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Can Kid beat Shanks?

Can Kid beat Shanks

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In the world of One Piece, there are battles and rivalries that can shake the world events, alter the course of history or change a person completely. There are MANY significant examples of this. The God-Valley incident is one, the battle between Akainu and Aokiji is another, and most recently, the clash of the Straw hat crew against the combined Big Mom and Beast Pirates.

There is one important clash that happened during the timeskip and that was between Eustass Kid and Shanks. 

Kid lost his arm against Shanks and it changed him as a whole. We can now see the two clashing once again after Chapter 1076 when the two crews are about to duke it off but Can Kid beat Shanks?

I’ll be your host for today’s article as well and with 15 years of knowledge of One Piece, I can’t wait to show you the result!

Kid vs Shanks

It would be no surprise that the two pirates got to clash early in the series considering that Eustass Kid was always a hot-headed and eccentric individual with little to no regard for the consequences of his own actions. He is brash, impulsive and arrogant to the point that he would find excuses to look for a fight.

As mentioned before, he encountered the Red-Hair Pirates during the timeskip and tried fighting Shanks of all people, who is One of the Four Emperors of the Sea. If you remember, Shanks is a level-headed and cool individual who never approaches any enemy or strikes them first unless he is forced to.

It’s pretty obvious that Kid and his crew may have done something which would have enraged him so much that he would tear his left arm out. The good thing about Kid though, is that he took it like a man, and improved on his skills and surroundings based on this!

Now, the two crews are out for blood again and their fated encounter is near. Before the fight happens in the manga, we should assess for ourselves who will win this rematch! Let’s find out!

Categories for battle assessment

Here are the categories for the fight:

  • Strength 
  • Speed 
  • Haki
  • Power (destructive capabilities)
  • Endurance 
  • IQ 
  • Battle IQ 

Can Kid beat Shanks in terms of Strength?

The two titans are considerably strong given that both characters have evolved Post-Wano Country arc with Kid displaying herculean feats of strength by using his Punk Gibson against Big Mom and injuring her fatally. He even used Punk Rotten, comparable to Post-Udon Gear 4th Luffy, on Hybrid Kaido combined with Slam Gibson which is a testament to his strength! His trump card, Punk Corna Dio, used against a lifespan-amplified Big Mom is a force to be reckoned with, solidifying him as a contender worthy of fighting the Yonko!

In the case of Shanks, his full power is yet to be revealed but judging by the snippets that we got, he casually blocked a punch from Akainu during the Marineford War. He is even stated by Kaido to be one of the few people who are actually capable of fighting him before his eventual downfall by Luffy’s hands.

Shanks is tied with Kid in terms of Strength.

Can Kid beat Shanks in terms of Speed?

Now, in terms of speed, both fighters are consistently fast, so much so that they are faster than the speed of light and can keep up with the swiftest of all enemies! Kid did showcase his lightning-fast adeptness by intercepting the lifespan-amplified Big Mom’s attacks and blitzed her with his Punk Corna Dio.

Shanks, on the other hand, kept up with Whitebeard when the two clashed on the Moby Dick and intercepted Akainu’s attack all of a sudden during the Marineford War and that’s about the only proof that we have. 

Kid and Shanks are tied in terms of Speed.

Can Kid beat Shanks in terms of Haki?

In terms of Haki, both of them possess all three forms of Haki. Kid didn’t use it or know about it but Kaido did state that he possesses Conqueror’s Haki. We’re just waiting for Kid to tap into his hidden potential.

If there is one thing that Shanks is famous for, it’s his constant use of Conqueror’s Haki. That is to say, he has mastery over his other forms of Haki as well but Conqueror’s Haki is his defining trait, as shown when he scared off Greenbull, a new Navy Admiral who was out for blood of the Straw Hat crew just when they were done fighting Kaido.

Speaking of Haki, there is another worthy contender in a battle of Haki’s but it will rather be a heart-wrenching encounter. Will Luffy fight Shanks soon? Click on here to find out!

Shanks beats Kid in terms of Haki by a high margin.

Can Kid beat Shanks in terms of Power (Destructive Capabilities)?

Destruction may not sound well with Shanks but it DEFINITELY goes well with Kid given his reputation. But the two of them are actually capable of wreaking havoc.

Kid brings catastrophe whenever he is around and it would be Multi-Continental at best, even higher when he uses Punk Rotten! I am betting that after the TimeSkip, he would be at least on par with Shanks in terms of laying waste to the surroundings.

Shanks matched Whitebeard in his clash and casually blocked a magma fist from Akainu without budging an inch, which should prove that his destructive power is Multi-Continental at best. This was before the timeskip. 

Kid is tied with Shanks in terms of Power (Destructive Capabilities).

Can Kid beat Shanks in terms of Endurance?

If there is one thing I can describe Kid with, it’s a tank. Guy’s a literal tank to such an extent that he took point-blank punches from the lifespan-amplified Big Mom along with other attacks such as the Heavenly Bonbon, Mama Raid and the Tenman Daijizai Tenjin Strike, which are Multi-Continental, at least.

Shanks, during Pre-Timeskip, clashed evenly with Whitebeard with just one hand, which is Multi-Continental at most. He would definitely be more durable in the Post-Timeskip era given that there are dangerous enemies in the New World area.

Shanks beats Kid in terms of Endurance.

Can Kid beat Shanks in terms of IQ?

This is a no-brainer, Kid is an impulsive individual who acts solely on emotions. Kinda like Luffy. And apart from that, he never backs down from ANY fight, even when he knows he’s going to lose.

Shanks, however, is a gifted individual with an authoritative presence which makes him worthy of having the title of Leader.

Shanks beats Kid in terms of IQ by a very high margin.

Can Kid beat Shanks in terms of Battle IQ?

Kid may not have the smarts but he is thoroughly gifted in battle given that he came up with a stratagem to take down Big mom during the battle while assisting Law, something he rarely does.

Shanks has two decades of fighting experience and due to this, he possesses advanced strategic intelligence along with adept tactical abilities, which solidifies him as a Yonko.

Shanks pummels Kid in terms of Battle IQ.

Can Kid beat Shanks ? Final words :

The results are in and as expected, Shanks would beat Kid in their rematch, albeit, with more difficulty than before considering the fact that Eustass Kid has grown quite significantly since his encounter with Big Mom and Kaido after Wano arc.

I can only hope Oda delivers a satisfying fight between the two just as he did in the case of Law vs Blackbeard.


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