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Kenbunshoku Haki

Kenbunshoku Haki is a form of Haki that allows the user to sense the presence of others, even if they are concealed from view or too far to see normally.[3]

In Skypiea, Kenbunshoku is known as Mantra (心綱マントラ Mantora?, literally meaning "Mind Rope").


It was first introduced under the name Mantra when Satori used it to fight Sanji, Luffy, and Usopp as they went through the Ordeal of Balls.[2] Aisa is the only known Shandia who has this ability. It served as a plot point when she helped Luffy locate Enel.

It varied in strength between users, with Enel's seemingly being the strongest. With his Devil Fruit, the Goro Goro no Mi, Enel could pick up electromagnetic waves in the air, allowing him to overhear conversations and everything around him; this extended the range of his Mantra to cover roughly all of Skypiea.[4] By comparison, most of the other priests could only keep track of people nearby.

The first time it was seen being used and referred to as Haki was during Luffy's battle on Amazon Lily with the Boa Sisters. Later, Rayleigh explained Haki to Luffy and confirmed that Mantra and Haki are one and the same, and that "Mantra" is simply the Skypiean name for the ability.[3]

Kenbunshoku Haki UsersEdit

See also the associated category: Kenbunshoku Haki Users.
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Kenbunshoku Haki Users
Satori Shura Gedatsu Aisa Enel
Ohm Boa Hancock Boa Sandersonia Boa Marigold Edward Newgate 
Monkey D. Luffy Koby Silvers Rayleigh Roronoa Zoro Sanji
Otohime  Kin'emon Rebecca Usopp Issho
Charlotte Katakuri Helmeppo Shanks Dracule Mihawk Trafalgar D. Water Law
Sakazuki Borsalino Sentomaru Smoker Tashigi
Marco Jozu Vista Jinbe Crocus
Shirahoshi Bellamy Jesus Burgess Marshall D. Teach Pekoms
Tamago Sabo Rob Lucci Monkey D. Garp Tsuru
Sengoku Kuzan Stussy Hotori Kotori
Kalgara  Vergo  Kozuki Momonosuke Donquixote Doflamingo Diamante
Trebol Pica Kanjuro Kaku Jabra
Blueno Kumadori Fukurou Kalifa Momonga
Cavendish Sai Chinjao Bastille Edward Weevil
Inuarashi Pedro  Charlotte Linlin Charlotte Cracker Charlotte Perospero
Charlotte Smoothie Charlotte Daifuku Charlotte Oven Patrick Redfield 

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Usopp's Kenbunshoku View

The "aura" seen through Kenbunshoku Haki.

The most common usage of this Haki allows the user to sense the presence of others. Rayleigh states that to fully master this ability would allow the user to see others even if they are concealed from view or too far to see naturally. When viewed this way, the user can't actually see the person with any physical characteristics, but rather recognizes the target(s) by their "aura" which forms as a light silhouette on a dark background, as demonstrated when Usopp sniped Sugar, or how the blind Issho sees the world.[5][6] This form of Haki is useful in finding "powerful auras" as Sanji displayed in Zou when he sensed Nekomamushi approaching Bege. This type of Haki allows the user to see another person through the aura, be it behind buildings, strategically hidden, or camouflaged, as was shown when Luffy, Sanji, and Zoro detected Psycho P. Given this, Kenbunshoku Haki, depending on the level, can discover who is hidden but present.

This type of Haki can also allow the user to sense and empathize with the emotions and nature of others. For example, Otohime used this Haki to sense the sufferings and emotions in the heart of a Fish-Man thief as well as hear the screams coming from Fisher Tiger's heart. Another example is that Aisa was able to sense Wyper's aggressive nature with this Haki. Issho also was able to sense no trace of resentment from the citizens of Dressrosa as they were putting on a facade to help the Straw Hats escape.

It is possible that this form of Haki allows the user to sense the strength of others as well. This was alluded to when Rayleigh used this Haki to sense that there were 500 creatures on Rusukaina who were stronger than Luffy at that time.[7] Another example is when Koby first met Kyros, he could immediately sense that Kyros was very strong.[8]

Luffy Dodges With Kenbunshoku Haki

Luffy dodges bullets with Kenbunshoku Haki.

The user can also use this Haki to predict an opponent's moves shortly before they make them, thereby making the attack much easier to evade with enough skill. This prediction appears to the user as an image or brief "premonition" of what the opponent will do in the user's mind's eye, and the damage the user will take if the attack actually "hits". It appears that the more killing intent the enemy has, the easier they are to predict, although more skilled users can predict moves whether there are ambient murderous intents or not.

Kenbunshoku Haki Anime

Katakuri's eyes glowing red as he uses Kenbunshoku Haki to see the future.

Kenbunshoku Haki, unlike the other types of Haki, has hardly any visible indication when being used in the manga (like the blackening effect of hardening for Busoshoku or the ripple effect for Haoshoku), aside from their enhanced dodge rate. In the anime special Heart of Gold, anime movie One Piece Film: Z and since Whole Cake Island Arc, those who are able to use Kenbunshoku Haki were shown with bright red pupils when sensing incoming attacks, hidden opponents or seeing slightly into the future.

