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Top 5 Strongest One Piece Characters


With almost a thousand episodes, we have an insanely huge number of characters in the entire series and more characters are going to keep popping up as long as One Piece is still ongoing. To choose the 5 most strongest One Piece characters from that insane amount of characters can be as difficult as finding the One Piece (Ok, that was a little exaggeration 😂).

Everyone already knows who are the strongest pirates ! The following list will present you the Top 5 Strongest One Piece Characters and it won’t just be limited to those who are alive, it’ll be from all of the One Piece universe, regardless of the fact whether they are dead or alive or not considered canon. By this list, you will also be able to understand or recall the strength of the One Piece verse. In other words the : “One Piece Power Levels

Here are the strongest One Piece characters ! Let’s start !

5) Marshall D. Teach (Blackbeard) :

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Unsurprisingly, Blackbeard (Kurohige) is also one of the strongest characters in One Piece. Not to mention how much he has contributed to the story. This guy was able to injure Whitebeard with physical punches alone, which confirms that his physical abilities and raw strength are top-notch.

He deeply hurt both Luffy and Ace with a single punch regardless of the fact that Ace was a logia user and a physical attack should have just passed through him (Blackbeard’s devil fruit abilities were probably the reason he could punch even logia users) .

Furthermore, the scar on Shanks’s eye was given to him by Blackbeard, and Shanks considers Blackbeard to be the biggest threat in all of One Piece. Another thing that makes Blackbeard one of the strongest characters in One Piece is that he has an unfair amount of endurance, he can sustain damage from intense attacks even if they are a lot stronger than their normal strength because of his devil fruit’s ability to attract things.

Even after he took some insanely powerful hits from Whitebeard and Portgas D. Ace, he was able to endure the pain. Over the course of 900+ episodes, Blackbeard has been hit by some of the strongest attacks in the One Piece universe, yet he is still alive and kicking.

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Aside from his endurance, Blackbeard is a pretty cunning dude. His plan to get the Yami Yami No Mi was carved out perfectly to the tiniest of details. When he was just a crewmate, he recruited some members for his own crew, which also shows that he has some exceptional leadership skills. Also when he met Ace on Banaro Island, he proposed him to join his pirate crew, telling him that he has a plan.
Not to mention the fact that he was charismatic enough to convince the previous Haid Jailer of Impel Down : Shiryu to join his crew and others strong pirates from the most dangerous Level of Impel Down.
What is certain is that Blackbeard does not do things by instinct, everything is calculated from the beginning which makes him one of the most dangerous characters in the entire series. It is not for nothing that Shanks considers him to be the biggest threat in One Piece.

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Now let’s consider his Devil Fruit, or perhaps his Devil Fruits ! His devil fruits are what makes him one of the strongest One Piece Character, as his devil fruit  the Yami Yami No Mi is indeed the strongest devil fruit. The other devil fruit was previously possessed by the strongest man Whitebeard (Gura Gura No Mi / Tremor Tremor Fruit).
If one wasn’t enough, these two devil fruits make him the most powerful One Piece character as of now. The Yami Yami no Mi fruit combined with the Gura Gura no mi make Blackbeard pretty much unstoppable. He can create, control and manipulate darkness as well as tremors or quakes at will.

Blackbeard using the Gura Gura No Mi at Marineford making the sky and even the sea trembling :

He is indeed the strongest One Piece character right now. If he managed to get his hands on a few more insanely powerful devil fruits for his own good than that would make this guy a total nightmare. Furthermore because of the Yami Yami No Mi he can also control gravity and nullify the powers of other devil fruits. Let’s hear it from himself :

« Darkness is gravity! It swallows everything around it… even light itself can’t escape!… Its power is infinite ! »

(Marshall D. Teach) 

4) “Red-Haired” Shanks : 

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Shanks is probably the strongest One Piece character who is likable, lovable, and appreciated by everyone (Pirates, Marines & Revolutionary Army). He is the only current Yonko who is on good terms with Monkey D. Luffy and he is also one of the most powerful One Piece character. It’s reassuring to think that Luffy still has a very powerful ally who he can depend on. Remember what Shanks said to Higuma when he hurt Luffy :

« Listen up… You can pour drinks on me, you can throw food at me… You can even spit on me. I’ll just laugh that stuff off. But… Good reason or not… Nobody hurts a friend of mine. »

Shanks doesn’t seem to have any Devil Fruit as Oda told the fans. Yet he is one of the four Yonko who are known to be the strongest characters in One Piece

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There isn’t much known about his physical abilities except the fact that he withstood a blow from Whitebeard with only a single-arm. The shock was so powerful that the sky split in two. Later, Eiichiro Oda indicated that the sky split in two because of Whitebeard and Shanks using their Conqueror Haki !

