In any anime across the globe, there is no better power level measuring system than the bounties of One Piece. In any other power system, once we see the next guy with the biggest power level, the second-biggest became obsolete and became so small by comparison.
Since bounties are not just about fighting prowess and also have a lot to do with infamy, how many people he killed if a person attacked a Government facility, valuable knowledge, amount of followers, and so on, there is always a sense of ambiguity on how strong a person with a high bounty really is, and that mystery makes him intriguing.
Right now, Luffy's current high bounty has more to do with his guts and leadership when he tried to go into a Yonko's territory and then successfully escape from it; his physical strength, as high as it is, is secondary.
That said, there are still pirates that far exceed Luffy in physical strength, but have lower bounties. Yet, none of them are devalued because they are lower, having a high bounty is enough for us to respect them as strong opponents. We immediately understand that they can give Luffy a hard time or even beat him up.
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It is not too long ago when we heard that Crocodile had a bounty of 81,000,000 Belly, and it made him feel like an entire level of villain we have ever seen before. Now that number feels so tame compared to the people in this list. Jack the Drought, who has a bounty of 1,000,000,000 Belly is not even in the top 10 anymore. Must be a sign that the ending of One Piece is just around the corner.
Charlotte Katakuri - 1,057,000,000 Belly
By the time that Luggy has hit the 500 Million Belly mark, we thought Luffy was already up there with the top dogs in the big leagues. Then comes Jack the Drought, coming in with a Billion bounty, and we are humbled that we are not even near the ceiling. Then came Katakuri that has an even higher bounty.
Katakuri is one of the three Sweet Generals of the Big Mom Pirates, and the strongest pirate in the crew, strongest only to his mother Big Mom.
He is so strong, he is thought to be perfect by his brothers and sisters. He is stronger and faster than Luffy in every way, with a mochi power that is a dark mirror of Luffy's rubber abilities, except better with more versatility.
He remained undefeated until Luffy came along, Even then, it is because he injured himself to make it a fair fight, and his defeat has more to do with Katakuri not wanting to fight anymore, than Luffy overtaking him in fighting prowess.
Even the Blackbeard Pirates as a group have a hard time facing Katakuri. There is even a discussion of the possibility that he is stronger than King.Advertisement
Queen the Plague - 1,320,000,000 Belly
There is an appeal to Queen in that he is the most ridiculous and comedic member of the Beast Pirates, but is also one of its most dangerous members. Just like the others of the Beast Pirates' strongest fighters, he is one tough guy. While he got annoyed by Marco the Phoenix and have a tussle with Chopper in Monster Point, none of them did anything to hurt him. When he was battling Chopper, he intentionally did nothing while Chopper did everything in his power to try and hurt him, to no avail.
When it comes to engineering and virus creation, he is on top of the field, second only to Vegapunk. To make matters worst, if he is any thinner, he would steal all our hearts. May God help us all if he chooses not to be big anymore.
King the Wildfire - 1,390,000,000 Belly
As the strongest fighter under Kaido's command, King has quick decision-making skills that can put even Big Mom in trouble. He also has one of the toughest defenses in One Piece, even among the group of the strongest Zoans, second only to Kaido. As long as the fire on his back is not extinguished, he might as well be immortal. The only reason that he is not is because of the introduction of Advanced Conqueror's Haki, a technique that might as well be named, "plot armor."
With King's defeat by the blades of Zoro, it is a statement; the Straw Hats can defeat any pirate crew in any sea at this point.
Straw Hat Luffy - 1,500,000,000 Belly
At 19 years old, Luffy is the youngest to have ever hit the Billion Belly mark, as far as we know, and probably in the history of the One Piece world. In the fandom, and even within other One Piece characters, there is a debate if he even deserves it, along with the new title of 5th Yonko.
