‘One Piece’: Goro Goro No Mi, explained

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Sometimes I daydream about having a superpower, and the one that often comes to mind is never needing to charge my phone. But even better would be the ability to control electricity itself. This thought naturally brings me to the Goro Goro No Mi from One Piece.

 

The Goro Goro No Mi in One Piece

The Goro Goro No Mi, or the Rumble-Rumble Fruit, first appeared in the Skypiea arc, which starts around episode 155. If you’re not following every detail of One Piece (and really, why aren’t you?), Skypiea is a fan-favorite arc known for its intricate world-building and intense battles. This arc introduces a sky-high realm and a self-proclaimed god, the villain who wields the Goro Goro No Mi.

 

What Does the Goro Goro No Mi Do?

The Goro Goro No Mi is a Logia-type Devil Fruit, one of the rarest classes in One Piece. Logia fruits allow users to transform into and control natural elements. The Goro Goro No Mi grants its user the power of electricity. This ability is not just for show; it’s perfect for everything from quick escapes to flashy party tricks, or even zapping someone who really deserves it.

When compared to other Logia fruits like the Mera Mera No Mi (Flame-Flame Fruit) or the Hie Hie No Mi (Ice-Ice Fruit), the Goro Goro No Mi stands out for its blend of offensive and defensive powers. The user can become electricity, making physical attacks pass through them, unless the attacker uses Haki, a special power that can counter Logia intangibility. The user can also generate and control electrical discharges, from small shocks to massive lightning bolts, and travel at the speed of lightning. Additionally, they can potentially sense their surroundings by emitting low-level electrical pulses.

Enel, the most notable user of the Goro Goro No Mi, has a god complex bigger than the Grand Line. Given the power to shoot lightning bolts, it’s easy to see why he might feel divine. Enel’s most terrifying attack, Raigo, creates a massive thundercloud capable of obliterating entire islands. He also has a high level of proficiency in Observation Haki (known as Mantra in Skypiea), which allows him to predict opponents’ moves and sense their presence, making him nearly invincible.

Enel’s character draws inspiration from mythological thunder gods like Zeus, Thor, and Raijin. His godlike persona and dominion over lightning pay homage to these deities.

Despite its immense power, the Goro Goro No Mi has its weaknesses. Like all Logia users, the intangibility can be countered by Haki. Additionally, rubber, a natural insulator, can completely negate its effects. This was highlighted during Enel’s battle with Luffy, whose rubber body made him immune to Enel’s electric attacks. Eventually, Luffy defeats Enel.

Undeterred, Enel continues his delusions of grandeur by using his flying ark, the Maxim, to travel to the moon. His story expands in the cover series Enel’s Great Space Operations, where he discovers an ancient city and small robot-like beings on the moon, continuing his adventures in space.

In conclusion, while the power of the Goro Goro No Mi is formidable, its vulnerabilities and Enel’s character arc add depth and intrigue to the One Piece universe.