Chapter 988 is titled "Sorry For the Wait".
As the minks activate their Sulong forms, Jack leads a large platoon of Beasts Pirates to aid Kaido in taking them on. Inside the Skull Dome, King spots Shinobu trying to free Momonosuke and hurls her away, but an invisible Sanji manages to break Momonosuke's chains and fly away with him. King then clashes with Sanji and manages to drive him into a nearby tower with his pteranodon form. Meanwhile, Big Mom attacks Luffy before taking Zeus back from Nami and using the homie to attack her. However, Franky and Brook come riding in on the Kurosai FR-U IV, and Franky runs over Big Mom's face with it as Brook bisects Zeus with Soul Solid.
Kaido faces the minks and remembers that the full moon allows them to use their Sulong forms. Jack, several Gifters, and one of the Numbers reach the rooftop. Nekomamushi and Inuarashi step forward to take on Jack themselves, but the Guardians and Musketeers transform and fight Jack instead, so that Nekomamushi and Inuarashi can focus on Kaido.
Down below, Shinobu tries and fails to free Momonosuke. King grabs her and throws her away. Suddenly, Momonosuke's chains break and the boy floats through the air. King attacks him, but Sanji, who was invisible, blocks the kick. Sanji then throws Momonosuke to Shinobu, and King transforms into a pteradon and drives his beak into Sanji's stomach. The two crash into a wall.
Even though Yamato is busy fighting Ulti, Luffy tells Yamato to go help Shinobu protect Momonosuke. Big Mom comes charging at Luffy and plans to kill all the invaders so they can restart the party. She swings Napoleon and blasts a hole through the side of Onigashima. She then calls for Zeus, and when he does not appear, she spots Nami running off with the cloud again. Big Mom steals him back and prepares to strike down Nami. However, Brook slices the cloud into two, while Franky drives the Kurosai FR-U IV over Big Mom's face.
- Jack and his men arrive to the roof of the Skull Dome to assist Kaido.
- The minks transform into their Sulong forms.
- Nangi of the Numbers is introduced.
- Sanji rescues Momonosuke using his Raid Suit after King thwarted Shinobu's attempt to do so.
- King and Sanji face off while Shinobu takes Momonosuke and flees.
- Luffy entrusts Yamato to help Shinobu protect Momonosuke.
- Big Mom charges at Luffy.
- Luffy recognizes he has to deal with Big Mom first before he can go after Kaido.
- Nami tries to steal back Zeus, but he is summoned back to Big Mom's left hand and is forced to attack Nami.
- Nami says that her friendship with Zeus is over.
- Franky and Brook arrive at the Live Floor.
- Franky attacks Big Mom with the Kurosai FR-U IV, and Brook cuts Zeus.
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