Hey guys. Blackbeard and Shanks have a lot of history between them. Both Blackbeard and Shanks are annoyed at the sight of each other. But, why is that? We’ll have to go back to when Shanks and Whitebeard first met in the New World. During this meeting, Shanks questioned Whitebeard to recall Ace from his mission of killing Blackbeard. Shanks revealed that the scar that he has on his left eye was because of Blackbeard.
Shanks anticipated that Blackbeard wasn’t up to any good. Here’s the question?! How did Blackbeard give Shanks that scar? Rewind twelve years back. During that time, Shanks had made Windmill Village of east Blue his base for a year. He has a scar on his eye. Shanks had managed to seize the Gomu Gomu no Mi from another pirate. This devil fruit was also eaten by Monkey D. Luffy.
Despite being young, Shanks was known throughout the Grand Lines and because of his duels with the current strongest swordsman in the world named Dracule Mihawk. According to this theory, Shanks wasn’t a Yonko yet but was a very powerful pirate. During one of his adventures, he comes across the Gomu Gomu no Mi and he takes it. I’d like to point out that the Gomu Gomu no Mi and the Yami Yami no Mi look very similar in color and shape.
Now Blackbeard, in his hunt for the Yami Yami no Mi, hears and witnesses Shanks obtaining the purple devil fruit. He mistakes the Gomu Gomu no Mi for the Yami Yami no Mi; thus, Blackbeard goes and fights Shanks. Whether Blackbeard overpowers Shanks, somehow sets a trap, is unknown. During the battle, Blackbeard manages to scar Shanks, but Shanks learns shocking information about Blackbeard that causes Shank to question himself and the current pirate era.
As the result, he recluses himself to the weakest sea to gather his belongings. There he meets Luffy. And Luffy says something that makes Shanks get back his drive and resolve. As a result, he sails back to the New World, where he rises up to the Yonko status. So, both Luffy and Shanks turned are the reason for becoming great pirates.
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