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A swordsman is a person trained in the art of the sword. In plural, they are referred to as swordsmen.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Nearly every crew and organization has a swordsman in it. A skilled swordsman is a valuable asset to a crew, and swordsmen are often found in positions of high respect, such as a first mate or officer, or even the captain.

Swordsmen from Wano Country are referred to as "Samurai" ( samurai?).[2] Participants of Corrida Colosseum are known as Gladiators (剣闘士 kentōshi?),[3] warriors trained in shields and swords. However, this only applies to participants who are actually trained as gladiators, as any other participants do not necessarily require a sword and shield to be referred to as "gladiators".

Swordsmen[edit | edit source]

See also the associated category: Swordsmen.
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Swordsmen
Pirates
Shanks Roronoa Zoro Cabaji Silvers Rayleigh Dracule Mihawk
Hatchan Arlong Koze Packy Dorry
Yurikah Gyaro Sarquiss Ross * Pickles
Mikazuki Brook Trafalgar D. Water Law Killer Heat
Shachi Candy * Shiryu Vista Atmos
Fossa Haruta Izo Doma McGuy
Squard Elmy Ramba A O Delacuaji
Zodia Palms Bizarre Karma Islewan
Little Oars Jr. Shiki Bluejam Chadros Higelyges Albion
Lip Doughty Hyouzou Tamago Jeet Suleiman
Cavendish Pica Jack Charlotte Amande Charlotte Cracker
Charlotte Raisin Charlotte Kato Charlotte Dosmarche Charlotte Tablet Charlotte Snack
Holdem Alpacaman
Marines
Helmeppo Bogard Tashigi T Bone Momonga
Strawberry John Giant Yarisugi Issho Bastille
Gion
Kin'emon Inuarashi Hihimaru Tenguyama Hitetsu Kikunojo
Denjiro Kozuki Momonosuke * Ashura Doji Kawamatsu Hyogoro
Mimawarigumi
Spandam Kuzan Onigumo Basil Hawkins Borsalino
Caesar Clown Diamante Charlotte Linlin Charlotte Smoothie Streusen
Gecko Moria
Others
Koushirou Johnny Yosaku Miss Catherina Pell
Chaka Ohm Kaku Peepley Lulu Mozu
Kiwi Kerville Humandrills Kyros Dagama
Rebecca Riku Doldo III Wanda Shishilian Concelot
Giovanni Vinsmoke Niji
Deceased Swordsmen
Gol D. Roger Kuina Hyota Arrow Mont Blanc Noland
Cyrano D.R. Jigoro Lola Shimotsuki Ryuma
Pedro Kozuki Oden Shimotsuki Ushimaru Rocks D. Xebec
Non-Canon Swordsmen
Golass Pin Joker Nisezoro Geronimo Carragan
Kimmel Billy Saga Toma Bismarck
Mendo Yukimura Nuru Dojaku Bill 
Psycho P Long Long Narcie Shimoi Zappa Hakuto
Mugon Charlotte Mondée Marron Desan and Croquis

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Abilities and Powers[edit | edit source]

There are two known different types of swordsmen, the Strong Blade (豪剣 Gōken, literally meaning "Strong Sword") type swordsmen which emphasis strength such as Roronoa Zoro, Ryuma and Kawamatsu, and the Gentle Blade (柔剣 Jūken, literally meaning "Gentle Sword") type swordsmen which emphasis speed such as Tashigi, Kaku, and Brook. Dracule "Hawk-Eye" Mihawk, the greatest swordsman in the world uses swordsmanship that is a perfect balance between the Strong and Gentle Blade styles, being able to slice through battleships with supreme power and deflect bullets with graceful speed.

A number of swordsmen in One Piece are capable of using more than two swords at once, like Roronoa Zoro (3 swords), Kaku (4 swords), Hatchan (6 swords), or Onigumo and Hyouzou (8 swords). In normal situations, it can be an indication of how powerful a swordsman is, there are exceptions. For example, Dracule Mihawk, the current strongest swordsman, uses one sword. On the other hand, Fish-man Island's two strongest swordsmen, Hatchan and Hyouzou, are capable of using a large number of swords (six and eight respectively) at once due to being an octopus fish-man/merman respectively. Zoro seems to be the most extraordinary case, as he is the only user of more than two swords who can do so without the aid of any extra limbs or auxiliary techniques.

