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Haki is a mysterious power that allows individuals to harness their own spiritual energy for various superhuman feats. As this energy manifests from willpower, it is theoretically open to all of the world's living creatures; the vast majority, however, are either ignorant or unable to achieve mastery. Haki users are common in the New World, rare in Paradise, and virtually non-existent in the Four Blues.

Current understandings of Haki define three distinct types, each tied to a different ability: sensing others' spiritual energy to anticipate their movements, producing a protective coating of energy from one's own body, and—for a certain group of "chosen ones"—overwhelming the willpower of others.[2][3]

Haki and its users have underpinned many significant events throughout the series—notably, Shanks used it to drive off the Lord of the Coast and save a young Monkey D. Luffy's life.[1] The term "Haki" was first used much later when Blackbeard was commenting on Luffy's bounty in Jaya,[4] and was hinted at during Shanks' visit with Whitebeard.[5] The underlying concepts of Haki were introduced during the Sabaody Archipelago and Amazon Lily Arcs.[6][7] The concept was clearly explained later on by Rayleigh to Luffy at the start of the latter's training on Rusukaina Island.[3]


"Haki" is a power that lies dormant in all the world's creatures... "Presence", "fighting spirit" and "intimidation"... It is not different from the things that humans can naturally sense such as these... 'The act of not doubting'. That is strength!
—  Silvers Rayleigh explaining Haki to Luffy at the start of his training.[3]

Rayleigh Training Luffy

Rayleigh training Luffy to use Haki.

Haki is dormant in every living person, but most people around the world never even learn about the existence of Haki, let alone how to utilize it. The people who do usually awaken it through proper instruction and intense training. Haki is apparently quite difficult to master, as Rayleigh stated that two years was not enough time to learn the basics,[8] though several characters managed to master it within the span of the two year timeskip, including Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, Tashigi, Smoker, Koby, and Bellamy. In very rare instances, a person can awaken their Haki on their own due to an experience of extreme stress or shock, such was the case with Koby during the Summit War of Marineford,[9] and Ace during his battle against Vice Admiral Draw. Some people (such as Aisa and Otohime) are actually born with awakened Kenbunshoku Haki, and are able to use it with no known training.[10][11]

A person can also make their Haki become stronger, especially when they push themselves and their Haki to the limit and beyond in battles against far stronger opponents.[12] A person's Haki can even grow stronger before that person actually learns to be a Haki user and even before they find out that Haki exists; for example, Blackbeard noted that Luffy's Haki had grown stronger by the time of the mass breakout in Impel Down compared to their first meeting on Jaya.[13]

It is even possible to maintain and use Haki while unconscious, as seen when Newgate used Kenbunshoku Haki in his sleep to defend himself from Ace;[14] when Chinjao was defeated, and he still maintained Busoshoku Haki on his head after he fainted;[15] and when Luffy released a burst of Haoshoku Haki after being knocked unconscious by Kaidou.[16]

Galaxy Impact

Garp, a non-Devil Fruit user in his old age, using Haki is able to destroy a whole town with one punch.

According to Kaidou, Haki is the true defining factor that determines whether or not someone can conquer the sea, because only Haki transcends all, unlike Devil Fruit powers, no matter how powerful they may be. A clear and notable example of this rule was Gol D. Roger and Edward Newgate; Newgate was considered the "Strongest Man in the World" and he possessed the power of the Gura Gura no Mi, the Devil Fruit called the "Strongest Paramecia" which granted him the power to generate powerful quakes and shockwaves and could potentially destroy the world.[17] However, even when Newgate was in his prime, he was still matched and bested by Roger, who did not have a Devil Fruit.[18] Roger conquered the Grand Line with the power of Haki alone, achieving a feat that multiple powerful Devil Fruit users, including Newgate, Big Mom, Kaidou, and Shiki, all failed to accomplish, even decades after Roger's death.

Furthermore, Haki also has the unique capability to reverse/nullify the effects of other people's Devil Fruit powers.[19][20] In order to accomplish this, the user must possess a very powerful level of Haki. This application has only been displayed by individuals whose bounties are well above Beli1,000,000,000.[21][22]

Despite its great capabilities, the Haki in a person's body is not limitless and it can be depleted from overuse, rendering the user unable to use it for a set period of time while it regenerates.[23][24][25]

Notably, Haki originates from an individual's spirit and not their physical body, so even if a person's mind is transferred into another body, they would still be capable of using their Haki to the same degree that they normally can, even if the body they transferred into is not a Haki user.[26]

Types of Haki[]

Haki is separated into three categories, or "types" (, shoku?). The three types of Haki are:

Luffy awakens Future Vision

Luffy sensing his opponent's next attack with Kenbunshoku Haki.

