One Piece Devil Fruits, Explained

By Douglas Helm | Updated

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The world Oda created in One Piece is a vast and varied one, and one of the most interesting concepts in the franchise is Devil Fruits. Devil Fruits grant immense power to characters that obtain and eat them, and they are the source of protagonist Monkey D. Luffy’s powers as well. But how do these fruits work, and why are they so important?

The characters of One Piece gain amazing powers from consuming devil fruits, ranging from Luffy’s stretching to Minokoala transforming into a koala beast.

In the world of One Piece, there are numerous Devil Fruits scattered around the world, and if someone eats one, they are permanently granted superhuman powers. However, those with Devil Fruit powers are said to be hated by the sea, and the drawback of eating one is that the user will be permanently unable to swim. Which, obviously, wouldn’t be ideal for the many pirates and marines who we follow in the series.

Each Devil Fruit in One Piece is unique, and no two Devil Fruits share the same power. Also, an individual who has consumed a Devil Fruit can’t consume another, or they will die. They are extremely rare in the universe and often fetch extremely high bounties, making them highly desirable for even those who aren’t interested in obtaining the powers within.

The Three Types Of Devil Fruits

Devil Fruits in One Piece are also generally separated into three different distinct categories — Paramecia, Zoan, and Logia. Paramecia are the most common, and they grant users superhuman abilities that don’t easily fit into the Zoan or Logia categories. So, let’s explain the Zoan and Logia first before moving on to Paramecia — it’s just easier that way.

Zoan Devil Fruits in One Piece grants the user the ability to transform into a specific animal, as well as the ability to transform into a hybrid species that combines the user’s original species with the animal of the Zoan Devil Fruit.

Zoan fruits have also been revealed to have their own individual wills, which is not a trait found in other types of Devil Fruits. Zoan Devil Fruits also have three rare sub-classifications, which include Ancient, Mythical, and Artifical Zoan.

Ancient Zoan Devil Fruits allow users to transform into ancient animals, such as dinosaurs, while Artificial Zoans were artificially created fruits that permanently gave users an animal characteristic. The rarest is Mythical Zoans, which are the rarest Devil Fruits in One Piece overall. As the name implies, these allow the user to transform into mythical animals like dragons.

Other than Mythical Zoan fruits, Logia Devil Fruits are the rarest and most powerful in the One Piece universe. Logia fruits allow the user to create, control, or transform their body into a natural element, such as lightning or darkness. This brings us back to the Paramecia Devil Fruits, which give users powers that don’t fall into the other two categories.

So essentially, Paramecia fruits give users any power that isn’t turning into an animal or a natural element. There are also Devil Fruits in One Piece that haven’t been categorized yet, but Paramecia, Zoan, and Logia are the main ones to know. This brings us to the protagonist Monkey D. Luffy’s Devil Fruit — the Gomu Gomu no Mi.

Awakened Devil Fruit Power

Luffy in his Gear 5 form

As the main protagonist of One Piece, Luffy’s Gomu Gomu no Mi is obviously one of the most interesting Devil Fruit in the series. It is classified as Paramecia fruit, and it grants Luffy’s body the properties of rubber. With this power, Luffy can easily stretch, expand, inflate, bend, and twist his body, limbs, and even his organs. Luffy has also come up with transformation techniques using his Devil Fruit powers, which he refers to as Gears.

For instance, Luffy can combine his Devil Fruit powers with his Haki (a character’s ability in One Piece to utilize their spiritual energy) to enable his Gear 4 form, where he will inflate his muscular structure with air to vastly increase his offensive and defensive capabilities. Finally, Devil Fruits can be awakened by their users, which Luffy has since done with his Gomu Gomu no Mi fruit.

The awakened form unlocks the most powerful form of the Devil Fruit, which enables Luffy to obtain his Gear 5 form. Interestingly, Luffy’s awakened form revealed that Gomu Gomu no Mi is actually a Mythical Zoan fruit (a fact the World Government of One Piece kept concealed), which gives Luffy the appearance of the Sun God Nika when he transforms.

Obviously, there is a ton more to know about Devil Fruits and all the other different powers in the series, but now you have a basic primer to understand how they work!