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Full Name Captain Rockhopper
Species Penguin
Gender Male
Position Captain of The Migrator
Appeared Club Penguin Shorts, Smoothie Smash, Rockhopper vs. Mighty Squid, TV Specials
Color Red
Clothes Items Rockhopper's Hat
Rockhopper's Coat
Rockhopper's Eyebrows
Rockhopper's Beard
Rockhopper's Hat Aug 2012
Rockhopper's Belt
Rockhopper's Santa Hat (ID 1521)
Rockhopper's Santa Hat (ID 1753)
Rockhopper's Holiday 2013 Beard
Rockhopper's Santa Coat
Migrator Mascot Body (during Fall Fair)
Related To Unknown
Friends With Yarr
Penguin Band
Aunt Arctic
Merry Walrus
Meetable Character? Yes
Voiced/ Played By Fred Tatasciore
It be gettin' choppy! Lower the sail! Land the masts! Man down the hatches! TRIM ME BEARD! No wait, me beard be perfect.
For his Club Penguin Island counterpart, see Rockhopper (CPI).

Rockhopper (commonly abbreviated as RH, or referred to by his title, Captain Rockhopper) is a friendly pirate who docks at irregular intervals at Club Penguin Island, usually with gifts or knowledge.

His ship is only docked at the Beach during special Club Penguin parties or events. He keeps a journal of his adventures, and sells rare items brought over from Rockhopper Island and other places. When he comes to Club Penguin Island, he gives away a free item and sells other items to member penguins in the Rockhopper's Rare Items catalog. The catalog includes items such as Pirate Hats like the Puffle Bandana, telescopes, backgrounds, furniture, and other wares.

The Migrator

Main article: The Migrator

As a pirate, Rockhopper is the owner of a ship. His ship, the Migrator, is his main form of transportation to-and-from Club Penguin Island, to Rockhopper Island.

The Migrator is supposedly built from wood as, according to Rockhopper, it was assembled on Club Penguin Island. It is a streamlined ship with two floors, high-rise sails, and multiple portholes. Rockhopper has used the ship in many expeditions for which he has documented in his journal. In addition, the Migrator is offered to the penguins as a place to play Treasure Hunt, as well as donate to Coins for Change, if a Holiday Party is taking place.

As a mascot

As a mascot, Rockhopper infrequently visits the island as a meetable character, and, in turn, allowing players to obtain his stamp and giveaway. When he does appear, he is sometimes accompanied by his red puffle, Yarr. The two would walk around the island, playing "games" with penguins and telling tales of their adventures at sea.



The original idea of Rockhopper started when a Club Penguin moderator named Pirate, suggested that they should have a pirate to make the Lighthouse more exciting. With positive feedback, the team began working on who would eventually be Rockhopper.

Early concept art depicting Pirate's design of Rockhopper.

Early drafts of Rockhopper featured him as a parrot. Eventually, however, Pirate fashioned a sculpture resembling modern-day Rockhopper, which Lance Priebe (Rsnail) thought looked nice. Happy with the appearance of the pirate captain, the designers got to work make Pirate's idea a reality.[1]


Rockhopper is shown to be a seafaring, adventurous pirate who is extremely brave and courageous, doing things such as fighting off a gigantic squid with only the help of Yarr and his Snow Cannon 3000.

He is also shown to like the finer things in life, as he has often stated that he would rather sit down and enjoy a cream soda rather than journey around the land. However, on the other hand, Rockhopper has shown his love for the sea many times, such as when he crashed his ship prior to the events of Rockhopper's Quest and he was so sad that he rebuilt his Migrator to power to the island on a long journey before he built a beacon there so he could travel safely.

List of places explored by Rockhopper

Location Description Exploration time Image
Rockhopper Island Rockhopper Island is Rockhopper's very own island. He travels there multiple times a year. The activities that take place here and the island's location are unknown. April 5, 2005
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Cookie Island Little is known about Cookie Island, though Rockhopper found magical cookies which he gave to penguins at the Holiday Party 2012. Sometime in 2012
Frozen Land Like Cookie Island, not much is known about the Frozen Land. Frost Bites are known to inhabit the tundra that covers the area. December 2012
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Swashbuckler Trading Post Swashbuckler Trading Post is a famous port on Swashbuckler island, which penguins visited with Rockhopper during Rockhopper's Quest. Rockhopper also visited the port with a group of Pirate Crabs before the latter followed him to Club Penguin Island. February 2012
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Dinosaur Island An island located near Club Penguin Island, Dinosaur Island was home to herds of Dinosaurs and a legendary red gem which Rockhopper used later to build a beacon on Shipwreck island. February 2012
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Shipwreck Island An apparent mountainous region full of jagged rocks and surrounded by vicious and unrelenting seas, Shipwreck Island was explored by Rockhopper and a group of penguins during Rockhopper's Quest with the intent of planting the legendary red gem (see above) to use as a beacon to guide him and his ship away from the deadly island. February 2012
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Innocent Island Home allegedly to the Innocent Gang, Innocent Island is a home to many variants of fruit and other tropical vegetation. Before Rockhopper came and took it, the totem of Big-Big Kahuna resided on the island along with its volcano. August 2012
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Polar Bear Island While there is little documentation of the island, Rockhopper stated that it is full of grumpy Polar Bears. Unknown
Merry Walrus Island Merry Walrus Island is an island located behind the Crystal Curtain where Merry Walrus and the Blue Crystal Puffles live. December 2014


