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Zoan is one of the three Devil Fruit types. This type of Devil Fruit allows a user to transform into an animal species at will, or an inter-species hybrid.[2]

The term was first used when Dalton's Devil Fruit was used to attack Wapol.[3]

Etymology[]

  • Zoan comes from the Ancient Greek zôia (ζῷᾰ), plural of zôion (ζῷον), which means "animal" or "beast".
    • In zoology, the suffix -zoan (plural -zoa) indicates a taxon of animal(like) organisms. Examples are protozoan (a type of one-celled eukaryote, once wrongly identified as the "first animal"), anthozoan, and metazoan (another term for animal in general).
      • This would relate to a similar possible etymology of "Paramecia" as the plural of Paramecium: a genus of single-celled, ciliated freshwater protozoa.
    • "Zoan" appears in the word zoanthropy, a clinical term for a monomania in which a person believes him-/herself changed into a lower animal, with correspondingly altered behavior. The term relates to/is sometimes used synonymously with "therianthropy": the mythological ability and/or affliction of humans to shapeshift into animals or human-animal hybrids.

Overview[]

Zoan-type Devil Fruits grant the ability to transform into a certain animal species.

Unlike Paramecia and Logia Devil Fruits, Zoans are said to have "a will of their own," even before consumption.[4] When Kaku received his Devil Fruit, he sensed a strange, otherworldly power coming off of it, comparing it to gravity.[5] Twelve years prior to the current storyline, when CP9 acquired the Gomu Gomu no Mi (also known as the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika), it was stolen by the Red Hair Pirates, almost as if the fruit itself conspired to not end up in the hands of the World Government.

Forms[]

Generally, a Zoan ability grants access to three transformations[6] that the user can change between at will. These are as follows:[7]

  • Human Form (人型, Hito-gata?): The user's natural form (provided they are human) prior to consuming the fruit.
  • Human-Beast Form (人獣型, Jinjū-gata?): A hybrid form, combining the bodily characteristics of both the user's original species and the fruit-bestowed species. This form can be rather unusual (sometimes in a bizarre way where the user grows much larger in size).
  • Beast Form (獣型, Kemono-gata?): A form in which the user is fully transformed into the fruit-bestowed species.
Lucci's Human Form
Human Form.
Lucci's Human Beast Form Without Shirt
Human-Beast Form.
Neko Neko no Mi, Model Leopard Beast Form
Beast Form.

A majority of the Zoan Devil Fruits come in different groups, known as "series", differentiated by specific species classification, known as "models". These groups are divided based on the different variations of animal; for example, the Jackal, Dachshund, Wolf, Tanuki, and Okuchi-no-Makami Fruits fall into the Inu Inu (Dog) series; while the Bison and Giraffe Fruits belong to the Ushi Ushi (Ox) series; and the Anaconda, King Cobra, and Yamata no Orochi Fruits are of the Hebi Hebi (snake) series. Even for fruits without a model, there may be other fruits within the same series that do have one; for example, Chopper's Hito Hito no Mi, Sengoku's Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Daibutsu, Onimaru's Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Onyudo, and Luffy's Hito Hito No Mi, Model: Nika. Sengoku's fruit is also unique among Zoans in that rather than turning him into a living being, it transforms him into an animate golden statue.

Zoan "hybrid" or Human-Beast Forms are almost always bipedal, but exceptions do arise. Known hybrid forms that do not take on bipedal states include the Gorgon Sisters' Hebi Hebi no Mi fruits (as snakes do not have legs), Jack's Zou Zou no Mi, Model: Mammoth fruit (which is centaur-like for an unknown reason) and Ethanbaron V. Nusjuro's yet-to-be-named fruit that enables him to transform into a Bakotsu (also taking on a centaur-like form). Another effect witnessed with many different seen (though not all) Zoan users is that, when they are in their half-human, half-animal hybrid state, they grow bigger than they normally are, even to giant proportions. Some full Beast Forms are larger than the real animal is too (the Neko Neko no Mi, Model: Saber Tiger for example)

Hebi Hebi no Mi, Model King Cobra Infobox
Marigold without legs in her Human-Beast Form.
CP9 Stands on the Tower of Justice
Jabra and Kaku, normal sized in their Human Forms...
CP9 Vs Straw Hats
...but then grow much larger in their Human-Beast Form, overshadowing similar sized humans.

Most Zoan fruits only provide the three basic forms. However, through training or the use of certain drugs, it is possible for Zoan users to unlock additional transformations; for instance, Chopper could transform into several different "points" with the use of a Rumble Ball, and Black Maria used a similar drug to alter her own Human-Beast Form. Chopper was then able to train himself to transform into most of his points without using a Rumble Ball, and Marco could transform selective parts of his body.

