Monkey D. Luffy, the protagonist of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga, is known for his many epic fights. One fight managed to stand out among Luffy’s many fights against his numerous opponents. The fight we are talking about is Luffy’s fight against Kaidou of the Four Emperors, one of the most powerful characters in the whole franchise and one of its principal villains. With the conclusion of the Wano Country Arc, we finally have a clear winner of this battle, and in this article, we are going to tell you whether Luffy finally beat Kaido in a fight.
The final clash between Kaido and Luffy happened at the very end of the Wano Country Arc, after Luffy discovered the true powers of his Devil Fruit and activated Gear 5. Luffy finally managed to defeat Kaido after losing to the Yonko on several occasions. The final blow happened in Chapter 1049 of the One Piece manga and will happen sometime later in the anime.
The remainder of this article will give you a detailed overview of the final fight between Luffy and Kaido. You now know when it went down and who won, so we are just going to bring you the details so you know the whole context. Be careful, though, as the article is going to contain a lot of spoilers about the current events in the One Piece manga.
How and when does Luffy finally beat Kaido?
The events we are about to describe took place in Chapters 1042 to 1049 of the One Piece manga. They are related to the final clash between Luffy and Kaido and will tell you exactly how Luffy managed to defeat the feared Emperor.
But, before we actually get to that part, we would like to tell you a bit about the battle on Skull Dome, which predated what actually happened later and which seemingly was the end for Luffy in this fight against Kaido. The battle on Skull Dome took place while Law and Kidd were fighting against Big Mom, so Kaido actually found out about Big Mom’s defeat while he was fighting Luffy, which made him all the more determined to win against his foe. The battle itself was, as you might have guessed, quite thrilling.
Namely, this wasn’t their first encounter, and seeing how much was at stake, it made sense that both of them wanted to win and give their best. Kaido had defeated Luffy before, but this fight promised to be much more, as Luffy was now significantly stronger, and the stakes were much higher than before.
And this was visible in the beginning. While Kaido did know what to expect from Luffy, Luffy was simply better this time. He was better prepared; he knew what Kaido had to offer in terms of fighting, and from that aspect, Kaido seemed to be overwhelmed when the two of them actually started their fight.
It was intense, with blows coming from both sides, but Luffy was ready this time. He was better prepared, and knowing that the future of Wano Country was at stake and that the Alliance was also doing their best elsewhere, he gave it his all, and Kaido was initially surprised. Luffy definitely managed to land some dangerous and near-critical blows, and from what we could tell initially, it seemed as if the battle was going Luffy’s way.
But, Kaido wouldn’t be Kaido if he went down so easily. He was considered a monster and the strongest one at that, so while Luffy managed to injure him and land a few important blows, it was simply not enough. Kaido’s endurance was amazing, and combined with his enormous physical strength, as well as his powers (especially those stemming from his Devil Fruit), Kaido was not only able to survive Luffy’s powerful attacks but also managed to gain the upper hand at one point, showing Luffy just how powerful he was.
And it was this moment that was crucial for the first part of the battle on Skull Dome, as it was this moment that ultimately allowed Kaido to declare victory, as we are going to read soon (see below). This is why it was important for us to tell you about this battle, and we can now move on to the next segment.
As we’ve said, Kaidou was initially overwhelmed by Luffy’s attacks, so he dodged them with his vision of the future. Nearing the end of their match, they both prepared for one last attack, but Luffy’s technique was interrupted by a member of the CP0, namely Guernica, who had also – uninvited – arrived on the battlefield, which would, as it turned out, make Kaido very angry. Surprised by his presence, Kaidou remembered his interruption against Kozuki Oden, ending the fight in the same way as against the samurai. Because of this, the Emperor was completely devastated.
In response, Kaidou viciously attacked the CP0 agent before returning to the castle in his dragon form, where he declared Luffy dead and demanded that Momonosuke surrenders to him while also agreeing to fight anyone who still wishes to challenge him. He told the samurai that his insurrection against him provoked his wrath, that the price of his failure would be the loss of his freedom and hope, and that he would not stop fighting until Momonosuke came.
However, he soon heard what seemed to be the beating of a drum, before being grabbed by a huge hand and foolishly dragged back to the top of the roof by Luffy, who had awakened his Devil Fruit. Luffy proceeded to swing Kaidou before slamming him to the ground. Luffy released him, and Kaidou confessed how happy he was that Luffy survived before throwing a Boro Breath at him.