  • Kenbunshoku Haki (見聞色の覇気?, Observation Haki), which gives the user a sixth sense of the world around them, allowing them to sense the presence, strength, and emotions of other people, even if they are out of sight or far away. It also grants limited precognitive abilities, allowing the user to sense their opponents' intentions and predict their actions and attacks before they happen.[3]
    • An advanced level of Kenbunshoku allows the user to actually foresee a short period into the future.[27][28]
Busoshoku Koka

Luffy coating his arms with Busoshoku Haki.

  • Busoshoku Haki (武装色の覇気?, Armament Haki), which allows the user to use their own aura as armor to defend against attacks, as well as make their own attacks more potent.[3] It can also be used to bypass Devil Fruit defenses, such as the intangibility of a Logia. A person can apply the armament to a section of their body, over their entire body, and even imbue it onto their weapons.[29][3] A coating of Busoshoku will cause the coated area to turn a shiny black, and a particularly thick and powerful coating will have a flame-like pattern along its edge.
    • An advanced level of Busoshoku allows the user to emit the armament a short distance without a medium.[30]
      • A higher grade of advanced Busoshoku allows the user to make the emitted armament flow into a target's body and destroy it from the inside-out.
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Luffy knocking out enemies with Haoshoku Haki.

  • Haoshoku Haki (覇王色の覇気?, Conqueror's Haki), which grants the user the ability to unleash their own willpower in order to overpower the will of others.[3] This results in victims being mentally overwhelmed by the user, with particularly weak-willed foes instantly losing consciousness. It can also apply pressure onto objects and damage them, a clash between two particularly strong Haoshoku users is capable of "splitting the heavens". Unlike the other types of Haki which can be learned by anyone, Haoshoku is a rare ability that only one in several million people are born with the ability to use.
    • An advanced level of Haoshoku allows the user to infuse their conquering spirit into their weapons and physical attacks, greatly augmenting their power. Only a small handful of the most powerful Haoshoku users are able to achieve this.[31]
    • Another advanced level of Haoshoku allows for the ability to manipulate one's aura or presence, which negates an opponent's ability to sense the user with Kenbunshoku Haki.[32]

Most people who can use Haki tend to have one type that they are better at, and, as a result, focus on training and fighting with that type primarily. However, a person can improve their abilities with all the types of Haki, it just requires more work.[3]

Each type of Haki has levels of usage, so even two proficient users might not be of equal strength. Furthermore, it is possible to use at least two types of Haki simultaneously.[33]

Haki Users[]

See also the associated category: Haki Users.

It was mentioned that all Marines with the rank of Vice Admiral and above, are capable of using Haki.[34] So far, the characters who have clearly shown the use of Haki or have been stated to be able to use it are:

Anime and Manga Differences[]

  • In the manga, those hit with Haoshoku Haki foam at the mouth after or while losing consciousness, whereas, in the anime, they simply faint.
  • In the anime, the use of Haoshoku and Busoshoku Haki creates a rippling or shockwave-like effect, similar to the Gura Gura no Mi, while in the manga, it is completely invisible. Also, in recent episodes, the use of Haoshoku Haki causes the affected area, excluding the user, to gain a dark blue tint. However, this could just be for dramatic effect. In the One Piece Film: Z, the Haoshoku Haki's use creates a circular purple wave. Also, using advanced Busoshoku Haki produces petal-like particles, likely to emphasize it's alternate name of "Ryuo".
  • In the anime, some Haki users are shown surrounded by different color auras (such as red for Luffy, purple for Doflamingo or pink for Big Mom) even if they are not using Haki at that moment.

Translation and Dub Issues[]

"Haki" (覇気?, lit. "Supreme ki") is an extant Japanese term that may be variously translated as ambition, willpower, drive, spirit, vigor, or aspiration. Unlike many of the other elements idiosyncratic to One Piece, it uses no unorthodox spellings or readings.

As the term was given no particular significance when first used by Blackbeard in the Jaya Arc, all early translations—fan or professional—overlooked it, at most framing it as a reference to Luffy's personality. However, its reoccurrences from the Post-Enies Lobby Arc on were almost always in quotation marks, alerting most translators to its significance; around this point, both the VIZ manga and the Funimation anime began leaving "Haki" intact, only adding occasional qualifiers such as "power" or "energy".

Regarding the video games of One Piece: One Piece: Unlimited Adventure and One Piece: Unlimited Cruise, which was localized by Namco-Bandai, "Haki" was translated as "Ambition". But beginning with One Piece: Pirate Warriors, also localized by Namco-Bandai, it was left as "Haki".


