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Re: Smoker Discussion
He DID. In chapter 439, he's seen after taking out some random pirate. But I doubt that any of Smoker's other fights will be shown. He exists to chase Luffy and add to his legend, like Garp did for Roger, as DutchPhoenix aptly put it. He's there for that, and to be the good guy of the Marines, and to be the crux of the relationship between the Marines and Luffy. So I don't think he'll do much of importance that doesn't involve capturing Luffy.
how strong do you think Smoker is in comparison to the admirals?
I think it was mentioned that there were people who were just as strong as smoker but were ranked higher. i think smoker was referring to the admirals. he seems to know Aokiji (remember the messg Aokiji was supposed to pass?) so hes not some no-namer amongst the marines.
Additionally, he was one of the handful of Marines that Luffy's team could not beat (along with Kizaru and Aok).
Also, his smoke logia makes him indestructible, similar to the 2 admirals.
personnally, i believe that if Smoker believed in "Absolute" justice, he would be a vice-admiral at the very least
That's probably the reason why he has a sea stone tipped jutte. He probably can't be hit by most of the attacks, but his jutte would certainly be handy when fighting another logia. Especially if you consider that he can attack with it from distance.
And since he probably still hasn't perfected the use of his powers, he may have more surprises when we see him again. I can't imagine what those could be, but maybe Oda thought of something.
One of his great advantages is that he can cover a large area with smoke and obstruct his enemies vision while being able to attack them from any corner.