However, to his surprise, Luffy hit him back, and the attack landed on him. He recovered from the blow and apologized to Luffy for allowing the CP0 to interfere with their duel as they both prepared for their final fight. While watching Luffy bouncing around, Kaidou told him that he had awakened his Devil Fruit as it was turning the ground into rubber, like himself, but felt that the transformation was similar to that of a Zoan Fruit, which confused him.
However, he bit into Luffy and swallowed him, only for Luffy to bounce off of him before using a Gomu Gomu no Fusen to inflate both his and Kaidou’s bodies, causing him discomfort as the two floated about. Kaidou tried to understand how Luffy was able to make his body rubbery just as Luffy was about to stretch his arms through Kaidou’s eyes to launch himself out of Kaidou’s body using a Gomu Gomu no Dasshutsu Rocket, which caused Kaidou additional discomfort.
Luffy then launched himself higher into the air and became a giant to step on Kaidou, but Kaidou dodged and lunged at Luffy’s torso; Luffy grabbed his head and tail and started using him as a jump rope until Kaidou used a Boro Breath to throw him away. When Luffy recovered and ran towards him, Kaidou transformed into his hybrid form and hit Luffy with the Kosanze Ragnaraku, slamming his head into the ceiling, causing everyone present to bulge their eyes out.
As Luffy withdrew his head, Kaidou commented that his fight looked like something out of a comic, but he believed that Luffy was on edge, which was confirmed when the awakening effect wore off. Though Kaidou himself fell to his knees, he told Luffy that after he died, he would tell everyone how brave his fight had been, but Luffy rejected this idea and changed back, assuring Kaidou that he was not afraid of dying.
Kaidou managed to hit Luffy with the Hassaikai a few times before Luffy bounced off a rock towards Kaidou as he spun his arms around like a propeller. Kaidou tried to block his attack while also trying to find out what Luffy’s power was, stating that no one could take him down, only to receive a direct punch to the face from Luffy and fall on his back.
Kaidou stood up again and asked Luffy who he was, to which Luffy replied that he was the one who would surpass him and become the Pirate King. Kaidou recognized that Luffy still hadn’t lost his spirit and how “ridiculous” his power was. He admitted that he lost a lot in that war but believed that Luffy did too, only for Luffy to retort that he would get it all back.
He used a Gundari Ryuseigun on Luffy but was also hit several times by Luffy, whose punches went through him again. He then noticed smoke rising from the bottom of the roof and thought the entire castle was on fire and everyone would burn to death, but Luffy replied that he trusted his friends to fix the problem as Kaidou fired a Kaifu attack which Luffy dodged. He then watched as Luffy caught a beam of light with a smile on Luffy’s face.
Luffy used a Gomu Gomu no Kaminari to launch the lightning at Kaidou, but Kaidou dodged it and hit Luffy from the side, sending him flying far away again. Luffy used another lightning bolt to propel himself back to attack Kaidou, but Kaidou quickly dodged the attack and hit Luffy on the head.
As he did so, he told Luffy that having a strong Devil Fruit is not enough to conquer the seas; Roger himself didn’t have one, and yet he became the Pirate King, and Kaidou said that those obstacles can only be overcome with Haki as he hit Luffy with a Daiitoku Raimei Hakke, throwing him into the air again.
However, Luffy grabbed Kaidou as he was passing through the storm clouds, and Kaidou tried to throw Luffy off of him, first hitting his arm with the Hassaikai and then changing into his full dragon form to hit him with a Tatsumaki Kaifu and a Boro Breath. His efforts were futile, as Luffy not only held on but inflated his other fist to a massive size to finish off Kaidou.
Seeing Luffy’s gigantic fist, Kaidou decided to engage him as he engulfed himself in fire, eventually causing Luffy to let go of him, a move Kaidou said was the right move. He told Luffy that Oden was burned to death, and since then, the people of Wano desperately clung to the hope that his “savior” would come.
He also told Luffy that his fist would never hit him because his fire would vaporize him and he faced Luffy’s Gomu Gomu no Bajrang Gun with his Shoryu: Kaen Hakke. As they battled it out, Kaidou praised Luffy for coming this far, but he believed that he couldn’t change the world.
However, he asked him what kind of world Luffy wanted to create, and Luffy replied that he wanted to make a world where his friends could eat whatever they wanted, as his fist pierced through Kaidou’s attack and punched him so hard in the face that it made him fall to the ground in front of the Flower Capital, apparently knocked out.
After that, Kaidou continued to fall while he returned to his original form until he reached a magma chamber next to Big Mom. Because of this, the place exploded in a large lava eruption. After this, it is unknown if he is still alive or not.