Vasco Shot, monikered "Heavy Drinker", is one of the Ten Titanic Captains of the Blackbeard Pirates, as captain of its Eighth Ship. He was originally one of several legendary criminals given a life sentence on Impel Down's Level 6, before being freed by Blackbeard and joining him.
Vasco Shot is a huge man, three times a normal man's height; of the Blackbeard Pirates' core members, his size is second only to Sanjuan Wolf's. He is stocky, overly top-heavy in build with thick arms, proportionate to his torso, that reach knee level, looking massive compared to his disproportionally shorter, thinner legs.
Vasco has light skin with a red undertone, an extremely wide neck, and on top an unattractive face that is set most apart by his big, bulbous nose: uniform in its thickness, protruding down over his mouth and slightly frontward, with small, nearly unseen nose wings and a strange placement: its bridge starting higher than Vasco's eyes are set. The latter are widely spaced beside his nose, drooping, with purplish-gray irises underlined by black lines (more prominent in the manga) that jut upward from the outer eye corners like lashes, and being topped by what seem to be thin, short brows always drawn downward, touching the nose's upper edge. Otherwise, Vasco is seen with a perpetual, drunken smile, his mouth gaping wide, exposing his big, rounded teeth, with his tongue sticking out, salivating, thickening the apples of his cheeks (marked by blush marks), and forming prominent chin folds. His tall, rounded forehead is furrowed, with a black jester's hat above whose two cones bend over, and are tipped by white pompoms. Behind, his black, waved hair comes out to go down his back, and placed upon the sides of his neck (three on each) are large, golden ring piercings.
True to his moniker, Vasco is always seen chugging on a large, yellowish gourd of liquor strapped on his back by a brown cord, which has the kanji "sake" (酒?) on its bottom section. Clothes-wise, beside his hat, he has only been seen donning the basic Impel Down prison uniform, comprising a long-sleeved shirt and shorts striped black-and-white, plus white slip-on shoes.
As his epithet suggests, Vasco's general bearing is that of a nonchalant, somewhat dopey drunk; having yet to be seen in a sober state, how strongly inebriation affects his personality is unknown. He does seem to hate the idea of sobering up, as he at one point suggested to his crew that they invade a town somewhere solely because he had run out of booze.
However, Vasco's apparent goofiness seems to bely his viciousness, which is established by the supposed cruelty of his crimes that led to his bygone imprisonment; said to be of outstanding brutality even by the standards of Impel Down's Level 6 prisoners, and as a result of which his very existence had to be erased from history. Upon his crew's arrival at the Summit War of Marineford, Vasco was seen asking for permission to kill everyone present at the scene, suggesting a lust for battle.
Abilities and Powers
Next to nothing is yet known about what Vasco is capable of in combat. However, he is strong enough to have been contained in Level 6 of Impel Down where only the world's worst, most dangerous criminals are held. Even more, Vasco was among the strongest Level 6 inmates at the time of his confinement, as when Blackbeard recruited him alongside other prisoners, he chose only those who could survive when pitted against all other Level 6 prisoners in a free-for-all battle royale.
Vasco is shown to have impressive endurance, displayed when he took a quake shockwave from Whitebeard (albeit launched from afar rather than a direct hit) and thereafter one of the energy shockwaves from Sengoku's Daibutsu Form, and seemingly recovered swiftly each time.
Vasco was seen wielding dual pistols while he participated in the killing of Whitebeard. In the manga only one gun is seen.
Vasco Shot was once one of the most feared criminals in the world, but was eventually caught by the World Government and given a life sentence in Impel Down's Level 6, whereby he was effectively erased from history. During his stay in the prison, he was very infamous among prisoners for his crimes, which were deemed incredibly brutal even compared to those committed by fellow inmates.
Summit War Saga
Impel Down Arc
Shot was mentioned briefly by Emporio Ivankov as part of an explanation of Level 6's true horror to Bentham. Later, under Marshall D. Teach's orders, Shot fought to the death with the inmates of his cell and, being victorious, was given freedom by being recruited into the Blackbeard Pirates.
Vasco eventually arrived with the Blackbeard Pirates, including fellow Level 6 inmates who had been recruited, at the ongoing war at Marineford to watch Whitebeard die. Shortly after Whitebeard had launched a quake shockwave at the crew and then started engaging in battle with Blackbeard, Vasco joined his comrades in brutally assaulting Whitebeard, whom Vasco personally started barraging with bullets.
After Whitebeard had died, Vasco assisted his fellow crewmates in covering Whitebeard's lifeless body in a black cloth, then guarding Blackbeard as he somehow stole Whitebeard's Devil Fruit powers beneath the cloth and subsequently emerged to demonstrate his newly acquired ability. Vasco was then, along with the rest of his crew, attacked with a shockwave sent out by Sengoku in his giant Buddha form. Eventually, after Shanks had arrived to intervene in the war and end it, Shot left with his crewmates on their captain's order.
The Blackbeard Pirates later made their move in the New World, taking out Jewelry Bonney in the process. When the crew was seen bickering amongst each other while dwelling on a fiery island, Shot complained that he was running out of alcohol, and that they should next travel to an island with a town to get more. The Blackbeard Pirates' raft had been brought close to the point of destruction due to Sanjuan Wolf's size, and they had gotten in contact with the Marines to trade Jewelry Bonney for a battleship. Van Augur then alerted Teach that the battleship had arrived, but not for trade because Akainu was aboard. Knowing that the deal would not happen, the Blackbeard Pirates fled, leaving Bonney and her crew behind to be captured.
During the Timeskip
One year after the war at Marineford, the Blackbeard Pirates fought against the remnants of the Whitebeard Pirates, with their respective allies, and ultimately won.
At some point, the Blackbeard Pirates expanded and Vasco Shot became one of the Ten Titanic Captains, leading the eighth ship of the fleet.
Over the two years following the Marineford war, the Blackbeard Pirates used their captain's intimate knowledge of Whitebeard's former territory to conquer it. With Blackbeard having become one of the Four Emperors following the Payback War, the Blackbeard Pirates have begun hunting down powerful Devil Fruit users in order to kill and loot them of their abilities.
Four Emperors Saga
The Blackbeard Pirates eventually attacked Baltigo, where the Revolutionary Army was headquartered, due to Jesus Burgess's discovery of said island. Baltigo had been left destroyed by the time the Marines and Cipher Pol arrived, but the Revolutionary Army had managed to escape. The Blackbeard Pirates fled after briefly clashing with Cipher Pol.
- Blackbeard Pirates vs. Edward Newgate
- Blackbeard Pirates vs. Fleet Admiral Sengoku
- Blackbeard Pirates vs. Bonney Pirates
- Blackbeard Pirates vs. Whitebeard Pirates (under Marco, unseen)
- Blackbeard Pirates vs. Revolutionary Army (unseen)
- Blackbeard Pirates vs. Cipher Pol (unseen)
- The "Shot" portion of his name is likely derived from alcohol "shots"—small servings (usually about 1-4 fl. oz) traditionally expected to be drunk in quick, single gulps.
- Along with Sanjuan Wolf, he is the only one of the titanic captains who has not made any type of appearance after the time jump, his current appearance being unknown.
- Vasco's favorite "food" is Shaoxing wine.