In order for the Davy Back Fight to begin, both captains must agree to the terms. If successful, both captains will fire a gun at the same time into the air, sealing the agreement. Right after, the exact rules will be said to the teams of both crews. The three main rules are the basic traditions of the game.
- Any crew members or symbols lost during the Davy Back Fight may only be retrieved through another Davy Back Fight.
- Selected crew members must immediately swear loyalty to their opponent's captain.
- If your symbol is taken (and not retrieved), you must never raise it again.
Due to the pride and honor that comes with the traditions, pirates in general follow these rules to the heart, and would gladly defect from their original crews if chosen to become a recruit of the winning crew.
If a crew wins a challenge, it is the captain's job to pick the team member they want. They have a right to know the person's profession on the ship. If the captain does not like anyone, they may take the crew's Jolly Roger, requiring the crew to remove their flags and sails, which may not be used again. The only exception may be if it is somehow won back. Captains may also choose other captains, which is called the Peanut Tactics (ピーナッツ戦法 Pīnattsu Senpō?).
The captain who initiated the challenge is allowed to pick which rule set to play by; 1, 2, or 3 coins is standard. Some captains allow their opponents to pick, but this is unusual and mostly happens when the captain feels they will win no matter what, or if it does not matter to them. That amount of coins is then tossed into the sea to tell Davy Jones about the challenge.
Captains and teammates are allowed to interfere with anyone, this includes attacking enemies and playing the game by any means.
The games are the main event. Players for each game are chosen before-hand. If anyone playing round 2 is lost in round 1, the team with the missing member must play without that member. Once the teams are chosen, they cannot be changed later.
The Donut Race (ドーナツレース Dōnatsu Rēsu?) is a race where three team members from each crew are given materials (mostly barrels) and must build their own boat using them. Each team then uses their boat to go around the island (or part of the island they are on, if there is a smaller island right next to it, or part of the main one) and the first person to reach the finish line wins. Both teams are allowed to use weapons, and can do anything, including pushing the other boat backwards, do damage to the other boat and even kill all the members of the opposing team. The other members of the crew can also support the team.
This Groggy Ring (グロッキーリング Gurokkī Ringu?) is played normally with three players. One player is the "ball" on each team, and it is the goal of the opposing team to knock the player that is the "ball" into the opposing team's goal. The goal is a large, circular tube, used in a way similar to a basketball hoop. No weapons are allowed (though if the referee does not notice the weapons, they can be used).
The Combat (コンバット Konbatto?), the main event, is the Captain's Fight, a duel between the two captains. A cannon is fired and wherever, or whatever it lands on becomes the ring. While inside the ring, the opponents are allowed to use any object or weapon in the arena. Devil Fruits are also allowed. The first person out of the ring loses. This includes being blown to bits and a shred of the person lands outside the arena, or the opponent throwing a piece out. If the Peanut Tactic is used from the previous event, then one of the captains will not be able to participate, leading to the other to win by default.
The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.
In the anime, there were other games added when Luffy agreed to a second fight, and later a third one.
Run Roller AroundEdit
The Run Roller Around (ラン・ローラー・アラウンド Ran Rōrā Araundo?) is the first non-canon game of the Davy Back Fight. It has five rounds. If one team gets three wins, the game is automatically over. The goal in this game is to skate as many laps as one can before the time runs out. When the first twenty seconds pass, there would be a signal to call the next group to skate. Players are not allowed to skate backwards or out of the ring or they will immediately lose the round, although the air is safe as long as they do not touch the ground.
Hit and Dead BallEdit
Hit and Dead Ball (ヒット・アンド・デッドボール Hitto ando Deddobōru?) is the second non-canon game of the Davy Back Fight. There has been no limit for participants. The two groups choose which members get to be the outsiders and which get to be the insiders. The game is like real dodgeball. In this game, one is not allowed to hit another person's face, not allowed to step out of the playing field and not allowed to break or eat the ball (this game appears to be prepared for all contingencies). Cheating in this game is against the rules and cheaters are decapitated. No weapons are allowed except for a contraption called Dead Hit-Kun (a giant ball launcher).