First appearance

Before Club Penguin became fully developed, Rockhopper departed for the first time on March 8, 2005. He sailed to what would be known as Rockhopper Island, a sand-covered area laden with palm trees and dotted all around with treasure. Eventually he found Yarr, and the two became lifelong partners and friends.

After a year at sea Rockhopper began his return journey to Club Penguin Island. He saw a faint light in the distance, which was the Beacon's light. Using the source of light to guide him to the shores of Club Penguin, Rockhopper had finally returned home on October 13, 2006 and was greeted by many.

Discovery of Yarr

During his first launch and sail of the Migrator, Rockhopper crossed paths with a piece of driftwood atop of which sat a red puffle. After taking the puffle in and resting it on top of his shoulder, Rockhopper decided to call the creature "Yarr" because he responded to Rockhopper whenever he called it. Yarr later became Rockhopper's first mate.


Rockhopper and the Stowaway

Towards the beginning of the year, Rockhopper released a publicized version of Rockhopper and the Stowaway, which documented the events of a penguin named Bambadee accidentally boarding his ship before being discovered by Rockhopper. The two later became good friends and they went on a few adventures together.

Fall Fair 2007

Later on in September, Rockhopper left several boxes in the Lighthouse that would eventually start the Fall Fair 2007. Penguins opened some of the boxes to find decorations and games that, when put together by the Party Committee, would create the first Fair in Club Penguin. However, despite providing the decorations, Rockhopper was not present at the party.


First crash and the Save the Migrator project

On January 17, 2008, Rockhopper and Yarr were making their return trip back to Club Penguin island when an iceberg floated in the way and struck the Migrator. While Rockhopper and Yarr were both unharmed, the Migrator took fatal damage and as a result, was filled with water from a gaping hole, later sinking.

After dispatching from the Migrator on a small rowboat with Yarr, he and Rockhopper continued their journey back to civilization.

Witnessing the crash, Gary the Gadget Guy organized the "Save the Migrator Project" so that they could build a new version of the damaged ship. To do this, Gary created the Aqua Grabber 3000 to first find pieces of the half-sunken Migrator.

Thanks to the efforts of all the penguins involved, the penguin community managed to collectively create a new Migrator. After the final changes to the ship were complete, Gary used another one of his inventions, the Flare Flinger 3000, to call Rockhopper over to the island to where his new ship was waiting.

Overcome with gratitude at the actions of Gary and the rest of the penguins, Rockhopper fashioned a key to which he placed at the end of his autobiography, Rockhopper's Journal. The key allowed anyone who found it to gain entry to the Captain's Quarters.

Captain's Quarters

After returning from an adventure at sea and docking at Club Penguin once again, Rockhopper allowed penguins access to the Captain's Quarters area of his ship to show his gratefulness. Penguins could also now play Treasure Hunt, inside the quarters.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Talk Like a Pirate Day was done as requested by Rockhopper in an issue of the Club Penguin Times to take place on September 19, 2008. During the event, Rockhopper encouraged all penguins to use a select amount of words such as "avast" and "yarr".


Adventure Party

In the summer of 2009, Rockhopper brought back strange tropical plants he found during his travels. After socializing with the residents of Club Penguin, he accidentally dropped some of the seeds of the tropical plants. Within a week, these plants began to grow to a massive scale, causing the island to be completely overgrown with plant life. However, penguins decided to turn this into an Adventure Party. After the party ended, the plants were stored in the Box Dimension, where they remain to this day.

Appearance at Walt Disney World

After a blog post from the Club Penguin team, it was revealed that Rockhopper would be visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida and would allow people visiting the park to meet him and a blue penguin for a limited time only.

