Discussion One Piece Power Level Discussion Thread

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Doflamingo’s DF ability & his skill with it is very impressive. It’s what makes him such a big threat on top of some pretty decent physical stats.

Doffy’s Puppet String is pretty haxx manipulation ability but it can be dodged & countered..ex Fujitora cutting the sting before it attached to him

Doffy is low end YC3 because he has good endurance & high DF skill. But he lacks compared to the others in Haki & strength. He’s able to control Jozu but, would he be able to hurt him???? I think not. Who’s physically stronger? Easily Jozu. Doflamingo is more than likely faster & way more versatile because of his DF…

Doffy’s DF doesn’t make him invincible just a tricky opponent. No character is truly invincible..Just have to figure out & understand their ability…I.e that’s what Zoro meant when he says he has to figure King’s race to win.
 

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Doffy’s DF doesn’t make him invincible just a tricky opponent. No character is truly invincible..Just have to figure out & understand their ability…I.e that’s what Zoro meant when he says he has to figure King’s race to win.
This is what makes Doffy vs Cracker so interesting imo. Both are characters that make powerscaling feel kinda silly, because they're obviously below their 'betters' in terms of overall/specific stats, but their DF are so crazy broken that it's hard to imagine how fights with each other or those 'betters' would go.
 

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This is what makes Doffy vs Cracker so interesting imo. Both are characters that make powerscaling feel kinda silly, because they're obviously below their 'betters' in terms of overall/specific stats, but their DF are so crazy broken that it's hard to imagine how fights with each other or those 'betters' would go.
Doffy and Cracker had amazingly well developed and exploited DF abilities!

I kinda miss the good old "ability" fights, when figuring out an opponent's power mattered as much as having killer haki...
Cracker sorta was the last of these, and this is something One Piece lost lately.

Especially in Wano: nothing very complicated about Zoan abilities, so all you need is superior hitting/cutting power.
I think Oda wrote himself into a corner with this Zoan-only theme, and the story is the poorer for it.
 

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Doffy and Cracker had amazingly well developed and exploited DF abilities!

I kinda miss the good old "ability" fights, when figuring out an opponent's power mattered as much as having killer haki...
Cracker sorta was the last of these, and this is something One Piece lost lately.

Especially in Wano: nothing very complicated about Zoan abilities, so all you need is superior hitting/cutting power.
I think Oda wrote himself into a corner with this Zoan-only theme, and the story is the poorer for it.
No idea why he didn't try to give Kaido's crew a few mythical Zoans based on many cultures' myths,so as to get some logia and paremecia like powers instead of wacky interpretations on dinosaur abilities.

Kaido could've been the yellow dragon with his commanders and Yamato being the 4 sacred beasts (Black Turtle, Azure Dragon, White Tiger & Vermillion Bird), for example.
 

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No idea why he didn't try to give Kaido's crew a few mythical Zoans based on many cultures' myths,so as to get some logia and paremecia like powers instead of wacky interpretations on dinosaur abilities.

Kaido could've been the yellow dragon with his commanders and Yamato being the 4 sacred beasts (Black Turtle, Azure Dragon, White Tiger & Vermillion Bird), for example.
He literaly had a shitton of inspiration he could have drawn from, but he chose dinosaurs, which haven't been cool since 1993
 

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Agreed. Beast Pirates are Wack!!! & it’s because they lack fleshed out Personalities.

Queen is by far the easiest best developed from the Crew & he’s such a huge Gag/troll character. King is simply satisfying a basic desire for violence in a action manga.
Jack ain’t shit & is basically a Kaido fan boy.

Yea they suck. Thankfully Queen is around to entertain
 

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Doffy and Cracker had amazingly well developed and exploited DF abilities!

I kinda miss the good old "ability" fights, when figuring out an opponent's power mattered as much as having killer haki...
Cracker sorta was the last of these, and this is something One Piece lost lately.

Especially in Wano: nothing very complicated about Zoan abilities, so all you need is superior hitting/cutting power.
I think Oda wrote himself into a corner with this Zoan-only theme, and the story is the poorer for it.
Welp, I think oda did try to sort of make up for that with smile fruits given how inherently silly some of them are. However this didn't quite end up working as in the end smile users were strong but not exactly major players in the war. Even kaido's top forces, the calamities and topo robi, ended up being standard zoans (albeit ancient ones). The arc could have been more fun if there were smile users around that actually posed a challenge to the strawhats... Seems like a wasted opportunity.
 

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Doffy and Cracker had amazingly well developed and exploited DF abilities!

I kinda miss the good old "ability" fights, when figuring out an opponent's power mattered as much as having killer haki...
Cracker sorta was the last of these, and this is something One Piece lost lately.

