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Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!

Haki in the One Piece universe is the ability to use spiritual energy for purposes including but not limited to fighting and battle.

There are 3 basic types of Haki, just like there are 3 types of Devil Fruits. They are: Observation Haki, Armament Haki, and Conqueror’s Haki. Of these, the rarest is Conqueror’s Haki – only those that possess the qualities of a king can wield it.

For this list, I considered the top 20 strongest Haki users that are still alive in the series (shoutout to Roger, Whitebeard, and Oden!)

20. Boa Hancock – The Pirate Empress

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

Boa Hancock aka the “Pirate Queen” is the Snake Princess of Amazon Lily and reigns over the Kujas with Boa Sandersonia and Boa Marigold.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Boa Hancock | Source: IMDb

She’s also the Captain of the Kuja Pirates and was the only female member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. She is also the first female One Piece character confirmed to be able to use all 3 forms of Haki.

Hancock possesses the Paramecia-type Love-Love Devil Fruit that gives her the Medusa-like ability to turn anyone into stone. But the Devil Fruit alone wouldn’t guarantee her busting Smoker at the Marineford battle. I just hope we get to see her use Conqueror’s Haki in battle.

19. Donquixote Doflamingo – The Heavenly Demon

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

Former World Noble of the Donquixote Family and member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea, Doflamingo is the current captain and leader of the Donquixote Pirates. He also makes for a great antagonist as the most powerful broker in the underworld, going under the codename, Joker.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Donquixote Doflamingo | Source: Fandom

Doflamingo not only has crazy pain-tolerance and raw power, but his speed, reflexes, and endurance are not to be reckoned with either. He becomes a puppet-master with the help of his String-String Devil Fruit power; the strings are so sharp that he can slice through a meteor.

If that wasn’t enough, he can also use the all-powerful Conqueror’s Haki, that he uses to knock out a small army.

18. Sanji Vinsmoke – The Germa Prince

Haki – Observation, Armament

Sanji is a great character with a compelling story. He is skilled at Observation Haki, as is evident when he helps the samurai Kinemon to find his torso underwater. He can also sense people’s intentions and auras.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Sanji | Source: Fandom

Sanji’s Armament Haki literally helps him create a new technique called Ifrit Jambe, that is an enhanced version of Diable Jambe, which is a unique power that allows him to create a fiery heat in his legs.

This increased power and endurance in his legs allows him to set people ablaze and strike them with a speed akin to lightning.

17. Monkey D. Garp – Hero of the Marines

Haki – Observation, Armament

Garp has no weapon, no Devil Fruit; just plain Haki awesomeness. Garp, aka Garp the Fist, is our Luffy’s granddad. He’s 78-years-old after the time-skip, and is going pretty strong – he’s still the vice admiral of the Marines, and the main instructor for new recruits.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Monkey D. Garp | Source: IMDb

In his prime, Garp was comparable to Roger. His Armament Haki is so refined that he could defeat Don Chinjao with just one Haki-juiced-up punch.

ONE PIECE | Garp vs Marco

Rayleigh, Mihawk, and Big Mom are all contenders for strongest Armament Haki, but for me, it’s gotta be Garp. Remember the Fist of Love he so gently comes down with on Luffy?

16. Jinbei – Knight of the Sea

Haki – Observation, Armament

Jinbei the whale-shark-man is the fearless helmsman of the Straw Hats. He was once the captain of the Sun Pirates and one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. Predictably, he can converse with marine life and perform impeccably at fish-man karate.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Jinbei | Source: IMDb

But Jinbei’s Haki skills are fishtastic as well, especially his Armament Haki. He uses a special Kairagi technique that was capable of defending an attack from Big Mom. Jinbei also battled the powerhouse, Ace, who was souped up with his Logia Devil Fruit powers.

