Charlotte Katakuri is, if you were wondering, a male and one of Luffy’s most intriguing battles in the whole series. Although Katakuri isn’t one of the spotlight characters, his development is great and interesting, as well as his fighting motives, which is we have decided to compare him to Luffy. In this article, we are going to tell you who the stronger is among these two.
Luffy is stronger than Katakuri, and that was evidenced when he actually managed to defeat him in the manga and anime. It was a very intense and close fight, but Luffy managed to defeat Katakuri thanks to his Devil Fruit techniques.
The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer, as we are going to compare Luffy and Katakuri 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
Monkey D. Luffy, better known as “Straw Hat” Luffy, is the main protagonist of the manga and anime series One Piece. He ate a paramecia-type devil fruit called Gomu Gomu, which turned him into a rubber man. Besides this, he possesses various abilities that make him a more than special pirate; A great example of this is the ability to use Haoshoku Haki – which is possessed by only one person in a million – and also possess the other two types of Haki.
Charlotte Katakuri is the 2nd son and 3rd child of the Charlotte Family, and a triplet born at the same time as Oven and Daifuku. He is one of the three Sweet Commanders of the Big Mom Pirates as well as the Minister of Flour governing Wheat Island. Due to his actions, he is the third antagonist in the Whole Cake Arc after Big Mom first and Vinsmoke Judge second.
This one was a tough category, in all honesty. Namely, Charlotte Katakuri is an infamous pirate, but he is not on the same level as the Emperors, for example. On the other hand, Luffy is difficult to perceive in that aspect, but he is undoubtedly notorious, that much is obvious. Since we couldn’t really scale their notoriety, we have decided to divide this point.
Point: Both (1:1)
Luffy doesn’t seem to practice any martial art like Zoro and Sanji do. He fights with all the parts of his body as he sees fit (for example, when he had bitten Rob Lucci, or even spat water on Crocodile). His style is improvised and quite unpredictable, which makes him able to surprise his enemies as he did against Crocodile by modifying his use of the Gomu Gomu no Pistol. He will not hesitate, in a fight against the Navy without values certainly, to use one of them as a human shield.
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Noted as the most powerful of the Three Sweet Commanders, Katakuri has enormous physical strength, able to shoot jelly candies with extreme force and speed making them look like bullets, using them as projectiles as effective as a ball. Even at a very far distance, Katakuri can easily kill a man sitting on top of a gigantic wedding cake by pulling out his candy. Katakuri is a formidable melee fighter. With his Devil Fruit powers, he uses a fighting style similar to Luffy’s Gomu Gomu no Mi techniques, and he can counter Luffy’s Red Hawk effortlessly.
We have this point to Katakuri simply because the guy looks like a gorilla, while Luffy looks like a cartoon stick guy in comparison. Sure, sure, Luffy has proven himself to be a great fighter, but he couldn’t defeat Katakuri without the use of his special abilities, which means that Katakuri is physically stronger.
Point: Katakuri (2:1) Luffy
Luffy mostly uses the powers of Gomu Gomu no Mi to fight. All his attacks follow the following pattern: they start with “Gomu Gomu no …” then end with a word related to the said attack (example: Gomu Gomu no Pistol). Most of its attacks are based on pistols and other firearms. Some of its attacks, on the other hand, are based on other concepts or objects.
Katakuri ate the Mochi Mochi no Mi, a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that allows him to create, control, and transform into Mochi at will. He uses this ability to create jelly balls, as well as to lengthen his legs to trap enemies. He is very creative when using his fruit, as he used the Mochi to create earplugs to protect himself and his siblings from Big Mom’s cry, and also used it to block the cannons of the fortress of Bege.
The Devil Fruit powers (and techniques) are what made the difference in the fight between Luffy and Katakuri. Luffy defeated Katakuri thanks to his Devil Fruit skills and technique, which means that the point has to go to Luffy, as is evidenced by the manga and anime.
Point: Luffy (2:2) Katakuri
Luffy trained with Silvers Rayleigh the three types of Haki for two years. He managed to learn the fundamentals of the three forms of haki in a year and a half, even though Rayleigh intended to spend the two years teaching him, which means that he either learned quickly once he understood the concept, or he has an innate affinity for haki. Rayleigh left six months after this, leaving Luffy to train on his own for the next six months.
Katakuri is able to use the Haki of Observation to such a degree that he can see into the future. Katakuri is also able to use the Armament Haki, such as when he succeeds in making Luffy bleed by impregnating his leg with Mochi with Haki. He can also harden his arm, like when he responded to Luffy’s attack. Katakuri is able to use the Haki of Kings, as shown when he unleashed a huge Shard of Haki of Kings with Luffy in an attempt to knock out Charlotte Flampe and her subordinates.
Both are great Haki users, but Luffy has surpassed Katakuri in the meantime and has become one of the most skilled Haki users in the franchise. Katakuri had formidable Haki powers, as we have seen, but Luffy’s are simply more powerful, which is why this point goes to Luffy as well.
Point: Luffy (3:2) Katakuri
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.
In battle, Katakuri wields a trident named Mogura. It was first seen using it at Vinsmoke Sanji and Charlotte Pudding’s wedding ceremony. When not using it, he seems to keep the trident in his mochi body. Katakuri is extremely skilled in his handling of the Mogura trident. He uses it in conjunction with his Devil Fruit powers and physical prowess to perform devastating attacks.
As it was with every character we have compared to Luffy, they got the points in this category. Why? Luffy simply sucks at using weapons, but he is aware of that, so he doesn’t actually use them. This is why this point goes to Katakuri.
Point: Katakuri (3:3) Luffy
Luffy vs Katakuri – 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.
We didn’t really need the points for his one, since Luffy actually defeated Katakuri when they clashed, but we used the points to illustrate, actually, how close the two are from an objective standpoint. It is interesting to notice that even then, a significantly weaker Luffy was able to defeat Katakuri, which means that today’s Luffy would deal with him with even more ease.
Monkey D. Luffy is currently at the Emperor level, which means that he would easily deal with Katakuri; knowing that he has done it even before reaching this level of power, means that we had no choice but to declare Luffy the winner.