The Four Emperors (Yonko) in One Piece are among the most powerful characters in the whole franchise and also among the most intriguing ones. Their roster didn’t change much over the years, and they are considered to be a formidable force by practically everyone, rivaling some other major players. In this article, we will compare one of the Emperors, Edward Newgate, a.k.a. Whitebeard, with his former ally and rival, the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger, to determine who the stronger of the two is.
Gol D. Roger would win in a fight against Whitebeard. Although Whitebeard was one of the most powerful characters in the series, Gol D. Roger was the Pirate King in One Piece. He was definitely stronger than Whitebeard, and while their three-day clash in the series ended with them drinking and conversing together, from an objective standpoint, Gol D. Roger is the stronger character.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer, as we will compare Gol D. Roger and Whitebeard in more detail. Through several categories, you will see who the stronger of the two is and why our answer is like it is, i.e., why Whitebeard would, according to our analysis, lose to Gol D. Roger in the end.
Before his death, Roger was called “King of the Pirates” due to his combat power being almost unattainable. Only two people have been able to match Roger in combat: Vice Admiral Garp, who possesses enormous strength even in his old age and cornered him several times before turning himself in, and his rival Edward Newgate, who possessed the power of the Gura Gura no Mi and was called the “World’s Strongest Man” after Roger’s death.
Another person he was known to have as an opponent was Rocks D. Xebec, who was even more of a threat than his former servant Whitebeard and required the combined efforts of Roger and Monkey D. Garp to overthrow. His ability to compete with Shiki, who at the time was in charge of the largest pirate fleet and who alone beat the armies of multiple nations, is another illustration of his might. Even while quite ill, he had little trouble defeating Kozuki Oden’s strength.
Whitebeard was known as the strongest man in the world. He had been the strongest for more than twenty years, and despite getting older, his physical strength was still far bigger than a giant’s. He also had immense stamina, which allowed him to survive being stabbed by Squard, hit by Akainu, who used the same weapon Ace used to kill him, a bolt from Kizaru, and innumerable gunshots, cannonballs, and sword slashes from the Marines while still being able to beat the Admiral. When he was at his peak, he could engage Gol D. Roger, the Pirate King, in a three-day, three-night hand-to-hand battle.
Despite his failing health, Whitebeard was still considered the strongest and most dangerous pirate in the world, which begs the question of how powerful he must have been in his prime. He could move at considerable speeds, having managed to sneak up on Akainu, with the latter only noticing once some soldiers warned him to look behind him. The fact that he launched a surprise attack against the Admiral, who had very keen hearing, shows that Whitebeard could be impressively stealthy, despite his gigantic size.
And while Roger was definitely strong, compared to Whitebeard’s physique, he is significantly weaker. We cannot really do anything except give Whitebeard the points in this category.
Points: Gol D. Roger 0, Whitebeard 1
Gol D. Roger is a very powerful character. He is known as one of the most powerful characters in the series. Now, Roger’s powers and feats definitely merit a conclusion that he has consumed a Devil Fruit, but is that really true? It’s not – namely, Gol D. Roger has not eaten a Devil Fruit. This makes him one of a very small number of extremely powerful characters who have not actually consumed a Devil Fruit; most of the other powerful characters have to thank their Devil Fruits for their individual reputations.
Whitebeard acquired the ability to slice through the air and anything in his path of attack after consuming the Gura Gura no Mi, a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit. Then, by being able to grab the air with his fingers and slice very wide regions of land and sea, he could make them shudder and unleash earthquakes and tsunamis. By combining it with his Bisento, he could also use this ability to make cutting attacks. It can also resist the freezing of Aokiji thanks to its noisy tremors. Additionally, the Sabaody Archipelago has seen tsunamis thanks to Blackbeard, who never mastered the fruit’s powers and abilities after stealing Whitebeard’s powers.
This one is also pretty clear, like the above-analyzed category. Roger didn’t have a Devil Fruit, whereas Whitebeard had one, and a very powerful one at that. In that aspect, Whitebeard clearly wins the points in this category.
Points: Gol D. Roger, Whitebeard 2
Roger could use all three types of Haki. Roger could use Kenbunshoku Haki, but his level of use is unknown. Roger was able to use Busoshoku Haki to a high level, being able to harden his sword and collide with Whitebeard’s Murakumogiri, one of the twelve Saijo O Wazamono. Such was his mastery that he could even use the advanced version of himself to collide with Edward Newgate with his medium-range weapons.
One of the few people who could use Haoshoku Haki was Roger. Twenty-six years ago, when he and Whitebeard clashed, it caused lightning to discharge and a wind to blow that was unique to the collision of two people using this Haki. The same battle also demonstrated Roger’s ability to imbue his sword with this particular Haki, which caused black lightning to flash from the blade itself.
All three varieties of Haki were expertly mastered by Whitebeard. His highly developed mastery of Observation Haki is shown in flashbacks with Ace, where Whitebeard was easily able to defeat him while he dozed off. Additionally, it appears that he was able to fit his Armament Haki into his Bisento, giving him the ability to demolish boats or even small settlements. Whitebeard has frequently utilized his Armament Haki against Admirals. Whitebeard was using the Conqueror’s Haki at the time of the Battle of Marineford, according to Fossa. When Newgate and Gol D. Roger clashed while traveling together, they utilized it.
Although both of them had impressive skills with their Haki, we simply have to give the points to Roger here because he was the Pirate King and since he had no Devil Fruit, his Haki must have been enormously powerful for him to be the Pirate King.
Point: Gol D. Roger 1, Whitebeard 2
As evidenced by his single-attack victory over the famed warrior Kozuki Oden, Roger was a remarkably skilled swordsman. He was also able to match Whitebeard’s Murakumogiri in strength, causing a massive shock wave that shook both Moby Dick and the entire island.
Edward Newgate’s favorite weapon was his Bisento, a huge Japanese halberd, which he used constantly and called Murakumogiri. Murakumogiri was an exceptionally large weapon that fit Whitebeard’s height of nearly five meters. By concentrating his Haki in his Bisento, Whitebeard can send dozens of opponents flying with a single blow. The Bisento is a wholly fear-inducing weapon in itself, but when it is combined with Whitebeard’s enormous strength and combat talents, it is nearly fatal for everyone. As proof, this one allows him to measure himself against Shanks’ saber, which caused an atmospheric-type tear in the sky during their exchange of blows.
And while Whitebeard was an expert with his weapon, Gol D. Roger was undoubtedly a better swordsman, especially since he could combine his Haki with his weapons. That is why we give the final point to Roger.
Points: Gol D. Roger 2, Whitebeard 2
Gol D. Roger vs. Whitebeard: Who would win?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Let us continue.
Although the points show no difference between them, we have to account for the fact that Gol D. Roger was the actual Pirate King in the series, and based on that fact, we had to declare him as the winner of this clash. Sure, Whitebeard was enormously strong, but from an objective standpoint, had he been stronger than Roger, he probably would have defeated him when they clashed. Since he did not, Roger is the winner here.