Does Luffy Learn To Use Haki? When Does It Happen?

One Piece is one of the most beloved manga and anime series of all time, having quickly become one of the top-selling comics of all time ever since it debuted in 1997.

One Piece has a considerable stable of fan-favorite characters, immense and exciting powers, and plot threads that are still continuing to this day. One of these exciting powers is the legendary ability of Haki, which is used by many of the strongest characters in the series. 

Does Luffy Learn To Use Haki When Does It Happen

The only problem with One Piece is its immense length, currently standing at more than 1000 anime episodes and manga chapters!

You may be wondering when immense powers like Haki begin to come into play within the series, and when Luffy begins to make use of them, but you may find yourself not wanting to continue with the series because you’ve yet to see these abilities.

If you’ve ever wondered to yourself at what point Luffy learns the ability of Haki, then you are in luck, as we are going to explore exactly when Luffy gains the power, and what exactly the power is!

What Is Haki?

Haki has quickly become one of the most important abilities that One Piece’s most powerful characters can have in their arsenal.

The power of Haki is an umbrella term for abilities that utilize a person’s innate spiritual energy in a number of ways. Haki can be learned by any person, or any creature, as it simply involves honing one’s spirit to be used as a weapon. 

There are three very distinct categories of Haki. First is Observation Haki. This ability allows the user to access a sixth sense to be able to get a strong sense of their surroundings while also earning abilities of precognition, to see the moves of enemies before they make them!

This is widely considered amongst the fanbase to be the first version of Haki that is presented in the show. You will first encounter this ability during the Skypiea arc, around episode 160 of the anime, and chapter 246 of the manga.

Amongst the natives of Skypiea, Observation Haki is referred to as Mantra.

The second distinct type of Haki is Armament Haki. Armament Haki allows users to utilize their spirit energy to create an invisible barrier around their body that can be used to deflect immensely powerful punches and kicks and can even shatter blades.

This ability is usually presented to the viewer or reader as a blackening of the body. If a character were to activate this ability in their arms, then their arms would turn black.

This ability first shows itself towards the end of the Water Seven arc when Luffy meets his grandfather Garp, who hits him with an armament enhanced punch.

Many fans speculate that armament Haki was actually first displayed by Zoro, the Straw Hat’s resident swordsman, during the Alabasta arc.

In his fight with Mr. 1, Zoro unconsciously develops the ability and cuts through Mr. 1, who has the power of steel to create blades across his arms.

Using Armament Haki allows Zoro to cut through normally uncuttable objects. However, this ability is not named Armament Haki at this moment, and it has yet to be officially confirmed whether Zoro was using the ability at that moment. 

The final and most powerful form of Haki is the immensely rare Supreme Ruler Haki which allows the user to exert their inert spirit energy as willpower to overwhelm others.

Whenever the ability is used it causes opponents with weak willpower within a certain radius of the user to collapse, as a result of encountering such impressive spirit energy.

This ability is first used in the very first chapter of the series, by fan-favorite character Red Haired Shanks, who uses the ability to ward off a sea king, an immensely powerful beast that was threatening Luffy’s life. 

When Does Luffy First Learn Haki?

When Does Luffy First Learn Haki

The simple answer to this question is that Luffy first learns the ability of Haki during his training with Silvers Rayleigh, shortly after the battle at Marineford.

This takes place around episode 515 of the anime, and chapter 597 of the manga, when Rayleigh first takes Luffy to the island of Rusukaina, which is famous for its harsh weather conditions; one day it can be blazing hot, the very next day the island can be frozen over.

This island also has a massive number of immense and powerful beasts. Luffy decides to stay on this island for two years to hone his latent Haki abilities to become powerful enough to take on the dangers of the second half of the Grand Line, the New World.

The first time that we see Luffy knowingly using his Haki powers is around episode 518 of the anime and chapter 599 of the manga when Luffy uses his Supreme Ruler Haki against an imposter who was posing as him during his 2 year absence.

Luffy also uses his Observation Haki to dodge the bullets from his imposter before they can even be fired.

Luffy first using his Haki is an immensely exciting moment, as he then uses it to easily dispatch a Pacifista machine that had previously posed a massive challenge to his entire crew only two years before.

However, this only describes the moments when Luffy first knowingly uses Haki, after his immense training.

Because Haki can be learned by anyone and is especially useful for characters with strong personalities and willpower, Luffy actually demonstrates these abilities long before he ever hones them!

The first time Luffy ever uses Haki without knowing it takes place around episode 389 of the anime, and chapter 495 of the manga. At this moment Luffy unknowingly uses his Supreme Ruler Haki, in order to stave off an attack from a Bison.

