The Goro Goro no Mi is a Logia-type Devil Fruit that grants the power to create, control, and transform into lightning at will, making its user a Lightning Human (雷人間 Kaminari Ningen?); according to Nico Robin, it is one of the few powers touted as "invincible". The fruit was eaten by Enel.
- Gorogoro (ごろごろ・ゴロゴロ?) is a Japanese onomatopoeia for the rumbling of thunder.
- It is also children's language for thunder/lightning, e.g.: gorogoro-sama (ごろごろ様・ゴロゴロ様?).
- In the Viz manga, the English version of the game Pirates Carnival (dubbed by 4Kids), and the anime's FUNimation dub, it is called the Rumble-Rumble Fruit, likewise referencing the rolling sound of thunder.
Strengths and Weaknesses
This Logia's power is to become lightning itself: to generate, control, and transform into electricity. The user can discharge variable amounts of electricity from their body to manipulate as they please, including regulate its voltage: 200 million volts being the maximum output (roughly in the range of natural lightning). Even for a Logia, this ability seems outstandingly potent, given the inherent destructiveness of lightning, with Nico Robin stating that among the many existing Devil Fruits, the Goro Goro no Mi's power is one of the few that boasts invincibility.
Like any Logia, the user can physically morph into their element. As intangible electricity, they can avoid nigh all attacks by having them simply phase through and disperse their body, before reforming untouched. Enemies are dissuaded from directly striking the user—whether with their body or an electrically conductive weapon—lest they be electrocuted, granting the user a melee-combat advantage. By fully becoming electricity, the user can move at lightning speed, allowing them to zip into and out of sight, cross large distances near-instantaneously, easily dodge most attacks, and overtake any fleeing target. On top of that, a user of the Goro Goro no Mi can merge their lightning self with conductive materials (e.g., metals like gold) to stealthily travel through it. Thanks to their electrical immunity, the user can freely spawn electricity inside their body without repercussion; they can even restart their own heart with electricity should they suffer cardiac arrest.
While the Goro Goro no Mi user is a great menace up close, given how they can electrically shock and burn people on contact, their electrocuting potential is not limited to close range, as they can conjure up vast amounts of electricity to launch as long-ranged blasts, striking farer-off targets. These attacks can be shapeless masses of lightning, focused or spreading out, be sent directly at opposition along a forward path, or made to crash down from above like natural lightning; alternatively, the electricity can be more distinctly shaped, such as into animals. Beside lightning itself, the user may also produce thunderclaps, by superheating the air around them to make it expand at the speed of sound.
What is more, should the Goro Goro no Mi user have access to naturally or unnaturally formed thunderclouds in their vicinity (as Enel had with the storm clouds artificially spewed forth by his flying ark), they can use said clouds to dramatically boost the range of their lightning manipulation, to the point of showering entire islands with countless lightning bolts or creating enormous, spherical clouds laden with enough electricity to utterly destroy islands they are dropped upon.
The user's lightning abilities even extend to heat and electromagnetism on some level, bestowing great versatility. For instance, a user of the Goro Goro no Mi can channel their electricity into metal such as gold to heat it up, melt, and then reshape it to their liking, as seen when Enel reforged his gold staff into a heat-exuding trident, or when he temporarily liquified and took control of his flying ark's gold plating to entrap his foe therein. Otherwise, the Goro Goro no Mi endows its user with the power to pick up on and "read electromagnetic waves" (電波を読み取り denpa o yomitori?) from the air, across great distances. By combining said facet of his powers with his "Mantra" (Kenbunshoku Haki), Enel gained a constant, radar-like awareness of everything happening around him on a massive scale, allowing him to sense the exact locations, actions, and conversations of anyone present on Skypiea, at any time.
While extremely powerful, the Goro Goro no Mi's power does have a unique weakness in the form of rubber, as rubber is a natural insulator. This makes the user of the Gomu Gomu no Mi the natural enemy of and counter to the Goro Goro no Mi's user, as the Gomu Gomu no Mi user's body is completely rubber-made. All of Enel's lightning attacks were shown to have absolutely no effect on Monkey D. Luffy, even those with voltages as high as 100 or 200 million. In addition, all of Luffy's physical blows that struck Enel completely bypassed the latter's Logia invulnerability. It is unknown if other insulators have the same effect on Enel's Logia form.
