One Piece Story Arcs
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The storyline of One Piece—manga and anime alike—is commonly divided into individual story arcs for easier understanding. While the exact divisions are somewhat fluid, it is generally understood that an arc begins when the Straw Hat Pirates land on a specific island and ends when they leave.
Most, if not all story arcs, are grouped into larger sagas, which tend to reflect goals and/or enemies that the Straw Hats pursue across multiple islands.
Main Story Arcs
The manga can currently be broken down into 11 parts, following the feats of the Straw Hat Pirates: the East Blue Saga, the Arabasta Saga, the Sky Island Saga, the Water 7 Saga, the Thriller Bark Saga, the Summit War Saga, the Fish-Man Island Saga, the Dressrosa Saga, the Whole Cake Island Saga, the Wano Country Saga, and the Final Saga. Each saga is divided into smaller story arcs.
East Blue Saga
Romance Dawn Arc
Young Monkey D. Luffy has dreamed of becoming a pirate since childhood. Once the Red Shanks was with his gang in Luffy’s home village and the then seven-year-old raved about life on the sea. But the redhead wouldn’t take the boy with him, as the sea was far too dangerous.
The Romance Dawn Arc is the first story arc of the popular manga and anime series One Piece. It details the initial adventures of Luffy, an aspiring pirate, and his crew of Straw Hat Pirates. As they set sail on their ship, the Going Merry, they soon encounter a powerful pirate crew known as the Alvida Pirates. Luffy defeats Alvida and takes her ship, allowing them to continue their journey.
On their way, they meet Nami, a skilled navigator and thief, and help her escape from the pirate Arlong and his Fishman pirates. With Nami now part of the crew, the Straw Hats set sail for the Grand Line in search of the fabled One Piece treasure. Along the way, they face numerous dangers and opponents, such as the Axe-Hand Morgan and the giant whale Laboon. In the end, the Straw Hats reach the end of the Grand Line and set off on their next adventure.
Orange Town Arc
The Orange Town Arc is the second story arc in the One Piece series. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they arrive in Orange Town, a small fishing village, to find a shipwright to repair their ship, the Going Merry. After befriending the villagers, they come into conflict with a trio of pirates called the Buggy Pirates, led by the infamous Captain Buggy. With the help of their newfound allies, the Straw Hat Pirates manage to defeat the Buggy Pirates and reclaim the Going Merry.
Syrup Village Arc
The Syrup Village Arc marks the beginning of the One Piece series and introduces the main character, Monkey D. Luffy. After Luffy accidentally eats the Gum-Gum Fruit, a magical fruit that turns him into a rubber man, he begins his journey to become the King of the Pirates.
He sets off to the Syrup Village, where he meets the locals, including a girl named Kaya, who has been targeted by the villainous pirate group, the Black Cat Pirates. Luffy and his crew, which includes the navigator Nami, the swordsman Zoro, and the doctor Sanji, battle the Black Cat Pirates in order to protect Kaya. After the battle, Luffy and his crew set sail for the Grand Line, where their journey really begins.
The Baratie Arc is the 4th story arc in the One Piece manga series. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates, who have been on the run from the Marine’s Admiral Kuzan, as they make their way to the Baratie, a floating seafood restaurant. There, they encounter Zeff, the restaurant’s head chef, and Sanji, his apprentice. Sanji joins the crew and helps them battle Don Krieg and his pirate armada, who attempt to take over the Baratie and plunder its supplies.
With the help of Zeff and Sanji, the Straw Hats are able to repel the pirate attack. After the battle, Sanji decides to stay behind at the Baratie and continue to work for Zeff before eventually rejoining the Straw Hats. The Baratie Arc serves as an important character-building arc for Sanji, as it establishes his journey to becoming a part of the Straw Hat Pirates.
Arlong Park Arc
The Arlong Park Arc is an arc in the One Piece series. It is one of the most important arcs in the series as it introduces characters such as Nami, Usopp, and Arlong and establishes their relationships with the Straw Hat Pirates. The arc follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they travel to the island of Cocoyashi to save Nami, a former member of Arlong’s crew, from Arlong and his crew of Fish-Man Pirates.
Luffy and the crew battle Arlong and his crew in order to free Nami and the villagers of Cocoyashi from Arlong’s tyranny. After a long and grueling battle, Luffy defeats Arlong and saves Nami and the villagers. The Arlong Park Arc is an important arc as it marks the beginning of the Straw Hat Pirates’ journey to the Grand Line and expands on the characters and their relationships.
