red. The primary purpose of gold is to light Tortuga Multiball at the right scoop, which can be stacked into other Multiballs for big points. Gold can spawn through:

  • Hitting the GOLD targets (the higher combo you attain before hitting them, the more gold spawns)
  • Making shots during Chapters
  • Mystery awards

Combos & Treasure Horde:

There are 12 two-shot combos that can be viewed in the status report. Each combo rewards the player with a different piece of treasure. Collecting all twelve treasures begins the Treasure Horde mode, which is supposedly a lucrative hurry-up mode, although I’ve never seen anyone reach it.

Constellation Bonus:

Something to do when you don’t have anything else to do. Shooting the Star Map during normal play will light a random shot for the Constellation Bonus. After enough Constellation Bonuses are collected, the Extra Ball will be lit.


There are five colored skulls shown at the top of the backglass display, as well various shots on the playfield: Port Royal (yellow skull), the Chest (green skull), the Maelstrom (red skull), the Fountain of Youth (blue skull), and the Devil’s Triangle (purple skull).

Shooting any of these shots once qualifies a chapter at the Star Map shot. If the Star Map is made with multiple chapters qualified, the ball will bounce around and collect the Skull value for each target hit. The last target hit before time runs out will be the chapter you play.

The rules for starting Chapters vary depending on your character. If you’re playing as Elizabeth Swann, a Chapter is always lit, and Tia Dalma allows you to select the Chapter you want with the flippers and action button.

In each Chapter, the goal is to complete all flashing shots, from a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 8. Completing a Chapter awards a Completion Bonus of 2500 and increases by 250 each time, and a Timer Bonus worth 25 x the number of characters x the number of seconds left.

In order to qualify each movie’s mini-wizard mode, 5 chapters from the movie must be played.

(need more info on how chapters work, are there different rules or are they all just “shoot the flashing shots”?)


The other objective POTC players will be pursuing are the five Multiballs (one for each movie, along with Tortuga). Every Multiball in the game can be stacked and played with each other, adding an additional ball to the mix as well. You can also “revive” Multiball play by starting another Multiball mode during the grace period (think Gollum from LOTR). Playing the Multiball for each respective movie is required to qualify their mini-wizard modes.

Multiball 1 (Curse of the Black Pearl): To qualify this Multiball, shoot the right ramp to access the Black Pearl Ship. There, you will have to qualify the Load Cannon targets by shooting the two spinners on either side of the orbit. The lighting on the ship will slowly become a dark shade of green as the spinners spin. After enough spins, shoot either Load Cannon target to qualify the Cannon shot, and shoot the Cannon to begin a short round where you have to destroy the opposing ship with a well timed shot using the action button. A successful shot will cause the opposing ship to be destroyed and qualify Multiball 1 at Port Royal. At the start of Multiball, a ball will be popped up into the Ship. Super Jackpots can be collected during the mode by making successful shots to the opposing ship, which is a pretty difficult task. (Are there normal Jackpots?)

Multiball 2 (Dead Man’s Chest): Complete the two targets in front of the Chest Lane to qualify each lock, then shoot the Chest itself to lock a ball. Lock three balls to begin Multiball 2. At the start of the Multiball, all of the bonus multiplier targets will be lit, and hitting any one of them will light a number of Jackpots determined by the number shown on the target. Collecting all of the Jackpots lights the Super Jackpot at the Chest (?)

Multiball 3 (At World’s End): Red arrows will be lit at all major shots at the start of the game. When a shot with a red arrow is made, you will collect one of the 9 Pieces of Eight (and it’ll also be shown on screen with a callout.) On certain settings, Pieces of Eight can be spotted in between balls, meaning even new players will be likely to get Multiball 3 going. After collecting all 9 Pieces of Eight, Multiball 3 can be started with a shot to the Maelstrom, which will go into the whirlpool. During this Multiball, Jackpots can be collected by shooting the Maelstrom again, and a Super Jackpot will light at the Abyss after enough regular Jackpots are collected.

Multiball 4 (On Stranger Tides): Multiball 4 is started by making successive shots to the Fountain of Youth - the upper loop. I forgot how many shots are required to start the Multiball itself but I think it’s around 5 - 8. Another shot to the Fountain of Youth will start Multiball 4. During the Multiball, the Chest, right orbit, and inner loop will score Jackpots. After enough Jackpots are collect, the right orbit or chest has to be shot to trap a ball behind the post. The Super Jackpot is collected by knocking the ball out of the post with another ball.

Multiball 5 (Dead Men Tell No Tales): Shooting the spinner in front of the Devil’s Triangle will progress towards lighting this Multiball. After enough spins, shoot the Devil’s Triangle to start the Multiball. During the Multiball, a roving Jackpot is lit at several shots (I think there’s a Super lit at the Devil’s Triangle at some point?)

Tortuga Multiball: Collecting 50 Gold during the game will qualify the right scoop to begin Tortuga Multiball. During the Multiball, all of the major shots will light for Jackpots. These don’t score too many points, but they do increase the Super Jackpot value that the right scoop will collect. If the player is patient with collecting their Jackpots and brings in a Super X, the Super Jackpot can score a ton of points. The other benefit of Tortuga Multiball is that completing the GOLD targets will instantly add a ball to the Multiball.

