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July 30, 2013 / KingsIsle Entertainment

Girl Power in Pirate101!

A lot has been said on the Message Boards about Female Pirates . . . or more specifically the lack of female pirate companions in Pirate101.  It’s not a topic that we’ve shied away from at KingsIsle, and we agree!  We’d like there to be more female pirates in Pirate101 (It is important to note that Developer Blind Mew has some interesting ideas in the works about this very topic). Within that Message Board post a lot of great information was shared, like the names of several famous pirates that are currently hinted to within the game.

Sure, when someone thinks of Pirates they usually jump to Blackbeard… but there were several famous female Pirates in history that were just as eager for treasure as the boys!  Let’s take a look at a few of Pirate101’s female Pirate characters, and the historical references they come from.


Bonnie Anne (Pirate101) / Anne Bonny (Real Pirate)

The real Anne Bonny was born in Ireland in 1698 and pirated in the Caribbean. She also went by the aliases Ann Bonn and Ann Fulton, even though the name she was born with was Ann Cormac!  Anne Bonny was married to Pirate James Bonny, but eventually snuck away with John “Calico Jack” Rackham and joined his Pirate crew instead.  Sneaky!  In Calico Jack’s crew, Anne met a fellow Pirate named Mark Read.  Turns out, Mark was actually a female Pirate in disguise and her name was Mary!  Mary and Anne became very close friends out on the high seas.

Merry Read and Reedy Mary (Pirate101) / Mary Read (Real Pirate)

An English Caribbean Pirate born in 1690, Mary Read went by the alias of Mark Read because she disguised herself as a man to get hired on Pirate crews.  Not only did she pirate, but she also joined the British army and fought in the War of the Spanish Succession!  After some years as a normal housewife, Mary returned to Piracy after the death of her husband and met Anne Bonny in Calico Jack’s crew.  In 1721 poor Mary died in prison… which goes to show that real life pirating is probably not the best idea.

Grace O’Malley (Pirate101) / Grace O’Malley (Real Pirate)

Grace O’Malley, born around 1530, was not only a Pirate but also a queen!  Queen of Umaill, a territory in Northern Ireland, Grace was known as “The Sea Queen of Connaught.”  Many Irish folk stories, songs and poems were written about her Pirating and trading days.


Rachel Wall (Pirate101) / Rachel Wall (Real Pirate)

Born Rachel Schmidt in the British Pennsylvania Colony in North America, Rachel grew up on a farm but didn’t like being a farm girl!  Always drawn to the sea, Rachel fell in love with a fisherman and got married.  While living in Boston, Rachel’s husband met some sailors and convinced Rachel to join their crew at sea.  Once out voyaging, her husband suggested that they become Pirates!  Rachel’s part in the crew was to scream for help when a boat passed by.  When the friendly boat came over to help poor Rachel, the Pirate crew jumped out and stole their riches!  Tricky, trick Rachel Wall.

These famous female Pirates are just as tough as the boys, so it’s no wonder they got a little character nod in Pirate101!  Who’s your favorite famous Pirate?

One Eyed-Jack
Community Manager


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  1. Sheldon Cooper (@SheldonCentral) / Jul 30 2013 10:46 am

    Bonnie Anne, She’s too Awesome!

    • cristian / Jul 30 2013 8:41 pm

      I think the bull samurai lord is the best

      • Anonymous / Aug 1 2013 9:03 am

        the bull samurai lord is sick

    • Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 4:17 pm

      all girl companies ROCK

      • cynthia / Aug 1 2013 10:04 am

        boys to

  2. matthew / Jul 30 2013 11:59 am

    i looooooooooooooooooooooooooove bonnie anne sharpshooter

    • max / Jul 30 2013 5:03 pm

      i know right! she is the best

    • Anonymous / Aug 1 2013 12:20 am

      i really like the bonnie annie sniper i have sharpshooter right now but sharpshooter is also awesome.

    • Amber / Aug 1 2013 11:39 am

      I agree. I love her hat, though I love Bonnie Anne Sniper. She is very talented and her outfit is fantastic!

  3. Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 12:23 pm

    Bonnie is epic

  4. Edward RubyRunner / Jul 30 2013 12:28 pm

    Bonnie Anne for the win! The best musketeer (imo) since the history of musketeers! Those Burst Fires are so helpful!

