A list of ghost pirate ships in RPGs


Above: Yes yes, but does it contain pirates? 

Another entry that at first glance looks like just your average ghost ship, Grandia's nautical dungeon only reveals its pirate influence after a careful examination of clues onboard.

Above: Surely this vessel must have been used for pirate purposes if it has a treasure room

Treasure chests alone wouldn't be enough to prove piracy, as treasure chests are truly a staple of the RPG genre if there ever was one. But when you find a whole room devoted to treasure, chances are high that this vessel was used for professional plundering. And while the captain's quarters doesn't have any completely damning evidence, it definitely has strong pirate vibe.

Above: Only a pirate captain would have a skull for a paperweight

The giant squid is the eternal rival of the pirate, so his presence seals the deal for this being a pirate ship, and also explains where all the pirates went (in his tummy).

Above: "I find those quotes a tad offensive, young lady," said the Squid King 

Kingdom Hearts II

This one might seem like cheating a bit, but it fills our criteria so perfectly it can't be denied. We love Kingdom Hearts II, but trying to recreate this scene from the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie on the PS2 was sadly a misstep.

Here, we see Elizabeth Swann held captive in Captain Barbossa's quarters, right before he reveals to her the true nature of the Black Pearl and its crew. While not exactly the same as the cinematic version, it's close enough to only make the graphics look worse than they really are and underscore the lesser quality of the voice acting compared to original actors. Once you get past that cutscene awkwardness and into the actual gameplay, the Pirate section of KHII successfully pushes the Square-Enix/Disney crossover envelope by adapting live action movie characters to fit in to an otherwise animated world.

Did we miss your favorite ghost pirate ship? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • 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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