One Piece Arc Tier List

One Piece is a Japanese anime television series and manga which is illustrated and written by Eiichiro Oda who is well known in the anime and manga industry. In July 1997, Shueisha’s shonen manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump began serializing One-piece. As of now, One-piece has a total of 1013 episodes and 1046 manga chapters and is still going on and is nowhere to be expected to end before 3 to 4 years. When it comes to One Piece many anime fans hesitate to start because it’s a very long anime and is still ongoing but many One Piece fans including me say that if you just start One piece there is no going back, you will start binge-watching and complete at least a one season every night. One piece is a never-ending journey and a roller coaster of emotions. It will keep you connected from beginning to end. One Piece has a total of 31 arcs which are divided into 9 different sagas which tend to represent the Straw Hats’ aims and/or foes across various islands. I’m running down my ranking of the arcs in the One Piece arc tier list from best to worst in five categories. This tier list will only focus on anime and I’ll be avoiding manga spoilers for the anime-only fans.

The general ranking of the arcs in this tier list is my personal opinion, and I understand that tier lists are a subjective matter and that the hierarchy of the arcs may well not match your expectations.  This tier list, as well as the overall rating of arcs, is open to debate but not to criticism. I have divided the 31 arcs across One Piece into five tiers; S, A, B, C, and D tiers. Let’s start listing down the arcs and see which arcs are the best and worst in One piece.

S-Tier

Greatest Arcs of One Piece
The Greatest arcs of One Piece!

S ranking is the first tier in this tier list and is usually interpreted as “superb” or “super,” and it is the highest ranking. This tier of the One Piece arc tier list consists of five arcs that are also favorites among all the fans of the fandom. The arcs in this tier have a very huge impact on the story and amazing fights with good animations. They each do important worldbuilding and stake setting work and introduce some of the most enduringly loveable characters of One piece.

Wano  Country Arc

The Wano country arc, which follows the Levely arc, is the thirty-first arc in the series and the fourth in the Four Emperor saga of One Piece, and it is still ongoing continuing from the Whole Cake Island arc. In Wano land, the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai-Alliance assembled to prepare for the war against the Beast Pirates. The Alliance attacks Onigashima to defeat Kaidou and Big Mom’s allied forces, all while alliances alter on all sides of the siege. Kozuki Oden’s history and ties to Wano Country, Whitebeard, and Gol D. Roger are revealed, Meanwhile, the world has changed dramatically as a result of the recent Levely summit. The Wano country arc has a huge impact on the story and has major battles as it is an arc against the two biggest emperors of the sea and it introduced us to a new straw hat pirate, Jinbe, the first son of the sea. The whole world is affected by what is happening in the Wano country, it is the biggest war in the history of one piece, who knows maybe the Navy will interfere at the end of the Wano country as well. We saw major power-ups for the straw hat pirates in this arc like we never saw before especially for Monkey D. Luffy.

We finally get to know about the history of the Roger pirates who were the first pirates who got to Laughtale, the last Island, and their bond with the Whitebeard Pirates. The history of Wano country is beautiful, it tells us the story of how Kozuki Oden who was the son of the Shogun of Wano was making Wano country a better place and open to the entire world. He wanted to travel the world, so left the Wano country with Whitebeard Pirates but when Kozuki Oden was away Orochi made an alliance with Kaido and became the Shogun of the Wano country in the absence of Oden. When he came back The Beast pirates were in complete control of the country and he had to fight with them with his retainers but died while protecting his retainers. There are still a lot of stories left to cover in this arc and who knows what Oda has in store for us. For me, this is the best arc and an easily S-tier arc and I’ll put it on the top of my One Piece arc tier list.