Certain swordsmen possess the ability to channel their energy through their swords, with a number of applications:

In Wano, the power is transfered from the body to the blade. When we wished to cut, we can cut through even steel. When we do not wished to cut, the blade will not scratch even paper, a fully mastered Sword becomes one with the Swordsman's Will!!!
— Hyogoro on the principles of the advanced application of Busoushoku Haki into swordsmanship


Swordsmen using Busoshoku Haki.

  • Imbuing their swords with Busoshoku Haki can increase slicing power, as well as protect the blade from chipping.[4] As confirmed by Hyogoro, advanced skill in Busoshoku Haki can allow swordsmen to cut only what they want and not everything their swords are swung towards to. With the Wano Country Haki principles of Ryuo being that "A true master swordsman can perfectly wield their sword as extensions of their will, able to have enough force to cut through steel if they wished while retaining delicate precision and control enough to refrain from cutting even a piece of paper". If the Haki is strong enough, they can cut through materials harder than their swords themselves and with enough skill, the Haki-infused blade can push objects away without the sword directly touching it, thus prevent it from even getting scratched/nicked.
  • By swinging the sword with sufficient force and speed, this creates a powerful pressure in the form of a compressed air blade, allowing the swordsman to cut at long distance. This is known as a Flying Slash Attack (飛ぶ斬撃 Tobu Zangeki?).[5] Zoro has shown that he can even turn these air projectiles in spiraling fashions, as opposed to a straightforward slash,[6] while Ryuma demonstrated that the compressed air can be launched like a piercing blast via a sword thrust.[7] In the anime, the color of these "air blades" resemble more like waves of light, displayed in several colors depending on the user, most to visual effects. Flying Slash attacks which are powerful enough allow swordsmen to cut through objects that are larger and thicker than the length of the sword, such as buildings or ships as demonstrated by Mihawk and Zoro after the timeskip.
  • Sheath and resheath their swords with speed enough to be unseen by the human eye.
  • Channeling elemental power into sword slashes, such as fire or electricity.

Strengths and Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Swordsmen have many advantages that most martial artists do not have. While a martial artist may try to break a wall with brute force, a swordsman can cut an opening with much less effort. When deftly used, swords can be invaluable for blocking projectiles like cannonballs and spears without getting hurt in the process. Advanced swordsmen can cut the very air to make powerful projectile attacks. It should also be noted that advanced swordsmen can use their swords to block flying cutting attacks as well as produce them. Powerful slicing attacks, physical and flying, can also be very effective at altering the terrain by destroying or breaking obstacles. This gives swordsmen an advantage both in hunting down fleeing or hiding foes and in evading or escaping tough situations, such as when Zoro got himself stuck in a chimney.[8]

As for their weaknesses, offensively, swordsmen have problems with opponents that are resilient against cutting attacks. The offensive limitations of swordsmen are seen most often when dealing with certain Devil Fruit powers. Notably, the user of the Bara Bara no Mi is completely immune to all cutting attacks (unless infused with Busoshoku Haki), as Buggy effortlessly pieced himself together even after being shredded by Dracule Mihawk, the strongest swordsman in the world. Defensively, swordsmen have to be wary of attacks that lack solid form, as well as weapon breaking abilities. A swordsman's power relies greatly on his or her swords, so weapon breaking attacks, are a problem. Notably, the Sabi Sabi no Mi, which can reduce any metal to rust, is a natural enemy of swordsmen. While less common, stealing a swordsman's swords (by force or by stealth), can also work. This technique would be most effectively used by Eustass Kid, whose Devil Fruit powers attract all metal objects due to magnetism.[9]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • While Sanji has currently eschewed the usage of swords due to his profession demands the preservation of his hands and kitchen knives solely for cooking, he was trained in swordsmanship during his childhood.[10] Nevertheless, he retains the honing of his skills in using blades, and made the exception to his refusal to wield blades in combat when his enemy was wearing an armor of ramen, demonstrating tremendous swordsmanship precision in cutting up the ramen without harming the wearer.[11]
  • Wano Country's propaganda expresses Kurozumi Orochi is a swordsman of extreme skills who defeated Kozuki Oden and his retainers.[12] However, this is falsified, as Orochi neither took place in the decisive battle[13] nor show said skills.[14]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 3 (p. 8) and Episode 1, Roronoa Zoro appears.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 66 Chapter 655 (p. 7) and Episode 579, Brook explains about samurai within Wano Country.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 704 (p. 15) and Episode 634, Rebecca's info-box reveals her as a gladiator.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 78 Chapter 779 (p. 3) and Episode 720, Mihawk speaks with Zoro on imbuing swords with Busoshoku Haki.
  5. One Piece Anime — Episode 428, Largo calls Zoro's attack as a Flying Slash Attack.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 28 Chapter 259 (p. 13-14) and Episode 170, Zoro defeats Braham with Sanjuroku Pound Ho.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 48 Chapter 466 (p. 19) and Episode 362, Ryuma shoots at Zoro with a powerful thrust.
  8. One Piece Manga — Vol. 38 Chapter 363 (p. 10-11, 15-16), Zoro breaks free from a chimney.
  9. One Piece Manga — Vol. 52 Chapter 505 (p. 5-6), Kid steals the Marines weapons.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 80 Chapter 803 and Episode 840, Sanji being trained in swordsmanship.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 39 Chapter 372 (p. 2) and Episode 260, Sanji using kitchen knives against an armor of hardened ramen.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 91 Chapter 919 and Episode 909, Sarahebi "teaches" the children of Wano in the Flower Capital.
  13. One Piece Manga — Vol. 96 Chapter 970, Orochi taking no part of the battle between Oden and Kaido.
  14. One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 Chapter 932 (p. 15), Orochi slashes but misses Toko.

