Will Luffy Face His Greatest Challenge Yet? Roger’s Successor Revealed

Will Luffy Face His Greatest Challenge Yet Roger's Successor Revealed

As Luffy continues his journey to become the Pirate King and obtain One Piece, he faces numerous formidable opponents. Still, his most challenging adversary is set to be Gol D. Roger’s intended successor. In recent chapters of the One Piece manga, creator Eiichiro Oda has divulged more information about Roger and other pirates from previous generations, making this revelation fitting and thematically significant.

Chapter 1082 includes a flashback featuring Buggy the Clown, who recalls a conversation with Shanks following Roger’s death. Shanks, discovered by Roger’s crew as a child and considered a son by the Pirate King, was intended to be Roger’s successor. However, Shanks prioritized building his fleet and achieving Yonko status over finding the One Piece or becoming the Pirate King. Shanks appears to be making moves, potentially setting him up as one of Luffy’s adversaries in his quest for One Piece.


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The revelation that Shanks is Gol D. Roger’s intended successor has the potential to affect Luffy emotionally profoundly. As a child, Luffy idolized Shanks and even injured himself to show loyalty. Shanks then saved Luffy’s life and gave him his iconic straw hat, telling him to return it once he became a mighty pirate.

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Luffy’s ultimate goal is to become the Pirate King, which could now mean he may have to face Shanks as a formidable opponent. While some fans speculate a potential friendly clash through Davy Back, others suggest that the encounter could lead to significant disillusionment for Luffy, as there are still many unanswered questions about the elusive Shanks.


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Shanks poses an immense challenge for Luffy, both emotionally and in terms of power. His mastery of Haki makes him a formidable opponent, as Kidd’s crew learned the hard way in One Piece.

Additionally, the battle between Luffy and the Pirate King’s chosen successor has significant thematic weight.


Despite the obstacles, the prospect of Luffy facing off against Shanks in a final confrontation is thrilling. If One Piece fulfills its potential, this could become one of the series’ greatest fights.

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