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Yonko Infobox
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Japanese Name: 四皇
Romanized Name: Yonkō
Official English Name: Four Emperors
First Appearance: Chapter 1; Episode 4[1]
Chapter 432; Episode 314[2]
Affiliations: Three Great Powers
Occupations: Pirate Captains
Transportation: Ships
Bounty: N/A
Residency: New World

The Yonko are the four most notorious and most powerful pirate captains in the world (according to the World Government), but are neither allies nor enemies of one another, preferring to remain autonomous under most circumstances. These four individually reside within the second half of the Grand Line (known as the "New World"), exerting impressive influence and control over dozens of other pirate crews and self-governing islands.

In the decisive Battle of Marineford, Whitebeard, one of the Yonko, met his end towards the climax of the Whitebeard War. Blackbeard, his assassin, subsequently usurped his position. Shanks, another member of the Yonko, arbitrated a ceasefire to end the aforementioned war.

Abilities and PowersEdit

Garp Speaks About The Yonko

Garp speaking about the Yonko before the Battle of Marineford.

As an entity, the Yonko are one of the Three Great Powers of the world, the others being the Shichibukai and Marines.[2] Their strength and influence are such that they live quite literally as though they are emperors, doing mostly as they please. Individually, they are considered to be the most powerful pirates in the world, as well as having a powerful crew. Because of their power, they can declare chosen locations as their own; the mere declaration is often enough for others, both Marines and pirates alike, to acknowledge their authority.

In fact, in the New World, they each have a territory that they govern. These territories benefit from the protection the emperors provide, keeping the borders safe from any faction that might want to invade them. It is only with the combined efforts of the Marines and the Shichibukai, as well as the distrust among them, that keeps their power in check. During the Battle of Marineford, the Marines and Shichibukai needed to fight together just to engage one of the Yonko and his crew. The arrival of a second Yonko immediately brought an end to hostilities, showing the power and influence they have without engaging in combat.

The Yonko themselves are not allied together as a coalition compared to the Shichibukai and follow their own individual paths. The possibility of two or more of the Yonko forming an alliance is enough of a threat to cause the World Government to panic, as seen when the World Government attempted unsuccessfully to prevent a meeting between Shanks and Whitebeard at one point in the series. The World Government feared that the two Yonko may unite together and create a stronger threat. A war between two of the Yonko is considered a terrifying crisis, as Shanks' interception of Kaido's advancement on Whitebeard had taken the Marines by shock and awe, putting the World Government in a "cold sweat" as stated by one of the Marines.

They can motivate others to become pirates; Shanks inspired Luffy, and the death of Whitebeard inspired many pirates to travel to the Grand Line. On top of this, the influence these pirates have over others is far greater than any other noted group. With one declaration, the slave trade and pirate attacks on Fishman Island stopped after the island was declared to be under Whitebeard's control.

After the timeskip Trafalgar Law cited that there are only two methods of surviving in the New World, and that is to be protected under the umbrella of a Yonko's dominion and become their ally or to constantly oppose their authority. At least Teach and Kaido are both gaining influence and strength in the form of amassing Devil Fruit powers, both in their own unorthodox methods. 

Because of their immense power, it is necessary for factions aiming to oppose them to first strike an alliance with other factions in order to bring the Yonko down. However, even with multiple alliances amongst powerful pirates, the chances of defeating a Yonko are still extremely low. 

HistoryEdit

Golden Age of PiratesEdit

The first of the Yonko to be introduced was Shanks, who visited Luffy's hometown ten years before the story began. It is unknown if the title of Yonko existed at that point in time. The second was Whitebeard, the only man who could rival the Pirate King Gol D. Roger in strength. Whitebeard was later also described as the strongest man in the world upon Roger's death. Some of the Shichibukai have fought the Yonko in the past; Shanks and Dracule Mihawk frequently dueled in their younger days, Gekko Moriah fought Kaido, and Crocodile fought Whitebeard.

