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Captain John was a famous pirate captain who was once a member of the infamous Rocks Pirates prior to forming his own crew. He was notable for collecting one of the most significant treasures in the world; his fabled treasure cave and the riches within, which are notably long sought after by Buggy.

After his death, his corpse was found by Dr. Hogback and modified into one of the General Zombies for Gecko Moria.


In life and death, John is typically seen drinking alcohol. As a zombie, He has grey-brown skin with long light pink hair, and wears a white shirt with bandages. He wears a red coat, with yellow shoulder pads, and pink on the end of the sleeves. His pants have vertical white and black stripes, and he has two swords stuck in his stomach from when he died. His face looks roughly like Dr. Kureha, especially because of his ever-present bottle.


In life, John was such an incredibly greedy and loathsome person that his own crew declared mutiny and killed him due to his ways. Notably, he was already a heavy drunkard, much like his zombie counterpart.

As a zombie, John has the personality of a drunkard due to the shadow animating him. He is incredibly lazy, and most of the time, he has a hard time following orders. Because of his drunken personality and constant drinking, he is thus called “Sluggish Captain John”.

Abilities and Powers

During life, John was a member of the very powerful Rocks Pirates, and eventually made a name for himself after he left and formed his own crew. However, he wasn’t a very effective leader, as he was killed by his own crew when they mutinied on him.

As a zombie, he was nearly invincible, his only weakness being salt. With his corpse being used by Hogback to create a General Zombie, he probably was a very powerful and feared pirate.


He carried two swords on each side of his waist.


Biography and Post-Mortem

In his lifetime, John was once a member of the violent pirate crew known as Rocks Pirates. 38 years ago, John participated in the God Valley Incident, alongside his crewmates. He reminded everyone not to forget their primary objective on the island, while also drinking and laughing about the treasure belonging to him. It is unknown if he left before or after Rocks D. Xebec’s death.

At some point John later became a pirate captain himself and managed to build a large amount of treasure. When he decided to keep the treasure for himself rather than share it with his crew, they turned on him and he died via multiple stab wounds to the chest. However, his treasure was never found and became the subject of one of the great myths. Among those who decided to look for his lost treasure was Buggy.

After his death, John’s corpse eventually came into the possession of Dr. Hogback. With Hogback’s surgical skills and Moria’s Devil Fruit powers, the corpse of John was modified into a zombie with a shadow of a drunkard animating him. As he was modified, a glass armband of his was added to Moria’s riches.

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Later on, he was sent with the other General Zombies to capture the Straw Hat Pirates, but they eluded them. Afterwards, he, along with all the others, attended Absalom’s “wedding”. Soon after, Oars changed the course of the ship and the General Zombies were sent to deal with him and were crushed. Later, as he laid crushed alongside the other General Zombies, the shadow animating him was recalled by Moria and implanted into himself along with the other shadows he stole.


Monkey D. Luffy found John’s armband amidst Moria’s riches and took it not knowing that it was in reality a map to John’s loot. Buggy recognized the fabled T-mark during their time together in Impel Down. After some slight assistance from the clown pirate in exchange for the armband, the fabled map was given to the eager pirate.


  • Several famous real-world pirate captains have had the given name John, with perhaps the most well-known being John “Calico Jack” Rackham.


  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 47 Chapter 450 and Episode 344, John appears as a zombie.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 957 (p. 6) and Episode 958, Sengoku talks about the Rocks Pirates.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 233 and Episode 145, Buggy tries looking for Captain John’s treasure on a skull shaped island.
  4. 4.0 4.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 49 (p. 128), Fan question: what is the history of Captain John?
  5. One Piece Manga — Chapter 1096 (p. 7).
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 47 Chapter 451 and Episode 345.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 49 Chapter 481 and Episode 373, Moria gathers all of the shadows animating his zombies and implants them in himself.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 486 (p. 5) and Episode 378, Luffy takes the armband from the treasure trove on Thriller Bark, and Nami lets him have it because it does not have any gems on it.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 527 and Episode 424, The truth about John’s armband is revealed.

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