15. Yamato – The Daughter of the Beast

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

This girl has Kaido himself as her father. It’s obvious she’s gonna be on the list. Yamato, aka the Ogre Princess, was praised by Emperor Kaido after she went toe-to-toe with him. She mimics her father’s strength and some of his moves, and is also fast and exceptionally durable.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Yamato | Source: IMDb

Yamato began using Conqueror’s Haki since her childhood, when she rammed through many of Kaido’s men. She can even use Advanced Conqueror’s Haki – she can imbue her giant kanabo with it.

What’s more, she turns into a giant wolf-like creature because of her Dog-Dog Devil Fruit power. Her obsession with Oden only makes her more of a monster during battle.

14. Marco – The Phoenix

Haki – Observation, Armament

From apprentice to former commander to acting captain, Marco has had a pretty impressive journey. He is also a doctor, so he is super intelligent, not something you can say about most of the hard-asses on the show.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Marco | Source: IMDb

Marco actually faced Big Mom herself without succumbing. His Haki is strong but not that strong – he wasn’t able to beat Sakazuki, even with the help of Vista.

Mythical Zoan Phoenix Devil Fruit is actually more impressive – it lets him morph into a human-phoenix hybrid that boosts his skills, and also heal people with his Blue Flames of Resurrection.

I mean who can forget his entrance at the Paramount War when the Phoenix took Kizaru’s attack head-on without a scratch.

13. Zoro Roronoa – the Pirate Hunter

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

Zoro was recently revealed to have Conqueror’s Haki and it’s really going to change the game. He uses it to knock out Kaido’s Beast Pirates. Zoro is going to be an awesome companion to Luffy, just as Rayleigh was to Roger.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Zoro | Source: IMDb

Zoro often uses his Armament Haki to temper his dual-swords – which he sure knows how to use, by the way. With the Enma sword, he manages to wound Kaido and uses Conqueror’s Haki to defend himself against Kaido’s dragon flames.

Zoro doesn’t even have any Devil Fruit power to fall back on – he’ll just have to work on his Haki and swordsmanship to climb his way to the top.

zoro vs mihawk full fight HD 1/2
Zoro vs Mihawk Full Fight HD 1/2

And just like Luffy and Sanji, Zoro is also a prince. Roronoa Zoro, real name “Shimotsuki Zoro” is the son of Shimotsuki Ushimaru the Daimyo of Ringo and the descendant of legendary samurai Shimotsuki Ryuma.

He’s definitely coming out of Wano with a Black Blade ready to challenge the likes of Dracule Mihawk.

12. Silvers Rayleigh – The Dark King

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

Rayleigh served as Gol D. Roger’s right hand, and as a Haki-mentor for Luffy during the time-skip. He not only boasts of phenomenal physical strength, but is also clever and cunning during battle.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Rayleigh | Source: IMDb

Rayleigh, despite being quite elderly, has crazy stamina, enough to swim all the way from the Calm Belt to Amazon Lily, slashing a number of Sea Kings on the way.

Rayleigh’s Armament Haki allows him to strike users protected by their Devil Fruit abilities. He can then channel his Haki into their bodies and destroy them inside out. He also has a high proficiency in Observation Haki, as well as Conqueror’s Haki, which he can transfer into his sword.

11. Katakuri – Big Mom’s Sweet Commander

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

Charlotte Katakuri is Big Mom’s strongest pirate and is the Minister of Flour in Totto Land, commanding Komugi Island. He hasn’t lost a single fight, other than that epic battle with Luffy.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Katakuri | Source: IMDb

Although Katakuri can wield all 3 types of Haki, he’s most proficient in Observation Haki – so much so that he can literally see into the future.

Although, of course, the future isn’t set in stone, this ability gives Katakuri a huge advantage, especially when he uses it in conjunction with his Devil Fruit power.

He can predict attacks, and turn into Mochi, allowing the attack to simply pass through him. Katakuri is possibly the best user of Observation Haki we have seen. Well, him and Fujitora.

