Due to their actions and role, the Beasts Pirates serve as the main antagonists of the Zou Arc, one of the main antagonist groups of the Wano Country Arc, and one of the central ones of the Yonko Saga.
The crew's Jolly Roger is a skull in the middle of a pair of intersected crossbones (similar to the Blackbeard Pirates's flag). The skull has horns similar to Kaido's, and there are two shapes flanking the skull.
|X Drake *||Page One||Ulti||Who's Who||Black Maria|
|Sheepshead *||Ginrummy *||Basil Hawkins *||Holdem||Speed|
|Sarahebi||Alpacaman||Madilloman||Trio the Grip ≠|
|Drake Pirates||On Air Pirates||Hawkins Pirates|
Allies and Affiliates
|Yamato||Kurozumi Family||Big Mom Pirates||Donquixote Pirates ‡|
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The Beasts Pirates are a huge pirate organization — a roughly 20,000-strong army organized along simple yet strict hierarchical lines, effectively capable of operating as a massive fleet. Kaido as the Governor-General (総督 Sōtoku?, VIZ Media: "Supreme Commander") is at the top holding complete dominance over everyone. Directly below rank his three executive officers (the All-Stars) to whom answer a large yet unknown number of second-ranking officers (Headliners) that are spearheaded by a select few (the strongest six of them, called Tobiroppo), with the bottom ranks comprised by legions of rank and file, grouped into three divisions: the roughly 500 "elite" Gifters (all granted Artificial Zoan powers in Kaido's efforts to create the world's strongest crew made entirely up of ability users), even more Pleasures (those who have failed to gain abilities), and the lowest-level foot soldiers (and presumably the most numerous) called Waiters.
To bolster his forces, Kaido is ever on the lookout for strong new fighters which to forcibly recruit, most notably seeming to target distinguished New World pirate captains whose crews will see themselves fully subsumed into the Beasts Pirates over time. So far, three crews led by members of the Worst Generation — the Drake Pirates, On Air Pirates, and Hawkins Pirates — have become subordinate to the Beasts Pirates, with X Drake and Basil Hawkins serving as Headliners (and Drake being one of the Tobiroppo, who further count at least two other ex-pirate captains among them). Of desired recruits, those that willingly submit to Kaido, like Hawkins, are gladly welcomed whereas those that resist and stand against him are crushed, captured, and then continuously tortured and forced into penal labor until their spirit breaks and they can be forced into service, or they die.
The Beasts Pirates follow a system of strength-based meritocracy wherein crew members will rank higher the greater their fighting ability. It is possible, even encouraged, among them to challenge those holding a higher post than theirs in order to take it from them; this is shown with the Tobiroppo, who with Kaido's assent may fight an acting All-Star and, in case of victory, take their spot. The reverse holds true as well, where especially the upper ranks may seek to eliminate those ranked below them if they feel like it, as shown with Queen expressing his intent to kill one of the Tobiroppo and create an open seat. This generates an air of very outright hostility in the crew, especially among higher-ups, where those of the same rank may see themselves as rivals or those differing in rank may seek to kill (and replace) one another. Some may show no interest in answering to their superiors due to viewing them as mere obstacles to their aims of moving up the ranks.
The Beasts Pirates work intimately with Kurozumi Orochi and his government in Wano, helping to enforce his oppressive rule; Orochi has boasted that he fears no one, not even the World Government, with Kaido backing him up. Some of Kaido's forces, from Gifters to Waiters, are found stationed and working throughout Wano alongside Orochi's samurai, e.g. guarding, monitoring, and generally administering towns, and take aggressive action against anyone who publicly opposes or merely speaks ill of the shogun. It is also the Beasts Pirates who run Udon's labor camps wherein thousands of those guilty of rebellion against Orochi are held. It is shown that Beasts Pirates may take direct orders from Orochi or be asked for assistance by the shogun's allies, shown when "Kyoshiro" requested that Queen send assassins after someone who had defied the Kyoshiro Family. Some Beasts Pirates are permanently posted in the Flower Capital to aid Orochi however he sees fit, such as helping to indoctrinate civilians into loyalty to the shogunate.