Marine Ford Arc

The Marine Ford storyline, usually known as the Paramount War arc, is the series’ twenty-second story arc and the fourth in the Summit War Saga, after the Impel Down arc. The plot of the arc Is that after Luffy and the other Impel Down Prison escapees, including Jinbe, Ivankov, Crocodile, Buggy, and others, who were unable to reach Ace before being moved to Marineford, instead of following his brother to Marineford, the headquarters of the Marine. With the odds stacked against him, the looming threat of Whitebeard, and the hidden agendas of pirates seeking to overthrow the Emperor, Luffy fights to stay alive in this tremendous battle for survival. It covers 31 manga chapters that were later adapted into anime in 33 episodes. Before the Wano country arc, this was by far the best arc of One Piece among many fans. In this arc, the Navy wanted to execute Ace, the captain of the second division of Whitebeard Pirates but Whitebeard the captain himself arrives at Marineford to save ace. Between the Whitebeard Pirates and the Navy, it was a full-fledged war. All the admirals and the fleet admiral were there to fight with Whitebeard Pirates even the Shichibukai pirates were there to stop them from interfering. Whitebeard attacked first with his Gura Gura no Mi devil fruit which causes tsunamis that threaten to swallow the whole Marineford.

In this arc, Ace’s secret was revealed that he is the son of Gol D. Roger, the king of the pirates, and Portgas D. Rogue which was quite shocking to the fans because many fans just only saw him as Luffy’s brother. Luffy arrives at Marineford with other Impel Down escaped prisoners falling from the sky. He stood side by side with Whitebeard to save his brother. The Whitebeard pirates reached the plaza to stop Ace’s execution. Luffy emerges from the water and strikes the three admirals with the mast but did not affect them. Whitebeard proceeded to aid Luffy and fights the admiral and was attacked by many Marine officers. Luffy unexpectedly unleashed Conqueror’s Haki and knocks every Marine officer around him and freed Ace from his chain but after that immediately Ace died saving Luffy from Akanu’s blow in his chest which was intended for Luffy. Whitebeard defeated Akainu but Blackbeard came and finished him off in his injured state and stole his devil fruit which was a new thing for us and still it’s not explained how he was able to do that. The Whitebeard Pirates were ready to fight Marines and Blackbeard Pirates but Shanks came to the Marineford and stopped the war. The greatness of this arc has made it part of the S Tier of our One Piece arc tier list.

Dressrosa Arc

After the Punk Hazard Arc, the Dressrosa arc is the series’ twenty-seventh story arc and the second and last arc of One Piece’s Dressrosa Saga. The plot of the arc is that after forming an alliance and capturing Caesar Clown, the Straw Hats and Trafalgar Law proceed to Dressrosa with Kin’emon in the second step of their plan to assassinate the nation’s monarch, Warlord of the Sea Donquixote Doflamingo. However, when their acts collide unexpectedly with those of bigger forces at play, they set in motion a series of world-changing events. Dressrosa is the Straw Hats’ second island in the New World, but their third since the time skip. It covers 102 chapters which were later adapted into anime in 118 episodes. The impact of the arc that this story has on One piece is significant. Sabo, Luffy’s second long-lost brother who was expected dead made a return in this arc and won Ace’s devil fruit in the corrida colosseum. A new admiral Fujitora who replaced Aokoji was introduced.

We get to see Law’s past with Corazon which was very emotional and made many fans cry. Law and Luffy fought with the captain of Donquixote Pirates Doflamingo but Law was beaten to death Luffy got a power-up, Gear 4 which fans were waiting for so long. The Straw Hat Pirates defeated the Donoquixote Pirates which made Marine increase their bounties which was a big buff to them and became a big threat to Marine. Straw Hat Pirates saved Dressroa from Donoquixote Pirates and turned all puppets into humans again by defeating Sugar. At the end of this arc Straw Hat’s grand fleet was formed as they leave Dressrosa. The clobberings of Doflamingo by Luffy are the most satisfying in the entire series that’s why I rate it this in the S-tier of the One Piece arc tier list.

