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Ship of Fools (Switch): all the updates (latest: Endless Mode)

On this page, you will find all there is to know about the various updates for Ship of Fools on Nintendo Switch (originally released on November 22nd 2022 in North America and Europe)!

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Ship of Fools – Ver. ??? (Endless Mode)

  • Release date: ???
  • Patch notes:
New features:
  • Endless mode added
Balance changes:
  • Reduce owlet movement speed when charging the boat before exploding
  • Increase paper plane ammunition homing force and damage
Fools balance changes:
  • Quill: Missing a shot only removes 2 stacks instead of all of them. Sentry gun not hitting enemies does not count as a miss. We felt that her ability was too punishing, making her almost unplayable in certain situations. Now Quill is a strong pick while still requiring some good aiming!
  • Betty: Initiate rage mode when getting hit by a regular paddle attack from another player instead of only initiating from a heavy hit. This allows for the other player to continuously initiate Betty’s rage mode while she remains shooting!
  • Finley: Rework reward pool from repairs. Now when repairing, Finley has a chance of spawning:
    • Regular resource: 60%
    • Basic chest: 25%
    • Ancient chest containing an item: 5%
  • Jules: All light trinkets are now included in the pool of obtainable items from his ability. Jules will now generate a trinket when defeating The Eye of the Storm. Prior to this update, activating Jules’ ability upon defeating the final boss was unnecessary. However, with the introduction of Endless mode, this item now serves a purpose in subsequent loops!
  • Prevent sentry cannons from shooting an enemy with an active deflection bubble
  • Barnaby and Jules ability now remove the generated item from the pool of obtainable items to make sure those items are not generated again in the same run
  • Replace Mama Gull inventory image
  • Replace Yoyo trinket activation keyword from “damage” to “accuracy”
  • Something special added to the main menu…
Bug Fixes:
  • Fix plank bundle given by the siren in The Edge cave sometimes falling in the water
  • Fix achievements for completing a run not being shared with the client in an online game
  • Fix some special chest encounters ending too soon
  • Fix siren ship misplaced hole making it hard to repair
  • Fix enemies looping sound never stopped in certain situations
  • Fix projectile attack ground target sometimes not being deactivated
  • Fix item transfering when switching fools not working properly as the client in an online game
  • Fix paddle reach bonuses given not applied to the client in an online game
  • Fix homing projectiles not being able to hit enemies that are very close to the water level
  • Fix Mama Gull projectiles not hitting some boss parts
  • Fix sometimes being able to open the map during sector loading soft-locking the game

Ship of Fools – Ver. ??? (Great Lighthouse + Fish & Ships Updates)

  • Release date: November 20th 2023 (North America, Europe)
  • Patch notes:

No patch notes available. This update brings the following to the game:

