Top 30 Strongest One Piece Characters

All right so there was recently a 13+ hour stream about the top 30 strongest One Piece characters but no matter how many lists I saw, I didn’t see one that really lined up. They all seemed to fumble the beginning, middle, or end if you ask me. So I figured I’d jump in and just throw my list out there. Keep in mind a few things though. First, I am ranking all of the characters as they are right now so not getting into end of series power ups and such. This is also only including characters who are alive or probably alive. Unless you are confirmed dead then you can be in this list. Also unlike the battles where you have to have feats, I’m going by portrayal and feats in this one. So now lets just dive in here!

30. Sengoku

Sengoku just barely makes the list but I think he works as a solid gatekeeper. His Buddha ability is really quite solid and as a big government fighter he does have a ton of haki. He isn’t fast though so most of the fighters above him would be able to easily exploit that and take him down.

29. Queen

Queen is super durable but a lack of speed is what keeps him fairly low on this list as well. You just can’t hope to succeed too much without a great deal of speed and it’s even the reason why he ended up losing the fight. When you’re getting blitzed on all sides then it is already too late to mount much of a comeback.

28. Shiryu

Shiryu’s sword skills are good and of course he has invisibility too. When you add both of those things together then it is going to be difficult for any opponent to really keep him on the defensive. I need to see more out of him to raise the guy further on the list but I do think that the guy is very promising as a fighter.

27. Raleigh

Raleigh is old and past his prime so he’s lower than he would normally be but the guy was still able to scare Blackbeard. I think that has to count for something. His sword skills also wouldn’t have deteriorated over the years even if his speed did. So this may be a bit of a low spot for him but it’s one that he would be able to defend very well.

26. Garp

Garp is the strongest out of the old man trio without a doubt. He still has a lot of power within his punches and could destroy anyone under him. Speed is what slows him down here as it does for so many other fighters. I don’t think he would be an easy victory for most of the guys above him but they would still conquer the guy.

25. Marco

Marco has incredible healing abilities and fire usage but he’s lacking KO power. The guy can just never put any of his opponents down and that will cost him in the end. You have to be able to put your opponents down or ultimately you will be the one getting pushed back. That’s something I hope to see him improve on in the future.

24. Kid

Kid is clearly meant to be one of the strongest fighters but I just haven’t seen it yet. His metal powers are just way too limited in scope though. He will have a hard time landing blows on any of the stronger fighters or really hurting them to be honest since most of them surpassed metal a long time ago. This is what is going to give him a really hard time.

23. Fujitora

Fujitora may be an admiral but he’s much lower than any of the others. He seems to have more trouble with all of his opponents than he should. Perhaps being blind takes more out of him than he would actually care to admit but he would need a really good powerup to go further up the list.

22. Doflamingo

Doflamingo may be a lower rank than Queen within Kaido’s army but he is certainly more powerful if you ask me. His strings could not be cut by almost the whole One Piece cast in Dressrosa and he was able to last long enough to outlast Luffy’s Gear 4. This guy was an absolute beast in battle.

21. S Hawk

As we near the top 20, S. Hawk is the next gatekeeper. This guy has only just appeared but he already had Blackbeard on the defensive and looked really impressive in his early scenes. I see a ton of potential behind the guy and hopefully he lasts long enough to show us what he can really do. If he gets even one on screen fight I can see him going further up.

20. Dragon

Dragon has yet to do much of anything and is pure hype. Mainly the issue here is that I’m not really sure if he will end up being much of a fighter. He may just be a tactician in the end and I’d say it’s already hinted that Sabo is more powerful. Dragon could surprise me but we’re deep into the story so I have reservations and he could even drop lower.

19. Imu

Then we have Imu who is like the reverse Dragon. He has no feats either although there was one lightning strike which may have been his. I’m very 50/50 on if he will be able to fight or not but if he can fight then this is the minimum on where he should be. I’d love to see him as the final boss in a Kaguya type role but we’ll see if that is in the cards or not for the future.

