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.

Jun 9, 2010

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  • 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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