Powers & Abilities Zoro is Just Getting Started

How much of his strength has Zoro showed?


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Introduction

On many an occasion, I've seen people saying that Zoro is showing out here, and that it would be the turn of Law and Kidd to shine next. There seems to be an implicit assumption, that what Zoro is showing for now is the best he has to offer. That assumption couldn't be farther from the truth. As best as I can tell, Zoro has shown the least of all Supernova on the rooftop; he's just getting started so to speak.


Zoro is still warming up in Santoryu
Iaijutsu
He hasn't really used his Iai techniques. These techniques have very impressive attack speed and are capable of breaching extremely tough defenses:
  • Breaking defenses:
    • Zoro used it to cut through Mr. 1's Steel Body with Shishi Sonson
    • Zoro could cut through a thick steel train with Rashomon
    • Zoro could cut through Kaku's Tekkai with Shishi Sonson
      • Kaku chose not to use Tekkai and instead deflected it with Rankyaku Roudan
    • Zoro was able to cut through Kuma's Pacifista body with Shishi Sonson
    • Zoro was able to cut through the Punk Hazard Dragon's extremely tough hide with Shi Shishi Sonson
  • Attack Speed:
    • Zoro was able to blitz an (off guard) Kuma with Shishi Sonson
    • Zoro blitzed Hody underwater with a nameless Iaijutsu
    • Zoro blitzed Apoo while Drake was in the middle of an attack with a nameless Iaijutsu
    • Zoro blitzed Mama while she was in the middle of a point blank Heavenly Fire starting from several dozen metres away with an Iai amped Homurasaki

Shi Shishi Sonson
The upgraded version of Shishi Sonson

Rashomon

Top Santoryu
Zoro hasn't used any of his high tier Santoryu techniques. While they don't have the extraordinary attack speed of Iaijutsu, they possess impressive raw strength and destructive capacity.

  • Strength Feats
    • Nigori-Zake overpowered Kaku's Bigan
  • Attack Potency Feats
    • Nigori-Zake could cut right through Oars Fang
    • Oars dodged Zoro's 108 Pound Cannon and admitted that it would have cut him pretty badly had it landed
    • Combine with Luffy's Jet Bazooka and Sanji's Diable Jambe Mouton Shot, 108 Pound Cannon could take out a Pacifista
  • Destructive Capacity Feats
    • 108 Pound Cannon combined with Luffy's Gatling to blow a hole through the Aqua Laguna
    • Without using any haki, Zoro's 1080 Pound Cannon could cleave right through Kaku's Golem

1080 Pound Cannon
The upgraded version of 108 Pound Cannon

Nigori-Zake


Santoryu Ougi
Zoro hasn't used any of his Ougi (secret/ultimate techniques). These are the most powerful of his Santoryu techniques and significantly stronger than all his other abilities in Santoryu.

  • Sanzen Sekai was Zoro's last resort in his duel with Mihawk.
  • Sanzen Sekai was the technique Zoro used to significantly damage Oars and immobilise him for Luffy.
  • Ichidai Sanzen Daisen Sekai was the technique Zoro used to bisect Pica's massive golem.

Rokudo no Tsuji
A new Ougi that Zoro developed during his 2 years training with Mihawk.

Sanzen Sekai

Ichidai Sanzen Daisen Sekai
An upgraded version of Sanzen Sekai

Zoro may have other Ougi that he has yet to show.


Enma Mastery
While Zoro has essentially tamed Enma, he hasn't fully adapted to it and appears to have been drawing more power from it has the fight progressed.

In Chapter 1001 he didn't use any haki at all in Rengoku Oni Giri:


After his attack, Zoro commented that he needed to unleash the sword a bit more:

He does make some progress. In Chapter 1002 he uses overflowing hardening with an Ittoryu technique:

In Chapter 1003 he finally uses hardening on all 3 swords, but only overflows it through Enma:


Maybe when next the fight resumes, Zoro will overflow his hardening through all three swords?


Asura
Zoro still hasn't used his Enies Lobby power up in Asura.


Ichibigun
Asura was so powerful that it casually dispersed Kaku's most powerful attack: Amanedacchi β€” the strongest Rankyaku β€” (a mere demonstration was enough to slice the Tower of Justice), and took out Kaku in one hit (Kaku had previously been dominating Zoro).



Makyusen
It was capable of cutting right through a Pacifista.




