The Rocks Pirates of One Piece were a legendary crew of now-famous pirates led by Rocks D. Xebec. The Pirates was active until 38 years prior, when it was disbanded during the God Valley Incident. It brought together no less than three future Emperors, Big Mom, Kaido and Whitebeard as well as Shiki and Captain John. The crew represented one of the greatest threats of his time to the World Government and was probably one of the most powerful pirate crews. In this article, we are going to rank the eight known members of the Rocks Pirated by strength.
8. “Silver Axe“
The “Silver Axe” is a supposed member of the Rocks Pirates. Nothing is known about him so we put him on the bottom of this list because we couldn’t really evaluate his strength in comparison to the other members of the crew. We knew that he was notorious among the pirates, but nothing else. We’ll update the article once more information becomes available.
Ochoku is a pirate who was a member of the Rocks Pirates, as well as one of those involved in the Rocky Port incident. He was also the former ruler of Hachinosu until he was defeated by Marshall D. Teach, who became the new chief of the island. Like the rest of the Rocks crew, he couldn’t stand each other, going into hiding. Ochoku’s abilities are unknown. According to Sengoku, he was just like Shiki, John, or Silver Axe a renowned pirate, indicating that he must have been very strong.
He was part of the Rocks Pirates who ruled the seas over 40 years ago. Thirty-eight years ago, the crew disbanded following the God Valley Incident and the death of their captain, Rocks D. Xebec. After this, he became the ruler of Hachinosu. Ochoku was involved in the Rocky Port Incident, where he confronted Blackbeard. With Koby’s help, Blackbeard was able to defeat Ochoku and become the new ruler of Hachinosu.
6. Captain John
John, better known as Captain John, was a famous captain whose body fell into the hands of Dr. Hogback and was modified to be one of Moria’s zombie generals. While alive, he was famous for amassing the greatest treasures in the One Piece universe. His legendary treasure cave has been highly sought after by Buggy. Before forming his own crew, he was part of the Rocks Pirates.
In his lifetime, John was such a greedy and loathsome person that he was betrayed by his own crew that mutinied against him. As a zombie, John has the personality of a drunk due to the shadow that animates his corpse. He is so incredibly lazy that he often has a hard time following orders. And, due to his being an alcoholic and his constant consumption of alcohol, he is referred to as “Lazy Captain John”.
His personality as a zombie is in stark contrast to the one he had in life. Like the rest of the Rocks crew, he couldn’t stand each other, causing the whole thing to go underground. As a captain, he was too selfish with the treasures causing resentment among his crew who killed him. As a zombie he is almost invincible, his only weakness is salt. With his shadow being used by Hogback to form a general zombie, he was probably a powerful and feared pirate. He carries two swords on each side of his waist.
At some point in his life, John joined the Rocks Pirates until his defeat in God Valley, deciding then to leave the band and continue on his way like the others. John became a pirate captain, managing to collect a large amount of treasure. Wanting to keep the treasure for himself instead of sharing it with his crew, they mutinied and ended his life, mortally wounding him with knives to the chest. However, his treasure was never found and has been the main subject of great myths. Among all those who decided to search for his treasure was Buggy.
Shiki was one of Gol D. Roger’s main enemies, thus showing his enormous power. He was also a great swordsman, as well as the head of the largest pirate fleet of his era. This places him in a position of great power and reputation. He commanded a fleet of at least 51 ships, similar to Don Krieg’s and Whitebeard’s pirate fleet. It is unknown how strong his crew was, but it is known that he was the largest pirate fleet of his time.
During Roger’s era, he was one of the most powerful pirates of the time, being on the same level as Sengoku, Garp, and even Whitebeard and Roger. He was locked away in level 6 Impel Down, which gives you an idea of how powerful he is. Shiki would become known as the first prisoner to escape from Impel Down unaided.
The difference between Shiki’s escape and the one Luffy made is that Luffy required the help of two Sea Warlords and a group of over 200 notorious criminals. Shiki has enormous physical strength and excellent fighting skills. The first time he confronted the Straw Hats, he easily parried Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, Usopp, and Chopper’s attacks by enclosing them in a gigantic pillar of earth.
He was able to stop a kick from Sanji with one hand and then fight in lockstep with Luffy in his Gear Second state. He was also able to parry one of Zoro’s powerful attacks with one of his legs and then send Zoro to the ground with a single punch. Shiki has a high tolerance for pain. Proof of this was that he was able to endure the pain he must have had after the rudder was embedded in his head and after cutting off his legs to escape from Impel Down.
When Chopper attacked him with his Kokutei Roseo Metel, Shiki was unharmed. Shiki possesses great skills as a swordsman, this was shown when he killed a bunch of marines with his two swords. After the loss of his legs, he replaced them with his swords. This does not prevent him from making attacks with them, since he can move with them without problems and attack in an amazing way.
Thanks to the Fuwa Fuwa no Mi, a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit, he is able to control the gravity of any object no matter how heavy it is. One drawback he possesses is that he cannot levitate any living thing, be it animal or person. The only exception to this is himself, since he can levitate himself.
Shiki has proven to be an expert in using this power by levitating all manner of things; from the massive Marine ships to the gigantic islands that comprise Merveille. He can also manipulate elements of nature such as rock fragments, snowflakes, and even large bodies of water. He often uses them to create gigantic and elaborate structures that he can use to attack in a variety of ways.
