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Ghost Ship

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Ghost Ship
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Location(s) The Wind Waker
Great Sea
Phantom Hourglass
World of the Ocean King
Game(s) The Wind Waker
Phantom Hourglass
Main Item The Wind Waker
Triforce Chart (TWW)
Triforce Shard (TWWHD)
Phantom Hourglass
Ghost Key
Boss(es) Phantom Hourglass
Cubus Sisters
Quest Reward(s)Phantom Hourglass
Heart Container

The Ghost Ship is a recurring dungeon in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][name reference missing][2]


The Wind Waker

Entrance to the Ghost Ship

The Ghost Ship haunts seven islands of the Great Sea during the night. It appears at different locations depending on the current state of the moon. Only by obtaining the Ghost Ship Chart, hidden on Diamond Steppe Island,[3] Link can enter it.

The Ghost Ship appears at Crescent Moon Island during full moon,[4] Diamond Steppe Island when part of the right half of the moon is missing,[3] Bomb Island when the right half of the moon is missing,[5] Spectacle Island when the crescent moon faces up,[6] Five-Star Isles when the crescent moon faces down,[7] Star Belt Archipelago when the left half of the moon is missing,[8] and Greatfish Isle when part of the left half of the moon is missing.[9]

Themes and Navigation

The Ghost Ship is transparent with surrounding blue flames. It bears a tattered sail and flag, and, on its bow, is a carving of what appears to be a person praying. Whenever Link is in the same area as the Ghost Ship, the sky fills with dark clouds and thunders, and a haunting melody starts to play. The interior has broken wooden beams and, on both sides of the floor, are four skulls lined in a row. The cracked left side of the ceiling shows what appear to be spirits floating by. There is also a small beam of light on the right side, containing a lone flower. In The Wind Waker HD, the interior floor also bears a ghastly haze.

Once inside the Ghost Ship, Link must defeat two Poes and a Wizzrobe, which is able to summon ReDeads and Stalfos. After defeating all the enemies, Link will be able to climb up a ladder leading to a Treasure Chest which contains a Triforce Chart in The Wind Waker or a Triforce Shard in The Wind Waker HD. After collecting the contents of the Treasure Chest, a demonic scream sounds throughout the Ghost Ship. Link then awakens aboard the King of Red Lions, with the Ghost Ship disappearing forever.

Minor Enemies

Phantom Hourglass

Prior to the events of Phantom Hourglass, the Ghost Ship had built up a reputation as a cursed ship that nobody has ever returned from.[10]

At the beginning of Phantom Hourglass, the Ghost Ship appears within a ghostly fog. Tetra boards it and shrieks once she is out of sight of the others, prompting Link to follow her in an attempt to rescue her. However, he instead falls into the ocean and is taken to the World of the Ocean King.[11] He then searches for a ship captain who will give him a ship to use to chase the Ghost Ship. As a result, he comes across Linebeck, who agrees to help him find the ship with the ulterior motive of finding the riches inside.

After Link has received a Bomb cannon for his boat, the Ghost Ship will soon reappear. Link attempts to follow it, but soon becomes lost in the fog. After traveling to Molida Island to find the path he must take, he is able to get away from it, although the fog does not dissipate until Link rescues Tetra from the ship.

Entrance to the Ghost Ship

After Link has obtained Leaf, the Spirit of Power, Neri, the Spirit of Wisdom, and has caused Ciela, the Spirit of Courage, to regain her memory, he once more sails into the fog. This time, he locates and boards the Ghost Ship.

Themes and Navigation

Once inside the Ghost Ship, Link must reunite the four Cubus Sisters, who reveal themselves to be demons. They then challenge Link to a game of Dead Man's Volley, after which Link is given the Ghost Key to open the door leading to Tetra's whereabouts.

When Tetra is rescued, Oshus reveals himself to be the Ocean King, and explains that the Ghost Ship is actually a way for Bellum to get victims. He spread rumors of a great treasure within the ship to lure people there.

After Bellum is defeated within the Temple of the Ocean King, he takes Tetra again and takes control of the Ghost Ship. Here, Link sails alongside it, launching bombs at Bellum's eyes. Eventually, it sinks, and the final boss battle takes place on its remains. After the game's credits, Link and Tetra awaken on the mysteriously repaired Ghost Ship. They go back onto their own ship, and the Ghost Ship soon disappears without a trace.

Minor Enemies


  • In the small room containing the Treasure Chest in The Wind Waker, there is an engraved face on the wall that seems to have a wide, eerie grin from afar. However, when Link approaches it, the face quickly changes to that of an expressionless, normal face. This was removed in The Wind Waker HD.
  • The scream that is heard when obtaining opening the Treasure Chest in The Wind Waker is actually a sped-up version of an unused audio clip of Jabun screaming.[12]


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  1. "The Ghost Ship is here!

    I bet there's treasure in it!
    " — Tingle (The Wind Waker)
  2. "What?! A Ghost Ship? Your friend was taken away by a Ghost Ship?!" — Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Oh, I've got some great information, small fry! Lucky you! If you use the treasure that's hidden on that island there, the thing that vanishes as soon as you get near it... It won't vanish anymore! You know...IT! I'm talking about IT! That thing that appears on nights when a wee bit of the right half of the moon is missing! Don't you know what I'm talking about?! IT!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  4. "You'd best be careful sailing these waters on nights when the moon is full. Well, if you like pure, soul-freezing horror, fry, then maybe you can handle it." — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  5. "You ought to come sail these seas on nights when the right half of the moon is missing... It'll give you shivers, fry!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  6. "Beware the night when the crescent moon faces up! That's all I can tell you, small fry." — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  7. "Have you seen it, small fry? ...The Ghost Ship? 'Cause it's real. It's even been seen here, in these very waters... On nights when the crescent moon faces down... That's when the horror rises..." — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  8. "I wouldn't sail through these seas on nights when the left half of the moon is missing... You'll regret it if you do, fry! I'm warning you! It's not my fault if you get so scared that you can't go to the bathroom at night anymore!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  9. "You should come around these parts on nights when just a wee bit of the left half of the moon is missing. ...That's when IT appears, fry!" — Fishman (The Wind Waker)
  10. "Is it the Ghost Ship people have been talking about? They say that those it takes are never seen again!" — Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
  11. "So you were following after her... And you got separated from your own ship, huh?" — Ciela (Phantom Hourglass)
  12. Beta64, Beta64 - Wind Waker, YouTube (video), published March 18, 2013, retrieved October 12, 2015.