10. Luffy – Fifth Emperor of the Sea

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

On #10 we close in on our protagonist, Monkey D. Luffy of the Straw Hat Pirates. Now, undoubtedly Luffy is going to grow to be uber powerful, but there are still numerous characters that can defeat him.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Luffy | Source: IMDb

In fact, Luffy isn’t all that strong compared to most other pirates. He does possess all 3 Haki types, and has a lot of potential. He’s one of the strongest Conqueror’s Haki users.

After the time-skip, Luffy mastered Observation Haki and can see into the future to predict attacks like Katakuri. His Armament Haki is no less – he can penetrate the intangible body of a Logia user, and can even project or emit his Haki, which is a high-advanced grade of Armament Haki.

Luffy vs Kaido [HD] English Sub

Luffy vs Kaido [HD] English Sub

Additionally, Luffy also consumed the Paramecia type Gum-Gum Devil Fruit that turns his body into rubber.

But that’s not enough to put him on #10 of this list, is it? Well, lucky for him, he now has the Advanced Conqueror’s Haki and is now going toe-to-toe with Kaido himself!

9. Dracule Mihawk – The Strongest Swordsman in the World

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

Mihawk is one of the former Seven Warlords of the Sea, and the only former Warlord along with Jinbe, to not possess Devil Fruit powers. He’s also the only Warlord without a crew. But what with his sword and his Haki, it’s not like Mihawk is actually lacking anything.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Mihawk | Source: IMDb

Mihawk trained Zoro in Armament Haki during the time-skip, and we know how strong Zoro has become compared to what he was before.

Mihawk is unparalleled when it comes to swordsmanship. It’s also pretty obvious that Mihawk has Advanced Conqueror’s Haki. His Black Blade Yoru cut through a gigantic iceberg – it definitely had Haki flowing through it. Also, if Zoro can have Conqueror’s, Mihawk most certainly does.

8. Issho Fujitora – Admiral of Blind Justice

Haki – Observation, Armament

Issho or Fujitora is currently an admiral in the Marines. Like the original admirals before him, Fujitora shows an impressive use of Advanced Armament Haki. But his most impactful feat is his mastery in Observation Haki.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Fujitora | Source: IMDb

Fujitora is blind. With Observation Haki, he can see more than anyone else in the series. He predicts attacks with ease, regardless of how quick or unpredictable they are.

One Piece Zoro vs Admiral Fujitora
One Piece Zoro vs Admiral Fujitora

Fuji’s sense of morality governs his Haki – he can perceive the thoughts and emotions of others, as we see in Dressrosa, when he could tell that the people had no ill-feelings against Luffy.

7. Sakazuki Akainu – Fleet Admiral of Absolute Justice

Haki – Observation, Armament

Sakazuki is the fleet admiral of the Marines, and a strict follower of Absolute Justice, an extreme philosophy that believes in destroying “evil”, no matter who or what stands in the way. Fundamentalists are scary, no matter what they represent, and Sakazuki is no exception.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Sakazuki | Source: IMDb

He ate the Magma-Magma Logia-type Devil Fruit that lets him liquidate his body into magma. He’s proficient at using Advanced Armament Haki, as we see during his Summit fight with Whitebeard.

He is also physically endurant, capable of resisting two of Whitebeard’s point-blank punches. [Spoiler:] Akainu is so strong that he was actually able to execute Ace, the son of the Pirate King himself.

6. Benn Beckmann – The Man with the Maximum IQ

Beckmann is the vice-captain or the first mate of the Red Hair Pirates. Beckmann is to Shanks what Zoro is to Luffy.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Benn Beckman | Source: Fandom

Although we don’t know a lot about him, we do know that he’s hella powerful: he gets Kizaru, a powerful Observation Haki user, to surrender when he points his gun at him.

I don’t think he has Devil Fruit but he definitely has Haki. He uses his gun like a sword, and although a lot of us were puzzled why a man with the highest IQ in the East Blue Saga would do something like that, it does make sense if he imbued it with Armament Haki.