All of the Yonko seem to have strong fleets, including huge ships and elite crewmen. At some point, they all traveled to the New World where they are currently locked in a stalemate, unable to progress any further into the Grand Line. This is a product of the combined efforts of the Marines and the Shichibukai, as well as the presence of the other Yonko.[3]

Jaya ArcEdit

The World Government allowed the world powers to stay as they were for a long period of time. With the Yonko stuck in a deadlock, the world remained stable. However, after the defeat of Crocodile by the Straw Hat Pirates, the World Government was alarmed to learn of two of the Yonko, Shanks and Whitebeard, arranging to meet each other.[4][5]

Post-Enies Lobby ArcEdit

On top of the destruction of Enies Lobby, the Marines experienced another defeat in the New World when a blockade failed to prevent Shanks and Whitebeard from making contact.[6] Fearing the two crews might form an alliance, the World Government anxiously waited to know the outcome.

During the meeting, Shanks's presence upon boarding Whitedbeard's ship caused a majority of the crew to collapse. Shanks shared sake from his hometown with Whitebeard as a token of friendship while at the same time issuing a grave warning.[6]

Shanks vs. Whitebeard

Shanks and Whitebeard clash.

Shanks told Whitebeard that his days as the strongest pirate were coming to an end, warning him of the new era that was to come. With Blackbeard making his move toward prominence, he would depose Whitebeard from his throne. Shanks also tried to convince Whitebeard to call the 2nd Division Commander, Portgas D. Ace, back from his pursuit of Blackbeard. Whitebeard stubbornly refused Shanks's warning, and the two clashed. The sky seemingly split in half when their weapons collided, much to the horror of the members of both crews.[6]

Summit War SagaEdit

Impel Down ArcEdit

In an attempt to rescue Portgas D. Ace from execution, Whitebeard summoned all of his allies from the New World in preparation for war. Kaido attempted to attack Whitebeard, but he was intercepted by Shanks.[7]

Marineford ArcEdit

Whitebeard Pirates Reach The Plaza

The Whitebeard Pirates attack Marineford

Whitebeard and his crew and allies arrived at Marineford three hours before Ace's scheduled execution and initiated what would be known as the greatest war since the beginning of the Golden Age of Pirates. During this battle against the Marines, Whitebeard revealed how debilitated he had become over the last two decades, and he steadily acquired increasingly critical wounds from his enemies because of his weakened state.

During the battle, he destroyed most of Marine Headquarters, easily defeated two large Giants who were at the rank of vice-admirals, and withstood the combined efforts of the three Admirals. He was able to help free Ace, but Admiral Akainu executed Ace afterwards. An enraged Whitebeard dealt a serious blow to the admiral, but it was not enough to completely incapacitate him.

Red Hair Pirates at Marineford

Shanks with his crew arrive and bring the war to a close

Remaining at Marineford alone to resolve the conflict with the Marines, Whitebeard was attacked and ultimately killed by the Blackbeard Pirates. Shortly afterwards, Shanks arrived at Marineford with his crew. His presence spared the remaining allies of Whitebeard and brought the war to an end. Shanks challenged Blackbeard, which the latter turned down before leaving with his own crew.

Post-War ArcEdit

According to Eustass Kid, Whitebeard's death and resulting vacancy among the Yonko caused the balance of the Three Great Powers to collapse, leading to chaos around the world. Islands that were once under Whitebeard's protection, such as Foodvalten, came under attack by pirates.[8]

Some time after the war, X Drake arrived at an island belonging to Kaido, stated to be one of the Yonko's favorites. He asked "Iron Boy" Scotch if attacking him would catch Kaido's attention. Upon receiving an affirmative answer, Drake changed into his dinosaur form and attacked the cyborg.[9]

The Gorosei postulated that Blackbeard was the pirate closest to becoming the next Yonko, due to his possession of two Devil Fruit abilities and having complete knowledge about Newgate's sphere of influence.[10]

TimeskipEdit

After the death of Whitebeard, Big Mom took over as the protector of Fishman Island in exchange for a large amount of candy every month.[11]

Teach also usurped Whitebeard's position as the fourth Yonko as the Gorosei predicted, having managed to conquer most of Whitebeard's former territory and becoming stronger by hunting down powerful Devil Fruit users and taking their abilities after killing them.[12]

Fishman Island ArcEdit

Charlotte Linlin Anime Infobox

Big Mom revealed.