In exchange for their services to Orochi, the Beasts Pirates enjoy full access to Wano's immense natural resources (i.e. its ore deposits) with which they have high-quality weapons, including Seastone-based ones, mass-produced in factories set up across the country. Said arms the Beasts Pirates originally exported in exchange for mass-import of the SMILE fruits manufactured by Doflamingo (in addition to the World Government using the ex-Shichibukai's brokering to get access to said weaponry), and it was this backdoor trade that allowed Kaido to maintain his martial power and dominion in the New World; thus, Doflamingo was Kaido's most essential trading partner and vice-versa.
Most of the crew, befitting its "beastly" theme, tends to be wild, savage, and bloodthirsty in demeanor, with Kaido himself feared by most of his men, especially for his drunken, violent rampages and mood swings. Most of the Beasts Pirates dress scantily akin to barbarian or Viking warriors with a darkish color motif, donning the likes of helmets and leather caps, leather belts and straps especially tied around their torsos (the former seen usually with skull buckles), furred and shoulder-padded cloaks/capes, fur-lined pauldrons, open leather jackets, gloves, bracelets, pants often knee-padded and made of leather as well, i.a., with spikes and studs often seen; most male members go bare-chested and most female ones wear brassieres and panties of the aforesaid style. Like their horned general, many crew members bear horns of some kind on their bare heads or ornamental headpieces (e.g. helmets) that are horned, while others are even seen with fangs, among other animal traits (often courtesy of their SMILE powers), and a large portion of the crew is shown sporting hair that is some combination of long, wild, or flowing.
The Beasts Pirates occupy Wano at large to use as their base of operations, and specifically are headquartered on Onigashima where Kaido himself in his castle and the crew's higher-ups tend to reside, and where the whole crew and its allies, especially Orochi and his followers, assemble during the annual Fire Festival.
Ranking highest under Kaido are the All-Stars (大看板 Ōkanban?, Viz: "Lead Performers"), the crew's executives, strongest warriors after their general, and his closest confidants. The three men holding this rank are Jack, Queen, and King — informally referred to as the Disasters (災害 Saigai?) for their respective epithets that correspond with types of calamity. In particular, Jack is called "the Drought" for his general destructivity that renders any land he rampages on as though a drought was there, Queen is "the Plague" for his expertise in weaponizing disease, and King as "the Conflagration" seems capable of generating fire. In keeping with their statuses, the trio has incredibly high bounties, with Jack's at 1,000,000,000 and Queen's at 1,320,000,000.
While Queen is human, Jack is a fish-man and King part of a currently unknown tribe thought to be otherwise extinct. Like Kaido himself, the All-Stars are noted for their size, dwarfing the average human; Luffy's first run-in with Kaido led some of the Beasts Pirates to assume he would be of similar size to an All-Star prior to laying eyes on him. In terms of combat ability, the All-Stars have proven themselves very fearsome: Jack, for example, was able to fight one-on-one for five full days against the two rulers (and strongest warriors) of the Mink Tribe who took turns against him every twelve hours, without ever being at threat of defeat. Each All-Star possesses a powerful Ancient Zoan ability, greatly bolstering their physical prowess: Jack can become a woolly mammoth, Queen a brachiosaurus, and King a pteranodon. All three are also seen carrying and/or fighting with bladed weaponry.
Thus far, Jack and Queen have been shown to captain their own personal vessels, bearing figureheads based on their respective Zoan ability. Said two are also introduced as de-facto rulers of Wano provinces, Jack sitting in control of Kuri while Queen runs Udon (specifically the prisoner mine there), and they tend to come and personally involve themselves in notable goings-on there. An All-Star may be send out to lead pivotal missions abroad, such as Jack being send with many subordinates to find and retrieve Raizo on Zou and trying to rescue Doflamingo from the Marine convoy carrying him to Impel Down. Generally, while the All-Stars seem to share a sibling-like sense of rivalry, they are fiercely loyal to their general and carry out his orders to their best ability. Like most of the crew, they all also reside on Onigashima.