There are a few other moments as well who also prove his physical prowess.

 Shanks and Whitebeard Clash of Haki :

He is the youngest Yonko, yet not only is he more intelligent and empathetic than them, his strength is also on par with the other three. He became a Yonko because of a reason, which is that he is very strong. He doesn’t have any Devil Fruit so where does his true strength come from ? How is he one of the strongest characters in One Piece ?


He can use all three forms of Haki just like Edward Newgate (Whitebeard). Not only that, his Conquerer’s Haki is the strongest. Oda mentioned that Shanks could have knocked out all 100,000 fish men pirates during the Fish-Man Island arc using his Haki. Which is double the number of what Luffy did as Luffy could only immobilize 50,000. By infusing Armament Haki with his sword, he was able to block Admiral Akainu‘s magma punch which had burned some strong figures like Ace, Jinbei and even Whitebeard in the past.

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By using Observation Haki, he dodged the jug that Whitebeard threw at him. He wields a sword called Gryphon and also used to have many duels against the strongest swordsman in the world : “Dracule Mihawk“.

Shanks is uber talented and one of the strongest characters in One piece who we don’t know much about as compared to the other Yonko.

Moreover, during the battle of Marineford, Shanks was in altercation against Kaido in the New World to stop him from attacking Whitebeard. From the other side of the world he managed to come to Marineford to end the war.

Shanks stops the war :

Let’s recall Shanks’s legendary words he said after arriving at Marineford,

« I’m here to put an end to this war » 

You have to be a powerful person to stop another Yonko and convince the Marine to stop a war just by a few words. In the last episodes, Shanks was seen walking in Mary Geoise & talking head to head with the Gorosei (Five Elders). Not everyone is allowed to do that which is showing how much Shanks is important and strong.

3 – Kaido of the Beasts

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The third strongest character in One Piece is the strongest creature in the world : “Kaido of the Beasts“.

Kaido has been captured and tortured by the marines and the other Yonko several dozens of times, they even tried to execute him but failed. At once instance, he jumped about 10,000 meters high into the air in an attempt to kill himself and when he landed back, all he got from the fall was a little headache ! The strongest physical creature Kaido is without a doubt strong enough to make it to this list of top 5 most powerful one piece characters.

He is unable to die, even if he tries himself. He may very well be the least intelligent out of the other four on this list but he has everyone beat in sheer physical strength. He is also one of the current four Yonko (All of them are considered the strongest characters in One Piece)

Kaido first appearance :

« People often say ‘If it’s one-on-one, Kaido will win.’ On land, sea, and air… among all living things, he is a pirate who is known as the ‘strongest creature ! »

This sentence just prove how incredible Kaido’s power is !

When it comes to physical abilities Kaido is the strongest One Piece character. He is pretty much invincible as nobody can kill him. He was only annoyed by the insane hits he got from Luffy’s Elephant Gun and even the Gear 4 which is Luffy ultimate & strongest form was only able to do next to nothing.

He once sank a total of nine ships without breaking a sweat.

On top of being one of the strongest characters in One Piece, he is quite malicious and aggressive, he seeks war and chaos. He often questions the existence of the world and life itself. He thinks that the world is too mundane.

SPOILERS : When he clashed with Big Mom, the clash was strong enough to split the cloud itself.

Now let’s get to his Devil Fruit. While there were many theories about whether or not if Kaido even has a devil fruit, it turns out he does. He had eaten a Mystical Zoan type Devil Fruit which allows him to transform into a blue scaled Dragon, a circle of flames also appear around each of his arms. By transforming into a dragon he becomes capable of flying. In other words, he becomes a true beast in every possible way.

Kaido Appears as a Dragon and wants Luffy :

A real aura of invincible creature emerges and fear is read on all faces including Luffy’s one who sees the monster.

In addition to that, Kaido also wields a giant metal Kanabo with spikes all over it. His special move is “Eight trigrams thunderclap”, where he charges at the enemies while swinging his Kanabo horizontally, as you can expect it, it’s SUPER EFFECTIVE !

2 – Edward Newgate (Whitebeard)

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Before his death, Edward Newgate AKA Whitebeard was the strongest One Piece character. He was the man closest to the One Piece as well as one of the Yonko who rule the New World.

Whitebeard was a man so badass that he called himself Whitebeard despite having a beard (he only had a white mustache) and nobody ever questioned him.

