Luffy vs. Shanks: Is Gear 5 Luffy stronger than Shanks in One Piece? (2023)

Shanks and Luffy met in Fusha Village, and the bond between these two is the pivotal part of the series. In the beginning, Shanks was the person who motivated Luffy to become a pirate. When Luffy says that one day he will surpass him, Shanks becomes happy and gives him his trademark Straw hat. During his conversation with Rayleigh, he tells him that Luffy reminded him of Captain Rogers.

But now, after the end of the Wano arc, Luffy finally became the Yonko and unlocked the full potential of his fruit. This leads to another debate among fans once again as they desire to know, “Is Gear 5 Luffy stronger than Shanks in One Piece?” or who will win in the fight between Shanks and Luffy in his gear 5 form?

The answer to the question is: Presently, Luffy in Gear 5 is slightly more powerful than Shanks as he defeated Kaido in one on one fight. He has the advantage of Mythical Zoan fruit abilities; however, his only weakness is swordsmen because they have the potential to injure him. So, here we can estimate that based on Devil Fruit’s abilities and raw strength, Luffy has the edge over Shanks, but if we compare them based on Haki, then Shanks is stronger. So the battle between these two would be neck to neck.

Later in the post, we compared both Shanks and Luffy based on every minor detail and concluded an unbiased result of their fight. So, let’s discuss.

Is Gear 5 Luffy stronger than Shanks in One Piece?

At present, Gear 5 Luffy is stronger than Shanks in terms of strength and abilities. But based on potential, they both are equally powerful. In the recently released One Piece Film: Red, it was shown to us that to defeat the final boss, both Shanks and Luffy have to attack at the same time.

Shanks vs. Luffy Gear 5

We witnessed that both Luffy in Gear 5 form and Shanks using his flaming sword, released the attack simultaneously. They destroyed that monster at the same time in the dream world as well as in the real world. It clearly demonstrates that they both are equally powerful. However, if we compare them based on manga, we know that Kaido, Big Mom, and Shanks were equally powerful.

There is no doubt that Shanks could defeat Kaido in a straight-on fight. However, Luffy in the Wano Arc defeated Kaido in Gear 5 with the help of Ryou. Therefore, in this way, we think Luffy is currently more powerful than Shanks or any other alive character in the One Piece series.

How Strong is Luffy now in Gear 5?

In Gear 5 mode, Luffy can defeat Kaido in a fair fight without anyone’s help. We can see that during the entire course, Luffy overwhelmed Kaido with ease as none of his attacks weren’t connected at all.

Luffy himself said that “I feel like anything’s possible now…” in Chapter 1044. It gave him unparalleled freedom in a way that defies common sense. Even the ones who were taking were affected as we have seen many were popping their eyes out.

Luffy Gear 5

Kaido is the strongest creature in the world of One Piece. After defeating Kaido in the battle, Luffy becomes the strongest character in the world. The only people who can give a tough fight to Luffy are ShanksMihawk, and Blackbeard.

Moreover, Zunesha sensed Joyboy in Luffy. It indicates that Luffy has become equally stronger than Joyboy. However, in terms of experience, Luffy is still behind, but in our opinion, presently, he can surpass Shanks. 

Luffy> Kaido (strongest creature)=Big Mom

1) Luffy’s Haki after Wano:

Luffy was taught all forms of Haki by his master Rayleigh. During the two years of his training, he learned all its basics. Over the course of his journey, he encounters many tough enemies and manages to strengthen his mastery of Haki to a certain degree.

  • Conqueror Haki: Luffy is a skilled user of the Supreme King Haki, which is said to be only possessed by a few people in the world. He used this unintentionally main times during pre-time skip. He started to become slowly aware of this Haki, and in the Wano arc, during the final battle, he realized that he could combine Conqueror Haki with Armament one to obtain Conqueror slash.
  • Armament Haki: Luffy became an efficient user of this Haki early in the post-time skip. As he finally managed to hold on his against the Logia Devil fruit user. He reached the peak of this ability during the Wano arc, whose advanced application, i.e., Ryou, was taught by Hyogoro in prison. In the final battle, he enveloped Ryou on his strongest Gear 5’s punch to take down Kaido, who was in Dragon Form.
  • Observation Haki: When compared to the other two Haki, Luffy was not a great user of this Haki. But everything changed in the whole cake island arc when he clashed against Katakuri. During his battle with Katakuri, Luffy managed to learn how to use the advancement of Observation Haki efficiently to look slightly into the future. 

2) Luffy’s Devil Fruit abilities:

It was revealed during the Wano arc that no matter what era is, the world government has always failed to acquire Gomu Gomu No Mi. Luffy’s Devil Fruit which was thought to be Paramecia is revealed to be the Mythical Zoan Hito Hito No Mi: Model Nika. It is said to be the strongest fruit in the history of the One Piece world.

  • Gear 2: It is to be first used in the manga during the Ennies Lobby arc. He used Gear 2 to take on Blueno and Rob Lucci. This technique gave him great speed and strength. In the Wano arc, his Gear 2 has become so strong enough after wrapping it in Ryou, making Kaido dodge his attack forcefully.
  • Gear 3: It was first used during Enies Lobby arc against Rob Lucci. To use this gear, Luffy blows a massive amount of air into his thumb, which expands only a certain part of his body.
  • Gear 4: He learned Gear 4 during his two years of training and was used against Doflamingo in the Dressrosa arc. In this technique, Luffy expands his muscles which are coated by Armament Haki. It has three forms Boundman, Tankman and Snakeman.
  • Gear 5: It is awakening his Devil Fruit. It is the strongest gear in its arsenal of Luffy. He became a warrior who spreads laughter and relieves suffering. In this form, he is able to manipulate the nature of his surroundings and transform non-living objects into rubber. 