- Further information: Numbers
The Numbers (ナンバーズ Nanbāzu?) are a group of mysterious, giant-sized individuals who were shown returning to Wano in order to attend the upcoming Fire Festival. Their exact role within the Beasts Pirates has yet to be cemented, but they are infamous enough to be feared by some children of Hakumai. While the majority have yet to be seen, one member is Hatcha. At least some of them appear to wield kanabo similar to that of Kaido and cast demon-like silhouettes with horns, not unusual to Kaido's subordinates. According to Queen, they all have drinking problems.
The Tobiroppo (飛び六胞 Tobiroppō?, lit. "Flying Six (Sheaths)"; Viz: "Tobi Roppo") are the strongest six of the below-explained Headliners. They stand out significantly in the crew, Kaido himself holding them in high regard. Currently, the group consists of X Drake, Page One, Ulti, Who's Who, Black Maria, and Sasaki.
Directly below the All-Stars in hierarchy, the six have been specified to be next in line to become an All-Star should a current one die, with some of them (expressly Who's Who and Sasaki) wishing to kill an All-Star themselves and usurp their post. Drake, Who's Who, and Sasaki are all former pirate captains, with Drake, seemingly unbeknownst to anyone in the crew, being an undercover Marine not actually loyal to them.
Drake, Page One, and Ulti are known to have Ancient Zoan abilities just like the All-Stars; Drake can become an Allosaurus, Page One a Spinosaurus, and Ulti a Pachycephalosaurus. Drake wields both an axe and rapier in battle while Who's Who and Sasaki are seen carrying a sword each.
The Tobiroppo's duties include the assassination of those who dare assault the Beasts Pirates' or by extension shogun Orochi's associates (e.g. the Kyoshiro Family), with an All-Star dispatching them in the process (though some of the Tobiroppo are known to ignore calls from All-Stars). During the latest Fire Festival, the Tobiroppo are the ones with whom Kaido entrusted the task of finding and retrieving his son Yamato.
The Headliners (真打ち Shin'uchi?) are the crew's second-grade officers — mostly elite Gifters — who are responsible for leading the Waiters, Pleasures, and lower Gifters. Powerful people who join the crew may attain this rank over a short time span, as did X Drake and Hawkins, showing that holding the powers of a SMILE fruit is no prerequisite.
Apart from the Tobiroppo's, the Headliners' strength seems to vary from individual to individual and depend on whom they are fighting. For example, Sheepshead was easily fended off by Brook and taken out by a single strike from Sanji, Holdem was defeated in one blow from Luffy, and Dobon was easily beaten by Eustass Kid and Luffy when both were Seastone-shackled. Hawkins, on the other hand, held his own against others from the Worst Generation, easily threatening Roronoa Zoro and Luffy simultaneously and clashing with Trafalgar Law.
Headliners are typically the highest crew authorities in Wano's towns and villages (outside the Flower Capital) that high-class officials reside in, and so are usually the ones to address smaller-scale issues happening nearby. Bakura Town, for example, has three Headliners stationed there. There are Headliners who hold other positions in a region, such as Babanuki being the warden in the Udon region's prisoner mines, and fellow Headliners Daifugo, Solitaire, and Dobon working under Babanuki as vice wardens.
The Gifters (ギフターズ Gifutāzu?) are the crew's elite infantry of nearly 500 Artificial Zoan users. Having eaten SMILEs, they have had certain parts of their body, e.g. their heads or limbs, permanently transformed into different parts of an animal or have such parts sprout as extra appendages (even sentient animal heads), with those having advanced mastery of their ability being able to deactivate their transformation at will (though this seems rare). Only 10% of the people who have eaten SMILEs gain powers and are thus considered "gifted" (hence their name). In the crew, Gifters seem to go by codenames corresponding with their animal power rather than their actual names, and have pairs of black horns on their heads.