The Loguetown Arc is a major story arc in the One Piece series. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they sail to the town of Loguetown, the birthplace of their captain, Monkey D. Luffy. In this arc, the crew faces off against the Marine Captain Smoker, as well as the former Warlord of the Sea, Crocodile. Along the way, Luffy has to face his own destiny as the man who will become the Pirate King.
The arc culminates in a powerful battle between Luffy and Smoker, which ends with Luffy’s capture and execution. The arc also features a number of twists and turns, such as the introduction of Buggy the Clown, and the discovery of the treasure of Captain Gol D. Roger. In the end, the Loguetown Arc serves as a powerful reminder of Luffy’s strength and courage, as he faces his own destiny head-on.
Reverse Mountain Arc
The Reverse Mountain Arc is an action-packed arc in the One Piece series that follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they travel to the Grand Line. After a long journey, the crew arrives at Reverse Mountain, an entrance to the mysterious Grand Line. However, the crew is met with danger as a giant sea monster, Laboon, blocks their way. With the help of Crocus, a mysterious old man, they manage to defeat Laboon and pass through the mountain.
After crossing the mountain, the crew is set upon by a group of pirates, led by Captain Buggy, who is intent on claiming the Grand Line for himself. With the help of Nami and a mysterious creature called the Going Merry, the Straw Hats manage to escape the pirates and enter the Grand Line. Along the way, they gain a new crewmember, the mysterious swordsman Roronoa Zoro. From there, the crew continues their journey and sets sail into the Grand Line, ready to face the many challenges it holds.
Whisky Peak Arc
The Whisky Peak Arc is the second story in the Arabasta Saga. It is set on the island of Whisky Peak and follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they battle the Baroque Works organization. The arc sees the Straw Hats battle the notorious Mr. 8, Miss Wednesday, and Mr. 9.
They manage to defeat the three Baroque Works agents and expose the organization’s true intentions. With the help of the island’s inhabitants, the Straw Hats make their way to the island’s Grand Line entrance. The arc ends with the Straw Hats learning of the Grand Line’s true nature and setting sail for the next adventure.
Little Garden Arc
The arc follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they travel to the isolated island of Little Garden in search of the mysterious giant gold tree, said to bring immense fortune to its owner. The crew find themselves in the middle of a heated battle between a group of giants and a tribe of dwarves over control of the island. Luffy and the others are forced to join the fight and help the dwarves in their quest to protect their home from the giants.
Along the way, the crew find themselves in battle with mysterious creatures, facing off against a powerful enemy, and uncovering the secrets of the ancient tree. Ultimately, the Straw Hat Pirates are able to save the island and defeat their enemies, making them the heroes of Little Garden.
Drum Island Arc
As the Straw Hats make their way to the Drum Island, a land of winter and snow. On their journey, the crew meets the doctor Tony Tony Chopper, who joins their crew, and they encounter a variety of wild adventures. After arriving on Drum Island, they are met with hostility from the island’s inhabitants, who are wary of outsiders.
The Straw Hats eventually manage to win the islanders over and help save the island from a hostile takeover by the pirate Wapol. During their time in Drum Island, the crew also comes across a mysterious figure that turns out to be a giant snow woman named Dalton. With the help of the Straw Hats, Dalton is able to reunite with his daughter and the crew continues their journey.
Arriving to the desert kingdom of Arabasta they find a princess that wants to reclaim her throne. The Straw Hats must overcome the nefarious schemes of the corrupt royal adviser, Crocodile, who is intent on taking over the kingdom. In the ensuing battles, the Straw Hats gain allies, gain new members, and acquire powerful new weapons and techniques.
Although they ultimately succeed in restoring the rightful ruler, they suffer heavy casualties, and the crew is forced to part ways with one of its members, Vivi. The events of the arc also set the stage for the remainder of the series and reveal the true nature of the Grand Line.
Sky Island Saga
The Jaya Arc is the fifth story arc of the One Piece manga series, and is the first story arc in the Skypiea Saga. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they travel to the isolated and mysterious Jaya Island, located at the top of the Knock Up Stream. Upon arriving, the crew quickly become embroiled in a conflict between the locals and the criminal organization known as the Black Cat Pirates, who have invaded the island in search of a legendary treasure.
With the help of a mysterious woman named Bellamy, the Straw Hats must battle the Black Cat Pirates, as well as the island’s guardian Shandora, in order to save the island and its inhabitants. Along the way, the crew learns more about the history of the island and the nature of the mysterious treasure. The arc concludes with the Straw Hats victorious, and the discovery of their true destination: the sky island of Skypiea.
