Each bullet appears as a small, dark-colored ball that can be loaded into and fired normally from a flintlock. However, each round contains a dose of Queen's own Mummy virus, which immediately infects those who are shot leaving behind a small skull-shaped mark on the victim's skin in the place they were hit.
Due to the contagious nature of the virus, the victim will spread it to others upon contact, thus allowing for a wider range of effect and an increased number of casualties. This means that you don't have to necessarily hit the intended target but can instead simply choose to shoot those around them and use the victims as living weapons, a strategy Daifugo attempted to use against Monkey D. Luffy who had proven too elusive, by infecting nearby prisoners instead.
An Excite Shot (
- The "Excite" part of the Excite Bullets' name is a pun based on the the words "ekisai" (疫災? literally "plague") and "ekisaito" (エキサイト? literally "excite"). The Viz translation attempts to retain this pun by calling them "Plague Rounds", which sounds like "playgrounds".
- The Excite Shot is likely based upon similar anti-personnel artillery ammunition, such as Canister Shot, which frequently saw use in naval battles including even by some pirates.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 One Piece Manga — Vol. 94 Chapter 948 (p. 6-7), Daifugo first uses Excite Bullets.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 94 Chapter 949 (p. 7-9), Daifugo reveals the effects of Excite Bullets.
- ↑ One Piece Manga — Vol. 94 Chapter 949 (p. 16-19), Babanuki attempts to use an Excite Shot.