Haoshoku Haki – What is its true power?

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Haoshoku Haki is one of the most hyped and strongest powers in One Piece. It is a rare type of Haki only possessed by a fraction of people in One Piece. So far we only know of 11 people who possess Haoshoku Haki. The very first time that we saw it being used was when Shanks used it to intimidate the sea monster who attacked Luffy when he was young. 

Since the Sabaody Archipelago arc, we have seen many outbursts of Haoshoku Haki. It has been useful in many instances. We have also seen people being scared just because the opponent possesses it. One Piece has also shown us very advanced use of Haki, like using Observation Haki to see the future. So what lies in store for Haoshoku Haki and how strong Haoshoku Haki really is?

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Marineford War

sengoku gets scared of luffy's conquerors haki at marineford war - TheAnimeHigh

During the Marineford war, to protect his brother Ace from dying, Luffy instinctively used Haoshoku Haki. It was one of the most important moments in Marineford war. It didn’t just tell us that Luffy has Haoshoku Haki. The moment gave us a hint to Haoshoku Haki’s true potential. If you noticed closes, you would have seen that even Sengoku was somewhat feared that there is another D possessing this Haki. Sengoku has fought many bigshot pirates, he wouldn’t have given that reaction if Haki’s potential was just intimidating people.

Whitebeard vs Shanks skirmish

shanks puts cracks on whitebeard's ship using conquerors haki - TheAnimeHigh

When Shanks went to Whitebeard’s ship to talk to him about Ace and Blackbeard, he did more than just knocking out some low-level pirates in Whitebeard’s crew. Due to his Haki the ship’s wood also cracked. This shows that it is potentially powerful enough to have its effects on non-living things.

sky divides during whitebeard and shanks's clash

When Shanks and Whitebeard’s discussion fell apart, they finally crossed blades. This divided the sky into two. From this we CAN take a hint that Haoshoku Haki can affect the environment. There are other instances also which hint to this power.

Haoshoku Haki clash

chinjao and luffy's haki clash blows away people - TheAnimeHigh

In Dressrosa arc, we saw two Color of Conqueror clashes. One was between Doflamingo and Luffy and the other was between Luffy and Don Chinjao. When Luffy and Chinjao clashed with their Color of Conqueror, everyone in the fighting stadium was blown away into the water. This could be a dramatic effect shown in the anime and not something related to Haki itself, but this could also be something specific to Haki.

During the Luffy vs Doflamingo fight also, when Luffy and Doflamingo clashed with Color of Conqueror, people around them (Traffalgar Law and Trebol) were blown away. This also hints to the same fact that CoC can be more power than just intimidating people. Whether it is causing a small storm or what, that’s still unclear.

Gol D. Roger vs Shiki

Storm and lightning at the battle of edd war - TheAnimeHigh

When Roger defeated Shiki in the battle of Edd war, it brought him the title of “King of Pirates”. Roger was utterly outnumbered by Shiki’s men during that war. It’s said that he would have lost the battle, but he won because of the sudden appearance of a storm.

But how did the storm appear so suddenly? and also why the storm should have also affected Roger’s crew too right? Was it just a coincidence that the storm appeared AND was useful to Roger? My guess is that it was not a natural storm, it was caused by Gol D. Roger’s Haoshoku Haki. It sound’s completely insane but it is one of the widely accepted explanations to this. And if this really is true, then we have a lot to see about Haki in One Piece.

Monkey D. Dragon at LogueTown

lightning strikes execution platform and saves luffy - TheAnimeHigh

When Buggy was about to execute Luffy at the execution platform in LogueTown, lightning struck the execution platform and saved Luffy. Also, a very powerful storm appeared when Luffy and his crew were making their escape from LogueTown. And then finally, we saw Monkey D. Dragon at LogueTown protecting Luffy. Many people believe that these instances were caused by Monkey D. Dragon using Haoshoku Haki.

There are many theories related to it. It could also be that the lightning strike was due to Dragon’s Haoshoku Haki and the storm could be Dragon’s devil fruit ability. 

Katakuri’s use of Observation Haki

katakuri - TheAnimeHigh

We have seen that Katakuri can use Observation Haki to see into future. If we look at it closely, seeing future is not a small feat. Seeing the future potentially gives the wielder of this power the ability to change future itself. 

We all thought Observation Haki can only be used to observe the environment and the opponent and predict what the person is going to do next. But, the ability to see future itself takes the powers of Observation Haki to another level. And if Observation Haki (which everyone has the ability to possess) can be this powerful, then there has to be more than just intimidation to Haoshoku Haki (which is possessed by one in a million people). 

That’s all for this theory, I know the potential powers of Haoshoku Haki are debated upon by many people so if you have different opinions feel free to write a comment below.

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