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The Payback War was a clash between the remnants of the Whitebeard Pirates (under Marco's leadership) and the Blackbeard Pirates about a year after the Summit War of Marineford.[1]


Led by First Division Commander Marco, the remainder of the Whitebeard Pirates sought revenge for the events that led up to and caused the Summit War of Marineford. They had brought in their full forces in order to engage the Blackbeard Pirates, who responded in kind. However, the Whitebeard Pirates suffered an overwhelming defeat.[1]


After their defeat and failed revenge, the commanders of the Whitebeard Pirates seemingly disappeared without a trace.[1] Marco went to Whitebeard's home village and worked as a doctor there.[2]

Blackbeard's victory over the Whitebeard Pirates led the world to start recognizing him as one of the Four Emperors, replacing Whitebeard's position. The rise of the new Emperor and the battle surrounding it became global news.

Monkey D. Luffy, who was training on Rusukaina for two years during the war, was unaware it happened until he was told about it by his crew on Zou. This only intensified his hatred for Teach.[1] The Whitebeard commanders did not make any public appearances until Marco and Izou showed up at Wano Country to help the Strawhats and their allies fight Kaidou.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 820 (p. 11-12) and Episode 773, The Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance speak of the Payback War.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 909 (p. 2-7) and Episode 890.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 981 (p. 16-19) and Episode 988, Marco shows up and stops the Big Mom Pirates from entering Wano

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