Post Timeskip Monster Point
Chopper's drug induced Monster Point.
Tori Tori no Mi Model Phoenix Human-Beast Form
Marco's Human-Beast Form.
Kumo Kumo no Mi Model Rosamygale Grauvogeli Infobox
Black Maria's drug altered Human-Beast Form.

It's also important to note that not all Zoans work exactly in the same way as others. For example: the Tama Tama no Mi gives the user's body the properties of a chicken egg and requires an outside force for the user to transform further into a chick, then a full-grown chicken and then back into the original form. Also, though non-canon, Grount's ability is only able to transform his left arm for some reason.

SBS87 Tama Tama
Baron Tamago's "evolution" cycle
Grount's Arm
Grount's transformed arm

Inanimate Object Zoan[]

Zou Zou no Mi Infobox

A sword with an elephant Zoan.

Some years before the current timeline, Dr. Vegapunk discovered a technique that allows one to make an inanimate object "eat" a Devil Fruit. The details of the technique have not yet been revealed. So far, Zoan is the only type of Devil Fruit that inanimate objects have been shown as being able to absorb. The technique that allows an object to eat a Zoan fruit is not limited to solid materials, as toxic gaseous slime can also be used as a medium.

Objects that have "ingested" a Zoan Fruit gain the standard full Beast or Human-Beast transformations in addition to the ability to turn back into their object form at will. This gives them the mobility, abilities, and intelligence of the animal they turn into, in addition to having the properties and abilities of the object they were made from. Inanimate object Zoans seem to be very loyal to whomever owns them.

However, the object also gains a living creature's ability to feel pain and fear and becomes susceptible to disease.[8]

The four cases in which an inanimate object have canonically absorbed a Devil Fruit are:

Non-canonically, two more cases have been seen:

Sub-Classes[]

The Zoan type has three known sub-classes that exist beside the standard variety: Ancient, Mythical, and Artificial. The first two are considered to be rarer than regular Zoans.

Ancient Zoan[]

For the chapter of the same name, see Chapter 998.
Ancient Zoans

Ancient Zoan users transformed.

Ancient Zoan (動物ゾオン系」古代種, Zōn-kei Kodaishu?, literally meaning "Animal System Ancient Species") is a sub-class of Zoan, much rarer than regular Zoans.[9][10] Fruits falling into this category grant the ability to transform into ancient/prehistoric animals that no longer exist in modern ecosystems.[11]

On top of a significant physical power boost,[12] Ancient Zoan transformations may come with bodily traits not seen in modern-day animals, which may be advantageous in combat. Examples include the extremely durable, super-thick skull plate granted by the pachycephalosaurus Zoan, the mammoth Zoan bestowing a strong trunk and large tusks beyond a regular elephant's, or the saber-toothed tiger Zoan granting an elongated pair of fangs that modern big cats do not possess. Dinosaur models in particular are noted for bestowing incredible resilience when their transformation is invoked, due to their tough hides/scales.[13][14][15][16][17]

Some Ancient Zoan fruits may grant very abnormal physical abilities that, supposedly, the ancient animals in question were naturally endowed with. For example: Sasaki is able to rotate his triceratops neck frill like a propeller to simulate flight;[18] Queen can become a pseudo-snake of sorts by detaching his brachiosaurus neck and tail from his torso;[19] King, by pulling back on and then letting go of his head crest, can shoot out his pteranodon head with incredible force like a slingshot.[20]

Sasaki Flying
Sasaki spins his triceratops frill to fly.
Brachiojaurus
Queen separates his brachiosaurus body.
King Stretching Head
King stretching his pteranodon head back.

Nine Ancient Zoan powers have been revealed so far (all held by former officers of the Beasts Pirates), with six of those being based on ancient reptiles:

Mythical Zoan[]

Yamato Faces Kaidou

Mythical Zoan users transformed.

Mythical Zoan (動物ゾオン系」幻獣種, Zōn-kei Genjūshu?, literally meaning "Animal System Mythical Beast Species") is a sub-class of Zoan abilities that allow users to transform into creatures that are the subject of myth and legend. Mythical Zoans are regarded as rarer than Logia-type Devil Fruits[21] and, in accordance with this rarity, are considered by some to be the strongest Devil Fruit type.[22]

Mythical Zoans demonstrate some of the most varied properties among Devil Fruits: on top of the transformation itself, most come with "mythical" abilities that are Paramecia-like in nature.[11] Examples include the daibutsu Zoan's ability to project shockwaves, the phoenix Zoan's ability to heal using blue flames, and the nine-tailed fox Zoan's ability to transform into someone's lookalike (heavily resembling a certain Paramecia power). Some also allow the user to control elements, though these work differently to Logia-created ones—i.e., the user can only project the element, not transform into it, thus lacking the amorphous bodies of Logia users.[23] Some Mythical Zoan users have demonstrated access to their special abilities without invoking their transformation;[24][25][26][27] the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika, in particular, permanently transforms the consumer's body into a rubbery state, akin to the lasting effects of certain body-altering Paramecias.[28] Finally, a Mythical Zoan fruit may bestow more than just one special ability, e.g.: Kaidou is able to create and control different elements in his Azure Dragon form (fire, lightning, and wind),[29][30][31] as well as conjure Flame Clouds to make himself and other things fly.[26]