After all, when it was first announced he has this high a bounty, he was no doubt the weakest character in the Billions club. Right now, Luffy can go toe-to-toe with Yonko Kaidou. To be fair, Kaidou is lifting an entire island into the air, while having already fought multiple opponents who can surprisingly hurt him, as he goes toe-to-toe with Luffy, so there is still a discussion to be had if Luffy is actually in Kaidou's level.
Either case, after Wano, Luffy's bounty has nowhere else to go but up.Advertisement
Blackbeard - 2,247,600,000 Belly
Not even Luffy has a career trajectory as fast a Blackbeard. From having no reputation and bounty in the first time we met him, to a Shichibukai, to a Yonko with over a 2 Billion bounty, Blackbeard might be the world's best tactical genius.
He proved capable of manipulating both the Whitebeard Pirates and the full military force of the Marines. He might have the lowest bounty among the Yonkos outside of Luffy, but according to his past successes, he is just biding his time until eventually take the others' crown.
He is able to beat Marco the Phoenix despite Marco being just as strong as Admirals, and it is stated only Big Mom, Shanks, and Kaidou can take him down.
He is the only person who has two Devil Fruit abilities, one that can destroy the world, and one that can make it disappear.
Red-Haired Shanks - 4,048,900,000 Belly
His bounty may be lower than Big Mom and Kadou, but it is to be said that he is the youngest of the established Yonkos before the time skip and unlike the others, is more concerned with drinking parties and keeping the peace than making any sort of trouble. Regardless of how strong he and his crew may be, his action as a pirate does not warrant more than the 4 Billion he has right now.
As a credit of his strength, he was an old rival of Mihawk. He can battle Whitebeard to a standstill and will even split the sky while doing it. He can stop Kaido from confronting Whitebeard and can stop a giant war just by his presence. The Gorosei, the most powerful authority in the world, even respects him.
How he got his arm eaten by a weak Sea King, no one will ever know.
Big Mom - 4,388,000,000 Belly
Big Mom is a powerhouse who can defeat a giant with one slap as a child. In the world of One Piece, she is still a child in a body of an unstoppable juggernaut. Any childish thing she wants, she gets, or else. Her childish nature can be seen with her territory, Whole Cake Island; a land similar to a Disney Wonderland where every object is a cartoon, living, and singing.
Her strength is equal to that of Kaidou, as she fought him for days to a standstill and came out of it without any visible wounds.
She is the only main villain in an arc where the objective is not to beat her but to escape from her. When the Straw Hats were trying to escape her wrath, they might as well be running away from Godzilla.Advertisement
Kaido - 4,611,100,000 Belly
Coming in at number 3, is the strongest creature in the world, Kaido. As of now, as long as we do not know Monkey D. Dragon's bounty, Kaidou has the honor of having the highest living bounty.
He is so strong, and so unkillable, that his favorite pass time is to commit suicide. With a Zoan fruit of being an ancient giant dragon that can pulverize mountains with a fire breath, clearly, he is the king of the beasts.
On land, sea, and air, always bet on Kaido.
Whitebeard - 5,046,000,000 Belly
When Whitebeard was alive, he was considered the strongest man in the world. When it is time for him to die, it took the entire military force of the Marines and then some just to take him down, and he was not even in his prime anymore.
In terms of physical strength, he seems to be Gol D. Roger's equal and has the power to destroy the world with his earthquake-creating Devil Fruit.
From the looks of it, he can find the One Piece anytime, he just does not have the motivation to do so, given that he does not have the same wanderlust as Roger after having a family. It is only that distinction that makes him second place in bounty.
Pirate King Gol D. Roger - 5,564,800,000 Belly
With The Pirate Hunter's 5,564,800,000 Belly bounty, the One Piece world has reached its ceiling... for now.
Time will tell if Luffy or any other pirate with a big D will ever catch up in the future. By the time One Piece ends, we might have a new roster of Yonkos, with Pirate King Monkey D. Luffy, Captain Kid, Trafalgar Law, and Buggy the Clown. One or two of them are bound to hit the ceiling and accidentally break it.Advertisement
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