Digimagaz.com – For the longest time, fans of One Piece had been eagerly anticipating an upgrade to Luffy’s Gears. Finally, in the Wano Country arc, mangaka Oda delivered what fans had been longing for – Luffy’s peak form, Gear 5. This new technique has become Luffy’s most powerful move and is sure to create headlines once it is adapted in the anime. The moment Gear 5 made its debut in the manga last year, it broke the internet, and now fans are eagerly waiting to witness it in action once again.
Spoilers about Luffy’s Gear 5 technique have already reached anime-only viewers, tempting them to pick up the manga to witness their beloved protagonist’s peak form. If you are one of those fans, fear not, as we have compiled all the information you need to know about Luffy’s Gear 5 technique, including its powers and abilities. Let’s delve into the details!
What is Luffy’s Gear 5 Technique in One Piece?
Introduced back in 2016 during Luffy’s fight against Donquixote Doflamingo in the Dressrosa arc, Gear 4 was followed by its sub-forms, Boundman, Snakeman, and Tankman, in the Whole Cake Island arc. Ever since then, fans had been eagerly awaiting the unveiling of Luffy’s new Gear 5 technique.
After more than five years of anticipation, it finally happened during Luffy’s final battle with Kaidou in the Wano Country arc. Gear 5 represents the latest gear technique in Luffy’s arsenal. It is the awakened form of Luffy’s Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika devil fruit, as revealed by Silvers Rayleigh, not Gomu Gomu no Mi.
Unlike any previous gears, Gear 5 is considered to be Luffy’s pinnacle power, granting him unparalleled abilities and complete freedom. His powers in this form are only limited by his imagination. It is said that he resembles the “Warrior of Liberation” – Sun God Nika, who brings smiles, joy, and freedom to the people.
How Does Luffy Activate Gear 5?
During the final battle between Luffy and Kaidou, a CP0 agent named Guernica distracted our hero, allowing Kaidou to deliver a massive blow that nearly sent Luffy to the gates of heaven. However, on the verge of death, Luffy awakened his ‘true’ devil fruit power, marking the first time such an awakening occurred since the Void Century.
Surprisingly, it was revealed that Luffy’s devil fruit isn’t the Gomu Gomu no Mi (a Paramecia-type devil fruit) as believed for years. Instead, its original name is Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika, a Mythical Zoan-type devil fruit. This ancient devil fruit had been sought by the World Government for over 800 years and is considered “the most ridiculous power in the world” by the Gorosei.
With the godly powers of this devil fruit, Luffy was able to take his abilities to the next level and access Gear 5. As he revived, Luffy’s heartbeat started to sound like a musical rhythm, referred to as the “Drums of Liberation,” and his appearance underwent a transformation, enhancing his strength, mobility, durability, and more.
What Does Gear 5 Luffy Look Like?
In Gear 5, Luffy’s powers are not the only things that improve dramatically; his appearance also undergoes a striking change. His hair, eyebrows, and clothing (except for his sandals and belt) turn a bright shade of white. A large white cloud floats around his neck, adding to the white motif. His pupils take on a crimson tint, and his eyebrows become wavy and bushy. Once he exits Gear 5 mode, Luffy returns to his standard appearance.
How Does Luffy’s Gear 5 Work in One Piece?
The concept behind Gear 5 is relatively straightforward. In the world of One Piece, alongside Luffy’s devil fruit, there are three other Hito Hito no Mi devil fruits. For instance, Sengoku, the Ex-Fleet Admiral of the Marines, possesses the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Daibutsu, which allows him to transform into a Golden Buddha.
Similarly, Luffy’s devil fruit enables him to become the Sun God Nika, who brings smiles and freedom to people. In this Gear 5 form, Luffy is granted complete freedom, and he is always seen smiling and laughing.
As an awakened Zoan devil fruit user, Luffy has grown immensely in strength, moving at a god-like pace, and his toughness has become unbreakable. Thus, Luffy is considered to be at the peak of his power when utilizing the Gear 5 technique. He has already started to adapt to Gear 5 and displayed flawless mastery during the Egghead arc battles.
Luffy’s Gear 5 Technique: Powers and Abilities
Luffy’s Gear 5 operates in a Looney Tunes-like manner, offering a blend of hilarity and awe-inspiring attacks. His strength, speed, and toughness have reached a Yonk0-level, enabling him to perform previously unimaginable attacks. Notably, he can freely switch between gears third and fourth without the need to blow air into his body.
