The Complete One-Piece Timeline Explained!

One piece is one of the longest ongoing anime series with over 1000 episodes. It has around 11 sagas which are further divided into many arcs. This anime is known for its complex world-building and political intrigue and is one of the most popular anime.

However, considering its length and complexity, it is common for even die-hard fans to mess up some plot points. But worry not, as we are here to jog down your memory and explain the timeline of major events! Let’s get started!

One Piece has a very complex storyline and there are multiple voids in the timeline which are not yet revealed. The plot mainly focuses on the adventures of Strawhats and their journey towards finding the ultimate treasure, One Piece.

1. Ancient History!

Many years before the Void Century, the Great Kingdom was founded, most likely on Raftel. However, it only became super powerful around the Void Century which began around the year 600. 

Given the immense power of the Great Kingdom, a 20 Kingdom alliance( which included Alabasta and Dressrosa)was formed to wipe out this nation. A “Great War” ensued between the alliance and the Kingdom.

The Great Kingdom crafted immensely powerful ancient weapons. One of them is an ancient weapon called Pluton which can wipe out an entire island. At the same time, the legendary mermaid princess developed the powers to command the Sea Kings and is named Poseidon.

During this time, Joy Boy makes a promise to the mermaid princess to raise a large ship called Noah from Fishman island to the surface. Due to some unknown events, Joy Boy is unable to keep his promise.

The city of Shandora is defeated by the alliance during this period and the alliance emerged victorious. Most of the Kingdom’s inhabitants were wiped out and the alliance joined the powers to create World Government. 

To preserve the history, the stone masons of the Kozuki clan created Poneglyphs which are indestructible stones with the history of the Great Kingdom and also the location. 

However, seeing this as a threat the World Government banned these Poneglyphs. 

The Complete One-Piece Timeline Explained!
One Piece | Source: Fandom

2. The Great Pirate Era!

As an East Blue rookie, Gol D Roger found out about his deathly condition and decided to fulfil his dream of circumnavigation the Earth. Eventually, he made his acquaintance with Kozuki Oden, Whitebeard and Nekomamushi.

Roger travelled through the Grand Line and found the truth about the Great Kingdom on the last island, Raftel. He decided to disband the crew and leave. Later, he fell in love with Portgas D Rouge and had a son.

In the fear of Roger’s knowledge, The World Government executed him at Lougetown where he announced the world’s greatest treasure, One Piece which started the Great Pirate Era.

The Complete One-Piece Timeline Explained!
Gol D Roger | Source: IMDb

3. East Blue saga

I. Romance Dawn Arc

Romance Dawn arc is the beginning of One Piece where Luffy starts his journey after being influenced by Shanks. This is also the arc where he meets Zoro. 

II. Orange Town arc

In this arc, Luffy along with Zoro and Nami fight Buggy the pirates.

III. Syrup Village Arc

Here the crew meets Ussop, they also prepare for a battle with black cat pirates. 

IV. Baratie Arc 

Luffy and the pirates land up in Baratie and they meet Sanji, who is going to be their recruit from here onwards. And a battle between Don Kreig and Luffy also ensures. 

V. Arlong Park Arc

Nami’s past is finally revealed and they go against a Fishman pirate named Arlong. 

The Complete One-Piece Timeline Explained!
Arlong | Source: Twitter

VI. Loguetown Arc

Nami is officially part of the crew now and the crew goes to a town named Loguetown, where Gold D Roger was born and executed. 

4. Arabasta Saga

I.Reverse Mountain Arc

Luffy and his band of pirates have entered the Grand Line but then they get swallowed by a giant whale. 

II. Whisky Peak Arc

The straw hats go to whiskey peak with Mr 9 and Ms Wednesday where they encounter a party. 

III. Little Garden Arc

Here the Straw hats meet 2 giants who have been battling each other for ages, they also encounter dinosaurs and Baroque work members.

IV. Drum Island Arc

Luffy and his crew mates meet Tony Tony Chopper in this arc and also a witch called Kureha. 

V. Arabasta arc

Luffy goes against Crocodile in this arc and Vivi has to perform in this arc regarding the culprits behind the civil war.

The Complete One-Piece Timeline Explained!
Nefertiti Vivi | Source: IMDb

5. Sky Island Saga

I. Jaya Arc

Nicole Robin joins the crew and the crew travels to Jaya to gather some information about Sky Island. 

