There are many ways of gathering ship parts…
- Buy them from Beedle/Teepee Shops/etc.
- Find them out on the sea with the Salvage Arm.
- Win them from various minigames by getting high scores.
- Retrieve them as prizes from The Temple of the Ocean King.
- Trade them with other players via Wi-Fi (not available until you have the Bow).
Buying them is usually expensive, but if you have a freebie card from Beedle you can easily afford any ship part. Don’t waste that freebie card on just any item, though – save it for the precious golden ship parts. They’re always incredibly expensive, and not worth your money unless you’re trying to obtain every ship part.
Ship part pricing note: Pricing for ship parts (both for buying and selling) varies from game to game. Your ship part prices and worth will invariably be different than the prices that someone else is offered for a certain ship part. However, there is always a balance of inexpensive to expensive ship parts. If, for example, the Iron Battleship set is very expensive in your game, and the Vintage set is very cheap, there will be a game file where the reverse is true. You can obtain discounts on ship parts from Beedle by becoming a Platinum Member (30% discount) and a VIP member after that (40% discount). These discounts also apply to all other items in Beedle’s store.
The only exceptions to the pricing rule are the Linebeck’s Standard and Golden Ship sets. Linebeck’s Standard has no sale price; they are worthless in every game. The Golden Ship set always sells for 1500 Rupees.
You can find ship parts out on the sea if you follow your Treasure Maps. Although many spots contain sand for the hourglass, the rest are generally randomized ship parts. Keep in mind that every ship part you pull up with your Salvage Arm is random. Save before you dig up anything with your Salvage Arm. If you get a ship part that you don’t want or need, you can reset the game and try again. Because ship parts are randomized you will receive a different part every time you reset the game.
You don’t have to wait for Treasure Maps to come along to find ship parts out on the sea. If you’re seasoned in your Phantom Hourglass geography, you’ll know that there are several locations throughout the ocean where hordes of pirates roam. These pirates appear on the top screen map as a skull wearing a black hat when nearby. If you find these pirates and defeat the largest ship in the fleet (usually consisting of one large ship and two smaller ships) a red X will appear on your sea chart. You can use your Salvage Arm there to pull up the pirate fleet wreckage – and it’s always a randomized ship part.
Of course, the easiest way to obtain a ship part is to trade the parts that you don’t want with your friends for parts that they don’t want. Try coercing your friends to give you their golden ship parts – or whatever you’re looking for – and do the trade in Mercay Island. The musician who can help you trade your Treasures and Ship Parts, Freedle, is located in the top right corner of Mercay Island. To get to Freedle, place a bomb in front of one of the cliffs to the left of Freedle’s island in the top right corner. The cliff is along the path to The Temple of the Ocean King, and will open a cavernous path to Freedle’s island.
There are two ways to trade ship parts, Tag Mode and Battle Mode. Explanations follow.
Tag Mode is an indirect but simple way to trade ship parts. Place the treasure or ship part you wish to trade into one of the three magic boxes around Freedle. You can accomplish this one of two ways: You may visit Freedle in-game and deposit the items that way, or you may select Tag Mode under “Battle” before beginning the game if you already have an item in a magic box.
Once you’ve placed an item in a magic box, close the DS clamshell. The DS will remain on and actively scan for nearby players who also have their DS closed and in Tag Mode. If you happen to pass by one of these people, the trade will happen automatically, without any further needed interaction.
Battle Mode is the most direct way to trade ship parts, but slightly more time consuming. You can trade with anybody on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or with DS’s wireless multiplayer. If both players have an item in a magic box, the items will be traded at the conclusion of the battle.
Please note that the entire battle must take place. If a player quits or disconnects in the middle, no trade will occur.
Customizing Your Ship
The shipyard is the place to go not only to customize your ship, but also to repair your damaged Salvage Arm (which you probably dinged up getting all those ship parts). In the shipyard you can check out all your current ship parts and customize your ship for free. Try out different combinations – the more ship parts you use from the same set, the more health your ship will receive. Using only one different ship part does not gain the S.S. Linebeck any heath. If you use an entire set, the S.S. Linebeck will total seven hearts. If you use the golden ship parts, it will have eight hearts.
If you’re wondering what you’re missing from a set, or what sets you need to find, what follows is an exhaustive checklist containing names and descriptions of all the ship parts in Phantom Hourglass.
Passable Prow – An average prow that came equipped on the S.S. Linebeck.
Normal Anchor – The S.S. Linebeck came equipped with this average anchor.
Standard Hull – The original hull of the S.S. Linebeck. Nothing special.
Eddo’s Cannon – A cannon bought from Eddo for the high price of 50 Rupees.
Simple Handrail – The handrail that came stock on Linebeck’s ship.
Steady Bridge – The original bridge of Linebeck’s ship. It’s a common style.
