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Yamato is the son of Kaidou. Born as Kaidou's daughter and groomed from a young age to be his heir, Yamato instead developed a profound admiration for the legendary samurai Kozuki Oden. After Oden's death, Yamato decided to become like him, impersonating him and adopting his mannerisms. As a result of this desire to emulate Oden, Yamato decided to become a man and identify as Kaidou's son, with his father and the Beasts Pirates referring to him as such as well.[4]

This path has put Yamato at odds with Kaidou, with much of his life being spent imprisoned on Onigashima. Yamato befriended Portgas D. Ace during his visit to Wano Country, and after learning of Ace's death waited for the arrival of his sworn brother, Monkey D. Luffy.[9] Initially desiring to join Luffy's crew,[10] Yamato ultimately decided to remain behind in Wano to help protect it from outside forces, though he still intends to join them in the future.[11]

Yamato is a major ally of the Straw Hats during the Wano Country Arc. He also is the central character from the Oni Child Yamato's Golden Harvest Surrogate Pilgrimage Cover Page serial.

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Is Yamato male or female? toggle section
Yamato's gender identity is a topic of much debate among One Piece fans, as there is evidence for both sides. Some believe Yamato to be female, as indicated by the introduction box labeling them as Kaidou's daughter. Others, however, interpret certain indicators, such as Yamato's unwillingness to use a women's bath, and being referred to as "Kaidou's son" as proof of Yamato identifying as a man. Despite the ongoing debate, the official translations and this wiki refer to Yamato as male. It's important to note that despite rumors the creator, Eiichiro Oda, has not yet commented directly on Yamato's gender identity, leaving it open to interpretation.
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Yamato and Ace initially met as adversaries, clashing due to Ace's rampage on Onigashima. However, they quickly became friends after Ace realized that Yamato was being held captive by Kaidou. They bonded over drinks and discussions about the current generation of pirates, and Ace even told Yamato about his younger brother, Luffy. Before they parted ways, Yamato made Ace's Vivre card and kept a piece for himself so he could one day find Ace again. Yamato holds a deep respect for Ace, often stating that Luffy reminds him of Ace.
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Yamato's decision to become a man, inspired by the legendary samurai Kozuki Oden, has significantly strained his relationship with Kaidou. However, the stress appears to come from Kaidou's dislike of Oden, and not from Yamato's gender. Kaidou has called Yamato "My son" and seems to accept that Yamato identifies as a man. Yamato being at odds with his father, resulted in much of his life being spent imprisoned on Onigashima. Despite this, Yamato remains steadfast in his decision to emulate Oden.
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Yamato's decision to identify as Kaidou's son stems from a deep admiration for the legendary samurai Kozuki Oden after finding and reading Oden's journal. After Oden's death, Yamato decided to emulate him, adopting his mannerisms and even impersonating him. This led Yamato to identify as a man, and by extension, as Kaidou's son. This is why Kaidou and the Beasts Pirates refer to Yamato as such. However, this path put Yamato at odds with Kaidou, leading to a life mostly spent imprisoned on Onigashima.
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Being assigned female at birth and not usually choosing to explicitly present as male, Yamato has typically been referred to as a woman by people when they first encounter him.[4][12][10] Yamato is taller than an average human, standing at 263 cm (8'8"). He has long, white hair that is bound between orange rods into a ponytail at the back, which fades into aqua green and then blue the further down it goes, and ends in rectangular locks similar to Kaidou. Yamato also has large, orange eyes with prominent eyelashes, wears gold hoop earrings on both ears, and has horns on the top of his head which are mostly red, but gradually become more flesh-colored toward the base.

Yamato's current outfit is a sleeveless white garment with a diamond-shaped design on both sides and an indigo, wisp-patterned bottom half. He wears a pair of red hakama pants and sandals, and, much like Oden, wears a large purple and white nio-dasuki behind his back.[13]

While in disguise, Yamato originally also wore a hannya mask, which has a blue wig with an extremely long and wild mane attached to the top and a long blue goatee attached to the bottom.[13] The kimono initially had long white sleeves, but were ripped off along with the rest of the disguise making Yamato's kimono more form-fitting.

Four years ago, Yamato wore a similar long-sleeved outfit, but with different symbols near the breasts. The symbols resemble an oden skewer.

At age 8, Yamato's outfit was nearly identical to today, except with a slightly different mask with shorter horns and beard and without the nio-dasuki.[2] In the manga, this outfit lacked the diamond-shaped design.[1]


Yamato Portrait
A close up of Yamato's face.
Yamato Digitally Colored Manga
Yamato in the Digitally Colored Manga.
Yamato Anime Concept Art
Yamato's concept art from the anime.
Yamato as a Child
Yamato at age 8.
Yamato at Age 8
Yamato's appearance at Oden's execution.
Yamato Oden Skewer Symbol
Yamato at age 24, with an oden skewer symbol on his kimono.
Yamato's Disguise
Yamato wearing a mask and full kimono.

Video Games

Yamato Thousand Storm
Taiko Yamato
Yamato in Taiko no Tatsujin.
Yamato Everyday
Yamato in One Piece Everyday.
Yamato Jumputi
Yamato in Jumputi Heroes.
Monster Strike Yamato
Yamato in Monster Strike.
Yamato Pirate Warriors 4
Yamato Human-Beast Form Pirate Warriors 4
Yamato (Human-Beast Form) in One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4.


Yamato por Sayaka Suwa
Yamato's illustrated by Sayaka Suwa.
Seventh Eyecatcher Yamato Hanafuda
Yamato's hanafuda card in the 7th set of Eyecatchers.
Log Yamato
Yamato's attire from One Piece Log Collection.
SBS105 Yamato
Oda's depiction of Yamato's face when he eats spicy food.
Yamato oiran
A what-if illustration of Yamato as an oiran of Wano from the sixteenth volume of the One Piece Magazine.


Yamato Cries Over Oden

Yamato moved to tears by Oden's actions.

Yamato greatly admires the legendary samurai Kozuki Oden to the point of even proclaiming to carry his identity. Yamato has self-identified as Oden on multiple occasions and has even emulated his gender, proclaiming to be the son of Kaidou due to Oden being a man.[4] Although initially carrying doubts as to how to present as Oden,[14] Yamato has steadily expressed a straightforward attitude regarding this identity as time has gone on, even proclaiming this as such to Oden's son Momonosuke, to the boy's horror.[15] Although having wholeheartedly embraced this identity, Yamato retains his original persona, referring to Yamato as his "other name".[2] Yamato does not seem to like being misnamed, having quickly corrected Luffy when given a nickname.[16]

Having read of the great exploits documented by Oden in his logbook, which he considers his "bible",[4] Yamato dreams of leaving Wano Country's confines and setting out to sea with the Straw Hat Pirates, much like Oden did with the Whitebeard and Roger Pirates decades before.[9] Yamato also wishes to fulfill the goals that Oden had, namely opening Wano's borders, in direct defiance to Kaidou's wishes for the country.[4] Yamato has shown to be extremely strong-willed, having put up considerable resistance to Kaidou's imprisonment despite taking decades to finally break free. Although initially seeming to be more subordinate to him previously, Yamato's battle with Ace led to him destroying Kaidou's dragon statue in an act of defiance that has since led to more outright rebellion.[12] Yamato has engaged in combat with Kaidou numerous times and has openly expressed opposition and defiance to his plans concerning the two of them, accompanied by insults.[3][16] When the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance invaded Onigashima, Yamato was immediately willing to help them and had no qualms with attacking members of his father's crew,[13] making his intentions and loyalty clear to them in the process.[17][18] Yamato is also willing to go to great lengths to achieve his objectives, having basically kidnapped Luffy in order to get to talk to him and following through with this tactic even after Luffy responded by fighting back.[4]

Yamato's earnestness

Yamato displays earnestness to Momonosuke and Shinobu.