This first happens during the beginning of the Sabaody Archipelago arc. From here, Luffy also makes use of Observation Haki before learning to hone it.

Luffy first uses Observation Haki against the Gorgon sisters on Amazon Lily, shortly after he is separated from his crewmates. This takes place in episode 413 of the anime, and chapter 519 of the manga.

Luffy uses the ability in order to save Marguerite, one of the Gorgon sisters who had been set to be executed after it was discovered that she had saved his life earlier.

Luffy shouts out “I told you to stop”, which unknowingly sends out a burst of Haki that renders a number of bystanders unconscious. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does Haki Mean In English?

Haki, in English, refers to a number of things. The word can refer to “Spirit”, “Ambition” or “Will Power”. These terms generally hold a similar meaning to one another, so Haki is a good term to use.

Many translations of the series, such as the dubbed and subbed versions of the anime, or the Viz Media translation of the manga simply refer to the ability as Haki.

Other English translations occasionally change the word for simplicity’s sake. In the video game One Piece: Unlimited Cruise, Haki is instead referred to as “Ambition”.

Does Zoro Learn Haki?

Yes. Zoro does have control over some Haki abilities. The one he uses most commonly is Armament Haki, which he extends down his three blades to strengthen them for better use in defense and offense.

When Zoro uses this form of Haki he can increase his power, and make it possible to cut through strong materials or opponents. When used for defensive capabilities, Zoro’s swords harden and become able to take on attacks from stronger enemies. 

Zoro first uses Armament Haki on his swords in episode 613 of the anime, to cut down Monet who uses strong feathers to defend herself.

Zoro’s blades first turn black with Armament Haki in episode 719 of the anime when he uses them against the towering Pica, who had taken the form of a giant stone golem, thanks to his stone abilities. 

Where Did Sanji Learn Haki?

Sanji takes slightly longer than the other strongest Straw Hats to develop his Haki abilities. Sanji first learns to hone his innate Haki abilities during his visit to the Kamabakka Kingdom during Luffy’s two years of training.

Sanji learns to use Observation Haki that allows him to predict the movements of enemies, in order to keep up with even the fastest opponents. 

Sanji first uses Observation Haki during the Fishman Island Arc, after the two-year time skip, when he uses the ability to sense that Caribou is in the Ryugu Palace, even though he could not see him. 

Sanji can also use Armament Haki, but he only uses it occasionally, the first time we see it is when Sanji defends himself against an attack from his estranged father Vinsmoke Judge.

Sanji creates a Haki barrier on his legs that allows him to enhance his combat prowess, as well as to increase his defense. In the Wano arc, Sanji uses Armament Haki to shatter the sword of an enemy using just his legs.

Who Is The Strongest Haki User?

Until the series has reached its conclusion, it is difficult to determine who exactly is the strongest Haki user. Currently, some of the strongest Haki users are characters such as Kaido, Luffy, and Shanks.

Shanks, in particular, demonstrated one of the first uses of Supreme Ruler Haki, so it stands to reason that he would currently be one of the best users of the ability at the current stage in the story.

It is likely that Luffy’s Haki abilities will improve immensely as he continues his adventure towards becoming the pirate king.

Is Haki Stronger Than Devil Fruit?

Not necessarily. In some cases, yes, Haki powers are more powerful than devil fruit powers. Some devil fruit powers are incredibly weak, and would not likely hold up against an enemy strong in Haki.

However, many devil fruit users make use of Haki to supplement their existing powers.

For example, Luffy, whose stretching powers allow him to increase the size of his fists or his feet, chooses to infuse those attacks with an Armament Haki layer to improve their strength.

Against some devil fruit users, Haki is essential to be able to land an attack. The main villain during the Punk Hazard arc, Caesar Clown has a gas ability that makes him impossible to hit, unless they infuse their bodies with Haki.

This is how Luffy is able to gain the upper hand during this arc. 

Is Luffy Stronger Than Naruto?

In a head-to-head battle, it is likely that Naruto would come out on top, due to the multiple mystical powers that allow him to crush multiple opponents at once.

Luffy, on the other hand mostly uses his more mystical powers such as Haki to enhance his already existing physical abilities gifted to him by the gum-gum fruit. 

However, were the two characters to meet, it is likely that they would become fast friends and only spar as a way to gauge one another’s strength, before then chowing down on a massive lunch, and bonding over their similar life goals.

Can Luffy Destroy A Planet?

No. Although Luffy is immensely powerful within the world of One Piece, it is unlikely that he has power that could compare to other characters such as Goku, who could hypothetically destroy a planet.

Although it is extremely unlikely that either Luffy or Goku would ever want to destroy a planet!