According to Charlotte Katakuri, Kenbunshoku Haki works best if the user is in a calm state.

Advanced TechniquesEdit

If trained enough, users of advanced Kenbunshoku Haki (such as Katakuri and Luffy) can even see slightly into the future.[3][9][10] Charlotte Katakuri was able to dodge Busoshoku Haki-imbued attacks using his Logia-like Devil Fruit ability by seeing the attack coming in the immediate future, and making his body flow around the strikes to avoid them. This technique demonstrates that advanced-level Observation Haki is capable of allowing Logia users to defend against Haki-based attacks.

Katakuri's Future Sight

Katakuri sees into the future.

When trained highly enough, this type of Haki has been proven to be an effective countermeasure for shapeshifting Devil Fruit users like Logia or Special Paramecia against Busoshoku Haki. With Kenbunshoku Haki, they can predict their opponents' attacks and quickly change the shape of their bodies to avoid contact. An example of this is Charlotte Katakuri who creates holes in his body so the attacks pass through him without touching him, giving the impression that Busoshoku Haki does not work on him, while it actually does not make any contact at all.


Though the power allows the user to predict most attacks, it can be circumvented by various means. It cannot predict inherently random attacks; for example, Luffy managed to bypass Enel's Mantra by bouncing his fists off a nearby wall, to prevent himself and thus Enel from knowing where they would land.[11]

In the unique circumstance of being swallowed by a larger creature and still being alive, the Mantra user will only be able to sense the larger energy signature. This was shown when Enel failed to discern the presence of Luffy inside the giant snake Nola, only detecting him after he escaped, indicating that her 'voice' most likely enveloped their own when he used the ability. Similarly, Aisa could not detect how the battle was progressing with her Mantra while inside Nola and only found out what happened after she and Luffy escaped.

This power also does not make the user any faster than normal, so the user's ability to dodge is dependent on their speed; Enel was unable to avoid Luffy's finishing move because it was moving too fast, even though he was able to predict it.[12] Likewise, Luffy's Gear Second was able to outpace Boa Sandersonia, despite her ability to read his moves.

This type of Haki is also known to falter if the user loses their concentration.[13] Satori lost control of his Mantra when Luffy unexpectedly brought the string of exploding balls right to him, enabling Luffy to grab him from behind when the smoke cleared, Gedatsu lost to Chopper because he lost his concentration and his Mantra faltered, and Otohime was killed by a gunshot in the confusion when her petition pages were being burned, as she was caught off guard due to her happiness over everyone signing her petitions, she lost her concentration.[14]

The ability to see into the future, which requires an extremely high level of skill, also has its limitations. Charlotte Katakuri was able to see Sanji dodging another person's gunshot and tried to intervene immediately by attacking Sanji himself. However, he was unable to see the outcome of his own intervention of this event in time, resulting in Sanji surprising him when he dodged his attack as well.[15]

In addition, the user can only interpret the future through their own senses. Katakuri foresaw his sister Pudding crying on the altar, but because he was too far away from her in his vision to hear what had happened, he had no way to know what was about to cause this.

It is revealed that like Busoshoku Haki, Kenbunshoku Haki can be depleted if used too much.[16]

Translation and Dub IssuesEdit

In the 4Kids dub of the game One Piece: Pirates Carnival and edited FUNimation TV episodes, Mantra is known as Mantora. In the uncut versions of the FUNimation episodes, it is called Mantra.


  • The concept of Kenbunshoku Haki, known to Skypieans as Mantra, is loosely based on the style of thinking in Hinduism, which goes by the same name.
  • Mantra was initially planned to be called "Tazuna".[17]
  • In World Seeker, Luffy can use Kenbunshoku Haki to see enemies from behind walls, to slow down time, and to improve his sneaking prowess with stealth attacks.


  1. One Piece Manga — Vol. 53 Chapter 518, Boa Sandersonia is able to tell how Luffy was about to attack her.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 26 Chapter 246 and Episode 160, First usage of mantra.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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. 30 Chapter 278 and Episode 182, Enel explains his power and how Mantra effects it.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 76 Chapter 758 (p. 11) and Episode 697, Usopp sees the targets' 'auras'.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 799 (p. 8-10) and Episode 744, How Issho sees the Dressrosa citizens 'auras'.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 597 (p. 10) and Episode 516, Rayleigh uses Haki to measure the strength of the creatures on the island.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 903 (p. 14) and Episode 879.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 86 Chapter 860, Katakuri sees into the future using advanced Observation Haki.
  10. One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 939, Luffy sees into the future using advanced Observation Haki.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 30 Chapter 281 (p. 13-14) and Episode 183.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 32 Chapter 298 and Episode 192.
  13. One Piece Manga — Vol. 88 Chapter 884, Katakuri confirms that Observation Haki cannot be used if the user is not calm and focused.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 63 Chapter 626 (p. 17) and Episode 546.
  15. One Piece Manga — Vol. 86 Chapter 862, Katakuri fails to see the results of his own intervention with the future.
  16. One Piece Manga — Vol. 88 Chapter 886.
  17. Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary.

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