We all know that Roronoa Zoro is one of the most powerful One Piece characters. One of the protagonists of the series, Zoro has demonstrated some fascinating skills over the years and has fought (and defeated) some of the most powerful One Piece villains. In that aspect, Zoro is actually a character who – seemingly – could possess Devil Fruit powers, but is that so? In this article, we are going to tell you whether Zoro ever ate a Devil Fruit or not.
Roronoa Zoro has not eaten a Devil Fruit in One Piece. He is one of a smaller number of characters in the series who have achieved fame despite not having special Devil Fruit powers. Everything Zoro has achieved and done, he has done through merciless training and experience. Still, in a fan Q&A, Oda revealed that if Zoro were to have consumed a Devil Fruit, it would have been Kaidou’s Uo Uo no Mi, Model: Seiryu.
The rest of this article is going to be focused on the character of Zoro in One Piece. We are going to tell you whether Zoro has eaten a Devil Fruit or not, as well as some general notions about his powers and abilities. This article might contain a smaller number of spoilers, so do be careful while you’re reading.
Does Zoro eat a Devil Fruit?
Roronoa Zoro is a very powerful character. He is known as one of the most powerful characters in the series and one of the series’ best swordsmen; he is, by all means, probably going to surpass even Mihawk in the future. Now, Zoro’s powers and feats definitely merit a conclusion that he has consumed a Devil Fruit, but is that really true? It’s not – namely, Roronoa Zoro has never eaten a Devil Fruit.
This makes Zoro one of a very small number of characters (the most notable other one being Shanks) who are extremely powerful, but have not actually consumed a Devil Fruit; most of the other powerful characters have to thank their Devil Fruits for their individual reputations.
And while Zoro hasn’t really consumed a Devil Fruit, author Eiichiro Oda has revealed, in the SBS (a fan Q&A section) of Volume 98, what would’ve happened had Zoro consumed a Devil Fruit. Here is the whole transcript:
D: If Zoro, Nami, Usopp, Sanji, and Franky were to become ability users, then what kind of fruit do you think they would have eaten? -P.N. 420-land
O: I see, that’s quite a fun question~. Hmmm… what I would like to see is… Zoro: Uo Uo no Mi, Model: Seiryu (Fish Fish Fruit, Mythical Type Model: Seiryuu) Nami: Goro Goro no Mi (Rumble Rumble Fruit) (lightning human) Usopp: Poke Poke no Mi (Pocket Pocket Fruit) (infinite pockets in one’s body) Sanji: Sui Sui no Mi (Swim Swim Fruit) Franky: Buki Buki no Mi (Arms Arms Fruit)
Zoro: I’d want the sword to turn into a dragon rather than Zoro. I think that would be insanely cool. Nami: A true weather lady, now no one can stop her anymore (apart from Luffy). Usopp: The perfect pocket for someone like Usopp who always has something up his sleeve. Sanji: It allows one to slip through walls or swim on the ground. If given to Sanji, it would become quite the nasty ability. Franky: Can’t get any better than this for an ability for Franky.
What are Zoro’s powers and abilities?
Now that we have cleared this up, let us see what Zoro managed to do without any Devil Fruit powers. Zoro is an exceptional swordsman who didn’t wait to be in the Straw Hat Pirates to build a solid reputation. He is indeed, at the beginning of the series, the famous Pirate Hunter of East Blue, already feared and respected. To quote Supernova crew members on The Sabaody Archipelago, he’s not the kind of person to take someone’s orders.
To quote the Water 7 and Zambai workers, he has the strength to be a captain. Zoro is a follower of a style of kendô that he himself created and baptized Santoryû. Few people misunderstand his abilities, because, unlike Luffy or Sanji, he inspires fear from the start with his cold air and his hard gaze and is, according to Ryuma the zombie samurai, like a wild beast.
Brook qualifies him alongside Ryuma as having Power of Destruction. It should be noted that Zoro, who trains hard, is the only One Piece character who is witnessed in the current training. We’ve seen him lift terribly heavy weights in every way possible, do one-finger push-ups with those same weights on his feet, swim in freezing water shirtless, or meditate for hours.
Through this long and painful training, Zoro now has the ability to slice steel and most other metals, which he seemed unable to do at the start of the series (note that he was already slicing cannonballs of cannon). Zoro, who is undeniably one of the most powerful characters revealed so far, owes his strength to his training and willpower alone, while the other big names in the series generally rely on a Devil Fruit.
He even received a proposal to be part of Baroque Works which he refused. In addition to his skills as a swordsman, he has demonstrated that he can kick, that he is formidable even with his bare hands and that he can compete in speed and agility and in practically any field with his captain and his rival Sanji . Besides his simple strength, Zoro is believed to be the most enduring character of his own crew, and to have an iron will.
He fights regularly, even if he has been previously seriously injured, and he wins fights in which he starts at a disadvantage. Just by sleeping, he can recover from an incredible injury and the loss of several liters of blood.
This extraordinary endurance has been demonstrated in several situations:
- while facing Arlong, where the latter discovers the wound Mihawk gave him and pales wondering how a man can still be conscious after such a wound;
- on Thriller Bark, when Zoro had agreed to receive all of Luffy’s suffering (the latter having suffered excruciating pain) in addition to his own suffering without dying when Kuma considered such resistance unlikely;
- on Skypiea, when he receives the full force of a powerful attack from Ener;
- when he finds himself stuck by the power of Mr. 3, to free himself, he will even resort to cutting his feet (luckily for him, Luffy arrived in time and Zoro did not go through with it fully);
- or when Mihawk violently pierces his chest.
On the other hand, he has the worst sense of direction that can exist in the world.
He also has a power buried deep inside him that we’ve only seen twice. This power named Ashura increases his upper body tenfold, making him a being with six arms and three heads, therefore nine sabers. He uses this technique for the first time against Kaku, he destroyed Kaku’s most powerful Hurricane Foot with one blow and sliced it right after.
He uses Ashura a second time against a Pacifista and slices it while spinning, reminiscent of a slicing top. After the two-year hiatus, he greatly improved his fencing style thanks to Mihawk. He learned his technique of slicing boats in half. It seems that he learned a technique that could slice even faster than a fishman in the water that allowed him to slice Hody Jones with one blow.
He uses a technique similar to “Dragon Slash” but it creates a tornado that continues to spin even after he slashes: “Kokujo O Tatsumaki”. We can see that Zoro inspires fear in his opponents, this was seen with his intervention in the fight between Tashigi and Monet. Indeed when Zoro appeared, he inspired fear in Monet, she was petrified by Zoro’s domination.
By cutting Monet without the help of his Fluide with the Daishinkan technique, he frightened Monet who had a hard time recovering!! This proves that Zoro instills fear in his enemies with his wild beast aura. Zoro has all three types of Fluids: the Offensive Fluid, the Perceptive Fluid, and the Royal Fluid.