Normal Chimney – The normal chimney that came with Linebeck’s ship.
Normal Wheel – The paddle that came stock on Linebeck’s ship. It… works!
Happy and Bright
Bell Prow – This bell doesn’t chime, but it gives the prow a nice look.
Bell Anchor – A modern, bell-shaped anchor. Ironically, it doesn’t ring.
Bright Hull – A modified hull from a standard ship with a fancy yellow spot.
Artistic Cannon – A cannon with truly avant-garde design. Catches the eye!
Arch Handrail – It draws attention for its playful and ornate design.
Elegant Chimney – A simple shape, but something about it is so enticing.
Restful Cabin – Soothing design offers an escape from the stresses of battle.
Paddling Wheel – A wheel with bent paddles. It steams your ship along!
Drill Prow – Broken, and nobody in the world has the parts to fix it.
Iron Anchor – An iron-spiked anchor that can secure a ship in any storm.
Iron Hull – Looks heavy and strong. Too bad it’s neither.
Strong Cannon – It looks menacing and efficient. It’s actually rather typical.
Chain Handrail – A handrail forged with hefty chains so it won’t break easily.
Conning Tower – A bridge designed for those with battle on their minds.
Parasol Chimney – A chimney made of iron. Caution: gets very hot when used!
Battle Wheel – A wheel rumored to have been made from a battleship screw.
Mermaid Prow – The design was based on eyewitness accounts!
Ancient Anchor – An anchor shaped from the mold of an ancient statue.
Stone Hull – A hull that looks like an ancient stronghold. The deck is so green!
Ancient Cannon – A cannon surrounded with the glory of an ancient age.
Pillar Handrail – Made from pillars of exotic ruins. It was recently recovered.
Peaceful Bridge – With its templelike serenity, it offers peace and comfort.
Stone Chimney – A chimney once used by a break baker. Smells fresh baked!
Rock Wheel – A wheel some say was made from a giant’s dinner plate.
Log Prow – Made with waterproof lumber, so it’s surprisingly valuable.
Swim Ring – It is what it is… No one knows if it works as an anchor.
Vintage Hull – A worn, rugged hull with a manly, burly style of its own.
Meager Cannon – Looks like it would shatter after a single fire, but it’s tough!
Worn Handrail – In dire need of repair, but its design adds a lot of flavor!
Barrel Shack – A modest design for the environmentally conscious!
Strange Chimney – Looks a little like garbage, but that’s its main appeal!
Simple Wheel – The number of paddles was cut to four to simplify it.
Demon Prow – A prow adorned with a scowling demon. Very… intense.
Sickle Anchor – An anchor made in the image of an evil sickle. Scary!
Demon Ship – A scary ship said to ferry the foulest of evils.
Fear Cannon – Some suspect it can fire cannonballs of pure menace.
Spiked Handrail – Made from monstrous horns. Actually not a handrail at all.
Demon Prison – A prison designed to cage the foulest villains!
Demon Chimney – A chimney built for bubbling pots of white-hot magma.
Insect Wheel – A wheel made from the hollow shell of a red insect. Ewww!
Tropical Prow – A prow made with swaying palm trees in mind. No coconuts.
Shell Anchor – An anchor made from a shell. Girls go wild for it!
Tropical Ship – A themed ship with the appeal of a private tropical oasis.
Seapony Cannon – A cannon shaped like a seapony. This pony packs punch!
Wood Handrail – A very basic handrail. Sometimes the basics are the best!
Shell Apartment – Top creature comforts combined with the small of ocean air.
Horn Chimney – An artistic chimney filled with rustic charm.
Shell Paddle – Created from the shell of a huge snail. A mysterious design.
Tourist Prow – A prow made for those looking for the romance of the sea!
Weighty Anchor – A three-pronged anchor. No frills, but it gets the job done!
Dignified Ship – A hull with a very serious red and black paint scheme.
Red Cannon – Looks complex, but it’s easy to use. The professional standard.
Utility Handrail – A handrail that works even in violently churning seas.
Practical Bridge – Created for those who live their years on the high seas.
Tall Chimney – Towering over the horizon, all chimneys aspire to its glory.
Red Wheel – A wheel with nothing special. That is what draws many to it.
Golden Prow – An extravagant piece of ship art made from a golden pot.
Gem Anchor – An anchor patterned after a gem. A sure hit with celebrities!
Golden Hull – A hull that delivers an experience in pure extravagance.
Golden Cannon – The perfectly designed cannon. Truly the gold standard!
Golden Handrail – Note the elegant curve and design. A true masterpiece!
Golden Bridge – A golden interior fit for royalty. The bed is oh-so fluffy too.
Golden Chimney – A simple chimney, but its surfaces gleam mysteriously.
Golden Wheel – An intricately carved wheel made by a brilliant artisan.