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The Piratian are a recurring group of skeletal pirates in The Legend of Zelda series.[1][note 1]


Oracle of Seasons

In Oracle of Seasons, the Piratians' ship is stuck midways through the Subrosia Cemetery and the Samasa Desert.[3] While the Piratians have made their residence in the House of Pirates,[4][5] Link must find the Rusty Bell in the Samasa Desert after the Cap'n of the Piratians deems him worthy of the task. Once given the task of locating and bringing back the bell, Link is able to relieve the Piratian who has been unsuccessful in his mission to find the missing bell, which will enable Link the ability to open the desert gate with the combination learned from a crew mate earlier. Upon entering the front end of the ship found in the desert, Link will find the ghost of a Piratian who can not move onto the afterlife until he finds the Captains missing Bell.[6][7] The pirate asks Link to help find the bell, suggesting that he start by finding his physical form, the Pirate's Skull, rolling out in the desert.[8] The skull can be found in the small northeastern oasis, and will inform Link that he can help by being carried around the desert.[9] It can be picked up with the Power Bracelet, and will shout out if dropped,[10][11] and even yell out more if lost in the quicksand.[12] The Pirate's Skull will always reappear in the oasis, regardless of how it was lost. After finding the Rusty Bell, the Pirate's Skull will disappear after claiming that it can finally rest.[13] Upon showing the Captain the Rusty Bell, he will tell Link of its unacceptable condition,[14] forcing Link to bring it to the Subrosian Smithy for polishing. Receiving the polished bell brings the Piratian Captain around, where he then decides to move the ship, allowing Link to reach the Explorer's Crypt.

Oracle of Ages

In Oracle of Ages, Link must bring to the Piratians the Zora Scale, which can dissipate the whirlpools, allowing them to sail on the Sea of Storms. In return, they give Link the Tokay Eyeball, necessary to pass the Sea of No Return. In a Linked Game, the Piratians only appear in the present.

Other Appearances

Oracle of Ages (Himekawa)

The Piratians make an appearance in the Oracle of Ages manga by Akira Himekawa. A piratian enters the Captain's cabin and informs him that two castaways were fished from the sea.[15] The Captain asks him to describe the two.[16] The piratian says the castaways are two little brats.[17] The Captain says to toss them below deck for use later, before changing his mind and asking for them.[18] A piratian escorts the castaways, Link and Ralph, to the cabin as another piratian leaves.

When the Captain sets the ship on course for Labrynna,[19] a piratian says it is no use, they will sink.[20] He tells the piratian to stop wailing and the others begin to work.[21] Link and Ralph try to escape the ship but are confronted by the Captain and the piratians. As piratians attack him, Ralph says he cannot die for he has to find Nayru.[22] Link promises the Captain that if they leave, they can fix everything for him, his crew, and his lady.[23] A piratian expresses concern for the Captain as he staggers to one knee.[24] The Captain tells the piratians to give Ralph and Link a boat.[25] The piratians watch as their Captain gives Link a locket and message for his lady.[26] They then disappear on the ship as the storm rages on.


  • The skull of the dead Piratian can still be found at the oasis. Since he took so long to reach the afterlife, he admits he is not sure how to do so.[27]



Names in Other Regions
The People's Republic of China
海盗跟班 (Hǎi dào gēn bān) (OoS)[31] 
The Italian Republic
  • Pirate
  • Same as English.
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See Also


  1. Piratians were referred to as Stalfos Pirates and Skeletons in The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages—Official Strategy Guide by BradyGames.[2] However, as these contradict the name given in-game, it is not considered Canon.


  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 250(OoS)
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages—Official Strategy Guide (Pocket Guide), BradyGames, pg. 85(OoS)
  3. "'Ave you seen our ship? It's over by the graveyard. We 'aven't fixed it, so it's in terrible shape." — Piratian (Oracle of Seasons)
  4. "Some weird guys called Piratians have settled down south." — Subrosian (Oracle of Seasons)
  5. "How long do they plan on staying here!?!" — Subrosian (Oracle of Seasons)
  6. "Ahoy! When I was searching the desert for the bell, I got caught in a sandstorm. I awoke like this! I can't go on to the afterlife..." — Piratian (Oracle of Seasons)
  7. "Go inside the half-submergence Pirate Ship. Inside is a Pirate Skeleton ghost, who will tell you he was searching for his bell, but can't rest until it's found." (Official The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons & Ages Perfect Guide, Versus Books, pg. 54)
  8. "If ya pity me, help me find that bell! Me skull is rollin' out in the desert. Find that first." — Piratian (Oracle of Seasons)
  9. "Carry me around. I'll tell ya if I think we're close." — Pirate's Skull (Oracle of Seasons)
  10. "Pthh! I got sand in me mouth!" — Pirate's Skull (Oracle of Seasons)
  11. "Snf! I got water up my nose!" — Pirate's Skull (Oracle of Seasons)
  12. "Argh! Ya dropped me!" — Pirate's Skull (Oracle of Seasons)
  13. "Well, at least I can go on to the afterlife now! The rest is up to you!" — Pirate's Skull (Oracle of Seasons)
  14. "Oh! Surely this- Ar! This thing's rusted something awful! What are you pullin'? This won't do! Go get it polished!" — Coliseum Receptionist (Oracle of Seasons)
  15. "Captain... We fished out a couple castaways. What should we-?" (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 104)
  16. "Describe 'em." (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 104)
  17. "Two little brats." (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 104)
  18. "They can at least swab the deck or man the lookout. Toss 'em below decks... No, wait. First...Bring 'em to my cabin." (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 104)
  19. "Set a course for Labrynna!!" (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 109)
  20. "It's no use, Captain!! We'll sink!" (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 109)
  21. "Stop yer wailing!!" (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 109)
  22. "I can't die now! I have to find Nayru!" (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 111)
  23. "Captain, we have to leave! You're stuck here, but if we go...We can go fix everything. For your crew and you...And your lady!" (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 112)
  24. "Captain?" (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 112)
  25. "Ye have my leave to go. Give 'em a boat." (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 112)
  26. "If y'see this lady on your journeys, lad, tell her...The knight who set sail...Will love her for all eternity." (Oracle of Ages manga, VIZ Media, pg. 112)
  27. "I took so long to reach the afterlife, I'm not sure I know how to..." — Piratian (Oracle of Seasons)
  28. "Casa dei Pirati" — Map (Oracle of Seasons, Italian localization)
  29. "Pirata" — Farore's Memory (Oracle of Ages, Italian localization)
  30. "Ci sono certi strani tipi chiamati Piratiani a sud." — Subrosian (Oracle of Seasons, Italian localization)
  31. 塞尔达传说:百科全书, New Star Press, pg. 250