The Gifters are formidable especially in cumulative numbers, and some, possibly many, of them used to be independent pirates who once dreamt of becoming Pirate King, before being beaten and broken into submission by Kaido and introduced into his ranks. With the defeat of Doflamingo and Caesar Clown's capture, Kaido's building up his army of Gifters was brought to an abrupt end, leaving them permanently curtailed to their current numbers.
The Pleasures (プレジャーズ Purejāzu?) are the crew's mid-level foot soldiers, only above the Waiters. They are the unfortunate many who failed to gain any animal traits after eating a SMILE fruit, being in the 90% who ate the dud fruits (and since for every Gifter there are nine Pleasures, one could infer the number of Pleasures to stand at around 4,500 at least, though any specific number has not been mentioned yet). The Pleasures not only failed to gain any abilities from partaking of the faulty fruits, due to their side effects, they always smile and laugh regardless of circumstance, even when taking harm (hence their name). In addition to being unable to express any other emotion, they share the standard Devil Fruit weakness of being unable to swim. They each have a single white horn on their heads and have been seen, i.a., serving as patrolling scouts in Wano Country.
The Waiters (ウェイターズ Weitāzu?) are the crew's low-level foot soldiers who have yet to eat the SMILEs, still awaiting their chance to gain animal powers (hence their name). Their specific role or duties in the crew, as opposed to the Pleasures or Gifters, are unknown. The first Waiters shown appeared in Udon's Prisoner Mine to fight Luffy and Hyogoro in a sumo match and wielded various swords. However, none of those particular Waiters were of notable strength, as they were all knocked out by Luffy's Haoshoku Haki. Unlike the Pleasures and Gifters, none of them have horns, signifying their lack of having eaten SMILEs.
The Beasts Pirates are known to have the following territories under their control:
- Unnamed Winter Island protected by Scotch and where the revolutionary Gaburu and his army operated.
- Wano Country, allied with the Kurozumi Family after usurping the previous shogunate twenty years ago.
- Onigashima, the official base of operations for the Beasts Pirates.
The Beasts Pirates are led by the Yonko Kaido, making them one of the four most powerful pirate crews in the world. Donquixote Doflamingo, a former Shichibukai and the former leader of an incredibly powerful pirate crew of his own who usually maintains a fearless attitude, was deeply scared of Kaido. Kaido also defeated another Shichibukai, Gecko Moria, and massacred his crew. They attempted to attack the Whitebeard Pirates in the hope of killing Whitebeard, something few would dare, and took on the Red Hair Pirates. They were stated by the Five Elders to be one of the few entities capable of stopping Blackbeard and his crew. During the timeskip, they formed an alliance with the Drake Pirates, a crew from the Worst Generation. Recently, they also formed alliances with the On Air Pirates and Hawkins Pirates, two other Worst Generation crews, possibly after Kaido himself defeated Eustass Kid, another member of the Worst Generation with apparent ease. According to Yasuie, the samurai who supported the Kozuki Family failed in their first rebellion against Orochi due to Kaido's protection.
After conquering Wano Country, the Beasts Pirates have many of the country's samurai working for them as subordinates. These samurai are renowned across the world, as they keep Wano safe from threats and even the Marines fear their power. However, some samurai secretly oppose the Beasts Pirates and Wano's shogun, Kurozumi Orochi.
Like the other Yonko-led crews, the Beasts Pirates possess territory in the New World, where they rule with an iron fist and brutally stifle any insurrections. Kaido currently possesses a "Road Poneglyph".