Especially in Wano: nothing very complicated about Zoan abilities, so all you need is superior hitting/cutting power.
I think Oda wrote himself into a corner with this Zoan-only theme, and the story is the poorer for it.
I think the "ability" fights are still at play here, though to a lesser extend. We saw that with Doffy, Cracker and Katakuri as well. Doffy basically lost cause he got hard countered (in with the theme of Luffy countering "Gods" lol)

Doflamingo, for eg, can clearly fight above his tier due to his DF, as shown against Jozu who IMO is upper YC2 tier even though Doffy himself is YC3 tier. I think even current Zoro might face a lot of issues facing Doflamingo

It's just kinda forgotten because we're in Kaido's arc, all of them use Zoan fruits. And, Zoan basically boils down to "I transform, I becomes stronger". Maybe with some weird abilities, but thee impact of stats far outweigh. So, the ability fights aren't on focus here

Welp, I think oda did try to sort of make up for that with smile fruits given how inherently silly some of them are. However this didn't quite end up working as in the end smile users were strong but not exactly major players in the war. Even kaido's top forces, the calamities and topo robi, ended up being standard zoans (albeit ancient ones). The arc could have been more fun if there were smile users around that actually posed a challenge to the strawhats... Seems like a wasted opportunity.
True, but I think they were never meant to be top tiers.

The smile users were meant to be far above grunts. Maybe some even standard pacifista level (like that elephant warden guy). But that's about it.

Kaido would never risk using smiles on his true high ranking officials. Cause the smiles aren't that strong, plus risks are way too high (90% chance for failure).
 

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Oden a born monster for reals
Using enma so easily from time
Also king might leap frog katakuri
 

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True, but I think they were never meant to be top tiers.

The smile users were meant to be far above grunts. Maybe some even standard pacifista level (like that elephant warden guy). But that's about it.

Kaido would never risk using smiles on his true high ranking officials. Cause the smiles aren't that strong, plus risks are way too high (90% chance for failure).
Welp, but that's kinda the point. It was a wasted opportunity on oda's side that not one smile user managed to climb beyond middle management so to speak. I doubt kaido even had much of a hand in his stronger subordinates getting real fruits, most of them seem recruited. I doubt kaido would care if his higher ranked officers eat a smile or a devil fruit. It doesn't seem like any of the smile users we saw were weakened by consuming a smile.
 

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Welp, but that's kinda the point. It was a wasted opportunity on oda's side that not one smile user managed to climb beyond middle management so to speak. I doubt kaido even had much of a hand in his stronger subordinates getting real fruits, most of them seem recruited. I doubt kaido would care if his higher ranked officers eat a smile or a devil fruit. It doesn't seem like any of the smile users we saw were weakened by consuming a smile.
As soon as I saw Holdem get one-shot I knew I was going to be perpetually disappointed with the Gifters. For all the narrative fuel Oda spent on hyping up the SMILEs as this incredibly important weapon supply line to Kaidou's crew, the result was quite a let-down. Like, I like the Gifters' designs- they're peak One Piece, but to not have a single one that isn't fodder or otherwise casually one-shot... Ugh.
 

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Yeah, despite their supposed threat, the Giters were largely disappointing. I blame that on a bit if the pacing in Wano. Feels like Oda planned a lot more, but just couldn't get to it due to the arc being so jam packed already.

Maybe the success rate of Gifters should've just been kept to like 1 out of every hundred rather than every 10. That way the few that were spotlighted could've been a bit harder to put down rather than them being everywhere and quickly one shot.
 

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As everyone said, Kaido crew is really disapointing.

What I was expecting the most was powerfull awaken Zoans.
But I think that the awakening of devil fruit is linked to CoC.
As we can see with Katakuri and Doflamingo, and for him I'm sure he can use birdcage and parasite because of CoC.
As Kid who can force his power into someone else.

Let see if Law is also a CoC user, as he can also awaken his fruit with Kroom, or my theory would be dull :D

So my theory is for a Zoan to not finish as a mindless beast like in Impel Down, you need CoC.

I hope King got it (as Kata does i'm 100% sure he have it too), and that he will be the first full awaken Zoan revealed (and Kaido after that).
Because for the moment, Zoro's fight is too much like Mr1....
*I can't wound you * Flashback * Haki * Win *
 
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Kidd and Luffy are equals. Wano arc proves it. :nerd
 

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Kidd and Luffy are equals. Wano arc proves it. :nerd
Where?
There's a big difference between being rivals and being equals.
Kidd and Law are Luffy's rivals but they're not even close to Luffy in power, right now.
Luffy's now miles away from the other Supernovas with, I think, only Zoro hardly running behind him.
Unless their "awakening" are on Katakuri and Doffy's level, they wouldn't last long against a 3 Advanced haki user Luffy
 

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For me, the mere fact that there were like 500 or 1000 of them in Kaido's crew was cue that, broadly speaking, they weren't going to be any special.

To me, it seemed like Kaido just wanted to have his grunts far superior to the grunts of the opposition (other Yonko, Marines etc)
Which we can safely say, he has accomplished. The smile users would no diff the typical grunts

Still, I kinda get your point.
At least one or two of them should've made it to Tobiroppo tier or something, right? I can agree
 

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What were we saying last week about Zoro being so outclassed and left behind by his captain??? Lol
 

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I wish there were quite a few Beast PIrates that were on a super high level, rather than just Kaidou and the commanders. Given all the hype about zoan users, every major fighter on the heroes' side should be having difficult fights.
 

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So Zoro is fighting someone around the level of Katakuri, whom Luffy may be able to one-shot by this point?
King and Queen were terrified and seemingly helpless against of Big Mom while she was bound in seastone.

Big Mom, Luffy, and Kaido are simply in another league at this point.

King may not be one-shot material for Luffy but it's certainly a low-mid diff for him. If not now, by the end of his fight with Kaido... and he isn't even awakened :yoda
 
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