For I have dipped my hands in muddied waters, and, withdrawing them, find 'tis better to be a commander than a common man!
~ Bartholomew Roberts to his crew, before his first voyage as a pirate, 1719.

Bartholomew Roberts (1682 – 1722), born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate, a Sage, who raided ships in the Caribbean and on the West African coast between 1719 and 1722, and one the two main antagonists along with Laureano de Torres y Ayala of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.


The Templar Order located Roberts and took him to Havana. The Assassins Mentor, Ah Tabai sent his finest student, Duncan Walpole, to free Roberts and bring him to the Assassin city of Tulum. However, Roberts eventually arrived in Havana, where Templars were attacked by Assassins but escaped soon after. When Kenway found Roberts hiding in the African jungle in 1719, he struck a deal with the Sage to free his imprisoned crew in exchange for Roberts leading him to the First Civilization site known as the Observatory. Kenway killed the Templars in Príncipe, freed the crew, and recaptured the Princess. Roberts gave a speech to his crew declaring his intentions to sail as a pirate, and the two captains returned to the West Indies.


  • Roberts could be seen wearing a portrait necklace, depicting a visage of a woman, identical to the one worn by John, one of Aita's later incarnations.
  • Roberts acquired his outfit from Howell Davis, the Princess' former captain, after the latter's death at Príncipe.
  • Bartholomew Roberts is the First Knight of Cerebus that is listened on TV Tropes of Assassins Creed Series