Yamato is more than willing to put his body and life on the line to protect people out of care, believing that Oden would never abandon a comrade in danger. Yamato resolutely withstood a barrage of powerful artillery strikes by the Armored Division to protect Momonosuke,[19] and later confronted Kaidou alone to stall him until Luffy returned despite knowing he was no match for his father.[9]

However, Yamato also takes enjoyment in engaging in combat; despite framing his plan to split up from Momonosuke as a decoy strategy to trick the Beasts Pirates, Momonosuke and Shinobu both noted to themselves that he seemed mainly interested in going to fight.[20]


Friends and Allies

Monkey D. Luffy

Yamato and Luffy

Luffy and Yamato charge into battle.

After failing to set sail with Ace, Yamato had been waiting for his brother, Monkey D. Luffy, to arrive at Onigashima.[3] For this reason, Yamato chased and clashed with Luffy after finding him, ignoring his time constraints in order to talk to him, even if for just five minutes.[13] Yamato then trusted Luffy enough to request his help in achieving Oden's dream of opening Wano's borders,[4] and then expressed his wish to be freed from Kaidou and his intent to leave Wano as one of Luffy's crewmates as a means to be free and explore the sea like Oden did. Therefore, after Luffy removed the explosive handcuffs Kaidou had used to imprison Yamato, the two decided they would fight Kaidou together.[3][16] Their trust has slowly grown and Luffy even entrusted Yamato to help protect Momonosuke.[14]

Luffy refers to Yamato by the nickname "Yama-o" (ヤマ男?, VIZ: "Yamao"; Funimation dub: "Yama-bro"). Yamato appears to not understand Luffy's use of nicknames, as evidenced by his attempt to correct Luffy,[16] as well as his reaction to when Luffy gave Ulti a nickname as well.[17] When battling Kaidou, Yamato openly told his father he would lose to Luffy, believing that the pirate would return and calling him "the one that Oden was waiting for". After that, Yamato announced his desire to join Luffy's crew, which upset Kaidou.[9]

After Kaidou's defeat, Yamato saved Luffy from falling, congratulating on his victory.[21] While meeting the Straw Hat Pirates, Yamato decided to wait for Luffy's confirmation to join the crew.[10] Luffy would approve of Yamato joining his crew. However, Admiral Ryokugyu's attack on Wano made Yamato realize that others would try the same now that Kaidou was gone, and he decided to stay in Wano to help protect it. Luffy agreed and entrusted Yamato to protect Wano for him. Before leaving Wano, Luffy told Yamato that he was free to join his crew at any time in the future and that they would come looking for him when he did.[22]

Straw Hat Pirates

When they first met, the Straw Hat Pirates were surprised to learn Yamato was related to Kaidou. Yamato assured them that they were not enemies, and revealed his intention to join them; Usopp and Nami were shocked at the claim, Franky was perplexed by the situation, Brook and Sanji were overcome with joy because of their attraction, and Robin laughed with amusement as usual. Jinbe, however, said he would not be convinced until he heard from the captain himself, with Yamato agreeing that was fair enough, and Jinbe also sensed no hostility after he had witnessed Yamato's anger towards the Beasts Pirates who were attempting to run away.[10] Yamato grew closer to the Straw Hats as Luffy and Zoro recovered, becoming friendly with them by the time the two woke up. When he declared that he couldn't join the crew in order to protect Wano, it hurt Sanji deeply, while Zoro told him to be careful not to hurt Momonosuke's pride, which Yamato understood.[22] Later he went to say goodbye to all of them together with Momonosuke and Kin'emon.[11]

Portgas D. Ace

Yamato Drinks WIth Ace

Yamato sharing drinks with Ace.

Yamato met the young pirate Ace about four years before the main story and was initially antagonistic towards him due to his excessive rampage on Onigashima. The two quickly became friends, however, after Ace recognized that Yamato was being held captive by Kaidou. As they drank sake together, they talked about the current generation of pirates and Ace's little brother, Luffy.[12] Yamato would have liked to sail out of Wano with the Spade Pirates, but was kept prisoner on Onigashima, shackled with explosive handcuffs.[3][12] However, he created a Vivre Card for Ace so they could meet again.

Yamato thought highly of Ace and believed he would be the one leading the new generation of pirates, until his untimely death at Marineford two years ago.[23] This is also evidenced by his conversation with Luffy, in which Yamato fondly stated that Luffy was reminiscent of Ace and that, although it was impossible to set sail with Ace, it would be possible to leave with Luffy due to them being brothers.[4]

Kozuki Momonosuke

Kozuki Momonosuke!! I am Oden!! I will protect you!!
— Yamato's introduction to Momonosuke[15]

Yamato initially believed that Momonosuke had died 20 years ago in Oden Castle.[16] He had tried to save the boy from Kaidou at the time, but was powerless to do anything.[2] He believes that Momonosuke is important for the "Dawn of the World".[19]

Upon meeting Momonosuke in the present, Yamato referred to him as "my son" due to assuming Kozuki Oden's identity,[17] but Momonosuke was confused by the fact that he proclaimed to be Oden and was initially mistrustful.[14] However, after watching Yamato take on incoming attacks from Sasaki and his Armored Division to protect him, he and Shinobu recognized him as an ally.[2] Later, Momonosuke was shocked to hear that Yamato was Kaidou's son, but did not see it as a point of contention.[12] Later when Momonosuke returned to Onigashima in his adult dragon form alongside Luffy, Yamato was visibly shocked at the sight of another dragon besides Kaidou, but was soon relieved to find out that Momonosuke was in fact that other dragon. After leaving with Momonosuke to stop Onigashima from falling onto the Flower Capital, Yamato decided to help the boy out with his new abilities, trying to explain to him how dragons actually fly, and telling him how to make Flame Clouds to stop Onigashima from falling.

Yamato even showed enough trust in Momonosuke to try to stop Onigashima from falling on his own, while he himself went to prevent Onigashima from blowing up. Their bond even increased to the point when Momonosuke revealed to Yamato that Zunesha told him Luffy was Joy Boy, shocking Yamato.

Due to Ryokugyu's attack, Yamato decided to stay in Wano and help Momonosuke protect it, lying that he intends to explore the country so as to not hurt his pride.

Shimotsuki Ushimaru

20 years ago, as a child, Yamato met and became indebted to the former daimyo of Ringo, Shimotsuki Ushimaru, as the two befriended one another while both being imprisoned in a cave on Onigashima. At first Yamato was scared of the samurai killing him simply for being Kaidou's child, but instead Ushimaru, Fugetsu Omusubi, and Uzuki Tempura surrendered their food and even cut Yamato free of his chains. When Yamato asked for Ushimaru's name he simply stated that he was "nobody important", and then they all spent the following days bonding over Oden and the stories in his journal. Ushimaru was the one who freed Yamato as a child, breaking everyone out of the cave and making sure Yamato survived until the day that Oden predicted would happen in 20 years finally came, which lead to the demise of himself and the other samurai. During Yamato's fight with Kaidou, when he stated that his son spent all those years alone without friends, Yamato adamantly rebuked his claim, saying that Ushimaru and the other samurai were his friends.

X Drake

As they were both affiliated with the Beasts Pirates, Yamato and X Drake are acquainted with one another, however Yamato was unaware of Drake's loyalties with the Marines, and was also unaware that he sided with the alliance during the raid. While Yamato raced to find the weapons hidden in the castle, he ran into Drake, Apoo, and some of the Numbers, and immediately attacked Drake at first, thinking that he was still a member of the Tobiroppo. When Drake cleared up the mistake and told Yamato that he also betrayed Kaidou, Yamato immediately stopped attacking him and apologized, before resuming his mission to find the weapons.


