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. It has also been confirmed by Luffy that he can use Haki sometime before Zoro actually used it for the first time. In this article, we are going to tell you more details related to Zoro’s use of Haki, as you’re going to find out when he learned it and when he first used it.
Zoro first used Haki in Episode 719 of the One Piece anime, titled “A Decisive Battle in Midair – Zoro’s New Special Secret Technique Blasts!”, which was continued in Episode 720, titled “So Long! Bellamy’s Farewell Blow!”. Luffy had confirmed earlier that Zoro was able to use Haki and we know that he perfected it with Mihawk during the time-skip, after which he used it in a battle for the first time.
The rest of this article is going to be focused on the character of Zoro in One Piece. We are going to tell you everything that is known about his Haki skills, which is going to include the episode details, as well as some general notions. This article might contain a smaller number of spoilers, so do be careful while you’re reading.
In what episode does Zoro learn and use Haki?
The first time Monkey D. Luffy mentioned that Roronoa Zoro was able to use Haki was in Chapter 668 when Luffy confirms that Zoro is capable of using Busoshoku Haki to fight Caesar. Now, it took some time before we actually saw Zoro use it, but we also did find out that Zoro perfected his mastery of the Haki during the two-year time skip, during which he trained with Dracule Mihawk. All of this led to Zoro using Busoshoku Haki for the first time in Episode 719 of the One Piece anime, titled “A Decisive Battle in Midair – Zoro’s New Special Secret Technique Blasts!”, which was continued in Episode 720, titled “So Long! Bellamy’s Farewell Blow!”. So, what happened?
Zoro reaches Orlumbus and asks him to use on him the technique with which he previously threw a person a great distance. Pica, meanwhile, prepares to crush Riku Dold III and all who are with him on the old royal plateau. The former king orders everyone to flee while he intends to stay to ensure that the attack focuses only on him, but the population decides not to abandon him. As Pica extends his arm to crush them all, Orlumbus throws Zoro at his target.
The swordsman then uses Haki for the first along with the three swords technique to cut the opponent’s golem horizontally in half. Pica maintains control over the upper part of the statue and so Zoro cuts it vertically in half, and then, with successive attacks, increasingly reduces the area in which the opponent can move. Pica then comes out and covers his whole body with Armament Haki. Both opponents attack and Zoro defeats Pica. The rubble of the stone golem still threatens to crush those on the old plateau. Elizabello II intervenes by unleashing his prodigious King Punch and hurls the rubble a great distance, complaining of the undignified use of his attack.
As you can see, Zoro used Haki for the first time during a battle and it was a truly majestic display of power for him.
Can Zoro use all three types of Haki?
Zoro is one of the few people to possess all three forms of Haki. This is a very rare feat and not many One Piece characters have that skill. Most of them can use one or two at best, but only the most skilled and most powerful characters can actually use all three types of Haki. We are now going to tell you something about his Haki skills.
Zoro has shown that he can use the basics of this type of Haki to detect the presence of others. When Luffy, while on Fishman Island, asked him if he sensed anything, both he and Sanji stated that they were able to discern Caribou’s presence in Ryuugu Palace, which was an indication that he could use Kenbunshoku Haki. In the anime, Zoro also used Kenbunshoku Haki to discern Pica’s position within his stone colossus.
After two years of training, Zoro is able to use Busoshoku Haki. It is already known that in Punk Hazard, during the battle against Monet in the “Cookie room” of Caesar Clown’s Laboratory, Zoro yells at Nami, Chopper, and Robin that they take care of the children (referring to the children who Clown had kidnapped for his experiments), as he himself would be facing off against Monet, whose Devil Fruit is a Logia-type.
Zoro demonstrates a high level of skill with the Busoshoku Haki by cutting Pica, an executive of the Donquixote family, and having a higher level since he had no problem cutting Pica who was fighting with his entire body covered in this Haki. During the time when he was a ronin in Wano Country, Zoro demonstrated that he was capable of imbuing weapons with Busoshoku Haki other than his usual swords, such as a tanto and a scythe. Zoro’s control over this type of Haki also allowed him to dominate Enma, whose ability absorbs its user’s Haki to release it in excess in attacks.
When Enma tried to absorb all of the Haki from him, Zoro quickly managed to get it back, which according to Hitetsu, if he were a normal swordsman, he would have had no chance and would have collapsed instantly. In his fight against Kaidou Zoro, he decided to use all his remaining forces to try to defeat the Emperor with his attack Ashura Bakkei: Moja no Tawamure, an attack in which Kaidou detected by the swordsman Haoshoku Haki.
Zoro seemed to use it unconsciously since he didn’t know what he meant. During his match with King and attempting to stabilize Enma’s usage, Zoro decided to release as much Haki as he could, causing it to activate, knocking out members of the Beasts Pirates and covering their katanas with it in the process. In the anime, Zoro unconsciously uses it when he gets angry with several members of the Beasts Pirates upon hearing that they had stolen the sake from Okobore town, leaving several of them unconscious.