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The Rumble Ball is a yellow jaw breaker-like drug developed by Tony Tony Chopper through research.
Usage[edit | edit source]
The "Rumble Ball", when eaten by a Devil Fruit user, temporarily "distorts the wavelength" of the fruit, granting the user new powers that are not possible otherwise. The effect of the Rumble Ball only lasts for three minutes.
Early on, Chopper tended to say "Rumble" (ランブル Ranburu?) before consuming the drug.
After the timeskip, Chopper only needs one for Monster Point, which he originally had no control over. Through his training, he gains the ability to change between six other forms without consuming the drug.
- Further information: Hito Hito no Mi
Side Effects[edit | edit source]
As demonstrated and announced by Chopper, the Rumble Ball is not meant to be used casually, as distorting the nature of a Devil Fruit power is dangerous.
The amount of Rumble Balls taken must be closely monitored. If the user takes a second Rumble Ball within six hours of taking the first, it causes them to lose control of their enhanced powers. In the case of a Zoan-type, they lose control of which form they take when they transform. If a third one is taken within the six hours, the Zoan user transforms into a huge, virtually invincible monster that combines all the attributes of the other forms provided by the Rumble Ball.
This monster form has no known time limit, but is dangerous to friend, foe, and user alike, not only because the user loses their mind and attacks everything in sight, but also because maintaining the transformation requires lethal amounts of energy, which could effectively lead the user to die from fatigue. The only known way to stop this is to disable the user's powers using any Devil Fruit nullifying methods, such as submerging the user in a body of water or bringing them into contact with Seastone (which "emits the same energy as the sea").
However, after training for two years, Chopper is now able to utilize and control the enhanced powers at all times without needing to take the Rumble Ball at all. However, he still needs it when transforming into the monster form, during which he can now stay in control of himself. Notably, when Franky (in Chopper's body) eats a Rumble Ball, he wasn't able to control the monster form and rampaged attacking friend and foe alike.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- According to the SBS, if Chopper eats four Rumble Balls, the author goes wild. In this state, Chopper returns to his Brain Point, but with extreme facial changes: his face becomes rectangular with his cheeks jutting out, his nose growing big, with a toothbrush mustache underneath, and thick lips. He also grows human ears, and his hat turns upside down, and merges with his forehead, with the "X" in the center.
- While the manga never depicts it, the anime shows Chopper discovering the Rumble Ball by accident after experimenting.
- According to another SBS, if Ikue Otani ate three Rumble Balls, then she would grow out to be a giant.
- In the anime, during the first round of the Davy Back Fight's second 3 coin game Chopper took a second Rumble Ball within a matter of minutes of his first wearing off and showed no side effects. This is due to the manga having yet to reveal such side effects when the filler episode came out.
- The Rumble Ball's name and appearance resembles real-life rum balls, a truffle-like confectionery.
- Through his development of the Rumble Ball, Chopper is the first Devil Fruit user to artificially augment his Devil Fruit powers. However Chopper is not the only one to do so, as Caesar Clown (by his own admission) used his chemical and scientific expertise to artificially augment the Gasu Gasu no Mi to grant himself new offensive abilities.
References[edit | edit source]
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 407 and Episode 209, The effects of two and three Rumble Balls consumed are explained.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 67 Chapter 667, Franky lost control after taking one Rumble Ball.
- SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 48, "Very good, sir. → (Picture) When he eats three, his Devil Fruit Powers go wild, but if he eats FOUR Rumble Balls, the author goes wild."
- SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 58, Fan question: "If you ate 3 rumble balls, what would happen? Please draw it. P.N. Chappy-"
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