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Includes 5 novel scenarios, each of which builds upon your previous experience.

All are easy to learn, rich in character, and lots of fun. In each, you explore an unknown sea by ship and build settlements on the discovered islands.

Scenario 1 (Land Ho!) introduces you to valuable harbor settlements, shipbuilding, exploration, and overseas settlement-the most important basic rules of this expansion. Each subsequent scenario introduces a new mission and its simple new rules.

The game culminates in Scenario 5 (Explorers & Pirates), which incorporates all of these very rich new themes in a diverse and exciting campaign of bold exploration and piracy!

Explore CATAN! Build harbor settlements, ships, settlers, and sailing crews and set out across mysterious seas in search of new lands, spices, fish, and gold fields.

  12+ years
  2-4 players
  90 - 120 min.


The expanded game board offers exciting journeys of exploration and the discovery new land.

Your goal is to build new outposts on the islands that are still undiscovered and to complete the Council of Catan's missions in the most skillful way possible.

Your missions are varied. First, you must prevail against pirates who terrorize the coasts of Catan.

Equip your ships with crews and search for the pirates' lairs.

The Council of Catan rewards the bravest fighters with fame and gold.

Finally, you will encounter peaceful and helpful villagers who trade valuable spices to you.

The Council of Catan will be delighted yet again when you deliver spices to their stronghold.

You also benefit from the villagers' extensive knowledge and will learn how to sail faster across the seas or how to better fight the pirate ships.


You can combine Explorers & Pirates Expansion with these expansions and scenarios.

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  • Combination with the Cities & Knights Expansion

    In Explorers & Pirates, building cities is not allowed; you build harbor settlements instead. This makes sense when playing Explorers & Pirates independently of other expansions, because its strategic emphasis is on exploration and transporting commodities, crews, and settlers.

    In Cities & Knights, the strategic emphasis is on city expansion and city defense.

    Theoretically, it is possible to combine the two expansions and thus create a game that provides an even larger variety of strategies and possibilities to win.

    If you want to combine these two expansions, you should be aware that the resulting game is rather complex and perhaps even a bit confusing. However, a group of players who know both expansions well may definitely give it a try. At least for the first attempt, scenario 4 with its Fish for Catan and Spice for Catan missions should be used

  • Combination with the Traders & Barbarians Expansion

    a. Friendly Robber
    Since there is no robber in Explorers & Pirates, a combination is not possible.
    b. Catan Event Cards
    Many cards refer to game components such as the robber, knight cards, or harbors, which do not exist in Explorers & Pirates. Even so, you can use the cards if you ignore the events and only consider the depicted numbers.
    c. Harbormaster
    Since there are no harbors in Explorers & Pirates, this variant makes no sense.

    d. The Fishermen of Catan
    This scenario combines well with Explorers & Pirates.

    e. The Rivers of Catan 

    In theory, this scenario can be combined with Explorers & Pirates.

    f. The Caravans

    In theory, this scenario can be combined with Explorers & Pirates.

    g. Barbarian Attack and Traders & Barbarians 

    Only in combination with the CATAN base game can these two scenarios be played in a balanced fashion.

  • Combination with the Seafarers Expansion

    In the Seafarers expansion, you build ships adjacent to each other, thus forming shipping routes along the sea hexes that connect the islands. If your shipping route has reached a new island, you may build a settlement there.


Up to 6 players can settle Catan and enjoy the missions with pirate lairs, fishing grounds, and indigenous villages.

Please note: You will need the CATAN base game, the Explorers & Pirates Expansion, and both the CATAN 5-6 Player Extension and this Explorers & Pirates 5-6 Player Extension - a total of four game boxes.

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