Fourteen Mythical Zoan powers have been shown in canon:

One Artificial Mythical Zoan power has been shown in canon:

Non-canonically, three more Mythical Zoans have been featured:

Artificial Zoan[]

Further information: Artificial Devil Fruit
Leftovers Retrieval

Kaidou's subordinates who are Artificial Zoan fruit users.

Artificial Zoan is a type of Zoan Devil Fruit created through unnatural means. Unlike normal Devil Fruits, artificial Devil Fruits have ring patterns rather than the typical swirl pattern.

In the Punk Hazard Arc, it is revealed that Dr. Vegapunk attempted to create his own Devil Fruit. However, the resulting fruit was a failure. Momonosuke found the failed Devil Fruit and ate it out of hunger. As a result, he gained the ability to transform into an Eastern dragon, though he has shown little to no control over the ability.[32]

At a later point, Caesar Clown concocted a substance known as SAD and used it to successfully create specialized Artificial Zoan type Devil Fruits named "SMILEs". Kaidou, one of the Four Emperors, monopolizes SMILEs to create an army of Zoan users in collaboration with Donquixote Doflamingo.[33][34][35] Unfortunately, SMILEs only have a 10% success rate. The other 90%, in addition to losing the ability to swim, will also lose the ability to express negative emotions and will only be able to smile and laugh, regardless of their true feelings.[36]

Artificial Devil Fruits also differ from normal Devil Fruits in that some of those who eat Artificial Fruits appear to be permanently stuck in a "hybrid" form, unable to change to either full Human or full Beast Form. Furthermore, Artificial Fruits are unique in that they can give fruit users a sentient version of their animal as well, for example Holed'em's lion head, named Kamijiro, located in his stomach, and similarly Babanuki's elephant head, also in his stomach. These creatures are shown to be sentient, with separate minds from their users, to the point where they can even quarrel with one another, as seen when Kamijiro attacked Holed'em's crotch while annoyed with Holed'em. Interestingly, despite this individuality mentally, it has been shown that they share the same body and feelings physically, as Kamijiro almost immediately reacted to the pain after Holed'em did. It is also shown that SMILE users are vulnerable to Tama's Devil Fruit ability.

Zoan-Type Users[]

See also the associated category: Zoan Devil Fruit Users.

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List of Zoan-Type Fruits[]

Canon[]

Total Count: 38
Ushi Ushi no Mi (Ox) series
Hito Hito no Mi (Human) series
  • Hito Hito no Mi (English version: Human-Human Fruit) - Allows an animal that eats it to become a full human or a half-human hybrid, as well as grant them human-like intelligence and the ability to speak. Eaten by Tony Tony Chopper.
  • Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Daibutsu (English versions: Human-Human Fruit, Daibutsu Model/Human-Human Fruit, Model: Buddha) - Allows the user to become a full Daibutsu (a giant gold Buddha) or a half-Daibutsu hybrid. Eaten by Sengoku.
  • Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Onyudo (English version: Human-Human Fruit, Model: Onyudo) - Allows the user to become a full onyudo (a monk yokai) or a half-onyudo hybrid, as well as grant them human-like intelligence and the ability to speak. Eaten by Onimaru.
  • Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika (English version: Human-Human Fruit, Model: Nika) - Allows the user to become an incarnation of the "Sun God" Nika, granting them a rubber body that allows them to fight however they like, as well as granting them the ability to invoke joy in those around them. Eaten by Joy Boy until his death and later eaten by Monkey D. Luffy.
Tori Tori no Mi (Bird) series
Inu Inu no Mi (Dog) series
  • Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Dachshund (English versions: Mutt-Mutt Fruit/Mutt-Mutt Fruit, Dachshund Form/Dog-Dog Fruit, Model: Dachshund) - Allows the user to become a full dachshund or a half-dachshund hybrid. In the case of Babe's bazooka-like gun Lassoo, he became a dachshund/gun hybrid.
  • Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Jackal (English versions: Mutt-Mutt Fruit: Jackal Strike/Dog-Dog Fruit, Model: Jackal/Mutt-Mutt Fruit: Jackal Model) - Allows the user to become a full jackal or a half-jackal hybrid. Eaten by Chaka.
  • Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Wolf (English versions: Mutt-Mutt Fruit: Wolf Model/Dog-Dog Fruit, Model: Wolf) - Allows the user to become a full wolf or a half-wolf hybrid similar to a werewolf. Eaten by Jabra.
  • Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Tanuki (English version: Dog-Dog Fruit, Model: Tanuki) - Allows the user to become a full tanuki or a half-tanuki hybrid. In the case of Kozuki Sukiyaki's teapot Bunbuku, he becomes a tanuki/teapot hybrid.
  • Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Kyubi no Kitsune (English version: Dog-Dog Fruit, Model: Nine-Tailed Fox) - Allows the user to become a full nine-tailed fox or a half-nine-tailed fox hybrid. Eaten by Catarina Devon.
  • Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Okuchi no Makami (English version: Dog-Dog Fruit, Model: Okuchi-no-Makami) - Allows the user to become a full Okuchi no Makami (a wolf deity) or a half-Okuchi no Makami hybrid. Eaten by Yamato.
Uma Uma no Mi (Horse) series
Neko Neko no Mi (Cat) series
Zou Zou no Mi (Elephant) series
  • Zou Zou no Mi (English versions: Elephant-Elephant Fruit/Eleph-Eleph Fruit) - Allows the user to become a full elephant or a half-elephant hybrid. In the case of Spandam's sword Funkfreed, he becomes an elephant/sword hybrid.
  • Zou Zou no Mi, Model: Mammoth (English version: Elephant-Elephant Fruit, Model: Mammoth) - Allows the user to become a full mammoth or a half-mammoth hybrid. Eaten by Jack.
Ryu Ryu no Mi (Dragon) series
Dragon series Zoan

