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The Suna Suna no Mi is a Logia-type Devil Fruit that allows the user to create, control, and transform into sand at will, turning the user into a Sand Human (砂人間 Suna Ningen?).[2][3] It was eaten by the former Warlord of the Sea Crocodile, also known by his Baroque Works alias, Mr. 0.

Its powers were first shown, but not fully explained, being used to dry up a flower in a glass during the call between Crocodile and Sanji in Little Garden.[1] The power of this fruit was finally shown in a battle between Crocodile and Puppu's crew,[4] and named when he avoided Nefertari Vivi's attack with the power.[2]

Etymology

  • Suna (?) means "sand" in Japanese.
  • In the Viz Manga, 4Kids and FUNimation dubs, it is called the Sand-Sand Fruit.

Appearance

The Suna Suna no Mi resembles a spherical tan-colored barrel cactus with two stubby arms that point upwards. It has a line of swirls on each rib except on the arms. It also has a green T-shaped peduncle protruding out of the calyx on top.[5]

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths

Crocodile letting enemy attacks pass through his sand body.

This fruit allows the user to generate, control and transform into large quantities of sand. Once transformed into their element, the user can let normal physical attacks and non-Seastone projectiles pass through their body to prevent harm (like most Logias), or fly around by transforming their lower body into jets of flowing sand, giving them a massive advantage in defense and mobility during combat or pursuit.[6][7] Sand also becomes the user's primary form of offense, manifesting itself in the form of sand blades that come in various sizes and shapes, destructive sandstorms that are either carried around by the wind or concentrated in one spot and even quicksand pits that sink those trapped by them underground. These techniques are further strengthened in power and range in a desert setting, where sand is abundant and can blend itself with the user's own sand to increase the scope of attacks.[8]

A demonstration of the drying powers of the Suna Suna no Mi.

Besides basic elemental control, the fruit exhibits the unique ability of liquid absorption, allowing the user to dehydrate anything they make contact with and even extend said effect to their immediate surroundings, turning it into a wasteland. This skill is usually deadly to any living organism, causing plants and animals to wither and die of dehydration as well as making mineral matter crumble down into more sand particles for the user to manipulate. Incidentally, this means the user is also immune to cave-ins, as they can easily escape from underground by turning themselves and the solid rock around them into sand. Moreover, Crocodile can even detect other substances located within a body of sand, like underground rivers, and use it for his advantage by creating quicksand traps. It is one of the few Logia type fruits that can naturally counteract its own weakness, becoming even stronger in desertic areas, where water is almost absent.[9]

Weaknesses

Luffy's blood enables him to hit Crocodile's body.

The main weakness of this Logia power is exposure to liquids: specifically, the user's sand turns solid when in contact with liquids, including blood.[10][11] This prevents the sand from dispersing and thus temporarily nullifies the user's "intangible" body due to the sand sticking together. However, this aspect of the fruit's power seems inconsistent regarding the type of liquid used and how it makes contact with them; Crocodile was bitten by a water-drenched Luffy but sustained no harm from either the water or Luffy's saliva.[12] One occasion also had him turning into sand when Vivi attacked him, even though he was drinking wine moments before.[2]

Other than that, the user is also affected by the standard Devil Fruit weaknesses.[13]

Usage

Depending on how you use and train the ability of the Devil Fruit... It can become a strong weapon in battle.
— Crocodile's statement on his powers[14]


Crocodile fearlessly allows Vivi to strike him.

Crocodile claims to have mastered the Suna Suna no Mi to the point of perfection, being able to shape his sand into a variety of weapon-like forms and turn into sand reflexively whenever suddenly attacked. Because of that latter reason, Crocodile rarely fears anyone who has no actual means to injure him, frequently calling their efforts futile as he simply lets them try as much as they can.[2] This ability was proven true once again during the Summit War of Marineford, when Doflamingo sliced Crocodile's head off while he was distracted, a move that did not harm the then-former Warlord at all.[15]

Crocodile once stated to be invincible as long as he fights in a desert, something that further motivated him to conquer the Arabasta Kingdom, taking advantage of the local environment to establish himself as a nearly unopposable force. Moreover, Crocodile conspired to suppress any other potential sources of water that could be used against him, secretly drying local villages and towns through his sandstorms while utilizing the forbidden Dance Powder to concentrate all of the country's rain in a single place to the detriment of the rest of the country. All of this allowed Crocodile to eventually control a significant portion of Arabasta's water, causing national unrest that eventually devolved into a civil war that benefited his plans of conquest.

Crocodile using sand to extend his hook's range.

Crocodile makes great use of his gold-alloy hook in conjunction with his powers, being one of his main forms of melee combat as he transforms into sand, approaches his opponent and then quickly reforms himself to swing his hook at them. In addition, Crocodile has been shown to transform his arm into sand in order to extend the reach of his hook, as a method for long range capture and striking. Crocodile, however, seemingly cannot manifest the dehydrating effect of the fruit through his hook, especifically stating that only his regular right hand is capable of such feat.[16]

Techniques

Desert Spada almost hitting Luffy.