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Canon
Pirates: Shanks  •  Roronoa Zoro  •  Cabaji  •  Silvers Rayleigh  •  Dracule Mihawk  •  Hatchan  •  Arlong  •  Koze  •  Packy  •  Dorry  •  Yurikah  •  Gyaro  •  Sarquiss  •  Pickles  •  Mikazuki  •  Brook  •  Trafalgar D. Water Law  •  Killer  •  Heat  •  Shachi  •  Candy  •  Shiryu  •  Vista  •  Atmos  •  Fossa  •  Haruta  •  Doma  •  McGuy  •  Squard  •  Elmy  •  Ramba  •  A O  •  Delacuaji  •  Zodia  •  Palms  •  Bizarre  •  Karma  •  Little Oars Jr.  •  Shiki  •  Bluejam  •  Chadros Higelyges  •  Lip Doughty  •  Hyouzou   •  Tamago  •  Jeet  •  Suleiman  •  Cavendish  •  Pica  •  Jack  •  Charlotte Amande  •  Charlotte Cracker  •  Charlotte Raisin  •  Charlotte Kato  •  Holdem  •  Alpacaman
Marines: Helmeppo  •  Bogard  •  Tashigi  •  T Bone  •  Momonga  •  Strawberry  •  John Giant  •  Yamakaji  •  Yarisugi  •  Issho  •  Gion
Samurai: Kin'emon  •  Inuarashi  •  Hihimaru  •  Tenguyama Hitetsu  •  Kikunojo  •  Ashura Doji  •  Kukai  •  Denjiro  •  Kawamatsu  •  Hyogoro
Others: Koushirou  •  Johnny  •  Yosaku  •  Miss Catherina  •  Pell  •  Chaka  •  Ohm  •  Kaku  •  Peepley Lulu  •  Mozu  •  Kiwi  •  Kerville  •  Humandrills  •  Kyros  •  Dagama  •  Rebecca  •  Riku Doldo III  •  Wanda  •  Shishilian  •  Concelot  •  Giovanni  •  Inuarashi  •  Vinsmoke Niji  •  Kurozumi Orochi
Deceased: Gol D. Roger  •  Kuina  •  Hyota  •  Arrow  •  Mont Blanc Noland  •  Cyrano  •  D.R.  •  Jigoro  •  Lola (Zombie)  •  Shimotsuki Ryuma  •  Pedro  •  Kozuki Oden  •  Shimotsuki Ushimaru  •  Rocks D. Xebec
Devil Fruit Powered: Spandam  •  Kuzan  •  Onigumo  •  Basil Hawkins  •  Borsalino  •  Caesar Clown  •  Diamante  •  Charlotte Linlin  •  Charlotte Smoothie  •  Streusen
Non-Canon
Pirates: Golass  •  Pin Joker  •  Nisezoro  •  Kimmel  •  Nuru  •  Bill  •  Psycho P  •  Long Long  •  Narcie  •  Hakuto  •  Mugon  •  Charlotte Mondée  •  Desan and Croquis
Marines: Saga  •  Toma  •  Bismarck  •  Yukimura  •  Dojaku  •  Shimoi Zappa  •  Marron
Others: Heaby  •  Geronimo  •  Carragan  •  Billy  •  Mendo
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Piracy
Ranks: Captain  •  Admiral  •  First Mate  •  Staff Superior  •  Officer  •  Apprentice  •  Pet
Crew Member Professions: Navigator  •  Cook  •  Musician  •  Doctor  •  Helmsman  •  Archaeologist  •  Shipwright
Fighting Professions: Combatant  •  Swordsman  •  Sniper  •  Martial Artist  •  Assassin  •  Gunmen  •  Mercenary
Terminologies: Treasure (One Piece)  •  Jolly Roger  •  Epithet  •  Bounties  •  Fleet  •  Super Rookie  •  Pirate Alliance  •  Davy Back Fight  •  Scurvy  •  Dead End Race   •  Pirates Festival 
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Wano Country
Citizens
