20 Strongest One Piece Pirates of All Time (Ranked)

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Although Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is a series that has given us various characters throughout the years, we all know that the basis of this series is the pirates. Since the protagonist is a pirate and the series is about pirates, it’s not strange that the focus is on this exact type of character. Now, throughout the several decades of One Piece’s history, there have been a lot of pirate characters, some stronger, some weaker. In this article, we will list the 20 strongest One Piece pirates of all time, ranked from weakest to strongest.

Editor’s Note: This ranking was updated in December 2023.

20. Buggy the Clown

Although not as powerful as other former Roger Pirates, Buggy is a very capable fighter, as he is strong enough to survive all the battles against Whitebeard’s crew and the extreme dangers of the Grand Line. His arrogance and greed encourage him to continue fighting and taking every opportunity to build a good reputation.

Buggy is very tough, as he survived the blast of a Muggy Bullet redirected at him, with hardly any resulting injuries (although his Devil Fruit might have helped him somewhat), while a Muggy Bullet seriously damaged the Minotaurus, one of the Demon Guards at Impel Down.

19. Benn Beckman

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Being the first officer of the Red Hair Pirates, Benn Beckman has authority over the rest of the crew except for Shanks. As revealed by the author, Beckman boasts the highest IQ in East Blue. Being the highest-ranking officer in the crew of one of the Four Emperors, Beckman is probably one of the most capable fighters in the entire series.

At the Battle of Marineford, Admiral Kizaru chose not to fight him after being targeted by his rifle. Twelve years ago, Beckman could single-handedly defeat all of the bandit Higuma’s subordinates. After that, he recommended that she bring a war fleet if she wanted to fight him and his crew. Beckman possesses great vision and reflexes, so he can easily find Borsalino at the Battle of Marineford.

18. Trafalgar D. Law


Law is a fearsome pirate who, along with most of his crew, proved resistant to Rayleigh’s Haki as nearly everyone in the slave-selling hall passed out. He is also a good fighter. He is brave, as he allowed himself to attack several Marines at close range on the Sabaody Archipelago despite being a long-range fighter.


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17. King

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King showcased impressive resilience against heavy blows from Marco and displayed exceptional combat skills, exhibiting agility and speed against Zoro. His attacks, particularly a fiery punch, and projectile fire, can cover great distances instantly. As a representative of the Lunarian people, King possesses the ability to create fire with his body, enhancing his melee attacks and enabling him to unleash powerful and wide fire attacks resembling dragons.

16. Scopper Gabban

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Not much is known about Gaban’s strength or abilities. According to Roger, Gaban was one of his best men along with Rayleigh. In the anime, Gaban was shown to be strong enough to go toe-to-toe with his future crewmate Kozuki Oden, one of Wano’s strongest samurai. Gaban carries with him a pair of short axes that he uses for combat.

15. Charlotte Katakuri

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Charlotte Katakuri is Big Mom’s second child as well as the Minister of Flour and one of the three Sweets Generals; a bounty of 1,057,000,000 Berries hangs over his head. According to Brulee, not only has he never been defeated, but he has never even been knocked down.

He has a very wide mouth full of fangs that he always keeps hidden by a scarf and that he only discovers when he has to eat: in these moments, he isolates himself completely, killing anyone who sees him, even if only by mistake. Cold and solitary, in public, he shows a very calm and refined attitude, while in private, he reveals himself as greedy without any restraint as much as Big Mom; despite this, he has a great sense of loyalty and honor towards opponents he deems worthy of merit.

14. Boa Hancock

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Hancock is considered by her friends and enemies to be extremely powerful. Ruling alongside her sisters, Hancock has power over Amazon Lily and the rest of the Kuja women. As empress and captain of the tribe, she is probably the strongest Kuja warrior. The Kuja believe in “the strength of beauty,” and since all the tribesmen think that she is the most beautiful woman in the world, they believe that she is very powerful, the strongest among the entire tribe.

It’s worth noting that only the strongest female Kuja warriors are allowed on the country’s pirate ship; Hancock and her sisters were strong enough to be there when they were little, but it’s possible they were just apprenticed like Shanks and Baggy. Her strength is so great that Navy Admiral Sengoku even recognized her.


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13. Marco

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As the commander of the first division of the Whitebeard Pirates, Marco had authority over lower-ranking subordinates. He was one of the few men unaffected by the haki released by Pirate Emperor Shanks. It is known that he is one of the oldest members of the crew, having been involved since the days of Gol D. Roger, spending at least 28 years by Whitebeard’s side.

