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For the chapter of the same name, see Chapter 351.

A Klabautermann is said to be a water spirit (or fairy) that dwells in ships and is basically an incarnation of a ship that has been well cared for. It is a merry and diligent creature that is said to warn sailors when a ship is in danger. They are normally considered to be only a legend among seafarers.[2]


A Klabautermann resembles a small humanoid sailor wearing a sailor's raincoat and a pair of shoes, and carries with it a small wooden hammer. The human form of a Klabautermann only reveals itself to someone that truly cares for their ship.


Skypiea Arc

Klabautermann seen fixing the Merry.

On Skypiea, Usopp saw the Klabautermann of the Going Merry fixing the heavily damaged ship,[1] and it told him that it would strive to sail the crew farther for a little while longer.[2]

Water 7 Arc

It was spoken of briefly by Franky after he had kidnapped Usopp, who had temporarily left the Straw Hat Pirates. He identified the Klabautermann and described it as a manifestation of a ship's soul brought about when it has been loved and cared for enough by its owners. Usopp then realized that it really was Merry who had spoken to him at Skypiea. Franky then revealed that if the ship were to sink with Usopp still onboard, the Klabautermann would not be able to go to Heaven, much to Usopp's further grief.[2]

Enies Lobby Arc

When Iceburg recounted how he encountered the Going Merry during Aqua Laguna, the Klabautermann spoke to him, pleading to go out to sea one last time, and this convinced him to make the ship seaworthy before the Aqua Laguna carried it away.[3] The Klabautermann of the Going Merry spoke to the Straw Hats to call them to her at Enies Lobby[4] and again at the Going Merry's funeral.[3]

The following events are Non-Canon and therefore not considered part of the Canon story.

Episode of Merry

The Klabautermann on the Thousand Sunny.

During Episode of Merry, a Klabautermann (presumably Merry's) made an appearance again briefly on the Thousand Sunny. It was sitting above the sails, watching the Straw Hats and smiling. Usopp saw it briefly as it disappeared, and shed a tear of reminiscence of the old ship he loved so much.

Concludes non-canon section.


  • Despite not making much of an appearance, the Klabautermann was ranked as the 49th most popular character in the series (with 46 votes), 2 votes more than the Going Merry itself.
  • In real world myths, Klabautermann is said to be a male seafaring spirit that aids ships of crews that truly deserve it, rather than being an incarnation of the ship. The word Klabautermann comes from older dialects of the German language.
    • There is also one bad omen associated with it. The spirit only makes itself visible to the crew of a doomed ship. This is shown to be true in One Piece, as Usopp saw the spirit fixing Going Merry back in Skypiea, and in the end, due to various events occurring, Going Merry was broken beyond repair and had to receive her Viking funeral.


  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 27 Chapter 254 and Episode 167, Usopp sees the the Going Merry's Klabautermann.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 351 and Episode 247, Franky explaining to Usopp about the Klabautermann
  3. 3.0 3.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 44 Chapter 430 and Episode 312, The Going Merry's funeral
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 44 Chapter 428 and Episode 310.

External Links

  • Klabautermann – Wikipedia article about the water sprite in real-life legends.

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