Yamato met Fuga the day the latter ate a SMILE and loved his transformation, unlike the other Numbers, so they both became friends.[24]

Despite betraying the Beasts Pirates and Kaidou, Yamato seems to still be on good terms with the Numbers member Fuga, as he delightfully smashed his way through a wall and followed Yamato around, seeming happy to see his crewmate, with Yamato only trying to keep him away rather than attack him. As a large fire apparition began heading to where the weapons were located, Yamato asked Fuga for help in dealing with it.



Damn it, that bull-gorilla!! He was seriously trying to kill me!!! I understand!! He is not a parent anymore!!!
— Yamato severing parental ties with Kaidou.[16]
Yamato Clashes with Kaidou

Yamato clashes with his father, Kaidou.

Kaidou is Yamato's father and the two have a strained, spiteful relationship with one another, as Yamato idolizes Kaidou's enemy, Kozuki Oden. When Yamato told Kaidou of his desire to be Oden, Kaidou responded by violently beating him and has subsequently been cruel to his son numerous times since childhood, having kept him imprisoned on Onigashima since the age of eight and earning hatred and contempt for his actions, as Yamato wants nothing to do with Kaidou or his plans. In defiance of Kaidou's control over Wano, Yamato had openly fought and opposed his father for much of his adolescence, but was always defeated and punished. When hearing Kaidou's plan for the New Onigashima Project and his desire for him to be Wano's shogun as a part of the plan, Yamato was visibly upset by the news, openly yelling that such a thing would never happen. Kaidou even had Yamato cuffed with dangerously explosive shackles to prevent a possible escape.[3] Despite being openly spiteful against Kaidou, Yamato still showed signs of familial ties with him, as shown when he had doubts about Kaidou's many threats, including using the cuffs to kill him in the event of an escape attempt. Despite Yamato's original doubts that they would explode, after Luffy removed them and they did in fact explode, he realized that Kaidou was actually willing to kill him and, as a result, chose to sever all relations with his father,[16] such to the point of proclaiming that he would not have any concern for Kaidou if he were killed during the raid on Onigashima, and to the point that he did not hesitate to openly side with Luffy and his alliance and to attack any and all Beasts Pirates, despite some members' confusion as to why.[17]

Kaidou's overall view of Yamato is unknown. Although, Yamato has emulated Oden for the past 20 years to the point of even presenting as a man like him, and although Kaidou disapproves of his idolizing of him, he does refer to Yamato as his son. However, Kaidou does not seem to be aware that Yamato wishes to fulfill Oden's dream of opening Wano's borders, a cause which he is opposed to.[4] Furthermore, though he has called Yamato an "idiot," he wished to have him participate in his party during the Fire Festival[25] and later announced across Onigashima his intention for Yamato to replace Orochi as shogun, showing that he places great trust in his son to assume such a position.[26]

Despite Yamato clear hatred for his father and severing all relation with him, Yamato still introduces himself as "son of Kaidou" when meeting new people.

Kurozumi Orochi

As a witness to the Legendary Hour and a strong admirer of Kozuki Oden, Yamato viewed the tyrannical shogun Kurozumi Orochi as an enemy. Wanting to carry on Oden's legacy, Yamato desired to do whatever possible to help liberate the people of Wano from Orochi's rule and finally open Wano's borders. Despite having enmity with him, Yamato personally had little to no interest in dealing with Orochi or his many forces personally beyond saving Kozuki Momonosuke from being executed by him and ending his rule, seeing Kaidou as the actual threat between the two of them. When Kaidou beheaded Orochi and announced his intention of making Yamato Orochi's replacement as shogun of Wano, Yamato was visibly shocked by his action of killing his partner and outraged by his declaration of the New Onigashima Project, not wanting any part in his plan at all.

Beasts Pirates

As the son of Kaidou, the majority of the Beasts Pirates showed a great amount of respect towards Yamato, whom they addressed as "Lord Yamato", and had great respect and fear of his strength, though most are perplexed by his self-declarations as "Kozuki Oden". Despite this, they openly followed Kaidou's every order to restrain and keep watch over Yamato for the last 20 years, and after officially cutting ties with Kaidou, Yamato openly attacked any and all members of the Beasts Pirates, hardly caring about their confusion as to his reasons for fighting with the enemy. After Yamato's rebellion from the Beasts Pirates was made apparent, they were ordered to immediately fight back, cementing them officially as enemies.


Despite Yamato being Kaidou's son, Ulti does not regard the former very highly and expressed annoyance at Kaidou's repeating "family problems" involving Yamato.[27] After Yamato had interrupted Ulti's battle with Luffy by knocking her unconscious, Ulti tried minimizing what had happened by denigrating Yamato's strength, while at the same time swearing she would avenge herself against him, right before passing out from the attack.[28][29] Later, upon finding Yamato on the Live Floor, a vexed Ulti immediately went ahead with attacking and fighting him.[17][14][30] Annoyed with Ulti repeatedly getting in the way, Yamato fully went on to fight her, and ultimately got her out of his way. In the anime, when Ulti berated Yamato for not treating Kaidou with more respect, Yamato angrily stated that Ulti should take her own advice with her brother Page One.


Yamato became a quick enemy of and attacked the admiral Ryokugyu for his disregard for human life and his attempt to murder the citizens of Wano.[31]

Abilities and Powers

I recognize your value as a soldier, Yamato!!
— Kaidou about Yamato.[32]

Yamato is an extremely powerful warrior, with Black Maria noting that bringing him back to Kaidou's fortress after he had escaped would be a difficult task.[33] In the past, Yamato was able to clash against Ace, a powerful Logia user, on equal ground. Afterwards, Ace acknowledged Yamato's abilities, saying he could not believe someone so strong was not the captain and lamenting that he could not join his crew.[12]

During the Raid on Onigashima, Yamato clashed with Kaidou, a particularly notable feat considering the Emperor's nearly unparalleled physical might, with Kaidou himself acknowledging his son's strength and value as a soldier.[32] Luffy also greatly respects Yamato's abilities, trusting him with protecting Wano after it became vulnerable to outside forces following Kaidou's defeat, despite wishing for Yamato to join his pirate crew.

Physical Abilities

Yamato possesses immense physical strength resembling that of Kaidou, being capable of wielding a large and heavy kanabo and using it to knock out Ulti, an Ancient Zoan user and one of the Tobiroppo known for her durable skull with just one blow in the head.[13] Yamato was also able to physically match Luffy's strength with relative ease, even when he increased his strength exponentially with Gear 2 and Gear 3. When he countered a punch from Luffy with a kick, the powerful collision destroyed part of the nearby wall and ceiling and blew back the Beasts Pirates around them.[4] Yamato could easily run while carrying Luffy with just one arm[13] and was able to shatter the extremely tough armor and weaponry of the Beasts Pirates' Armored Corps.[19]

Yamato is extremely fast, being able to lunge forward with blinding speed to attack, as well as outrun members of the Beasts Pirates in pursuit,[13] and eventually completely elude the pirates and escape to the attic with Luffy without anyone seeing them.[4]

Yamato possesses tremendous levels of durability and endurance, having emerged from being struck by multiple explosive bazooka blasts with only superficial bruises and cuts,[2] though eventually began taking more serious wounds as the bazooka strikes continued.[19] During the fight against Kaidou, Yamato was able to withstand the Emperor's powerful attacks and continue to fight effectively.

Devil Fruit

Further information: Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Okuchi no Makami
Inu Inu no Mi, Model Okuchi no Makami Human-Beast Form

Yamato in Human-Beast form.