Moreover, it is shown that someone with their own ability to effect lightning, such as Nami using her Clima-Tact, can deflect some of the Goro Goro no Mi user's attacks, although Enel noted that Nami would have been unable to do so against higher voltages.
During his tenure as "God" of Skypiea, Enel employed his lightning powers to mete out his so-called "divine punishment" to whoever went against his declared laws or merely spoke ill of him, disclosed his secrets, etc., leaving especially the Angel Island denizens in constant and abject fear of his anger. Enel managed to do this by using his high-level "Mantra" in conjunction with his ability to read electromagnetic waves from afar to make his sphere of perception span the entire country, granting him a radar-like awareness of everything occurring in it. He would surveil all Skypieans and listen in on what they were saying so that, should he hear disparaging conversations, he could send down giant lightning bolts to smite the concerning parties from on high (his residence at God's Shrine); alternatively, Enel would take notice of when people uttered his name and personally confront them.
Another non-combative use of his abilities was Enel's powering of his colossal flying ark, the Maxim, which he had engineered to run on electricity as its main power source (with the gold from the Shandorian ruins that had been built into the ship conducting the electrical energy that Enel channeled into it); ultimately, Enel achieved his goal of reaching "Fairy Vearth" (the Moon) using his flying ark.
When Enel does enter face-to-face combat, his powers have been shown to make him extremely formidable. None of those he came to fight on Skypiea knew how to handle his Logia powers, with only Wyper, apart from Luffy, managing to hurt him once, by catching Enel unawares with Seastone. Enel's lightning form is shown to grant him tremendous agility, allowing him to move about untraceably fast and into enemies' blind spots, catch up to fleeing targets, evade attacks with almost no discernible effort, and even traverse electrically conductive materials like gold. If someone manages to hit Enel with a strong enough blow to make his heart stop beating, he can restart it using his electricity.
Most of Enel's offensive moves are meant to dispatch adversaries by making overwhelming amounts of electricity pass through their bodies at once, usually knocking them out and inflicting severe burns. Most of Enel's witnessed attacks, both at short and long range, sufficed to instantly defeat whoever they were used against, with Enel unaccustomed to enemies who can withstand more than one or two of his attacks. For some of his techniques, particularly those forming animals out of electricity, Enel uses the taiko drums on his shoulders as a medium, tapping them with his gold staff and making them glow before a given lightning creature appears from them, to assail Enel's foe. Against the rubber-bodied Luffy, who proved utterly immune to electric shocking, Enel instead opted to use his gold staff in melee, reforging his weapon into a sharp trident exuding electrical heat to both slice and burn his foe, as well as using the gold integrated into the Ark Maxim to encase one of Luffy's arms in a large, golden sphere, permanently hampering his movements.
Finally, using the thunderclouds generated by the Ark Maxim as a medium, Enel was able to dramatically increase the range and scale of his lightning techniques, creating exceedingly destructive attacks (namely his Mamaragan and Raigo) that could ravage and destroy whole islands. His ultimate move is shown to involve transforming his own body into a giant version of itself made of pure lightning (his Amaru technique) to maximally increase the strength and voltage behind his attacks.
Several of Enel's techniques are named after thunder and lightning deities from real-world mythology, befitting Enel's self-proclaimed "God" status. Furthermore, for some of his attacks, Enel puts before their name a mention of how many volts they contain, indicating their power level.
