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Overview

As much as Brook normally goofs around on the ship engaging in acts of silliness with Luffy, he is still a formidable opponent. Due to his previous experiences and skills that he amassed from the days when the Pirate King Gol D. Roger was still active, Brook, in all respects, is a veteran pirate (though these attributes are somewhat downplayed by his overall demeanor, along with the fact that his isolation in the Florian Triangle seemed to have eroded his knowledge of modern society).[17]

When Brook fights, his battles often have a comical element to them, including making a few of the members of his own crew fall asleep while fighting the Flying Fish Riders,[18] playing dead halfway through a battle,[19] or launching himself at an enemy with erroneous results.[20] His childish personality occasionally hampers his effectiveness.[21][22] Though he often gets scared easily by powerful enemies or the supernatural, he can be very calm and fearless to defend his crew, such as when he willingly sacrificed himself hoping to hold back a Pacifista and Bartholomew Kuma,[23][24] and when he cleverly realized he could trick Giolla to defeat her.[25] When he first met the Straw Hats, he quickly proved to be an asset to them during their encounters with Thriller Bark's many undead inhabitants.[26]

After the timeskip, Brook's overall skills have proven to be a very important asset during battle, as he defeated the energy steroid powered Zeo with no difficulty,[27] and cut down Giolla of the Donquixote Pirates.[25] When fighting to reclaim the Thousand Sunny, he and Tony Tony Chopper battled and defeated several of Big Mom's chess soldiers. This earned them praise from Charlotte Katakuri, one of Big Mom's Sweet Commanders.[28]

Brook has demonstrated tactical ingenuity, as shown when he used his music to act like he was on Giolla's side, allowing him to regain his sword from her and defeat her.[25] He also got the idea to store the copies of Big Mom's Poneglyphs inside his head before she confronted and later captured him.[29] He is very good at working with others to execute plans in tandem, as shown when he took advantage of Pedro's distraction to get around his strongest opponents and enter the Room of Treasure.[30] He also disguised himself as a clone of Luffy to take advantage of the chaos when Luffy crashed Big Mom's tea party, and he destroyed Big Mom's portrait of Carmel without being noticed.[31]

He is shown to have a strong will, as he was able to withstand a burst of Big Mom's Haoshoku Haki.[32]

Physical Abilities

Brook's skeletal body allows him to perform a wide variety of acts that would be impossible or fatal for a normal human to do. As long as his body remains solid and intact, he will live, and he can easily repair any bone damage simply by consuming milk (in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 his ability to heal via drinking milk is named Intermezzo: Preparation).[33] He can even survive having his head cut off, continuing to talk, smell, and see while it is detached.[34] However, he is still capable of feeling pain.[35] Due to his lack of flesh, Brook is resistant to lightning strikes and high and low temperatures.[36] He is also immune to Caesar's Shinokuni gas. Brook does not age, as his body only consists of bones and he continues to grow stronger despite being 90 years old. He is capable of storing objects inside his skull, such as a Tone Dial[37] and Poneglyph rubbings.[38]

Because his skeleton body doesn’t have any flesh or organs, Brook is very light weight, increasing his speed and agility. This makes him the fastest member of the Straw Hats.[39] He can run across water without sinking,[40] and jump extremely high into the air.[41] Brook frequently uses his tremendous speed in battle, allowing him to take down opponents with attacks too quick for them to see.[27] He was able to purify an entire horde of Soldier Zombies before any of them could react,[42] and was capable of catching Emperor Big Mom and her homies off guard with his attacks.[43]

Though he has a naturally slim frame, Brook possesses an impressive degree of physical strength, being able to carry Luffy up to the crow's nest of Thriller Bark without slowing down.[44] Despite not retaining any muscle tissue, it seems that Brook can still grow stronger over time, as he said to Ryuma that he has grown stronger over the span of the last five years.[45] After two years of extensive training, Brook's strength has increased further, as the force he now applies in his swordsmanship is powerful enough to create flying slashes that can break thick ice from a far range[46] and defend powerful strikes from a steroid-enhanced Zeo[47] and Sheepshead of the Beasts Pirates.[48]