Yamato ate the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Okuchi no Makami, a Mythical Zoan-type Devil Fruit that allows him to transform into a divine wolf, as well as a human-divine wolf hybrid. According to Kaidou, this beast is a "Guardian Deity of Wano Country". Yamato ate this fruit purely out of hunger, with Kaidou not intending for him to be the one consuming the fruit.

As a Zoan, this fruit greatly bolsters Yamato's physical abilities. He was able to clash near-evenly against Kaidou, an Emperor of the Sea, while the latter had assumed his extremely powerful human-dragon form.[34] Furthermore, being a carnivorous animal, this animal transformation grants Yamato heightened predatory instincts, as well as equipping fangs and claws that are well-suited for combat.

Being a Mythical Zoan, this fruit bestows special powers that a regular wolf does not possess. Yamato is able to generate ice, using it for augmenting weapons, creating protection with ice armor or walls, and even releasing a powerful blast of ice from his breath that can clash evenly with and cancel out Kaidou's flame breath blast.[35][36]


Main article: Haki

Yamato is one of very few people in the world who can use all three types of Haki.

Haoshoku Haki

Yamato Infuses Haoshoku Haki

Yamato infusing his kanabo with Haoshoku Haki.

Yamato is an immensely skilled user of Haoshoku Haki, a very rare form of Haki whose users are said to have the qualities of a "king". It was first awakened 20 years ago as a result of Yamato running wild throughout Onigashima as a child, knocking out Kaidou's subordinates. As an adult, Yamato demonstrated its advanced application of "infusion", something that only a "handful" of people can do, often imbuing his weapon Takeru and causing a stream of black lightning to be emitted from it, as shown when performing Raimei Hakke and Shinsoku Hakujaku.[37][38] Yamato's advanced Haoshoku was also strong enough to hurt the Admiral Ryokugyu.[39]

Busoshoku Haki

Yamato is an extremely skilled user of Busoshoku Haki, as shown by facing off against Ace, a Logia user and clashing against his flames, managing to wound him.[12] Two years later, Yamato was shown projecting a long-distance swing using a hardened Takeru that knocked out Hatcha.[40] Yamato's Busoshoku Haki is strong enough to wound Kaidou whose skin is impervious to all but the strongest Haki attacks.

Kenbunshoku Haki

Yamato is a very skilled user of Kenbunshoku Haki,[8] which allowed him to sense a burst of Shanks' Haoshoku Haki.[41]


Further information: Takeru
Takeru Infobox

Yamato's kanabo.

Yamato wields a giant kanabo named Takeru,[42] which is much like Kaidou's club Hassaikai, though it is studded and more slender while Hassaikai is spiked and slightly thicker. Coupled with Yamato's immense strength, the kanabo can cause tremendous damage to objects and opponents with a single hit,[13] and with Yamato's strength and Haki, it can be used to perform flying strikes that can even resemble energy blasts.[19] Yamato has mastered the usage of his kanabo despite its great size and weight, being capable of moving it to counter Luffy's rapid attacks with little effort.[4]



Yamato was born 28 years ago to his father Kaidou in an unknown location.[8] Twenty years ago, at the age of eight, Yamato witnessed Kozuki Oden's execution during the Legendary Hour and developed an immense admiration for the samurai. Following Oden's death, Yamato went to Kuri Castle to try and help save Oden's family, but he was too weak to intervene and was forced to helplessly watch Kaidou as he threatened to kill Momonosuke.[2] Yamato then discovered Oden's logbook floating in a nearby stream.[23] As a result of this, Yamato developed the desire to become Oden and carry on his dream of opening Wano Country's borders, but when he told Kaidou about this, his father responded by beating him up[4] and putting shackles on his wrists that would ostensibly explode if he left the country.[3]

Yamato sowed riots for a week in Onigashima, where he was chained to a post. This then caused him to unknowingly knock out many of his father's subordinates, while he continued to declare his admiration for Oden. Seeing the men on the ground, Kaidou asked him if it was his fault and Yamato replied that he didn't know, but was hungry and wanted some food. His father told him that it was promising since he possessed Haoshoku Haki; however, since he impersonated Oden, he would have to die. In order to help Yamato see sense, Kaidou imprisoned him inside a cave for a month with some powerful imprisoned samurai, who were also being held until their spirits broke and they joined him. Noting that everyone inside was hungry, Kaidou gave them enough food for one person as well as swords they could use to fight over it. Yamato became extremely scared that the samurai would attack him due to him being Kaidou's son, but one of them proceeded to immediately give him the food, saying they did not feel hunger. One of them, Shimotsuki Ushimaru, cut Yamato free from his chains and was friendly to the young child, as Oden was a friend to him and the other samurai. Yamato asked if the samurai could help him read Oden's logbook, and they did so with great interest, reading his accounts with great fascination.

Ten days later, Yamato was greatly weakened from starvation, so the samurai, seeing that Kaidou was really going to let him die, tell Yamato that at this rate, he may not be able to see the battle that Oden predicted would occur in twenty years. Yamato tells them that he will fight for Wano that day and then go to sea, becoming much stronger. He then watches as the samurai emerge from the cave, where they plan to make a likely suicidal attack on Kaidou in order to free Yamato.[43]

Not long after, one of his father's subordinates found him and gave him blankets and food; however, Yamato later watched as he was executed for it.[44]

At some point, when the Number Fuga ate a SMILE that gave him a hybrid horse body, his fellow Numbers mocked him and Kaidou punished him for stealing that fruit. Yamato, however, found his hybrid horse form cool and they became great friends.[24]

Yamato vs

Yamato vs. Ace.

Four years ago, the pirate Portgas D. Ace and his crew came to Wano in order to kill Kaidou. With Kaidou and his top officers away on an expedition at the time, Yamato battled with Ace instead because of boredom. However, as the battle between the two progressed, Yamato made it clear that he wished to get away from Kaidou and Ace encouraged him to do so. This culminated in Yamato destroying a prized dragon statue belonging to Kaidou while declaring his desire to go out to sea, and Ace commended Yamato for this before doing further damage to the statue. As night fell, Yamato and Ace talked over a campfire and Yamato expressed regret at being unable to go out to sea with the pirate due to the exploding handcuffs on his wrists. He then asked Ace if there were any other rookie pirates attaining infamy, and Ace replied that his younger brother Luffy, who would not be setting sail for a couple more years, would be the toughest one of them all.[12] Ace ended up revealing Luffy's dream to Yamato and quickly begged him not to laugh at it, but Yamato did not do so as Luffy's dream was the same one that the Pirate King Roger was recorded to have in Oden's logbook. The next day as Ace prepared to depart, Yamato gave him a Vivre Card so they could find each other again.

Two years later, however, the Vivre Card disappeared and soon afterward Yamato learned via the newspaper that Ace had been killed. At the same time, however, Yamato learned that Luffy was active and gaining infamy as a pirate, and with the words of both Oden and Ace in mind, Yamato began to wait to meet Luffy as well as for a new generation of pirates to arrive in the New World and bring down Kaidou.[23]

Wano Country Saga

Wano Country Arc

Raimei Hakke

Yamato saves Luffy from Ulti with Raimei Hakke.

