Before the events of the current plot, 38 years prior, the famed and formidable Rocks Pirates cruised the seas.
They were regarded as the most dangerous and powerful pirate crew of their time, and they were led by Rocks D. Xebec. Before Gol D. Roger and his crew rose to power, they ruled the waters.
The crew’s Jolly Roger is depicted as a burning red skull with a flames that resembles two horns. It is shown as the O for “Rocks” on the sail of the ship.
Edward Newgate, more commonly known as “Whitebeard”, was the captain of the Whitebeard Pirates and was widely known as the “Strongest Man in the World” . After Gol D. Roger’s death, the “Man Closest to One Piece”.In his prime, Whitebeard was a rival to Gol D. Roger. Following Roger’s death, was widely recognized as the strongest man in the world.
Big Mom, also known as Charlotte Linlin , is the leader of the Big Mom Pirates and was originally the sole female member of the Four Emperors who ruled the New World. She is also the matriarch of the enormous Charlotte Family, whose numerous progeny serve as the backbone of her squad. She is also the designer of the extraordinary race of beings known as Homies, who willingly serve her and predominately live across Totto Land.
The Governor-General of the Beasts Pirates and former member of the Four Emperors that governed the New World, Kaidou of the Beasts is known as the “Strongest Creature” in the world. He is Yamato’s father as well
Years ago, Kaidou was a promising child soldier in the Vodka Kingdom’s army. He was enlisted against his will by the Marines, but he was able to flee and begin a career of piracy. He accepted Edward Newgate’s invitation to become an apprentice with the storied Rocks Pirates, where he became friends with Charlotte Linlin. When the Rocks Pirates were defeated in the God Valley Incident, Linlin gave Kaidou a rare Mythical Zoan fruit called the Uo Uo no Mi, Model: Seiryu.
As the only known prisoner to ever escape from Impel Down and a former member of the Rocks Pirates, Shiki the Golden Lion, also known as the “Flying Pirate,” is the admiral of the Golden Lion Pirates.
Shiki, who oversaw the biggest pirate fleet of the era, caused havoc on the seas under Roger’s reign. Shiki wanted to take over the entire world and was regarded as one of Roger’s biggest adversaries.
Before starting his own crew, Captain John, a well-known pirate captain, was a part of the notorious Rocks Pirates. His collection of one of the greatest treasures in history made him famous, and Buggy has long been seeking his fabled treasure cave and its wealth.
Dr. Hogback discovered his body after he passed away, and turned it into one of the General Zombies for Gecko Moria.
Other notable members include a supposedly infamous individual known by the name of “Silver Axe” though they are not as well known.
The Rocks Pirates were seen to be a menace to the entire world because they were a very strong crew with incredible potential. They were unquestionably the most powerful pirate crew at the period. They were ultimately defeated by the united might of Gol D. Roger and Monkey D. Garp.
At least one of the crew’s ships had a dark sail with the word “ROCKS” printed on it in light-colored letters. The “O” was fashioned to resemble a flaming skull. And the ship itself had a figurehead of a corpse. With the exception of the mizzenmast sail at the back of the ship. The crew’s ship in Kaidou’s flashback had dark-colored sails. The stern appears to be ornamented as well. With three enormous lamps and the Jolly Rogers of the crew atop them. The ship’s design resembles a ship of the fourth class with carrack rigging.
On Hachinosu, the crew was established at some point in the past. They eventually developed into the most powerful crew of their time. Posing a danger to the World Government itself. They attacked numerous World Nobles and their slaves in God Valley 38 years ago. In order to finally destroy them, Vice Admiral Monkey D. Garp collaborated with Gol D. Roger, who would later become Pirate King. Earning Garp the honorific title of “Hero of the Marines.”