Timeskip Training
Zoro trained with Mihawk for two years during the timeskip. He's shown very little of the fruits of that training. Zoro's one flashback with Mihawk was when Hawkeyes taught him hardening:

As far as we know, all Zoro learned from his training with Mihawk for two years was:
  • Haki
  • Stronger versions of his old techniques
    • Oni Giri => Rengoku Oni Giri
    • Tatsumaki => Kokujo Ou Tatsumaki
    • Tora Gari => Ul Tora Gari
    • Shishi Sonson => Shi Shishi Sonson
    • Sanzen Sekai => Ichidai Sanzen Daisen Sekai
    • All his Pound Cannon techniques
      • 36 Pound Cannon => 360 Pound Cannon
      • 72 Pound Cannon => 720 Pound Cannon
      • 108 Pound Cannon => 1080 Pound Cannon
    • A scant few new techniques
      • Ittoryu: Yakkodori
      • Ittoryu: Daishinkan
      • Ittoryu: Baki
      • Santoryu Ougi: Rokudo No Tsuji


On the other hand, Luffy trained with Rayleigh for just 18 months, and he's shown a lot more in the way of improvements from his Rayleigh training than Zoro.

He has had two flashbacks related to new abilities he showed or learned during a fight (King Kong Gun and Future Sight).

What Luffy learned over his Timeskip training:
  • Haki
  • Upgraded Versions of his old techniques
    • Gear 2
      • Jet Gatling => Hawk Gatling
      • Jet Rifle => Hawk Rifle
      • Jet Bazooka => Eagle Bazooka
      • Jet Whip => Hawk Whip
      • Jet Stamp => Hawk Stamp
    • Gear 3
      • Gigant Pistol => Elephant Gun
      • Gigant Bazooka => Grizzly Magnum
      • Gigant Rifle => Thor Elephant
  • New Techniques
    • Gear 2
      • Red Hawk
      • Jet Hammer
      • Jet Mace
      • Jet Spear
    • Gear 3
      • Thor Elephant Gun
      • Elephant Gatling
        • There was no Gigant Gatling preskip
      • Gigant Tsuppari
  • An entire new Gear (Gear 4) with several dedicated forms
    • Boundman
    • Tankman
    • Snakeman
  • Upgraded versions of his Gear 4 techniques (King)
    • Boundman
      • King Kong Gatling
      • Leo Rex Bazooka
    • Snakeman
      • King Cobra

Despite training with a top tier for only 3/4 of the time Zoro spent, Luffy has shown a lot more in terms of the fruits of his training. This leads me to expect that Zoro has more to show from his training with Mihawk.



Summary
To summarise, I believe that Zoro is still far from showing all he has to offer because:
  • Zoro is still warming up in Santoryu
    • He hasn't used any of his Iai techniques (Shi ShiShi Sonson, Rashomon)
    • He hasn't used any of his high tier Santoryu techniques (Nigori-Zake, 1080 Pound Cannon)
    • He hasn't used any of his Ougi (Rokudo no Tsuji, Sanzen Sekai, Ichidai Sanzen Daisen Sekai)
  • Zoro hasn't fully adapted to Enma
    • In Chapter 1001 he didn't use any haki at all in his attack
    • In Chapter 1002 he only used overflowing hardening with an Ittoryu technique
    • In Chapter 1003 he uses all 3 swords, but overflowing hardening is only present on Enma.
    • Overflowing hardening on all three swords next?
  • Zoro hasn't used Asura yet.
  • Zoro may have more to show from his training with Mihawk.


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nik87

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Lord Essay strikes again! :finally:
I would say he has shown around 20% of his power.
I would say that the combination of Gorilla Arms and Asura is theoretical maximum, without including unknown ability from TS training.
Removing Gorilla Arms from Asura would drastically drop the power, then removing Asura drops it even more.
Yeah, Zoro is just getting started. The peak will be glorious.
 

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#10
He only use 3% kaido use 70% manga facts
Lol, I added a 0% option in case you think what Zoro showed is closer to 0% than to 10%.


Lord Essay strikes again! :finally:
I would say he has shown around 20% of his power.
I would say that the combination of Gorilla Arms and Asura is theoretical maximum, without including unknown ability from TS training.
Removing Gorilla Arms from Asura would drastically drop the power, then removing Asura drops it even more.
Yeah, Zoro is just getting started. The peak will be glorious.
I didn't even include anything Zoro might have learned from Mihawk. The only thing Zoro has shown from his timeskip training is hardening, so he probably has a flashback power up waiting for him vs Kaido. I'll add it to the OP.