The true strength of this crew lies in their Underworld connections. Due to Kaido's alliance with Donquixote Doflamingo and Caesar Clown, they had access to SMILEs to help form an army of over 500 artificial Zoan Devil Fruit users. Indeed, the sheer amount of members with SMILE Devil Fruit powers is enough to overwhelm and force both the likes of Monkey D. Luffy and Roronoa Zoro to retreat after attempting a frontal assault on Kaido's castle, with the latter noting that many of the Gifters were highly skilled warriors that could wear them down quickly. They also have access to Caesar's poison gas weapons, which they used to destroy a city of minks. The Beasts Pirates also have at their disposal weapons made of Seastone, long-range cannons, and biological weapons created by Queen.
With the destruction of Caesar and Doflamingo's operations, Kaido can no longer gain more Gifters for his army. Jack's failure to retrieve Doflamingo also cost them a great ally.
Recently, Kaido has formed an alliance with fellow Yonko Charlotte Linlin, captain of the Big Mom Pirates, increasing their power.
As one of the most powerful pirate crews in the world, the Beasts Pirates possess a fleet of pirate ships. Among them are a series of ships with scorpion figureheads, which were used during the war against the Mink Tribe in order to bring reinforcements. These ships were also utilized in a rescue attempt on Doflamingo's prison convoy, and though unsuccessful, they managed to survive. The fleet later returned to Zou in preparation for resuming its attack on the Mink Tribe. Though the fleet launched an attack on Zunesha attempting to kill it, the giant elephant was ordered to fight back, who then destroyed the entire fleet with one swing of its gargantuan trunk.
In addition to this, the Beasts Pirates possess a group of ships that are seemingly used for internal affairs within their home territory of Wano. These ships, which are large enough to dwarf even the Thousand Sunny, feature a figurehead of the crew's Jolly Roger and sails marked with a "百". Notably, three of these ships were sent to sink the Nine Red Scabbards on their way to Onigashima. Those ships are armed with high-quality, long-ranged cannons manufactured in Wano's factories, allowing them to easily hit enemy ships from afar.
- Further information: Mammoth
The Mammoth (マンモス号 Manmosu-gō?) was the ship captained by Jack. It was a fairly large pirate ship, with its most noticeable trait being its mammoth head figurehead. Jack sailed it into battle against Doflamingo's Marine escort, and he was defeated and reported as deceased. Both the ship and the captain survived, albeit heavily battered. However, it was fully destroyed by Zunesha during Jack's second attack on Zou.
Queen's primary mode of transportation is a currently unnamed ship. This vessel appears to be far more intricate than the Mammoth, containing elements of both a traditional galleon and a more modernized battleship. The ship contains a large tower along with multiple sets of turrets. The central sail is inscribed with Queen's name, while a pair of smaller sails on either side contain the crew's jolly roger. Notably, the sail on the right takes on a standard appearance while the design on the left sail closely resembles the variant of the Jolly Roger present in Queen's tattoo. The figurehead resembles a brachiosaurus, which is Queen's Devil Fruit transformation. There is also a "Q 03" written on the port side of the ship.
Scratchmen Apoo and Numbers' ShipEdit
Apoo and the Numbers were shown returning to Wano on a vessel resembling Queen's personal ship, including a large tower in its center, with multiple side and central sails in black. However, the ship's figurehead has yet to be shown, and it is currently unknown who captains it.
After Orochi took the position of shogun during Kozuki Oden's absence, Kaido and his crew allied with Orochi and began occupying Wano Country in order to monopolize its resources. Twenty-three years ago, Kaido fought Moria and killed his crew on Wano. By the time Oden returned to Wano four years after he left to leave his wife and children in the care of his retainers, weapon factories were already built. During the years Oden was away, the Beasts Pirates aided Orochi with his oppression. Around half a year before Oden finished his voyage, the Beasts Pirates tried to threaten Oden's family, but they were driven back by Kawamatsu and Inuarashi. The Beasts Pirates continued to occupy Wano for the next five years after Oden's return from his voyage.
