One Piece’s Elbaf arc may not be right after Egghead, and for good reason

Devoted One Piece followers have been anxiously anticipating the Elbaf arc, a highly-anticipated plot that promises to uncover long-awaited revelations about the Void Century and delve further into the intricacies of the series.

Despite initial speculation that the next arc would be Elbaf, the direction of the Egghead Island arc suggests that this may not be the case. In fact, it is increasingly likely that the Straw Hats will first travel to the island of Sphinx before ultimately reaching the fabled land of the giants.

Aftermath of the Egghead Island Arc in One Piece

The Gorosei (Image via Toei Animation)
The Gorosei (Image via Toei Animation)

Despite the Straw Hats’ attempts to flee Egghead Island, it is highly probable that the Gorosei, the elders of the World Government, will pursue them. These formidable enemies have been monitoring the Straw Hats for a significant period of time and have recently taken action against them and Dr. Vegapunk. Although they succeeded in defeating Dr. Vegapunk, it is almost certain that they will continue their pursuit of the Straw Hats for some time.

Despite the immense power and danger posed by the Gorosei, Luffy and Zoro refuse to shy away from a fight. As a result, it is highly likely that they will sustain injuries while battling the formidable group. This is further supported by Hawkins’ ominous prediction in the Wano arc that Zoro’s chances of survival in the coming month are only 19%, a statement that may ultimately prove to be accurate.

One Piece: Reunion at Sphinx Island

Marco, the Phoenix (Image via Toei Animation)
Marco, the Phoenix (Image via Toei Animation)

After evaluating the consequences of these battles on Luffy and Zoro, the Straw Hats may opt to make a pit stop at Sphinx Island before continuing on to Elbaf. This choice would be based on the need to find a safe haven to recuperate and seek aid from Marco the Phoenix.

Having Marco on Sphinx Island would be incredibly beneficial, as Chopper could utilize his expertise to tend to the injuries Luffy and Zoro sustained on Egghead Island. Additionally, this reunion would provide the Straw Hats with much-needed rest and recovery time, essential for their upcoming challenges in Elbaf.

One Piece: The Potential Roles of Marco and Miss Bakkin in the Upcoming Storyline

Sanji's conversation with Bartholomew Kuma (Image via Shueisha)
Sanji’s conversation with Bartholomew Kuma (Image via Shueisha)

Sanji’s previous encounter with Kuma on Thriller Bark may have played a significant role in the Straw Hats’ decision to make a stop at Sphinx Island. Given Sanji’s strong sense of honor and duty, it is likely that he will feel compelled to fulfill the promise he made during their conversation. This could potentially involve a tactical sabotage plan to disrupt the plans of the Gorosei and the Navy.

It is possible that this sabotage plan could overlap with the narratives involving Kaku, Stussy, Miss Bakkin, and Marco. Miss Bakkin and Marco are currently on their way to Egghead Island, while Stussy’s reunion with her past self could have a significant impact on the unfolding events. Furthermore, Kizaru’s hesitance to become more involved may result in him aiding Bonney’s escape, similar to Garp’s actions.

One Piece: The Blackbeard Pirates and Kizaru’s potential death

Van Augur (Image via Toei Animation)
Van Augur (Image via Toei Animation)

In the midst of the conflict on Egghead Island, it is probable that members of the Blackbeard Pirates, Van Augar and Catarina Devon, will use this opportunity to their advantage. As a result, there may be a clash between the Blackbeard Pirates and Kizaru, potentially putting Kizaru’s life at risk.

The Straw Hats’ journey towards Sphinx Island, where they would meet Marco and prepare for the upcoming showdown at Elbaf, was made possible by the events that unfolded. While staying on Sphinx Island, Luffy could take the opportunity to pay a visit to the graves of Ace and Whitebeard, a touching and emotional moment before the ultimate battle.

Dorry and Broggy (Image via Toei Animation)
Dorry and Broggy (Image via Toei Animation)

Additionally, the time spent on Sphinx Island would offer the Straw Hats and their comrades, such as Luffy, Marco, Dorry, and Broggy, the opportunity to partake in training and conversations regarding the impending war at Elbaf. Luffy might also choose to call upon the Grand Fleet, acknowledging their crucial assistance in the forthcoming showdown.

The Role of Holy Knights and the Great Cleansing in Upcoming One Piece Arc

Monkey D. Dragon speaks about the Holy Knights (Image via Toei Animation)
Monkey D. Dragon speaks about the Holy Knights (Image via Toei Animation)

During the Straw Hats’ time on Sphinx Island, the focus may shift to another nearby island where Shanks is engaged in a tense confrontation with Bartolomeo over the burning of his flag. It is possible that this encounter will be disrupted by one of the Holy Knights, the designated guardians of Mary Geoise and enforcers of the law.

The “Great Cleansing”, as mentioned by V. Nasjuro in chapter 908, is initiated with the arrival of the Holy Knights. Their main target is the Grand Fleet, leading to the commencement of the final war where Imu’s forces are fully engaged on the battlefield.


As the puzzle pieces come together, the focus of every faction will undoubtedly shift to Elbaf, the fabled land of the giants. This recognition will act as the driving force for the Elbaf saga, as the Straw Hats and their comrades ready themselves to converge at this crucial destination.

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