Blackbeard is known as one of the biggest assholes in the One Piece franchise and we honestly doubt that there is anyone that likes him. Not only is he responsible for the deaths of Ace and Whitebeard, he also has a very detestable personality. Still, Blackbeard is a very important character in the franchise and that is why we have decided, in this article, to compare him and Luffy, so that we can tell you who the stronger pirate is.
As of this moment, Blackbeard can still defeat Luffy in a fight, but that will probably change in the future as Luffy is only becoming stronger. Currently, Luffy’s level of power is still below Blackbeard’s, who is one of the most skilled pirates ever, which is why Blackbeard is the clear winner in this situation.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer, as we are going to compare Monkey D. Luffy and Blackbeard in more detail. Through several categories, you are going to see who the stronger of the two is and why our answer is like it is.
Origins & Overview
As founder and Captain of the Straw Hat Pirates, Monkey D. Luffy is the first member to be part of it. He is also the unwitting founder of the Great Straw Hat Fleet, even though he refuses to be its Captain, not wishing to deprive others of their freedom. His dearest dream is to become the Lord of the Pirates by finding the legendary One Piece treasure, hidden somewhere in the pirate world by Gol D. Roger.
Marshall D. Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is the Admiral of The Blackbeard Pirates and is currently a member of the Four Emperors. Teach is a former member of the Whitebeard Pirates’ second division which was led by Portgas D. Ace. He kills Thatch, Commander of the Fourth Division, to appropriate the Yami Yami no Mi. He temporarily became one of the 7 Grand Corsairs by defeating Ace and delivering him to the Navy, but he decides to give up his title afterward. Then he and his crew killed Whitebeard during the siege of Marine Ford.
As an Emperor and the guy who killed Whitebeard, Blackbeard is one of the most dangerous and notorious pirates ever. He is feared even among the other Emperors, and his notoriety is certainly the reason why he gets this point. Luffy is great, he is respected, but he’s not a living target like Teach.
Point: Blackbeard (1:0) Luffy
Luffy has proven that in addition to his physical strength, he has unwavering determination, willpower and stamina on numerous occasions. One of them is climbing the 5,000-meter-high Drum Rockies with a sick Nami on his back and a passed out Sanji in his mouth, without a coat in freezing temperatures.
Blackbeard is a powerful man even before he had his Devil Fruit abilities. Indeed, he managed to injure Shanks, one of the Four Emperors, by leaving three scars on his face at the level of the left eye. He is also endowed with great physical resistance, as he held out after taking several point-blank attacks from a Logia like Ace. Blackbeard considers himself “The Most Powerful Man on Earth” after obtaining the power of Gura Gura no Mi.
Now, Blackbeard’s focus is, as you’re going to see, the power he has from eating two Devil Fruits. He is physically imposing, but so is Luffy, and we couldn’t really decide here, so we awarded points to both of them. Blackbeard got his ass kicked several times in pure physical combat, and Luffy is one of the best fighters in the whole franchise, which is why we had to split the points.
Point: Both (2:1)
Luffy’s basic combat abilities are enhanced by the fact that he ate the Gomu Gomu no Mi which is in fact one of the rare and coveted Devil Fruits which will later be revealed to be of the Paramecia type. By eating it, Luffy has obtained an elastic body and is therefore able to stretch very long distances and use this advantage for various and varied uses such as combat.
Teach became the first person in history to acquire the powers of two devil fruit. He consumed the Dark Dark first and through an unknown process was able to acquire the Gura Gura from Whitebeard’s lifeless body. Marco speculated that he did it by exploiting the atypical structure of his body and pointed out to his companions that they too should be aware of it.
Blackbeard is the only known person in the world of One Piece to use two Devil Fruits. This makes him not only powerful, but also extremely dangerous, which is why everyone avoids him; he is, in fact, one of the strongest characters thanks to that fact, and even Luffy’s great techniques cannot counter Blackbeard (yet).
Point: Blackbeard (3:1) Luffy
After two years of training, Luffy has mastered all types of Haki very well, including Royal Haki. He uses it in an incredible way on the Island of the Fishmen where he knocks out 50,000 of the 100,000 Fishmen all ten times the strength of a human being in one fell swoop. During the Dressrosa Arc, Luffy used this Haki to intimidate Fighting Bull and later make him an ally. The Straw Hat also had a Haki of the Kings duel against Don Chinjao and Doflamingo.
Teach knows how to use the Haki of Perception, with which he was able to feel the improvement of Luffy’s Haki during their second encounter at Impel Down, despite the pirate having made no use of it. He also knows how to use the Haki of Armor.
Now, this one was a bit difficult to decide, but we opted for Luffy simply because he is able to use all three Haki techniques – and he has gotten really good at using them – while Blackbeard is only able to use two. Blackbeard has other powers so he never really bothered to master Haki.
Point: Luffy (2:3) Blackbeard
Luffy rarely uses weapons in combat, mostly due to his inexperience and the inability to use them. In his childhood, he wielded a metal pipe and that is probably the most sophisticated weapon he successfully handled. In Arlong Park, Luffy briefly tried to fight with swords but failed miserably.
Blackbeard has a pistol but does not always use it in combat. He used it to kill Whitebeard along with the members of his crew.
As we have pointed out on several occasions, Luffy never wins in this category simply because he doesn’t use weapons. Now, Blackbeard himself is not a big fan of weapons either, but when compared to Luffy, he’s still better and absolutely deserves this point.
Point: Blackbeard (4:2) Luffy
Luffy vs Blackbeard – 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.
And there you have it – the score properly reflects the current situation when it comes to Luffy and Blackbeard. Luffy may be powerful and he may be growing with each chapter, but he is currently not on Blackbeard’s level and would certainly lose the fight. Blackbeard is simply more cunning and more experienced to lose against Luffy at this moment.
But, that is almost certainly going to change once we see the outcome of their battle, as Luffy will certainly battle Blackbeard at one point. Until then, we have to declare Blackbeard the winner and there is nothing we can do about it.