If the ship you are on is sunk during a PvP battle between two flags at war or while taking part in a sinking blockade or during Sinking monster hunt, you have a very slim chance of getting an injury. The injury will either be in the form of an eyepatch in place of an eye, a pegleg in place of a leg, a hook in place of a hand, or a starfish that is attached to you. You can only have one of each injury on a pirate, for a maximum of four injuries per pirate. The 'starfished' injury can only be obtained by sinking in Atlantis. In-game injuries are only cosmetic—they have no effect on your character's abilities or the scoring system of any puzzle, except in rumble, where a hook creates a different pattern than fists.
For PvP injuries, your own flag must be involved in a war with the flag whose ship is engaged. Simply jobbing aboard the ship of a flag that is at war is not enough. In a sinking blockade, everybody on the sinking ship has a chance of an injury. Another way to look at this is that in all cases, if you had sailed into the engagement on your own flag's ship, and the engagement would still be sinking, you risk an injury.
Injuries can be removed by purchasing the appropriate potion from the apothecary and using it.
Ringers will not transfer the injury to an alt, or add an injury for any other reason.
As of release 2008-02-05, a new injury exclusive to Atlantis became available upon sinking while on a sea monster hunt: a starfish clinging to the pirate's face. This "injury" is available for use in portraits and may be removed by a potion from the apothecary.
Turning into a ghostEdit
If the ship you are on sinks while in the Haunted Seas, you may end up turning into a ghost. You will not receive a fish, and this "injury" is temporary: it lasts only until you log off.
You are at risk of gaining an injury if:
- You enter Atlantis, the Cursed Isles, a sinking flotilla or a sinking blockade, and your ship sinks.
- Your flag is involved in a war with another flag, and your ship is sunk in a PvP battle.
- Your flag and another flag are each at war with a third flag. You are jobbed aboard the other flag's ship, and that ship is sunk in PvP with the third, warring flag. (This is a very, very rare situation.)