Flower Capital: Kurozumi Orochi   •  Kurozumi Higurashi   •  Kurozumi Semimaru   •  Urashima  •  Denjiro  •  Kuni  •  Kaku  •  Suke  •  Fukurokuju  •  Daikoku  •  Fujin  •  Raijin  •  Hanzo  •  Chome  •  Jigoku Benten  •  Bishamon  •  Yazaemon  •  Kazekage  •  Sarutobi  •  Minatomo  •  Geisha Master  •  Kumagoro  •  Kobe  •  Kisegawa  •  Tokijiro  •  Rakuda  •  Shimotsuki Yasuie   •  Bingo  •  Bongo  •  Bungo  •  Saki  •  Han  •  Hotei  •  Kozuki Sukiyaki   •  Kurokoma *
Kuri: Kozuki Oden   •  Kozuki Toki   •  Kozuki Momonosuke  •  Kozuki Hiyori  •  Kin'emon  •  Kurozumi Kanjuro  •  Kikunojo  •  Tenguyama Hitetsu  •  Tama  •  Bunbuku  •  Komachiyo  •  Hihimaru  •  Tsuru  •  Ashura Doji  •  Gorobe  •  Izo 
Ringo: Shimotsuki Ryuma   •  Onimaru  •  Cho  •  Shimotsuki Ushimaru 
Onigashima: Yamato
Others: Raizo  •  Jibuemon  •  Kotetsu   •  Kawamatsu  •  Shinobu  •  Hyogoro  •  Omasa  •  Tsunagoro  •  Yatappe  •  Toko  •  Mountain God *  •  Koyama *  •  Kukai   •  Lark 
Beasts Pirates: Kaido  •  King  •  Queen  •  Jack  •  X Drake  •  Page One  •  Ulti  •  Who's Who  •  Black Maria  •  Sasaki  •  Holdem  •  Kamijiro  •  Speed  •  Babanuki  •  Daifugo  •  Solitaire  •  Dobon  •  Basil Hawkins  •  Batman  •  Gazelleman  •  Mouseman  •  Snakeman  •  Rabbitman  •  Sarahebi  •  Alpacaman  •  Madilloman  •  Dachoman  •  Numbers (Jaki  •  Nangi  •  Hatcha  •  Juki  •  Goki)
Yo : Hitaki    •  Kikuhime   •  Toratsugu 
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Toki Toki no Mi   •  Artificial Devil Fruit  •  Fuku Fuku no Mi  •  SMILE  •  Zou Zou no Mi, Model: Mammoth  •  Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki  •  Wara Wara no Mi  •  Juku Juku no Mi  •  Maki Maki no Mi  •  Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Allosaurus  •  Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Spinosaurus  •  Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Pteranodon  •  Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Brachiosaurus  •  Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Pachycephalosaurus  •  Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model: Yamata no Orochi   •  Mane Mane no Mi   •  Bari Bari no Mi   •  Tori Tori no Mi, Model: Nue 
Fighting Style Based: Ryuo  •  Oden Nitoryu  •  Kitsunebi-ryu  •  Ninjutsu  •  Kappa-ryu
Weapons: Shusui  •  Kitetsu (Shodai Kitetsu *  •  Nidai Kitetsu  •  Sandai Kitetsu )  •  Soto Muso  •  Enma  •  Ame no Habakiri
Groups
Families: Kurozumi Family  •  Kozuki Family  •  Shimotsuki Family  •  Kurokoma Family *  •  Amatsuki Family *  •  Fugetsu Family *  •  Uzuki Family *  •  Hitaki Family 
Administration: Orochi Oniwabanshu  •  Mimawarigumi  •  Beasts Pirates (Drake Pirates  •  Hawkins Pirates  •  On Air Pirates)
Other: Samurai  •  Yakuza  •  Nine Red Scabbards  •  Mt. Atama Thieves  •  Kyoshiro Family
Locations
Regions: Flower Capital  •  Kuri (Paradise Farm)  •  Udon (Prisoner Mine)  •  Ringo  •  Hakumai  •  Kibi
Others: Onigashima
Related Articles
Story Arcs: Monsters  •  Thriller Bark Arc  •  Dressrosa Saga  •  Zou Arc  •  Wano Country Arc  •  One Piece x Kyoto (One Piece Art NUE
