The Ghost Ship is a type of Enemy from the Sea of the Damned brought forth into the world by a powerful summoner such as Flameheart or Davy Jones. These ships usually appear in large fleets headed by Ghost Captain Ships. Ghost Ships can be encountered during Ghost Ship Voyages, the now reintroduced Ghost Fleet World Event, the Legend of the Veil voyage, certain time-limited Adventures, or the Lords of the Sea Tall Tale.
Ghost Ships can appear as a part of several encounters:
- Ghost Ship Voyages sold by Order of Souls Representatives at Outposts send players to take on Ghost Fleets headed by Ghost Captain Ships.
- The Legend of the Veil voyage sold by the Pirate Lord in the Athena's Fortune Hideout, which sends players to siege a Ghost Garrison guarded by several Ghost Ships.
- During the Lords of the Sea Tall Tale, which spawns Ghost Brethren Ships and Ghost Brethren Captain Ships.
- During certain time-limited Adventures. Some include:
- The Ghost Fleet World Event, with a swirling green tornado marking the location of the Ghost Armada led by the Burning Blade and Ashen Dragon Ships.
- Ghost Ships assemble in a fleet circling either a single Large Island, a large coral spire in Lords of the Sea, or a Ghost Garrison during the Legend of the Veil voyage, in group formations. These ships don't stray from their trajectories and keep circling on, phasing through obstacles like rocks or Ships.
- A Ghost Ship will shoot Ghostly Cannonballs at any player ships in their firing range and leave behind Explosive ghostly Mines when ships are behind them.
- A Ghost Ship can be damaged by any Cannon-fired projectiles—even from inside—creating holes in the apparition. During "collision", the player ship will be dealt continuous damage to the Hull.
- Sometimes when a Ghost Ship sails too far away, it will portal into a position closer to its enemy.
- When a Ghost Ship is defeated, it will explode with a shockwave that will knock back nearby ships (except other Ghost Ships).
- Ghost Ship is not damaged by collisions of any kind (whether it be a ship or an island), nor does it take damage from Gunpowder Barrels.
- Ghost Ship cannot be damaged during transit through a portal.
- Ghost Ship can and will fight Skeleton Ships.
- Ghost Ship starts releasing ghostly particles when badly damaged.
Types of Ghost Ships
There are many variants of Ghost Ship, all of which are destroyed only by projectiles via Cannon hits.
1. Grunt Ship (3 Cannonball hits)
- The basic ship looking worse for wear.
2. Ghost Flagship (10 Cannonball hits)
- A full-sailed ship decorated with Pennants that appears during the final encounter of Ghost Ship Voyages.
3. Ghost Captain Ship (24 Cannonball hits)
- This ship sports the Ghost Captain Sails, appearing as the final encounter of Ghost Ship Voyages with variable health depending on the difficulty of the Voyage. It is accompanied by two Grunt Ships.
4. Ghostly Ashen Dragon Ship (10 Cannonball hits)
- This ship sports the Sails of the Ashen Dragon, appearing during the boss waves of the Ghost Fleet World Event. It is accompanied by two Grunt Ships.
5. The Burning Blade (24 Cannonball hits)
- Flameheart's Ship, sporting the Burning Blade Sails, is the final boss of the Ghost Fleet World Event. This ship has a more visible outline than the Ghostly Ashen Dragon Ship. It is accompanied by four Grunt Ships.
6. Ghost Brethren Ship (3 Cannonball hits)
- This is the Grunt Ship equivalent summoned during Lords of the Sea, the difference is that it fires only ghostly apparitions of normal cannonballs instead of the usual suite of Ghostly Cannonballs.
7. Ghost Brethren Captain Ship (10 Cannonball hits)
- This is the Ghost Captain Ship equivalent summoned during Lords of the Sea, with the same cannonball restriction as the Ghost Brethren Ship.
8. Haunted Fort Ghost Ship (3 Cannonball hits)
- This is the Grunt Ship equivalent summoned during Legend of the Veil voyage, with the main differences being that it bears the Imperial Sovereign Sails, and has the same cannonball restriction as the Ghost Bretheren Ships during Lords of the Sea. Any of these ghost ships guarding a Ghost Garrison Emplacement will be immediately defeated upon destroying the Emplacement they are guarding, while the ghost ships protecting the main Ghost Garrison will retreat after the Ghost Garrison itself has been levelled.
A Ghost Ship mainly drops Ghostly Treasure items that are marked by swirling phantoms above the water.
- Grunt Ship occasionally drops Storage Crates of the Damned with Wooden Planks, Fruit, and Cannonballs inside.
- Ghost Flagship drops 2-4 Skulls of the Damned and a Storage Crate of the Damned.
- Ghost Captain Ship drops 4-5 Skulls of the Damned and a single Captain Skull of the Damned.
- Ashen Dragon Ship generally drops around 7-9 of the following items: Skulls of the Damned, Ashes of the Damned, Chests of the Damned & 1 Storage Crate of the Damned.
- The Burning Blade drops around 15 of the following items: Skulls of the Damned, Ashes of the Damned, Chests of the Damned; 1 Captain Skull of the Damned and 1 Cannonball Crate of the Damned, which contains Ghostly Cannonballs.
- Both Ghost Brethren Ships and Ghost Brethren Captain Ships occasionally have a chance to drop a Crate of the Dark Brethren, which functions identically to the storage crates dropped by the Grunt Ships of normal Ghost Ship Encounters, but these crates are sold for less gold.
- Ghost Ships first made their appearance in Tall Tales, being a part of both The Seabound Soul and Heart of Fire as prop NPCs.
- Certain passive Reaper Ghost Ships made an appearance around Shipwreck Bay as part of Shrouded Islands, and again at Sea Forts during Forts of the Forgotten.
- 2.8.0 (March 16, 2023)
- 2.2.1 (August 17, 2021)
- Ghost Ships should no longer appear to be missing any sails when encountered.