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The Polar Tang[2] is a submarine serving as the ship of the Heart Pirates.[1]

Ship Design and Appearance[edit | edit source]

The Polar Tang is a submarine that is yellow with a light green underside lined with torpedo cannons. Unlike most pirate ships, it is mostly made out of metal and runs on engines instead of sails. The upper decks are made of wood, though, and there are two tall masts on both the front and back levels. These two masts have retractable sails to be used when its engines are not activated, with the front mast having a rectangular dark-colored sail bearing the Heart Pirates' Jolly Roger on it.[3] Circular windows line the craft, and the Heart Pirates' Jolly Roger and Law's "DEATH" tattoo are plastered on the exterior. There are also lights resembling streetlamps on the outside in order to allow sight underwater.

Inside the ship is an advanced medical room, where Law can perform operations on patients.[4]

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Rear-view of the Polar Tang.
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Luffy hooked up to one of the life-support systems.
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The Polar Tang with its two sails in use.

History[edit | edit source]

Summit War Saga[edit | edit source]

Marineford Arc[edit | edit source]

The Heart Pirates came to Marineford on the Polar Tang during the Battle of Marineford in order to save Monkey D. Luffy.[1] They fled Marineford with Luffy and Jinbe, managing to evade Aokiji's Ice Age and Kizaru's Yasakani no Magatama attacks.[5]

Post-War Arc[edit | edit source]

Later, Law turned the recovering Luffy and Jinbe over to Boa Hancock on a stolen Marine ship.[4] They traveled to Amazon Lily and the Polar Tang was docked at a small beach while Law waited to return Luffy's hat.[6] However, Law and his crew departed after Silvers Rayleigh arrived and Law passed the hat to the former pirate.[7]

Unlike the other Supernovas, Law decided not to take the Polar Tang and his crew to the New World just yet, and to stay in Paradise slightly longer.[8]

Yonko Saga[edit | edit source]

Zou Arc[edit | edit source]

After the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance was formed, the Heart Pirates prepared to set sail for Wano Country in the Polar Tang along with some of the Straw Hat Pirates and the Kozuki Family retainers.[9][10]

Wano Country Arc[edit | edit source]

During the day of the Fire Festival, Law's ship arrived where the Scabbards were heading towards Onigashima as the submarine lifted their boat and entered the battle with the Beasts Pirates.[11]

Later on, the submarine was used to transport some of the Scabbards (Inuarashi, Kikunojo, Raizo, Ashura Doji, and Kawamatsu) to the back of Onigashima. When the submarine got close enough, it rose to the surface and Law teleported himself, Bepo, Shachi, Penguin, and the Scabbards with them to Onigashima's back entrance. Once they left, the submarine submerged back underwater.[12]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Tang, or surgeonfish, are members of the family Acanthuridae that are characterized by their scalpel-shaped spines, fitting the theme of the Heart Pirates.
  • The Polar Tang also shares its name with two individual submarines (the USS Tang (SS-306) and the USS Tang (SS-563)) as well as the Tang-class submarines used by the United States.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 578 (p. 18-19) and Episode 487, The Polar Tang makes its debut at Marineford.
  2. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 82 (p. 46), The Polar Tang's name is revealed.
  3. One Piece Manga — Vol. 97 Chapter 977 (p. 3-4), The two sails of the Polar Tang may be seen while en route to Onigashima.
  4. 4.0 4.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 581 (p. 9-13) and Episode 490, Luffy's getting healed with the help of the submarine's medical equipment.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 580 (p. 4-7) and Episode 489.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 582 (p. 8) and Episode 491.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 591 (p. 2-3, 6) and Episode 507.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 595 (p. 3) and Episode 513.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 820 (p. 13) and Episode 773.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 822 (p. 5) and Episode 776.
  11. One Piece Manga — Vol. 96 Chapter 974.
  12. One Piece Manga — Vol. 97 Chapter 984.

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