Naruto‘s titular protagonist, Naruto Uzumaki, is the most skilled shinobi of his fictional universe while Monkey D. Luffy, the protagonist of One Piece, is one of the most resilient fighters you’ll find out there. But who is stronger between the two? Who would win in a fight between Luffy and Naruto?
Naruto Uzumaki would be able to defeat Monkey D. Luffy in a direct fight. While Luffy might be resilient and he doesn’t give up no matter how tough the opponent is, Naruto Uzumaki is simply on a much higher level of skill when compared to Luffy and would be able to counter all of Luffy’s Devil Fruit skills with his shinobi techniques.
Speaking of Luffy vs. Naruto, there’s still a lot to be said. Throughout the rest of this article, we will look at their powers and abilities in more detail and see how the fight between Luffy and Naruto would play out.
Monkey D. Luffy and His Powers
Monkey D. Luffy is the main protagonist of the anime and manga One Piece created by Eiichirō Oda. His body is made of rubber after eating a devil fruit, specifically the “Gomu Gomu fruit” He is the captain of the pirate crew known as the Straw Hat Pirates, founded by himself to fulfill his dream of finding the One Piece. He is originally from East Blue. His reward is 1,500,000,000 Berries.
Luffy has shown to have an incredibly superhuman strength, and a good capacity for fights, at first glance his thin appearance makes him seem to show weakness, which the latter is usually deceptive for the enemy’s eyes.
Through the series Luffy has shown a force far superior to human, even defeating a sea king with one punch, this is due to the intense training that his grandfather Monkey D. Garp subjected him, which consisted of throwing him away in the middle of dangerous jungles, tying him to some balloons to raise him to great heights, making him one of the most powerful characters in the series.
Luffy, despite not being very smart or strategic, has shown to have an inverse effect when facing users of Logia-type Devil Fruits, for example: his fight against Crocodile, and the idea of using water to hit him (since his devil fruit the Suna Suna cannot control the sand and manipulate it), Luffy could not hit him because Crocodile was made of sand and Luffy discovered that wetting his fists with water could hit him, even using his own blood to defeat him.
In Skipiea, Luffy was able to counter Enel’s Mantra (Mantra is the way of saying Haki for the inhabitants of Skipiea); Luffy discovered that blanking his mind, meaning acting like an idiot, could counter Enel’s Mantra / Haki, so that Enel could not read his movements. When Luffy was a child, he unknowingly ate a devil fruit, which belonged to Shanks’ crew. The fruit was the Gomu Gomu no mi that gave him elasticity powers.
Luffy possesses the elastic properties of gum, but as a side effect he cannot swim, since the water cancels his energy, paralyzing his body. In fights, Luffy takes advantage of his elastic properties to stretch one or more of his limbs and make them return by throwing them towards his opponents. This, combined with his outsized strength makes Luffy a highly powerful character.
Luffy can reach places that no one could reach just by stretching the parts of his body (his arms or his legs or his neck) he can even inflate himself to be able to block enemy attacks, (like cannonballs), Luffy is totally Immune to bullets and these usually bounce off Luffy’s body and return to the shooter or fly elsewhere.
He is also totally immune to physical blows, thanks to its great rubber resistance, however, throughout the series the latter has been contradicted many times, when some member of the crew (more specifically Nami), hits Luffy for his irresponsibility and Luffy ends up with his face bruised and swollen. The fans believe that this is a “mistake”, since it must be taken into account that Luffy is made of rubber and the blows should not affect him.
If there is something that can affect him, it is the cuts of swords or knives, since Luffy’s body is totally flexible, which makes him very vulnerable to cuts. After the Lobby battle, Luffy developed a technique to eat while sleeping as after a great battle he ended up knocked out for several days and according to Sanji: “He hates missing meals”. This technique allows him to eat as if he were awake.
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However, this “technique” itself, does not seem like a technique in reality, as Luffy seemed to be in a sleepwalking state so that may be more of an act of sleepwalking than a technique itself.
Naruto Uzumaki and His Powers
Naruto Uzumaki is the titular protagonist of the Naruto series created by Masashi Kishimoto. He is a shinobi from Konohagakure who dreams of becoming the Hokage, while at the same time balancing out the powers in the world of the shinobi.
Because Naruto has Kurama sealed inside him, he is able to access a large source of chakra, which allows him to perform ninja techniques that someone his age could not perform. However, it is only when he feels anger. that draws on the chakra reserves of the bijū. Once Kurama shares his chakra with Naruto, the latter begins to take the form of the demon fox.
While each tail that appears dramatically increases his fighting strength, the jinchūriki begins to lose his mind and can inflict considerable physical damage on himself. Naruto taps into these chakra reserves throughout the series; He constantly uses them to perform the “Kage Bunshin no Jutsu”, an ability that allows creating numerous physical copies of the performer.
Also, thanks to this same energy, he has the ability to invoke, through the “Kuchiyose no Jutsu”, some varieties of toads. Later, after learning to use the hermit’s techniques, he can even improve his ability to obtain natural energy.
In addition, as the story progresses, Naruto acquired the kyùbi mode that would give him his characteristic appearance in yellow flames and shortly after, the senjutsu mode of the six paths would awaken, where his appearance would be observed in flames in a longer suit and his power increased to the level « rikudo ‘of a god.
One of the greatest techniques Naruto has learned is the “Rasengan” an energy sphere that concentrates a large amount of chakra. When he performs this technique, he often creates shadow clones to help him manipulate energy in a more appropriate way.
In addition, through maneuvers performed simultaneously with his shadow clones, Naruto infuses the Rasengan with the wind element chakra, thus resulting in the “Fūton: Rasen Shuriken”, which allows him to damage the opponent in a significant way.
When he manages to master the hermit’s techniques, Naruto learns to use the Fūton: Rasen Shuriken correctly, being able to launch it as an attack against his enemies. From the Rasen Shuriken Naruto to extended a large amount of techniques derived from him, the most powerful is the planetary Rasen shuriken, in which he mixes this technique with bijudamas, a type of technique typical of bijus with a tail, the result is a capable Rasen to destroy entire areas.
Additionally, he has been able to use other variations of Rasengan over time.
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Monkey D. Luffy Vs. Naruto: Who Would Win?
The above-written comparisons have shown us one major thing – Luffy and Naruto are very, very different characters. Monkey D. Luffy has superpowers, but their source is his Devil Fruit, which gives him some special abilities, most of which are limited to physical techniques. Sure, Luffy is enormously strong and he is probably one of the toughest fighters in the world of anime, but against Naruto, that simply isn’t enough.
Naruto Uzumaki is a different character than Luffy. Although he is a shinobi with great fighting skills, he also has additional chakra-based techniques that certainly give him the upper hand here. Okay, Naruto’s fighting skills are already good enough to beat Luffy’s, but even if Luffy would somehow overpower Naruto in terms of physical skills, Naruto would do the job with his chakra-based techniques.
This is why the winner in this comparison is quite obvious and it is Naruto Uzumaki. Sure, Luffy is a great fighter and he never gives up, but Naruto is a completely different level of fighter, a skilled shinobi and chakra user that has more than enough skills to subdue Luffy in every aspect.