''[[Rayman 2: The Great Escape]]'' begins and ends aboard the ''Buccaneer''. At the start of the game, a despairing [[Rayman]], already imprisoned on the ship, wakes up to find his friend [[Globox]] thrown into his cell with him. When Globox gives the hero a [[Silver Lum]] from [[Ly the Fairy]], Rayman recovers his [[shot]] and uses it to break down one of the shoddy walls of the cell, allowing both characters to slide down a ventilation shaft and escape.
Near the end of the game, after [[Rayman]] returns the fourth and final [[Four Masks of Polokus|Mask]] to the god [[Polokus]], Polokus transports [[Rayman]] to the ''Buccaneer''. This level is called ‘[[The Prison Ship]]’. Meanwhile [[the general]] (a malevolent character who also appeared in ''[[Tonic Trouble]]'') sells the ''Buccaneer'''s [[Admiral Razorbeard]] a pilotable war-machine called the [[Grolgoth]]. Rayman had to make his way past treacherous slides and fly through labyrinthine passageways on a [[flying shell]] before he finally found his way to the part of the ship where the prisoners (including many [[bird]]s, [[Teensie]]s and [[baby Globox]]es) were being held. A Teensie opens a [[Magic Spiral Door|Spiral Door]] through which the prisoners can escape, and Rayman runs off, saying he still needs to find Globox.
The next (and final) level, called ‘[[The Crow's Nest]]’, takes place on the crow's nest of the ''Buccaneer'' and follows directly from the prevoius level. [[Admiral Razorbeard]] lures Rayman to the nest by using [[Globox]] as bait. After managing to get Globox out of harm's way, Rayman confronts Razorbeard, who is now wielding the [[Grolgoth]] he purchased from [[the general]]. Rayman manages to damage the Grolgoth a little in a brief struggle which ends when the Grolgoth's weight causes the floor of the crow's nest to collapse. Rayman and the Grolgoth are both sent plunging directly through the ''Buccaneer'''s hollow mast into the lava pool below. Rayman is saved by [[Ly the Fairy|Ly]], who sends a [[Silver Lum]] which catches Rayman and gives him a [[flying shell]] with an energy-weapon attached. He then turns to see the Grolgoth clinging to the walls of the lava-filled chamber. After a long battle in this furnace, Rayman defeats Razorbeard, who activates the Grolgoth's self-destruct mechanism before entering his escape pod and flying up through the mast (and eventually into outer space). The Grolgoth's explosion is large enough to destroy the ''Buccaneer'' completely. Rayman's friends can find only his shoe and presume him dead; however, he survived the explosion and is reunited with them at the end of the game.