One Piece: Is Marco invincible?

We thought everyone knew, but the more we discuss Marco these days, the more we see that half the people have no idea how his power works.

So let’s break it all down.

1) Marco’s regeneration has a limit

This was confirmed by Oda in an SBS.

Question : Hello for the first time, Oda-sensei. I read the previous 57 books, and I thought to myself that I didn’t quite understand how the Zoan fruit from “Phoenix Marco” of the “legendary beast” type was different from the “Meramera” fruit from Ace.

oda : Yes, I know… I left out the explanation in this war arc, as I focused on pacing and wanted to move the story forward. To explain Marco’s ability a bit: he’s Zoan, so he has a body. But since he possesses “the blue fire of rebirth” – the Phoenix ability – wounds regenerate, and attacks don’t damage him (although there is a limit to regeneration).

In other words, the flames are for regeneration. These blue flames don’t have the characteristics of real fire – they don’t spread and burn things, and they aren’t hot. They are completely different from Ace’s flames. The boundary can also be demonstrated by the fact that after MF, during WB’s funeral, Marco was wearing bandages, implying that he had at least a few wounds that he couldn’t heal with his powers because they were exhausted at that time.

Shanks and Marco

2) Forget limbs, as long as his regeneration is available, Marco can survive mortal wounds

Example 1 – Kizaru turns him into Swiss cheese and rips out part of his brain.

Marco Regenerates

Example 2 – A fodder pierces his skull with a sword.

Marco Gets His Skull Pierced

Example 3 – Queen almost detaches her head from the rest of her body.

Marco Gets Beheaded

The sign should be self-explanatory. That’s why Marco can pretty much block anyone, including Admirals and Yonko. There’s not much more you can do when mortally wounding a guy doesn’t work. There are only two ways to deal with him:

– Suppress his regeneration with sediment stone (like in Marineford) or with hax powers (eg turn him into a toy with Sugar’s power).
– Keep hurting him so he needs to regenerate until he reaches his limit and can finally be killed (pretty much the standard strategy).

It’s unclear if you can just knock him out (like Luffy after Thunder Bagua) or if his regen would trigger and wake him up immediately [Rappelez-vous qu’Enel a fait démarrer son coeur…] but since even bigmom didn’t want to try and wanted to move on, we would say no.

3) Is it really impossible to kill him while he has his regeneration?

Marco is impossible to kill

Ok, maybe there is a way. In DBZ, the way to kill Majin Bu is to simply annihilate him completely. Erase every atom in his body so that there is nothing to start the regeneration process.

It might work, or it might not, because Marco might even regenerate from scratch, who knows. But the point is moot because there is no one who has shown the attack power to do anything close to that. Maybe a magma bath from the Akainu could do it, but I doubt that’s fast enough to kill Marco before his regeneration kicks in if Marco is free to move.

So ultimately, as long as his regeneration is available, Marco is basically immortal.