Black Skull

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The Black Skull (right) collides with the X-Ship (left).
The Black Skull (right) collides with the X-Ship (left)
“Ahhhh! Now my precious Black Skull will sail the seas again! I was getting quite annoyed by the sound of cannons outside, anyway! Now I can really stretch my bones and wreak havoc on the seas like in the old days!”
Cortez, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

The Black Skull is Cortez's pirate ship in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. It was permanently grounded long ago and docked deep in Pirate's Grotto until Mario and his partners came in and defeated Cortez. It turns out that the source of the Black Skull's power is the Skull Gem, which Flavio's ancestors have stolen from Cortez. Flavio agrees to give Cortez the Skull Gem in exchange for use of his ship, his own having been destroyed before. Soon after, Lord Crump attacks with the X-Ship and a second battle commences between the X-Nauts and Cortez's army of Embers. The ship has only two rooms: the room before the treasure room, that is where Cortez keeps all of his provisions and the treasure room, where he is first introduced.

A screenshot of Cortez in his ship in the Pirate's Grotto.
Cortez in his treasure room aboard the Black Skull

After the chapter, the Black Skull is docked in Rogueport and can take Mario to and from Keelhaul Key at any time; however, Mario can no longer go inside. This is equivalent to the Whale taking Mario to and from Lavalava Island in Paper Mario.

Area Tattles[edit]

  • "This is the inside of Cortez's ship. Cortez must be inside that next room, huh?"
  • "This is Cortez's room, all right. I guess you'd call this the captain's cabin. Sure is a lot of treasure in here... You could live many lives of luxury with this... And I'll tell you, lots of this stuff has archaeological value, as well... You think maybe we could pocket a little bit without Cortez noticing?"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブラック・スカル号
Burakku Sukaru-gō
The Black Skull
French Le Black Scar The Black Scar
German Black Skull -
Spanish Craneo Negro Black Skull