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The Gura Gura no Mi is a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit which allows the user to create vibrations, or "quakes",[1] making the user a Tremor Human (震動人間 Shindō Ningen?).[3] It was eaten by Edward "Whitebeard" Newgate,[4] but upon his death, its power was stolen by Marshall D. Teach.[2]

This fruit is fearsomely reputed to be able to destroy the world,[5] and is considered to be the strongest Devil Fruit within the Paramecia class, having powers no weaker than those of a Logia Devil Fruit.[3]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

  • "Guragura" (グラグラ/ぐらぐら?) is a Japanese onomatopoeia describing loose, irregular/unstable movements (shaking, wobbling, etc.), such as the shaking during an earthquake.
  • In the Viz Manga and FUNimation subs, it is called the Tremor-Tremor Fruit.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

It may very well be us that meet our end here today... Because that man... HOLDS THE POWER TO DESTROY THE VERY WORLD!!!
— Fleet Admiral Sengoku describes the Gura Gura no Mi's potential.[6]

Blackbeard using the power of the Gura Gura no Mi.

The major strength granted by this fruit to the user is its ability to generate massive vibrations, or shockwaves, which can travel through virtually any medium, including the ground,[1] the seafloor,[7] and even the air.[8] Because of this, Fleet Admiral Sengoku has stated that Whitebeard holds the power to destroy the world,[6] and Vice-Admiral Tsuru stated that, even if she retreated to the ends of the ocean, there would be no safe place left in the world for her to go when faced with the power of the Gura Gura no Mi.[9]

The user of this fruit can devastate an entire island with ease,[10] although their limitations are noticeable: it took repeated usages to come close to destroying the Marine base at Marineford (in fact, Whitebeard failed to do so before dying,[11][10] and Blackbeard almost completed the task[12]); the shock waves were blocked by the siege wall, albeit one made from an especially strong metal superior to ordinary steel or seastone;[13] and Admiral Aokiji easily stopped the tsunami that Whitebeard created.[14] It should be noted, however, that only after Ace's death did Whitebeard truly attempt to erase Marineford in his anger,[10] but it was Blackbeard who truly was willing to destroy the island using both of his Devil Fruit powers.[15] Although neither man succeeded in sinking the island, with both having been stopped[11][16] and the latter lacking enough control over the power,[17] the resulting aftershocks and tsunami were felt far away from Marineford.[18]

Blackbeard, wielding both the powers of the Yami Yami no Mi (right hand) and the Gura Gura no Mi (left hand).

When Blackbeard took this Devil Fruit's power through an unknown method, he claimed that with the power of quakes which "brings destruction to all" combined with the darkness that "reduces anything to nothingness", he was truly invincible and the strongest.[19]

However, this Devil Fruit's powers are noted to be a hazard to both friend and foe alike, as observed by both the Whitebeard[20] and Blackbeard Pirates.[21] This primarily stems from how, even though the user seems to be able to control both the magnitude of the shock wave and its point of impact,[13][10] the quakes produced by these shock waves are indiscriminate in their effects.[18] Because of this, allies of the user must be prepared for the impacts unless they want to become unintended victims of them.[20]

This Devil Fruit has no apparent weakness, aside from the standard Devil Fruit weakness. However, the three Admirals managed to stop Whitebeard's shockwaves from hitting Marineford's execution platform by combining their Busoshoku Haki.[22] Also, the siege wall that Sengoku planted was composed of a material which Whitebeard's shockwaves could not shatter.[13] Additionally, as mentioned previously, due to the fact that Whitebeard's attacks were indiscriminate in who they could hit, his allies and crewmates had to fight a certain distance away from him, giving enemies far more room in attacking him.[20]

Usage[edit | edit source]

Edward Newgate[edit | edit source]

Whitebeard demonstrated four separate, distinct techniques with his Devil Fruit, and could also imbue the direct contact techniques with Busoshoku Haki to attack Logia users at close range.[23] None of his attacks are named in the manga or anime, but are named in the game One Piece: Gigant Battle.

