Whenever Luffy is concerned, you know you’re going to get a good comparison. We have done several comparisons involving Monkey D. Luffy and each of them was very fun to write. Luffy is the protagonist of One Piece and wishes to become the new Pirate King, succeeding Gol D. Roger as the greatest pirate of all time. Since that means that he has to become the best, we shall see how a fight between Luffy and Kaidou would end.
Luffy and Kaidou are currently fighting it off in the manga, so we don’t know whether Luffy has surpassed the Emperor, but until we find out, we have to state that Kaidou is stronger than Luffy, as Luffy was unable to defeat him during their previous clashes, with Kaidou being able to overpower him in every category.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer, as we are going to compare Luffy and Kaidou 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. Note that the analysis undertaken below is based on what we know so far and doesn’t include the as of yet unpublished outcome of their current battle, which might change things.
Origins & Overview
As the founder and Captain of the Straw Hat Pirates, he 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 world by Gol D. Roger.
Kaidou, nicknamed “Kaido of the Beasts”, is the captain of the Beasts Pirates crew as well as one of the Four Emperors; he is also known as “The Most Powerful Creature in the World” (in parallel with Edward Newgate “The Most Powerful Man in the World”). He and his crew are currently occupying Wano Country. He was also allied with Kurozumi Orochi before he decided to betray him for his plan for a new Onigashima. He is a former apprentice of the Rocks Pirates.
Now, the main issue why this point doesn’t go to Luffy too often is the fact that Luffy is the protagonist of the show and despite that, we’re having a difficult time perceiving him as someone infamous like Kaidou. Luffy is now on Emperor-level in most aspects, but we still have to admit that we’d rather face him than Kaidou any time.
Point: Kaidou (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.
He also survived Emporio Ivankov’s hormonal care treatment, which in itself is a feat in itself, but he came out in 20 hours instead of two days, which Ivankov says reflects the greatness of his willpower and his determination. After the ellipse, Luffy is shown to be immune to the poison since his fight with Magellan.
Due to his muscle mass, Kaido has enormous physical strength. He managed to capsize nine giant prison ships. Kaido is powerful enough that his simple cry caused visible damage to the area around him.
One of Kaido’s main strengths is his inability to die; indeed, he suffered seven defeats, was captured by the Navy or enemies eighteen times, was tortured over a thousand times and finally, was sentenced to death forty times. However, no execution whatsoever worked.
Kaidou is a monster. He also can transform into a monster, which is kudos for him, really. Kaidou is one of the most impressive characters in terms of sheer physical power, which is why we’re giving this point to him as well, although Luffy is becoming stronger and stronger with each new chapter of the manga, meaning that this score probably won’t last very long.
Point: Kaidou (2:0) Luffy
Luffy’s basic fighting skills 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. In combat, Luffy generally extends his arms, legs or fingers and uses his elastic capacity to increase his volume by sucking in a lot of air and thus acquiring the capacities of a ball or a trampoline.
Its elastic body also seems to protect it from blows and shocks that would otherwise be believed to be fatal such as the impacts of bullets which return to their senders when shot at.
Kaido ate the Uo Uo no Mi, Seiryu momdel, a Mythical Zoan type Devil Fruit that allows him to transform into an oriental dragon, in the same way as Momonosuke, the main difference being that Kaido has a gigantic size in dragon form and he seems to be in control of his transformations.
Kaidou’s Devil Fruit powers are truly immense and formidable and he can still defeat Luffy with them. Luffy has made some serious improvements and has mastered several new techniques, but that is not enough at this moment to defeat Kaidou, although that will probably change sooner rather than later, really.
Point: Kaidou (3:0) Luffy
Luffy is a possessor of the most powerful and the rarest Haki, the Royal Fluid (or Haoushoku no Haki). He is also, like Shanks, able to use all three types of Haki, but his Haki skills are certainly on a lower level than Shanks’.
Kaido is one of the few people who is able to use all three types of Haki. She knows how to use the Haki of the armor, with which she clothed her mace to defeat Luffy, who had activated the Gear Fourth He also masters the conquering king’s Haki as well, during his confrontation with Luffy. He knows how to use the Haki of perception, with which he has felt the presence of supernovae.
Luffy’s powers are increasing, as we have deduced, and the same can be applied to his Haki skills. Kaidou still has a lot more experience and is a truly formidable and remarkable foe, but Luffy could soon overtake him in this category as well; until that officially happens – in the mana – we have to give the point to Kaidou.
Point: Kaidou (4:0) Luffy
Luffy rarely used weapons due to his inexperience and inability to use them. In his childhood, he wielded a metal pipe. In Arlong Park, Luffy briefly tried to fight with swords but failed miserably.
Kaido has a Kanabō, which is suitable for his height; in conjunction with his immense strength, he was able to use it to send one of his subordinates out of his lair and onto Luffy.
This is probably the only category where the points will never go to Luffy, simply because the guy is horrible with weapons. He has seldom used them on his adventures, simply because he doesn’t know how to handle them. Kaidou, on the other hand, is an expert and that is why the final point also goes to him.
Point: Kaidou (5:0) Luffy
Luffy vs Kaidou – 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 while the final score might seem overwhelming (in Kaidou’s favor), the fact is that the difference between them is increasing. Luffy’s now almost identical to Kaidou when the Devil Fruit and Haki are concerned, and the difference between their physical powers is also decreasing; Kaidou will always remain a better weapons user simply because Luffy sucks at using weapons.
As we have said on several occasions, the two are currently fighting it off in the manga and we don’t know whether Luffy will be able to defeat Kaidou, which means that we’ll have to change our conclusion, but currently, based on what we’ve seen in both the manga and the anime, Luffy is still weaker and Kaidou takes this one. For now.