One Piece Confirms Oden’s Real Strength Was Never His Swordsmanship

One Piece Confirms Oden's Real Strength Was Never His Swordsmanship

Known for his otherworldly fighting skills, One Piece confirms Kozuki Oden’s most important “power” was another unique ability.

Warning: contains spoilers for One Piece: Road to Laugh Tale!

In a One Piece world loaded with over-powered characters, Kozuki Oden stands apart as not only one of the greatest warriors on the Four Seas but also one whose greatness is not based on eating a Devil Fruit. However, despite his success on the battlefield, his most important ability had nothing to do with his martial prowess.

Born to Lord Kozuki Sukiyaki, the leader of Wano Country, Oden’s life was set. All he had to do was learn the family “business” and stay out of trouble, and in due time he would replace his father as leader. However, Oden had other plans. Early on, he showed a deep disinterest in following the family tradition. Instead, he preferred to party, fight, and chase women, three skills he showed considerable expertise in. Naturally, this led to him getting in trouble with the law and being exiled by his father to Kuri, Wano’s wild and lawless outer region. It was in Kuri that Oden began to mature and decide that he wanted to make something of his life. His first step to reformation began with bringing order to Kuri. While this got him back into his father’s good graces, it did not establish his desire to be a leader.

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Rather, it generated a desire to leave Wano and see the world, which he did by joining Whitebeard’s pirate crew a few years later. As a crew member, Oden further developed his already incredible fighting skills. Indeed, other than Luffy, Oden was the only person known to have wounded Kaido in his prime. Accordingly, it would be reasonable for fans to believe that when Gol D. Roger asked Whitebeard to “loan” Oden’s services to him for a year, it was because he wanted to make use of his fighting skills. Indeed, having the help of Oden on a voyage was almost like having Whitebeard himself along for the ride. However, the reality was that Roger did not need Oden’s fighting skills. Indeed, besides his own abilities, the crew that Roger commanded could hold their own against the best of them. As clarified in Road to Laugh Tale, what really made Oden so vital were his skills as a translator.

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The reason why Roger begged Whitebear to release Oden was perhaps the one aspect of his family duty in Wano that he was willing to learn, namely the Kozuki clan’s ability to read and write the secret language inscribed on the mysterious Poneglyphs. The Kozuki Clan was responsible for inscribing the stones hundreds of years ago. As a result, the ability to understand the language was passed down to each successive generation. At this point, Roger knew he needed someone who could read the stones and was thrilled to run into Oden via his clash with Whitebeard. Roger knew Oden was the key to being able to continue the voyage to Laugh Tale.

Naturally, Roger also made use of Kozuki Oden’s martial abilities, and he eventually became one of the crew’s toughest fighters and most trusted warriors. Nevertheless, his first and foremost benefit to Roger was his ability to translate Poneglyphs, without which Roger would never have had a chance to ever get the One Piece.

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Look for One Piece’s newest chapter when it releases on Viz Media’s website.

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