When the candy factory was demolished during the uprising of the New Fishman Pirates and Flying Pirates, Fishman Island almost provoked Big Mom's wrath, since the island did not have enough candy for the tribute to her. Monkey D. Luffy pledged that he will claim Fishman Island as his protectorate by defeating Big Mom, shifting her fury from the island to himself.

Pirate Alliance SagaEdit

Punk Hazard ArcEdit

According to Caesar Clown, Kaido had assembled an army of Zoan Devil Fruit users using Smiles provided by Donquixote Doflamingo.[13] During the events of the Punk Hazard Arc, Trafalgar Law offered to form an alliance with Monkey D. Luffy[14] in order to depose Kaido. Luffy agreed to it, but he also declared that he would eventually overthrow all four Yonko.[15] Independently, Eustass Kid, Basil Hawkins and Scratchmen Apoo came to an agreement and also formed an alliance to take down one of the Yonko.[16] When Kid saw that Luffy and Law had formed their own alliance, he surmised that they were after the same thing and wondered who their target was.[17]

Dressrosa ArcEdit

Teach was heard talking with Jesus Burgess via Den Den Mushi, with Burgess stating that Aokiji could not be trusted. Hearing that Luffy had arrived, Blackbeard greeted the young pirate and expressed surprise that he was also a combatant in the Corrida Colosseum tournament for the Mera Mera no Mi. Knowing why Luffy entered the tournament, Teach assured him that Burgess would be the combatant to obtain the fruit and that it would be the same as having Ace join his crew, since Ace had rejected his previous offer. Luffy then angrily stated that he would never allow him to steal Ace's power.[18]

MembersEdit

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Yonko
Shanks Charlotte Linlin Kaido Marshall D. Teach Edward Newgate 

  •  : the character is deceased.
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TriviaEdit

  • It is said that once Elizabello II has gathered enough strength, his punch can knock down even a Yonko.[19]
  • Marshall D. Teach is the only known person to serve as both a Shichibukai and later a Yonko.
  • Kaido is the only Yonko who has yet to be formally introduced.

ReferencesEdit

  1. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 1 Chapter 1 (p. 4) and Episode 4, Shanks debuts.
  2. 2.0 2.1 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 432 (p. 7) and Episode 314, Garp talks to Luffy about the Yonko.
  3. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 432 and Episode 314, Garp explains the dubious balance of the Three Great Powers.
  4. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 233 and Episode 151, the World Government's fear of Shanks.
  5. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 25 Chapter 234 and Episode 151, Shanks contacts Whitebeard.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 45 Chapter 434 and Episode 316.
  7. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 55 Chapter 533 and Episode 434, Momonga's men report on Kaido and Shanks.
  8. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 59 Chapter 581 and Episode 490, Whitebeard's demise leads to global scale anarchy.
  9. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 61 Chapter 595 and Episode 513, X Drake attacks one of Kaido's underling and outpost to gain the Yonko's attention.
  10. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 60 Chapter 594 and Episode 511, The Gorosei discuss global incidents and speculate about the menace of Blackbeard.
  11. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 62 Chapter 610 and Episode 529, Big Mom becomes the protector of Fishman Island after Whitebeard's death in exchange for candy.
  12. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 66 Chapter 650 (p. 7-8) and Episode 570, Jinbe reveals Blackbeard's actions.
  13. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 69 Chapter 689 and Episode 615, Caesar explains the three-way alliance between himself, Joker, and the Yonko.
  14. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 68 Chapter 668 and Episode 594, Law offers an alliance with Luffy to take down one of the Yonko.
  15. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 696 and Episode 622, Law and Luffy's meeting revealed that Kaido is their target.
  16. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 699 (p. 18) and Episode 628, the three-way alliance between the Kid Pirates, Hawkins Pirates and On Air Pirates is shown.
  17. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 70 Chapter 700 and Episode 629, the Kid/On Air/Hawkins Pirate Alliance is also targeting a Yonko.
  18. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 72 Chapter 720 and Episode 650.
  19. One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 71 Chapter 707 and Episode 636, Elizabello's punch is said to be able to knock down a Yonko.