Dragon model Zoans.

Hebi Hebi no Mi (Snake) series
Snake series Zoan

Snake model Zoans.

Sara Sara no Mi (Salamander) series
  • Sara Sara no Mi, Model: Axolotl (English version: Sala-Sala Fruit, Model: Axolotl) - Allows the user to become a full axolotl or a half-axolotl hybrid. In the case of Caesar Clown's poisonous gas Smiley, it became an axolotl/poisonous gas hybrid until his death.
Mushi Mushi no Mi (Bug) series
Bug series Zoan

Bug model Zoans.

  • Mushi Mushi no Mi, Model: Kabutomushi (English version: Bug-Bug Fruit, Model: Rhinoceros Beetle) - Allows the user to become a full rhinoceros beetle or a half-rhinoceros beetle hybrid. The user can also fly in either form. Eaten by Kabu.
  • Mushi Mushi no Mi, Model: Suzumebachi (English version: Bug-Bug Fruit, Model: Hornet) - Allows the user to become a full hornet or a half-hornet hybrid. The user can also fly in either form. Eaten by Bian.
Uo Uo no Mi (Fish) series
  • Uo Uo no Mi, Model: Seiryu (English version: Fish-Fish Fruit, Model: Azure Dragon) - Allows the user to become a full Azure Dragon or a half-Azure Dragon hybrid. Eaten by Kaidou.
Kumo Kumo no Mi (Spider) series
Other model series
  • Mogu Mogu no Mi (English versions: Diggy-Diggy Fruit/Mole-Mole Fruit) - Allows the user to become a full mole or a half-mole hybrid. The user can also dig underground. Eaten by Drophy.
  • Kame Kame no Mi (English version: Turtle-Turtle Fruit) - Allows the user to become a full turtle or a half-turtle hybrid. In the case of Pekoms, he resembles a Tarasque.
  • Tama Tama no Mi (English version: Egg-Egg Fruit) - Gives the user's body the properties of an egg. When the shell is destroyed, the user will regenerate from the yolk in a stronger chicken-like form. It was eaten by Tamago.

Non-Canon[]

Total Count: 4
Tori Tori no Mi (Bird) series
Inu Inu no Mi (Dog) series
Batto Batto no Mi (Bat) series

Unnamed Fruits[]

This section lists the Zoan Devil Fruits that have not been identified yet.

Canon[]

Total Count: 14
  • Minotaurus' fruit, which allows him to become a full Holstein cow or half-cow hybrid.
  • Minokoala's fruit, which allows him to become a full koala or half-koala hybrid.
  • Minorhinoceros' fruit, which allows him to become a full rhinoceros or half-rhinoceros hybrid.
  • Minozebra's fruit which, allows him to become a full zebra or half-zebra hybrid.
  • Onigumo's fruit, which allows him to become a full spider or half-spider hybrid.
  • Dalmatian's fruit, which allows him to become a full Dalmatian or half-Dalmatian hybrid.
  • Epoida's fruit, which allows him to become a full caterpillar or half-caterpillar hybrid.
  • Minochihuahua's fruit, which allows him to become a full chihuahua or half-chihuahua hybrid.
  • Pomsky's fruit, which allows him to become a full sea otter or half-sea otter hybrid.[37]
  • Jaygarcia Saturn's fruit, which allows him to become a full gyūki or half-gyūki hybrid.
  • Shepherd Ju Peter's fruit, which allows him to become a full sandworm or half-sandworm hybrid.
  • Ethanbaron V. Nusjuro's fruit, which allows him to become a full bakotsu or half-bakotsu hybrid.
  • Marcus Mars's fruit, which allows him to become a full itsumade or half-itsumade hybrid.
  • Topman Warcury's fruit, which allows him to become a full fengxi or half-fengxi hybrid.

