- Kaido, the powerful former Yonko, never actually awakened his Devil Fruit, a fact confirmed in the latest chapter of One Piece.
- Kaido’s lack of inclination to awaken his Devil Fruit is due to his reliance on Haki and his belief that it is the best way to be on top.
- If Kaido had awakened his Devil Fruit, the outcome of the fight against Luffy may have been different, but it is unclear how much of a difference it would have made.
One Piece already answered a question that had split its fanbase for a long time by giving proof that the powerful former Yonko, Kaido of the Beasts, never actually awakened his Devil Fruit. Kaido was the strongest opponent ever faced by Luffy and the Straw Hats, so it was expected that he would also possess the highest level of Devil Fruit ability, called ‘awakening’. However, the manga never openly stated that Kaido was using his awakened form, which sparked a huge debate among fans.
In the world of One Piece, Devil Fruits are mysterious objects that give to people who eat them wondrous powers. Many of the most powerful fighters in the series have eaten a Devil Fruit, including Kaido, one of the Four Emperors, hailed as ‘the world’s strongest creature’. Only a handful of Devil Fruit users in the world, however, have unlocked the ultimate level of power, called ‘awakening’, which magnifies their abilities in various ways.
While Kaido has displayed various uses of his Devil Fruit, the Uo Uo no Mi, Model: Seiryu Mythical Zoan, the manga never openly stated that he was using an awakening. This made fans question if Kaido actually awakened his Devil Fruit, and if he did, why he did not use that power in his battle against Luffy.
One Piece’s Kaido Officially Confirms the One Power Greater Than Devil Fruits
In the midst of his toughest battle, Kaido proclaimed that Haki is the strongest power, stronger than Devil Fruits. And he could potentially be right.
Luffy’s Battle With Lucci Proves Kaido Didn’t Awaken His Devil Fruit
Chapter #1069 of One Piece answered that question once and for all. On Egghead Island, Luffy and the Straw Hats have a chance encounter with CP0 and an old foe, Rob Lucci, who also has a Zoan-type Devil Fruit (Neko Neko no Mi, Model: Leopard). Luffy and Lucci immediately fight and, while the Straw Hat captain shows the power of his Gear Fifth, Lucci answers by revealing that he has also awakened his Devil Fruit. The form that he takes confirms that Kaido never awakened his Devil Fruit. Lucci appears more slender than his previously seen Human-Beast form. More importantly, Lucci now has distinctive puffs of smoke around his shoulders that look a lot like those displayed by Luffy in his Gear Fifth form, proving that this is a common feature in awakened Zoan-types, which Kaido never showed.
To understand why Kaido never awakened his Devil Fruit, one has to look no further than Eiichiro Oda’s notes concerning Gear Fifth, published in the special Road To Laugh Tale vol. 4. There, Oda mentions ‘the power of imagination‘ as being a key aspect of Luffy’s awakening. This concept comes back in chapter #1069, when Dr. Vegapunk explains that Devil Fruits are the materialization of humanity’s desires, making imagination a reality. However, during his battle against Luffy, Kaido expressed his contempt toward Devil Fruits users. According to him, the best way to stand on top of the world is Haki, a power born not from desire but from willpower. This means that Kaido’s reliance on Haki made him less inclined to fully master his Devil Fruit abilities, including the awakening.
Could Gear 5 Luffy Beat Kaido With His Awakened Devil Fruit?
Since the Kaido that Luffy fought and defeated at the end of Wano hadn’t awakened his Devil Fruit, it is natural to wonder if the fight would have ended differently if the former Yonko had actually unlocked his Fruit’s full potential. Given how much of a struggle it was for Luffy to beat him with his unawakened Devil Fruit, it is very likely that Kaido using his awakened abilities would have been able to withstand the Straw Hat’s final attack and won the fight. However, depending on how his Awakened Devil Fruit powers manifested, it might not have made much of a difference.
This theory about Kaido’s Devil Fruit being unawakened is further supported by the fact that Kaido received his Devil Fruit from Big Mom during the battle of God Valley, where the two Yonko were on the losing side, and possibly only ate it to save his life and escape from that predicament. There are still a lot of questions to be answered regarding Devil Fruits and their awakening. For the moment, One Piece fans can at least put the Kaido Devil Fruit debate to rest, and focus on the incredible and exciting revelations that the series is delivering with each new chapter.
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Created by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece is a multimedia franchise that began as a manga series and follows the adventures of the Straw Hat Pirates as led by Monkey D. Luffy. Luffy, an enthusiastic pirate with a thirst for adventure, is afflicted by a mysterious curse that gives him various powers he uses to protect himself and his friends. The manga eventually gave way to the anime series, with the two being some of history’s longest-running anime and manga series. Along with over fifty video games made over the years, the series entered the live-action world with Netflix’s 2023 adaptation.