On the day of the Fire Festival, Yamato went missing as the Beasts Pirates prepared to begin their festivities.[45] Upon seeing Luffy battling Ulti within the fortress, Yamato interrupted the fight by knocking out Ulti with Raimei Hakke. He then picked Luffy up and carried him away as the Beasts Pirates started chasing after them, introducing himself to the pirate he had been waiting to see.[13] Luffy did not wish to accompany Yamato and started attacking him, though Yamato managed to counter his attacks without issue. One of their clashes created a powerful blast that knocked away all the onlookers, and Yamato was able to use this distraction to take Luffy to an attic space where the pirate agreed to listen to him for five minutes. Yamato told Luffy about his desire to become Oden and carry on the samurai's will, and how as a result he intended on fighting on Luffy's side. Yamato took off his disguise as he did this, and Luffy was confused by his appearance, but Yamato explained that he had become a man because Oden was a man.[4]

Yamato also revealed to Luffy that he knew his brother Ace, but had been prevented from leaving with him due to his explosive shackles. Luffy offered to remove the shackles, but was interrupted by Kaidou broadcasting himself across Onigashima. The duo spied on the event through the floorboards, but ended up breaking through the floor and falling back down into a populated corridor. During this time, Kaidou announced his intention of making Yamato the next shogun of Wano as part of his New Onigashima Project, which Yamato immediately refused.[46]

The two then began fighting some Beasts Pirates, where Luffy revealed to him that the boy his father was going to execute was Momonosuke, who was still alive just like the Nine Red Scabbards. Luffy ripped off Yamato's handcuffs and tossed them aside. The cuffs then exploded, sending the two of them flying into the Live Floor where Kaidou was speaking. Enraged that his father had actually intended to kill him if he escaped, Yamato disowned Kaidou and tried charging to attack him. But Luffy stopped him, telling him that it's not up to the two of them to start the war. Where the Red Scabbards then appeared and attacked Kaidou.[16]

Ulti vs Yamato

Yamato vs. Ulti.

When all of them landed on the lower deck, Yamato and Luffy ran to help the samurai finish off Kaidou, but suddenly Ulti attacked him and asked him why he had attacked her earlier. Yamato simply proclaimed that it would be the day he would finally become Kozuki Oden. In addition to being informed by some of the Beasts Pirates that his father had been attacked, Yamato surprised them by saying that he was allied with the enemies and that he doesn't care if his father died.[17]

As he continued to face Ulti, Luffy told him to protect Momonosuke and Shinobu. Although he was a little hesitant, Yamato accepted and stated that, considering himself Oden, Momonosuke is like his son.[14] After Luffy told the latter and Shinobu that he was an ally, Yamato introduced himself to the two as the real Kozuki Oden and declared to Momonosuke that he will protect him. However, both Momonosuke and Shinobu felt confused by that, so they moved away from him.[15]

Yamato Fights the Armored Division

Yamato battles Sasaki's Armored Division to protect Momonosuke.

Yamato chased after the duo until they came across Sasaki and his Armored Division, who swiftly began attacking Momonosuke. Yamato rushed to protect him by knocking out the one about to attack them, making clear his intention of fighting on behalf of the Kozuki Family.[18] When Shinobu asked him to run away with Momonosuke alone, Yamato refused, where he then revealed that he was present at Oden's execution, telling the kunoichi that her words seriously moved him. But at that moment, Yamato is attacked by Sasaki's troops, although he managed to resist it. He later revealed to Momonosuke how he tried to save him that day from Kaidou but couldn't. In addition, after defeating another of the enemies, he revealed his real name to Momonosuke and declared that he was going to give his life for him.[2]

Narikabura Arrow

Yamato knocks out Hatcha.

Yamato was able to overwhelm the Armored Division members, but his body began accumulating damage from constant bazooka strikes. Refusing to leave Shinobu behind and run with Momonosuke, Yamato began activating his Devil Fruit transformation to battle Sasaki. However, the Straw Hat shipwright Franky came running in, pursued by Hatcha, where the latter smashed his massive club into the floor, creating a hole. Yamato then remembered that there was a floor below, so he grabbed Momonosuke and Shinobu to escape through there. As he fell, he told Franky that Luffy had entrusted him with the protection of Momonosuke and Shinobu, so he would leave Sasaki and his forces to him. He then helped him out by launching a long-range attack towards Hatcha, which knocked him out quickly. When he landed, he quickly ran to escape from the enemies while he tells Momonosuke that he must survive as he believes that he is the one who will guide the world towards the dawn.[19]

Yamato took Momonosuke and Shinobu outside the Skull Dome to find a ship and leave Onigashima, but found upon reaching the coast that Kaidou had lifted the island into the air using Flame Clouds for the purpose of moving it to the Flower Capital.[47]

The three of them hid inside a storeroom, where Yamato saw the dragon stature that he and Ace had destroyed causing him to reminisce about their meeting.[48] Yamato told Momonosuke and Shinobu about Ace and his relationship with Luffy, saying he believed that them bringing Luffy to Wano was no less than an act of fate[12] given what Oden had foretold in his logbook, which Yamato proceeded to give to Momonosuke.[23]

Later, Yamato spotted a mouse Mary in the rafters and destroyed it, but the Beasts Pirates had already been tipped off about their location and were racing to break into the storeroom. Yamato told Momonosuke to get inside his clothes as he and Shinobu burst out of the room and attacked the oncoming pirates.[49] They then started racing down the corridors, fighting off any enemies they encountered.[50] As they were running through the Right Brain Tower, Momonosuke got agitated while talking to the other two and suddenly transformed into a dragon not unlike Kaidou's transformed form.[51] He quickly reverted back to human form after calming down, and Yamato commented that his transformation could be quite helpful if he was as monstrous as Kaidou.[52] The trio managed to shake off their pursuers and hide in a first-floor crawlspace, and Yamato decided to go out and act as a decoy to keep the Beasts Pirates off Momonosuke's trail, though the boy and Shinobu noted that Yamato was clearly interested in going out and fighting. As Yamato headed out, Momonosuke informed him that he sensed that Luffy and Kaidou were currently fighting one-on-one atop the Skull Dome.[20]

Yamato Faces Kaidou

Yamato confronts Kaidou.

Yamato took down numerous additional Beasts Pirates while racing to the roof, and upon getting there he called out to Kaidou, who had defeated Luffy and was on ground level chasing after Momonosuke and Shinobu.[53] Kaidou quickly returned to the roof and claimed that Luffy was dead; Yamato did not believe this and said that he would be going out to sea with the Straw Hats. In the meantime, he intended to hold off Kaidou until Luffy came back; the two then engaged in a powerful Haoshoku Haki-infused clash.[9] Yamato and Kaidou both transformed into their Mythical Zoan Human-Beast forms during the battle, and exchanged multiple blows using their kanabos and Devil Fruit techniques, with Kaidou not holding back at all. They also exchanged numerous questions and declarations, centering mainly on what Yamato's future would be and why Kaidou wanted control over Wano.[32][34][54] Kaidou then gained a decisive advantage in the fight, taunting that no one saw Yamato as a friend and the few who did ended up dead as he pummeled his son into the ground. Yamato got back up and prepared to launch another attack; as he did so, Luffy arrived on the back of a pink dragon identical to Kaidou and punched the Emperor at the same time Yamato's strike connected. Yamato was shocked to see another dragon there, but soon learned that it was none other than Momonosuke.[55]

Yamato then watched as Momonosuke assisted Luffy in attacking Kaidou despite his fear,[56] and afterwards Luffy asked Yamato to go with Momonosuke while he fought Kaidou alone again. Not intending on letting them leave, Kaidou launched himself at Yamato and Momonosuke to attack them, but Yamato was able to parry his strike before Luffy restrained the Emperor. Yamato and Momonosuke started falling off Onigashima, but the former was able to instruct the latter about how to create Flame Clouds to hold onto. Once they regained their footing, Yamato noticed that the Flame Clouds holding up Onigashima were weakening as it drew very close to the Flower Capital; he told Momonosuke that the boy needed to create his own Flame Clouds to hold it up because if Kaidou went down and Onigashima fell, the large amount of weapons stockpiled inside the island would create a massive explosion.[57] Yamato then left Momonosuke to do this on his own as he went off to the armory to try and neutralize as many of the explosives as possible.[58]

Yamato ran through Onigashima and the Skull Dome in his full wolf transformation as fast as he could muster, where he prayed that Momonosuke would manage to stop the island. At that moment he saw how Big Mom appeared attacking Eustass Kid and Trafalgar Law.[59] Seeing that there were too many enemies, he decided to go through the Cave Chamber.

