Greek fire was a weapon invented by the Byzantines, and so was also known as Byzantine Fire. This incendiary weapon was typically used it in naval battles to great effect as it could continue burning while floating on water. When an enemy ship or fleet was spotted and in close range, the cannons were fired, releasing great flames that would burn ships. Greek fire appears in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
In the film, Greek fire is used aboard Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. Located in the bow of the Revenge , the fire was part of a voodoo ritual required to create zombies. After Jack Sparrow's mutiny aboard the Revenge, Blackbeard ordered the Cook to row out into the middle of the ocean, where he unleashed Greek fire upon the Cook. In the film's screenplay and junior novel, the Cook was revealed to have transformed into a zombie; it is unknown if the scene was ever shot for the film. Later, Blackbeard used the Sword of Triton to control the Queen Anne's Revenge to shoot Greek fire at mermaids in an attempt to drive them toward the fishing nets held by his crewmen.
In the promotional material of On Stranger Tides, it is implied that Greek fire was how Blackbeard made his zombie crewmen. However, in the LEGO game, it is Blackbeard's usage of the Sword of Triton that created the zombies. Greek fire does not make an appearance in the game.
In the middle of the extended Pirates of the Caribbean sequence, used as a promotion for the fourth film On Stranger Tides, blasts of Greek fire is seen before Blackbeard yells "Again!"
Behind the scenes
- In real-world history, Greek fire was never used by Blackbeard nor his ship Queen Anne's Revenge.
- There was a "Greek Fire" badge you could achieve in the Disney website.
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