Devil Fruits have always been a fascination for the One Piece world. However, they do have a deadly weakness, which is any users of Devil Fruit will make them unable to swim, and in the pirates world sailing the grand sea, that seems like the ultimate irony. While the story features many Devil fruit users, non-users also play a critical role in shaping the One Piece world. While the manga has not fully play off, let’s take a look at the strongest ones who we can identify around, while considering the fact that the character has to show that he/she has been able to swim or have handled combat without the use of Devil Fruit capability….yet.
Affiliations: Captain of the Red Hair Pirates & One of the Four Yonko (aka Four Emperors)
Also known as: Red-hair Shanks
Part of the legendary Rogers “the Pirate King” crew during his younger days, Shanks saved Monkey D. Luffy, One Piece’s main character, and in the process, sacrifice his arm for him. Before that, Red-hair Shanks was known to be able to fight toe-to-toe with Shichibukai (aka Seven Warlords) Dracule Mihawk.
In a visit to another previous Yonko Whitebeard, Shanks’ conqueror haki was able to easily concuss a huge group of Whitebeard’s crew. His clash using his sword with Whitebeard’s bisento caused a split in the sky.
During the Summit War Saga, Shanks was also able to block another Yonko Kaido’s attempt to take advantage of the situation. Most importantly, his arrival marks the end of the War battle when even one of the most powerful devil fruit user Marshall D.Teach (aka Blackbeard), also another Yonko, from retreating the Summit War.
Monkey D. Garp
Affiliations: Vice Admiral of the Marines
Also known as: Garp the Fist
Luffy’s grandfather, Revolutionary leader Monkey D. Dragon’s dad and also Hero of the Marine, a nickname he gotten during his younger days of clashes with Pirate King Rogers and the supposedly “capture” of the King. A key characters during the era with Sengoku, Shiki and Whitebeard.
Garp uses the Busoshoku Haki, a category of Haki that allows the user to use their spirit to enhance attacks or shield against attacks. During his prime, Garp the Fist was able to defeat Don ChinJao, who was an infamous pirate worth $500 million bellies at his peak.
During the Summit war, Garp has also known his strength is beating back another powerful devil fruit user, Marco the Phoenix, who was 1st Division Commander of the WhiteBeard Pirates.
Affiliations: Vice-Captain of Roger Pirates
Also known as: Dark King
Right-hand man and first mate of the Pirate King Rogers, Rayleigh was also vice-captain to Yonko Red Hair Shanks as well as current Shichibukai Buggy.
The Dark King also acts as the teacher to Luffy for haki training as well as the saviour of the Hancock (Boa Hancock is another Shichibukai) sisters many years ago.
A highly skilled user of all three types of Haki – Kenbunshoku (Observation Haki), Busoshoku (Armament Haki ) and Haoshoku (Conqueror’s Haki), he was fighting on par with marine admiral Kizaru despite his age. One can only imagine when he was younger.
Affiliations: Shichibukai (aka Seven Warlords of the Sea)
Also known as: Hawk Eyes
Waiver of the Black Sword Yoru, Hawk Eyes Mihawk is also known as the “Greatest Swordsman in the World”. Sword master to the current 320 million Roronoa Zoro whom during the Dressrosa story Arc quite easily bested Pica, an elite member of the Donquixote Pirates, Zoro admitted that even at his new level, he was still nowhere near to Mihawk’s skills.
Hawk Eyes taught Zoro on how to use Armament Haki to cloak his sword with Haki. During the Summit War Arc, Mihawk has also shown to be able to see through many of Luffy’s path, thus seems to demonstrate the power of the Observation Haki.
A direct rival in swordsmanship to current Emperor Shanks as well as “Flower Sword” Vista, the fifth division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates, Dracule Mihawk has shown he has the capability to compete with the best and deserving of the “Greatest Swordsman in the World” title.
Affiliations: Former member of the Shichibukai and Captain of the Sun Pirates
Also known as: Knight of the Sea
A close friend of the now deceased Firefist Ace and Whitebeard, Jinbei was the one who help saved Luffy during the Summit War Arc. A former member of the Seven Warlords, Jinbei is now worth more than 400 million bellies after he resigned from the Shichibukai.
Jinbei is one of the most powerful fishman seen thus far in the manga series. His physical strength, mastery of the Fishman Karate and water manipulation, made him easily beat many Devil Fruit users ranging from Former warlord Gekko Moriah to Swamp Fruit Logia user Caribou.
His crew currently serves under Yonko Big Mom, and Jinbei has mention he would like to switch over to Straw Hats Luffy for the protection of the Fishman island. We await (to see if) the Knight of the sea join Luffy and his crew.