Throughout the more than 1000 chapters of One Piece, Luffy has faced many opponents with widely varying fighting styles and abilities. He defeated some of them without much difficulty, while others posed a greater threat. One fight that fans are still talking about today is against Charlotte Katakuri, one of Big Mom’s many children.
Katakuri was one of Luffy’s strongest opponents and could literally match him blow for blow thanks to his Mochi Mochi no Mi powers, which allowed him to copy Luffy’s attacks like his Elephant Gun. Although the Mochi Mochi no Mi is a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit, Katakuri could turn his body into mochi as if it were a Logia-type ability. So how could Luffy beat such a formidable enemy?
time and place
Luffy and Katakuri had a few scuffles during Pudding and Sanji’s wedding ceremony and the ensuing escape, but their main fight started on the deck of the Thousand Sunny in chapter 878 (episode 850 in the anime) after that Pedro sacrificed himself. Katakuri had infiltrated the ship using Brûlée’s ability to travel through mirrors and awaited their return.
When the group was preparing to escape through the air, Katakuri attempted to stop them, but Luffy managed to drag him into the Mirror World so his friends could complete their preparations and escape. Once separated, Luffy shattered the mirror so Katakuri and his men couldn’t return to the Thousand Sun. This is where the two men will face off in their first big fight.
The two exchange blows, with Katakuri having the upper hand for most of the fight, mostly thanks to his awakening Devil Fruit powers. Luffy was struggling to hold on and even had to retreat for his Haki to recharge. After several rounds and some interference from Charlotte Flampe, the two eventually found themselves evenly matched, with Luffy learning to predict moves with Observation Haki and Katakuri injuring himself the same way he had injured Luffy after Flampe hit him. pulled on it with a needle. They unleashed their Supreme King Haki and started exchanging blows again. In the end, Luffy was the last one standing, Katakuri having collapsed.
Luffy’s victory seems to be the result of a combination of factors. The first could be that Katakuri couldn’t replenish his strength because his snack time was interrupted. He said in a panel that sugar was the root of his strength. Since he was already late for his snack and couldn’t finish it, he may not have been able to fully recharge if we take this statement at face value. There’s also the fact that he stabbed himself in the abdomen to make up for Flampe’s interference, a serious injury.
Having to struggle with such an injury would most likely have an effect on him, especially if he doesn’t get injured that often. Luffy is constantly injured and has learned to fight through the pain, while Katakuri has used his Observation Haki to foresee and dodge attacks with his mochi powers. There is also the factor of pure and simple exhaustion. It could also have been luck and the armor of the plot that allowed Luffy to win.
Will Luffy and Katakuri face each other again? If so, what would happen? It’s likely that another stretch man fight could take place for the simple reason that Katakuri would want a fair fight against Luffy where none of his siblings would interfere, even though Luffy said there was no of dirty fight between pirates.
Luffy’s abilities and powers have grown since their first argument, and facing him again would be a challenge to see how far he’s progressed. Katakuri too would have probably trained hard for a rematch. The two share a mutual respect, and a fair fight would be a fitting end. However, with Luffy facing off against Kaido once again and the World Government heading to Wano, it’s also very likely that Oda will be more focused on the series finale than a rematch, at least in the near future.