18. Ulti

Next up is Ulti who was always the best member of the group in Wano. She nearly defeated Luffy straight up and even got back up after a fight with Big Mom. Because the rest of her group was not that impressive I think it lowered her stocks a bit but she was definitely an opponent to be feared without a doubt.

17. Blackbeard

Blackbeard is this low because of his lack of speed. Also he seems to be nervous in every fight that he was in. The guy keeps getting stronger by stealing devil fruits so I could see him doing more of that in the future. That said, right now there are still a number of opponents who would very quickly take him down for the count.

16. Sabo

Sabo is a fire expert who seems to have a lot of potential. I’ve been less impressed with him than most but it is still fair to say that he’s a top fighter. His dragon claw has really dealt a whole lot of damage to his opponents as well. If he just had a slightly stronger variation of that then he could go further up but as it is we’re approaching the halfway point anyway.

15. Lucci

Lucci got a huge boost with his awakening as otherwise I wouldn’t have even put him on the list. With it he was able to hold his own against Gear 5 Luffy so you have to give him a whole lot of props there. His speed and power were already really good so this was finally enough for me to justify moving him up close to the top 10. It was a really impressive showing.

14. Kizaru

Since Kizaru can move at the speed of light he is really high up here. That said, the fighters above him can counter that well enough and keep it moving. It doesn’t help that Kizaru never seems to get a whole lot of respect by his opponents who beat him up anyway. Maybe he will surprise me in the next few chapters if we actually get to see him fight though.

13. Aokiji

Aokiji was able to stalemate Akainu for a while which is a huge feat. It’s safe to say that he should be able to defeat any admiral aside from Akainu. His ice mastery is super impressive and it seems like he may end up being one of the final bosses of the series which will also be a very good look for him.

12. Akainu

Akainu really needs to show me something soon but as the fleet admiral I do think that he should be able to be a top fighter. Fire powers are always really good after all and you don’t get to be the top boss without a whole lot of abilities at your disposal. This is why I have him all the way up here even if his speed could be a little better. Haki + Logia abilities should be a really busted combo.

11. Law

Law may be lacing in physical ability but his devil fruit is so handy that it won’t matter as much as you would expect. He can stab right through his opponents and that would be the end of them. He can teleport thanks to Room and so his range and overall attack power is just absolutely insane. He won’t be taking any Ls below this spot.

10. King

King may not be a Yonkou but he certainly fights like one and would be in my list for the top 10. His sheer durability and power make him too much of a threat not to make it. He is effectively invincible while in his fire mode and the only way for any character to hold their own was for him to scale it back. I do think this invincibility has a limit which the top 9 could crack but he is still tough to stop.

9. Big Mom

Big Mom may have earned the nickname of Big Meme due to being rather unimpressive relative to her station in Wano but at the same time she is still a very powerful fighter. I would expect that she can still defeat anyone under her because of her sheer durability and power. Lacking in speed just won’t be enough to sideline her.

8. Katakuri

Katakuri over Big Mom? Yes I’d definitely say that he has earned it. Big Mom is powerful and she is a huge pirate with dominating strength but she won’t be stopping Katakuri here. He has the edge in speed and seems to have kept up with his training based on Film Red. It’s still tough to see very many fighters passing him in overall stats which is why he will stay up here.

7. Sanji

Sanji may still be behind Zoro in the rankings but he has really proven himself during Wano. His speed and power are still really impressive and I could see him surpassing Yamato at some point. I don’t think we’ve fully seen everything that Sanji can do just yet and in a final battle onslaught I’d like to see him be included with the main cast next time instead of remaining on the side.

6. Yamato

While nobody seems to take Yamato being able to hold off Kaido as seriously as they should, she did still stalemate his hybrid form for some time. That’s not a small feat and she is the most underrated fighter in the series. I definitely see her keeping a spot in the top 10 even when the series has ended. That’s just how powerful she is.

