The Difference Between Ancient, Mythical, and Artificial Zoan Devil Fruits
Devil’s fruits are known to be the treasure of the sea in the A piece world and they are one of the greatest sources of energy in the series, if not the greatest. Introduced quite early in the story, Devil Fruits only got more complex over time. While Luffy’s Gomu Gomu no Mi was considered one of the few such powers, over time a whole new world of abilities opened up. By the time the Straw Hat Pirates entered Grand Line, it was clear that there was more than one class of Devil Fruit.
By the Alabasta arc it was already established that Devil Fruits are divided into three main types – Paramecia, Zoan and Logia. While all Devil Fruit classes are special in their own way, none of them show as much diversity as the Zoan class, whose powers are based on transforming into animals.
The Zoan class was first introduced in the Drum Island arc of A piece, Dalton and Tony Tony Chopper being the first two users of these Devil Fruit. As evidenced by their powers, these Devil Fruits allow users to shapeshift into an animal at will, and as such, Zoan-type Devil Fruits grant great strength, power, speed, recovery rate, and any other type physical boost that one can think of. A special ability of the Zoans is being able to shift into a Hybrid or Man-Beast form. As its name suggests, this form allows the user to retain their human body but with the animal characteristics and powers offered by their Devil Fruits.
Compared to other Devil Fruits, the Zoan class is quite unique in that there are special subtypes of this class that were slowly introduced throughout history. In the Sabaody Archipelago arc, fans were introduced to the very first subclass, called Ancient Zoan, by none other than X Drake, one of the members of the 11 Supernovas.
What are the Ancient Zoan Devil Fruits?
Elder Zoans are special Zoan Devil Fruits that function like regular Zoans, however, instead of offering the powers of any animal, they offer the powers of Ancient Beasts. Ancient Zoans are quite rare in the world of A piece and are known to be much stronger than regular Zoans. As expected, these Devil Fruits offer far superior strength in combat and, even more surprisingly, their recovery rate is known to be off the charts. Elder Zoans can recover from any injury quite quickly, and their incredible stamina helps them keep fighting for longer. X Drake’s Ryu Ryu no Mi, Model: Allosaurus was the first Ancient Zoan to be introduced in history. In the Wano Country arc, fans got to see many more former Zoans among the Kaido’s Beasts pirates. The All-Stars and Tobiroppo were both strictly comprised of Ancient Zoan Devil Fruit users.
What are Zoan’s mythical Devil Fruits?
Known to be the rarest type of devil fruit worldwide from A piece, the Mythical Zoan is up there with the strongest powers to exist in history. As their name suggests, these Zoan Devil Fruits offer the powers of mythical creatures, which makes them incredibly unique. Fans first got to see them in action during the Marineford arc where Marco showed off the power of his Tori Tori no Mi, Model: Phoenix, a devil fruit that allows him to transform into Phoenix and his hybrid. at will. The arc also showed fans a glimpse of another Mythical Zoan user in Sengoku, the Navy Fleet Admiral. His power, called the Hito Hito no Mi, Model: Daibutsu allows him to become a giant golden Buddha at will.
Along with having each of their physical attributes augmented to dizzying levels, the Mythical Zoans also offer a unique ability to their users. Marco’s Phoenix powers give him the ability to use the blue regeneration flames with which he can heal himself from every injury. Likewise, the Buddha of Sengoku holds the ability to produce shockwaves from his palms. There are only a few other Mythical Zoan users in the story and they include Kaido, Yamato, Orochi, Catarina Devon, all of whom also have special powers bestowed upon them.
What Are Zoan Devil Artificial Fruits?
Along with having two super-powerful subclasses, the Zoans have yet another subclass that was created by man, hence the name “Artificial Zoan Devil Fruits”. So far, the attempt to create artificial Zoan Devil fruit has been made twice. Vegapunk, the genius Navy scientist, created an artificial Zoan Devil Fruit using Kaido’s bloodline factor. Using it, he was able to create an artificial Zoan Devil Fruit with the exact same powers as Kaido’s Uo Uo no Mi, Model: Seiryu (the only difference being the color of the dragon). Surprisingly, Vegapunk called this Devil Fruit a failure, however, Momonosuke seems to be able to put all his powers to good use.
The second attempt at creating artificial Zoan Devil fruit was made by Caesar Clown. Using a chemical called SAD, Caesar was able to mass-produce these fruits, called SMILEs, with the powers of various animals. However, the powers they offer are very different from those of regular Zoans. Instead of allowing users to transform into animals and animal hybrids, these fruits transform their bodies into animals or animal parts. For example, Holdem of the Beasts Pirates has a lion’s head on its stomach that thinks independently, and he can’t turn it off. Others, like Sheepshead, could turn his arms into sheep’s horns instead of the sheep itself. Obviously, Caesar’s artificial Zoans pose a considerable risk, which is why Kaido only uses it on the lower class members of his crew.
Additionally, the SMILEs created by Caesar only have a 10% success rate, which means only one in 10 eaters get their power. 9s that do not gain any powers are still affected by standard devil fruit weaknesses, such as not being able to swim and having a weakness for sea stone. joy, meaning all they can do is laugh even when they don’t want to.
Clearly, Zoans remain the most diverse and arguably the most underrated Devil Fruit class. A piece. With their incredible power explored to the fullest in the Land of the Wa arc, fans finally see what makes them truly special and why the best of them are up there with the strongest of the Logia and Paramecia.
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