Dodge Touch Mr. DarumaEdit
Dodge Touch Mr. Daruma (ドッジ・タッチ・だるまさん Dojji Tacchi Daruma-san?) is the third non-canon game of the Davy Back Fight. It is just like the real Japanese variation of Red Light Green Light but in this one, weapons and attacking are allowed. It is called Dash, Touch, Domination in the Funimation dub.
Eating Contest (?) is the fourth non-canon game of the Davy Back Fight, and was the only one played during the rematch on Nebulandia. Two teams of three are tasked to eat a large pile of food, with the first team to finish it winning. The rules are that the competitors must have a stomach and that if anyone other than the competitors sets foot on the stage, their team is automatically disqualified.
However, this game was created by Marine Vice Admiral Komei as part of his plan to drug the Straw Hats with Drowsy Mushrooms and capture them. The rule about having to have a stomach was made so all the competitors would be affected by the mushrooms, and the rule about no one else going onstage was made so no one could free the competitors from the stage, which was actually a trap.
Since Komei created it himself, the game is not an official Davy Back Fight game. However, since Foxy easily accepted the idea, it is hinted that pirates can create their own games each time.
Concludes non-canon section.
Anime and Manga DifferencesEdit
- In the manga, a person is only allowed to enter one game (e.g.: If Robin enters the Donut Race, she is not allowed to enter the others). In the anime, a person is allowed to enter two games.
- In the manga, Nami, Robin, and Usopp were the only members of the Straw Hat crew who entered the Donut Race, whereas in the anime, all the Straw Hats entered the race.
- In the anime, the third match was changed to Roller Skate to extend the arc, as Chopper was won back in this round.
- In the manga, Chopper was supposed to participate in the Groggy Ring battle but could not because Foxy chose Chopper to be in his crew, so Chopper in the manga never has the chance to participate in any of the Davy Back Fight games. In the anime, the Davy Back Fight arc was extended because Chopper was won back at the end of the first match, so Chopper was able to participate in the Dodgeball and Red and Green Light games.
- In the manga, when Luffy woke up after beating Foxy, he was first given an option to pick anyone from Foxy's crew to be in his crew, but Luffy refused, making Sanji upset that Luffy did not chose Gina. He chose Foxy's flag and redesigned it. After that, Foxy and the rest of his crew departed, mad at Luffy's decision. In the anime, Luffy chose Shelly instead of Chopper. Luffy won Chopper back in the third round of the first set of games, then lost Chopper and Robin in the first two rounds of the second set of games. Luffy got Chopper and Robin back in the 500-man wager after he defeated Foxy.
- Before the Davy Back Fight game starts, the captain of each crew must choose which game their crewmates participate in, but in the anime, when the Straw Hats were playing in the Davy Back Fight for the second time, after they lost the dodge ball game, Luffy stated that he wants to play the next game even though he is not allowed.
- For rule #3, the exception may be if one wins it back, as in rule #1. This was never stated, but the wording implies it to not be true. However, the rules also state that won members are immediately part of the crew and cannot quit and return.
- Movie 6 has a similar competition called the Trial of Hell (地獄の試練 Jigoku no Shiren?).
- The name and the initiation rules of the games are based on the folklore about Davy Jones' Locker. Robin mentions Davy Jones as a legend, being also a folklore within the One Piece universe, saying that he was a cursed pirate in the ancient times that lives under the sea and steals everything that lands on the sea floor.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 33 Chapter 306 and Episode 208, when the rules of the Davy Back Fight are explained.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 33 Chapter 309 and Episode 211, The Groggy Ring begins.
- ↑ One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 33 Chapter 313 and Episode 217, The battle between Luffy and Foxy begins.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 33 Chapter 306, Robin explains Davy Jones' legend.