Shiki vs. Luffy: Who Would Win in a Fight?


One Piece is an anime that certainly has its fair share of strong and powerful characters. And while its protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy, is certainly among them, there are some characters that are (or have been) as powerful or even more powerful than Luffy at some point in the manga and anime. In this article, we are going to analyze one such character, as we are going to pit Luffy against the legendary pirate Shiki, the first known prisoner to have escaped Impel Down, to see who the stronger of the two is.

Luffy could and has defeated the legendary pirate captain, Shiki. Initially, he needed to access his Gear 3 powers to do it, but now that he has unlocked Gear 5 and has also unlocked the true powers of his Devil Fruit, he could easily defeat him very quickly.

The rest of this article will further elaborate on the above-given answer, as we are going to compare Luffy and Shiki 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, i.e., why Luffy was ultimately able to defeat Shiki when they fought.

Physical powers

Luffy is endowed with immense physical strength, enough to lift gigantic boulders and shatter steel with his bare hands. His physical strength derives in part from the workouts his grandfather Garp subjected him to as a child, where he survived critical circumstances and used to face huge ferocious beasts. Even as a child he was able to defeat grown-ups and endure Polchemy’s torture.

His physical strength is such as to overwhelm the strongest fugitives of the eastern sea and to rival even that of the fish-men, as demonstrated in the battles against Arlong and Hody Jones, whose strength was even higher than that of the average of their race. . In particular against Hody, after two years of training, he showed himself clearly superior, so much so that he defeated him despite being powered by Energy Steroids.

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Shiki has enormous physical strength and excellent combat skills. The first time she confronted the Straw Hats, he easily parried Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, Usopp, and Chopper’s attacks by enclosing them in a gigantic pillar of earth. He was able to stop a kick from Sanji with one hand and then fight in lockstep with Luffy in his gear second state.

He was also able to parry one of Zoro’s powerful attacks with one of his legs and then send Zoro to the ground with a single punch. Shiki has a high tolerance for pain. Proof of this was that he was able to endure the pain he must have had after the rudder was embedded in his head and after cutting off his legs to escape from Impel Down. When Chopper attacked him with his Kokutei Roseo Metel, Shiki was unharmed.

While Shiki was a match for Luffy when he was in Gear 2, Luffy managed to defeat Shiki while in Gear 3. Now, Luffy’s activated Gear 5 so Shiki wouldn’t really stand a chance in this category.

Points: Luffy 1, Shiki 0

Devil Fruit

Luffy ate Gomu Gomu Devil Fruit which made him rubber, giving him the ability 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 an intense training of over ten years, Luffy was able to use the fruit to exponentially improve his physical strength and his agility, thus making him a dangerous opponent.

Despite his fighting style sometimes appears improvised, it is precisely his creativity that makes him an unpredictable opponent, capable of overturning critical situations by adapting from time to time to combat. His rubber body also makes him extremely durable and immune to marine bullets, normal punches and even electricity.

However, he is not immune to swords and knives, as well as to dehydration or poison, although after the fight with Magellan he becomes immune to a wide variety of these.

Thanks to the Fuwa Fuwa fruit, a paramecia-type devil fruit, he is able to control the gravity of any object no matter how heavy it is. A disadvantage that it possesses is that it cannot levitate any living being, be it animal or person. The only exception to this is himself, since he can levitate himself.

Shiki has proven to be an expert in using this power by levitating all manner of things; from the massive Marine ships to the gigantic islands that comprise Merveille. He can also manipulate elements of nature such as rock fragments, snowflakes, and even large bodies of water. He often uses them to create gigantic and elaborate structures that he can use to attack in a variety of ways.

The Fuwa Fuwa no Mi is a fairly powerful Devil Fruit and we understand how it could’ve cause problems for Luffy. But, now that Luffy has activated Gear 5 and has unlocked the true powers of his Devil Fruit, Shiki’s Fuwa Fuwa no Mi doesn’t stand a chance.

