“This is the tale of Vaas's pirate hordes, who came to the island to rape, pillage and steal. They wanted one thing, they wanted money and it would be theirs, no matter the cost. Vaas holds court, the Jester of Rook Island, but is your machete what lies in store?”
— Survival Guide
The Pirates are a faction in Far Cry 3 and in The Far Cry Experience located on the Rook Islands' northern island. They are led by the insane and psychotic Vaas Montenegro. Fuelled by the lust for money, they came to the Rook Islands to rape, pillage and steal.
They are the first enemy faction that Jason Brody encounters and can usually be found patrolling the island or at outposts and are easily distinguishable from the Privateers, Rakyat and common villagers by their red clothing.
The Pirates hold a grudge against the Rakyat, and these factions will attack each other on sight. They have an unsteady alliance with Hoyt Volker's Privateers, but this alliance is broken when Jason kills Vaas. The Pirates have lower quality weapons and equipment than the Privateers.
Pirates are not exceptionally skilled fighters; they are prone to firing randomly into the bushes or throwing grenades at random in hopes of flushing Jason into the open. After the events of Far Cry 3, they are eliminated by the Rakyat due to their very poor training and tactics.
There are multiple types of Pirates, each have different skills and weaknesses:
- Pirate Assaulter (Elite)(Boss)
- Pirate Charger
- Pirate Berserker (Boss)
- Pirate Defender (Elite 2 and 3)(Boss)
- Pirate Heavy Flamer (CO-OP only)
- Pirate Heavy Gunner
- Pirate Molotov Thrower
- Pirate RPG Shooter (Boss)
- Pirate Sniper (Boss)
- Make a Break for It
- Secure the Outpost
- The Medusa's Call
- Playing the Spoiler
- Prison Break-in
- Island Port Hotel
- Kick the Hornet's Nest
- A Man Named Hoyt
- Saving Oliver
- Piece of the Past
- Down in the Docks
- The Motherlode
- Lin Cong I Presume
- Ambush (Vaas Montenegro)
- Warrior Rescue Service
- Fly South
- Three Blind Mice
- Defusing the Situation
- Every Outpost on the North Island
- Every Wanted Dead mission on the North Island
- Every Trial of the Rakyat
- Some pirates are less perceptive and may take longer to detect you up close.
- They seem to be from numerous parts of the Pacific, Africa and even the Americas.
- Their insignia looks like a white eye with a dot for pupil and three small spikes for eyelashes, it can be seen on the flag in hostile outposts and their Scavengers.
- Wearing the Privateer outfit in plain view of the pirates will have no effect on them. The outfit is specifically meant for the Privateers only, so the pirates will still classify you as a standard enemy.
- Occasionally as a random event, the Pirates can be seen getting into a face to face confrontation with Hoyt's Privateers on the Southern Island airport. However, if the Pirates detect Jason, both Privateer and Pirate soldiers will attack him, regardless of what Jason is wearing.
- Pirates can be found outside of Vaas' personal Compound after Payback, but Rakyat will be spawning inside the Compound.
- Pirates do not seem to have a main spawn point, thus meaning they cannot be easily located, unless the player partakes in a Wanted Dead mission. Until the player captures all of the outposts on the northern island, Pirates can, however, be found fairly frequently patrolling the roads and waterways. Some Pirates can also be found at the docks where the player rescues Oliver Carswell from the "Saving Oliver" mission.
- Some pirates can be seen cleaning their weapons, drinking, and doing other things (such as urinating excessively).
- If one listens to their dialogue, pirates will humorously tell of their sexually transmitted diseases caught from local hookers.
- They will also complain about the heat and how sick they are of Rook Island, saying inter alia that the Island and everyone on it "can burn in Hell" and that the Rebels can have the Island. They will occasionally say "somebody just shoot me," which is ironic since the player listening to the dialogue will usually kill them.
- Pirates are only occasionally seen piloting boats. "Pirate" is likely just a generic term used on the island for any member of Vaas's gang.
- Pirates like strippers. Strippers are seen in the mission Payback, and some pirates say: "Whoever this is, it better be a stripper." when deluded with a rock thrown by the player.
- In a random encounter, the player will find a seemingly dead pirate spread-eagled on the ground, but upon closer inspection, they will get up and try to kill you. It is possible that this is actually a glitch.
- Pirates also seem to enjoy hot sauce. When there are some pirates sitting around a spit roast, one will often say, "Everything here tastes like crap without hot sauce", or, "Who the fuck used all the hot sauce?"