Events: Mountain God Incident  •  Legendary Hour  •  Fire Festival  •  New Onigashima Project
Others: Swordsman  •  Poneglyph  •  Seastone  •  Sunacchi  •  Meito
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Weapons
Swords and Bladed Weapons
Named Blades: Gryphon  •  Wado Ichimonji  •  Yamaoroshi  •  Shodai Kitetsu  •  Nidai Kitetsu  •  Sandai Kitetsu  •  Yubashiri   •  Shigure  •  Kashu  •  Yoru  •  Terry Sword  •  Eisen Whip  •  Bamboo  •  Funkfreed  •  Shusui  •  Oto and Kogarashi  •  Soul Solid  •  Durandal  •  Kikoku  •  Same-kiri Bocho  •  Pretzel  •  Shirauo  •  Raiu  •  Enma  •  Ame no Habakiri  •  Konpira  •  Shichiseiken 
Other Blade Weapons: Axe  •  Cat Claws  •  Kogatana  •  Kiribachi  •  Bruiser Axe  •  Peacock Slashers  •  Heat Javelin  •  Burn Blade  •  Ten-Fold Axe  •  Murakumogiri  •  Kessui  •  Kirisame  •  Mogura  •  Soto Muso  •  Napoleon
Related: Meito  •  Kitetsu  •  Swordsman
Projectile Weapons
Firearms: Flintlock  •  Flintlock .44 Caliber 6 Shot Revolver  •  Lassoo  •  Yellow Gun  •  Gero Gero Gun  •  Senriku  •  Flash Gun  •  Walker
Artillery: Royal Drum Crown 7-Shot Bliking Cannon  •  Burn Bazooka/Flame Bazooka  •  Brachio Tank V  •  King Cannon   •  Eagle Launcher   •  Alpacacino 
Slingshots: Ginga Pachinko  •  Kabuto  •  Kuro Kabuto
Ammo: Buggy Balls  •  Milky Arrow  •  Pop Green  •  KX Launcher  •  Candy Jacket  •  Excite Bullets
Others: Battle Smasher   •  Carbonation Equipment 
Other Weapons
Ancient Weapons: Pluton  •  Poseidon  •  Uranus
Non-Bladed Polearms: Nanashaku Jitte  •  Clima Tact (Perfect  •  Sorcery)  •  Nonosama Bo
Cyborgs: Cyborg Tactics/Armored Me  •  Pacifista (Shiro Kuma)  •  Kau Ra Kau   •  Zau Ra Zau 
Others: Poison (Shinokuni  •  Koro)  •  Dials  •  Explosive  •  Gorilla Puncher 13  •  Prometheus  •  Zeus  •  Raid Suit  •  General Franky (Kurosai FR-U IV  •  Brachio Tank V))  •  Roba-san Kick 18   •  Senpu King   •  Dyna Stone 
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Fighting Styles
Hand-to-hand Styles: Black Leg Style (Diable Jambe)  •  Mutoryu  •  Rokushiki  •  Seimei Kikan  •  Jao Kun Do  •  Ryusoken  •  Jio-Ken  •  Combination Play 
Species Exclusive: Fish-Man Karate (Fish-Man Jujutsu)  •  Merman Combat  •  Tontatta Combat  •  Electro  •  Sulong
Culture Based: Okama Kenpo (Newkama Kenpo)  •  Hasshoken  •  Ninjutsu
Others: Haki (Kenbunshoku Haki  •  Busoshoku Haki  •  Haoshoku Haki)
Related: Martial Artist
Weapon-Based Styles
Swords Styles: Santoryu  •  Ittoryu  •  Nitoryu  •  Carnival Tricks  •  Rokutoryu  •  Yontoryu  •  Kyutoryu  •  Fencing Style  •  Hattoryu  •  Kitsunebi-ryu  •  Kappa-ryu  •  Oden Nitoryu
Other Weapons-Based Styles: Usopp's Arsenal  •  Art of Weather  •  Man-Demon Tactics  •  Rope Action  •  Ramen Kenpo  •  Cyborg Tactics/Armored Me  •  Soul Solid  •  Merman Gujutsu  •  Kanpo Kenpo 
Related: Swordsman
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