How Strong is Shanks in One Piece? Power Level

Shanks is equally powerful to Big Mom, Kaido, and Blackbeard, which makes him currently the strongest emperor in post Wano arc. After the downfall of Kaido and Big Mom, Shanks is the one who has the highest bounty in the series presently.

Shanks is one of the most familiar pirates to us as he is closely related to Luffy. In the world of One Piece, he is most feared and targeted as a great pirate. Most of the time in the entire series, he spends his time as an observer. Shanks only makes his move when it is needed, especially to maintain the world balance.

Shanks' Power

He easily refrained Kaido from entering the war and also, and he halted the war successfully between Marines & pirates. Shanks has a lot of influence and is well respected as he managed to convince Sengoku to hand over Ace and Whitebeard’s bodies.

He had also run in with Eustass Kid, who daringly challenged Shanks, resulting in costing him an arm and a leg too. The scars above his left eye tie his fate with Blackbeard.

All the admirals, including Akainu, feared Shanks the moment he made his move. This was again seen in the Wano arc as Aramaki immediately fled away when Shanks just used his simple Haki blast.

This made us believe that the marines, who did not back down to the likes of Whitebeard and Blackbeard, had to back down because of Shanks. Shanks might possess such qualities that the rest of Yonko didn’t. According to Gorosei, Shanks possesses such ferocity that if he were made to go on rage, he would be too much to deal with.

Shanks = Kaido, Big Mom> Fleet Admiral

Shanks Haki Explained

  • 1) Observation Haki: He is an expert in using this Haki. It was shown during Marineford and post-Wano arc as he manages to shock Akainu and Aramaki, respectively. Just like Yasopp, he has longer future sight.
  • 2) Armament Haki: He is an expert in using Armament Haki. It was visible during his confrontation against Whitebeard and Akainu.
  • 3) Supreme King Haki: Shanks has mastered the advanced application of this Haki. He used this Haki early in the series to rescue Luffy. Shanks is also known as Observation Killer as he can easily control one’s breath which prevents them from seeing his future. He even made admirals retreat with just the use of this Haki.

Known Abilities

  • 1) Swordsmanship

Shanks is as skilled as Mihawk in swordsmanship as he used to be his rival in the early days. Even after losing his arm, he still manages to hold on to his own against Whitebeard and Akainu. In One Piece: Road to Laugh Tale Vol 2, we came to know that Shanks’s sword name is Gryphon.

He uses a flaming sword whose power rivaled that of Monkey D. Luffy’s Gear 5 form as they defeated the final boss simultaneously in the film Red.

  • 2) Leadership Skills

Shanks is one of the most feared emperors of the sea. Strength is one thing, but his crew is on a different level. He has got excellent leadership skills. His crew has made their own names around the One Piece world.

Luffy vs. Shanks: who would win? 

1) Based on Strength:

Before the start of the Wano arc, Shanks was all way stronger than Luffy. But after the end of Wano, we witnessed how strong Luffy’s Gear 5 form was. As he can easily manipulate everything around him, giving him immense freedom while fighting. Also, Luffy’s determination and fearlessness lead them to stand out against Shanks in terms of strength.

2) Based on Speed:

Currently, in terms of Speed, Shanks is the victor out here as he is very sharp, witty, and quicker than Luffy. He can easily conceal his presence and can appear out of nowhere which Luffy cannot manage.

3) Based on Haki:

Shanks is easily the strongest based on Haki, as he mastered all forms of Haki. He is also known as an Observational Killer, thus negating Luffy’s use of Observation Haki. Also, Luffy is not as efficient in using Conqueror Haki, just like Shanks.

4) Based on Durability:

Luffy is more durable than Shanks. He might have become durable since his younger days during his harsh training given by Garp. After accessing Gear 5, he even manages to survive Kaido’s powerful Bola breath. During the events of Impel down arc, Luffy has developed immunity against poison.

5). Based on Experience:

Shanks is more experienced than Luffy as he was already a well-established pirate when Luffy started his journey. He is wiser than Luffy and also in using the abilities of Haki too.

6) Based on abilities:

During the climax of the Red movie, to defeat the demon king, Luffy and Shanks used their strongest attack in their arsenal, i.e., Gear 5 and Flaming sword, respectively. They destroyed the demon king simultaneously. Since they did not clash with each other, we cannot say who is stronger among both.

Will Luffy fight Shanks? Luffy vs. Shanks

Right now, the answer is no. The fight between Luffy and Shanks happening is very low, but if it happens, then it would be heart-breaking for many fans. We have seen the pattern that Oda sensei might be slowly setting the fight between Shanks and Luffy as we witnessed that Bartholomew, one of the captains of the Grand Fleet, recklessly entered Shanks territory and burned the Red-Haired pirate’s flag.

Luffy vs. Shanks

Therefore, we cannot exactly conclude who is stronger between Shanks and Luffy, but if we advance for Haki, it is Shanks all the way. But on the basis of potential, Luffy is way ahead of Shanks as he is the strongest.

So, this is it for today, folks! Here, we have concluded our article on “Luffy vs. Shanks: Is Gear 5 Luffy stronger than Shanks in One Piece? ” We will update once the story progresses further, as the story is in the final saga, and Shanks is going to reclaim his territory while Luffy and others are traveling toward unknown territory. We will be back with another article. Till then stay tuned with us. 

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