A list of ghost pirate ships in RPGs

Tales of Vesperia

Taking the traditional route, Tales of Vesperia's ghost ship reeks of classic RPG sensibility. Shrouded in fog and not shy about introducing itself as The Ghost Ship, Atherum isn't here to push any narrative boundaries. But… does it contain pirates?

At first glance, this looks like an open and shut case – the alleged pirate's corpse is slouched over a treasure chest, which seems could only be the dying pose of a greedy rapscallion. But then we read his diary, and he seems too noble to be a pirate. He died whilst en route to deliver a crystal which he believed could save his hometown and his beloved from destruction. But then we find this:

Definitely a pirate.

Wild Arms

Simply called Ghost Ship, this nautical artifact weaves a truly chilling tale. It appears that something happened to the pirates that used to use this ship for all manner of maritime chicanery. Something so terrible that it forced them to flee without taking their treasure chests…

But what could possible strike such fear in the stout heart of a pirate?


As we wander the decks of this forgotten relic, the pieces start falling into place. Vampires love wealth and loot almost as much as pirates, so it's likely that they crossed paths while tracking down some treasure and the vampires decimated the crew. Now the pirates' spirits haunt their own remains, tormented by the unusual fate that befell them. Are we making this all up? It's up to you to judge… 

Above: Also, the final boss, Capn Geist, is an undead pirate. Slam dunk!

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass

Both Wind Waker and Phantom Hourglass have great examples of both pirates and ghost ships, but we're choosing Phantom Hourglass here because it shows our very favorite pirate on board a classic phantom boat.

Tetra is a pirate, and she's on a ghost ship. It counts!


  • DizzyDial - June 11, 2010 11:53 p.m.

    @c0n3n3nj0 Yes, Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door had an awesome ghost ship, but had even better levels with the arena and the who-done-it mystery.
  • noofer7 - June 11, 2010 7:56 p.m.

    I can't believe you didn't include the sunken ship from Okami! Sure, it doesn't exactly fit the criteria - Okami isn't technically an RPG and the ship wasn't a pirate ship - but it's close enough that I would have though the fact that it's from Okami would be enough for GR to talk about it.
  • HailCaeser - June 11, 2010 7:55 p.m.

    What about the Mary Anne from Fable II?
  • EnragedTortoise1 - June 11, 2010 6:42 p.m.

    Paper Mario TTYd has one. remember cortez?
  • Neuromancer - June 11, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    What about Monkey Island??? How could anyone forget about Ghost pirate LeChuck.
  • Cleanser247 - June 11, 2010 3:29 a.m.

    @Billiam101 Ah, yes... I can't believe I forgot that quest! It was called "The Forlorn Watchman", and a great quest too! Are you excited for The Elder Scrolls 5? I absolutely can't wait until they announce it!
  • soren7550 - June 11, 2010 2:07 a.m.

    The only ones that I'm really aware of are 1.) The Mary-Ann (I believe it was called) in Fable 2 and 2.) The S.S. Aqua (I think it was called) in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, but I can't remember if it there was any ghost or any pirates there.
  • TheSilentPenguin - June 10, 2010 4:59 p.m.

    OMG gamesradar! how could you forget the Ghost Ship in The Legend of Zela: Wind Waker? You need it to get a piece of the Triforce, and its always somewhere different :)
  • metroid2099400 - June 10, 2010 4 p.m.

    Evil_AppleJuice is right, Okami had an awesome ghost ship. Also, I think we're forgetting a ghost ship so important that it doesn't matter that the game wasn't technically an RPG: The Ghost Pirate LeChuck's Ghost ship from The Secret of Monkey Island!
  • crazychase - June 10, 2010 2:39 p.m.

    @ garnsr yes it did, that was exactly what came to mind when i read the title of the article
  • Metroidhunter32 - June 10, 2010 2:04 p.m.

    Okami. It's ghost ship, there's priceless treasure on it. And, more importantly, It's from Okami, and no article is complete without Okami.
  • DontEatRawHagis - June 10, 2010 1:17 p.m.

    Dragon Warrior 3 has a ghost pirate ship, at least I think its run by pirates. It takes forever to try and find it so it has to be run by pirates.
  • philipshaw - June 10, 2010 11:53 a.m.

    This was a niche but brilliant article, it's what GR does best. It reminded me of top 7 RPG towns that explode
  • PrierAdmirer - June 10, 2010 10:56 a.m.

    What? No Final Fantasy V? That totally should count, although it was more of a Ship Graveyard than an actual ghost ship. It did had skeleton pirates...
  • industriedude - June 10, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    you missed the ghost ship on fable II
  • Cwf2008 - June 10, 2010 7 a.m.

    What about that quest in Oblivion where you investigate a haunted pirate ship in Anvil?
  • jmcgrotty - June 10, 2010 6:44 a.m.

    Wild Arms works on the PS3, yes. Coincidentally I have been playing it the past week. Sadly, that is the only game from this whole article I have ever played. I feel so deprived of the finer things in life.
  • Moondoggie1157 - June 10, 2010 6:27 a.m.

    Ghost ship in Legend of Dragoon takes the cake, hands down, no argument.
  • DarkPaladin - June 10, 2010 5:17 a.m.

    Seiken Densetsu III (what would have been Secret of Mana II had it been released here) had a pirate ship as well if I recall.
  • c03n3nj0 - June 10, 2010 3:45 a.m.

    Okay, I remember fighting a ghost pirate skeleton in Paper Mario: TTYD That should be up there!

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