Points: Luffy 2, Shiki 0


Luffy was trained by Rayleigh to become an expert Haki user. He knows how to use the Observation Haki, which he instinctively used for the first time against Mihawk, avoiding a swing that would have cut off his arms. He also mastered the Armament Haki at high levels, making it an essential part of Gear Fourth. Using this ability in combination with the powers of his own devil fruit, Luffy is also able to ignite his fists thanks to his friction.

He also knows how to use the rarest form of Haki, the Royal Haki, which is the one he prefers. With it, he was able to knock out fifty thousand fish-men at once. During his confrontation with Kaido, he proved to be one of the very few individuals able to use her to enhance his attacks. His third fight against the emperor also ripped through the sky.


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Although he probably could’ve used at least one of the known Haki techniques, we don’t have any confirmation of that, which is why we cannot say anything about Shiki in this category.

Well, as the text itself states, we don’t know whether Shiki can use any Haki technique, whereas Luffy has mastered all three of these skills, which is why Luffy – clearly – wins this point as well.

Points: Luffy 3, Shiki 0


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.


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Shiki has great swordsmanship, using Oto and Kogarashi to single-handedly slaughter an entire army of Marines before being overpowered by Garp and Sengoku. After the two swords become his prosthetic legs, not only does he have little difficulty standing or walking while using them, but he is also able to attack with them from a distance by sending slashes from his legs d sword like a Hurricane Foot.

These air blades have a light yellow/gold color scheme, matching his epithet. He also combines his sword skills with his Devil Fruit being able to create openings and cut through bodies of water then levitate it to drown his opponents. He fended off all of Zoro’s air blade strikes without much difficulty, and later another attack from the swordsman was countered in the air and he knocked Zoro to the ground with great force.

He was also able to even fight Roger, and later it took both Garp and Sengoku in their prime to capture him alive. Before losing his legs, he used his swords in his hand.

As we have pointed out on several occasions, Luffy never ever wins in this category simply because he doesn’t use weapons. Shiki is, on the other hand, a master swordsman and would absolutely trash Luffy in a weapons fight.

Points: Luffy 3, Shiki 1

Luffy vs. Shiki: Who wins?

We could, actually, give you a proper analysis of the things we have written above but that wouldn’t really do the trick when compared with what we have decided to go with. Namely, as Luffy and Shiki have, indeed, fought in the movie One Piece Film: Strong World, we thought that it would be better for us to just recap these fights to confirm what we have said above.

In the movie, when the Straw Hats started attacking all the pirate members of their congress and while one of Shiki’s subordinates was trying to take him to a safer room, Luffy throws a punch at him, to which Shiki decides to g. to fight to a more open place. Leaving his palace and seeing how some of the Straw Hat Pirates were trying to cure Nami, he decides to attack them, but Luffy arrives and protects them, starting to fight with Shiki, with the help of Billy.

Both began to fight giving each other fatal blows, but this was stopped when Shiki encased Luffy in a pool of water which he made float with the power of his Devil Fruit; having done this, he threw Luffy towards the ground. At that moment, he received news from one of his subordinates that a storm was approaching, to which he wondered if it was a joke, because he did not see storm clouds.

But then, he noticed the presence of Nami who was on the roof, telling him that his plan had failed, as they had defeated his subordinates and his laboratory was about to explode from the bombs they had planted. Upon hearing this, he tried to attack Nami with two portions of huge mountains, but in the end Billy manages to save Nami and Luffy, with his gear third, raised his leg up to the clouds until lightning joined with it and he attacked Shiki with his giant thor axe, thus defeating him and destroying his island.

At the end of the film, he was seen falling from the sky and the Marines below arrested him along with the pirates he had gathered. It is unknown whether he died from the fall or not. All of this confirms what we have said, and that is that Luffy is, indeed, stronger than Shiki.

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