The Rocks Pirates was a legendary pirate gang that was active until 38 years ago and was considered the strongest pirate gang of its era.
The Rocks Pirates was founded over 40 years ago by Rocks D. Xebec on the pirate island of Hachinosu in the New World. Rocks wanted to become the king of the world and his pirate gang was considered cruel and brutal. Friend and foe alike were killed by Rocks and his band of pirates. Sengoku therefore refers to Rocks pirates as terrorists. During his travels, Rocks D. Xebec discovered some of the best kept secrets in the world.
The Rocks Pirates was considered the strongest pirate gang of their era. However, Kaidou and Big Mom were not as strong at the time as they are today. The former was an apprentice on Rocks D. Xebec’s ship. According to Whitebeard, however, most of the members of the Rocks Pirates were not comfortable as retainers. He described this as a “frustrating problem” and therefore also sees Kozuki Oden as a danger to his family should he allow the latter to join his gang.
Rocks D. Xebec, according to Sengoku, was considered Gol D. Roger’s greatest rival, even ahead of his eventual rival Whitebeard.
Thirty-eight years ago, the Rocks Pirates on God Valley was defeated by Navy Vice Admiral Monkey D. Garp – who therefore holds the title “Hero of the Navy” – and future pirate king Gol D. Roger. The two had allied to protect the world’s aristocrats and their slaves. Rocks D. Xebec was killed in this battle, known as the God Valley incident, according to Sengoku. The Rocks pirate band failed to find a successor for their lost captain and subsequently disintegrated. God Valley was wiped off all maps by the World Government and all records of the Rocks Pirates were destroyed. Thus, Rocks D. Xebec and the Rocks Pirates are unknown to most junior soldiers in the Navy. Even the former members of the pirate gang are reluctant to talk about their time together on Rocks D. Xebec’s ship because of their mutual dislike for each other.
Many members of the Rocks Pirates later became notable pirates as well: Whitebeard, Kaidou, and Big Mom became emperors. Shiki became another rival of Gol D. Roger, and for a long time was considered the only person to ever escape from Impel Down. Captain John was a zombie general on the Thriller Bark and was said to have hidden a legendary treasure sought by Buggy. The pirates “Silver Axe” and Ochoku also seem to be household names to the younger soldiers in the Navy.
|Capt:||Rocks D. Xebec||Unknown||Unknown|
|Member:||Edward Newgate||then unknown||then unknown|
|Member:||Kaidou||then unknown||none at that time|
|Member:||Charlotte Linlin||then unknown||Soul Fruit|
|Member:||Shiki||then unknown||then unknown|
- The headquarters of the Blackbeard Pirates is the pirate island of Hachinosu, the founding island of the Rocks Pirates.
- The flagship of the Blackbeard pirate gang is named “Saber of Xebec”.