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Longtime followers of the series will remember the thriller bark arc when Luffy, or should I say, Oda, gave us a new transformation. As you guess, today, we will answer the question : When does Luffy turn into Nightmare Luffy ? Perhaps Luffy’s most bizarre and out-of-place transformation to date. We will talk about the context surrounding the transformation when it appears and if it’s ever likely to be seen again in the series.
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Overview on Nightmare Luffy
First of all, before understanding why Luffy turned into this form, we need to understand what Nightmare Luffy is?
This form of Luffy is the result of Luffy’s body being stuffed with shadows in order to gain the power necessary to face Gecko Moria and his creation, Oars, in battle.
The shadows give Luffy immense physical strength, darkening his personality, and making him more aggressive and violent. This form is unlike any of Luffy’s other transformations as it is not an extension of his devil fruit or haki powers. It’s not a gear. It is simply a temporary side effect of a hundred shadows being inside Luffy’s body.
From what was gathered, it was also constantly painful for Luffy, as keeping so many shadows inside his body made it extremely stressful to even move, and Luffy was exhibiting feats of speed under such immense pressure, which only adds to the testament to his will power and dedication to his crew.
In addition to all that, this form does not even act like Luffy as due to the amalgam of all the personalities that the shadows bring with them, nightmare Luffy has a macabre tone and a dark, brooding personality, unlike the happy-go-lucky Luffy we all know and love.
When did Luffy transform into Nightmare Luffy in One Piece?
As mentioned above, this transformation came during the Thriller bark arc, where Luffy was aided by the pirates who were stuck on the gigantic island-like ship.
They stuffed almost a hundred shadows into Luffy’s body, giving him all of their skill and their strength in battle. As this was a temporary transformation, it only lasted till after the battle with Oars was done and Luffy’s own shadow was released from Oars’s body.
In what episode does Luffy become Nightmare Luffy?
The first time Luffy transformed into Nightmare Luffy was back in episode 379 of the anime, during the Thriller Bark arc. After fighting his way through hordes of zombies, nightmare Luffy confronts Oars, who is powered by Luffy’s own shadow. This was the first and last time we saw this form in action.
What chapter does Luffy turn into Nightmare Luffy?
The corresponding chapter to this was manga chapter 476, which was titled « Nightmare Luffy » and covered the creation of this form and his subsequent appearance in the battle against Oars, that Luffy’s crew was losing.
Will nightmare Luffy return?
The nature of this transformation is unlike any other that Luffy has ever shown. It is not based on his own power but is a product of Luffy’s circumstances and, as such, was temporary. It was only shown as a one-time deal. For it to appear again, Luffy will have to take in a hundred shadows one more time.
That is only possible with the use of Moria’s Shadow-Shadow fruit. So, the only logical way for Luffy to regain the powers of Nightmare Luffy is for Moria to strip a hundred people of their shadows and place them inside Luffy. This is a problem on multiple levels. One, Moria is not Luffy’s alley, and two, since his visit to Blackbeard’s Island in search of his crewmate, Moria’s own status remains unknown.
There was a very obscure theory that Moria may help Luffy turn into Nightmare Luffy to fight Kaido in order to avenge his crew that Kaido killed years prior. But with the Wano arc over and Luffy now having Gear 5, it seems unlikely that Luffy will use, or will need to use, Nightmare Luffy ever again.
When does Luffy turn into Nightmare Luffy ? Final words :
As such, to answer our own question, I’ll go over the contents of this article one more time. Luffy used the power of rogue shadows on Thriller Bark to turn into a Frankenstein-esque character that was called Nightmare Luffy. This was done with the intention of defeating Moria, his giant, shadow-powered creation Oars, and his army of Zombies. It was a successful maneuver, and Oz was defeated.
So, Nightmare Luffy appeared on Thriller Bark at the episode 379 and chapter 476, which for additional information, was the arc where Brook joined the Strawhat crew.
Additionally, under no logical circumstances will Luffy ever turn into Nightmare Luffy again, and provided he has the power of Gear 5, he should not need to ever again. But should Oda want, he can make it happen. He controls the world of One Piece, and in his judgment, we all trust.
Finally, despite our own verdict, what do you think about this form? Did you enjoy its design and abilities, and would you ever like to see it make an appearance in the series? Let us know your thoughts and views on Nightmare Luffy.