He was probably the strongest member of his crew (except for Whitebeard himself), as indicated by his position as the first division commander. Marco has been able to try to put up a fight with Kizaru, Aokiji, and Akainu (three Marine admirals). Another indication of Marco’s strength is that the Five Elders consider him to be one of the few people capable of defeating Blackbeard.

12. Silvers Rayleigh

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In his younger days with Gol D. Roger, Rayleigh commanded the crew as the first officer and had various duties supervising the crew. Among those duties was disciplining young Shanks and Buggy due to their usual conflicts (most of which were petty) over useless things like which pole was colder. Rayleigh knows the “true history” of the world from his time with Roger. However, he has also stated that since they were a pirate crew, his knowledge could not be up to par with the Ohara scholars; they might have interpreted the information differently than the Ohara scholars.

11. Kozuki Oden

As daimyo of Kuri, Oden had great power and influence over the region before his death. Being a former division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates and a former member of the Roger Pirates, Oden was regarded as a tremendously powerful pirate who was highly respected and well-liked by both crews.

His influence even extends to the mink tribesmen in Zou, with the leaders Inuarashi and Nekomamushi as members of the Nine Red Scabbards. Also, the rest of the mink tribe have shown enough respect and loyalty towards the Kozuki family that they were all willing to die rather than allow one of Oden’s vassals to be captured even long after Oden was dead.

10. Shiki

Shiki was one of Gol D. Roger’s main enemies, thus showing his enormous power. He was also a great swordsman and the head of the largest pirate fleet of his era. This places him in a position of great power and reputation. He commanded at least 51 ships, similar to Don Krieg’s and Whitebeard’s pirate fleet.

It is unknown how strong his crew was, but it is known that he was the largest pirate fleet of his time. During Roger’s era, he was one of the most powerful figures of the time, being on the same level as Sengoku, Garp, and even Whitebeard and Roger. He was locked away in level 6 Impel Down, which gives you an idea of how powerful he is.


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9. Dracule Mihawk


Mihawk owns the title of the best swordsman in the world. Zeff claims he is the strongest swordsman ever. He can cut steel without any problem: he beat Daz Bones in one hit, whose body is made of blades. He managed to slice through the giant wave frozen by Aokiji. He has one of the best swords in the world, the Kokuto Yoru.

He gets rid of Mr. 1 and Buggy fairly quickly (although the latter is unfazed by his swords). The only swordsmen who seem to be able to compete with him are Red-Haired Shanks and Vista, but he wants to let Roronoa Zoro improve to become his new rival. However, since Shanks lost his arm, Mihawk no longer wishes to fight him.

8. Charlotte Linlin / Big Mom

Charlotte Linlin, best known as Big Mom, is the only woman of the Four Emperors, captain of the pirates of Big Mom, as well as matriarch of the Charlotte family and queen of Totto Land. She is a giant 68-year-old woman characterized by a gargantuan appetite and a boundless love of sweets.

When Big Mom demands a certain sweet and doesn’t get it, she loses her mind and begins to destroy and devour everything around her, even killing her own children. Despite her cruelty, she cherishes the dream of making Totto Land a place where every race in the world can live free from segregation and discrimination.

Big Mom has obtained the power of the Paramisha Soul Soul fruit, which allows her to manipulate souls: thanks to this ability, she is able to remove the soul from people only by touching them, completely or partially shortening their lives.

7. Kaidō

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Kaido is the last Emperor to appear in One Piece. He is nicknamed “The Lord of the Beasts” as he is the Governor-General of the Beasts Pirates, a huge army of Smile holders that he is supplied by Donquixote Doflamingo until he is arrested.

He is described as “the strongest creature in the world” because, despite having been defeated seven times, captured by the Navy and his enemies eighteen times, suffered thousands of tortures, and been sentenced to death forty times, he has always survived.

For this reason, he is considered immortal, and he himself continually and unsuccessfully tries to commit suicide, so much so as to make it his favorite pastime.


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6. Monkey D. Luffy

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Being the hero of the manga, he has often demonstrated that he can break rocks with his fists and even break sword blades with his teeth. Luffy has proven that in addition to physical strength, he has sheer determination, willpower, and stamina on many occasions. One has climbed the 5,000-meter-high Drum Rockies with an ailing Nami on her back and a passed-out Sanji in his mouth, coatless in freezing temperatures.

