The Golden Lion Pirates' Jolly Roger is a white skull with golden mane-like hair and beard reminiscent of Shiki. Behind the skull and hair is a steering wheel, resembling the same steering wheel lodged in his head.
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Mutated Animal Army ≠
|Billy ‡||Land Gator||Mori Dako||Don Kamakiriri||Terror Guma|
|Guntai Ari||Baku Zame||Screen Buffalo||Dasoku||Kaen Kabuto|
|Ettousaurus||Mammoth Dense||Maou Game||King Umi Mukade||Black Brothers|
|Fat Lion||Zarley Davidson||Boxer Penguin||Big Tree||Tsujigiri Itachi|
|Meteor Ibex||Kung-Fu Dot||Spider Tank||Erimakitokageps||Groggysaurus|
|Kill Rabi||Batta GT-7000||Shogun Jishi||Hippo Iron||Seiuchi Mountain|
|Del Kong||Golden Bat||Jura Chou||Miyama Emperor||Ikahula|
|Hammer Isoginchaku||Batch Fly||Agehaguera||Monkey Trooper||Kubinagaryu|
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Little is known about the strength of the Golden Lion Pirates, but they managed to terrorize the entire sea in their prime with the largest armada of pirates in the Grand Line twenty-five years ago, and managed to gain an upper hand against the Roger Pirates. Roughly half the fleet was lost during the Battle in Edd War.
The captain, Shiki, was one of the most infamous pirates of all time; being a previous member of the legendary Rocks Pirates, the first known person to ever escape Impel Down, and match against powerful figures such as Roger, Whitebeard, Marine Vice Admiral Garp and Admiral Sengoku.
Over the last twenty years, the crew spent much of their time on the floating islands of Merveille creating an enormous army of mutant animals, greatly gaining in military power, as well as having over fifty new divisions in the crew. They are too, one of the few pirate´s crew from Roger´s time that continue to be active to this day, even though more than two decades has passed since then. But even with all this power on their side, they were finally and completely defeated by the Straw Hat Pirates.
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The ship of the Golden Lion Pirates is unique in appearance as it is a mass of land kept afloat by Shiki's powers, with high trees as masts and long oars rowing at its sides.
Edd War and Shiki's Seclusion
Twenty-three years prior the story's beginning, the Golden Lion Pirates were the biggest pirate fleet in the seas. When Shiki confronted Gol D. Roger in the New World, wishing to ask him to join the Golden Lion due to finding an Ancient Weapon, hoping to rule the world together, Roger refused, leading to the Battle in Edd War. Though the Golden Lion Pirates had the upper hand, a storm suddenly struck, wiping out half of Shiki's fleet and allowing the Roger Pirates to survive.
Three years after the war, after Shiki was imprisoned in Impel Down for attacking Marineford, the Golden Lion Pirates kept a low profile, until their captain escaped. Shiki attempted to ask Whitebeard to join him, to which he once again got rejected. Shiki then retreated to Merveille in the Grand Line, having Dr. Indigo create a massive army of monstrous animals to help dominate the world.
Summit War Saga
Little East Blue Arc
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Twenty years since Indigo started creating the monstrous army, one of them, Boss, escaped captivity, and as such, Shiki made an offer with the captain of the Amigo Pirates: if Largo can recapture Boss, he would be invited to become the commander of the Golden Lion Pirates' 51st division. Ultimately, Largo was defeated by Monkey D. Luffy and the entire Amigo Pirates were arrested at Little East Blue. Shiki, not knowing that Luffy was the one who defeated Largo, merely stated that this one setback would not upset his ultimate plan.
One Piece Film: Strong World
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Continuing with his plans, Shiki continued to recruit powerful allies to accompany him in world domination, as well as to destroy East Blue, due to Shiki bearing a grudge to the sea for being Roger's death place. When he came across Nami, he noted on her exceptional navigational skills and beauty, he forced her to become a member of his crew by holding her crewmates as hostages. Eventually, before the fleet could officially be sworn in, the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates attacked Shiki to retrieve Nami and to stop the Golden Lion Pirates from attacking East Blue. Chopper and Robin went to destroy Indigo's laboratory where the SIQ drug was, to prevent anymore mutant animals from being created, while the rest of the crew attacked Shiki's allies and palace. Eventually, Nami tricked Shiki into guiding Merveille, now converted into a floating island fortress with Shiki's levitating powers, into a lightning storm, and with that, Luffy crashed a lightning-enhanced giant leg down onto Shiki and the floating island, defeating the Flying Pirate and sending the mutants plummeting into the sea. The Marines then arrived to arrest the falling pirates.
- Ironically, the captain, Shiki, gained the steering wheel in his skull after he made his Jolly Roger, which consisted of a skull with a mane of golden hair, and instead of cross bones, it had a ship's steering wheel.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 0 Chapter 0 and Episode 425, The Golden Lion Pirates make their debut.
- One Piece Movie — One Piece Film: Strong World, The Golden Lion Pirates are seen.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 95 Chapter 962 (p. 13) and Episode 962.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 0 Chapter 0 and Episode 0, The Golden Lion Pirates' back-story revealed.
- One Piece Anime — Episode 426, Shiki invites the Amigo Pirates to join him.
- One Piece Anime — Episode 429, Shiki claiming Largo's defeat would not upset his plans.