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!


  • Turbobison - June 9, 2010 11:01 p.m.

    Not my favorite, but the dumb ghost pirates in Legend of the Dragoon. It was very frustrating, and the reason why I haven't played it again. FUCK THAT GAME!
  • JackSkellingtonsSkin - June 9, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    Ratchet & Clank had robot ghost pirates in their minigame for 3. That's what happen when you add random cool words together.
  • Cleanser247 - June 9, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion has a ghost pirate ship in. The quest requires you to clear the ship of the crew members spirits, and retrieve a crystal ball for the only survivor. Anyways, good feature Carolyn!
  • Evil_AppleJuice - June 9, 2010 11:52 p.m.

    Im shocked and appalled that the ghost ship in Okami was not on this list, considering this is GR. Sure there are no pirates, but it was an awesome boss! And technically Okami is not an RPG, but it has many elements of an RPG like upgrading, items, NPCs, individual sets of fights, etc... and its Okami!!!
  • GameManiac - June 10, 2010 12:02 a.m.

    Super Mario RPG has ghost pirate ships? Talk about an uncalled spoiler alert. I figured as much that KHII's Pirates of the Carribean world would be mentioned here, as well as Both Zelda games for the DS (even though I haven't played them...yet).
  • GameManiac - June 10, 2010 12:04 a.m.

    Hey wait! What about the first Golden Sun? That had a ghostly pirate ship.
  • Billiam101 - June 10, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    Where is Fable II's ghost ship! In one quest you have to defeat Captain Dread on his ghost ship.
  • Billiam101 - June 10, 2010 12:13 a.m.

    @Cleanser247 There is also a quest in Oblivion where you go on a broken ghost ship and uncuff a skeleton after fighting the pirate's spirits.
  • Conman93 - June 10, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    @Evil Applejuice. Holy crap. How did gr miss that. Loved the kh2 one. Its great that they even got the music from the movie in it. Hopefully you'll fight the kracken in KH3! Btw, how is Zelda an rpg??
  • kafaninipa - June 10, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    what about the one from fable 2?
  • Cyberninja - June 10, 2010 12:52 a.m.

    wild arms i wonder if i will work on my ps3 i guess i find out in a little bit
  • spectrooper - June 10, 2010 1:30 a.m.

    You forgot the Ghost ship from paper mario.
  • Doctalen - June 10, 2010 1:48 a.m.

    Hey what about Golden Sun? Not only was that a kick ass game but it had a pretty bamf ghost pirate ship. Not only was it a bitch to get to, it's boss dropped the second best armor in the game.
  • bradmillow0 - June 10, 2010 1:50 a.m.

    What about Fable II and Captain Dread's ship. Also Oblivion did too!
  • drunkenfish - June 10, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    DRAGON QUEST 8 CMON!!!!!! my veins are popping out!!!
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 10, 2010 3:02 a.m.

    The captions absolutely killed me. Keep it coming, Carolyn! Also, get on the podcast. It's not as dirty or terrible as you may believe.
  • garnsr - June 10, 2010 3:12 a.m.

    Didn't Rogue Galaxy have a bonus ghost ship after you beat it?
  • evileye - June 10, 2010 3:36 a.m.

    Does Final Fantasy V count?
  • 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!
  • 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.

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