Chapter 785 is titled "Even If Your Legs Break".
Solo Journey of Jinbe, Knight of the Sea, Final Volume: "With a new kimono and souvenirs, so it's time to set sail".
Jinbe agreed to Wadatsumi's request to join him and they leave the port town.
Luffy's battle against Doflamingo is seen all over Dressrosa as the Birdcage is still shrinking towards the center of the city. Franky sees Zoro who informs him that he will try to slow down the strings. Doflamingo, after recovering from Luffy's assault, creates a large amount of strings from the environment claiming that his "awakening" allows his Devil Fruit powers to evolve past their limitations. Everywhere, the people of Dressrosa are lost in despair until they hear an announcement from King Riku begging them to live on until the nightmare is over, renewing their hope. Luffy, running out of time to be in Gear Fourth, pushes his way out of Doflamingo's massive string attack and delivers one final attack on the Shichibukai, sending him crashing into the mountainside.
The citizens on the streets of Dressrosa are shocked as they see Luffy punch Doflamingo up in the air. As Doflamingo is sent crashing into a building down below, one citizen wonders aloud who Luffy is, but another replies that it doesn't matter and cheers Luffy on.
On the roof of the palace, Jesus Burgess surveys Luffy and Doflamingo's fight and wonders whether he should go after them or continue waiting. However, Koala is spying on him from behind a broken wall, and wonders what Burgess is up to.
Meanwhile, Viola contacts Riku Doldo III while climbing down from the King's Plateau. Riku asks if Luffy's battle against Doflamingo is the only one still going on, which Viola confirms, saying that all the executives had been defeated.
At the SMILE Factory, Franky yells to the dwarves to evacuate immediately, as the Birdcage has reached them. As the dwarves run away, they and Franky realize that since the Factory is made of Seastone, Doflamingo's Devil Fruit powers cannot cut through it, and the Birdcage is instead pushing the SMILE Factory towards them. Suddenly, Franky sees Zoro, Kin'emon, and Kanjuro riding on one of Kanjuro's sparrows. Franky asks Zoro why they are not going toward the center of town, but Zoro tells him and the dwarves that they are going to try to stop the Birdcage and buy everyone some time. This causes the dwarves to become awestruck, and Franky ponders Zoro's plan when he suddenly gets an idea.
As he lies in the rubble of a building, Doflamingo tries to comprehend Luffy's new form. Luffy then flies toward Doflamingo, intent on ending the battle before Gear Fourth's time limit ends. Doflamingo asks Luffy how long he will be able to maintain that form as Luffy aims both his fists at the Shichibukai. However, Doflamingo creates two thick waves of string from the ground which block Luffy's attack, shocking the Straw Hat. Doflamingo reveals that there existed another level of Devil Fruit ability known as "Awakening". Doflamingo then turns several surrounding buildings into string, telling Luffy that some people's Devil Fruit abilities could awaken in rare circumstances and give them the ability to not only manipulate their body, but their surroundings as well. Luffy is shocked at Doflamingo's new display of power, commenting that it was like Doflamingo was not a Paramecia anymore.
Twenty minutes have passed since the Birdcage began shrinking, and the citizens continue to run when an old woman trips and falls. Her granddaughter rushes to her and pleads with her to get up before she is cut by the strings, but the old woman says that she has reached her limit and couldn't run anymore. She tells her granddaughter to leave without her, but her granddaughter refuses. Meanwhile, a man cries for help, pleading for the other citizens to help them carry the patients in a hospital to safety. A woman tearfully asks if anyone has seen her missing child, while a man sits in the middle of a road, having decided to not put up a futile fight against the Birdcage. Suddenly, Riku activates a Den Den Mushi and broadcasts to the citizens. He reminds the citizens that today's shocking events have not been a dream, and that for ten years they have suffered under Doflamingo's rule. However, he tells the citizens that all the Donquixote Pirates have been defeated save for Doflamingo himself, and Luffy is battling him right now. He reminds the citizens that regardless of whether Luffy wins or loses, the battle will be over in a matter of minutes, and begs his former subjects to keep running and survive, since they still have hope. Riku's words cause the old woman to get up and run as fast as she can, along with several other hopeful citizens.
Doflamingo then states that it is time for everyone to fall, and attacks Luffy using several sheets of string. Luffy, knowing that his time in Gear Fourth was nearly up, manages to pull in his head and blast through a sheet of string. He then pulls back his arms, hitting Doflamingo with Gomu Gomu no Leo Bazooka. The force of the attack sends Doflamingo flying all the way into the palace mountain, and the citizens of Dressrosa cheer at Luffy's attack.
- Jinbe's cover story has concluded.
- Law reveals that Haki can be overused.
- Doflamingo reveals that his Devil Fruit power is "awakened", giving him the ability to transform objects into string.
- Jesus Burgess is at the palace and Koala is spying on him.
- Kyros, Rebecca, Bartolomeo, and Robin join the Colosseum gladiators.
- King Riku goes on the loudspeaker Den Den Mushi and encourages the citizens to keep running for just a little longer until Luffy defeats Doflamingo.
- Luffy's Gear Fourth has a limit to how long it can be maintained.
- Luffy tries to finish his battle against Doflamingo with Gomu Gomu no Leo Bazooka.
- Despite Luffy throwing off his sandals in Chapter 784 in order to use Gear Fourth, he is drawn with them on again several times in this chapter.
- A boy who had been separated from his mother has a picture of Bartholomew Kuma on his shirt.
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