Non-Canon[]

Total Count: 3
  • Chiqicheetah's unnamed Devil Fruit, which allows him to become a full cheetah or a half-cheetah hybrid.
  • Alpacacino's unnamed Devil Fruit which gave him life and the ability to transform into a full alpaca or a half-alpaca hybrid.
  • All-Hunt Grount's unnamed Devil Fruit, which allows him to transform his arm into that of a red gorilla with claws.

Strengths[]

While there are many unique abilities, a characteristic of Zoan-types is the ability to strengthen your own physical abilities! The more you train, the more your power is amplified. For aggressive attacks, the Zoan-type is the strongest!
— Rob Lucci[38]

The primary strength of Zoan-type fruits is improving the user's physical abilities and attributes, far surpassing the raw physical power of a typical human.[38] This was demonstrated by Lucci and Kaku, whose Rokushiki attacks became exponentially more powerful when they activated their Human-Beast Forms. Zoan fruits give the user the ability to augment their preexisting strength and abilities with the strength and abilities of the animal that they transform into. As stated by Rob Lucci, Zoan users are able to further increase their physical strength through training.[39][40]

Lucci Mauls Luffy in Leopard Form

People who transform into carnivorous animals can become more ferocious.

As stated by Tony Tony Chopper, a fruit that transforms the user into a carnivorous animal is called a Carnivorous Zoan (肉食の動物ゾオン, Nikushoku no Zōn-kei?). The users of carnivorous Zoan Fruits become more ferocious than other Zoan users and have predatory attributes that are advantageous in combat, such as sharp fangs and claws. This was first brought up when Chopper saw Rob Lucci transform into a leopard.[38]

In addition to the enhancement of the user's physical might, Zoan fruit powers possess a large variety of useful abilities that are mainly dependent on the kind of animal that the fruit allows the user to transform into. By transforming into the animal form or the animal-human hybrid form, the Zoan user gains the features of the animal that they do not have in their normal state. For example:

  • Users of bird Zoans and flying insect Zoans gain the ability to fly.[41][42]
  • The mole Zoan allows the user to dig through the earth.[43]
  • The king cobra Zoan allows the user to spit globs of venom.[44]
  • A spider Zoan allows the user to spin webs to entrap enemies.[45]
  • The turtle Zoan allows the user to gain a turtle's hard shell on their back for protection.[46]
  • Users of wild canine and feline Zoans, such as Lucci's Leopard Zoan, Jabra's Wolf Zoan, and Chaka's Jackal Zoan, gain sharp teeth and claws.[38]
  • Animals who eat the human Zoan gain human intelligence and the ability to speak.[47]

Mythical Zoan-type users gain these advantages to a more extreme degree, as their animals typically possess special supernatural powers that are impossible for naturally existing animals to possess or obtain. For example, the Phoenix Zoan allows the user to generate flames that have healing properties, granting the user the ability to regenerate from attack damage and healing others to a degree.[48][24]

Lassoo Anime Infobox

This type can be applied to inanimate objects, thereby giving life to the objects.

Inanimate object Zoan users possess additional abilities that organic Zoan user do not possess, based on the nature of the object. For example, Funkfreed, a sword with an elephant Zoan can be used to both charge at opponent's as an elephant and cut opponents with its blade.[49] Lassoo, as a gun that can transform into a dachshund, is able to independently move around while firing projectiles.[50] Bunbuku is able to store hot liquids in its body due to being a teapot, even when it is transformed into a tanuki.[51]

While it has not been stated that inanimate objects cannot be "fed" Paramecia and Logia-type fruits, every Devil Fruit-powered object seen so far has had a Zoan ability.

Awakening[]

Jailer Beasts Attack Prisoners

The awakened Zoan Jailer Beasts having their minds overwhelmed.

Like all Devil Fruit abilities, Zoan types can be "awakened". Zoan type awakenings don't affect their surroundings, instead the user develops a striking new transformation, with their bodies typically becoming tougher and their personality becoming duller.[11] An awakened Zoan gains far greater strength, speed, and durability than those with un-awakened Zoan powers. This also includes a faster recovery rate, which functions involuntarily, even when the user is unconscious.[52] However, awakening a Zoan fruit comes with a risk of the innate nature of the fruit's respective animal consuming the user, causing them to lose their personalities and become simple-minded beasts.[53] In those cases, awakened Zoan fruit users do not show signs of complex thought, seemingly acting out of instinct and power, and are always in a form resembling their full Beast Form, but with human attributes. This drawback reveals the reason behind the Jailer Beasts' dull-looking and simplistic nature.[52] It is unknown if they can still revert back to their original form after awakening, or if these new forms and mindsets are permanent.

