Etymology[edit | edit source]
- Tori (鳥?) is Japanese for "bird".
- The kanji written for the "phoenix" read fushichō (不死鳥?), meaning "immortal bird", a common Japanese title for the western phoenix.
Strengths and Weaknesses[edit | edit source]
While this fruit's power is classified as a Zoan, due to the uniqueness of the phoenix, the additional powers it grants are similar to those of Paramecia (the somewhat "superhuman" power that affects the user's body: regeneration) and Logia (the generation of light-blue phoenix flames).
This Devil Fruit gives the user increased physical attributes (as is with all Zoan types) and the rare ability of flight, as well as the possibility of launching aerial attacks.
The fruit's greatest attribute, however, is the phoenix's ability to produce the Blue Flames of Resurrection (復活の青い炎 Fukkatsu no Aoi Honō?). These flames allow the user to regenerate from any wounds inflicted into their body, lethal or not, much like how a phoenix is said to rise from its own ashes. As a result, the user is naturally very resilient and can take extreme amounts of damage with little to no consequence, since their injuries will almost instantly be healed.
The healing powers of the Blue Flames of Resurrection allow its user to withstand even the power of the Devil Fruit known to have the highest offensive power of all, the Magu Magu no Mi. These light-blue flames are not hot and they do not burn or spread like normal fire; instead, they have a restorative property, though there is a stated limit to how much damage they can recover in the long term. The flames are able to heal other people as well, but to a more limited extent than to the user. The phoenix's flames are also able to hurt Prometheus, a special fire Homie made from Big Mom's soul.
The user can recover from any damage they accumulate in their human form by reverting to their phoenix, or hybrid phoenix form, or just by summoning light-blue flames around their body. They can recover from any injuries taken while touching seastone, but only after stopping being in contact with it. This gives the user a huge advantage that no Logia user has, since the damage done to Logia users with their powers disabled remain permanent. This is not the case with the user, who can heal when necessary.
Other than the aforementioned weaknesses, Marco is also affected by the standard Devil Fruit weaknesses.
Usage[edit | edit source]
Marco uses the fruit in combat. In full phoenix form, he can transform his feet into phoenix talons, which can be used for slashing and kicking attacks. During the Battle of Marineford, Marco showcased his aerial maneuverability by traversing quickly across the battlefield and supervised the assault in Whitebeard's place.
Like other Zoan users, he is able to take a hybrid human-beast form. However, Marco's control over his transformations seems to be the greatest of any other Zoan user shown so far, as unlike most other Zoan users (Laffitte, Chopper, and Onigumo, possibly being the only known exceptions), Marco can transform selective parts of his body into phoenix form without changing his whole appearance. In his most commonly seen hybrid form, Marco only transforms his arms into wings of fire (sometimes choosing to maintain his hands) so that he can fly and still attack with standard kicks.
Marco also takes full advantage of the fruit's regenerative properties during combat and uses it often. Despite the fact that it cannot be used as a weapon most of the time, he can still summon the light-blue flames around his body in his human form, without the necessity of transforming himself into a phoenix. As the flames can be used to heal others, he utilized it in his role as a doctor on Sphinx.
While the phoenix's flames are primarily used for defensive uses, they may be useful for offense in certain occasions. One case in particular is Prometheus, a fire Homie that is seemingly vulnerable to this fruit's abilities.
Techniques[edit | edit source]
- Saisei no Hono (再生の炎 Saisei no Honō?, literally meaning "Flames of Restoration"): Marco can cover wounds of others with his light-blue fire to heal them. It is the main method he uses when acting as a doctor, however, there is a limit to its capabilities and cannot heal wounds critical enough.
- This move is also used as his Level 1 Special Attack in Pirate Warriors 2 and 3, where he changes into a phoenix and flaps his wings, restoring life while sending out a shock wave.
- Hoo-in (鳳凰印 Hōō-in?, literally meaning "Fenghuang Seal"): While midair in his hybrid form, Marco readies both his talons in front of him and then delivers a strong, two-legged kick to a target. Such move was shown able to push away the Queen Mama Chanter, an enormous ship. The technique's name contains the Japanese name for the fenghuang (hōō), a firebird originating in Chinese mythology that is often compared to the western phoenix (despite mythological similarities between the two being only superficial), to the point of being sometimes called the "Chinese phoenix". In the Viz release, this technique is called Phoenix Brand.
Video Game Techniques[edit | edit source]
- Tensei no Soen (転生の蒼炎 Tensei no Sōen?, literally meaning "Pale Flame of Transmigration"): Marco changes into a phoenix, spirals around enemies to gather them into the air then charges into the ground from a very high altitude releasing a shockwave. It is used in Pirate Warriors 2 and 3 as his Level 2 Special Attack.
- Phoenix Goen (
不死鳥の豪炎 Fenikkusu Gōen?, literally meaning "Phoenix Great Flame"): Marco shoots a powerful, fiery shockwave forward from his wings while airborne and suffering from some slight recoil. The kanji's original reading is "fushichou", the Japanese term used for a phoenix (literally meaning "undying bird"). Used Pirate Warriors 3 as his Kizuna Rush Special Attack.
- Zoan-kei Genjushu (「
動物系」幻獣種 Zōn-kei Genjūshu?, literally meaning "Animal System Mythical Beast Species"): Marco soars in the air and sends an enemy flying, then he flies to the airborne enemy and kicks him down to the ground like he did with Kizaru. This move appears in Burning Blood.
- Beast Chain (?): Marco flies towards an enemy and continues with more hits caused by flying into the enemy. This move appears in Burning Blood.
- 1st Squad Commander (?): Marco covers himself in light-blue flames and counters attacks from enemies. If hit from close range he spins around which causes the enemy to fly away. If hit by projectiles from far he flies into the enemy. This move appears in Burning Blood.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- This fruit's ability to heal others and mend their wounds is similar to the Ope Ope no Mi and Chiyu Chiyu no Mi. However, unlike the other two Marco was not stated to suffer any drawbacks from usage.
References[edit | edit source]
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 553 (p. 16-17) and Episode 463, Marco first uses his ability.
- Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary , Information about Marco revealed.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 554 (p. 2-3) and Episode 463.
- SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 58 (p. 166), Oda reveals a few properties of Marco's blue flames.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 909 (p. 4) and Episode 890, Marco refers to it as "Flame of Restoration" when healing Tama.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 578 (p. 16-17) and Episode 487, Marco coats his left hand and wrist with light-blue flames when confronting Akainu.
- One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 — Marco uses Rebirth Flame, Blue Transmigration Flame and Phoenix Inferno as special attacks.
- One Piece Manga — Vol. 97 Chapter 981 (p. 18-19).
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Phoenix – Wikipedia article on the mythical creature this fruit transforms the user into.
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