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The economy is very basic, there are seven different types of goods all priced differently on each island.

Trading is a simple money-making strategy, which makes use of the goods system. Head to an island that sells a good you desire at the cheapest price (see table below); fill your cargo with that commodity. Again, using the table below, find which island is buying the commodity you have at the highest price. Go to that island to sell your cargo, which will earn you a minimum profit of 150%.

Trading goods is the fastest way to get Gold if you do it right. If you want to buy a pricey ship or item, this is usually the way to go.

Prices

Island Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
Barbados 195 25 270 220 400 145 40
Brazil 180 125 210 200 375 130 20
Cuba 270 40 90 70 525 190 60
Guinea 155 65 35 170 170 325 145
Jamaica 170 55 130 170 375 210 110
Labrador 70 45 120 110 625 215 75
Malaysia 165 95 135 185 300 65 190
Philippines 145 60 270 155 55 290 120
Spain 155 55 210 140 210 250 75
Taiwan 210 35 35 375 475 180 45

Lowest price in green, highest price in red. Accurate as of 2/16/2021

Cargo Space

Each good takes up a different amount of cargo space.

Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
10 5 8 15 20 12 5

Route Analysis

Note: The tables below are up-to-date as of Jan 12, 2021 this analysis has been done by joyous18's spreadsheet, found HERE


The following tables show profit/deficit from bringing cargo to each island. The higher the number, the more profitable that cargo/destination combo is. Distances are arbitrary numbers found in the code. It is unknown whether they directly correspond with ship speed. A high positive number is a good profit travelling towards the island. Conversely, a high negative number is a good profit travelling back.

Barbados

Route/Destination Distance (Arbitrary Units) Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
Barbados to Brazil 583.10 30 -5 20 80 100 50 40
Barbados to Cuba 894.43 -15 20 -25 -75 -100 100 0
Barbados to Guinea 1360.15 85 30 20 110 -230 -30 15
Barbados to Jamaica 790.57 10 25 -10 -90 -160 25 -15
Barbados to Labrador 1421.27 10 35 -20 -120 -180 50 0
Barbados to Malaysia 921.95 55 15 50 -75 -150 -50 45
Barbados to Philippines 1513.27 135 40 -25 -50 -250 -5 20
Barbados to Spain 1972.31 110 49 -50 -150 -200 25 25
Barbados to Taiwan 921.95 0 10 -50 50 200 150 35

Brazil

Route/Destination Distance (Arbitrary Units) Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
Brazil to Barbados 583.10 -30 5 -20 -80 -100 -50 -40
Brazil to Cuba 1476.48 -45 25 -45 -155 -200 50 -40
Brazil to Guinea 1603.12 55 35 0 30 -330 -80 -25
Brazil to Jamaica 1290.35 -20 30 -30 -170 -260 -25 -55
Brazil to Labrador 2000 -20 40 -40 -200 -280 0 -40
Brazil to Malaysia 1004.99 25 20 30 -155 -250 -100 5
Brazil to Philippines 1931.32 105 45 -45 -130 -350 -55 -20
Brazil to Spain 2500 80 54 -70 -230 -300 -25 -15
Brazil to Taiwan 1403.57 -30 15 -70 -30 100 100 -5

Cuba

Route/Destination Distance (Arbitrary Units) Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
Cuba to Barbados 894.43 15 -20 25 75 100 -100 0
Cuba to Brazil 1476.48 45 -25 45 155 200 -50 40
Cuba to Guinea 1500 100 10 45 185 -130 -130 15
Cuba to Jamaica 651.92 25 5 15 -15 -60 -75 -15
Cuba to Labrador 583.10 25 15 5 -45 -80 -50 0
Cuba to Malaysia 1431.78 70 -5 75 0 -50 -150 45
Cuba to Philippines 1253 150 20 0 25 -150 -105 20
Cuba to Spain 1315.29 125 29 -25 -75 -100 -75 25
Cuba to Taiwan 608.28 15 -10 -25 125 300 50 35