Enies Lobby Arc

The Enies Lobby arc is the series’ sixteenth story arc and the third and final arc in the Water 7 saga, after the Water 7 arc. The plot of the arc is that to save Nico Robin and Franky, the Straw Hats, Sogeking, the Franky Family, and the Galley-La Company shipwrights converge at Enies Lobby aboard Rocketman. However, the World Government’s soldiers, notably its lethal assassin group, CP9, stand in their way. When Luffy declares war on the World Government by having its flag blown down by Sogeking, a major fight follows between the two sides. On the Grand Line, the Straw Hat Pirates come across Enies Lobby as their eighth island in Grand Line.

This arc also acts as a stepping stone for each of the Straw Hats, since they all gain strength in some manner. Luffy powered up and introduced Gear 2 against Blueno and used both Gear 2 and 3 in the final fight against Rob Lucci and beat him to death. The buster call arrived at Enies Lobby by Spandam to destroy everything but Luffy splits the warship in half and Going Merry arrived to save them. The Straw Hats also bid farewell to their favorite ship, the Going Merry, along with Robin’s past made many fans cry in this arc. This arc is about the worldbuilding surrounding Cipher Pol, combined with the emotional drama to reach and rescue Robin from both Cipher pol and herself. This arc has banger fights of all the Straw Hats. Usopp, Shoot that flag scene made me scream physically and is still one of the best scenes of the anime. This arc deserves a solid place in the S-tier of the One Piece arc tier list.

Whole Cake Island Arc

The Whole Cake Island arc has many names in the fandom known as the Sanji Retrieval arc and the Tea Party From Hell arc is the series twenty-ninth arc and the second in the Four Emperors Saga after the Zou arc. The plot of the arcs revolves around the retrieval team of Monkey D. Luffy, Nami, Tony Tony Chopper, Brook, Pekoms, Pedro, and Carrot, as well as the minks Pekoms, Pedro, and Carrot, travel to Whole Cake Island, the home of Big Mom of the Four Emperors. The Sanji Retrieval Team aims to save their crewmate Sanji from an arranged marriage with Charlotte Pudding, which was put up to establish a political alliance between the Charlotte and Vinsmoke families. During their mission, however, they become embroiled in a plan to assassinate Big Mom herself. The arc focuses on Sanji and his past storyline with his family in the North Blue.

The arc started with Luffy fighting with Charlotte Cracker in the seducing woods and defeating him with the help of Nami. After escaping from seducing woods Luffy met Sanji but he refuses to rejoin Luffy and attacked him and decided to marry Charlotte Pudding but got heartbroken after learning the truth about the wedding which was only to kill the Vinsmoke family and get their advance scientific equipment. Luffy allied with the fire tank pirates and planned to crash the wedding and save Sanji and his family by going after Big Mom’s head and making the wedding chaos. In the end, Luffy clashed with Katakuri the strongest of Big Mom pirates, defeating him with the help of a new form of Gear 4, Snakeman, and escaped with Sanji while Jinbe and Vinsmoke’s family stayed behind to protect the vanguard.

In this arc, it was our first taste of what an Emperor’s power looks like and it took the One Piece’s action to a whole new level to extreme intensity. This transformational story arc takes what had become One Piece’s most stagnant, one-dimensional character, and builds Sanji into the most interesting and dynamic character. This arc is the next-level comedy but also the next-level tragedy which makes Whole Cake island a complete package that’s why I had to crank it up to a place at the S-tier of the One Piece arc tier list.

A-Tier

Best Arcs of One Piece
The best arcs of One piece!

A-tier is an above-average tier where I placed the One Piece arcs which are the best but lack some potential in the storytelling and the Overall details in the arc. Some of the arcs placed in this list could be an S-tier for many fans as it is subjective. This tier consists of seven arcs that I think are good but not worthy enough to be put into the S-tier of the One Piece arc tier list.

