One piece‘s Wano arc had its fair share of amazing battles that were both intense and dramatic, with Luffy’s final fight against Kaido in Chapter 1048 ending in an explosive punch that sent Kaido all the way down into a magma chamber.
While the Wano arc achieved stunning conclusion with the last of its epic battles, there are many others throughout the series that help define it One piece for his unique fights with Devil Fruit abilities, Haki and/or swords. Here are 10 of the most dramatic battles in One piece from the Baratie Arc to the Wano Arc.
Zoro vs Mihawk
Zoro’s dream is to become the world’s greatest swordsman, and what could be called luck had his chance to fight the man with that title – Dracule Mihawk.
Zoro is undoubtedly a skilled swordsman, but he was nothing compared to Mihawk, who parried Zoro’s three swords with a single knife. In the end, Zoro is solidly defeated. This fight is intense and, despite its one-sidedness, a breathtaking fight. Zoro’s bravery is duly noted when he turns to Mihawk and says scars on a swordsman’s back are shameful. Mihawk then defeats Zoro and Zoro vows never to lose again.
Luffy vs Arlong
In the East Blue saga, Luffy vs. Arlong is by far the most dramatic fight. Building emotions from one of the most tragic backstories in One pieceNami asked Luffy for help, was intense, and gave readers a bond with these characters.
As the battle continues, Luffy sees more of the horror Arlong has inflicted on Nami by forcing her to create maps for the Arlong Pirates throughout her life. Luffy destroys the room, providing fans with an intense battle in which Luffy gains the upper hand and destroys the Arlong Park building.
Zoro vs Mr. 1
Zoro vs. Mr. 1 is still considered Zoro’s best fight by many fans, although many have changed their minds due to his recent struggles One piece‘s Wano bow.
Zoro vs Mr. 1 was intense with Zoro dripping blood and suffering injuries from injuries sustained by this bounty hunter. Zoro’s goal in this fight is simple – to be able to cut steel. As he contemplates his master’s past teachings and focuses on the breaths of the objects around him, he learns how to choose what to cut and what not to cut. In one final incredible moment, Zoro slashed Mr. 1 open with a single blade, mastering an incredible technique in the process.
Luffy vs Usopp
The Straw Hats rarely went to each other’s throats. Robin and Sanji both defected at some point, but they did it for selfless reasons. However, Usop’s duel with Luffy was very different as he fought Luffy to deny The Going Merry was over.
Usopp impressively put up a phenomenal fight against Luffy since he knew his captain well. However, he never had the chance to defeat someone so much stronger than himself. Fans sadly read on as they watched this dramatic battle unfold and two best friends battle it out. It was a sad moment that left fans wondering if this really was the end of this friendship.
Luffy vs Lucci
Luffy overcame his limitations and sacrificed his own lifespan to save Robin and defeat Rob Lucci. By all logic, Luffy should never have overthrown that CP agent. But this fight just showed how far Luffy was willing to go to save one of his crew members.
In desperation, she gave fans one of the most emotional quotes One piece as Robin screams that she wants to live. Luffy will stop at nothing and do whatever it takes to make that wish come true and succeed.
Straw hats against Kuma
What initially looked like a heartbreaking fight was the fight against the warlord Bartholomew Kuma, one of the most powerful warlords in the world One piece.
Try as they might, the Straw Hats could do nothing when they fought the Warlord. Luffy watched in absolute horror as his friends were teleported to other places, believing they had died. This fight is dramatic, not because of impressive performances, but because fans see Luffy in utter despair and fear. In the end it turns out that Kuma saved her, but the moment was no less dramatic.
There isn’t a single fight quite as dramatic for Marineford as the entire event. This arc contains some of the most intense, incredible, and emotional scenes in the entire series.
Ace’s death was an event that shook the world and Luffy to the core. His depression skyrocketed, so much so that he was paralyzed with shock. Seeing Ace cry and thank everyone for loving him was far more heartbreaking than fans could have imagined, and the complete rage that fans witness from Whitebeard as he fights Akainu is as dramatic as any other fight .
Luffy vs. Doflamingo
Luffy vs Doflamingo is an incredibly long fight, but one of the most emotional and intense fights. Luffy will do anything to protect the likes of Bellamy and Law and stop Doflamingo.
This is the first fight fans can see two wielders of Conqueror’s Haki fight, and given that Doflamingo raised his devil fruit on top of that, it was impressive that Luffy even won. Doflamingo is fought multiple times with Law and Luffy, but it’s really Luffy who defeats Doflamingo. For Law, Doflamingo seemed like an insurmountable obstacle. But Luffy avenges what Law lost and rescues his fellow pirate.
Luffy vs Sanji
Luffy vs Sanji is the other fight where Luffy fights another Straw Hat. However, this fight is very different from the other. Luffy refuses to fight back, knowing Sanji feels a lot more pain than Luffy in what he is doing.
The fight is brutal and fans’ hearts beat fast as they watch their beloved captain get beaten by a close friend. Sanji goes to extreme lengths to keep up his work for Germa 66, and Luffy remains loyal, swearing to Sanji that he would not eat again until Sanji prepared food for him. Finally, Sanji later relents and breaks down crying as he tells Luffy that he wants to return to the Thousand Sunny.
Luffy vs Kaido
in the One piece‘s final battle and the conclusion of the Wano arc, Luffy defeated Kaido once and for all. Luffy and Kaido’s fight was long, with Luffy constantly being knocked out and coming back for more.
What the tide changed was a moment One piece Fans will talk about it for a long time: Luffy awakens his devil fruit. Luffy’s victory over Kaido was the most dramatic fight yet One piece when he defeated a Yonko, gained the rank for himself and liberated the land of Wano.
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