The Skypiea Arc is a story arc in the One Piece series and the fifth major story arc. It is the second longest story arc in the series, spanning from chapters 99 through 230. This arc follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they explore the sky island of Skypiea in search of a legendary city of gold. The Straw Hats find themselves in Skypiea after a mysterious force pulls them out of the Grand Line and into the White Sea. They learn that the island is divided into two parts, the Upper Yard and the Lower Yard, and that the Upper Yard is filled with sky-dwelling creatures known as the Shandorians. They also discover that the island is home to an ancient city of gold known as Upper Yard.
The Straw Hats soon find themselves in the middle of a conflict between the Shandorians and the God-like ruler, Enel. Enel has declared a sky-wide game, giving the contestants a chance to win the city of gold. The crew joins the game, but soon discovers that Enel has no intention of giving away his city, and instead plans to use it to destroy the island and all who live on it. Luffy and his crew must find a way to defeat Enel and save the island before it’s too late. Along the way, they make allies with the Shandorians and discover the power of their own inner strength. In the end, the Straw Hat Pirates manage to defeat Enel and save the island from his destructive plans.
Water 7 Saga
Long Ring Long Land Arc
The Long Ring Long Land Arc is the eighth story arc of the One Piece anime and manga series. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they enter the Long Ring Long Land, a mysterious island shaped like a giant ring. After a tumultuous journey, they eventually meet the island’s ruler, the powerful warlord Foxy and his crew, the Foxy Pirates. The crew is challenged to a Davy Back Fight, a series of games with Foxy’s crew to win the Straw Hats’ freedom. After a series of intense and exciting games, the Straw Hats eventually emerge victorious, gaining a new crewmate, the mysterious Tony Tony Chopper. With the help of Chopper, the crew is able to make their way off the island and continue their journey to the Grand Line.
Water 7 Arc
The Water 7 Arc is an action-packed story arc from the One Piece series. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they travel to the island of Water 7, one of the biggest port cities in the Grand Line. The crew find themselves facing off against a powerful group known as CP9, who are attempting to steal their ship, the Going Merry.
As they battle to protect their beloved vessel, the crew must also unravel a sinister plot involving a mysterious ancient weapon called “Pluton.” Through their battles and loyalty to one another, they eventually manage to overcome CP9 and keep their ship safe. Along the way, they gain two new crew members: Franky and Nico Robin, who both prove invaluable in their fight against evil. The Water 7 Arc is an exciting tale of friendship and adventure that fans of One Piece won’t want to miss!
Enies Lobby Arc
The Enies Lobby Arc is an arc of the One Piece series that takes place in the Water 7 saga. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they attempt to rescue their crewmate Nico Robin from the clutches of the World Government. After defeating a powerful opponent, they find themselves surrounded by agents of the World Government’s secret police force, the CP9. The Straw Hats must then fight their way through an entire city filled with Marine forces and CP9 agents in order to save Robin and escape with her unharmed. Along the way, they discover secrets about Robin’s past, gain powerful allies, and face off against powerful foes. In the end, Luffy and his crew successfully manage to rescue Robin and make their escape from Enies Lobby in one piece.
Post-Enies Lobby Arc
The Post-Enies Lobby Arc is the twelfth story arc in the One Piece series. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they battle their way through a long and difficult journey to rescue their beloved crewmate, Nico Robin, from the clutches of the World Government. Along the way, they face off against many powerful enemies, including CP9 and its leader Rob Lucci, and even clash with the Marines in a massive battle at Marineford.
In the end, Luffy and his crew come out victorious and manage to rescue Robin from her captors. They also gain a new ally in the form of former Marine Admiral Aokiji who helps them escape any repercussions for their actions. In addition to this, Luffy makes a vow to protect Fishman Island and its citizens from any further harm by declaring it his own territory. With this victory, Luffy and his crew continue on their journey towards achieving their dreams of becoming King of the Pirates.
Thriller Bark Saga
Thriller Bark Arc
The Thriller Bark Arc of the One Piece series follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they venture to the mysterious island of Thriller Bark. Here, they are confronted by the powerful zombie-pirate Gecko Moria, who has stolen a mysterious power called Shadow’s Aspect from a group of ancient giants. With this power, Moria can manipulate shadows and use them to create an army of zombies. The Straw Hats must battle against Moria’s forces and also face off against some other unusual characters along their journey. Eventually, they manage to defeat Moria and reclaim the stolen power. Along the way, they come across several new allies and enemies while discovering more about themselves and each other in the process.