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Members: Shanks  •  Charlotte Linlin  •  Kaido  •  Marshall D. Teach
Former Members: Edward Newgate 
Ships: Red Force  •  Moby Dick
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Gura Gura no Mi  •  Yami Yami no Mi
Fighting Style Based: Haki
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Locations: New World (Yukiryu Island  •  Foodvalten  •  Whole Cake Island)  •  Fishman Island
Story Arcs: Romance Dawn Arc  •  Jaya Arc  •  Post-Enies Lobby Arc  •  Thriller Bark Arc  •  Marineford Arc  •  Post-War Arc  •  Fishman Island Arc  •  Punk Hazard Arc  •  Dressrosa Arc
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Members: Shanks  •  Benn Beckman  •  Lucky Roo  •  Yasopp  •  Rockstar
Ship(s): Red Force
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Fighting Style Based: Haki (Haoshoku Haki)
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Members: Marco  •  Jozu  •  Vista  •  Blamenco  •  Rakuyo  •  Namur  •  Blenheim  •  Curiel  •  Kingdew  •  Haruta  •  Atmos  •  Speed Jiru  •  Fossa  •  Izo  •  Stefan  •  Former Spade Pirates
Deceased Members: Thatch  •  Portgas D. Ace  •  Edward Newgate
Defectors: Marshall D. Teach  •  Chameleone 
Allies: Jinbe  •  Doma  •  McGuy  •  Decalvan Brothers  •  Maelstrom Spider Pirates (Squard)  •  Little Oars Jr.  •  Whitey Bay  •  Elmy  •  Ramba  •  A.O  •  Delacuaji  •  Epoida  •  Bizarre  •  Islewan  •  Karma  •  Blondie  •  Amadob  •  Palms  •  Andre  •  Zodia  •  Hangan  •  Rush  •  Wallem  •  Brocca  •  Choi  •  Ninth  •  Agsilly  •  Julius  •  Kinga  •  Arthur  •  Pavlik  •  Great Michael  •  Baggaley  •  Brew  •  Zucca  •  Kechatch  •  Cands  •  Vitan  •  Reforte  •  Happygun  •  Sleepy  •  Colscon  •  Forliewbs  •  Nosgarl  •  Monkey D. Luffy  •  Buggy
Ship(s): Moby Dick  •  Striker
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Gura Gura no Mi  •  Mera Mera no Mi  •  Yami Yami no Mi  •  Kopi Kopi no Mi 
Fighting Style Based: Haki
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Story Arcs: Jaya Arc  •  Post-Enies Lobby Arc  •  Impel Down Arc  •  Marineford Arc  •  Post-War Arc
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Members: Charlotte Linlin  •  Pekoms  •  Tamago  •  Bobbin
Allies: Sun Pirates (Jinbe)
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Fighting Style Based: Haki
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Blackbeard Pirates
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Devil Fruit Based: Yami Yami no Mi  •  Gura Gura no Mi
Weapon Based: Nodachi  •  Senriku
Fighting Style Based: Haki
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Members: Monkey D. Luffy  •  Roronoa Zoro  •  Capone Bege  •  Jewelry Bonney  •  Basil Hawkins  •  Scratchmen Apoo  •  Eustass Kid  •  X Drake  •  Urouge  •  Killer  •  Trafalgar Law  •  Marshall D. Teach
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Gomu Gomu no Mi  •  Ope Ope no Mi  •  Yami Yami no Mi  •  Gura Gura no Mi