Five Elders Confront Luffy

Awakened Zoans users who have retained their personality.

In some rare cases, though, Zoan users can retain their personality upon awakening their fruit. In these cases, rather than degenerating into a mindless beast as with most awakened Zoans, the user will gain access to a powerful new Awakened Form (覚醒フォルム, Kakusei Forumu?) which seems to be a bolstering of their pre-awakened transformations. This form is characterized by flaming hair and a scarf of flaming smoke (usually black in color, but Luffy's takes on white) appearing around the user.[53] It is possible for such users to choose whether or not to take on their Awakened Form.[54]

So far, those who have demonstrated this type of Zoan awakening are:

See also the associated category: Awakened Zoan Devil Fruit Users.

In particular, Nusjuro and Saturn have shown the ability to freely switch between awakened versions of both their hybrid and full beast forms. Whether this applies to other awakened Zoans is unknown.

Luffy's fruit's awakening also demonstrates traits of an awakened Paramecia, such as expanding his rubber powers and being able to transform the surrounding environment, including other living beings and even intangible substances like lightning, into rubber. However, as with awakened Paramecia users, those who are not used to their awakened powers will suffer from severe exhaustion if used too much.[55] The reason for this unique trait is currently unknown.

In addition to the known awakened Zoan users, there exist two users who may be awakened:

  • Minochihuahua, user of an unnamed fruit that allows him to transform into a chihuahua, may be awakened, as his transformation matches the appearances of the rest of the Jailer Beasts, of which he is a part.[56] If he is awakened, he does not appear to have access to an Awakened Form.
  • Yamato, user of the Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Okuchi no Makami, may be awakened, as his hybrid and beast forms both feature untamed hair and a trail of air. However, the air trail is described as cold air[57] rather than the standard flaming smoke. Whether this is a quirk of his Devil Fruit specifically or an indication that he is not awakened at all is unclear. If he is awakened, he appears to have access to multiple Awakened Forms, matching the two Elders previously mentioned.

Weaknesses[]

Wapol Defeats Dalton

A power fighter Zoan beaten by a versatile Paramecia.

With the exception of certain supernatural abilities granted by Mythical-type fruits, Zoan fruits usually only enhance the physical attributes of the users' body. Thus, Zoan-type users are unable to affect their environment in the unique ways that many Paramecia and Logia-type fruit users are capable of; at best, their new forms just give them greater protection from physical and environmental peril. Given that Zoan abilities are most effective in close combat, opponents who can use their environment to fight from a distance may reduce a Zoan user's effectiveness.[58][59]

Although Zoan users possess the ability to improve their physical power, they may initially have trouble adjusting to their transformed bodies and utilizing their fighting styles with different physical attributes. This was first seen when Kaku tried to fight for the first time after eating the Ushi Ushi no Mi, Model: Giraffe and struggled to use his swords with his arms and neck becoming much longer. However, users who are innovative such as Kaku can typically find ways to use their Zoan transformations to change and improve their fighting styles. New Zoan users can also have difficulty transforming into their hybrid form, potentially resulting in chaos if their full animal form is not suited for their environment, as seen when Kaku fully transformed into a giraffe and fell through the floor.[60] Furthermore, even though Zoan users can increase their abilities when they transform, the user's own natural abilities and skills will ultimately affect the results. For example, Kurozumi Orochi, who had been a Mythical Zoan-type user for around 41 years, yet was enormously weak and untrained compared to most other fighters, was effortlessly defeated by six of the Nine Red Scabbards while in his Beast Form, despite all of them being badly wounded after being defeated by Kaidou.[61]

Tougen Totsuka

Kaidou receiving a permanent scar in his dragon form.

If a Zoan user should receive a permanent wound or even lose a limb while in a transformed state, transforming back into their regular forms won't allow them to heal such injuries. This was shown when Kaidou was dealt an ever-lasting scar by Kozuki Oden while transformed into a dragon, yet it continued to appear on him even when in Human Form. This also includes limbs that grow from the user as a result of their Zoan form, such as when Orochi could not regrow any of his additional heads that were cut off during the Raid on Onigashima. In addition, the extra parts that Zoan users grow while in a transformed state could be used against them, such as when Jinbe kept Who's Who pinned down by stepping on his tail.