Once he arrived, he destroyed the wall and saw that X Drake and Scratchmen Apoo were there; asking them what they were doing. He tried to continue on his way, but Apoo wanted to tell him that he had interesting news for him. However, Yamato responded that he did not have time and that he was no longer with his father, only for the pirate to continue insisting. There, he then attacked Drake to prevent him from getting in his way, but the latter informed him that he was not with Kaidou either. However, Yamato simply threw him to the ground and continued running, where after apologizing he told him that he was in a hurry because Onigashima and the Flower Capital are in danger. Just then, Fuga began to chase him, where Apoo, Inbi, Zanki and Drake did so, too.[60]

After rejecting Apoo's proposal again, Yamato spoke to Fuga and told him that it was good to see him but that he didn't have much time. Suddenly, he heard the report that a large fire yokai (Kazenbo) was descending to the lower floors. When the latter appeared, Yamato was very surprised to realize that he was passing through the walls and that he was heading downwards. After realizing that if Kazenbo continued descending and reached the armory, then he would detonate all the explosives. Therefore, Yamato asked Fuga for help, who accepted.[61] Then the two ran to the door of the armory that the Number Rokki was guarding while he slept. Seeing that he didn't have time to defeat him and take the key, Yamato asked Fuga to take care of him; for which the latter attacks his companion Number, destroying the door. Therefore, Yamato, after thanking Fuga and telling him to restrain Rokki, continued on his way.[62]

Bombs frozen by Yamato

Yamato incasing the bombs in the armory in ice, thus preventing a disaster.

Yamato arrived at the armory at the same time as Kazenbo and quickly used his icy breath to freeze the bombs. However, the creature counterattacked by melting the ice with its flames.[63] Suddenly, a huge sword appeared and cut through the armory. Wondering what and where it was, he was surprised when a large hole appeared.[64] Shortly after, Big Mom appeared falling, while Yamato was amazed because she was not making a sound. When the Empress attempted to destroy one of the frozen bombs, he made an ice wall to protect himself from the explosion, while he yelled at Big Mom to stop.

Shortly after, Momonosuke appeared calling him, where he asked why the basement was open, to which Yamato informed him that it was one of the bombs that could have destroyed the island, but he managed to freeze everything before it exploded. Momonosuke later revealed to him, because he was in trouble, that Zunesha was approaching. Upon hearing this, Yamato was surprised and asked if it was the same giant elephant that Oden mentioned in his logbook. When Momonosuke confirmed it, he explained that Zunesha committed a crime 800 years ago and was also Joy Boy's comrade;[65] although he still did not know the exact details of what the elephant told him. Despite that, Yamato declared it was incredible and a sign that he would be the one to lead the world to the dawn just as Oden had predicted. Having read his father's diary, Momonosuke understood why he needed to survive but was perplexed why Oden had ripped out the page detailing what was found on Laugh Tale. After questioning whether his father would still want to open the country's borders, Momonosuke declared to Yamato that he did not want to open the borders of Wano so as to not endanger the people. He then asked Yamato if that made him a coward.[66] Suddenly, they were interrupted when Kaidou launched one of his blasts.[67]

Kaidou then defeated Luffy again and declared that the pirate was dead, demanding Momonosuke to surrender and end the war. Momonosuke was inclined to follow this suggestion, but Yamato refused to let him do this, saying that the sacrifices of the last 20 years would all be for nothing if he did. Yamato assured Momonosuke that he would go with him to battle Kaidou and face death together.[68] However, Momonosuke then heard from Zunesha that Joy Boy had returned in the form of Luffy, and he and Yamato watched as Luffy activated a new form and resumed attacking Kaidou.[69][70]

He then told Momonosuke that he needed to continue to make more Flame Clouds to sustain Onigashima, or else the island would fall soon.[71] However, even though Yamato continued to support him, Momonosuke said that he couldn't do it. But once the latter regained his courage, he started to move Onigashima away from the Flower Capital. Shortly after, he was stunned as Luffy prepared to unleash a blow so massive it would demolish Onigashima, where the pirate asked Momonosuke to move the island to avoid it.[72] Therefore, Yamato continued to support Momonosuke to achieve it, but suddenly an immense amount of water made Kaidou's Flame Clouds disappear, so he was afraid to believe that it was the end for Onigashima. However, he was surprised when Momonosuke was finally able to successfully generate his own to hold Onigashima and then place it near the Flower Capital after Luffy defeated Kaidou.[73]

Yamato Introduces Self to Straw Hat Pirates

Yamato announces his intention to join the Straw Hat Pirates.

Luffy immediately lost consciousness following the punch and fell toward the ground, but Yamato caught him and congratulated him and Momonosuke on their successes. As Nekomamushi announced Luffy's victory to all of Onigashima, Yamato confirmed that Momonosuke had been the one who safely landed the island.[74] Luffy requested that Momonosuke not reveal his role in Kaidou's defeat to the rest of the citizens, as he did not want to be considered a hero.[75] The remaining Beasts Pirates continued attacking, not believing their captain was defeated, but Yamato told them to stand down or he would attack them.[76] Yamato then introduced himself to Luffy's crew and announced that he would be joining them, much to their mixed reactions. Jinbe suggested they should wait for Luffy to confirm this, and Yamato accepted. The group then watched a broadcast of Momonosuke taking the title of shogun, to their excitement.[10]

Yamato teasing Momonosuke

Yamato trying to make Momonosuke look more like his father Oden by putting a plate on his head.

A week later, Yamato was on the roof of the Flower Capital castle, while trying to deny the hunger he is feeling. At that moment, he heard Hiyori announce to Momonosuke that Luffy and Zoro have woken up, so he goes towards them, where he hugs the former. After Nami punched Momonosuke, Yamato approached him and he placed a plate on his head, while telling him that he has the mind of a child and the body of Oden. In addition, he told him that he owes his parents the body he has now and that he will surely become the greatest samurai in the country, to which Momonosuke replies that he will do everything possible. Yamato then eats onigiri, while revealing to Luffy that he hasn't eaten or taken a bath until he and Zoro recovered. He then tells Nami that there is no mixed bath, so he goes with the men to bathe, saying that the temperature is excellent.[77]

Aramaki overwhelms warriors of Wano

Aramaki overwhelms everyone.

Yamato then participated in the Flower Capital's celebration festivities with the Wano civilians, elated due to his first time at a festival.[78] During the celebration, Denjiro, Raizo, Kawamatsu, Inuarashi, Nekomamushi, and Shinobu headed off to intercept Admiral Ryokugyu, who stated that he was going to kill as many Wano residents as he wanted to get to Luffy; whereupon, Yamato joined the battle and replied that what he said is unforgivable, hitting the admiral over the head with his Haki-imbued club. Yamato then told him that he would not let anyone ruin the celebrations for his new freedom after twenty years of tyranny, to which Ryokugyu asked who he was and Yamato introduced himself as Kaidou's son. Momonosuke arrived in dragon form and agreed with Yamato and prepared to fight the admiral, much to Yamato's concern. Despite the shogun's best efforts, Ryokugyu quickly subdued Momonosuke with his powers, so Yamato tried to help him, but Momonosuke told him that he should not fight.[79] When the shogun again told him not to fight. Yamato asked why, before Ryokugyu threw the shogun to the ground. Seeing this, the samurai and Yamato tried to help; however, they were also subdued by the admiral. Yamato asked Momonosuke to call Luffy and his crew to defeat him, to which the shogun explained why he did not want Yamato's or Luffy's help. Momonosuke managed to free everyone with his Bolo Breath, which destroyed the plant body of the admiral, leaving them astonished. However, despite the shogun attacking him again with the same attack, Ryokugyu rebuilt himself. Just then, Shanks used Haoshoku Haki from outside Wano and forced the admiral to leave the country; so Yamato celebrated.[80]

Sometime later, Yamato had a conversation with Luffy and some members of the Straw Hats, to inform them of the decision not to go with them since the country was only saved from the admiral thanks to the powerful Haki of the previous presence. In addition to knowing that now that Kaidou is gone, others like Ryokugyu could try to take over the country; therefore, he decided to stay to protect him. Despite this, he declared to Luffy that he still wants to join his crew in the future. Luffy understands, so he trusts Momonosuke and the others, while Zoro tells him not to hurt Momonosuke's pride, to which Yamato tells him that he will find an excuse for that. Suddenly Marco appeared flying towards them to say goodbye to Luffy.[81]

Momonosuke as the Shogun

Yamato with the samurai as they celebrate Wano's rebirth.