  • Desert Spada (砂漠の宝刀デザート・スパーダ Dezāto Supāda?, literally translated as "Desert Sword"): Crocodile forms his right hand into a loose blade of fast-moving sand, and then stabs it into the ground, extending it along the ground like a torpedo, splitting anything in its path, including the very ground itself, through extreme and focused erosion created by the sand blade, which is strong enough to slice a man in half. When he used this on top of King Cobra's palace, the attack also generated a static surge that ran with the blade, nearly hitting Luffy in the process.[8] Spada is the Italian word for "sword". Similarly, Espada is Spanish and Portuguese for "sword". In the 4Kids dub, this attack is called Desert Dagger, and retains its original name in the FUNimation dub. The literal kanji reading of the move is Sabaku no Houtou.
  • Desert Girasole (砂漠の向日葵デザート・ジラソーレ Dezāto Jirasōre?, literally translated as "Desert Sunflower"): Crocodile creates another loose sand blade from his right hand with Desert Spada. Like Desert Spada, he stabs it into the ground causing the area in front of him to collapse. However, a giant pit of quicksand will be formed instead, with the sand being taken away by underground rivers (which he can detect). Anything caught in the pit will be sucked in and buried alive. This attack can only be done while in a desert terrain.[8] Girasole is the Italian word for "sunflower". This attack retains its name in the Viz Manga and FUNimation dub, and in the English version of One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush! (dubbed by 4Kids), this technique is called Desert Swamp. The kanji's literal reading is Sabaku no Himawari.
  • Barján (三日月形砂丘バルハン Baruhan?, literally translated as "Crescent-Shaped Sand Dune"): Crocodile swings his right arm forward while leaving a crescent shaped trail of sand behind it. Anything hit by that trail is instantly robbed of all moisture because of Crocodile's dehydration ability.[8] Barján is Spanish for "barchan", a crescent-shaped sand dune. This is called Crescent Cutlass in the Viz Manga, the FUNimation dub and subs, and the English version of One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush! and Desert Cutlass in the 4Kids dub. However, in later Funimation dubbed media, it retains the original name. The literal kanji reading is Mikazukigata Sakyuu, the Japanese term for a barchan (though it can be written with the "no" possessive particle in the middle as well). Mikazuki is one of the Japanese terms for a crescent moon.

Crocodile using Sables.

  • Sables (砂嵐サーブルス Sāburusu?, literally translated as "Sandstorm"): Crocodile summons a massive tornado of sand and sends it on a rampage. Once this sandstorm grows large enough, not even he can stop it.[8] A variation of it is seen when Crocodile attacks Puppu's crew: with himself as the epicenter, he makes a sandstorm that can suck the water out of living things and is apparently able to crack steel. Another usage is to send people flying with this technique, as he did with many pirates who interfered with his attempts to kill Whitebeard,[17] as well as sending Jinbe and Monkey D. Luffy out of Admiral Akainu's range.[18] Sable is French for "sand", so the term "Sables" can mean "Sands", but it can also refer to a "sandstorm". Sable is also Spanish for "saber". This attack retains its original name in the Viz Manga and FUNimation dub. In the 4Kids dub, this is called Sandstorm. The literal kanji reading is Suna'arashi.
  • Ground Secco (干割グラウンド・セッコ Guraundo Sekko?, literally translated as "Drying Up"): Crocodile places his hand on the ground and uses his dehydration ability to dry out a huge area around him, turning it into a desert wasteland. When he does this, it also can cause the area around him to crumble and cave in, causing unfortunate foes to fall to their deaths.[16] Secco is Italian for "dry", while it is Seco in Spanish and Portuguese. This attack is called Wasteland Tremor in the 4Kids dub. The literal kanji reading is Hiware.
  • Ground Death (浸食輪廻グラウンド・デス Guraundo Desu?, literally translated as "Erosion Samsara"): An extremely strong version of Ground Secco. Crocodile not only dries up the ground, but anything and everything on it including people and even buildings, all of which is transformed into sand if it has steady contact with the ground. The speed at which things dry also seemingly increases.[16] In the 4Kids dub, this attack is called Wasteland Cataclysm. The kanji's literal reading is Shinshoku Rinne.
  • Desert Encierro (砂漠牢デザート・エンシエロ Dezāto Enshiero?, literally translated as "Desert Prison"): Crocodile grabs someone with his right hand, then slowly or quickly drains the moisture from their body with his dehydration ability. This leaves them in a withered and seemingly flesh-less state.[16] Encierro is the Spanish word for "imprisoning". In the 4Kids dub, this is called Desert Prison. The literal kanji reading would be Sabakurou.
  • Sables: Pesado (砂嵐サーブルスぺサード Sāburusu: Pesādo?, literally translated as "Sandstorm: Heavy"): Crocodile gathers a swirling mass of extremely dense sand in his hand, then hurls it at his opponent, causing a massive shock wave upon impact.[19] Sables is French for "sands" and pesado is Spanish and Portuguese for "heavy". This is called Sandstorm Burden in the English version of One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush! and Sandstorms in the 4Kids dub. The literal kanji reading is Suna'arashi: Juu.