5. Shanks

The Shanks pick scares me a bit because as the series goes on I keep thinking that he might get bumped off screen. If that happens then expect him to sink a whole lot but right now I want to believe in the hype. He has the best haki feat in the whole verse so if he can just build off of that then we should be all set.

4. Zoro

Might be a hot take here but he’s rather close to Luffy in terms of stats. Now that he has awakened his haki abilities there is almost nobody who can catch him. He has been step in step with Luffy for most of the series and that gap has closed up once again. Make no mistake, Luffy would beat Zoro but there are few others who could.

3. Luffy

Part of what helps Luffy is that I don’t think he will get any more power ups in the series. I think he has already reached his pinnacle of strength and can defeat just about anyone right now. I always see him ranked rather low in these lists but he has proven himself time and time again. There’s just no way that Gear 5 is going down to anyone who is not one of the top 2 without some big circumstances in the background.

2. Kaido

Kaido took on pretty much the entire One Piece cast and still nearly won the fight in the end. It’s hard to see just about anyone surpassing him in the end. I just don’t think it’s going to happen and the anime made him even more impressive. This guy is absolutely not someone to underestimate at this point and if he ever returns then the rest of the cast is doomed.

1. Mihawk

Finally in first is Mihawk. There’s not a whole lot more that needs to be said about this guy. He is the world’s strongest swordsman, even more talented than Shanks. His abilities continue to grow further and further so right now I don’t see anyone stopping him. His raw stats are just way too crazy at this point in time but of course part of the trickyness in being so mysterious is that there is always a chance he could turn out to be a dud. Hopefully that is not the case but he seems like the most balanced fighter at the top.

So that’s a wrap! We’ll see if things change in the future but right here right now this is how I’d stack things up. The series has quite a huge cast so it took some time to get this all set but I’d say it came out really great.

4 thoughts on “Top 30 Strongest One Piece Characters

  1. How come Luffy and Zoro both are somehow stronger than Shanks? And for that matter, why isn’t Shanks listed as the second strongest after Mihawk, well, provided that Mihawk truly is stronger than Shanks.
    And I get that this list is based on living or supposedly living characters, but I’d throw in at least Rocks D. Xebec somehow. The guy who was considered a threat to Roger must be insanely powerful, to say the least. Plus, Akainu should be close to the current top 5, easy. He was capable of keeping up with and damaging Whitebeard before the timeskip, yet is only in the 12th spot right now? And KING of all characters is ranked stronger than the FLEET ADMIRAL OF THE MARINES??? I need a burn heal after that crazy hot take, no joke.
    One last thing, Mihawk is not a Color of Conquering King user, and Shanks is by far an unparalleled master at using it… so how the heck does a character who doesn’t use
    Advanced CoC (yet) challenge Shanks, and then goes on to claim that he’s stronger? How does that even remotely make sense?

    • Rocks definitely is a really solid wildcard. I’m just not sure if he’s really going to show up, but if he does then he’s easily top 5 for sure.

      For Shanks I’m partially expecting him to die off screen against Blackbeard so it’ll be really hard to gauge him. Right now though it is hard to see him taking on Gear 5 Luffy or current Zoro though. His Haki is incredible but I figure he should be slightly outmatched against those.

      Akainu is lacking in speed and I’m not sure if he’s really had time to improve his skills since pre time skip since he’s stuck as fleet admiral now. King got really great speed feats and durability in the Zoro fight. It’s hard to picture Akainu really being able to keep up with him for long. Definitely possible but I dunno about his odds there.