  5. Michael Davie / Jul 30 2013 12:32 pm

    Bonnie Anne is easily the best companion.

    • conner hart / Jul 30 2013 8:31 pm

      no I think there are ton of better companions.

    • Dakota Reynolds / Jul 31 2013 12:25 pm

      Subodai is personally my favorite companion

      • hamza / Jul 31 2013 11:45 pm

        ok, I gotta say that kan po when he is a goat master, man is he strong!

      • cynthia / Aug 1 2013 10:05 am

        yea man

  6. Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 12:47 pm

    Very interesting. There is a good book written by Kathy Reichs the author of the Bones- Temperance Brennen books that have been turned into a Television series. It is in Seizure: A Virals series novel for young-teen readers and it deals with the history of Anne Bonny and her buried treasure . An excellent read for the young where they can actually learn a little history in the process.

    • matthew / Jul 31 2013 9:21 am

      i also like: lucy sterling horse gypsy and mustang fencer actually i do like all da girls they are pretty good at dis game just saying

  7. Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 12:50 pm

    bonnie is THE BEST SHOOTER IN PIRATE101!!!!!!!!1

    • Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 5:30 pm

      its true and her 3rd hat makes her look british which are cool

  8. Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 1:16 pm

    Back when I was a kid, Captain Cooke was one of my favorites. Just for what he did to help his country. As an English Captain, he was one of the greatest in their history.

    When I grew older, I read more on pirates and Captain Kidd caught my attention.
    You have what is the legend. Is it true? Hard to truly say.
    I see him more as a political pawn and eventually as a political patsy.
    He earned my admiration and somewhat pity. He could’ve ran, but instead, came home to try and clear his name. That alone took a tremendous amount of courage.

    • Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 8:43 pm

      bonnie anne is awesome! much more cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!

  9. Ian Van Anderson / Jul 30 2013 1:20 pm

    Bonnie Anne Highlander
    She totally the best of girl pirates but is Gracie Conrad
    a pirate??

    • anthony / Jul 31 2013 4:57 pm

      sarah steele is a really good companion if get here and bonnie anne in battle it’s almost 100% guarenteed you’ll win

  10. Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 1:23 pm

    What about Sarah??? Sarah Steele the mouse fencer.

    • tylerwatters190 / Jul 30 2013 10:04 pm

      I love sarah steele

    • pirate101community / Jul 31 2013 11:27 am

      Sarah Steele is amazing! (She’s just not based off of a real pirate like the others mentioned in the post.)

  11. Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 1:49 pm

    i like sahara steele

    • Freindly Jack Rakes / Aug 1 2013 11:49 am

      Anonymous you are like my sibling I LOVE and I mean LOVE ❤ Sarah Steele when she's in her Corsair outfit her first super hit is really cool " Yeuh dododododododododododo slash vrump stab dodododo." SHE IS FLIPPING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Sly James Thackery / Jul 30 2013 2:30 pm

    Bonnie anne her story is the best out of them all and she is excellent in combat!

  13. Sly James Thackery / Jul 30 2013 2:31 pm

    Plus its funny that she gives sarcastic moments at the right time 😀

  14. Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 4:39 pm

    Bonnie Anne is my favorite companion in pirate101

    • cristian / Jul 30 2013 8:36 pm

      I think so too

  15. Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 4:54 pm

    rachel wall she was an interesting story

    • cristian / Jul 30 2013 8:39 pm

      I love the samurai lord the most

  16. kaycee / Jul 30 2013 5:19 pm

    how about next they tell the secrets the pirates have like rat beard and I love bonnie what if she had some other cool moves 😀

  17. sneaky scott strong / Jul 30 2013 5:20 pm

    bonnie anne isngood for my lvl 47 musketeer

  18. cristian / Jul 30 2013 5:21 pm

    I love Bonnie Anne as a fox highlander

    • john / Jul 30 2013 6:32 pm

      yea bonnie is so awesome as a highlander

    • john / Jul 30 2013 6:33 pm

      cause i in max lvl

  19. Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 5:42 pm

    I don’t know who is my favorite, Bonnie Anne or Shara Steele,I love them both

  20. rose / Jul 30 2013 6:11 pm

    I have Bonnie Anne the Sharpshooter!