Zoan fruits grant different degrees of intelligence based on what the user is and what kind of creature they transform into. Animals who consume the Hito Hito no Mi will gain the intelligence of a human, while objects with Zoan abilities gain the consciousness of that animal. This may create challenges for people who own animals or objects with Zoan powers. Animals who transform into other animals do not increase their intelligence, and so their ability to utilize advantages granted by their transformation may be limited. Inanimate objects retain their animal consciousness even when in their inanimate form, which may result in their usefulness decreasing if they are afflicted by emotions such as fear. This was seen when Funkfreed transformed from his sword form to his elephant form when Franky threatened him.[8] Additionally, inanimate Zoan users can get afflicted by ailments like sickness, as seen by Lassoo having a cold.[50]

If any creature were to eat a Zoan-type Devil Fruit that is exactly the same as their original species (such as a human eating the Hito Hito no Mi), it would result in a complete waste, as they gain no transformation whatsoever, yet acquire all the typical weaknesses of Devil Fruit users. At best, they would simply have the peak abilities of a normal member of their species.[62]

Translation and Dub Issues[]

  • The Japanese term Genjūshu has been translated wrongly as "Crypto Zoan" or "Cryptic Zoan" though 幻獣種 literally means "mythical beast type".
  • The fact that all Dinosaur Zoans fall under the group of "Ryu Ryu no Mi" (meaning "Dragon") can be explained by how in most Asian languages, the word "Dinosaur" is the same as the word "Dragon".

Trivia[]

  • Given that the Gomu Gomu no Mi was once a Mythical Zoan before being reclassified as a Paramecia, this technically makes Zoan the first of the three types of Devil Fruit to be introduced in the story.
  • Curiously, some users (like Queen, Jack, and Saturn) keep their human haircut while transformed into their full animal form, while others (like Rob Lucci) do not. Other users were also seen to keep some of their Human Form features in their full animal form, such as Sasaki keeping his signature canines in his animal form despite Triceratops not possessing canine teeth, or Ulti keeping her horns in her full animal form.
  • Every non-humanoid Devil Fruit user (animal or object) is a Zoan type user.
  • The Beasts Pirates have the largest number of Zoan fruit users in a single organization, with 9 natural Devil Fruit users (11 if the traitorous X Drake and rebellious Yamato are included), plus over 500 additional Gifters.
    • They have all the Zoan sub-classes (Ancient, Mythical, and Artificial) in their organization, but appear to lack the standard Zoan type.
  • Every Ancient and Mythical Zoan user introduced by that time makes an appearance during the Wano Country Arc.
  • Several scrapped Zoan type Devil Fruit ideas were reveled via concept arts.
  • The scarf of flaming smoke that appears on awakened Zoan forms resembles the hagoromo ("feather dress") commonly depicted on divine beings in Japanese mythology.
  • Currently, no Ancient Zoans have had their fruits themselves be shown, and they are the only subtype not to have any known users who have Awakened.
  • Although Mythical Zoans are regarded as being rarer than the Logia-type, as of the Egghead Arc there are 14 canon Mythical Zoan-type Devil Fruits and only 13 canon Logia-type Devil Fruits.
  • With the exception of the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika users, every known Awakened Zoan thus far have been part of the World Government in some capacity.

References[]