- El Thor (
神の裁きEru Tōru?, literally translated as "God's Judgment"): Called "God's Judgment" (神の裁き Kami no Sabaki?) by Skypieans, El Thor is one of Enel's most frequent attacks, used by him whenever he sought to punish Skypieans all over the country for speaking against him, all the way from his shrine. Enel sends out a large cluster of electricity to gather above his target, then makes it crash down as a massive column via a downward swipe of his arm, frying said unlucky target while, usually, leaving a deep crater in the ground. Enel has also cast El Thor in more direct combat situations, including as a forward beam from his hand, with the attack proving potent enough to instantly take out the giant Master of the Sky. The first usage of El Thor came before Enel's in-person debut, when he punished a trespassing Blue Sea dweller on the edge of Upper Yard, sending lightning down from on high. "Thor" is the Norse god of thunder and lightning. "ʼĒl" is a Northwest Semitic word (Hebrew: אֵל) that means "god" or "deity"; additionally, "el-" is a romanization of the Arabic definite article, and "el" is also the Spanish article for masculine singular nouns. In the game, One Piece: Pirates Carnival, dubbed by 4Kids, this move is called Volt Bolt. In the Viz manga and FUNimation dub, it retains its original name.
- Vari (
放電Vārī?, literally translated as "Electrical Discharge"): A basic technique that has Enel discharge variable amounts of electricity—200 million volts at maximum—from his body, primarily through his hands, in order to shock nearby targets, becoming a living body of lightning upon reaching higher voltages. There are multiple versions of this attack, designated according to the voltage employed, with a million volts already very powerful. Vari was first seen used by Enel to defeat Kamakiri. "Vārī" comes from the Japanese onomatopoeia for crackling electricity, varivari (ヴァリヴァリ?) or baribari (バリバリ?), like "bzzt bzzt" in English. The FUNimation dub retains the name Vari for the attack while the Viz manga renders it as Varie.
- 1,000,000 Volt (100万
VHyakuman Boruto?): A version of Vari used by Enel to dispatch Kamakiri, one of the strongest Shandia warriors, leaving him badly burned. The resulting stray discharge jumped over to the Milky Road that Enel was on, travelling through it and taking out another 20 fighters remotely.
- 20,000,000 Volt (2000万
VNisenman Boruto?): A version of Vari twenty times stronger than the one that defeated Kamakiri. It was used by Enel to take out Gan Fall by creating and hitting the knight with an arc discharge between his two index fingers.
- 100,000,000 Volt (1億
VIchioku Boruto?): An extremely strong version of Vari which Enel used on Luffy, producing an intense and unruly blast of lightning that engulfed the Straw Hat. However, Luffy was completely unfazed by the attack thanks to his rubber body, despite having been in direct contact with Enel's hand.
- MAX 200,000,000 Volt (
MAX2億 VMakkusu Nioku Boruto?): The strongest version of Vari, used with the highest possible voltage that Enel can muster up through his powers. He was seen using this not for attack but to charge up his Ark Maxim so it can fly. The Viz manga renders the MAX as Maximum.
- 1,000,000 Volt (100万
- Sango (
稲妻Sango?, literally translated as "Lightning Flash"): A large-scale attack where Enel raises an arm to shoot from it a vast, erratic stream of lightning upward, destroying everything above him with no specific target in mind. The attack was seen when Enel blew apart the Upper Yard's highest ruins to send its remains, plus the last remaining survivors of his survival game, down to the lower ruins of Shandora. "Shango" (Ṣàngó) is a West African thunder god of the Yoruba religion. The kanji read inazuma (稲妻? lit. "rice plant spouse"), a popular Japanese term for lightning due to an ancient Japanese belief that rice plants would mate with or otherwise be fertilized by lightning. In the Viz manga, the attack is called Sango Smash, while the FUNimation dub retains the original name.
- Kari (
電光Kari?, literally translated as "Electric Illumination"): A technique where Enel uses a blinding, full-body release of electricity to superheat the air around him, making it expand at the speed of sound and create a thunderclap, in turn allowing him to neutralize nonmaterial attacks directed at him. The attack was used by Enel to snuff out the fire of Wyper's Burn Bazooka. "Kari" (or "Karei/Karey") is a Malayan thunder god of the Semang people. The Viz manga calls this Kari Krash, and the FUNimation retains the original name.