5. Monkey D. Dragon – The Most Wanted Man Alive

There are so many characters in One Piece who are powerful as hell but don’t get enough screentime; take Blackbeard and Shanks for example.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Monkey D. Dragon | Source: Fandom

Dragon is one of the most underrated guys ever. We know hardly anything about him, and he’s our protagonist’s father, for starters.

He’s the worst criminal in the world and the Supreme Commander of the Revolutionary Army!

When it comes to Haki, nothing has been confirmed yet, but when Dragon saves Luffy from Smoker, he knew exactly where his son would be and that he’d be in trouble, so it’s possible he has really advanced Observation Haki and can see into the future.

He can also cause strong surges of wind, which might either be due to some kind of weather staff like Nami’s or Conqueror’s Haki. Dragon might also possess the third Ancient Weapon, which would definitely make him OP.

4. Blackbeard – Emperor Dual Devil Fruit User

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

Let me just start by saying Blackbeard is the only guy in the history of One Piece to be able to wield the powers of 2 Devil Fruits. At the same time. The power of darkness, and the power of earthquakes … Man oh man.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Blackbeard | Source: IMDb

Blackbeard’s Observation Haki is quite refined. He can sense a person’s presence, as well as perceive their strength. Blackbeard senses that Luffy has grown more powerful after the time-skip.

It is also implied that Blackbeard has Conqueror’s Haki. We know from Kaido vs. Luffy that you can’t fight a Yonko or an Advanced Conqueror’s Haki user without Conqueror Haki. Or else anyone would’ve won against Big Mom or Kaido. So, Blackbeard couldn’t have defeated Ace without it.

3. Big Mom – The Soul Manipulator

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

Big Mom is ridiculously powerful, with and without Haki. This isn’t a surprise since she’s one of the Four Emperors and the deadliest female pirate in the world.

She uses the Advanced Conqueror’s Haki to smash Page One, the strongest Shinuchi of the Beasts Pirates, with a single punch.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Big Mom | Source: IMDb

She can channel her Conqueror’s Haki through her body, which multiplies her power and supplements her Armament Haki. She can project her Haki so that she can defeat her opponents without even touching them. 

Luffy vs Big Mom Haki Clash

She can also predict attacks using Observation Haki, which also works amazingly with her Soul-Soul Devil Fruit that can control soul through people’s fear of her.

2. Kaido – The Strongest Creature in the World

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

Kaido is considered to be the King of the Beasts. He is one of the Four Emperors of the New World, and the leader of the Beasts Pirates.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Kaido | Source: IMDb

Kaido can use Advanced Armament Haki by releasing an invisible burst of energy from his body, and Advanced Conqueror’s Haki by infusing his spiked kanabo, Hassaikai, with the dark, powerful Haki.

It’s obvious that Kaido is a level above the rest. His Fish-Fish Devil Fruit allows him to morph into an actual dragon. In this Beast Form, he is as good as invincible. He can lift islands out of the ocean with clouds of fire, release lightning from his mouth, and create wind so sharp that they can shred you. Literal beast.

1. Shanks – Most Powerful User of Haki

Haki – Conqueror, Observation, Armament

Shanks, captain of the Red Hair Pirates and the youngest of the Four Emperors of the New World, is the strongest Haki user alive in One Piece.

He has no Devil Fruit abilities, and relies purely on his mastery of all 3 Haki types. He is a killer swordsman, and has battled the likes of Whitebeard and Ace.

Top 20 Strongest Haki Users Alive in One Piece, Ranked!
Shanks | Source: IMDb

Oda, the creator of One Piece, stated that if Luffy’s Conqueror’s Haki can make 50,000 soldiers faint, Shanks’s Haki can do twice that number. His Armament Haki is so spectacular, that when he battled Whitebeard, the strongest man in the world, the sky split open.

Like Dragon, Shanks hasn’t been featured much on the show, but clearly, Oda is saving the best for the last.

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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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