Not to mention the times he endured having a hundred shadows inserted into him on Thriller Bark when an ordinary man even trained could only endure three or five. He also survived Emporio Ivankov’s hormone healing treatment, which is already a feat in itself, but he came out of it in 20 hours instead of two days, which, according to Ivankov, reflects the greatness of his will and his determination.

After the timeskip, Luffy is shown to be immune to poison since his fight against Magellan. Luffy doesn’t seem to practice any martial arts like Zoro and Sanji do. He fights with all the parts of his body as he sees fit (For example, when he bit Rob Lucci or even spat water on Crocodile). Luffy’s Gears, including Gear Second and Gear Third, enhance his strength and agility through accelerated blood flow and inflating body parts. Gear Fourth introduces two forms, Boundman for power and Tankman for defense, along with Snakeman for speed and agility,

5. Marshall D. Teach / Blackbeard

Blackbeard with Yami Yami no Mi and Gura Gura no Mi

Blackbeard was a powerful man even before he possessed his Devil Fruit abilities. Indeed, he managed to injure Shanks, one of the Four Emperors, leaving him with three scars on the face at the level of the left eye. He is also endowed with great physical resistance, as he held on after taking several point-blank attacks from a Logia-like Ace.

Blackbeard considers himself “The Most Powerful Man on Earth” after gaining the power of the Gura Gura no Mi. He ate the Yami Yami no Mi, a Logia-type Devil Fruit. This fruit allows becoming, mastering darkness, and absorbing anything the user wishes. It is a very powerful fruit that allows you to cancel the power of another Devil Fruit, a bit like Sea Granite.


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4. Shanks

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Shanks’ true abilities remain unknown, as he has yet to be seen seriously engaged in battle. However, as a member of the Four Emperors of the New World, his raw physical power is believed to be immense, and he is known to be one of the four most powerful pirates in the world. Shanks did not fear Whitebeard, the strongest man in the world, and even had enough strength to oppose him, while some pirate captains trembled at the mere mention of the latter’s name.

According to Buggy, Shanks was a powerful fighter at a young age, and if he hadn’t been “naive,” Buggy would have taken him on his crew. As a member of the Four Emperors, Shanks is not only a key figure in piracy but also one of the most feared in the New World: his mere name exudes great power, as Buggy himself has proven; his assertion that he previously had a “brotherly bond” with Shanks was one of the many things that earned him the respect of ex-convicts at Impel Down.

3. Edward Newgate / Whitebeard

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He was the captain of the Whitebeard Pirates, one of the most powerful crews to ever exist. As the only man in the world, he fought on equal terms with the Pirate King, Gol D. Roger. This individual power is reinforced by the fact that Kaido, known as “the Mightiest Creature,” thinks Whitebeard would be one of the few people capable of facing him in combat.

As stated, Newgate was, along with Shanks, Kaido, and Big Mom; one of The Four Emperors: the four most powerful pirates who dominate the second half of the Grand Line, yet he was the strongest of the four.

2. Gol D. Roger

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Gol D. Roger, better known as Gold Roger, was the previous and only Pirate Lord and the former owner of the legendary treasure, the One Piece. Roger was the captain of The Pirates Roger Pirates, the only crew to have reached the end of the Grand Line and have the islands of Lodestar and Laugh Tale.

He was also the father of Portgas D. Ace, a child he had with Portgas D. Rouge. He was executed over 20 years ago in Loguetown, his hometown. Roger can use and has shown proficiency in two types of Haki.

Roger is able to use the Haki of Armament to a very high level, which is visible when he attacks Whitebeard by imbuing his saber with this Haki. Roger is able to use the Haki of Kings, as shown when he unleashes a huge Shard of Haki of Kings when he and Whitebeard clash.

1. Rocks D. Xebec

Rocks’ strength is unknown in detail, but according to Sengoku, in his day, he was so powerful that it took the combined efforts of Garp and Roger to break his might. He is also considered Roger’s first and most formidable rival, even more so than Whitebeard. This is bolstered by the fact that Kaidou thinks that Xebec was one of the few people who were able to stand up to him in combat.

Rocks led his own crew, made up of pirates who later became legendary, such as Big Mom, Kaidou, Whitebeard, and Shiki, among others. Neither of these likes to follow orders, which gives an image of Rocks’ great leadership. In Sengoku’s memories, Rocks appears wielding a sword.

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