Twenty years ago, the Beasts Pirates captured Hyogoro and killed his wife and many of his followers. While Oden and the Nine Red Scabbards were on their way to Onigashima, Kaido and his crew confronted them in Udon. Oden managed to wound Kaido, but in the end, Oden and his allies were defeated and imprisoned.
After Oden's execution, Kaido and his All-Stars proceeded to burn down Oden Castle in order to kill the last two Kozuko descendants, Momonosuke and Hiyori. However, Oden's wife sent Momonosuke, Kin'emon, Kanjuro, Raizo, and Kikunojo 20 years into the future while Kawamatsu helped Hiyori escape Oden Castle.
When the daimyos including Yasuie and Ushimaru tried to avenge Oden by staging a massive rebellion with the countless supporters of the Kozuki Family, Kaido personally intervened and the rebellion failed with a majority of them killed along with their families and the surviving dissidents were condemned to life imprisonment in Udon.
Summit War SagaEdit
Upon hearing that the Whitebeard Pirates were headed to Marineford, the Beasts Pirates tried to intercept them so their captain could kill Whitebeard. However, they were stopped by the Red Hair Pirates.
After the Battle of Marineford, X Drake docked at one of Kaido's islands. When Scotch confronted him, Drake asked him if Kaido would be angry if he were to be attacked, which Scotch confirmed, prompting Drake to transform into a dinosaur and attack him. Sometime after this, Drake began serving under Kaido.
When Momonosuke and his retainers returned, the Beasts Pirates discovered them when they left Wano Country and pursued them.
Caribou's Kehihihihi in the New WorldEdit
On one of the islands Kaido ruled in the New World, a revolution had been going on. The rebelling soldiers picked up their attack when the pirate Caribou entered the island, who they thought to be their deceased leader Gaburu. Scotch easily put a stop to the rebellion and later captured Gaburu's grandmother, planning to use her as an example for the revolutionaries.
Punk Hazard ArcEdit
Upon seeing Caesar Clown being defeated by Monkey D. Luffy, a man with two horns told another that he was going to inform Jack about what just transpired. The other man was scared, however, fearing what would happen if Jack got involved.
Invasion of ZouEdit
Led by Jack, an All-Star and one of the three Disasters, several of the Beasts Pirates entered Zou to search for Raizo the ninja. They came into conflict with the Mink Tribe, who easily beat back the Pleasures, leading Jack to send in the Gifters. Soon afterward, Jack and the Gifters came into conflict with the Musketeers led by Inuarashi. However, when the sunset, the Musketeers were forced to retreat and the Guardians took over. Their leader, Nekomamushi, dealt a powerful blow to Jack, and the battle between the Beasts Pirates and the Guardians commenced.
The battle lasted for five days, with the Musketeers and Guardians switching out every 12 hours. The minks eventually managed to gain the upper hand, though they were never able to suppress Jack himself. Finally, Jack lost his patience and used Koro, a gas weapon invented by Caesar, covering the Mokomo Dukedom in poisonous gas. With the minks now easily subdued, the Beasts Pirates began slaughtering the warriors. Jack crucified Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, and the strongest warriors and tortured them to find Raizo's location. However, they received no answers as the minks passed out.
The next day, Jack received word of Doflamingo's downfall and left Zou to go rescue him, leaving behind some subordinates. Led by Gifters headliner Sheepshead, the remaining pirates continued terrorizing the survivors and searching for Raizo. The Straw Hat Pirates led by Sanji entered the island and came into conflict with the Beasts Pirates by preventing Sheepshead from chasing after a mink. The Straw Hats managed to defeat Sheepshead, and the pirates following him retreated. Tired of Raizo not showing himself after all their effort, the Beasts Pirates decided to report that Raizo was not there, and it was reported that they left the island.
Meanwhile, Kaido attempted suicide by jumping off a Sky Island and landed on the Kid Pirates' base. However, he survived the fall and prepared to have Doflamingo help him start the greatest war in the world.