Arabasta Arc

The Arabasta arc is the series’ eleventh story arc and the fifth and final arc in the Arabasta saga after the Drum Island arc. It covers 63 chapters that were later adapted into anime in 39 episodes. The plot of the arc is that before a massive fight breaks out between the kingdom’s royal guards and the rebels, the Straw Hats arrive in the desert kingdom of Arabasta and begin their race through the land to reach Alubarna. However, Mr. 0 and the surviving Baroque Works officer agents, the genuine perpetrators of the conflict, stand in their way of achieving their objective. On Sandy Island, the fourth island encountered by the Straw Hat Pirates in the Grand Line is the kingdom of Arabasta. King Nefertari Cobra rules over a desert region empire. It is not as good as the ones on the S Tier thus it was placed on the A Tier of our One Piece arc tier list.

This arc is Straw Hat’s first major arc after entering into the grand line where they fought with a Shichibukai, Crocodile. The arc is full of politics where the rebels of the Arabasta are fighting against Cobra to overthrow the Arabasta’s government under the influence of the  Crocodile. This arc is a brilliant combination of political intrigue set in the desert and theatrical Egpytophile fantasy adventure. For the first time, we got a taste of global government and Shichibukai’s authority, as the forces that dominate One Piece’s universe became obvious. The arc comes with a thrilling emotionally charged and sharply written storyline that defines what it means to become a Straw Hat.

Impel Down Arc

The Impel Down arc is the series’ twenty-first story arc and the third arc in the Summit War saga after the Amazon Lily arc. It covers 25 chapters that were later adapted into anime in 27 episodes. The plot of the arc revolves around Luffy putting his search for his crew on hold to save his brother Ace from the Impel Down underwater jail. He succeeds to penetrate the prison with the help of Boa Hancock. However, achieving his goal and fleeing the horrible prison may be more difficult said than done. This arc is a type of prison break-style arc where Luffy met his former enemies in the prison and breaks free from Impel Down.

It has a nonstop escalation action of Luffy charging down recklessly to the different levels of the prison to save his brother, Ace.  The villain of this arc, Magellan has one of the strongest devil fruit in One piece, Venom-Venom fruit defeated Luffy by covering his head to toe in poison. The arc brings back minor villains from the past arc to act as a replacement crew for Luffy as he is on his right now. The real MVP of this arc is Luffy’s, unofficial bro, Mister 2 Bon Clay who stayed behind to fight Magellan so Luffy and the other prisoners can escape from Impel Down. Luffy and 241 other prisoners fled on that day, causing Impel Down to suffer its worst defeat and humiliation in its history.

Skypiea Arc

The Skypiea arc is the series’ thirteenth story arc and the second and last of two in the Sky Island Saga after the Jaya arc. It covers 66 chapters that were later adapted into anime in 43 episodes. The plot of the arc is that the Straw Hats came to the sky island Skypiea in pursuit of treasure, only to discover that the island is under threat from Enel, the cruel “god.” In this arc, the straw hats sent the god Enel straight to the moon. This arc is amazing for a variety of reasons. For one, the environment is ideal for the visual of ancient rotting jungle ruins floating in the sky. The action is fast-paced when we see the Haki for the first time. The plot takes several unexpected turns in both the present and the past, and the primary villain is one of the most fearsome and unforgettable in the whole series. The lore of the void century was recorded on a Poneglyph discovered in the ruins of Shandora, and we learned that the Rio Poneglyph, which is located on the final island, Laugh Tale, contains the whole lost history of the One Piece world.

Post War Arc

The Summit War Saga’s Post War arc is the twenty-third story arc in the series and the fifth and last in the Summit War Saga. After this arc, the plot of One Piece is covered for half. It covers 17 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 26 episodes of anime. The death of Whitebeard has shocked the globe, producing chaos on a worldwide scale. Luffy’s mind and body are in bad shape after not only infiltrating and leaving Impel Down, beating the Marines and Warlords of the Sea at Marineford but also having his objectives ruined by Ace’s death. Boa Hancock escorted the Heart Pirates and the rest of Luffy’s friends to Amazon Lily, where he can rest in peace. Sengoku discovers that the World Government is pursuing disturbing actions while the Marines recover from their big fight.