- Shinzo Massage (心臓マッサージ Shinzō Massāji?, literally translated as "Heart Massage"): A passive use of his powers that lets Enel regain his consciousness in the event that his heart enters a state of cardiac arrest, by applying jolts of electricity to his body that effectively "massage" his heart, thereby restarting it. While not directly named in the manga or anime, the technique was named in One Piece: Burning Blood.
- 30,000,000 Volt Hino (3000万
V･ 雷鳥Sansenman Boruto Hino?, literally translated as "Thirty Million Volts Thunder Bird"): An attack where Enel taps one of the drums at his back with his gold staff, causing a giant, eagle-shaped mass of electricity to appear from it and fly toward Enel's chosen target, passing through and electrocuting them with 30 million volts. The technique was used by Enel in an attempt to defeat Wyper. "Hino" is a thunder god in Iroquois (Native American) mythology. The kanji read raichō (雷鳥? lit. "thunder bird"), the Japanese name of the rock ptarmigan, a type of grouse; the separate translation of the kanji may reference the "thunderbird", a creature from Native American peoples' legends that is known for its powers over lightning and thunder (which Hino can be associated with). The Viz manga calls this attack Hino Bird Zap, the game One Piece: Grand Adventure calls it Hino Avian Zap, and the FUNimation dub retains the original name.
- Kiten (
雷獣Kiten?, literally translated as "Thunder Beast"): An attack where Enel taps one of his shoulder drums using his staff to create a large, wolf-shaped mass of lightning from it, which jumps at an opponent to severely electrocute them with a bite. The attack was used by Enel to incapacitate Roronoa Zoro. Though the volts of Kiten were not stated, Enel hitting a single drum like for Hino (and using the two attacks one after the other) may suggest a comparable voltage. "Kiten" (木貂?) is the name of a thunder beast from Japanese folklore. Usually, the term Raijū (雷獣?) refers to the companion of the Japanese thunder god Raijin: sometimes said to be a wolf or dog (hence this attack's shape) with a body made of, or wrapped in, lightning, which descends to the earth inside thunderbolts. In the Viz manga, the technique is called Lightning Beast Kiten; in Grand Adventure (dubbed by 4Kids) it is called 30 Million Volt Kiten; the FUNimation dub retains the original name.
- 60,000,000 Volt Jamboule (6000万
V･ 雷龍Rokusenman Boruto Jamubūru?, literally translated as "Sixty Million Volts Thunder Dragon"): An attack where Enel beats two drums on his back using his staff to prompt a large, serpentine dragon made of electricity to come out of them. This dragon flies at the designated target, passing through and electrocuting them with 60 million volts. The attack was performed by Enel in an attempt to hurt Luffy, who due to his rubber body remained unhurt by it. The attack is, in its name, loosely based on "Jagtjadbulla", one of the "Lightning Brothers" from Australian Aboriginal mythology, of whom there exists famous rock art in Northern Australia. The technique's name is retained in the FUNimation dub and video games, while being Lightning Dragon in the Viz manga and FUNimation sub (the former of which erroneously calls the voltage six million), and Thunder Dragon in the English version of One Piece: Pirates Carnival. In the FUNimation dub of the Episode of Sky Island, it is referred to as Julungul (referring to the Australian Aboriginal "Rainbow Serpent").
- Gloam Paddling (
雷冶金Gurōmu Padoringu?, literally translated as "Lightning Metallurgy"): A technique whereby Enel channels electricity into a piece of metal he touches—like his gold staff or the gold plating of his flying ark—to superheat, melt, and then reshape it into anything he desires. During his duel with Luffy, Enel used Gloam Paddling to reforge his gold staff into a sharp-bladed trident, while retaining the electrical heat inside the weapon to simultaneously cut and burn Luffy upon contact with it. Later, Enel used this technique to encase Luffy's arm in a giant globe of gold, impeding his ability to move and fight properly. The name of this technique may be a pun on Grom (Гром), which means "thunder" in several Slavic languages, like Russian and Serbian. In the Viz manga, the technique is called Luminous Forge. In the FUNimaton dub, it retains its original name.