      Mihawk most likely has all of the big haki abilities. He stole the title from Shanks a while back and doesn’t even want to fight him because of the one arm handicap. It just feels like he is being set up as a much bigger threat in the end

      • I have a good feeling that Rocks will show up in one form or another. He might even be in the Yami fruit waiting to takeover Blackbeard’s body or something.
        No way is Shanks dying off-panel. He’s way too popular to just die that way. Oda loves Shanks quite a bit, and bear in mind that he was the first character ever in One Piece to use Haki on panel. Well, I know many people were using Haki before he came to prominence, but I’m going by what was shown in the Manga first. Plus, Shanks losing to Gear 5? That’s pretty funny, not gonna lie. Haki is way stronger than devil fruits as supported by cannon, and the only thing that makes devil fruits stay competitive in the game is awakening(s). Roger became the strongest with only his Haki and Voice of All Things, charisma and so on, without a devil fruit. I get that the Hito Hito no Mi model: Nika is strong, but not strong enough to challenge Shanks. He’s going to be an absolute powerhouse when he goes all-out, and if Blackbeard ran away from old Silvers Rayleigh, then he’s not killing off Shanks, no way. Oda might as well kill off Sabo or even Law, which will never happen given plot armor, and he’ll never kill-off Shanks unless Teech gets an overpowered Zoan devil fruit.
        Since when was Akainu lacking in speed? Yeah, I guess if you can keep up with the World’s Strongest Man you must be pretty slow. And I guess even training during the time-skip makes you really, really slow. And I guess fighting Aokiji in a death match also makes you slower than molasses in winter. If only Akainu could move through magma or something to increase his speed and mobility… if only he could use Future Sight to see attacks coming…
        King got good feats? Well, yeah he did… sort of. Zoro beat him in what? Three hits? And the only reason he got so far was because Zoro was already really, really weak, coupled with Enma draining his Haki too fast. Plus, King got overconfident and more or less let his guard down and lost as a result. Bear in mind both King and Queen both got trashed by Greenbull easy. If Greenbull could do that, then Akainu could win with even more ease.
        Yeah, I’m sure that Mihawk has all of the great Haki abilities, but I’m certain that Shanks has way more. Besides, Mihawk’s refusal to fight is just based on his wanting to fight only opponents he finds to be worthy, and assumes that Shanks got weaker after losing his left-arm. Shanks is most likely the closest person alive right now to Roger, just a bit weaker. If that’s the case, then Mihawk is close to Whitebeard’s prime, maybe even a bit stronger. As is common in Shonen media, the new generation has to surpass the old, and Mihawk is not at Roger’s level. Mihawk and Shanks both are stronger than Kaido in my opinion, but both are still slightly weaker than Roger. But, I think Shanks is closer to Roger than Mihawk. Just my opinion. Plus, if Mihawk is Zoro’s final foe, and Zoro always fights the slightly weaker enemy than Luffy as backed by cannon, then I still don’t see Mihawk being stronger than Shanks. Mihawk is the better swordsman no doubt, but Shanks’s Haki is greater in my opinion. Just my thoughts.

      • I do agree that haki is better than a devil fruit but what hurts Shanks is that Luffy has the best devil fruit in the whole franchise and also has crazy levels of haki on top of that. So in a way Shanks is fighting on two massive fronts here and even for him that will probably be way too much here. Luffy has better hand to hand skills and more battle experience against powerful adversaries at this point. I don’t see Shanks lasting long in a close fight and while I agree that he should smoke Blackbeard, the guy’s probably gonna cheat or use some underhanded tactics.

        Akainu was slow the whole time. That’s why Luffy escaped. Akainu is good at goading the opponents and using his powerful flames to gain the upper hand but otherwise he’s not going to be one of the quicker fighters which holds him back.

        King’s durability was insane though. Pit him up against almost anyone but Zoro and that would probably be game over. King was weakened, otherwise he would have absolutely crushed Greenbull though. I also like the seaprism cuff theory that they couldn’t use their powers.

        I see Mihawk as stronger than Shanks in part because I don’t expect Shanks to ever fight on screen in the series outside of the movies. This is definitely one that could change though and I even hope he surprises me. After all these years I would love a really satisfying conclusion to his part of the plot since the guy is a massive part of the franchise. One Piece just wouldn’t be the same without Shanks in there to give Luffy some more drive and to set things straight. I may be underestimating him a bit but sort of like what you mentioned about the old generation vs the new one, I think Shanks has been left behind by the kids here. They just weren’t playing around this time.

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