- "Yeah, the modern kind. They don't take prisoners, at least, not male prisoners."
- — Nathan Drake to Elena Fisher in Chapter 1 - Ambushed.
Pirates are an antagonistic faction featured in Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, and a collection of playable Villain skins in the multiplayer mode of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, as well as in the multiplayer mode of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
They serve as the main group of antagonists throughout the first half of Drake's Fortune, led by Eddy Raja. Aside from their appearance in the games, they are also briefly seen in the Uncharted: Eye of Indra prequel motion comics.
The pirates appear in Uncharted: Eye of Indra episode 2. They storm Nathan Drake's room along with Eddy. A short fight then occurs between Nate and the pirates before Rika Raja, Eddy's sister, explains the situation.
Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
The pirates are the most common enemies in Chapters 1-12 of Drake's Fortune in which, under orders from Eddy, they hunt down Nate relentlessly and attempt to kill him.
The pirate's are armed with a variety of weaponry, including PM-9mm pistols, AK-47 and M4 assault rifles, M79 grenade launchers, Micro-9mm sub-machine guns, Wes-44 magnum pistols, RPG-7 rocket launchers and Moss-12 and SAS-12 shotguns. They are also equipped with Mk-NDI grenades, which they occasionally use to flush Nate out of cover. Somewhat rarely, they will also use heavy mounted turrets to try and keep Nate suppressed in cover, while some other pirates attempt to flank him.
The pirates are found guarding various areas on the island, such as the ancient fortress and the flooded city. Eddy and his pirates are later revealed to be working for Gabriel Roman and Atoq Navarro's mercenaries, in order to recover the El Dorado treasure and receive a share of the profits.
Many of the pirates are killed in the treasure vault by the Descendants, including Eddy. The remains of the pirates' operation is discovered in the end by Victor Sullivan, who robs them of their treasure to compensate for the loss of El Dorado.
The many different pirates come mostly from one country, Indonesia, the birthplace of Eddy Raja. A few may also be from other non-English speaking countries like that from Southeast Asia, Africa and South America. Most, if not all, are likely from the slums of their homelands, given their rugged, tough and apparently rude attitude.
While Nate is the primary foe of the pirates, they were found by Eddy to be continuously dwindling in numbers, despite the only known killer being Nate. Eddy began to believe that the island was cursed, which was later proven somewhat correct by the appearance of the Descendants. The Descendants had also built a large number of traps all around the island. The pirates, unaware that the island had been booby-trapped, would obliviously walk into these fatal traps.
Nate is confused by this at first, wondering why the pirates would be setting up traps (he believes the pirates have set up the traps) when their own men are roaming all over the area. He later discovers a trap made from the wreckage of Sully's downed plane, along with an inhuman footprint. This indicates that they were not made by the pirates, however Nate is unaware of this at the time.
- Chapter 1 - Ambushed
- Chapter 4 - Plane-wrecked
- Chapter 5 - The Fortress
- Chapter 6 - Unlocking the Past
- Chapter 7 - Out of the Frying Pan
- Chapter 8 - The Drowned City
- Chapter 9 - To the Tower
- Chapter 10 - The Customs House
- Chapter 11 - Trapped
- Chapter 12 - Heading Upriver
- Chapter 13 - Sanctuary? (Cutscene/Corpse)
- Chapter 16 - The Treasure Vault
- Chapter 17 - The Heart of the Vault
- Chapter 22 - Showdown (mentioned)
Prakoso was initially available only with the special edition of the game, but later become paid DLC.