Guinea

Route/Destination Distance (Arbitrary Units) Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
Guinea to Barbados 1360.15 -85 -30 -20 -110 230 30 -15
Guinea to Brazil 1603.12 -55 -35 0 -30 330 80 25
Guinea to Cuba 1500 -100 -10 -45 -185 130 130 -15
Guinea to Jamaica 851.47 -75 -5 -30 -200 70 55 -30
Guinea to Labrador 1552.42 -75 5 -40 -230 50 80 -15
Guinea to Malaysia 632.46 -30 -15 30 -185 80 -20 30
Guinea to Philippines 632.46 50 10 -45 -160 -20 25 5
Guinea to Spain 1456.02 25 19 -70 -260 30 55 10
Guinea to Taiwan 1984.94 -85 -20 -70 -60 430 180 20

Jamaica

Route/Destination Distance (Arbitrary Units) Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
Jamaica to Barbados 790.57 -10 -25 10 90 160 -25 15
Jamaica to Brazil 1290.35 20 -30 30 170 260 25 55
Jamaica to Cuba 651.92 -25 -5 -15 15 60 75 15
Jamaica to Guinea 851.47 75 5 30 200 -70 -55 30
Jamaica to Labrador 863.13 0 10 -10 -30 -20 25 15
Jamaica to Malaysia 851.47 45 -10 60 15 10 -75 60
Jamaica to Philippines 751.66 125 15 -15 40 -90 -30 35
Jamaica to Spain 1210.37 100 24 -40 -60 -40 0 40
Jamaica to Taiwan 1151.09 -10 -15 -40 140 360 125 50

Labrador

Route/Destination Distance (Arbitrary Units) Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
Labrador to Barbados 1421.27 -10 -35 20 120 180 -50 0
Labrador to Brazil 2000 20 -40 40 200 280 0 40
Labrador to Cuba 583.10 -25 -15 -5 45 80 50 0
Labrador to Guinea 1552.42 75 -5 40 230 -50 -80 15
Labrador to Jamaica 863.13 0 -10 10 30 20 -25 -15
Labrador to Malaysia 1711.72 45 -20 70 45 30 -100 45
Labrador to Philippines 1081.67 125 5 -5 70 -70 -55 20
Labrador to Spain 806.23 100 14 -30 -30 -20 -25 25
Labrador to Taiwan 1118.03 -10 -25 -30 170 380 100 35

Malaysia

Route/Destination Distance (Arbitrary Units) Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
Malaysia to Barbados 921.95 -55 -15 -50 75 150 50 -45
Malaysia to Brazil 1004.99 -25 -20 -30 155 250 100 -5
Malaysia to Cuba 1431.78 -70 5 -75 0 50 150 -45
Malaysia to Guinea 632.46 30 15 -30 185 -80 20 -30
Malaysia to Jamaica 851.47 -45 10 -60 -15 -10 75 -60
Malaysia to Labrador 1711.72 -45 20 -70 -45 -30 100 -45
Malaysia to Philippines 1131.37 80 25 -75 25 -100 45 -25
Malaysia to Spain 1886.80 55 34 -100 -75 -50 75 -20
Malaysia to Taiwan 1749.29 -55 -5 -100 125 350 200 -10

Philippines

Route/Destination Distance (Arbitrary Units) Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
Philippines to Barbados 1513.27 -135 -40 25 50 250 5 -20
Philippines to Brazil 1931.32 -105 -45 45 130 350 55 20
Philippines to Cuba 1253 -150 -20 0 -25 150 105 -20
Philippines to Guinea 632.46 -50 -10 45 160 20 -25 -5
Philippines to Jamaica 751.66 -125 -15 15 -40 90 30 -35
Philippines to Labrador 1081.67 -125 -5 5 -70 70 55 -20
Philippines to Malaysia 1131.37 -80 -25 75 -25 100 -45 25
Philippines to Spain 824.62 -25 9 -25 -100 50 30 5
Philippines to Taiwan 1838.48 -135 -30 -25 100 450 155 15