- Deathpiea (デスピア Desupia?): One of the prime functions of Enel's flying ark, the Maxim. Using his energy to power the ark, Enel has the ship spew out a massive, artifical jet stream of thunderclouds from its large smokestack, which start covering the skies. The clouds accumulate energy whilst spreading, and Enel can take control of them at any time to start raining down from them dozens of lightning bolts to devastate the clouded-over area. True to the name of this ability, Enel sought to use it in order to annihilate the country of Skypiea.
- Mamaragan (
万雷Mamaragan?, literally translated as "Heavy Thunder"): Once the thunderclouds of Deathpiea have begun covering the sky above the stretch of land that Enel wishes to hit with lightning, he can initiate this technique, causing the clouds to shower everything below them with dozens of massive lightning bolts that create fire wherever they strike, while continually growing in strength. Enel was seen using Mamaragan to start assaulting all of Skypiea with lightning, wreaking mass destruction; a single bolt of lightning proved enough to destroy a Shandia village. Enel can direct individual lightning to strike specific locations by directing the bolts with his arms. "Mamaragan" is an Australian Aboriginal thunder god. The kanji read banrai (万雷?), a word for heavy thunder that literally means "myriad/10,000 lightnings". The technique's name in the Viz manga and FUNimation dub is the same.
- Mamaragan (
- Raigo (雷迎 Raigō?, literally translated as "Thunder Welcome/Greeting"): One of Enel's strongest techniques, possible after Deathpiea has been invoked. Enel shapes a vast quantity of prior-made thunderclouds into a giant, dark sphere laden with inordinate amounts of electricity. Enel then moves this cloud above a chosen location on the ground and drops it there. Upon hitting the ground, the cloud bursts, causing an enormous explosion of electricity that can annihilate a whole island. When first seen in use, Raigo managed to destroy all of Angel Island, leaving a giant crater in its wake that reached deep into the White-White Sea. Later, Enel formed another Raigo cloud even bigger than the first, in order to decimate the rest of Skypiea; this second cloud was dissipated by Luffy before it could do any damage, however. The name of this technique is a homophonic pun on raigō (来迎? lit. "welcoming approach"), a Japanese-Buddhist term referring to the Amida Buddha's appearance at the time of one's death; here, the rai (来?) for "next/coming" is replaced by rai (雷?) for "thunder". In the Viz manga, this technique is called Kingdom Come, while in the FUNimation dub the original name is used. In Burning Blood, Enel performs it by assuming his Amaru form (explaiend below) and thrusting his dual tridents (his gold staff split in two) into the cloud sphere from above, making two bolts of lightning shoot down from it. In other forms of media such as Pirate Warriors, Enel instead drops the cloud on top of his individual targets.
- MAX 200,000,000 Volt Amaru (
MAX2億 V･ 雷神Makkusu Nioku Boruto Amaru?, literally translated as "Max Two Hundred Million Volts Thunder God"): Enel's ultimate technique, seemingly used in a last-ditch effort to defeat a foe strong enough to endure his other lightning attacks. Enel morphs his body into pure, 200,000,000-V electricity while growing in size to become a giant, potbellied, Raijin-esque lightning figure. In this state, Enel can unleash immense bolts of electricity from his hands and wields his original gold staff split into a pair of tridents, which burn anything they touch. However, even with Amaru, Enel was unable to significantly injure Luffy due to his rubber body and had his intangibility bypassed by the latter's strikes, ultimately being defeated by Luffy's final attack on him: a spiraling rubber punch strengthened by the gold orb then-attached to Luffy's arm, which instantly forced Enel out of his Amaru form upon hitting him. The name of this technique is a pun on amakudaru (天下る? lit. "to descend from heaven"), in reference to both the falling of lightning and a god's descent. The kanji read raijin (雷神? lit. "thunder god"), either a generic term for any mythical thunder deity or specifically the Japanese thunder god "Raijin". The Viz manga and FUNimation dub retain the technique's original name, but with Viz forgoing the MAX part.