In this form, Luffy can rapidly recover from any damage received during battle, even while unconscious. Additionally, he can simultaneously infuse both Armament and Conqueror’s Haki types to unleash powerful attacks on his enemies.
His rubbery body, combined with his absolute freedom, results in a new form of pliable defense with cartoonish twists. For instance, Luffy was seen wrapping his head around Kaidou’s Hassaikai in the manga. Moreover, he can alter his surroundings and organic materials into a rubbery form, expanding the potential of his attacks.
Luffy’s Gear 5 Primary Techniques
Some of the well-known Luffy’s Gear 5 techniques are as follows:
- Gomu Gomu no Gigant (Gum-Gum Giant): Luffy can transform into a giant using this technique.
- Gomu Gomu no Bajrang Gun (Gum-Gum Bajrang Gun): In this attack, Luffy inflates his fist to the size of Onigashima Island while imbuing it with both Armament and Conqueror’s Haki.
- Gomu Gomu no Fusen (Gum-Gum Balloon): Luffy becomes balloon-like, granting him unique defensive capabilities.
- Gomu Gomu no Dawn Rocket (Gum-Gum Dawn Rocket): Luffy performs a rocket-like strike with his hand against an opponent’s abdomen.
- Gomu Gomu no Dawn Whip (Gum-Gum Dawn Whip): His leg elongates like a whip, delivering a twisting kick to his opponent.
- Gomu Gomu no Mogura Pistol (Gum-Gum Mole Pistol): As Luffy strikes the ground with his fist, a piece of the ground nearby extends into a tentacle-like arm that attacks his foe from the side.
Additionally, Luffy employs other techniques depending on the situation, such as:
- Gomu Gomu no Kaminari (Gum-Gum Lightning): Luffy alters the properties of a lightning bolt to grab and throw it at his foes.
- Gomu Gomu no Dasshutsu Rocket (Gum-Gum Escape Rocket): Trapped inside Kaidou’s body, Luffy stretched his arm out of Kaidou’s eyes and grabbed his nose to perform a sling-like escape.
- Gomu Gomu no Nawatobi (Gum-Gum Jump Rope): In his giant form, Luffy can capture his foe and stretch them to use them as a skipping rope.
Gear 5: A Sneak-Peek Teaser in One Piece
Fans have been eagerly waiting to see Gear 5 animated in One Piece, and their wishes were partially fulfilled with the release of the latest One Piece Film: Red. A glimpse of Gear 5 in action was shown in the film, teasing fans further. Soon, we can expect a perfect sneak-peek teaser of the Gear 5 episode, and Luffy’s transformation is sure to be as awesome as ever.
In conclusion, Gear 5 marks Luffy’s peak form, and its powers are unmatched in the world of One Piece. As Luffy continues to master this formidable technique, he is sure to play a significant role in the Straw Hat Pirates’ journey to find One Piece. The Wano Country arc promises to be one of the best arcs in One Piece, and witnessing Luffy’s Gear 5 animation will undoubtedly be an exciting experience. For those who have read the manga, don’t forget to share your favorite Luffy’s Gear 5 attacks in the comments below!
Luffy Gear 5: Frequently Asked Questions
Does Luffy ever reach Gear 5?
Yes, Luffy awakens his devil fruit and unlocks Gear 5 in the climax of the Wano Country arc (chapter 1044). Anime-only fans will soon get to see the adaptation.
Is there Luffy Gear 6?
As of now, there is no Luffy Gear 6. Gear 5 represents the peak of his powers, and whether a Gear 6 will appear later in the series remains uncertain.
Is Luffy Gear 5 the strongest?
Indeed, Luffy’s Gear 5 is the epitome of his colossal powers. As the Sun God Nika, he can do anything with his devil fruit abilities, making it the strongest devil fruit in existence.
Will Luffy go to Gear 5 in the movie Red?
Yes, Luffy’s Gear 5 was teased during the climax of the One Piece Film: Red.
What episode is Luffy Gear 5?
Luffy’s Gear 5 first appeared in the manga chapter 1044. Based on the current anime’s progression, fans can expect to see Luffy’s Gear 5 in any episode between 1071. The Gear 5 episode is likely to air in August 2023.