- Their dialogue is referenced to during an armed escort mission in Far Cry 4, where, upon completion (delivering medicine), the Truck driver will say "Thank God. Now the soldiers will stop complaining about how it burns when they piss". The burning piss line is commonly heard among patrolling pirates.
- They will sometimes meet up with the Privateers, a random place at Southern Island, sometimes they will trying to get the Privateers angry and shoot them by saying things like "I'm not scared of you, Soldierboy." and "C'mon give it to me, Soldierboy," to which a Privateer will answer "Take it easy, we are on the same side." This shows that they are not afraid of the Privateers. This can be watched here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm7FjuvbW7s)
- They have almost same behaviour like The Royal Army in Far Cry 4.
- Sometimes, Pirate (except for Heavy Gunner) can be heard shouting "You are in for a world of pain!". This could be an Easter egg reference to the movie character Walter Sobchak's quote "You are entering a world of pain!" from the movie The Big Lebowski.
Note: Most of these quotes are only said by Pirate Chargers, Assaulters, Defenders, Berserkers, RPGs and Snipers.
"Fuck fuck fuck fuck!" - When being suppressed by Jason Brody or the Rakyat
"You're mine, shithead!"- When attacking Jason Brody or the Rakyat
"Charge! Hahaha!" - When advancing towards Jason Brody or the Rakyat
"Watch me take him down!" - When attacking
"Here comes the boom!" - When throwing a grenade
"Where's that sniper?!" - When missing a shot
"Stop shooting, motherfucker!" - When hearing a gunshot
"Stop me, motherfucker, stop me!" - When shooting
"What was that sound?" - When hearing a stone hitting something
"Where’s that son of a bitch?" - When searching for Jason
"We lost him! Start looking!" - When searching for Jason
"Search the area!" - When searching for Jason
"When I find you, I'm going to gut you!" - When searching for Jason
"Come out, come out, wherever you are!" - When searching for Jason
"I'm going to find you!" - When searching for Jason
"Help me find him!" - When searching for Jason
"I'm gonna find you and kill you!" - When searching for Jason
"You better show yourself!" - When searching for Jason
"I'll get him this time." - When searching for Jason
"Holy fuck!" - When seeing a pirate get shot
"Holy fucking shit!" - When seeing a pirate get shot
"Oh shit, is that a body?" - When finding another dead pirate
"I'm gonna fuck someone up for killing him." - When finding another dead pirate.
"So much blood..." - When finding another dead pirate.
"Find whoever did this!" - When finding another dead pirate.
"He killed my friend, I'll kill him!" - When finding another dead pirate.
"I can't believe I lost him! Motherfucker!" - After losing sight of Jason
"It burns like a mother when I piss, should've used a rubber." - While idle
"Too damn hot...! Someone, just fucking shoot me!"- While idle
"I think that whore gave me the clap!" - While idle
"Get a job, get a job... Shut up, bitch! I'm the man here." - While idle
"I'm sick of this place. This island, and everyone on it can burn in hell!" - While idle
"Fucking rebels, let them keep this shithole." - While idle
"Fuck this heat!" - While idle
"I'm getting bored now." - While idle
"It's hot..." - While idle
"I hate it here."- While idle
"This place is going little too crazy, even for me." - When idle
"Cold beer. Yes, that would be nice." - When idle
"What a dump." - When idle
"Fucking bugs!" - When idle
"They don't pay me enough to put up with this crap."- When idle
"I can't believe you got me..." - When dying
"I can't believe, that California cunt got me..." - When dying
"Fuck you, Snow White..." - When dying
"Snow White, what a fucking joke..." - When dying.
"Jason, you're a dead man..." - When dying
"Where the fuck did you learn that, Snow White..." - When dying
"I can't die..." - When dying
"I could have killed you..." - When dying
"Please, no...!" - When dying
"Don't let me die..." - When dying
"Jason, you asshole..." - When dying
"He's gone. Fucking Snow White was just here." - When losing Jason
"Don't make me come looking for you." - When losing Jason
"He disappeared!" - When losing Jason
"Damn, I lost him!" - When losing Jason
"You are not getting away from me, Snow White." - When searching for Jason
"You think you are smart, Snow White!? Losing me like that!" - When searching for Jason
"Keep hiding, I'll find you." - When searching for Jason
"Find him! Don't let him get away like you did last time!" - When searching for Jason
"We will not lose him again! Find him!" - When searching for Jason
"Yo Jason, you can't hide from me, man." - When searching for Jason
"Here Brody, Brody." - When searching for Jason
"Come out Snow White, I wont hurt you." - When searching for Jason
"You cant hide from me, Snow White." - When searching for Jason