A few days after the festival ends, Yamato climbs onto the roof of the Flower Capital castle, where he suddenly hears Momonosuke's scream, asking where he was. Yamato tells him that he is still here; in addition, he declares his intention to join the Straw Hats and live as Kozuki Oden did.[82] As Momonosuke rushed towards Udon in his dragon form while carrying Kin'emon and Yamato, the latter gave them an excuse he came up with, claiming that he was planning to stay in Wano and explore the country just as Oden did before joining the Straw Hat Pirates. The three soon reached the port, with Momonosuke tackling Luffy and Yamato embracing him. The Shogun started pleading for Luffy to stay, though the pirate instead gave him their flag and declared that Wano was now protected by him. Luffy then offered Yamato a position in the Straw Hats should he ever decide to become a pirate, alongside Momonosuke and Kine'mon. After the Straw Hats departed, Yamato returned to the Flower Capital with Momonosuke, Kine'mon, and the Straw Hats flag.[11]

Final Saga

Oni Child Yamato's Golden Harvest Surrogate Pilgrimage

Back at the Flower Capital, Yamato met with Momonosuke and told him that he wanted to travel all over Wano like Oden did.[83] Before Yamato set out on his journey across Wano, Kin'emon gave him a parting gift. In exchange, he asked Yamato to perform a "surrogate pilgrimage" to deliver Shimotsuki Yasuie's sword to Enma Shrine in Hakumai.[84] For Yamato's journey, Hiyori and Toko packed bento boxes and Tsurujo made a bundle of medicine and dumplings. Yamato visited Nekomamushi and Hyogoro in honor of the yakuza code.[85]

As he departed from the capital, a crowd of citizens cheered him on, and he ate one of the bento boxes while he walked. On his way through Kibi, children threw rocks at him for being Kaidou's son. The new daimyo of Kibi, Denjiro, captured the children as punishment and greeted Yamato.[86]

Major Battles

Filler Battles

Anime and Manga Differences

In the anime, Yamato was shown to be the unknown figure who observed Robin and Jinbe when the Straw Hats enter into Onigashima's castle.[87] The manga has yet to clarify whether the person was Yamato or not.

Translation and Dub Issues


There are discrepancies in how Yamato is referred to between characters in the story including himself and narration and promotional material.

Given that the Japanese language rarely uses third person pronouns, it is less frequent for characters to be referred to in a gendered fashion and so a bit more difficult to resolve this discrepancy. However, based on what has been said and done so far by characters, it is generally interpreted that Yamato refers to himself as a man and characters who are acquainted with him address him as such as well:

  • Yamato consistently calls himself the son of Kaidou and Kaidou and his crew consistently refer to him as such as well. The only time characters have been shown referring to Yamato as a female is when first meeting him.[12]
    • Yamato was called "Oni Princess" as a child, but only in a flashback to 20 years prior when he was just starting to adopt the identity of Oden.[5]
  • Yamato elected to bathe with the men when the Straw Hats and their friends went to the bathhouse.[77]
  • Yamato uses the first-person Japanese pronoun "boku", which is typically used by young boys. It should be noted, though, that this not a universal indicator of one's preferred gender as a few female characters in other media have used predominantly male pronouns. However, Yamato is the only female-assigned character in One Piece to use boku.
  • Luffy's nickname for Yamato, "Yama-o" (ヤマ男?), uses the kanji for "man" (男) in the suffix which has typically been translated as "-guy" in the official translations.
    • The Funimation dub initially had Luffy call Yamato by his actual name, with the nicknaming element being a mispronunciation by the former (Yuh-may-toh in place of Yah-muh-toh). Starting at Episode 1050, this was replaced with him calling Yamato "Yama-bro".

Because of these reasons, the official translations from VIZ Media and Funimation have chosen to have characters refer to Yamato as a man with masculine pronouns.

However, outside of the story, Yamato has typically been referred to as Kaidou's daughter. This has occurred in his introduction box in Chapter 984,[4] in the characters section at the beginning of volumes, and in merchandise. Additionally, the Vivre Card databook explicitly labels Yamato as female (in contrast with another transgender character Kikunojo who was labeled as "Male (Woman at Heart)").[8] In Chapter 1084, the cover page is a color spread showing Yamato along with Nami, Nico Robin and some of the various female characters of the series.

The reasons for these discrepancies have not been addressed by Eiichiro Oda, and Oda himself has not yet made any comments explicitly regarding Yamato's gender identity. Given the points listed above, however, this wiki will refer to Yamato as male as the official translations do.


Video Games

Playable Appearances


  • "Yamato" (大和やまと?), meaning "Great Harmony", is an ancient name for Japan (originating from the Yamato Province) and can also refer to the Yamato period of Japanese history, which lasted into the 8th century. Relating to that, Yamato is the dynastic name of the ruling Imperial House of Japan and further refers to the dominant ethnic group of Japan, the Yamato people. Otherwise:
    • Yamato Takeru is a legendary Japanese prince of the Yamato dynasty, prominent in mythology. Yamato's kanabo being named Takeru makes it nearly certain that his name was based on this figure.[42]
    • Yamato nadeshiko is a phrase that refers to the idealized image of a Japanese female.
  • Hannya, which Yamato's mask is based on, are well known in Japanese theatrical culture for representing characters who are the physical manifestation of twisted female souls.
  • Yamato seems to be inspired by Oscar François de Jarjayes, from the shōjo manga The Rose of Versailles, who is a woman raised by her father as if she were a boy in order to succeed him as the commander of the Royal Guard at the Palace of Versailles.
    • Additionally, in the Chapter 945 author's comment, Oda talks about reading The Rose of Versailles for the first time and being surprised to find out Oscar was a woman.[88]
Yamato Concept Art

Concept art of Yamato.

  • Yamato's Vivre Card entry revealed design concepts, including designs with differently shaped horns, and also includes concept art for Fugetsu Omusubi.[8]
  • Yamato possesses some notable parallels to Kozuki Momonosuke, with both of them being born 28 years ago and given the shogunate of Wano as their birthright. Interestingly, however, each of them share traits and goals more so with the other's father rather than their own. Yamato has been trapped on Wano for a large portion of his life and wishes to leave and set sail with a pirate crew like Oden, while Momonosuke has been out on the sea but wishes to rule over Wano, much like Kaidou. Additionally, Yamato desires to directly become Oden while Momonosuke possesses the very same Devil Fruit transformation as Kaidou.
    • Both Yamato and Momonosuke ate their Devil Fruits purely out of hunger without even knowing what they were consuming.
  • Yamato becoming close friends with Ace is quite fitting, as Ace was also pejoratively referred to as a "child of oni" (鬼の子, oni no ko?) in his youth.[89]
  • Yamato being forced to wear exploding handcuffs by Kaidou in order to fulfill his plans and be prevented from leaving Wano is very similar to what happened to Sanji in the Whole Cake Island Arc.
  • Yamato battling Ace to a draw to defend the territory of one of the Four Emperors, then later befriending Ace and taking an interest in Luffy due to Ace's relationship with him, also occurred with Jinbe.
  • In the 7th fan poll of most popular characters, Yamato was ranked 11th.

