|“||Got your attention now. This is a wake up call to all the boring peace lovers, the half ass pirates, the fat-headed fools, and world government. The ignorant masses. We all must answer to the hand of fate. Zehahahahahaha! And fate has chosen me TO CONQUER THIS WORLD!!!||„|
|~ Blackbeard's message to the world.|
|“||The era where pirates dream of treasure will come to an end!? Yeah Right! Zehahahahaha! THE DREAMS OF PIRATES WILL NEVER END!!! AM I RIGHT!?||„|
|~ Blackbeard to Luffy and Zoro|
Marshall D. Teach, also known by his epithet ‘Blackbeard’, is the captain, later admiral, of the Blackbeard Pirates and one of the Yonko who rules over the second half of the Grand Line, the New World. He was once an ambitious former member of the Whitebeard Pirates, specifically in the second division led by Portgas D. Ace until he murdered the Fourth Division Commander, Thatch, to get his hands on a specific Devil Fruit before defecting the crew. That Devil Fruit was the Yami Yami no Mi, a Logia which affords him the power of darkness.
Being introduced as a cherry pie loving pirate who made an impact on Monkey D. Luffy in Jaya, Marshall "Blackbeard" D. Teach’s relevance to the story and One Piece world took a dramatic turn when he defeated Ace and turned him over to the Marines to secure a position as one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. However, he briefly held this newfound status before resigning upon entering Impel Down during the Marineford War and recruited some high-bounty pirates into his crew, then headed to Marineford during the climax of the war, to kill a weakened Whitebeard together with his crew, somehow taking Whitebeard’s Gura Gura no Mi power for his own, before departing after Shanks' arrival. Two years later, it is revealed that he took over Whitebeard's territory and position as one of the Four Emperors. He and his crew are now searching for high-level Devil Fruit users to kill so they can steal their powers.
He is very notable for becoming a Warlord with a former bounty of 0, having been almost completely unknown beforehand. However, after becoming an Emperor, he's revealed to have racked up a bounty of 2,247,600,000 berries—the 5th highest known bounty in the series.
Many of One Piece’s characters have their own distinct laughter. Blackbeard follows this tradition by starting his laughs with “Ze” (i.e. Zehahahahahaha!)
Powers and Stats
Tier: At least 7-A, possibly High 7-A | Likely 6-B
Name: Marshall D. Teach, commonly known as "Blackbeard"
Origin: One Piece
Age: 38 (Pre-Timeskip) | 40 (Post-Timeskip)
Classification: Human, Pirate, Admiral of the Blackbeard Pirates, Yonkou, Former Shichibukai, Former Member of the Whitebeard Pirates, Logia and Paramecia Devil Fruit User
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Haki (Armament and Observation user), Flintlock pistol and Claw user, Proficient Hand-to-Hand Combatant, Darkness Manipulation, Absorption, Gravity Manipulation, BFR, Black Hole Creation, Power Nullification (Can nullify the Devil Fruit abilities of others by touching them), Limited Power Absorption (Can absorb Devil Fruit abilities, but only demonstrated the power to take the ability of a dead DF user and has only shown the capacity to have two fruit abilities so far) | Same as before, Vibration Manipulation with Gura Gura no Mi (Absorbed Whitebeard's devil fruit, which gives the ability to generate powerful shock waves by emitting vibrations), Air Manipulation (Can use air-quakes through cracking the air and sending shock waves through the air as a result), Water Manipulation (His shockwaves are able to create large tsunamis), Weather Manipulation (His shockwaves are able to affect the sky, bringing great storms) and Earth Manipulation (With his power he can tilt the ground), Limited Durability Negation (His vibrations can pass through the opponent's body, affecting them internally), Minor Resistance to Heat Manipulation
Attack Potency: At least Mountain level+, possibly Large Mountain level (Fought and defeated Portgas D. Ace, nearly breaking his neck with a single strike. Could hurt Whitebeard, though this is an unreliable feat as the latter was on the verge of death from hundreds of previously accumulated injuries. After acquiring the Gura-Gura no mi, he became even stronger.) | Likely Country level (Scaling from the 3 other Yonko of his era, he should not be much weaker than them. He was also confirmed to have bested Marco and the rest of the WB commanders. It was described as being completely one-sided, and a humiliating loss for the WB pirates), can negate durability with internal vibrations.