Crocodile unleashing Desert la Spada.

  • Desert la Spada (砂漠の金剛宝刀デザート・ラスパーダ Dezāto Rasupāda?, literally translated as "Desert Adamantine Treasure Sword"): An altered version of Desert Spada. Crocodile now forms several solid blades with fan-shaped edges instead of one large blade made from sand. This is the only time Crocodile has formed solid objects out of sand, although a sufficiently powerful blow will shatter it back into sand.[19] In the eighth movie, rather than being four solid blades, this move is more like two buzz-saw like blades that are less solid. This attack is simply called Desert Spada in the Viz Manga and FUNimation dub, Desert Slasher in the 4Kids dub, and Desert Rapier in the English version of One Piece: Grand Battle! Rush!. This attack keeps its name in the FUNimation version of Movie 8. The word la in Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish is usually a particle for "the". The literal kanji reading is Sabaku no Kongou Houtou.

Crocodile uses Desert Grande Espada to stop Akainu.

  • Desert Grande Espada (砂漠の大剣デザート・グランデ・エスパーダ Dezāto Gurande Esupāda?, literally translated as "Great Sword of the Desert"): An altered and enhanced version of Desert Spada. While Desert Spada forms a long underground blade sand that slices everything its path, Desert Grande Spada slices the enemy with a rising sand blade that erupts from the ground with greater speed, as not even Akainu was able to dodge it. It seems that this technique does not travel through the ground like Desert Spada, but comes from a specific point of it, as he used on Aokiji's ice field (Crocodile's sand powers become useless when in contact with any form of water). It was first seen used to slice Akainu in half to protect Jinbe and Luffy.[20] This move was not named when Crocodile first used it, but it was named in the game One Piece: Gigant Battle. "Grande is Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese for "large", "great", or "big". The literal kanji reading is Sabaku no Taiken.

Trivia

  • The color of the sand changed in the anime, from a full light brown to a grayish light brown.
  • Long after the Arabasta Arc, where the fruit's power was fully explained, a fan once asked Oda in SBS about Crocodile's weakness to water, concerning on how he bathes and how it affects him. However, Oda explained that he would not worry about being attacked in the shower and would take them anyways.
  • Ground Secco and Ground Death's working is really similar to Awakening shown by Donquixote Doflamingo and Charlotte Katakuri, as it is activated by placing the hand on the ground and it affects the whole surrounding area.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapter 127 and Episode 77, the power of the fruit is demonstrated but not fully explained.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 19 Chapter 170 (p. 17) and Episode 106, Crocodile dissolves into sand when attacked by Vivi.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 55 Chapter 541 (p. 8) and Episode 443, Recap of the Suna Suna no Mi's abilities
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 17 Chapter 155 and Episode 92, the power of the fruit is fully shown and explained.
  5. One Piece Magazine Vol.12
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 19 Chapter 174 (p. 17) and Episode 108, Crocodile flies toward Mr. Prince.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 55 Chapter 541 (p. 7) and Episode 444, Crocodile flies with Luffy and Jinbe running towards the door of Level 6.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 20 Chapters 177178 and Episode 110, Crocodile displays some of his attacks in his first battle with Luffy.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 22 Chapter 200 (p. 9) and Episode 122, Crocodile absorbs the water drenching Luffy after dodging his Gomu Gomu no Bullet.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 22 Chapter 199 (p. 11-19) and Episode 121.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 22 Chapter 204 (p. 10-15) and Episode 124.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 20 Chapter 178 (p. 12-13) and Episode 110.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 557 (p. 7) and Episode 466, Crocodile falls into the water along with other Devil Fruit users.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 20 Chapter 178 (p. 5) and Episode 110, Crocodile states about the fact of a Devil Fruit.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 58 Chapter 566 (p. 7) and Episode 475, Doflamingo beheads Crocodile.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 22 Chapter 201 and Episode 122, Crocodile uses Ground Secco and Ground Death against Luffy in their second battle.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 560 and Episode 469, Crocodile sends several Whitebeard Pirates flying.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 578 and Episode 487, Crocodile uses Sables to save Jinbe and Luffy.
  19. 19.0 19.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 23 Chapter 209 and Episode 126, Crocodile uses Sables Pesado and Desert la Spada in his final battle against Luffy.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 578 (p. 12-13) and Episode 487, Crocodile protects Jinbe and Luffy from Akainu.

External links

  • Sand – Wikipedia article about sand.
  • Dehydration – Wikipedia article about condition caused by Crocodile's ability.

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