Weapon Based: Wado Ichimonji  •  Sandai Kitetsu  •  Shusui  •  Kikoku
Fighting Style Based: Santoryu/Kyutoryu  •  Haki
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Underworld
Brokers: Donquixote Doflamingo  •  Tamago  •  Pekoms
Purchasers: Crocodile   •  Franky   •  World Nobles  •  Kaido  •  Breed 
Intermediate Providers: Duval   •  Disco   •  Caesar Clown  •  Ibusu
Other Associates: Silvers Rayleigh   •  Trafalgar D. Water Law   •  Vergo   •  Donquixote Rosinante    •  Charlotte Linlin  •  Kuzan  •  Bobby Funk  •  Kelly Funk  •  Suleiman
Smuggling
Goods: Dance Powder  •  Treasure Tree Adam  •  Slaves  •  Smiles  •  Weapons  •  H2S  •  Shinokuni  •  Devil Fruits
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Suna Suna no Mi  •  Ito Ito no Mi  •  Gasu Gasu no Mi  •  Ope Ope no Mi  •  Jake Jake no Mi  •  Nagi Nagi no Mi
Weapon Based: H2S  •  Shinokuni  •  Cyborg Tactics
Fighting Style Based: Haki  •  Rokushiki
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Story Arcs: Reverse Mountain Arc  •  Whiskey Peak Arc  •  Little Garden Arc  •  Alabasta Arc  •  Water 7 Arc  •  Sabaody Archipelago Arc  •  Fishman Island Arc  •  Punk Hazard Arc  •  Dressrosa Arc
Locations: Alabasta  •  Sabaody Archipelago (Human Auctioning House)  •  Punk Hazard  •  Dressrosa (SMILE Factory)
Associated Groups/Crews: Baroque Works  •  Franky Family  •  Flying Fish Riders  •  World Government  •  Big Mom Pirates  •  Donquixote Pirates  •  Three Great Powers (Marines  •  Shichibukai  •  Yonko)
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Donquixote Pirates
Crew Members: Donquixote Doflamingo  •  Trebol  •  Diamante  •  Pica  •  Sugar  •  Jora  •  Lao G  •  Senor Pink  •  Machvise  •  Dellinger  •  Gladius  •  Buffalo  •  Baby 5  •  Kyuin  •  Bellamy  •  Caesar Clown
Affiliates: Disco   •  Kaido  •  Ibusu
Former Members: Vergo   •  Corazon (Donquixote Rosinante)   •  Violet (Viola)   •  Monet   •  Trafalgar D. Water Law   •  Bellamy Pirates 
Ship(s): SAD Tanker
Abilities
Devil Fruit Based: Ito Ito no Mi  •  Yuki Yuki no Mi  •  Buki Buki no Mi  •  Guru Guru no Mi  •  Bane Bane no Mi  •  Giro Giro no Mi  •  Gasu Gasu no Mi  •  Ato Ato no Mi  •  Hobi Hobi no Mi  •  Sui Sui no Mi  •  Hira Hira no Mi  •  Ishi Ishi no Mi  •  Beta Beta no Mi  •  Pamu Pamu no Mi  •  Nagi Nagi no Mi
Fighting Style Based: Haki  •  Rokushiki  •  Jio-Ken
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Story Arcs: Jaya Arc  •  Sabaody Archipelago Arc  •  Marineford Arc  •  Punk Hazard Arc  •  Dressrosa Arc
Locations: Spider Miles  •  Mock Town  •  Human Auctioning House  •  Punk Hazard  •  Dressrosa (Acacia  •  Corrida Colosseum  •  Sebio  •  Flower Field  •  SMILE Factory)  •  Green Bit  •  Mariejois
Belongings: Mera Mera no Mi  •  Ope Ope no Mi
Others: Shichibukai  •  Yonko  •  Heart Pirates  •  SAD  •  SMILE  •  Toys  •  Donquixote Family

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