Hey guys. Today the character I’m going to discuss is Shanks. He is also known as “Red-Haired” Shanks. He is the captain of the Red Hair pirates. He started as a cabin boy on Gol D. Roger’s crew. After Roger’s death, the Roger Pirates disbanded and Shanks set out to become a pirate himself. He grew up to become one of the four Yonkō, who rule over the New World. He was the rival of Dracule Mihawk, who is currently the strongest swordsman in the world. Now comparing Shanks’ crew with the crew of the other Yonkō, I had a rather interesting thought.
First, Whitebeard. He had a fishman as one of his commanders.
Second, Blackbeard. He has a giant, a Fishman and winged race under him and probably more now that he is a Yonko.
Big Mom similarly has Homies, Pekoms( a talking lion capable of turning into a tortoise) and Tamago (long-legged person capable of turning into a chicken), Bobbin (a wide-faced mask-wearing man), Randolph ( an anthropomorphic rabbit who rides a crane), Pudding( hybrid between a human and a member of the Three-Eye Tribe) making her crew one of the most diverse.
Kaidō has a lot of different races. Basically, he’ll take in anyone who has a devil fruit. We know his intentions of building an army of just devil fruit users.
Lastly, we have Shanks. We haven’t seen anyone from a different race.
Probably Shanks doesn’t take anyone from a different race in his main ship. There have been a lot of theories in the past about this as well. Most people assume Shanks is a haki god. It would maintain a balance between the four Yonkō: Big Mom- Paramecia, Blackbeard-logia, Kaido-Zoan, Shanks has no fruit (at least as of now). It looks that Shanks’ crew is entirely focused on using Haki as their primary weapon.
Shanks’ weapon will be the conqueror’s haki. So far we’ve seen the ability to knock people out, taming animals, break objects in a small area of effect, and those haki clashes between Luffy and Don Chinjao or Doffy. Dominating an animal shows them that you’re the leader of the pack. I think it’s a domination of will that allows you to knock someone out. I think the knock out ability is more useful than just a scrub destroyer.
We always see CoC clashes of Haki and I’m guessing that there is a power dampening effect that still takes place even without knocking a person out. It’s just that this effect takes a lot of energy because you can’t just shoot out one burst like fodder, you have to exert continuous effort. I think this could be used to weaken someone else’s haki. I think this is one of those times when Haki meaning “will” or “spirit” matters, and that “Conqueror’s will” would be used to dampen another person’s defenses by conquering their will.