Summit War Saga
Sabaody Archipelago Arc
The Sabaody Archipelago Arc is an arc in the One Piece series that follows Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates on their journey to Sabaody Archipelago, a group of islands known as the gateway to the New World. There they meet a number of strange characters, such as an Admiral, a Celestial Dragon, and the Fish-Man Karakuri. As they explore this new environment, they also face off against powerful enemies like the Warlord Bartholomew Kuma and have dangerous encounters with some of the world’s strongest pirates. The arc culminates in a fight between Luffy and his crew against Kuma, where Luffy ultimately wins but is forced to give up his crew in order for them to remain safe. In the end, Luffy leaves Sabaody and continues his journey toward Fishman Island.
Amazon Lily Arc
The Amazon Lily Arc is the 15th story arc in the One Piece anime and manga series. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they venture to the island of Amazon Lily, home of the Kuja tribe. Led by their captain, Luffy, the crew battle against Boa Hancock and her sisters, who are powerful pirates ruling over the island. As Luffy attempts to gain Hancock’s favor, he must also deal with a dangerous Marine Admiral who has come to the island in pursuit of him. In time, Luffy manages to win over Hancock and she joins his crew as an ally, while also revealing her past as a former slave of the World Government. Together with Hancock’s help, Luffy and his crew are able to make it off Amazon Lily unscathed and continue their quest for One Piece.
Impel Down Arc
The Impel Down Arc is an arc in the One Piece series that follows Luffy’s expedition to save his brother Ace from execution. After receiving word of Ace’s impending execution, Luffy sets out on a mission to break into the world’s most secure prison, Impel Down. With the help of allies both old and new, Luffy manages to fight his way through several levels of the prison while facing off against some of its strongest inmates. Along the way, he learns more about the legendary Pirate King Gol D. Roger and his secret connection to Ace. Eventually, Luffy is able to make it all the way down to Level 6 and rescue Ace just in time before his execution can take place. With their mission complete, Luffy and his crew set sail for Marineford to take on one of the greatest battles in series history.
The Marineford Arc is an epic story arc in the One Piece series, featuring a massive battle between the World Government and the Whitebeard Pirates. The war was initiated by Admiral Akainu, who believed that Whitebeard had betrayed them and was planning to overthrow their government. It featured some of the most powerful characters in the series, including Luffy, Ace, Shanks, Whitebeard, and Sengoku. After an intense battle, Ace was killed by Akainu and Whitebeard soon died from his wounds. Luffy swore revenge against Akainu for killing Ace, but was ultimately stopped by his crewmates. The arc concluded with a speech from Garp about how everyone is connected through bonds of family and friendship and that those bonds should never be taken away or broken. The Marineford Arc serves as a major turning point for the series as it brought about significant changes to its world and characters.
The Post-War Arc is the tenth major story arc in the One Piece series, and follows protagonist Monkey D. Luffy and his crew of Straw Hat Pirates as they explore the seas after the two year time skip. This arc sees Luffy and the Straw Hats facing off against a powerful new enemy, the Blackbeard Pirates, who are seeking to take control of the seas. The arc also introduces new allies such as Trafalgar Law, a doctor from a distant land, and Boa Hancock, an Emporio leader whose power can sway even the strongest pirates. As Luffy and his crew attempt to protect their friends from this dangerous enemy, they must also contend with powerful obstacles such as Marine Vice Admiral Smoker and Donquixote Doflamingo. In the end, Luffy and his crew manage to successfully defeat their enemies while gaining new allies along the way.
Fish-Man Island Saga
Return to Sabaody Arc
The Return to Sabaody Arc is the nineteenth story arc in the One Piece series. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they travel to Sabaody Archipelago, a place known for its slave-trading and its powerful pirates. The crew reunites with Brook, their skeletal musician, who has been waiting for them on the island since before the start of their journey. They also reconnect with a former slave named Hatchan, who helps them navigate the treacherous waters of Sabaody. The Straw Hats soon find themselves facing off against powerful forces such as a world government organization called the Celestial Dragons and an infamous pirate, Kizaru. After several battles, they manage to escape unscathed and sail away from Sabaody towards Fishman Island. Along the way, they are joined by two new recruits: Jinbei and Boa Hancock. With this newfound strength, they are now ready to take on whatever lies ahead!
Fish-Man Island Arc
The Fish-Man Island Arc is a major story arc in the One Piece series. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they travel to the island of Fish-Man, where merfolk and other underwater creatures live. The crew becomes embroiled in the political struggles between King Neptune and his daughter Shirahoshi, who wants to save an ancient weapon hidden beneath the island from falling into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, the notorious pirate Hody Jones is plotting revenge against humans for enslaving fish-men in the past, and he will stop at nothing to make them pay. As Luffy and his crew battle with Hody and his minions, they must also help Neptune protect his kingdom while struggling to return home safely. With its action-packed battles, unraveling mysteries, and heartwarming moments of friendship, this arc is sure to leave fans wanting more!
