The internationally beloved series One Piece, which is soon getting a Netflix adaptation, has been going for over 20 years now, since 1997. It’s a world-wide hit and one of the best stories of our time, at least we think so. The adventures of Monkey D Luffy and his crew, The Strawhat Pirates, is one that keeps us eternally interested, especially in their pursuit of the exalted treasure called One Piece.
But, what exactly is Gol D. Roger’s treasure he left behind that started the Pirate Age? Well, author Eiichiro Oda has left plenty of hints as to what it might be or what it might be about, so let’s take a look at some of our favorites.
10. Crocus Knowing So Much About Raftel
Crocus, the lighthouse keeper of Reverse Mountain and caretaker of the whale Laboon, is more important than you would’ve thought. Crocus is a very accomplished doctor, as he’s the one Gol D. Roger brought onto his crew to help the Pirate King keep his terminal disease at bay. Crocus has been to the end of the Grand Line with Roger and even set foot on Raftel. His explanation of the final island and the weight of which he puts importance on that place should’ve given the audience a clue that this doctor and what he knows is more important than we would’ve thought.
9. A “Funny Guy” Like Joy Boy Made Weapons Of Mass Destruction?
So, everyone wants the pirates of this age to believe that One Piece is a “treasure” as in a physical thing of monetary value. The Marines and World Government especially want the mass populace to think that Pirates are only in pursuit of money and gold. But, from what we’ve learned about the ancient civilization and the man full of mysteries called Joy Boy, that doesn’t match up. Especially the three great weapons the Poneglyphs talk about. If Joy Boy was aiming to save Fishman Island if he made peace in Skypiea, and if his treasure was so funny that it made Roger himself laugh, why would he make weapons? It just doesn’t line up with his supposed character.
8. The Entirety Of Professor Clovers Dying Speech
So, up until the flashback all about Robin’s tragic past in Ohara, most readers/viewers just thought One Piece was about pirates hunting for the biggest pile of treasure. After this, however, even casual fans started to ask questions. Dr. Clover, the genius investigating the Poneglyphs with his team, gave one final lecture to the World Government itself about what they knew.
This is the first time we really hear about the so-called “Ancient Civilization” that was defeated and erased from history by most likely the people we know now as the World Government. This was Oda’s big hint that the One Piece itself would probably be more grandiose and important than a simple pile of money.
7. Madam Shyarly’s Prophecy About Luffy Destroying Fishman Island
If you’ve ever read any One Piece fan theories than you’ve probably come across the Red Line destruction theory. We suggest you read up on it here, as it’s the most commonly-accepted theory and many fans have accepted that the ending of One Piece will probably be something similar. Part of the theory states that both the destruction of Reverse Mountain and Fishman Island (at least the land directly above it) is required for the plan. So, Madam Shyarly’s prediction that Luffy will be the catalyst for the destruction of Fishman Island actually makes a lot more sense now.
6. How All Blue Is All Of The Oceans Coming Together
All of the Strawhat Pirates have a sort of “endgame” goal they want to reach by the end of the Grand Line. Sanji, their cook, in particular, wants to find a place called All Blue. All Blue, for those unaware, is folklore about a part of the ocean where the fish and underwater fauna from all 6 oceans comes together.
Well, going back to the Red Line destruction theory, blowing up the Redline would cause massive whirlpools that would congregate all the oceans to fill said hole, creating an All Blue. This was our clue that either the Red Line wasn’t always there and All Blue was passed down as a story of how things used to be, or that All Blue somehow had to be a result of whatever the One Piece is.
5. The Absurdity Of Brook Restarting A Grand Line Adventure
And, going back to the Humming Swordsman Brook, the guy has had a long adventure. Thanks to his Devil Fruit, he’s alive again and in full control of his soul and bones. Getting his skeleton body back to the beginning of the Grand Line to re-unite with Laboon is his ultimate goal. He could send a letter or picture at least, but we’ll look past it.
In any case, going through the Entire Grand Line then restarting the Journey to see Laboon seems a bit roundabout. It doesn’t really make sense to start NG+ just to see the first boss then leave, right? But, what if Reverse Mountain was no more?
4. Noah’s Arc On Fishman Island And Its Purpose
An overarching plot is a goal or story that plays a part in every single narrative event, all the way up until the end. The mystery of One Piece, the Will of D, the ancient civilization, the goal of becoming the pirate king, and the mystery of the Void Century are all examples of this. And, Noah’s Arc made by Joy Boy and placed in Fishman Island is part of the mystery relating to One Piece. This tells us that Joy Boy planned to move everyone from Fishman Island for some reason, and we can only assume it has to do with One Piece.
3. How The Poneglyphs Point To Raftel
There have been multiple hints throughout the odyssey that is One Piece that the Poneglyphs lead to Raftel. Basically, they’re a puzzle and each one is a different piece. Once you get to Raftel, the Poneglyphs are meant to be read as a single text and they probably light the way towards actually reaching the island.
The Rio Poneglyph that Nico Robin is searching for could very well be the One Piece that Roger was alluding to. History plays a big part in One Piece, so these themes could all very well be subtle clues to the fact that the True Text is what we needed all along.
2. The Will Of D And What It Stands For
The letter D holds a lot of significance in One Piece. Why the phrase “The Will of D” brings so many mysteries to the mind that we can’t even begin to list them out. But basically, it seems that all of the most influential people in the series seem to have a D for their middle initial. These are also people that tend to pursue freedom and their own dreams at any cost.
But, what could the “D” stand for? It could be short for “Devils” — a name that the World Government could’ve given to the Ancient Civilization while persecuting them. It could be Dragon, hence why Luffy’s dad takes up the name. In either case, it’s obvious that this mysterious band of people is related to the endgame in a major way.
1. Roger’s Laugh And His Naming Of “Raftel”
The Pirate King’s response to finding the end of the Grand Line was our biggest clue that it wasn’t something material or basic. It isn’t gold, it isn’t fame, and it probably has to do with the “truth” of the world of One Piece. Why do we think that?
Because Roger just sat and laughed! According to him, it was a funny story, and it’s why he named the final island “Laugh Tale.” But, was this a somber laugh? A happy one? Or maybe just a man laughing at the fact that he found the truth of the world, but doesn’t have enough time to do anything about it.
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