Brook also has a vast amount of endurance, as he was able to remain conscious after Bartholomew Kuma used his Ursus Shock on Thriller Bark.[49] Against Big Mom of the Four Emperors and her three special homies, he was able to get up several times after receiving powerful attacks from her.[50]

Since he is technically dead as his skeletal body lacks skin or blood, Brook is immune to the Ice Oni disease and presumably other similar illnesses.[51]

Musical Skills

Brook is a virtuoso musician who is extremely skilled in playing all kinds of instruments, particularly the violin, his favorite instrument.[52] After he was separated from the Straw Hats, Brook picked up the guitar and, within two years, he became so highly skilled in the new instrument that he came to be regarded as a world famous rock star. At testament to this fact, his records in Tone Dials sold in the millions, and his fans during his final world tour stop in Sabaody Archipelago were either crying or fainting at his presence.[53] Brook can masterfully play enchanting songs that are so melodious they can completely captivate even animals like Laboon, who used to sing along to Brook's music.[54] In addition to singing  and playing music, Brook is also a skilled composer, having composed songs such as "Bone To Be Wild" and "New World", which proved to be very fashionable among music fans and lovers.[55]

Brook's devotion to music not only helped him to pass the lonely days during his long isolation, but also learnt to weaponize music for combat. His technique, "Nemuriuta Flanc" shows this, where he strums his violin with his shikomizue in place of a violin bow, creating a soothing tune that makes anyone who hears it immediately fall asleep.[18]

His music also shows capabilities to change its listener's attitude and emotions, as when he was on Namakura Island, his music inspired the cult there to fight back against its invaders, the Longarm Tribe.[56] During the fight with the New Fish-Man Pirates, Brook revealed that he has refined his musical skills to the point where he could completely change the mood and effectively hypnotize his opponents to believe they were at a festival. His opponents believed the illusion was reality and ended up using their cannons as fireworks.[57] As a musician who mastered music temperaments such as rhythm, beat, and tempo, Brook has extremely sharp hearing that allows him to accurately distinguish sounds, as he was able to detect where Zeo was by the sound of his movements while the fish-man was invisible, even though Zeo was still difficult to locate through sound.[58]

Devil Fruit

Further information: Yomi Yomi no Mi

Brook's ability to separate his soul from his body.

While he was still alive, Brook ate the Yomi Yomi no Mi, a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that allowed his soul to return to the world of the living and reinhabit his body after he died.[59] This allows him to reside within his own dead body, which had already decomposed into a skeleton by the time his soul found its way back to it, and he can even perform all the functions he did when his body contained flesh and muscle.[60] Other than bringing him back from the dead, Brook's fruit initially seemed useless. However, he later discovered that he could exercise the power of his strengthened soul, which he discovered is what allows him to animate his body.[61]

He can make his returned soul temporarily separate from his body so that it can move independently of his body, effectively making him a ghost. This leaves his body a lifeless husk, but as a spirit, Brook is capable of moving through walls and going to areas that would be impossible for him to physically reach, though he cannot grab hold of anything.[62]

If his skeletal body is broken into pieces, he can extend soul tendrils to the severed body parts and pull them back into place. He is also capable of exerting his soul power to affect and overwhelm beings with weaker souls, such as Homies.[63]

His soul energy exudes pure coldness, called the "chills of the Underworld", and allows Brook to transfer this freezing aura to objects, like his sword.[64] With this aura, he is capable of freezing his surroundings, as seen when he turned the ground around him on Zou into ice.[65]

Swordsmanship

Further information: Soul Solid

Brook's sword, Soul Solid.

Brook uses a type of sword called a shikomizue, a sword concealed inside a cane. He uses this sword in conjunction with his fencing skills and has had it for at least fifty years.[26]

Brook and his zombie Ryuma fencing.