Sometime before leaving his home island, Birka, and conquering Skypiea by overthrowing its resident "God", Enel found the Goro Goro no Mi and ate from it. Gaining such powers drove him to destroy his homeland and develop a god complex.
Anime and Manga Differences
Although the color of the lightning created by Enel in the anime and video games is a light blue, in the manga (e.g., the digitally colored version of it) it is yellow.
- Enel likes to introduce himself by saying "I am God" (
我が 神なり Ware ga Kami nari?), a pun on the homophonous phrase "I am Lightning" ( 我が 雷Ware ga Kaminari?), to play on how Enel has proclaimed himself both as "God" and to be lightning incarnate.
- Enel's ring with four tomoe-marked drums (taiko) on his back—which he uses for some of his lightning attacks by tapping them with his gold staff—is inspired by the Japanese thunder god Raijin. Said god is usually depicted having such drums on a ring behind his back, usually more than four, which he beats to produce the sound of thunder.
- It seems that, in Enel's case, the tapping of a single drum represents electricity in the range of 30 million volts, as he was shown hitting one drum for his 30-million-V Hino attack and two for his Jamboule attack, which has twice that voltage.
- The appearance of Enel's Amaru form references Japanese religion/mythology:
- The Japanese thunder god Raijin is sometimes depicted with a potbelly.
- When activating his transformation, Enel strikes a pose that resembles that of Japanese Niō statues: his right arm extended forward with its open palm, the left arm behind, bent forward, and making a fist. This same pose is also done by Luffy when entering Gear Fourth.
- While using his transformation, Enel gains a narrow, circular, floating strip of cloth around his shoulders. This ribbon-like drapery is called "tenne/ten'i" (天衣? lit. "heavenly garment") and can be found on East Asian buddha statues as a traditional ornament. In Japan, the tenne was increasingly included in statuary of various Buddhist (or related) deities over the centuries, such as on Niō statues or, later, statues of Raijin and Fūjin, among others.
- While Enel designates the voltage of some techniques of his to indicate their strength, the lethality of real-world electric shocks is more so determined by the current (amperage), shock duration, and pathway (e.g., electricity flowing through the heart muscle is more likely lethal). However, current is proportional to voltage when resistance is fixed (ohm's law), and thus high voltage is an indirect risk for producing higher currents.
- Interestingly, the only detrimental effects that Enel's lightning attacks usually had on his foes were paralysis, burned skin, and unconsciousness. Despite some of Enel's foes having significant parts of or their entire bodies exposed to his extremely high-voltage electricity, sometimes for several seconds, none seemed to take lasting internal damage.
- In a similar vein, while rubber is indeed an insulator, the attacks that Luffy withstood without being affected (capable of vaporizing stone, with voltages as high as 100 and 200 million) would, in a real-world context, easily suffice to overcome the dielectric strength of normal rubber, which would be melted by the searing heat alone. This may be explained (apart from willing suspension of disbelief) by the fact that Luffy's supernatural rubber body is superior to regular rubber and thus boasts higher electrical resistivity, if not outright immunity.
- Enel's ability to control and reshape gold in a semiliquid state with his Gloam Paddling is similar to the gold manipulation enabled by Goru Goru no Mi, though of course with Enel's abilities being more limited. Coincidentally, the two Devil Fruits have similar names.
- Despite the fact that Enel's has used his Gloam Paddling exclusively on gold, suggesting the use of electromagnetism to manipulate its shape, gold is actually a non-magnetic metal.
- In One Piece Magazine Vol.11, Boa Hancock is illustrated wielding the Goro Goro no Mi's power, while also attired just like Enel.
- According to Oda, Nami would have this Devil Fruit power if she was allowed one. Using it, she would become an invincible weather lady who could not be stopped by anyone other than Luffy.
- Electricity – Wikipedia article on electricity.
- Lightning – Wikipedia article on lightning.
- Thunder Gods – Wikipedia listing of thunder gods from various mythologies.
- Raijin – Wikipedia article on the Japanese thunder god whom Enel resembles.
- Omniscience – Wikipedia article on the capacity to know everything, as attributed to Enel in-story.