Tsunamis created by Kaishin.

  • Kaishin (海震 Kaishin?, literally meaning "Seaquake"): Whitebeard "cracks" the air with a punch and sends devastating shock waves through the air in the direction it is facing.[1] These shock waves can pass through and damage almost any substance, tearing it apart.[24] If the shock waves are directed into the ground, the result is a devastating earthquake capable of generating huge tsunamis.[1] Because of its enormous offensive power and great speed, this attack makes for a solid defense, destroying or disrupting any attack before it hits Whitebeard, who first used it this way to defend against Aokiji's ice-spears.[25] However, this technique is not unblockable, as the siege walls in Marineford are made of a special material that can resist damage and diffuse the power of this attack.[13] Additionally, the three Marine Admirals prevented this attack from reaching the execution platform by blocking it with a "shield" of their combined Busoshoku Haki.[22] This technique is called Seaquake in the English localization of One Piece: Burning Blood.

Gekishin.

  • Gekishin (激震 Gekishin?, literally meaning "Severe Earthquake"): A close range variant of Kaishin. Whitebeard directly cracks the air in front of an enemy, causing severe damage as the shockwaves directly pass through their bodies, as John Giant[26] and Akainu both suffered.[23] Whitebeard could also passively summon vibrations around himself, which protected him from being frozen by Aokiji due to vibrations not being freezable.[27]
  • Shingen no Ichigeki (震源の一撃 Shingen no Ichigeki?, literally meaning "Hypocenter Attack"): Whitebeard focuses vibrations around his fist in an spherical bubble to form an earthquake hypocenter and delivers a punch releasing all the force concentrated at once, with enormous power. In the anime, he also created such a bubble on his foot for a devastating stomp.[28]

Kabutowari.

  • Kabutowari (兜割 Kabutowari?, literally meaning "Helmet Splitter"): A variant of Shingen no Ichigeki. Instead of delivering a punch, Whitebeard grabs his opponent's head and concentrates his vibrations around it, resulting in crushing damage. He first used this technique to defeat the giant Vice-Admiral Ronse in a single blow.[29] This technique is called Oscillating Throw in One Piece: Burning Blood.


Naginata Rasetsu.

  • Naginata Rasetsu (薙刀羅刹 Naginata Rasetsu?, literally meaning "Mowing Blade Rakshasa"): Whitebeard surrounds his naginata, the Murakumogiri, with a quake bubble to greatly increase its striking power and range.[30]

Shima Yurashi.

  • Shima Yurashi (島揺らし Shima Yurashi?, literally meaning "Island Shaking"): Whitebeard "grabs" an entire area, by grabbing and pulling on the air around him as if it were tangible, and rapidly shifts it. Using this, he tilted the entire island of Marineford and the sea around it, destroying buildings and throwing a giant off of his feet in the process.[7] This technique is called The Man Who Shakes the World in One Piece: Burning Blood.

Video Game-only Attacks[edit | edit source]

  • Ikkitosen (一騎当千 Ikkitōsen?, literally meaning "Matchless Warrior" or "Mighty Hero"): Whitebeard swings Murakumogiri, sending waves of vibrations at his opponents. This was first used in One Piece: Pirate Warriors .[31] It is one of Whitebeard's special moves and requires one special gauge to perform. In the game's English release, the technique is called One Man Army.
  • Tenchi Meido (天地鳴動 Tenchi Meidō?, literally meaning "Heaven and Earth Rumbling"): Whitebeard grabs the air and pulls it downwards; once he gets low enough, all of his opponents are tossed into the air and fall back down. This was first used in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2.[31] It is one of Whitebeard's special moves and requires two special gauges to perform. It is similar in execution to Shima Yurashi but does not tilt the earth itself. It is also used by Blackbeard, who needs only one special gauge to perform the attack. In the game's English release, the technique is called Heaven and Earth.
  • Strongest Rampage: Following a jump, Whitebeard slams down on the ground sending vibrations into it causing a small earthquake where he lands. This technique appears as Whitebeard's special movement in One Piece: Burning Blood.
  • Silent Rage: Whitebeard charges his power into his hand then punches the opponent smashing them into the ground unleashing vibrations, then attacks the opponent with his naginata several times before flinging the opponent into the air. Finally, pulling back his arm, he charges a Kaishin which he hits the opponent with at point blank in mid-air as they are falling back to the ground. This technique is Whitebeard's Ultimate attack/Super move in One Piece: Burning Blood.