A few days later, Jack attacked the Marine convoy that was escorting Doflamingo. Though he succeeded in sinking two of the ships, Jack was eventually brought down and reported as dead, though his body was not found.
Jack survived the battle and recovered from his wounds on the Mammoth, which was surrounded by other Beasts Pirates ships. Soon after, the fleet returned to Zou as Jack punished Sheepshead for having failed his search for Raizo. A subordinate suggested that they attack the minks while they were still weakened, but Jack declared that he would simply kill Zunesha instead.
The attack commenced, with the fleet shooting at Zunesha's front left leg in order to bring it down, with Jack intending to make it kneel so he could attack its face. They succeeded in bringing the elephant to a knee, but Zunesha immediately stood back up after conversing with Kozuki Momonosuke. Under Momonosuke's command, it annihilated the entire fleet with a swing of its trunk.
After hearing about Jack's failure to rescue Doflamingo, Kaido lamented on the loss of SMILE, growing emotional that he could no longer have a crew of entirely Devil Fruit users. Some of his subordinates wondered if they should start taking the Straw Hat and Heart Alliance seriously, but Kaido hit them out of the building with his mace, saying that they were nowhere near his level and pointing to the defeated Eustass Kid as an example. As for Jack, he remained underwater, impatiently waiting for rescue.
Kaido was contacted by Big Mom and the two Yonko argued over the right to kill Luffy.
Wano Country ArcEdit
While at the market in Kuri, a group of scouts harassed a girl named Tama with their baboon Hihimaru. Tama rashly mentioned the Kozuki Family, leading them to capture her. They then went on to attack Luffy, who had come to Wano illegally, at Kuri Beach. Luffy defeated the scouts and rescued Tama, and she tamed Hihimaru with her Devil Fruit power. Hawkins heard about this and decided to go after Luffy himself, and he confronted Luffy, Tama, and Roronoa Zoro at a wasteland near the ruins of Amigasa Village. Luffy, Zoro, and Tama managed to escape to Okobore Town, but Holdem had heard about Tama taming Hihimaru and so had the Gifters Gazelleman and Batman kidnap her and bring her to Bakura Town.
After discovering that Zoro, who was a nationally wanted criminal, was in Bakura Town, the Gifters and samurai there attacked him, Luffy, and a female samurai named Kiku, but were overpowered. Holdem then confronted Luffy with Tama as a hostage as Hawkins and his men headed into Bakura Town to provide backup, but were intercepted by Trafalgar Law. As the headliner Speed arrived at the scene, Luffy managed to overwhelm Holdem and free Tama, and Tama tamed Speed with her abilities. The Beasts Pirates were left powerless to stop Luffy's group, and Jack was notified about Holdem's defeat.
Jack went to Okobore Town to search for Luffy but got into a fight with Shutenmaru. The battle was interrupted when a drunk Kaido arrived, looking for Luffy and Law. When Hawkins informed Kaido that Luffy and Law were hiding in Oden Castle, Kaido proceeded to destroy the castle ruins. Luffy then came out and attacked Kaido, but was swiftly defeated by the Yonko. Law attempted to rescue Luffy, but was attacked by Hawkins and forced to flee. Luffy was then brought to a prison in Udon.
Some members of the Kyoshiro Family were attacked by Sanji when they tried extorting him, and they contacted Queen, who sent X Drake and Page One to kill him. Page One went on a rampage looking for Sanji, and Sanji confronted him. The two fought, with Sanji utilizing the powers of his Raid Suit, and Sanji eventually escaped unscathed.
On Onigashima, Kaido received reports that the Big Mom Pirates were approaching Wano. However, the issue was quickly solved when King flew in and attacked their ship, preventing it from scaling the waterfall.
In the Prisoner Mine, the vice warden and Headliner Dobon attacked Luffy and Eustass Kid for depleting the food storage with the meal tickets they earned through working, but they knocked him out without anyone seeing. Luffy then gave some of his meal tickets to the old prisoner Hyo, but this caused Hyo to be attacked by Vice Warden Daifugo. Luffy attacked Daifugo and was eventually brought before Queen and the warden Babanuki to be punished along with Hyogoro.
