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Haki is a mysterious power that is found in every living being in the world. It is not that different from the typical senses. However, most people do not notice it or fail to awaken it. Broadly speaking, there are two types of Haki available to everyone, given the proper training, but there is a third type that only a certain group of "chosen ones" are said to possess.[2][3] In simple terms, Haki is an ability to sense and predict spiritual energy (Kenbunshoku), use life force as physical reinforcement (Busoshoku), and, for the rare "chosen ones", overpower enemies' willpower with your own (Haoshoku).


"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]

Haki, unnamed at the time, was first seen when Shanks used it to scare off the Lord of the Coast to save Luffy when he was a child from the wrath of the Sea King.[1] The term "Haki" was first coined and 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] The concept was clearly explained by Rayleigh to Luffy at the start of the latter's training on Rusukaina Island.[3] Haki is dormant in every living person, but it's rare for most people to ever awaken that ability. Intense training can awaken it, as can extreme shock, such as with Koby during the Battle of Marineford[7]. Two known people (Aisa and Otohime) were born with the ability awakened, with no known training. Due to the fact that Haki originates from an individual's spirit and not their physical body, users are still capable of using it even if their spirit is transferred into another body.[8] Haki can also become stronger, especially when a Haki user battles stronger opponents.[9]

Despite their great capabilities, Haki is not limitless as it can be depleted from overuse, rendering the user unable to use it for a set period while it regenerates.[10][11][12]

Types of Haki

Haki is separated into three categories, or "types" ( shoku?), each has levels of usage, so that even two proficient users might not be of equal strength. Most people who can use Haki tend to have a type they are better at and as a result focus on that type. However, a person can improve their abilities with all the types of Haki, it just requires more work.[3] Furthermore, at least two types of Haki can also be used simultaneously.[13]:

  • Kenbunshoku Haki, which grants users a sixth sense of the world around them and limited precognitive abilities.[3] Users can hone their skills to such a degree that they can achieve an advanced level that allows them to see a short period into the future, as seen with Charlotte Katakuri.[14] Enel used his Devil Fruit, the Goro Goro no Mi, to significantly increase the range of his detection radius.[15]
  • Busoshoku Haki, which allows the user to use their spirit as armor to defend against attacks or to make their own attacks more potent.[3] Some users of Busoshoku use the Koka Technique over their entire body and\or weapons.[16][3] Users can hone their skill to such a degree that they can achieve an advanced level that allows them to emit the armament a short distance without a medium.[17] Furthermore, when clashing against another Busoshoku Haki user, the one with the lower level will feel the impact to a certain degree, ranging from swelling[18], to physical changes.[19]
  • Haoshoku Haki, a rare type of Haki only one in a million people can use which grants the user the ability to overpower the will of others.[3] This normally results in the victims being knocked unconscious. Users of this type of Haki are seemingly somehow ranked, as Chinjao claimed that one could become "the top of all the conquerors".[20]

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.[21] So far the characters who have clearly shown the use of Haki or have been stated to be able to use it are:

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Haki Users
Satori Shura Gedatsu Aisa Enel
Ohm Koby Rebecca Usopp Helmeppo
Crocus Shirahoshi Hotori Kotori Kozuki Momonosuke
Otohime  Kalgara  Patrick Redfield 
Marguerite Boo X Drake Charlotte Counter Charlotte Cadenza
Draw Charlotte Raisin Hyogoro Kawamatsu Kung-Fu Dugong 
Charlotte Cabaletta  Batman  Speed  Shuzo  Alpacacino 
Byrnndi World  Komei  Dice  Prodi   
Kenbunshoku + Busoshoku Haki
Boa Marigold Boa Sandersonia Marco Jozu Vista
Roronoa Zoro Sanji Kin'emon Issho Trafalgar D. Water Law
Dracule Mihawk Sakazuki Borsalino Sentomaru Smoker
Tashigi Jinbe Bellamy Jesus Burgess Marshall D. Teach
Pekoms Tamago Sabo Rob Lucci Monkey D. Garp
Tsuru Kuzan Stussy Diamante Trebol
Pica Kanjuro Kaku Jabra Blueno
Kumadori Fukurou Kalifa Momonga Cavendish
Sai Bastille Edward Weevil Inuarashi Nekomamushi
Charlotte Cracker Charlotte Perospero Charlotte Smoothie Charlotte Daifuku Charlotte Oven
Vergo  Pedro 
Eustass Kid Kaido Naguri 
Haoshoku + Busoshoku Haki
Portgas D. Ace  Kozuki Oden  Gol D. Roger  Douglas Bullet 
All Types
Shanks Silvers Rayleigh Boa Hancock Monkey D. Luffy Charlotte Katakuri
Sengoku Donquixote Doflamingo Chinjao Charlotte Linlin Edward Newgate 

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, 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, 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.
  • 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

  • The term "Haki" is a word that has multiple meanings when translated into English. It can mean "ambition", "will power", "drive", "spirit", "vigor" and "aspiration" to name a few. The term itself, however, literally translates to "Supreme Qi".
  • In the simulcast episodes by FUNimation, the subs provided have chosen to use the term "Haki".
  • 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". 


  • 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. 12-15) 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. 59 Chapter 579 (p. 7) and Episode 488, Koby is hearing the voices of the dying people
  8. 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.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 88 Chapter 886 (p. 19), Luffy recalls Rayleigh telling him how Haki increases
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. One Piece Manga — Vol. 88 Chapter 886 (p. 18), Luffy mentions that Katakuri's Kenbunshou Haki can be depleted if their fight drags out long enough
  13. 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.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 86 Chapter 860 (p. 14) and Episode 830, Bege comment about Katakuri's ability.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 30 Chapter 278 (p. 2) and Episode 182, Enel explains the combination of the Goro Goro no Mi and Mantra.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 78 Chapter 779 (p. 3) and Episode 720, Zoro remembers his training with Mihawk.
  17. One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 937 (p. 4), Luffy thinks about Rayleigh's level of Haki.
  18. One Piece Manga — Vol. 88 Chapter 883 (p. 14), Luffy's hands swell while fighting against Katakuri.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 719 (p. 8-9, 14-15) and Episode 649, Chinjao fight against the Monkey family.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 717 (p. 4) and Episode 647, Chinjao comment about Luffy's Haoshoku Haki.
  21. 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.

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 Attacks - TV tropes wiki article on the Ki Attacks trope.
  • Ki - Dragon Ball Wiki article about Ki which Haki resembles in principle.

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