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Many chapters ago we saw Shanks actually inviting good old Buggy into his crew. As we know he refused and became a pirate captain on his own. The result was that Shanks became one of the yonko and Buggy became a less succesful pirate at the most peaceful ocean. Buggy is overall not very strong although he did manage to bluff his way into becoming a shichibukai.
Now, what would have been of buggy if he did become a member of shank's crew? Does buggy have a good deal of wasted potential mainly due to his cowardice? Would he under different circumstances actually have had the potential to become an actually powerful pirate? Or would he have been in the same boat regardless of which path he took and still be weak?
Buggy potencial is only to have more influance becouse strengh of his ally. His DF is good to be pirate in the best in grand line. New World where logia is vulnerable to atack becouse many haki user. And becouse his coverdinece to develop haki by luffy will be pretty dump. Haki is ambition(COC) or courage(COA) and observation or reflex(COO).He can be strong pirate only in the way Spanda have strong subordinate Cp9. Buggy in Shanks crew only in echiro oda biuld good story up for that. Only buggy is Shibukai becouse he is ex Gol d. Roger crew member. Shanks is to. Only potencial to Buggy will be if Kidd sink more Big MoM ally flet and she share will buggy her power for some of Captain John trasure.
Also, in the world of DF, immunity to being cut is far greater than immunity to being shot á la Luffy. He was even immune to Mihawk's strike and there's nothing that suggets that a Haki-imbued sword attack would be effective.
Buggy's DF is one of the most underrated ones to be honest.
I think that if he would have joined Shanks that he'd at least be stronger that what he is now. He would have been fighting against stronger people and learned about Haki but due to being such a coward I can see that he'd be the weakest of the crew.
would totally destroy his character
If I remember correctly, Oda stated somewhere that Buggy would be stronger if he actually trained. Who knows, maybe he has trained during these 2 years. At one point, the luck factor just becomes boring. Making him completely the same even after 2 years would be quite boring.
if he had join shanks he would have stronger, know haki and not coward
He isn't always a coward though, he had the balls to scream at Mihawk in his face.
First mates who survived.
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