Marshall D. Teach[edit | edit source]

Blackbeard can use all of the abilities that Whitebeard did in addition to his Yami Yami no Mi powers,[2] but he still lacks the mastery of the fruit that Whitebeard had.[17] Teach has demonstrated the usage of Kaishin,[32] Kabutowari[33] and Shima Yurashi.[34]

History[edit | edit source]

Past[edit | edit source]

At some point in his life, Whitebeard ate the Gura Gura no Mi.[4] The destructive power that this fruit granted him contributed to his being known as the strongest man in the world.[6]

Marineford Arc[edit | edit source]

Although Whitebeard died, the Gura Gura no Mi did not return to circulation due to exceptional circumstances. His killer, Blackbeard, used an unknown procedure while covered by a black cloth to somehow transfer the ability into himself. This became a phenomenon that was met with shock and horror at a global scale, as not only was Blackbeard the first and so far the only person known to possess two Devil Fruit powers without his body exploding, but he destroyed the world's relief at believing that the threat of the Gura Gura no Mi is over by demonstrating his new-found powers, causing even more grief.[35]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This is the first Devil Fruit to be shown to belong to two separate users, having been acquired by Marshall D. Teach after the death of Edward Newgate, via an as-of-yet undisclosed method.[2] Furthermore, it now shares a distinction with the Yami Yami no Mi as the first two fruits to be wielded concurrently by the same user.[19]
  • This Devil Fruit's name is reminiscent of Whitebeard's signature laughter, "Gurararara". He shares this attribute with Perona and her Horo Horo no Mi ("Horohorohoro"), Streusen and his Kuku Kuku no Mi ("Kukukuku") and (non-canonically) Breed and his Peto Peto no Mi ("Petotototo").
  • The Gura Gura no Mi's power is one of the two aspects that made Whitebeard resemble the Greek God Poseidon, the other being his status as an Emperor, as the emperor of the seas who could cause earthquakes and tsunamis.
  • The idea of a Devil Fruit that would allow someone to create tsunamis was first brought up when Morgan explained what Devil Fruits are.[36]
  • The Hasshoken style utilized by the Happo Navy and Chinjao Family is similar to the Kabutowari technique Whitebeard used, surrounding their strikes with vibrations to shatter defenses, though the Hasshoken style is more of concentric waves emitted from the strike, while the Kabutowari technique is a bubble of focused seismic energy.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 (p. 4-5 & 18-19) and Episodes 461462, Whitebeard uses the powers of the Gura Gura no Mi to create two tsunamis on other side of Marineford.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 577 (p. 15) and Episode 486, Blackbeard gains the power of the Gura Gura no Mi in addition to the Yami Yami no Mi, his first fruit.
  3. 3.0 3.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 58, Oda refers to Whitebeard as a Tremor Human, and the fruit as the strongest of the Paramecia class.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 (p. 17) and Episode 462, Whitebeard is revealed to be the user of the Gura Gura no Mi.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 (p. 18) and Episode 462, Sengoku proclaims that Whitebeard holds the power to destroy the world.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 (p. 17-18) and Episode 462, Sengoku notes the sheer power of the Gura Gura no Mi.
  7. 7.0 7.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 564 (p. 6-9) and Episode 473, Whitebeard uses Shima Yurashi to tilt Marineford and the surrounding ocean.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 553 (p. 6-7) and Episode 462, Whitebeard counters Aokiji's Ice Block: Partisan and shatters Aokiji himself with a shockwave.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 553 (p. 12) and Episode 462, Tsuru explains to Yamakaji why she cannot retreat from the battle at Marineford.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 575 (p. 8-11) and Episode 480, Whitebeard destroys a large area of Marineford and splits the plaza in two with a single shockwave.
