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Pirate Ship (Enemy)

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Pirate Ship
PirateShip ST.png
The Pirate Ship in Spirit Tracks
Habitat(s)World of the Ocean King
Pirate Hideout
Effective Weapon(s)Cannon
SpoilsTreasure spots

Pirate Ships are recurring enemies in The Legend of Zelda series.[1] It is a ship that is inhabited by Miniblins and Big Blins.


Phantom Hourglass

Pirate Ship icon as seen on the map

In Phantom Hourglass, Pirate Ships are usually seen sailing the waters of the World of the Ocean King with several Cannon Boats at its side. When it spots Link's ship, it will immediately start attacking him. If the ship is not destroyed in time, the Pirate Miniblins inside the Pirate Ship will ambush the young hero's ship.

Spirit Tracks

Pirate Ship PH.png

In Spirit Tracks, Link first encounters the Pirate Ship as he is taking Carben back to the Ocean Sanctuary after having encountered him in Papuchia Village. On the trip to the sanctuary, they are ambushed by the Pirate Ship. The Miniblins then promptly begin to climb aboard the Spirit Train by breaking through the windows, and the young hero must defeat them to protect Carben.[2] If Link doesn't prevent the Miniblins from reaching Carben, they will capture the Lokomo in a cage, ending up in a Game Over. After Link has defeated a couple of Miniblins, a Big Blin will also climb aboard, which Link must promptly defeat before the enemy reaches Carben. Once the young hero successfully defeats the Pirates and safely reaches the Ocean Sanctuary, Carben will reward with a Force Gem that reveals more Spirit Tracks in the Forest Realm.[3]

The Pirate Ship, when not sailing the seas of the Ocean Realm, can be seen in the Pirate Hideout. Once the Pirate's Prisoner has been rescued, the Pirate Ship will reappear in the Ocean Realm whenever Link has a passenger on his train, and it gives 20 Rupees if sunk. If the pirates board the train, then Link will gain a Pirate's Necklace if he successfully fends them off. Otherwise, the passenger must be rescued from the Pirate Hideout before any other passengers will agree to board the Spirit Train.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.gif
Language Name Meaning
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland EnglishUK Pirate Ship
Japan Japanese ウミブリン船 (Umi Burin Sen) Sea Blin Ship
French Republic FrenchEU Vaisseau pirate
Italian Republic Italian Nave pirata


  1. "Those must be the pirate ships we heard about... They're coming this way, [Link]!" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  2. "Oh, no! Pirates! We have to protect our passanger!" — Princess Zelda (Spirit Tracks)
  3. "Ah, we finally made it. It was just a short distance away, but it felt so far. I suppose mortal peril has that effect on a person. You really must be more careful in the future, Link! Here, this is for you. [...] I don't express it well, but the bottom line is that I appreciate your help. Here, please take this. It belongs to you." — Carben (Spirit Tracks)