Spain

Route/Destination Distance (Arbitrary Units) Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
Spain to Barbados 1972.31 -110 -49 50 150 200 -25 -25
Spain to Brazil 2500 -80 -54 70 230 300 25 15
Spain to Cuba 1315.29 -125 -29 25 75 100 75 -25
Spain to Guinea 1456.02 -25 -19 70 260 -30 -55 -10
Spain to Jamaica 1210.37 -100 -24 40 60 40 0 -40
Spain to Labrador 806.23 -100 -14 30 30 20 25 -25
Spain to Malaysia 1886.80 -55 -34 100 75 50 -75 20
Spain to Philippines 824.62 25 -9 25 100 -50 -30 -5
Spain to Taiwan 1902.63 -110 -39 0 200 400 125 10

Taiwan

Route/Destination Distance (Arbitrary Units) Rum Coffee Spice Silk Gems Sugar Bananas
Taiwan to Barbados 921.95 0 -10 50 -50 -200 -150 -35
Taiwan to Brazil 1403.57 30 -15 70 30 -100 -100 5
Taiwan to Cuba 608.28 -15 10 25 -125 -300 -50 -35
Taiwan to Guinea 1984.94 85 20 70 60 -430 -180 -20
Taiwan to Jamaica 1151.09 10 15 40 -140 -360 -125 -50
Taiwan to Labrador 1118.03 10 25 30 -170 -380 -100 -35
Taiwan to Malaysia 1749.29 55 5 100 -125 -350 -200 10
Taiwan to Philippines 1838.48 135 30 25 -100 -450 -155 -15
Taiwan to Spain 1902.63 110 39 0 -200 -400 -125 -10

Analysis of Trade Routes

Top 5 Trade Routes (2-Island)

Listed below are the top 5 best trading routes (Current as of 1/16/2021) between 2 islands. This takes route length, cargo efficiency of the different goods, and the profit made by each of the goods into account. I will be working on adding analyses of different boats for trading, a Krew.io Danger Index (how risky a trading route is), and the best island to island routes. You can view my math here. You can view a graph of the actual gold earned on different trade routes by using the link here.

Here is the top 5 best 2-island trade routes:

  1. Coffee from Barbados to Brazil (500%), then bananas from Brazil to Barbados (200%). Distance: 583.10. This route is the best because of its short distance, great cargo efficiency of coffee and bananas, and decent gains. Also, you can spawn on Brazil and start trading immediately!
  2. Bananas from Brazil to Malaysia (950%), then sugar from Malaysia to Brazil (200%). Distance: 1004.99. You might be wondering, 'why is this number 2 if the numbers are higher than number 2?' This is #2 because distance and cargo efficiency are factors too. As you can see, this is a longer trade route. The sugar also has a worse cargo efficiency than coffee, placing this route in number 2.
  3. Spice from Guinea to Philippines (771.43%), then gems from Philippines to Guinea (309.09%). Distance: 632.46. This route has good profits and pretty nice distance but pays the price with the gem's crazy 20 cargo space, making it an inefficient commodity to trade.
  4. Sugar from Malaysia to Guinea (500%), then spice from Guinea to Malaysia (385.71%). Distance: 632.46. This route struggles the most in cargo efficiency. Spice and sugar rank 3rd and 5th respectively out of the 7 different goods. This along with it's mediocre distance, this routes places near the end of this list.
  5. Spice from Taiwan to Barbados (771.43%), then coffee from Barbados to Taiwan (140%). Distance: 921.95. This route is last because of its high distance and poor profit from Barbados to Taiwan. Distance really plays a role here.

Note: The percents are the differences between the high and low price. It does not represent profit.

This is just a brief analysis and further research will be done.

The Circle Route

The Circle Route is the best trading route in the entire game. It is a culmination of all of the best profits between the goods. An analysis between the Circle Route and the Barbados-Brazil route can be viewed here. Thank you Aviation34l for bringing this route to my attention.

The Circle Route consists of trading in a counter-clockwise motion around the map, hitting all islands but Jamaica and Spain.

The Circle Route consists of:

More on the Circle Route can be viewed here.

Note: The percents are the high/low price. They do not represent profit.


Economy

Islands | BarbadosBrazilCubaGuineaJamaicaLabradorMalaysiaPhilippinesSpainTaiwan
Cargo | RumCoffeeSpiceSilkGemsSugarBananas