Queen decided to punish them by having them fight against numerous members of the Beasts Pirates and put special collars on them that would behead them if they got pushed out of the wrestling ring.
Sometime later, the Beasts Pirates found out about Kin'emon's secret message and arrested several of his supporters in the capital.
Back in Udon, Queen was confronted by Big Mom, and after a brief fight, he managed to capture her. When taking Big Mom to Onigashima, he unknowingly allowed Luffy to roam free and regroup with his allies to take over Udon and recruit the prisoners to fight against the Beasts Pirates. After the warden, Babanuki, was defeated, the Beasts Pirates lost control of Udon.
After Big Mom was brought to Onigashima, Kaido fought with her. However, the two Yonko eventually decided to form an alliance to take over the world.
Translation and Dub IssuesEdit
The crew's name, Hyakujū Kaizokudan (百獣海賊団?), literally translates to something along the lines of "Many Beasts Pirates", "All Beasts Pirates", or "Hundreds of Beasts Pirates".
The term "Hyakuju", meaning many or all kinds of beasts, is a compound word that combines the characters for Hundred (百 Hyaku?) and Beast (獣 Jū?). It is seldom used and most often found within the Japanese idiom Hyakujū no Ō (百獣の王?), or "King of Beasts" in English, consequently causing confusion amongst One Piece translators on how to render the term.
Additionally, Viz decided to take the translation into a whole new direction by opting to use the title "Animal Kingdom Pirates". According to Stephen Paul, the translator of One Piece for VIZ, "Animal Kingdom came from 'Hyaku-juu' which literally is the kanji for "hundred" and "animal" but it actually means 'all manner of beast/animal.' A common use of that is 'hyaku-juu no ou' which is 'king of the beasts' aka Lion. Kaido's title is 'Hyaku-juu no Kaido' so, given the implication, and the reference to him as the strongest creature alive, I called him 'Kaido, King of the Beasts.' As an analogue I decided to go with Animal Kingdom for his crew, since it's implied that he rules over them, and they obviously have a wide variety of animal-powers in the Gifters."
- The crew seems to have a playing card theme, with the All-Stars being named after playing card ranks, the Numbers being the pip cards, and the Headliners (save those from the Worst Generation) being named after card games, as well as Scotch. They share this theme with one of their former allies, the Donquixote Pirates.
- The crew's card motif bears resemblance to (and was possibly inspired by) KING, a gang from Fist of the North Star.
- In addition, Queen bears a resemblance to Heart, a minor antagonist and member of KING.
- In keeping with the crew’s association with Wano Country, a country inspired by Feudal Japan, many senior positions within the crew take their names from traditional Japanese performing arts or types of theatre.
- All-Stars take their name from the word Ōkanban (大看板? lit. "large signboard"), which has come to denote a first-rate influential performer or leading star of theatre/film, due to the custom of writing such a person’s name larger than those of other performers on billboards and other signage.
- Headliner is derived from Shin'uchi (真打? lit. “true hit”), a term used to describe a person of the highest ability or popularity in Rakugo, a traditional Japanese solo performing art.
- The strongest of the Headliners, the Flying Six, are named after a form of dramatic exit in Kabuki called Roppō (六方? lit. "six directions") that involves exaggerated movements of the performer’s hands and feet towards north, west, south and east, as well as up and down. Tobi roppō (飛び六方? lit. "flying six directions") is a particularly famous variation from the play "Kanjinchō" performed by one of the lead characters, the warrior Benkei.
- The Beasts Pirates currently have the highest number of known Devil Fruit users of any pirate crew currently due to many of their members having eaten SMILEs.
- The crew's powers are known to consist of all Zoan variants (Ancient, Mythical, and Artificial), with the exception of the common Zoan.