    • pranoy / Jul 31 2013 4:28 am

      i also have a sharpshooter later she will become a sniper!!

    • anthony / Jul 31 2013 4:58 pm

      then your gonna love here as a sniper and highlander 😀

    • Jack Bond / Aug 1 2013 11:46 am

      I have Bonnie Anne the Sniper

  21. Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 6:12 pm

    Ive heard about Anne Bonnie from my Sister but in the game she promotes to a sniper and a highlander! Was she really those in real life

  22. Lauren / Jul 30 2013 6:16 pm

    😀 😀 😀 G-I-R-L P-O-W-E-R WHAT DOSE THAT SPELL??? GIRL POWER!!!! i love all the girl pirates in the game my two favorites are bonnie ann and sahara steele

    • naomi / Jul 30 2013 11:56 pm

      they are well maybe the most powerful it depends on their level I have 2 female pirates.

  23. john / Jul 30 2013 6:20 pm

    bonnie is great when she a highlander

  24. john / Jul 30 2013 6:30 pm

    my school is privateer i’m max lvl and when you make a new chapter i wish we get a a brand new hard hit spell like buccaneer and swashbcukler how they have bleeding or freeky freenzy

  25. Alexus / Jul 30 2013 6:45 pm

    How do you get Rachel Wall for your compaions

    • Jack Bond / Aug 1 2013 11:45 am

      You don’t she is a non player character.

  26. Anonymous / Jul 30 2013 7:30 pm

    Jean Layfette happens to be my favorite cuz I characterized him in a play about the battle down louisiana way…

  27. unknow person / Jul 30 2013 7:35 pm

    omg they all win,the bestest best?bonnie anne!(and sarah steel.i heard u saying i think shes famous) 😀

  28. Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 5:23 am

    bonnie is a beast when she is highlader

  29. corbin / Jul 31 2013 7:13 am

    wow I learned a lot to bad my kobeohjimbo cant teach me that

  30. Sly AlexCarter / Jul 31 2013 7:16 am

    Bonnie anne is epic!!! [especially when she’s a fox highlander]

  31. Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 8:05 am

    bonnie is the best by far but I do like sarah a lot too.

  32. Ryan / Jul 31 2013 8:07 am

    Bonnie is the best however, I do like Sarah a lot too.

  33. Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 8:11 am

    Bonnie Anne is best Musketeer companion.

  34. Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 8:31 am

    i like grace omalley

  35. Danielle / Jul 31 2013 9:50 am

    A girl pirate disguised and a male pirate? wow. and two words…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………


  36. Danielle / Jul 31 2013 9:51 am

    but why are the companions and things animals?

  37. Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 11:01 am

    my favorite companion is bonnie anne and sarah steele

  38. Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 11:15 am

    she is the best 😀

    • LEE / Jul 31 2013 12:32 pm


  39. Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 12:52 pm

    love all the companions, but my favorite is ratbeard

  40. erick / Jul 31 2013 3:57 pm

    bonnie is the boss

    • Dead-Eye Mary / Jul 31 2013 8:19 pm


  41. Bloody Mary / Jul 31 2013 4:13 pm

    We should totally have a tournament, and the winner gets 20,000 crowns, just an idea 😛 love bonnie btw, highlander is the best!!!!!!

  42. Darling Arthur / Jul 31 2013 4:31 pm

    Bonnie Anne I top favorite pirate (then comes Egg Shen for Privateer and Sarah Steel for Swashbuckler)

  43. master thief / Jul 31 2013 6:50 pm

    bonnie anne i love she got me out of alot of binds in the game

  44. alaura / Jul 31 2013 7:04 pm

    I like sarah steel

  45. loyal andy silver / Jul 31 2013 7:06 pm

    i think all girl companions are awesome

  46. Kobe Yojimbo / Jul 31 2013 7:37 pm

    I like how the page is so long but its only because of comments lol

  47. Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 8:11 pm

    I love girl power I bet the boys are jealous.

  48. Dead-Eye Mary / Jul 31 2013 8:19 pm

    Did You Know… That when you are in combat Bonnie Anne has the most range to attack?

  49. Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 8:43 pm

    No info about sarah steele?? dang

  50. Anonymous / Jul 31 2013 8:46 pm

    You should make the pirates have brothers and sisters and

    if you can let the pirate tell them and then boom they are there and the other one is off to training

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