  • According to Garp, Haki usage can actually be a hinderance when one is trying to train raw brute strength. If one just relies on Haki to empower their punches, then they won't get any physically stronger.[35]
  • Despite Bartholomew Kuma losing his will due to the Pacifista conversion applied onto him, he is nevertheless able to manifest Haki, which is a manifestation of willpower.[36]
  • Haki appears to be similar in principle to common types of Qi (Chi) found in various other anime and manga series; which is based on the concept of "qi" (or "life-force") in Chinese philosophy.
    • Coincidentally, the kanji for the "ki" in Haki is the same as the same character/hanzi used for qi/chi (気). By this proxy, the pinyin reading of Haki would be Baqi ("bah-chee").
  • Not only is it a Japanese term but Haki was also the name of a Scandinavian Sea-King (a name given to powerful pirates) in Norse mythology.
  • In the anime, some animals seem to be able to learn to competently use Haki (particularly Busoshoku Haki). This has so far happened twice:


  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 42) and Episode 4, Lord of the Coast flees from Shanks.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 519 (p. 18) and Episode 413, One of the Kuja tribe members notes Luffy used Haoshoku Haki while fighting Sandersonia and Marigold.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 597 (p. 12-17) and Episode 516, Rayleigh explains Haki.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 (p. 17-19) and Episode 151, Blackbeard is surprised at Luffy's bounty.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 (p. 4-5) and Episode 316, Shanks knocks out various members of the Whitebeard Pirates.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 503 (p. 18-19) and Episode 397, Silvers Rayleigh knocks out a large group of people in the Human Auction House.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 516 (p. 7) and Episode 410, Marguerite explains the power behind the Kuja warriors' arrows as "Haki".
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 597 (p. 18) and Episode 516, Rayleigh states how hard it is to master Haki.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 579 (p. 7) and Episode 488, Koby is hearing the voices of the dying people
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 29 Chapter 265 (p. 3) and Episode 174, Aisa reveals she was born with Mantra, a name given to Kenbunshoku Haki.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 63 Chapter 621 (p. 10) and Episode 540, Otohime is revealed by Minister of the Right to have Kenbunshoku Haki from birth.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 88 Chapter 886 (p. 19) and Episode 860, Luffy recalls Rayleigh telling him how Haki increases
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 56 Chapter 544 (p. 8) and Episode 447, Blackbeard comments about Luffy's Haki.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 (p. 11) and Episode 461, Whitebeard uses Kenbunshoku Haki while sleeping.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 719 (p. 17) and Episode 649, Chinjao uses Busoshoku Haki unconsciously.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 924 (p. 5) and Episode 916, Luffy uses Haoshoku Haki against some Beasts Pirates unconsciously.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 552 (p. 18) and Episode 462, Sengoku claims Whitebeard has the power to destroy the world.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1047 (p. 8-9) and Episode 1074.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 67 Chapter 661 (p. 19) and Episode 586, Smoker warns Tashigi against fighting Law because her Haki is too weak to counter his Devil Fruit power.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 690 (p. 15-17) and Episode 616, Doflamingo boasts about the strength of Vergo's Haki, although Law proves him wrong.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1009 (p. 7) and Episode 1025, Law tells Kid that he cannot move Kaido or Big Mom due to their powerful Haki.
  22. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 105 Chapter 1063 (p. 11) and Episode 1093, Law demonstrates that he can nullify Devil Fruit effects with his Haki, but remarking it has to be powerful enough.
  23. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 78 Chapter 785 (p. 3) and Episode 727, Law notes that Luffy's Gear Fourth technique is overusing his Haki.
  24. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 79 Chapter 786 (p. 7) and Episode 728, Luffy lost his Haki after using Boundman and had to wait ten minutes for it to regenerate.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 88 Chapter 886 (p. 18) and Episode 860, Luffy mentions that Katakuri's Kenbunshoku Haki can be depleted if their fight drags out long enough.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 672 (p. 10) and Episode 598, Sanji is capable of using Haki in Nami's body despite the latter being unable to use it.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 860 (p. 14) and Episode 830, Bege comment about Katakuri's ability.
  28. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 939 (p. 11-13) and Episode 935.
  29. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 78 Chapter 779 (p. 3) and Episode 720, Zoro remembers his training with Mihawk.
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 93 Chapter 937 (p. 4) and Episode 933, Luffy thinks about Rayleigh's level of Haki.
  31. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1010 (p. 12-17) and Episode 1028, An advanced application of Haoshoku is used by Luffy to attack Kaidou.
  32. Volume 4000000000 "RED".
  33. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 716 (p. 16-19) and Episode 646, Luffy and Don Chinjao use both Busoshoku and Haoshoku Haki simultaneously.
  34. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 594 (p. 7) and Episode 511, Dr. Fishbonen states Haki is a power all vice admirals use.
  35. One Piece Manga — Vol. 107 Chapter 1087 (p. 11).
  36. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1103 (p. 17), Kuma hardens his fist with Haki.

External links[]

  • Qi – Wikipedia article on the principle that Haki and other similar principles are derived from.
  • Battle Aura - TV tropes wiki article on the Battle Aura trope.
  • Ki Manipulation - TV tropes wiki article on the Ki Manipulation trope.
  • Ki - Dragon Ball Wiki article about Ki which Haki resembles in principle.

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