It is a known fact that the Marines and pirates are mortal enemies in One Piece, which is why they often clash with each other. Now, the Admirals of the Marines are extremely powerful and are among the strongest characters in the series, but a lot of the pirates are as well. In this article, we are going to compare Admiral Borsalino, also known as Kizaru, with Monkey D. Luffy in his Gear 5 mode to determine who would win – the Marine or the future Pirate King.
Gear 5 Luffy is currently stronger than Kizaru and would win in a fight against him. When they first met Kizaru, who could transform himself into light thanks to his Devil Fruit, the Straw Hats were almost killed and were saved by Silvers and Kuma; since then, Luffy has been afraid of Kizaru and his powers. But now that Luffy has managed to activate the true nature of his Devil Fruit, as well as Gear 5, both of which have given him ridiculously powerful new abilities, it can be inferred that he could now defeat the powerful Admiral, as Luffy now possesses abilities that thoroughly define almost all natural laws, so Kizaru’s abilities with light could also find themselves useless against Luffy’s incredible abilities.
Now that you have the short version of the answer, the rest of the article will provide you with a more thorough and detailed analysis of the issue at hand. Through several categories, you will see who the stronger of the two is and why our answer is like it is, i.e., why we think that Luffy in his Gear 5 mode would be able to defeat Kizaru, and he will probably do it, seeing how the manga is foreshadowing their clash.
Luffy possesses incredible physical power, which enables him to break steel with his bare hands and lift enormous boulders. He credits some of his physical prowess to the exercises his grandfather Garp put him through as a youngster when he had to fight off enormous, fierce monsters and survive dangerous situations.
He overcame adults even as a child and tolerated Polchemy’s abuse. As seen in the conflicts against Arlong and Hody Jones, whose physical prowess was even greater than that of the average of their race, his physical strength is sufficient to overwhelm even the strongest of enemies. In Gear 5, Luffy’s physical abilities become even greater as he gains additional strength and some amazing defensive abilities, which allow Luffy to become virtually invincible, as his fight against Kaido demonstrated.
Kizaru also possesses great physical strength, having held down Whitebeard’s Bisento with just one foot. He has also shown to have good stamina, having taken a kick from the Armament Haki-enhanced Marco without sustaining any injuries. He also has exceptional hearing, having picked up the underwater movements of the Whitebeard Pirates before the Battle of Marineford began. During the final stages of the war, he also proved to have very good aim, managing to destroy the key that Luffy was holding with a laser beam despite the great distance.
We wouldn’t go as far as to say that Luffy is stronger than Borsalino in Gear 5, but we would go as far as to say that Luffy’s defensive capabilities in Gear 5 surpass Kizaru’s offensive capabilities, which is why this point will go to Luffy.
Points: Kizaru 0, Luffy 1
Luffy ate Gomu Gomu Devil Fruit, which made him rubber, allowing him to stretch his body parts and hit enemies from a long distance. Although, as a child, he had problems in fully controlling his power, after intense training of over ten years, Luffy could use the fruit to exponentially improve his physical strength and agility, thus making him a dangerous opponent. It was later revealed that his Gomu Gomu no mi is actually the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika, which gave Luffy even more powers and abilities. This was best seen when he combined it with Gear 5, as the Awakened form of his Devil Fruit gave him extraordinary abilities, including size alteration and breaking the natural laws, all seen in his battle against Kaido.
Borsalino ate the Logia-type Pika Pika no Mi, which gives him intangibility, as it allows him to transform into light, making enemy attacks go right through him and decomposing his body into his own element, in this case, into particles of light. Precisely because he has the ability to move and attack at the speed of light, his power is very high, to the point that he can cause explosions capable of destroying buildings and uprooting huge plants.
Thanks to it, Borsalino easily managed to intercept Luffy in Gear Second and hit him violently with a kick.
This is the biggest debate we actually have here, and we’ll have to split the points here. Nominally, Kizaru’s Devil Fruit is more powerful, as was seen when they clashed for the first time, but since Gear 5 allows Luffy to break the laws of physics, it could be that Kizaru’s transformation won’t really matter in the long run. We’ll just have to split the points as we don’t know officially.
Points: Kizaru 1, Luffy 2
Rayleigh taught Luffy how to utilize Haki proficiently. He is skilled with the Observation Haki, which he used against Mihawk intuitively to dodge a swing that would have severed his arms. Additionally, he attained significant levels of Armament Haki mastery, making it a crucial component of Gear Fourth. Luffy may even ignite his fists using this skill in conjunction with the capabilities of his own devil fruit, thanks to his friction. He is also proficient in using the Conqueror’s Haki, the rarest variety of Haki and the one he favors.
He could incapacitate a total of 50,000 FIsh-Men all at once with it. Gear 5 doesn’t influence this aspect much, but it certainly does increase Luffy’s overall potency.
During the war, Kizaru showed that he could use Armament Haki, along with that of the other two admirals, to block an attack by Whitebeard aimed at the gallows Ace was standing on. He is one of the few characters to have demonstrated the ability to use it to strike the target without direct physical contact, an indication of his skill with it. He can also use Observation Haki, but not Conqueror’s Haki.
We don’t have much to say here since Luffy can use all three types of Haki, while Kizaru can use only two. Luffy, thus, has to win this point because he surpasses Kizaru here.
Points: Kizaru 1, Luffy 3
Luffy rarely utilizes weapons in battle, primarily because he lacks expertise and cannot use them. The most advanced weapon he successfully used was possibly a metal pipe that he held as a child. Luffy briefly attempted a swordfight at Arlong Park but failed horribly.
However, Nightmare Luffy could use weapons, which was a significant development for Luffy as a warrior because he could now handle a sword without making a fool of himself.
Through his Devil Fruit, Kizaru can also create a sword made of light with which to counter the attacks of swordsmen capable of using Haki. He has proven to be very proficient in his usage, having fought on par with Silvers Rayleigh.
There is absolutely no doubt that Kizaru wins this final category, as Luffy’s skills with weapons are absolutely horrible, while Kizaru has proven himself to be quite skilled in that aspect.
Points: Kizaru 2, Luffy 3
It would be a tightly contested fight, but Gear 5 Luffy could probably defeat Kizaru, something he could not have done earlier
When Luffy first faced Kizaru, he almost died. Despite being powerful, he was no match for Kizaru’s Devil Fruit, and Luffy was stunned by how Kizaru’s light easily broke through his defenses and his powers. If Luffy remained at the same level, this would have been a complete mismatch, as Kizaru would have won easily.
But, upon activating Gear 5, Luffy has gained some interesting abilities, a lot of which allowed him to completely disregard natural laws and the basic laws of physics, as we’ve seen in his battle against Kaido. It also made him a lot stronger, so he could parry Kizaru in that aspect as well. Would he defeat him? We think yes, but this answer is not completely clear.
Luffy still doesn’t have a known way of countering Kizaru’s Devil Fruit abilities, as light is specific, but we think that he will now stand a chance in Gear 5 because he has the ability to break the laws of nature, which is something that could prove to be a decisive advantage in this instance, as Luffy could use it to defeat Kizaru somehow. Be that as it may, we’ll just have to wait and see what Oda has in store for us.