As a former battle convoy leader and pirate captain with years of experience in the Grand Line, Brook is a master in swordsmanship. Despite his usual goofy personality in battle, he is an extremely skilled swordsman who is able to dispatch numerous enemies at once with swift and precise strikes. His swordsmanship is a combination of classical fencing and iaidō.[17][66]

Brook's Gentle Blade style is more focused on speed and precision while Zoro's style is more focused on power and thus uses a tremendous amount of physical strength. Brook was unable to defeat Ryuma no matter how hard he fought and while Ryuma only used a fraction of his power, he noticed that Zoro was able to defeat him at full power with only two of his swords, although Ryuma did say that Brook's protectiveness of his afro held him back somewhat.[67][68] While at Sabaody Archipelago, two years ago, he struck a Pacifista using a high speed sword attack, yet failed to do much damage to it and had to be rescued afterward. However, when Zoro attacked the same Pacifista, the results were very different.[69] He was able to keep up with what Zoro was doing while he watched the swordsman fight Ryuma, showing his sharp perception for swordsmanship.[70] He works very well with Zoro, as they defeated a Flying Fish Rider together.[71]

After the timeskip, Brook has named his sword "Soul Solid", due to him developing the ability to coat it with the aura of his soul, freezing it in the process, and anyone who comes into contact with it. He also claimed that the Longarm Tribe has helped him sharpen the sword.[72] His power and skill in swordmanship has also increased to the degree where a samurai from Wano has commended his skill and he is also now able to use flying slashes as well, which were on par with Zoro's and Kin'emon's.[73][74] Like Zoro, Brook can now cut materials that are harder than steel as he was able to cut down a dragon, whose scales are tougher than steel.[75]