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 and Episode 1, The Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika is shown under the guise of the Paramecia Gomu Gomu no Mi.
  2. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapter 135 (p. 19) and Episode 81, The concept of Zoan Devil Fruits is introduced.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 15 Chapter 136 (p. 14) and Episode 82, The term Zoan was used for the first time.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1044 (p. 4) and Episode 1071.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 40 Chapter 385 (p. 4) and Episode 271.
  6. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 17 Chapter 149 (p. 8) and Episode 88, Kuromarimo says that Zoan types are limited to three transformations.
  7. One Piece Blue: Grand Data File (p. 98-99), Zoan forms named and explained.
  8. 8.0 8.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 44 Chapter 423 (p. 9) and Episode 306, Funkfreed reverts to his animal form after Franky threatens him that he will blow a hole to his head.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 52 Chapter 509 (p. 10-12) and Episode 402, Drake first shows his dinosaur ability, with Apoo noting its rarity.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 81 Chapter 810 (p. 3) and Episode 759, Nekomamushi confirms what power Jack possesses and its rarity.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Road To Laugh Tale Vol. 3 (p. 11).
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 931 (p. 9) and Episode 925, Trafalgar Law comments on the expectably great strength of an Ancient Zoan type.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 94 Chapter 947 (p. 9) and Episode 946, Queen endures a brief but intense onslaught from the mighty Big Mom and is back on his feet soon after.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 97 Chapter 984 (p. 2-3) and Episode 991, Grunts of the Beasts Pirates are surprised by and comment on the incredible toughness of dinosaur Zoans.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1011 (p. 11-15) and Episodes 10281031, Nami and Usopp fail to affect Page One with their attacks, noting how tough his dinosaur body is.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1028 (p. 12-13) and Episode 1053, Sanji mentions how tough Queen's dino skin is, after failing to hurt him with Diable Jamble, Bien Cuit: Grill Shot.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1032 (p. 13-14) and Episode 1058, Zoro remarks on the tough hides of dragons and dinosaurs.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 101 Chapter 1019 (p. 7-9) and Episode 1041, Sasaki rotates his neck frill.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1028 (p. 13-14) and Episode 1053, Queen detaches his neck and tail.
  20. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 102 Chapter 1032 (p. 10-11) and Episode 1058, King shoots out his pteranodon head like a slingshot.
  21. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapter 554 (p. 2-3) and Episode 463, Marco is revealed to be a Phoenix Zoan.
  22. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1096 (p. 6), Ginny refers to the Azure Dragon Zoan as "the strongest class of Devil Fruit".
  23. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 58 (p. 166), Marco cannot became flames, only cover himself in them.
  24. 24.0 24.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 90 Chapter 909 (p. 4) and Episode 890, Marco uses his Flames of Regeneration while in his Human Form.
  25. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1008 (p. 12) and Episode 1025, Orochi survives being beheaded while in his Human Form.
  26. 26.0 26.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 99 Chapter 997 (p. 15-17) and Episode 1011, Kaidou uses his "Flame Clouds" while in his Human Form.
  27. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1038 (p. 10) and Episode 1065, Yamato uses Mahoroba while in Human Form.
  28. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 20) and Episode 4, Luffy's arm stretches after eating the fruit.
  29. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 922 (p. 13-15) and Episode 913.
  30. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 992 (p. 6-9) and Episode 1004.
  31. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 98 Chapter 993 (p. 16-17) and Episode 1005.
  32. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 685 (p. 14) and Episode 611, Luffy encounters Momonosuke who uses his levitation ability to allow them to escape the garbage disposal.
  33. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 689 (p. 14-17) and Episode 615, Caesar explains the primary agenda of his experiments for Joker's underworld trafficking.
  34. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 697 (p. 16-19) and Episode 623.
  35. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 698 (p. 13-17) and Episode 625.
  36. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 94 Chapter 943 (p. 9-12) and Episode 941.
  37. One Piece Manga — Vol. 108 Chapter 1094 (p. 7-9), Pomsky transforms into a sea otter man-beast form.
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 38.3 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 349 (p. 6) and Episode 246.
  39. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 37 Chapter 349 (p. 7-9) and Episode 246.
  40. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 402 (p. 2-8) and Episode 286.
  41. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 19 Chapter 169 (p. 15-17) and Episode 106.
  42. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 718 (p. 4) and Episode 648.
  43. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 20 Chapters 183185 and Episodes 113114.
  44. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 53 Chapter 519 (p. 7) and Episode 413.
  45. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1005 (p. 2) and Episode 1020.
  46. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 82 Chapter 822 (p. 6-7) and Episode 776.
  47. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 16 Chapter 140 and Episode 84.
  48. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 57 Chapters 553554 and Episode 463.
  49. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 400 (p. 6) and Episode 285.
  50. 50.0 50.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 20 Chapter 184 (p. 3) and Episode 113.
  51. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 93 (p. 112).
  52. 52.0 52.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 56 Chapter 544 (p. 11) and Episode 447, Crocodile explains that the Jailer Beasts of Impel Down are "awakened" Zoans.
  53. 53.0 53.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 106 Chapter 1069 (p. 6-7) and Episode 1100.
  54. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 106 Chapter 1068 (p. 16-17) and Episode 1099, Lucci chose not to transform into his Awakened Form against Atlas.
  55. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 103 Chapter 1045 (p. 14-15) and Episode 1072.
  56. One Piece Manga — Vol. 67 Chapter 662, cover story: From the Decks of the World Vol. 43, Minochihuahua makes his first appearance.
  57. One Piece Magazine Vol.13 (p. 110), The Inu Inu no Mi, Model: Okuchi no Makami is described.
  58. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 17 Chapter 151 (p. 3) and Episode 89, Wapol defeats Dalton in a small flashback.
  59. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 54 Chapter 532 (p. 16-19) and Episode 433, Luffy, Mr. 2, Mr. 3, and Buggy defeat Minotaurus.
  60. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 42 Chapter 401 (p. 18-19) and Episode 206.
  61. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 100 Chapter 1009 (p. 3-5) and Episode 1026.
  62. SBS One Piece Manga — Vol. 20 (p. 166), Oda reveals that a human eating the Hito Hito no Mi gives no change in the user.
  63. One Piece Green: Secret Pieces (p. 355).
  64. One Piece Green: Secret Pieces (p. 358).
  65. Road To Laugh Tale Vol. 2 (p. 17).

External links[]

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