If you are a fan of One Piece and you don’t miss a single chapter of the manga and you like to create and analyze theories of this vast sea, then this reading is for you.
Soon Luffy will show us his true power with the Gear 5 in the anime, which leads us to imagine multiple scenarios in which he faces characters that we consider difficult and strong, even if this includes his master.
That’s why today, we will answer the question : Can Gear 5 Luffy beat Rayleigh ?
So if you’re ready to take on these two, get comfortable and let’s sail!
Luffy vs Rayleigh
Before we start analyzing the great capabilities of our captain, it is very important that we focus for a moment on Rayleigh, he is an older man, Gol D. Roger’s right-hand man, he has not eaten any fruit and possesses all types of haki.
If we consider that before big opponents with powerful fruits had problems with Roger’s crew -probably because of their use of haki-, then we have to conclude that only having haki knowledge makes the opponent powerful enough to face anyone.
And yes, Luffy has an akuma no mi and possesses haki knowledge, however, without Rayleigh’s training of the two years Luffy wouldn’t stand a chance against him, now if we add the Gear 5, we could give an overview in which both are on equal terms.
Can Gear 5 Luffy beat Rayleigh? The fight’s categories:
Having this knowledge we now have to dig further into the capabilities of both, following the following categories:
- Power (destructive capabilities).
- Battle IQ.
Can Gear 5 Luffy beat Rayleigh in terms of Strength?
Rayleigh continues to train despite being retired from piracy and manages to swim great distances, including from island to island, which makes him a strong man.
While Luffy is about to reach his prime of power if he isn’t already after the Gear 5 reveal.
If we take into account the ability of both in this area, it is most likely that Luffy in Gear 5 will be able to beat Rayleigh in this category.
Can Gear 5 Luffy beat Rayleigh in terms of Speed?
Previous to the time skip we could see that the mugiwaras were not opponents for the admirals, while nowadays they can be, however, there was a particular moment when Kizaru was about to follow Usopp and Brook -pre-time skip- and Rayleigh managed to stop him with a kick.
This is probably because of the observation haki, however, being that Kizaru is the representation of the speed of light, we can assume that Rayleigh manages to have faster reflexes.
Rayleigh wins this contest.
Can Gear 5 Luffy beat Rayleigh in terms of Power (destructive capabilities)?
On this occasion, the fact that Rayleigh does not possess any fruit may put him at a disadvantage, since none of the hakis causes massive destruction, most of them are more defensive and strategic.
Even though he uses a sword and can destroy mountains, Luffy’s ability goes further, as the Hito Hito allows Luffy to simulate rubber and, with pistol shots, he can destroy a lot of terrain around him.
In a destructive capacity, Luffy wins this contest.
Can Gear 5 Luffy beat Rayleigh in terms of Endurance?
We know that the fights of the old generations could last even days, so it would not be strange that Rayleigh could do it too if we take into account that his swimming ability makes him a worthy opponent against Luffy.
Although Luffy can become quite foolish on many occasions if he were to be challenged to an endurance fight against Rayleigh, he would most likely lose.
Rayleigh wins again.
Can Gear 5 Luffy beat Rayleigh in terms of IQ?
Rayleigh doesn’t play games, he knows the secrets of the world, and he knows One Piece himself! And to get to that point he must have a great capacity for reasoning and strategy, especially because he has always been seen as a laughing but serious character.
Similar to Luffy, only he has a simpler view of life. After Gear 5, although Luffy is more laughable, he manages to have a more focused view of things around him.
so Rayleigh wins this point.
Can Gear 5 Luffy beat Rayleigh in terms of Battle IQ?
I’ve already said it, Luffy is more giggly and tends to do things no one expects, solving battles creatively, while Rayleigh -although more experienced- can be taken by surprise by Luffy’s abilities.
If we add to this the Gear 5 powers, without a doubt, Luffy wins (although Rayleigh would give him enough of a fight).
Can Gear 5 Luffy beat Rayleigh ? Final words :
There is nothing more important for a master than his disciple surpassing him.
in this case, Luffy after Rayleigh’s training, learned a lot and managed to explore skills that he did not know he possessed, although there is still much to learn and overcome, the One Piece is getting closer to our captain.
Gear 5 Luffy can beat Rayleigh.
If you want to read about a fight between luffy and an other famous pirate, check : Can gear 5 Luffy beat Oden ?