Other Weapons

During Big Mom's wedding ceremony, Brook used a hammer to destroy the photograph of Carmel.[31]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 46 Chapter 442 and Episode 337, Brook debuts.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 489 (p. 11) and Episode 381, Brook reveals that he was the leader of the battle convoy of a certain kingdom before joining the Rumbar Pirates, and then his bounty as a pirate.
  3. Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0009), Hone-kichi is romanized.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 705 (p. 17) and Episode 635, Momonosuke refers to brook as Hone-kichi.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 932 (p. 6) and Episode 926, Brook's first alias in Wano is revealed.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 933 (p. 6) and Episode 928, Brook's second alias in Wano is revealed.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 801 (p. 16) and Episode 746, The Straw Hat Pirates are given new bounties after Dressrosa.
  8. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 66 (p. 162), Oda explains the blood types of the world and reveals the Straw Hats' blood types.
  9. 9.0 9.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 487 and Episode 379, Brook's face and age 50 years ago are revealed.
  10. 10.0 10.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 51 (p. 26), Brook's age and height are given.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 598 and Episode 517, two years pass in the storyline.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 69 (p. 66), Brook's profile is given.
  13. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 50 (p. 86), Brook's birthday is given.
  14. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 79 (p. 186), Birthday Calendar.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 489 (p. 12) and Episode 381, Brook's bounty is revealed.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 46 Chapter 443 and Episode 338, Brook introduces himself to the Straw Hats.
  17. 17.0 17.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapters 487488 and Episode 380.
  18. 18.0 18.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 493 (p. 16-17) and Episode 388.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 509 (p. 3) and Episode 402, Brook attempts to play dead.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 49 Chapter 476 (p. 16) and Episode 371, Brook is launched at Oars and ends up being stuck head first in a wall afterwards.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 47 Chapters 453454 and Episode 347, Brook falls from the sky and ends up missing his target, leaving an imprint of his body on the ground.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 510 and Episode 403, Brook encounters a problem when he hits the Pacifista.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 512 (p. 10) and Episode 404.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 513 (p. 7) and Episode 405.
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 73 Chapter 722 (p. 16-17) and Episode 653.
  26. 26.0 26.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 47 Chapter 454 (p. 18-19) and Episode 348.
  27. 27.0 27.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 65 Chapter 646 (p. 6-7) and Episode 566.
  28. One Piece Manga — Vol. 87 Chapter 876.
  29. One Piece Manga — Vol. 85 Chapter 855 (p. 14-15).
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 84 Chapter 848 (p. 10-11) and Episode 814.
  31. 31.0 31.1 One Piece Manga — Vol. 86 Chapter 863 (p. 19).
  32. One Piece Manga — Vol. 86 Chapter 865.
  33. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 49 Chapter 475 (p. 2) and Episode 370, Brook explains he drank some milk to heal some of his wounds.
  34. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 65 Chapter 643 (p. 7-8) and Episode 565.
  35. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 487 and Episode 380, Brook feels pain for the first time in his skeletal state.
  36. One Piece Manga — Vol. 89 Chapter 890 (p. 13-14).
  37. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 488 (p. 6-7) and Episode 380.
  38. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 85 Chapter 855 (p. 15) and Episode 824.
  39. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 85 (p. 78), Which Straw Hat would win in a 50 meter race?
  40. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 46 Chapter 443 (p. 19) and Episode 339.
  41. One Piece Manga — Vol. 89 Chapter 890 (p. 15).
  42. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 47 Chapter 458 (p. 10-11) and Episode 352.
  43. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 89 Chapter 890 (p. 16-17) and Episode 864.
  44. One Piece Manga — Vol. 49 Chapter 480 (p. 10).
  45. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 47 Chapter 458 (p. 14) and Episode 353.
  46. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 659 (p. 14-15) and Episode 584.
  47. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 65 Chapter 642 (p. 7) and Episode 563.
  48. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 79 Chapter 795 (p. 7) and Episode 739.
  49. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 486 (p. 13) and Episode 378.
  50. One Piece Manga — Vol. 85 Chapter 851 (p. 8-9).
  51. One Piece Manga — Vol. 99 Chapter 995 (p. 12).
  52. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 46 Chapter 443 (p. 15) and Episode 338.
  53. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 598 (p. 7-8) and Episode 517.
  54. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 50 Chapter 486 (p. 19) and Episode 378.
  55. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 600 (p. 15) and Episode 520.
  56. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 592 (p. 16) and Episode 509.
  57. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 64 Chapter 635 (p. 5-6) and Episode 556.
  58. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 65 Chapter 643 (p. 6) and Episode 565.
  59. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 46 Chapter 443 (p. 6-7) and Episode 338.
  60. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 46 Chapter 442 (p. 17) and Episode 337.
  61. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 65 Chapter 643 (p. 8) and Episode 565.
  62. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 64 Chapter 629 (p. 18) and Episode 549.
  63. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 84 Chapter 848 (p. 13-14) and Episode 814.
  64. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 65 Chapter 643 (p. 9) and Episode 565.
  65. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 810 (p. 14) and Episode 760.
  66. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 47 Chapter 458 (p. 13) and Episode 352, Brook duels Ryuma, who possesses his shadow.
  67. One Piece Manga — Vol. 48 Chapter 462.
  68. One Piece Manga — Vol. 48 Chapters 466467, Zoro fights a very different fight against Ryuma then Brook ever did.
  69. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 510 and Episode 403, both swordsman of the Straw Hats attack the Pacifista, however their results are different.
  70. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 467 and Episode 362, Brook follows the fighting between Ryuma and Zoro while at the same time Franky struggles himself to follow what is going on.
  71. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 51 Chapter 494 (p. 4) and Episode 388.
  72. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 65 Chapter 643 (p. 7-9) and Episode 565.
  73. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 466 and Episode 362, Brook admits his attacks "don't fly" as they did with Ryuma.
  74. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 659 and Episode 584, Brook's "Aubade Coup Droit" sends a compressed blast of air.
  75. One Piece Manga — Vol. 69 Chapter 682 (p. 17).

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