The Fair 2009

After being spotted sailing towards the island in September 2009, Rockhopper arrived in Club Penguin with many materials for a circus, which would be hosted by a yellow puffle ringmaster, with many puffle acts.


The disappearance of Yarr

Before the Migrator had set sail towards the end of the Holiday Party 2009, Yarr went missing. Rockhopper made several pleas for help so that he could find his first mate; to which a multitude of penguins responded to.

After discovering that Yarr was indeed hiding in a cave which was revealed to penguins only weeks earlier, Rockhopper was extremely happy to be reunited with his best friend.

Island Adventure Party 2010

On June 20, 2010, Rockhopper arrived back on the island with new gifts collected from his explorations. Despite arriving with the intent of joining the Island Adventure Party, Rockhopper missed the party by a few days. However, despite missing his planned party, Rockhopper still visited the island for a short period before departing back to the seas.

The Fair 2010

For the Fair 2010, Rockhopper brought a variety of mysterious items in his catalog, Rockhopper's Rare Items that gifted those wearing them the powers of "magic".[2] Rockhopper sold these items to penguins and subsequently made the Fair 2010. Rockhopper and Yarr explored the party as mascots for a few weeks before setting sail once again.

Holiday Party 2010

Returning once again to the island accompanied with Yarr, Rockhopper set up Coins for Change for the year. He encouraged penguins to donate saying that they would "fill the lighthouse".


The Fair 2011

Rockhopper arrived on Club Penguin Island prior to The Fair 2011 starting. He and Yarr eventually became mascots at the party and the two partied with the penguins inhabiting the island before leaving soon after to explore the seas once again.

The Holiday Party 2011

Returning once again for the Holiday Party, Rockhopper returned once again to the island as a mascot to help spread the festivities. Alongside Rockhopper and Yarr, Aunt Arctic was often meetable with the two of them. They were the party’s mascots until the two former left after the parties' end.

The Island Adventure Party 2011

Rockhopper returned for the Island Adventure Party 2011 instead of missing it like last year. Rockhopper tasked penguins with locating missing cream soda barrels and giving them to him. Once they did, Rockhopper congratulated them as well before departing.


Rockhopper's Quest

After narrowly avoiding a second crash, Rockhopper requested Gary's help to upgrade the Migrator, Rockhopper decided to launch a quest to ensure that his ship was protected when crossing an area of water. To do this, he intended to place a beacon on a nearby island, Shipwreck Island, so he could see if he was nearing too close to its rough waters. Penguins joined him on his quest, traveling to multiple islands to gather materials to build a small beacon on Shipwreck Island.

After a short return to the island, Rockhopper set off once again to the seas, with the removal of the upgrades.

Adventure Party: Temple of Fruit

Rockhopper discovered a totem on Innocent Island, a tropical island, and made friends with its residents, the Innocent Gang. He brought the totem to Club Penguin Island. He arrived on August 23, 2013. Soon after, Rockhopper discovered that the totem was cursed. He carries the dozens of fruit on his ship to share with penguins on Club Penguin Island. But first, penguins had to destroy the Cursed Volcano before it erupted. Eventually, Big-Big Kahuna was destroyed, and Rockhopper brought it back to Innocent Island.

Holiday Party 2012

Rockhopper once again visited Club Penguin. He brought a Magic Cookie Recipe, which he found on an island, to bake magical cookies. This was a special time because he played Treasure Hunt with penguins. He helped raise coins for Coins for Change at the Bakery.


Return to the island

Rockhopper arrived back on the island on September 12, 2013, and stayed for one week only. He gave Gary a Magical Book that belonged to his ancestor, Garianna (which ended up being used at the Medieval Party 2013), and gave Rookie Spectral Sweets. Additionally, since his last visit, he now has a coat, which he found on an island.

Holiday Party 2013

Rockhopper returned again for the Holiday Party 2013. He suggested the donation to Aunt Arctic to what to do with Herbert's stolen coins. He also brought railroad tracks with him, to be used at the party.


Bringing new puffles Club Penguin

After adventuring in the seas for a long period of time, Rockhopper discovered that he had several stowaways: puffles. He discovered that Orange Tabby Cat and Blue Border Collie puffles had snuck aboard his ship. He brought them to Club Penguin to be taken to the Pet Shop.

Pirate Party 2014

On his travels, Rockhopper encountered a group of Pirate Crabs, in which he befriended. Eventually, with the aim of visiting the penguin pirate's homeland, the pirate crabs boarded the Migrator along with Rockhopper and set sail. At some point during their journey, the pirate crabs took over the Migrator.

