One Piece: Luffy’s Gear 5 Has One Glaring Weakness That Proves it’s Still Not His Absolute Peak

Monkey D. Luffy's weakness to sharp attacks still persists after he awakened his Devil Fruit and attained Gear 5.

One Piece: Luffy’s Gear 5 Has One Glaring Weakness That Proves it’s Still Not His Absolute Peak


  • Monkey D. Luffy mentioned that he reached his peak after awakening his Devil Fruit powers and attaining Gear 5 while fighting Kaido.
  • But Gear 5 still has a massive weakness to slashes and sharp object due to Monkey D. Luffy being a rubber man.
  • Monkey D. Luffy rubber properties allows him to deflect blunt objects but he needs to dodge sharp attacks to avoid injuries and until he rectifies it, he cannot attain his actual peak.
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Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece has reached new heights of popularity after the Wano arc. Kaido was a strong foe, and there was no way Monkey D. Luffy could have defeated with Gear 4. Then came Gear 5, and Monkey D. Luffy entirely overpowered Kaido and freed the Land of Wano from his tyrannical rule. Luffy awakened his Devil Fruit through Gear 5 and could transmit the rubber property into its surroundings.


Luffy claimed that it was his peak, and so did the fans. But even after defeating Kaido and solidifying his position as one of the Emperors of the sea, there is a massive flaw in his newfound powers. This flaw has been Luffy’s eternal problem and proved to be a massive game changer for his foes. Until he rectifies it, he might still be significantly far from reaching his peak.

Monkey D. Luffy is Still Vulnerable to Slashes

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Gear 5 Monkey D. Luffy

Monkey D. Luffy’s Devil Fruit was thought to be Gomu Gomu no Mi, which turned him into a rubber man. But later, it was revealed that the Devil Fruit is named Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Nika, and bears the name of the Sun God, Nika. Since the beginning of One Piece, Luffy has always been weak to slashes. His Devil Fruit allows him to deflect blunt objects like cannons, bullets, and physical attacks.


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But when it comes to attacks from sharp objects, he has to dodge them to avoid major injuries. Rubber has properties to deflect blunt objects, but it is weak to sharp objects. In the East Blue Saga, Luffy incurred massive injuries while fighting Captain Kuro, Don Krieg, and Arlong. With Gear 5, the same thing is still happening.

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Monkey D. Luffy is weak against Kaido’s Dragon Twister Demolition Breath

Kaido’s Dragon Twister Demolition Breath launched continuous slashes toward Luffy, and he had to dodge them in Gear 5. The same thing happened when he faced Kizaru during the Egghead Island arc. Until he finds some way to get accustomed to the slashes, there will always be a chance of defeat, even if he bears the name of a God.


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Monkey D. Luffy Has Always Avoided Foes With Swords in One Piece

After the East Blue Saga, Monkey D. Luffy was rarely seen to fight people with pirates with swords in One Piece. During the Alabasta arc, Mr. 1 had Supa Supa no Mi, and Roronoa Zoro had to fight him. Luffy fought Sir Crocodile, who on their first meeting, impaled him with his hook. During the Paramount War, Dracule Mihawk tried to attack Luffy, but he was saved by Sir Crocodile, and later he solely focused on saving Portgas D. Ace.

Figarland Garling could be a major problem for Monkey D. Luffy

Another instance was during the Dressrosa arc when he faced Fujitora. While Luffy seems to have overcome his weakness to fire, the sharp slashes are still a problem. There are several powerful foes still left for him to face. Figarland Garling, Supreme Commander of the God’s Knight, is a master swordsman and could be the biggest threat to his Gear 5.


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It will be interesting to see how Monkey D. Luffy overcomes this problem and attains his true peak. For the moment, he might have awakened his Devil Fruit, but he is yet to master the form. Maybe Gear 5 might have other sub-forms like Gear 4 in One Piece.

Priyanko Chakraborty

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Priyanko is a Content Writer at FandomWire, and specializes in anime. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Economics. Priyanko has previously worked as a content writing intern. He spends half of his day writing on anime, and the other half watching it.