Clues as to the existence of Haunted Seas were first seen on July 29, 2010, when three inscriptions were discovered on various islands across all production oceans except Crimson. These riddles were quickly solved, and the Haunted Seas were officially announced on July 31. They were released to production oceans on August 24, 2010.
Voyages to the Haunted Seas are a form of sea monster hunt, similar to Cursed Isles and Atlantis, but there are various differences. Boarding battles are swordfights, ghostly enemy ships are able to move through rocks, and the primary means of earning treasure is through entering shipwreck graveyards, defeating the ghosts within and then hauling the wreckage.
Maps to the Haunted Seas are similar to Atlantis maps, which are in the form of special charts (as seen to the left). Haunted Seas maps are obtainable from pillaging battles. They can be traded between players as normal. They mark a route between an island and a unique league point, which are similar to flotilla league point markers, except that they cannot be memorized. To chart a course to a Haunted Sea, the map must be placed on the ship's navigation table. Maps are "locked" to the navigation table while a route is charted to a Haunted Sea league point.
If the vessel is sunk while in the Haunted Sea, the map is lost with it.
Sea battle board
The sea battle board for a Haunted Sea is much darker than usual, similar to a Cursed Isle, with a fog covering most of the board. The board itself has the usual elements of whirlpools and rocks, as found in normal sea battle boards. Extra additions include pieces of destroyed land, ghostly ruins and shipwreck graveyards, which are similar to Atlantis citadels.
Enemy ships found in the Haunted Sea are known as the Ghost Fleet.
There are three types of vessel:
Approximate damage required to sink
After some observation, it seems like the true damage required to sink is around half their original counterparts. However, due to repair rates, the observed minimum to sink is listed in parenthesis.
|Ship Size||Damage Needed to Sink|
|Small CBs||Medium CBs||Large CBs|
|5 (6)||3.33 (4)||2.5 (2.5)|
|12.5 (13)||8.33 (10)||6.25 (6.5)|
|25||16.66 (20)||12.5 (14)|
These vessels are weaker in hull strength than their original counterparts, but retain the same shot capacity and damage as their living counterparts. In addition, vessels of the ghost fleet are capable of sailing through rocks and other map obstacles, including tiles occupied by the ship graveyard. When one of these vessels passes into a tile that shares space with a rock, shots fired at it will hit the ship rather than the rock.
In addition, each of these ships has a rank in the form of a prefix which denotes the general ferocity and skill of its crew. Listed on the official page, these ranks are, from easiest to hardest, Ethereal, Phantasmal, Frightful, and Spectral. However, Phantasmal ships have not yet been witnessed on production oceans.
Treasure hauling up the wrecks of these ships also allows pirates to haul up rare treasure chests.
While sailing the Haunted Seas, on occasion boarders, colloquially known as phantasms, will come aboard. From easiest to hardest difficulties, these boarders are phantasms, frights, and specters.
The following message is displayed when phantasms board the vessel:
- A sudden chill creeps over the vessel.
In the same manner as dragoons in Atlantis, phantasms will challenge players to individual swordfight duels. During this time, the boarders will be listed as "challenging" and can not be fought in a group fray. Challenges will appear in a player's Ahoy! panel and can be either accepted or dismissed.
Phantasms that are successfully defeated in an individual duel will be driven off the ship. If a duel is not accepted in time or declined, phantasms will seek another player opponent and if they have not found a willing opponent after some time or have defeated their player opponent, will turn to sabotaging duty stations, reducing the effectiveness those stations. At this point, the boarders will be listed as "battle-ready" and can be engaged in a group swordfight fray. A Master at Arms (MAA) will need to organize volunteers for this fray.
If the number of phantasms reaches the number of players aboard the ship, a ship-wide take-over fray will be initiated. If the aggressors are not defeated in this fray, the ship and its contents will be taken-over and sunk.