SBS-Based Trivia

Yamato's Sideboob Personified

Yamato's "sideboob" as a person.

  • Yamato's birthday, November 3, in Japan is known as 'Culture Day' (文化の日, Bunka no Hi?).[7]
  • On a request from a fan, Oda drew a personification of the side of Yamato's breast, or "sideboob" (横乳, yoko chichi?).[6]
  • Yamato's favorite foods are oden and raw salmon eaten by biting into it,[6] and his least favorite food is anything spicy.[90]


  1. 1.0 1.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 96 Chapter 971 (p. 5) and Episode 972, Yamato is partly seen at Oden's execution.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 994 (p. 14-17) and Episode 1007, Yamato gains Momonosuke's trust.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 985 (p. 9-10) and Episode 993, Yamato has been imprisoned on Onigashima for 20 years since the age of 8.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 984 (p. 4-6, 16-17) and Episodes 991992, Yamato's true identity is revealed.
  5. 5.0 5.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1024 (p. 8) and Episode 1048.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 99 (p. 116), Yamato's age, height and favorite foods are revealed and his "sideboob" is drawn.
  7. 7.0 7.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 98 (p. 28), Yamato's birthday is revealed.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #1578), Information about Yamato is revealed.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1016 (p. 14-15) and Episode 1038.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1051 and Episode 1078.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 105 Chapter 1057 and Episode 1085.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 12.9 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 99 Chapter 999 and Episode 1013, Yamato meets Ace.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 983 (p. 15-17) and Episode 990, Yamato saves Luffy from Page One and Ulti.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 988 (p. 11) and Episode 998, Yamato goes to protect Momonosuke on Luffy's order.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 989 (p. 2-3) and Episode 999, Yamato scares Momonosuke and Shinobu away.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 986 (p. 9, 13-14) and Episode 995.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 987 (p. 8-10) and Episode 996, Yamato confronts Ulti.
  18. 18.0 18.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 993 (p. 10-13) and Episode 1006, Momonosuke's group encounters Sasaki.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 99 Chapter 996 (p. 4-10) and Episode 1009.
  20. 20.0 20.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1012 (p. 5-6) and Episode 1032.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1050 (p. 2-3) and Episode 1077.
  22. 22.0 22.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 105 Chapter 1059 and Episode 1087.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 99 Chapter 1000 and Episode 1015.
  24. 24.0 24.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 103 (p. 46), The friendship between Yamato and Fuga is revealed.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 977 (p. 16-17) and Episode 982, Kaidou orders Yamato's attendance.
  26. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 985 (p. 19) and Episode 994.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 978 and Episode 982.
  28. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 984 (p. 3) and Episode 991.
  29. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 986 (p. 10) and Episode 995.
  30. One Piece Anime — Episode 999, Ulti's and Yamato's fight ends when the latter knocks the former away in a side passage near the Live Floor and escapes.
  31. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1054 (p. 6-7) and Episode 1081.
  32. 32.0 32.1 32.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1019 (p. 18-19) and Episode 1041.
  33. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 979 (p. 14-15) and Episode 985, Yamato's name is revealed.
  34. 34.0 34.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1020 (p. 2-4) and Episode 1042.
  35. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1025 (p. 3-5) and Episode 1049, Yamato uses Kagamiyama and Himorogiri.
  36. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1020 (p. 3-4) and Episode 1042, Yamato uses Namuji Hyoga.
  37. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1024 (p. 8-9, 16-17) and Episode 1048, Yamato and Kaidou clash using advanced Haoshoku.
  38. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1025 (p. 13-15) and Episode 1049.
  39. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1054 (p. 6-7) and Episode 1081.
  40. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 99 Chapter 996 (p. 9) and Episode 1009, Yamato's hand is shown imbued with Haki before swinging Takeru.
  41. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 105 Chapter 1059 (p. 3) and Episode 1087, Yamato states Shanks' Haki saved Wano from Ryokugyu.
  42. 42.0 42.1 SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 101 (p. 78), Takeru's name is revealed.
  43. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1024 (p. 8-15) and Episode 1048.
  44. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1025 (p. 7) and Episode 1049.
  45. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 979 and Episode 985.
  46. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 985 and Episode 993.
  47. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 99 Chapter 997 and Episode 1011.
  48. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 99 Chapter 998 and Episode 1012.
  49. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1005 (p. 14-15) and Episode 1021.
  50. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1006 (p. 3-4) and Episode 1021.
  51. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1007 (p. 14) and Episode 1024.
  52. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1008 (p. 14) and Episode 1024.
  53. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1015 and Episodes 10361037.
  54. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1024 (p. 5-7, 15-17) and Episodes 10471048.
  55. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1025 and Episodes 10491050.
  56. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1026 (p. 4-9) and Episode 1050.
  57. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1027 and Episodes 10511052.
  58. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1028 (p. 6-8) and Episode 1053.
  59. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1030 (p. 12-13) and Episode 1056.
  60. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1031 (p. 9-11) and Episode 1057.
  61. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1032 (p. 3-6) and Episodes 10581059.
  62. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1036 (p. 7-9) and Episode 1063.
  63. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1038 (p. 8-10) and Episode 1065.
  64. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1039 (p. 14, 17) and Episode 1066.
  65. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1040 (p. 8-9, 15) and Episode 1067.
  66. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1041 (p. 2-3) and Episode 1068.
  67. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1042 (p. 9) and Episode 1069.
  68. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1043 (p. 8-11, 14-15) and Episode 1070.
  69. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1044 (p. 2, 12-17) and Episode 1071.
  70. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1045 and Episode 1072.
  71. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1046 (p. 16-17) and Episode 1073.
  72. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1047 (p. 2-3, 17-19) and Episode 1074.
  73. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1049 (p. 11-17) and Episode 1076.
  74. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1050 (p. 2-3, 8) and Episode 1077.
  75. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1053 (p. 13) and Episode 1080.
  76. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1050 (p. 12) and Episode 1077.
  77. 77.0 77.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1052 (p. 9-14) and Episode 1079.
  78. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1053 (p. 7) and Episode 1080.
  79. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1054 (p. 6-9) and Episode 1081.
  80. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 104 Chapter 1055 (p. 2-4, 10-17) and Episode 1082.
  81. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 105 Chapter 1059 (p. 2-5) and Episode 1087.
  82. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 105 Chapter 1056 (p. 17) and Episode 1083.
  83. One Piece Manga — Vol. 109 Chapter 1110, cover story: Oni Child Yamato's Golden Harvest Surrogate Pilgrimage Vol. 2, Yamato starts his journey
  84. One Piece Manga — Chapters 11121114, cover story: Oni Child Yamato's Golden Harvest Surrogate Pilgrimage Vol. 3-4.
  85. One Piece Manga — Chapters 11151117, cover story: Oni Child Yamato's Golden Harvest Surrogate Pilgrimage Vol. 5-7.
  86. One Piece Manga — Chapters 11181120, cover story: Oni Child Yamato's Golden Harvest Surrogate Pilgrimage Vol. 8-10.
  87. One Piece Anime — Episode 984.
  88. Author Comments from June 09, 2019
  89. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 583 (p. 6) and Episode 493.
  90. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 105 (p. 98), Yamato's least favorite food is revealed.

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