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"We're inside Pirate's Grotto. There's a sunken ship here. Something good inside? 'Cause that's how it always is in video games...right?"

A pirate-themed area seen in video games, especially in a Platform Game. Has many barrels, usually takes place near the water and a wooden ship, and features tons of pirate enemies in stock costumes. Expect to climb/swing on rope, navigate water, and dodge cannonfire. Was once fairly rare, but skyrocketed in popularity after Pirates of the Caribbean was released (the attraction it was based on can be considered a Real Life version of this). If the character is capable of swimming, expect a diving for treasure sequence.

In RPGs, adventuring here may be related to the Port Town quest, to get the boat.

Named for the Final Boss stage of Donkey Kong Country.

Frequently overlaps with Palmtree Panic and Under the Sea. For the Ninja-based counterpart, see Wutai.

See also Ship Level.



  • The SNES version of Animaniacs has the end of the Fantasy Stage fought along pirate ships. Cannons, rope swinging, pirates and the boss being a pirate captain with an eyepatch and pegleg on a giant octopus.
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag: The entire game is that, as it is deliberately set during The Golden Age of Piracy.
  • Treasure Trove Cove in Banjo-Kazooie includes a ship stranded near the center of the level's mountain, and it's where Captain Bubbler is lamenting that his gold ingots went missing. Downplayed with Jolly Roger's Lagoon in Banjo-Tooie, because only the surface area takes place in a naval port; the remaining 90% is Under the Sea.
  • Bendy in Nightmare Run uses a stage like this in episode "Bendy Walks the Plank."
  • Pirate's Island of Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg.
  • The Emerald Brine from BIT.TRIP Presents: RUNNER 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien.
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  • In Castle Crashers, the players sailing ship is attacked by a pirate ship full of ninjas. They board your ship, and you have to fight them off. In keeping with the trope, the player must dodge cannon blasts, and barrels containing health and the like slide around the deck of the ship.
  • Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse has one of the Stage 4s, pictured above. Castlevania: Rondo of Blood has Stage 5, which is the stage you fight Death and has a spooky painting that can kill you in a single hit.
  • The SS Zelbess/SS Invincible (depending on which reality you were in) in Chrono Cross.
  • Most levels of Claw have elements of this, and several are this trope outright, but that is what even new players will expect.
  • Crash Twinsanity has High Seas Hijinks, which takes place on N. Gin's battleship, full of pirates, rats, and missiles.
  • There is such a level in the first Devil May Cry game. Dante must activate the ship and obtain the "Fire of St Elmo." The second boss battle with Griffon takes place here.
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • The entirety of Dubloon.
  • Epic Mickey, taking place in an imitation of Disneyland, has an entire world reminiscent of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and featuring the pirates from Peter Pan, including a boss battle against a robotic Captain Hook.
  • A good portion of The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 3 takes place around and in a pirate ship, as the protagonist is trying to rescue his sister from the pirates that kidnapped her.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • A ship battle is a staple of Fire Emblem, with the two sides fighting on two or more ships connected by planks. Gaiden, Blazing Sword, Sacred Stones, Path of Radiance, Awakening and Fates all have at least one.
  • "The Revenge of Orangebeard" in Garfield: Caught in the Act.
  • Crossbones island of Golden Sun. Complete with an abandoned ship, a rigged treasure chest and a giant pirate ghost.
  • The final stage of Goof Troop takes place on Keelhaul Pete's pirate ship.
  • The Itchy and Scratchy Game has "Mutilation on the Bounty", which serves as the third level of the game. Enemies in this stage include parrots and miniature pirate-like robots of Scratchy. The boss of the stage is Scratchy in a giant pirate-like robot with cannons for arms.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
  • Kingdom of Loathing has a zone called, appropriately enough, the Obligatory Pirate's Cove. Get a pirate disguise (or manage to earn your pirate fledges) and you can explore the the pirate's bar and the different parts of the pirate ship.
  • Some levels in the Kirby series.
  • The Haunted Ship in La Tale.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • The third area of The Lost Vikings 2 takes place on a pirate ship fleet.
  • The water planet in Magical Starsign.
  • McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure has a pirate ship in the second half of the third world. When Ronald reaches the crow's nest, an enemy ship fires many cannonballs, sinking the ship. The boss of the stage is a pirate captain with giant lips, who has the fourth and final piece of the treasure map.
  • The ghost ship in MediEvil.
  • The setting for all of the Monkey Island games.
  • The Bermuda Triangle in Impossamole.
  • Level 4 of Moon Crystal takes place in a pirate ship.
  • Ōkami features a large, curiously Western-looking shipwreck near one of the beaches. It is also home to many ghost-type enemies, crossing over with Big Boo's Haunt. The sequel, Ōkamiden, lets you explore the same ship before it becomes wrecked and haunted.
  • The setting for the last three levels of the Peter Pan & the Pirates video game.
  • Planet Ardolis, the Ublik Passage, and Kreeli Comet in Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, and a good deal of "Quest for Booty". One of the 'vid-comics' in the third game also took place on a sci-fi version of this.
  • In the Game Gear version of Ristar, Planet Terra takes place on a pirate ship.
  • RuneScape has the pirate town/island of Mos'Le Harmless, which is the centre of an entire quest-series focused around the game's pirates and their enemies, and also Braindeath Island (where "rum" is made), Harmony Island (monks besieged by zombie pirates), a small group of pirates that have run aground on the north coast of the Mordor-like Wilderness, and some more pirates in a cave near a large port.
  • The Listy Colon, a stage in Scribblenauts Unlimited, is a pirate ship with climbable masts and a cannon that you can fire things with.
  • As you would expect from a game about Sky Pirates Skies of Arcadia has lot of this; but mainly at the start of the game. As you progress through the game the technology gets more advanced, becoming more Wooden Ships and Iron Men in style.
  • Sly Cooper:


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