Great Lighthouse Update
  • adds endgame content
    • After conquering the final boss AND rescuing all three NPCs, you will face a new challenge – unlocking the Great Lighthouse door (using a quite unconventional method) and restore the Entity of light. The brighter the light atop the Great Lighthouse shines, the more agitated the enemies become. However, don’t be deterred by their anger, because as you progress, you’ll be rewarded with more valuable loot and unique prizes. The risk may be high, but the rewards are even greater! The hard mode gameplay loop goes as follows:
      • Activate a new brightness level of the lighthouse effectively increasing the difficulty of the game
      • Beat the game with this brightness level active
      • Unlock a unique Reward and the next brightness level becomes available for purchase
    • Each Brightness level and each of their rewards will shape new ways to play and explore the game.
    • As an example, activating the first brightness level not only makes the enemies tougher, but their projectiles can now inflict critical damage upon impact. This added challenge requires you to be quick on your feet and react swiftly to avoid these deadly attacks. However, if you manage to beat the game with this difficulty setting, you’ll receive a permanent upgrade to the Stormstrider – The Beacon artifact. The Beacon is a miniature lighthouse that will light up your way through the most troubled waters of the Archipelago. It harnesses the powers of the Entity of Light in a more “portable” way. You’ll need to load The Beacon with a Tendril to light it up!
    • Once The Beacon is loaded with a Tendril, you’ll have a new option available on the map when you are near the storm. It will allow you to consume the loaded Tendril in order to repel the surrounding storm! Very useful to reach those far islands that would have otherwise not been accessible. With this item you can repel ANY type of storm… I wonder what it does in the last sector…
    • There are 15 brightness levels in the Great Lighthouse to unlock and this was only the first one! I’ll let you discover the 14 others and their rewards by yourselves!
    • The Great Lighthouse update is adding new challenges to the game and their associated rewards to including:
      • 40+ new items
      • Siren’s quests
      • New cannon abilities
      • New encounters
      • New NPC
      • New achievements
      • And many more for you and your shipmate to explore!
Fish & Ships Update
Fish & Ships content and features
  • New NPC: Otto the Shipwright
  • Shipwright challenges to unlock ships
  • Brightness Shipwright challenges to unlock items
  • 3 new ships to unlock
  • 18 new items to unlock
  • Secret ship adornments to unlock
  • “A Whale of a Time” achievement
  • “Reduce Reuse Recycle” achievement
  • “Beast Tamer” achievement
  • “Festive Fleet” achievement
The Garden Duo DLC content
  • New Fool: Noh the cat fish
  • New Fool: Mikoi the koi fish
  • “Catrate Master” achievement (DLC)
  • “Belting Overseas” achievement (DLC)
Balance changes:
  • Gold bullet multiplier is now additive instead of multiplicative
  • Holy trident paddle size multiplier 2 → 1.75
  • The corkscrew trinket will now consider the Rancid Oil trinket as a bottle
  • Cluck
    • Egg laying delay changed from 15 to 25 seconds → 10 to 15 seconds
    • Chance of laying regular egg: 95%→ 50%
    • Chance of laying special egg: 5% → 50%
    • Add mamagull egg to special egg pool
  • Time delay between critical enemy projectiles in hard mode
    • Solo 3 → 6 seconds
    • Co-op 2 → 4 seconds
  • The Beacon artifact now starts in its active state
  • Improve Darkness Cave Island visuals
  • Add French translation credits video
  • Add cancel defend and super charge action by pression roll button
  • Remove encounters containing falling standalone spider bombs
  • Prevent self-inflicted damage (damage from Mikoi’s ability and damage from payment at the carpentry) from breaking holy artifacts
  • Add NPC skins for Gertrude and Woody for each sector
  • Add ship visual variations for each sector
  • Memory usage reduction during gameplay
  • Sector loading time reduction
  • Lag spike occurrences reduction when enemies spawn
Bug Fixes:
  • Fix All the Treasures of the Sea achievement not unlocking
  • Fix music composer Philippe Grant name misspelled in the credits (sorry Phil)
  • Fix Magic Hat ability not working for client player in an online game
  • Fix darkness cave island invisible for client player in an online game
  • Fix Max level grapeshot special bounce ability only applying to 1 projectile instead of all when fully charged
  • Fix enemy projectile damaging boat when a client performs a reflect that should have blocked it in an online game
  • Fix client only repairing one tile with a plank bundle in an online game
  • Fix Eye of The Storm warping animation not showing for client in an online game
  • Fix Lotte ability able to reload a cannon disabled by the Dark Cannon Curse (Thanks to discord user @ShadowKitsune for reporting)
  • Fix players not dying when purchasing an item at the carpentry while the Double Edge Sword artifact is equipped (Thanks to discord user @Terofale for reporting)
  • Fix Dark Cannon Curse not working correctly in an online game
  • Fix harpoon sound not fading out when off-screen (Thanks to discord user @PremiumPumpkin and @xSkyDiver for reporting)
  • and many more