@Pantheos: read this thread for why Zoro is far from going all out.
 

Zowo

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#14
Lol, I added a 0% option in case you think what Zoro showed is closer to 0% than to 10%.



I didn't even include anything Zoro might have learned from Mihawk. The only thing Zoro has shown from his timeskip training is hardening, so he probably has a flashback power up waiting for him vs Kaido. I'll add it to the OP.


@Pantheos: read this thread for why Zoro is far from going all out.
let s not forget the eye:finally:
 

Finalbeta

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#16
In my opinion Zoro is far from having attained his true power level.

Worst case scenario he still bears Asura, likely a more potent version of it, and his strongest Base attacks he didn't show yet too. So funnily full power Zoro could manage to even mid diff Current Zoro for his feats.

But things could expand even further if he unleashed a new power up.
 

Pantheos

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Lol, I added a 0% option in case you think what Zoro showed is closer to 0% than to 10%.



I didn't even include anything Zoro might have learned from Mihawk. The only thing Zoro has shown from his timeskip training is hardening, so he probably has a flashback power up waiting for him vs Kaido. I'll add it to the OP.


@Pantheos: read this thread for why Zoro is far from going all out.
what did I told you about tagging me in Zoro wanking Threads?
 

Cinera

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I didn't even include anything Zoro might have learned from Mihawk. The only thing Zoro has shown from his timeskip training is hardening, so he probably has a flashback power up waiting for him vs Kaido. I'll add it to the OP.
@nik87: I've added it.
Timeskip Training
Zoro trained with Mihawk for two years during the timeskip. He's shown very little of the fruits of that training. Zoro's one flashback with Mihawk was when Hawkeyes taught him hardening:
Spoiler

As far as we know, all Zoro learned from his training with Mihawk for two years was:
  • Haki
  • Stronger versions of his old techniques
    • Oni Giri => Rengoku Oni Giri
    • Tatsumaki => Kokujo Ou Tatsumaki
    • Tora Gari => Ul Tora Gari
    • Shishi Sonson => Shi Shishi Sonson
    • Sanzen Sekai => Ichidai Sanzen Daisen Sekai
    • All his Pound Cannon techniques
      • 36 Pound Cannon => 360 Pound Cannon
      • 72 Pound Cannon => 720 Pound Cannon
      • 108 Pound Cannon => 1080 Pound Cannon
    • A scant few new techniques
      • Ittoryu: Yakkodori
      • Ittoryu: Daishinkan
      • Ittoryu: Baki
      • Santoryu Ougi: Rokudo No Tsuji


On the other hand, Luffy trained with Rayleigh for just 18 months, and he's shown a lot more in the way of improvements from his Rayleigh training than Zoro.

He has had two flashbacks related to new abilities he showed or learned during a fight (King Kong Gun and Future Sight).

What Luffy learned over his Timeskip training:
  • Haki
  • Upgraded Versions of his old techniques
    • Gear 2
      • Jet Gatling => Hawk Gatling
      • Jet Rifle => Hawk Rifle
      • Jet Bazooka => Eagle Bazooka
      • Jet Whip => Hawk Whip
      • Jet Stamp => Hawk Stamp
    • Gear 3
      • Gigant Pistol => Elephant Gun
      • Gigant Bazooka => Grizzly Magnum
      • Gigant Rifle => Thor Elephant
  • New Techniques
    • Gear 2
      • Red Hawk
      • Jet Hammer
      • Jet Mace
      • Jet Spear
    • Gear 3
      • Thor Elephant Gun
      • Elephant Gatling
        • There was no Gigant Gatling preskip
      • Gigant Tsuppari
  • An entire new Gear (Gear 4) with several dedicated forms
    • Boundman
    • Tankman
    • Snakeman
  • Upgraded versions of his Gear 4 techniques (King)
    • Boundman
      • King Kong Gatling
      • Leo Rex Bazooka
    • Snakeman
      • King Cobra

Despite training with a top tier for only 3/4 of the time Zoro spent, Luffy has shown a lot more in terms of the fruits of his training. This leads me to expect that Zoro has more to show from his training with Mihawk.

let s not forget the eye:finally:
I'm not including it. Zoro's left eye being a power up is way too speculative at this point.


Not enough unfortunately, I'm writing another currently.
 
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