  11. 11.0 11.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 576 (p. 15) and Episode 485, Whitebeard dies before he can destroy Marineford.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 577 (p. 14-15) and Episode 486, Blackbeard uses the power of the Gura Gura no Mi to further damage Marineford.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 565 (p. 8) and Episode 474, The siege wall endures a shockwave from Whitebeard himself.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 553 (p. 4-5) and Episode 462, Aokiji freezes Whitebeard's tsunamis with Ice Time.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 578 (p. 4) and Episode 487, Blackbeard decides to sink Marineford using his powers.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 580 (p. 11) and Episode 489, Blackbeard decides to leave Marineford instead of destroying it due to the arrival of Shanks.
  17. 17.0 17.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 579 (p. 5) and Episode 488, Blackbeard admits his inexperience with the power of the Gura Gura no Mi.
  18. 18.0 18.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 579 (p. 5) and Episode 488, The citizens of Sabaody Archipelago are warned of a tsunami approaching them.
  19. 19.0 19.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 577 (p. 15) and Episode 486, Blackbeard claims his superiority after taking the power of the Gura Gura no Mi.
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 564 (p. 7) and Episode 473, Whitebeard's subordinates tell each other to not get in his way.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 579 (p. 5) and Episode 488, Burgess tells Blackbeard that they will not have any place to stand if he is not careful.
  22. 22.0 22.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 564 (p. 10-11) and Episode 473, Akainu, Aokiji, and Kizaru block Whitebeard's shockwave by combining their Busoshoku Haki.
  23. 23.0 23.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 575 (p. 6-7) and Episode 484, Whitebeard brutally assaults Akainu.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 564 (p. 10) and Episode 473, Whitebeard fires a shockwave at the execution platform in Marineford that travels through the ground.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 553 (p. 6) and Episode 462, Whitebeard counters Aokiji's Ice Block: Partisan with a shockwave.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 564 (p. 9) and Episode 473, Whitebeard knocks out John Giant with a shockwave.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 567 (p. 7) and Episode 476, Whitebeard protects himself from being frozen by creating vibrations around his body.
  28. One Piece Anime — Episode 484, Whitebeard uses Kabutowari with his foot while beating down Sakazuki.
  29. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 556 (p. 4-5) and Episode 465, Whitebeard defeats Ronse with Kabutowari.
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 566 (p. 16-17) and Episode 475, Whitebeard defeats several dozen Marines with a quake-enhanced bisento swing.
  31. 31.0 31.1 One Piece Video GamesPirate Warriors 2, Whitebeard shows some special moves exclusive to the game.
  32. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 577 (p. 13-15) and Episode 486, Blackbeard uses Kaishin against the Marines at Marineford.
  33. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 577 and Episode 486, Blackbeard forms a quake bubble around his right hand.
  34. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 579 (p. 4-5) and Episode 488, Blackbeard tilts Marineford with Shima Yurashi.
  35. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 577 (p. 3-5 & 13-17) and Episode 486, Blackbeard steals the power of the Gura Gura no Mi and demonstrates it, shattering the observers' hopes that the Gura Gura no Mi was no longer a threat.
  36. One Piece Anime — Episode 3, Morgan speaks about Devil Fruit users who can breath fire and create tsunamis.

External Links[edit | edit source]

  • Shock Wave – Wikipedia article about waves controlled by the user.
  • Vibration – Wikipedia article on the anomaly controlled by the user.
  • Earthquake – Wikipedia article about earthquakes.
  • Tsunamis – Wikipedia article about tsunamis.

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