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One Piece has great memorable moments.
There’s the time when Shanks sacrificed his arm to save Luffy, inspiring him to start his journey. There’s Zoro’s defeat from Mihawk, Sanji’s farewell to Baratie, Nami’s rescue from Arlong, Robin’s cry for help and many more to list!
But there was one defining moment which made Luffy grow during the heat of battle, and that is his fight against Katakuri, one of Big Mom’s strongest sons.
Today in this article, we’ll be looking at a rematch to answer the question : Would Current Luffy beat Katakuri ? who is one of the fiercest opponents that Luffy has ever faced and instrumental to the growth of his latent abilities!
Seeing as I am a die-hard fan of One Piece since 2008, I’ll be your guide for this post and hope you like this article!
Current Luffy Vs Katakuri
Back when this match first aired or was published, I had literal goosebumps since I couldn’t wait every week to find out the outcome of this battle!
The way Oda presented the fight sequence was top-notch, no doubt about it! It showcased Luffy’s Gear 4 Bounceman as well as Advanced Observation Haki for both opponents!
The outcome was pretty obvious but had it not been for external interruptions like his sister Brulee coming to rescue and Flampe weakening Luffy, there would’ve been only one man left alive.
Now, Luffy has grown into a fearsome opponent soaring high in the danger zone! But how would he do against Katakuri provided that there would be no external involvement during the fight both from the Straw Hat Crew and the Big Mom Family?
We’ll find out now in this article!
Categories for battle assessment
Here are the categories for the fight:
- Power (destructive capabilities)
- Battle IQ
- Devils fruit powers
Would Current Luffy beat Katakuri in terms of Strength?
When Katakuri was first introduced in the Whole Cake Island arc, he was a menacing opponent with extraordinary strength since he overpowered Luffy’s Hawk Gattling and Elephant Gun.
Now, Gear 5 has his Bajrang Gun, which is the size of Onigashima Island. AND THAT’S JUST HIS FIST! Let’s see how he dodges that.
Gear 5 Luffy pummels Katakuri in terms of Strength.
Would Current Luffy beat Katakuri in terms of Speed?
Back in the previous match, Katakuri in his Awakened form kept up with Gear 4th Snakeman Luffy (which was his fastest form till the end of the Whole Cake arc).
Gear 5 Luffy has even blitzed Kaido in his Hybrid Beast form. What’s more to tell?
Gear 5 Luffy blitzes Katakuri in terms of Speed.
Would Current Luffy beat Katakuri in terms of Haki?
In the previous match, Katakuri was shown to have mastery in Advanced Observation Haki, so much so that he could see the future 2-3 seconds ahead. Luffy eventually developed that skill when in battle with him.
Gear 5 Luffy has mastery over all three forms of Haki both in Basic and Advanced forms and since Luffy has Conqueror’s Haki as well, it would give him an extra edge.
Gear 5 Luffy overwhelms Katakuri in terms of Haki.
To find out more about Luffy’s superiority over other haki users, check out Gear 5 Luffy vs Roger !
Would Current Luffy beat Katakuri in terms of Power (Destructive Capabilities)?
Look, Katakuri was one of the strongest Big Mom commanders and was known to destroy villages in a swoop.
If Gear 5 Luffy can make a dormant underwater volcano erupt just by punching, this clearly shows its superior strength in terms of destruction.
Gear 5 Luffy beats Katakuri in terms of Power (Destructive Capabilities).
Would Current Luffy beat Katakuri in terms of Endurance?
Katakuri took damage from Gear 4th Boundman as well as Snakeman forms, both of which were Luffy’s strongest at the time, and still stood up. Making them evenly matched.
Luffy Post-Udon training is a different breed altogether, where Luffy can take damage from both Kaido and Big Mom and still stood tall, who’re clearly stronger than Katakuri.
Luffy beats Katakuri in terms of Endurance.
Would Current Luffy beat Katakuri in terms of IQ?
I don’t have to repeat it all over again that Luffy’s a simple guy whereas Katakuri’s a genius at his time.
Surprisingly, that’s the only category where Katakuri has an advantage over Luffy.
Katakuri beats Luffy in terms of IQ.
Would Current Luffy beat Katakuri in terms of Battle IQ?
Battle I.Q would be different since it depends on the tactics and maneuvers taking place in the heat of the battle, where all of the Advanced forms of Haki can be learned too.
Gear 5 Luffy represents the pinnacle of Battle I.Q where he would outsmart Katakuri in every way.
Luffy outsmarts Katakuri in terms of Battle IQ.
Would Current Luffy beat Katakuri in terms of Devil Fruit power?
Now, in the previous match, we were known to witness a fight between two Paramecia users with Luffy’s Gomu Gomu no Mi and Katakuri’s Mochi Mochi no Mi, both of which were at par with each other.
Now that we’ve found out that Luffy’s Devil fruit is not the Paramecia Gomu Gomu no Mi but instead the Mythical Zoan Fruit Hito Hito no Mi: Model Nika, there is clear superiority over Katakuri’s Paramecia Devil Fruit and Luffy would completely overwhelm him!
Luffy would win over Katakuri’s Devil Fruit Power anytime.
Would Current Luffy beat Katakuri ? Final words :
I guess the result was decided from the start.
In the previous match, Katakuri kept up with Luffy at his best and even gave him a tough time which resulted in Luffy’s growth being instrumental to future arcs.
His rematch against Gear 5 Luffy would result in him losing face and getting completely mauled by him. That is unless he decides to train further to reach his level, which will take quite a long time.
Luffy stomps Katakuri by a very high margin.