II. Skypiea Arc

Luffy comes into battle with Enel a self-proclaimed god who has been ruling Skypiea. Luffy and the crewmates also learn a bit of history about Noland the explorer and the tribes that live there. 

6. Water 7 Saga

I. Long Ring Long Land Arc

Here the crew comes across Foxy the silver fox and a comedy-type battle ensue. 

II. Water 7 Arc

The straw hats land in Water 7 and the crew has internal conflicts in this arc and 2 members leave. Cp9 is introduced in this arc. 

III. Enies Lobby Arc

Luffy and his nakama travel to Enies lobby to save Nico Robin and Luffy goes against the world government by burning the flag. It is one of the best arcs so far!

IV. Post Enies Lobby Arc

Franky joins the crew and Thousand Sunny is introduced. The yonko are also introduced in this arc.

V. Thriller Bark Saga/Arc

The straw hats end up on Thriller bark where they encounter Gecko Moriah, one of the war Lords. Brook joins in this arc.

7. Summit War Saga

I. Sabaody Archipelago Arc

Luffy and his crew of pirates finally arrive at redline and search for ways to go to Fishman Island. This is the famous arc in which Luffy punches the celestial dragon. And eventually, the crew gets separated. 

II. Amazon Lily Arc

Luffy meets Boa Hancock, one of the warlords in this arc.

III. Impel Down Arc

Luffy goes to Impel Down to rescue Ace. We are also introduced to Jinbei and Ivankov.

IV. Marineford Arc

Well, what can be said about this arc, other than it is amazing? The fight between Whitebeard pirates and the World Government to save Ace was something of history. Luffy also travels to Marineford and unleashes his Haki at the right time.

V. Post War Arc

This arc is more about Luffy coping with his loss. Sabo is also introduced. Luffy also decides to meet his crewmates in 2 years and hence conveys it to them. 

8. Fish-man Island Saga

I. Return to Sabaody Arc

The straw hats reunite after 2 years and finally continue their journey.

II. Fish-man Island arc

Straw hat pirates finally travel to the fish-man island and Luffy has to face Hody Jones and Vander Decken IX.

9. Dressrosa Saga

I. Punk Hazard arc

This arc sets the finale between Luffy vs Doflamingo, and all the events in this arc ultimately lead to that. Luffy and Trafalgar Law become allies. They plan to take down Doflamingo, also known as the Joker. A battle with Caesar Clown also ensures. 

II. Dressrosa Arc 

This arc is pretty long and it’s impossible to sum it up. This arc shows all the Donquixote pirates and their battles with the strawhats. The fight between Luffy and Doffy finally happens and it’s pretty amazing.  Luffy displays his gear 4 for the first time, also known as bounce man. He finally manages to defeat Doflamingo and gather loyal allies in this arc. 

The Complete One-Piece Timeline Explained!
Donquixote Doflamingo | Source: Twitter

10. Whole Cake Island Saga

Luffy and the Straw Hats head towards the whole of cake island to save Sanji from a political marriage. The crew gets involved in the fight between the involved families. Eventually, Luffy and his crew ally with Jinbe and Caeser Clown to take down Big Mom.

Jinbe decides to leave Big Mom pirates but does not join Thousand Sunny. Luffy is also declared the Fifth Emperor of the sea.

The Complete One-Piece Timeline Explained!
Big Mom | Source: IMDb

11. Wano Country Saga

Wano Country Saga is one of the biggest sagas in One Piece and mainly focuses on the history of Kozuki Oden who travelled with both Whitebeard pirates and Roger pirates.

Secrets about Roger’s discovery of One Piece and its connection to Joy Boy are also revealed in this Saga.

The Complete One-Piece Timeline Explained!
Zoro in Wano | Source: IMDb
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12. About One Piece

One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997.

The man who had acquired everything in this world, the Pirate King, is Gol D. Roger. The final words he said at the execution tower were “My treasures? If you want it, I’ll let you have it. Look for it; I left all of it at that place.” These words sent many to the seas, chasing their dreams, headed toward the Grand Line, in search of One Piece. Thus began a new age!

Seeking to be the greatest pirate in the world, young Monkey D. Luffy also heads toward the Grand Line in search of One Piece. His diverse crew is joining him along the way, consisting of a swordsman, marksman, navigator, cook, doctor, archaeologist, and cyborg-shipwright, this will be one memorable adventure.

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