The ship graveyard
A single ship graveyard, containing massive amounts of pieces of eight and a few chests, will periodically appear on the board, lasting 25 turns, including the turn that it first appears. There can only be one ship graveyard present on the board at any time.
Each graveyard will spawn with an ethereal brig and ethereal sloop escort, which may potentially create peculiar situations in which ethereal brigs and sloops appear in frightful and spectral zones.
The graveyard may be entered from four directions and traveling to the center of the graveyard will trigger a scene-change to the dilapidated deck of a shipwreck at which point ensues a ship-wide swordfight fray against its ghostly defenders. Note that this scene-change will reset the puzzling performance of the ship's crew, regardless of whether or not a break occurs when inside the graveyard.
The number of defending phantasms present normally matches how many players and swabbies are on board the attacking vessel. However, a few graveyards have been known to have a couple extra enemies.Most of the foes fought are ghost equivalents of the pirates on the player vessel; however, Barnabas the Pale himself may occasionally also appear to defend his ghostly treasure stash. Regular boarders, if present, will also participate in the fray, replacing the ghost equivalents of some pirates.
Haunted seas swordfighting
As an extra challenge, a new purple piece is added when swordfighting in a Haunted Sea. If the piece is not broken after five pieces dropped, the piece turns dark grey and cannot be broken. These are the same pieces that can be seen when taking damage from brigands when pillaging. The purple piece can be broken with any color breaker, or breaks when surrounding pieces around it break.
If the attacking team is successful, an "aura blast" emanates from the ship, and any ghost vessels in the vicinity are eliminated; this allows the crew to then treasure haul Barnabas' treasure. The ship can turn in place, after the swordfight, using regular turn movement tokens.
The following message is also displayed:
- Arr! Yer crew has managed to repel all invaders!
Once hauling is complete, the battle navigator can then choose to either leave, or travel to another graveyard.
Haunted seas exclusives
Certain clothing items, trinkets, furniture items, and injuries can only be obtained during an attack on the Haunted Seas.
- Main article: Injury
If a ship a pirate is on is sunk while in the Haunted Seas, there is a chance that character may temporarily become a ghost upon reaching land. This temporary injury disappears once the pirate has logged off and on again.
- Main article: Treasure chest
These items are given out in the hauled treasure chests. There are three kinds of treasure chests that can be hauled in the Haunted Seas. Chests are quite rare to come by in the Haunted Seas, compared to Atlantis and the Cursed Isles, causing their exclusive Haunted Seas contents to be well-sought by players and have a relatively high trade value.
Night blue is an exclusive colour to Haunted Seas. Clothing items in night blue can be obtained from Haunted Seas chests during the booty division. It is also possible to win a night blue chroma, which may be used to change a single color on a single item of clothing to night blue.
- Main article: List of Haunted Seas furniture
Certain Haunted Seas-themed furniture items can only be obtained from treasure chests in the Haunted Seas. Normal furniture items in night blue may also be found.
Rare, semi-transparent ghost pets were introduced with the Haunted Seas, and are only found there. Pirates may receive one from the chests during the booty division. There are three types: the ghost rat, ghost cat and ghost small dog. The first ghost rat was won on the Cobalt Ocean on August 29, 2010 - like normal rats, they may not be traded. The first ghost cat was found on the Sage Ocean on August 28, 2010, while the first ghost small dog was found on the Sage Ocean on Feburary 15, 2011.
FamiliarsThe first known ghostling familiar was won by Hagriad on February 6, 2011. Ghostlings do not come in different colors.
Haunted Seas-themed trinkets and other standard trinkets are available from treasure chests.
- See Sea Monster Hunt booty division in the booty article
- The first clues about the arrival of the Haunted Seas were first discovered by players on July 29 2010. 
- Testing of the Haunted Seas on the Ice Ocean began on August 4, 2010.
- Haunted seas were released on production oceans with release 2010-08-24.
- Players have a chance to become a ghost after a sink (until logout) with release 2010-09-21.
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