Speed: At least Massively Hypersonic+ (Kept up with Ace without missing a beat in their battle, and also intercepted Gear 2nd Luffy mid-attack with Kurouzu), possibly Relativistic+ (Parried Whitebeard's attacks and fought Sengoku off-screen) | Relativistic+ (Defeated Marco. Should be comparable to his Yonko peers)
Lifting Strength: At least Class G | Class T
Striking Strength: At least Mountain Class+, Possibly Large Mountain Class (Physically stronger than Ace, as he nearly broke his neck in a single strike despite being staggered by an attack) | Likely Country Class
Durability: At least Mountain level+, possibly Large Mountain level (Tanked many blows from Ace) | Likely Country level (Should not be much weaker than the Yonko)
Stamina: Very high, fought Ace for an extended period of time while sustaining several attacks yet displayed no signs of strain or fatigue, also endured Magellan's poison and recovered completely after receiving an antidote, was still going strong after fighting with Sengoku when the Marineford Battle concluded
Range: Potentially kilometers with his darkness powers (Covered a town with darkness and during the final clash with Ace their powers towered several mountains) | Likely hundreds of kilometers with his powers (Hinted to have the same powers as Whitebeard)
Standard Equipment: Several flintlock pistols
Intelligence: Adept fighter (Was considered Whitebeard Commander caliber by virtue of his basic combat prowess, before he ate the Yami Yami no Mi) with decades of battle experience in the grim and feral New World, very cunning and ruthless, schemed against the Whitebeard pirates, leads his own pirate crew, quickly learned to access and use the Yami Yami no Mi efficiently after eating it, was able to utilize the Gura Gura no Mi to a significant extent moments after absorbing it)
Weaknesses: Standard Devil Fruit users weaknesses. He's overconfident in his abilities and inclined to underestimate opponents, the Yami Yami no Mi does not give him access to an elemental state where he can disperse, reform and regenerate, his gravity powers has the perpetual consequence that things such as his opponents attacks are attracted to him, which increases the power of the attacks and consequently the damage he takes from them
Yami Yami no Mi (Darkness-Darkness Fruit): A Logia type Devil Fruit, this fruit allows the user to control gravity (can use this ability to irresistibly pull the opponent to them, regardless in what state they're in), nullify Devil Fruit abilities by simply touching an opponent and absorb physical matter, energy as well as attacks of any type by sucking it into darkness. It can also absorb the abilities of at least one other Devil Fruit for personal use. It is not known whether more can be obtained in this manner.
- Black Hole: Blackbeard creates a curtain of darkness that can spread over a large area and suck everything into another dimension, crushing it.
- Liberation: After using Black Hole, Blackbeard expels all of the matter he sucked in, usually reduced to debris.
- Kurouzu: Also known as Dark Vortex, Blackbeard creates a gravitational pull to suck an enemy towards him (usually so he can use his Devil Fruit canceling abilities on them).
- Devil Fruit Absorption: Blackbeard has demonstrated the power to take the ability of a deceased Devil Fruit user. However, he has so far only shown the capacity to have two fruit abilities at any given time. Requirements for this seem to be a dead Devil Fruit user.
Gura Gura no Mi (Tremor-Tremor Fruit): A Paramecia type Devil Fruit that turns the user into a Quake Human, allowing the user to create vibrations (or "quakes"). This fruit's major strength is that it allows the user to generate massive vibrations, or shock waves, which can travel though virtually any medium, including the ground, the seafloor, or even in the air. The different techniques Blackbeard have so far demonstrated with it are listed below (note: since Blackbeard haven't named any of his moves with the Gura Gura no Mi, the names used are simply placeholders, to distinguish the techniques from each other).
- Kaishin: Blackbeard swings his arm (or arms) and literally cracks the air itself, sending devastating shock waves through the air in the direction it is facing. These shock waves are able to pass through and damage almost any substance, literally tearing it apart. The shock waves can also be sent into the sea, generating huge tsunamis, and can be used in conjunction with physical attacks in close-quarter-combat.
- Shima Yurashi: Blackbeard grabs the air around him as if it were tangible and pulls it, causing the area around him to shift. Using this, he was capable of tilting the entire island of Marineford and the sea around it.
Note: Current Blackbeard is still featless, so it is unknown how powerful he exactly is, he only has powerscaling from Old Whitebeard to determine how powerful he is for now until he get's more feats.
Key: Pre-Timeskip | Post-Timeskip