Wizard Modes:

Wizard Mode 1 (The Cursed Treasure of Cortés): TBA (play 5 yellow chapters and Multiball 1 to qualify, shoot Port Royal to start)

Wizard Mode 2 (Battle the Kraken): Play 5 green chapters and Multiball 2 to qualify this Wizard Mode, and then shoot the Chest to start it. During the mode, the player is tasked with shooting the upper loop 20 times (!) to lower the gunpowder net and defeat the Kraken, all while the Kraken’s four tentacles are extending towards the top of the LCD screen. The tentacles can be temporarily stopped by making one of four shots corresponding to the tentacles. The mode has a long timer and ballsave, but when the timer ends or if a tentacle reaches the top of the screen, the mode ends.

Wizard Mode 3 (Escape the Locker): TBA (play 5 red chapters and Multiball 3 to qualify, shoot Maelstrom to start)

Wizard Mode 4 (Battle for the Fountain of Youth): Play 5 blue chapters and Multiball 4 to qualify this Wizard Mode, and then shoot the Fountain of Youth to start it. During the first phase of the wizard mode, shoot five flashing shots, then (?)

Wizard Mode 5 (Don’t Betray the Compass): TBA (play 5 purple chapters and Multiball 5 to qualify, shoot Devil’s Triangle to start)

Final Wizard Mode (Break the Curse): TBA (play all 5 Wizard Modes, then shoot the Captain’s Quarters to start)


Good start. I’ll hold off on making edits/corrections for now. Continue watching our streams to help fill in the blanks.


Can anyone give the 3 sentence strategy before BPSO? Bonus points if phrased in Glengarry Glen Ross style.


Man, this game is deep!


Is every chapter literally shoot n different playfield shots a single time each?


That’s what it seems like to me (though haven’t played the game enough to be sure).


Since BPSO I can offer a simple strategy. Choose the Phillip Swift character for easier MB #4 starts. Shoot treasure chest from either flipper, then loops with upper flipper. When you get control at the lower flippers just keep doing the same thing. I think I started 4 or 5 On Stranger Tides MB this way and got just over 900M.


Thanks for the heads up, we’ll take care of it! :slight_smile:


Yeah, it’s definitely a dominant strategy.

Even giving that character a .5x for On Stranger Tides MB would be a viable nerf.

There’s other lucrative multiballs (Dead Men Tell No Tales! At World’s End!) but they’re not enhanced by a specific character.


Yeah, there’s been a LOT of changes since that code you’re playing. Every multiball is now enhanced (and doubled) by someone, jackpots have been raised.

Our fix to the Philip issue is to add 2 more difficulties that will result in forcing you to shoot the orbit at the next-to-last difficulty no matter what.


Thanks @keefer, it’s a great game with deeper and deeper layers of play! Looking forward to being coerced to play a spinner strategy one of these days in match play…not that I mind!


Which code was BPSO running?

@keefer Are you referring to the most recent publicly available code? Or is this beta code that hasn’t been released yet? Thanks for the cool code and the effort to tweak and polish it!


Well we’ve been streaming it. Current shipping code is 0.9, guessing that was like a month ago. Games with 3 discs haven’t been able to be updated for a long time so their code is much much older.


Hey Colin. I do not know what version it was running. Obviously there are many, many ways to play this game. I was just offering a simple strat for someone walking up to the game for the first time. I was extremely impressed with how well JJP POTC shoots. The shots felt very good and the game is very immersive. This being a sample/prototype game, it was not without it’s problems. Lots of ball hangs on the ship and also in the scoop that feeds to the left flipper. During the finals the game had to be removed from the tourney.

If most/all of this is worked out in the production games I might be up for my 1st JJP game. It’s that good!


Agreed on both fronts here. There’s a good forehand/backhand shot diversity and the game encourages multiple strategies. Can’t wait to hit it up this Thursday (hella love to Helicon) and pull a deep dive on it!


Not sure if this is a setting, but never let a player be added after you’re past ball one. Now we have an extra player playing all three balls after we’re done because we leaned on the start button mid game. Haha


I’ve lately been contemplating the best time to turn off adding players. Lots of people seem to enjoy being able to add during the equivalent of ball 2. I’m thinking of stopping allowing adds as soon as someone hits LAST BALL.


Don’t know if this is still active in tournament mode but playing before league someone was awarded Plunder 1 Ball which I found hilarious! Tournament implications?

JJP PotC: Does Plunder impact tournament viability/TGP?

I think the new setting for the order of when you play extra balls is great. This adding new players rule, not so much. Or at least make it so you have to hold the start button or something.

Pirates is pretty sweet btw.


It’s not totally fleshed out yet, but I believe it’s MOSTLY taken care of in tournament mode when I originally wrote it.

There are a couple of adjustments that control how plundering works. One is Plunder Level which controls how often plundering can occur (about 0%-80%), and the other is Plunder Items which controls what can be stolen. Possibilities to steal are, in order and inclusively from the first: gold, points, treasure, player character, and balls.

Personally, I feel that some amount of plundering is fine in tournament mode as long as it’s fair. Assuming I did my job correctly, plundering a ball would be like the 15th plunder possibility which is quite a lot of awards, assuming the game was set to allow that.

I have to reserve holding the button for restarting the game. On the plus side, on our games, you can restart on ball one now.

Appreciate it!