Eventually, the crabs crashed the Migrator onto island, and, as a result, Rockhopper sought revenge. He began rounding up penguins to help him defeat and stop the crabs from stealing his treasure from which they had recovered from the wreckage.

Merry Walrus

Main article: We Wish You a Merry Walrus

Festive appearance at Disney World

Rockhopper, once again with a blue penguin (now wearing a Candy Cane Hat), appeared at Disney World in Orlando Florida; as they appeared on a Club Penguin-themed float designed for Disney's Frozen Celebration.[3]


Inside Out Party

Rockhopper's Mind is the main focus of the Disney-Pixar Inside Out Party. Penguins go into his mind using a machine built by Gary the Gadget Guy and help recover his memories, after Rockhopper was cursed from eating some cursed stinky cheese. He washed up onshore on July 15, and Gary began work on the gadget. Once penguins met them inside his mind on July 23, his emotions (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust) tasked them with finding all of Rockhopper's core memories on his Personality Islands.

Jangrah's party

Main article: Club Penguin: Monster Beach Party

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Rockhopper returned to Club Penguin on September 16 to celebrate the Talk Like a Pirate Day event, which lasted a week.

10th Anniversary Party

Rockhopper stayed for the 10th Anniversary Party, which started on September 30, and waddled around the island with all the other mascots during the party.

Holiday Party 2015

Rockhopper returned for the Holiday Party 2015, encouraging penguins to participate in holiday traditions to earn coins to donate to Coins For Change. The Migrator was also accessible for the first time since before the Puffle Party 2014.


Holiday Party 2016

Rockhopper returned for the Holiday Party 2016, encouraging penguins to participate in holiday traditions to earn coins to donate to Coins For Change



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  • Rockhopper's favorite Club Penguin game is Mancala, and his favorite food is Stinky Cheese and pineapples.[4]
  • Rockhopper is the mascot who has visited the most times, hence the stamp you get for meeting him being a medium stamp.
  • Rockhopper sometimes had a Coins For Change 2012 pin on his Player Card during the Holiday Party 2012.
  • Rockhopper had his own igloo, but it melted a long time ago. Now the Migrator is his home.[5]
  • He is the second mascot to appear in a Club Penguin animated short.
  • According to one of the comics, Rockhopper likes to eat stinky cheese. His liking for stinky cheese is also shown in issue #373 of the Club Penguin Times, when asked what does Rockhopper Island looks like, he replied that "...I think there will be a stinky cheese restaurant too..."
  • According to Issue #108 of the Club Penguin Times, Rockhopper likes to eat Seaweed Pizza, like Herbert P. Bear.
  • Rockhopper and Sensei are the only penguins to have real eyebrows.
  • He's named after the Rockhopper penguin, known for their bushy eyebrows (a characteristic shared by the Captain himself).
  • Rockhopper visited on September 12, 2013 for one week, to give Gary the Gadget Guy some potions and a Magical Book for the Medieval Party 2013. It was his first appearance in nine months, since the Holiday Party 2012. This is also the first time since 2010 that he did not visit for a party.
    • The reason Rockhopper was gone for so long was because he was trapped in a squall that set the Migrator far out into the sea.
  • Rockhopper got his coat when he came across a dark cave deep into a mountain on a mysterious new land. He only took the coat and left all the other treasures that was there behind because his ship was getting kind of full.
  • He used to come to Club Penguin whenever he saw fireworks (from the Flare Flinger 3000).
  • Rockhopper does not trust any boat that does not have sails, not since he took a ride on Gary's rocket boat.
  • Rockhopper is implied to have been alive since at least the year 1992. In the comic "Switcheroo" in issue 33 of the Club Penguin Magazine, he states he has "not seen a mess like this since The Great Bubble Gum Volcano of '92!" If this is true, he would have been at least 13-14 years old during his first appearance in October 2006, and at least 24-25 years old during his last appearance in March 2017.
  • Rockhopper and Gary never met before the end of the Save the Migrator Project, according to the Club Penguin Times.
  • He has a fear of pink flamingos.
  • Rockhopper's baths are annual, and are given to him by Yarr.[6]
  • Rockhopper has taken drinks from the trash. [7]
  • According to his Journal, he invented the dance most commonly seen on the island.
  • Despite being depicted as bald without his hat in Captain Rockhopper vs. Mighty Squid, he has an afro after removing his hat in Club Penguin: Monster Beach Party.
  • Rockhopper is the one who brought the Red Puffles to the island.
  • Rockhopper stated in an interview in issue 158 of the Club Penguin Times, that if he were a fruit, he thinks that he would be a pineapple, because he is "at home on a tropical island n' spiky tempered!"


Main article: Rockhopper/Gallery