Ship of Fools – Ver. 1.0.3

  • Release date: ???
  • Patch notes:
Bug Fixing:
  • Fixed issue causing some achievements to never unlock
  • Fixed enemy kills achievements meter on steam not displaying player progress
  • Fixed inflated Puffy dealing no damage when exploding
  • Fixed the issue causing The Dark Storm curse to not update the storm counter for the guest in an online game
  • Fixed issue disabling Betty’s rage mode ability in an online game
  • Fixed trinkets shown in both inventories when players equip them at the same time in an online game
  • Fixed issue causing Eye of the Storm to never reappear after vanishing thus soft-locking the players
  • Fixed issue causing Eye of the Storm to sometimes place curses on previously placed ones
  • Fixed credits volume not affected by sound preferences
  • Fixed issue where game state could not be saved when buying upgrades (Thanks to discord user @Maximilien(Gringan) for reporting it)
  • Fixed warrior statuette item could reload disabled cannons by The Dark Cannon curse (Thanks to discord user @HappyReaper for reporting it)
Quality of life:
  • Access options from Pause menu
  • Unlock the sentry cannon in the armoury when Rust is saved making it upgradable in the early game
  • Multiple tutorial improvements making it easier for new players to pick up the game
Exploit removed:
  • Removed player ability to keep an item in their hands while travelling to a new destination
  • Removed player’s ability to overcharge the Grapeshot or the Powershot cannon in an online game
  • Fixed reflected harpoons being able to unsocket artifacts without disabling their abilities making it possible to apply the same artifact ability multiple times (Thanks to discord user @RealGoose for reporting it)
  • Increase Lotte ammo regeneration time
  • Decrease Shellbie bonus stats given to loaded mags
  • Reduce Assault, Grapeshot, Powershot and Double Barrel cannon fire rate
  • Increased Sentry cannon fire rate
  • Increased chance of multiple flyers initiating an attack at the same time when playing coop
  • Reduce Buzzers, Floaters and Beakaneers attack delay
  • Reduce minimum spider enemy jump delay
  • Reduce Seablade damage
  • Reduce Maracas Duet damage
  • Reduce Phasing Clarinet damage
  • Reduce Resonating harp damage
  • Reduce The Pearls capacity bonus
  • Reduce The Shell damage bonus
  • Light Purse now gives up to 10 bonus damage
  • Reduce Light Spring fire rate and magazine capacity bonus
  • Reduce Light Powder damage and projectile speed bonus
  • Increase Crystal Ball magazine capacity
  • Increase Rage mode active time
  • Reduce cash point multiplier given at the end of a run
  • Reduce fire spreading time on deck when playing coop
  • Increase Heads total HP
  • Increase Heads damage needed to submerge its body parts
  • Increase Eye of the Storm HP

Ship of Fools – Ver. 1.0.2 (Build

  • Release date: December 7th 2022 (North America, Europe, Japan)
  • Patch notes:
  • Memory optimizations (Sprite atlas size improvements / End game videos were 4K so reduced for Switch only)
  • Save frequency reduced on Switch (Game was saving achievement progress that isn’t needed on Switch)
  • Fix for Roll being incorrectly mapped to the dpad
  • Online stability improvements to reduce disconnects
  • œ french character now displays correctly
  • Ripple effects now use correct sector colours
  • Reduced rumble strength by 30%
  • Japanese text displays correctly in delete save game confirmation box
  • Additional notes: none.
  • Source: Team17

How to download updates for Ship of Fools for the Nintendo Switch?

To download the updates for Ship of Fools, you have three options:

  • let the console do its thing if you have automatic downloads activated, and didn’t completely turn it off

If not…

  • try to launch the game from the Home Menu while being connected to the internet. You should get a prompt when doing so: simply follow the instructions on screen;


  • select the game > press either + or – to go to the Options page > select Software update > select Via the Internet.

To check that you have the latest version installed, simply select the game on the Home Menu, and press – or + to go to the Options: the version number is displayed just below the game title.


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