4. Charlotte Linlin
As expected of someone who was one of the Four Emperors, Big Mom is one of the most powerful and influential pirates in the world. The Five Elders mentioned that she is one of the few people capable of stopping Blackbeard. Even the Straw Hat Pirates recognized that they could be quickly crushed if they recklessly fight her. She is called by Kaidou’s subordinates the “strongest woman in the world”.
Through her strength and influence, Linlin has managed to gather a very powerful crew made up of allies of international relevance, such as Capone Bege, a member of the Worst Generation, or Jinbe, a former Warlord of the Sea. She also has considerable influence within the Underworld, having significant ties to some of her emperors or members of Germa 66. Those who marry her children automatically become members of her crew.
She is known for being able to destroy entire countries for candy, even intimidating her own subordinates, such as Pekoms and Tamago, who expressed great fear when speaking to her in irritation. In fact, the vast majority of her subordinates and children have been shown to fear her mother. Ironically, this fear makes Big Mom more powerful due to the nature of her Devil Fruit powers.
Big Mom has enormous influence in the New World, keeping a large number of territories under her protection similar to Edward Newgate. Her influence in her world allows her to gather information about people who are of interest to her based on threats and demands. It is said that even demons would attend her tea parties if invited. It is unknown if she still has the same influence or if she still holds the same territories after being defeated.
Prior to the conflict at Marineford, Kaidou tried to take Whitebeard’s life, something few would dare to do, though he eventually confronted Shanks. When Gecko Moria was at his best, Kaidou fought him and emerged victorious, laying waste to his entire crew in the process. The Five Elders mentioned that Kaidou is one of the few people capable of stopping Blackbeard.
Trafalgar Law stated that Kaidou could easily assassinate Donquixote Doflamingo, a world-famous and extremely powerful pirate. Law also speculated that even with an alliance with the Straw Hats, his chances of overthrowing the Emperor were reduced to 30%. This statement may, however, be questionable, as at that time Law was not raising a real and open conflict with Kaidou.
The Emperor was able to defeat another member of “The Worst Generation”: Eustass Kid with apparent ease. and refused to take Luffy and Law’s alliance seriously regardless of his achievements, taking the defeat of a Sea Warrior as minor and of no real importance to him. Kaidou then defeated Luffy himself effortlessly, knocking him unconscious in a single blow.
Kaidou can also go toe-to-toe with Big Mom of the Four Emperors, as evidenced by the force of their clash, which was strong enough to split the sky in two, similar to the clash between Whitebeard and Shanks, and fight her for two days without sustaining injury. Like the rest of the Emperors, Kaidou has under his command a vast number of subordinates and other pirates allied with him, such as X Drake or Scratchmen Apoo. With Caesar Clown and Doflamingo as his partners, Kaidou managed to create an army of over five hundred artificial Zoan Devil Fruit users, the Gifters.
2. Edward Newgate
He was the captain of the Whitebeard Pirates, one of the most powerful crews to ever exist. As the only man in the world, he was able to fight on equal terms with the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. This individual power is reinforced by the fact that Kaido, who is known as “the Most Powerful Creature”, thinks that Whitebeard would be one of the few people capable of facing him in combat.
As stated, Newgate was, along with Shanks, Kaido, and Big Mom; one of The Four Emperors: the four most powerful pirates who dominate the second half of the Grand Line, yet he was the strongest of the four. Newgate’s reputation was so great that his simple declaration of Fish-Man Island as his territory was enough to keep slave traders and pirates away from the place, making Edward Newgate far more effective than the treaty signed with the World Government two hundred years before his death.
Newgate controlled a massive pirate fleet (like Don Krieg) made up of 1,600 pirates, divided into sixteen divisions, each led by an incredibly powerful division commander. He was so powerful and feared that the Navy was rallying all of his troops, including the highest command, to fight him and his fleet. Another testament to his incredible power is the fact that the Seven Warlords of the Sea had also been called upon to aid in the fight.
Although in the end only 5 of them (Dracule Mihawk, Donquixote Doflamingo, Bartholomew Kuma, Boa Hancock and Gecko Moria) end up being present at Marineford prepared for Whitebeard’s attack.
1. Rocks D. Xebec
Rocks D. Xebec, better known as Rocks, was the captain of the Rocks Pirates. He became a prominent pirate forty years ago, before Gol D. Roger came to power. Rocks’ strength is unknown in detail but according to Sengoku, in his day he was so powerful that it took the combined efforts of Garp and Roger to break his might. He is also considered Roger’s first and most formidable rival, even more so than Whitebeard.
This is bolstered by the fact that Kaidou thinks that Xebec was one of the few people who were able to stand up to him in combat. Rocks led his own gang, made up of pirates who later became legendary, such as Big Mom, Kaidou, Whitebeard, Shiki, among others. Neither of these likes to follow orders, which gives an image of Rocks’ great leadership. In Sengoku’s memories, Rocks appears wielding a sword.
Over forty-four years ago, Xebec founded the Rocks Pirates on the island of Hachinosu and soon became an infamous pirate who represented an era that lasted until Roger became King of the Pirates, committing such atrocities that some came to be erased from history. His subordinates were pirates who would later become legends and even part of the Four Emperors.
Thiry-eight years ago, Rocks led his crew on a mission that endangered the World Nobles and their slaves. In God Valley, the Rocks Pirates clashed with the alliance formed between the Roger Pirates and the Marine army commanded by Monkey D. Garp. The said confrontation would be known as the God Valley incident, in which the Rocks Pirates were finally defeated leading to their dissolution as well as the death of their captain.