Punk Hazard Arc
The Punk Hazard Arc is a story arc in the One Piece series that takes place on the island of Punk Hazard. The Straw Hat Pirates arrive at the island and soon discover that it is split into two sides, one side covered in ice and the other in fire. Led by their captain, Luffy, they investigate further and discover a secret laboratory run by Caesar Clown, a mad scientist who has been conducting dangerous experiments to create an army of artificial humans. With the help of allies from both sides of Punk Hazard, the Straw Hats confront Caesar and his minions before ultimately defeating him with the help of Trafalgar Law’s Shichibukai powers. In doing so, they manage to rescue all of the children experimented on by Caesar, ending his reign of terror over Punk Hazard.
The Dressrosa Arc is the twenty-second story arc in the One Piece series. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they travel to Dressrosa, a kingdom ruled by the powerful Donquixote Doflamingo. Their mission is to save their crewmate, Law, and to stop Doflamingo’s reign of terror. During their stay in Dressrosa, they meet allies such as the Corrida Colosseum gladiators, who help them take on powerful enemies like Pica and Buffalo. The Straw Hat Pirates eventually face off against Donquixote Doflamingo himself in an epic battle that results in his downfall and the liberation of Dressrosa. In the end, Luffy manages to defeat him and secure victory for his crew. The arc also introduces new characters such as Trafalgar Law and Riku Dold III who become important allies to Luffy on his journey. The Dressrosa Arc is filled with thrilling battles and dramatic moments that make it one of the most memorable arcs in One Piece history.
Whole Cake Island Saga
The Zou Arc is the twenty-second story arc of the One Piece manga series. The arc follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they travel to Zou, a mysterious land populated by animals, to save Sanji from Big Mom’s forces. During their journey, the crew learns about Zou’s history and its ties to the Mink Tribe. They also discover that Sanji is set to marry Big Mom’s daughter, Pudding. In order to rescue Sanji and prevent his marriage, the Straw Hats team up with their old ally, Kin’emon, and form an alliance with the Mink Tribe. After a fierce battle against Jack and his crew of giants, Luffy and the others manage to reach the top of Zou and free Sanji from captivity. In the end, they are able to prevent Sanji’s wedding and escape Zou with Kin’emon thanks to help from their new allies.
Whole Cake Island Arc
The Whole Cake Island Arc is an arc of the One Piece series that follows Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates as they venture to Whole Cake Island in pursuit of Sanji, who has been taken away by Big Mom’s crew. On their journey, they must face off against Big Mom and her powerful crew as well as other formidable foes. Along the way, Luffy makes allies with some of those he faces and learns about his own strength and abilities. Eventually, Luffy and his crew manage to save Sanji and escape Whole Cake Island with the help of a mysterious woman named Charlotte Pudding. The arc also reveals Sanji’s tragic past as well as new secrets about the world of One Piece.
The Levely Arc of the One Piece series follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they venture to Mary Geoise, a kingdom in the Grand Line, to participate in an event called the Levely. The Levely is a meeting of representatives from all over the world to discuss matters that affect their nations and try to come to peaceful resolutions. The crew soon discovers that the entire world is threatened by an ancient weapon known as Pluton, and must work together with other nations to find a way to prevent its use. Along the way, they encounter a variety of characters and organizations with their own agendas, including Queen Otohime of Fishman Island, Shanks and his Red-Haired Pirates, Donquixote Doflamingo and his criminal organization, and even Big Mom and her powerful Pirate Alliance. Through their journey, they learn about friendship, loyalty, trustworthiness, justice, and sacrifice. Ultimately, Luffy and his crew succeed in preventing Pluton’s activation and restore peace to the world.
Wano Country Saga
Wano Country Arc
The Wano Country Arc is an arc in the popular manga and anime series One Piece. It follows the Straw Hat Pirates as they attempt to liberate the isolated nation of Wano from its oppressive shogun, Kurozumi Orochi. The crew recruits allies from within Wano, including samurai, bandits, and ninjas, to help them overthrow Orochi and restore freedom and justice to the nation. Along the way, they face off against powerful adversaries such as Kaido and Big Mom, two of the Four Emperors. In addition to battling their enemies, the Straw Hats must also contend with old rivalries and internal conflicts that threaten to tear their alliance apart. After much fighting and sacrifice, Luffy finally defeats Kaido and liberates Wano from his tyrannical rule.
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