Now let’s get on to what makes Edward the most powerful One piece character of his time. He gained the title of the Strongest Man in the World even before Roger’s death. He was known to have the power to literally destroy the whole world. His devil fruit, the Gura Gura No Mi (Tremor Tremor Fruit) is considered as the strongest devil fruit among the paramecia class. It allows him to become a quake man who can generate quakes and tremors of an insane magnitude at will.

Whitebeard appears at Marineford :

Fleet Admiral Sengkou acknowledged the power of his Devil Fruit and said :

« It may very well be us that meet our end here today… Because that man… HOLDS THE POWER TO DESTROY THE VERY WORLD ! »

But there’s more than just his Devil Fruit that makes him the strongest character in One Piece. He was incredibly skilled in using a blade called Murakomogiri which is one the 12 Saijo O Wazamono (Supreme Grade). In the past, he used it to defeat countless marines and well known pirates.

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Furthermore, it is obvious that the strongest man in One Piece would possess Haki, and Whitebeard was one of the few who could use all three types of Haki: Haoshoku Haki (Conqueror’s Haki), Busoshoku Haki (Armament Haki) and last but not the least the Kenbunshoku Haki (Observation Haki). Conqueror’s Haki alone gave him the power of a king, on top of that he could use his spirit to create an armor (Armament Haki) and could also sense the presence even if they have concealed it (Observation Haki). We can only imagine the limits of what he could do if he was actually Evil.

Becoming the Pirate King wouldn’t have been much difficult for him, even Gol D. Roger wanted to tell him the road to go Raftel but he refused. Whitebeard most precious wish was to have a family and he actually made it ! 

However, during the battle of Marineford, the strongest character in One Piece at that time left us. He died a death of honor.

« Even in death, his body did not fall. His figure, taking down enemies while losing half of his head, was truly monstrous. The total number of sword wounds he received in this battle was 267. He was shot by 152 bullets and was hit by 46 cannonballs. And despite all this, his proud back, over the course of his entire life as a pirate, never received a single scar from running away ! »

Whitebeard last words :

But before his death, after remembering a conversation he had with the Pirate King he delivered us some magical words :

« One Piece DOES EXIST ! »

1 – Gol D. Roger

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« You want my treasure ? You can have it! I left everything I gathered together in one place. Now you’ll just have to find it »
And thus the great era of pirates began.

The man who started the Great Era of Pirates, the man who did what nobody else thought was even possible, the man who held the title of “The Pirate King“, the man who conquered the Grand Line, the man who had insanely long nose hair, the lover of Portgas D. Rouge and the father of Portgas D. Ace, the man called Gol D. Roger.

The Pirate King is obviously going to be the strongest One Piece character. You can only imagine the strength of the person who was strong enough to go toe to toe with Whitebeard, as Whitebeard was considered the strongest man in the world even before Roger got executed.

The fact that he held the title of the Pirate King is enough to confirm that he had charisma and he was also insanely strong. Rayleigh told to Luffy that one day Roger destroyed an entire country because one of leaders of the country talked bad about one of his crew mate.

Even though Roger was hailed as the strongest pirate, someone who was unstoppable in battle, there’s is still a lot less revealed information on this character. What kind of devil fruit he had or if he even had one at all is still a mystery.

In the beginning of “One Piece“, it was said that : « Wealth, fame, power. The man who had acquired everything in this world, the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger ! »
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His battle with Shiki who commanded the strongest fleet at that time, and how he singlehandedly defeated the armies of several countries contribute to the fact that he is one of the strongest characters in One Piece. Roger had the ability to hear the voice of all things including the Sea Kings. Others who also possess this ability include Luffy, Shirahoshi and Momonosuke.
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Still, how was Roger as strong as they say ? It could be because he had some kind of special control over Haki or he might have been able to incorporate the ability to hear “the voice of all things” into his Haki and end up creating an even stronger Haki .


Roger died after surrendering himself to the government. But his dying words inspired thousands of people to embark on a journey and find the One Piece.

As they say, his will lives on :

« When do you think people die ? When they are shot through the heart by the bullet of a pistol? No. When they are ravaged by an incurable disease? No. When they drink a soup made from a poisonous mushroom!? No! It’s when… they are forgotten. »
(Doctor Hiluluk)

Who is the strongest One Piece character ?

After this analysis, we can say that the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger is the strongest One Piece character (August 2022).

Conclusion :

It’s already the end of this article where we presented you the “One Piece Power Ranking” of the 5 strongest One Piece characters.

If you’re interested by others article like that, then we have a special surprise that will surely please you. It’s our article about the Top 10 Strongest Devil Fruits in One Piece.

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