Luffy begins to accept the death of his brother Ace, which sparks a flashback of the first time he met Ace and his friend Sabo. Luffy realizes that he still has his crew after being consoled by Jinbe, and expresses his wish to see them again. Luffy, on the other hand, is visited by Silvers Rayleigh, who advises him to wait until he and his crew are ready for the bigger challenges that lie ahead. Luffy informs his crew that they must wait two years before returning to the Sabaody Archipelago, so they all undertake their training in various regions until the time comes. The arc is compelling on so many levels, from the fascinating world-building of the Goa Kingdom in which Luffy and Ace grew up to the complex nuances of their and Sabo’s mutual brotherly love. This arc is a tearjerker and has one of the hardest-hitting moments of all One piece.

Zou Arc

The Zou arc is the twenty-eighth story arc in the series and the first in the Four Emperors Saga, which continues from the Dressrosa Saga. It covers 23 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 29 episodes of anime. The third island the Straw Hats encounter in the New World is Zou Island. The arc begins with The Straw Hats, Trafalgar Law, Kin’emon, and Kanjuro defeating Doflamingo and returning to Sanji and the others in Zou. When they arrive, however, they find that Sanji is entangled in a web of personal and political conflicts and that Zou is under siege by the Jack of the Beasts Pirates. All of this is in addition to the surprising discoveries about the Straw Hats’ ultimate goal: One Piece.

This arc is one of the best transitional arcs in the series. The fight in this series against Jack gives us a sense of what Straw Hats pirates are going up against when they plan to take down one of the four emperors, Kaido. It serves as a baseline for the Wano lore and the alliance between the Ninja, pirate, mink, and Samurai. The arc sets up the story for the next big Whole cake island arc when Capone Bege kidnaps Sanji and takes him to Big Mom. The information about the road Poneglyph and the route to the Last island, Laugh Tale was explained. The arc was very informative in terms of One Piece worldbuilding and deserves a safe spot at the A-tier of the One Piece arc tier list.

Sabaody Archipelago Arc

The Summit War Saga begins with the Sabaody Archipelago arc, which is the series’ twentieth story arc. It covers 24 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 21 episodes of anime. Sabaody Archipelago is the ninth island the Straw Hats visit on the Grand Line. In this plotline, which takes place in the titular archipelago, Luffy and his crew face off against a violent slave-trading ring that sells to the World Nobles. The Eleven Supernovas, a squad of eleven formidable rookie pirates, arrive while they’re there, hoping to get entrance to the New World through the archipelago as well.

Even though the Straw Hat Pirates had become formidable in their own right, they were all thoroughly crushed by great opponents like Admiral Kizaru, the Pacifista, Bartholomew Kuma, and Sentomaru throughout this arc. The arc is a wake-up call for our Straw Hats that how much more they have to grow if they are going to right the inherent injustice of Charlos or people like him existing or just barely surviving in the new world. It also offers us the first real insight into the deep, unforgivable injustice that drove the villain, Charlos in this arc.

Arlong Park Arc

The Arlong Park arc is the last on the A Tier of our One Piece arc tier list, often known as the Arlong arc, is the sixth East Blue Saga arc. It covers 27 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 14 episodes of anime. The plot of the arc starts after Roronoa Zoro, Usopp, and later Monkey D. Luffy and Sanji (together with Johnny and Yosaku) pursue Nami after she steals the Going Merry and ends up at Cocoyasi Village, Nami’s birthplace controlled by the tyrant Fish-Man Arlong. Nami’s history and real motivations are revealed here. Nami becomes the Straw Hat Pirates’ permanent navigator, preparing them to cross the Grand Line.

The Fish-Men are introduced as the series’ first non-human race. After this arc, the Luffy received his first bounty. This is the story arc in which the Straw Hats eventually come together as a cohesive crew. Their unshakable faith in one another is formed in this crucible. The story has a fascinating arc. From beginning to conclusion, an unstoppable snowball of progressively chaotic events. Arlong Park perfects the One Piece’s adventure

B-tier

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Average arcs of One Piece

The B-tier is an average tier where I placed those One Piece arcs that have a decent plot and a little worldbuilding. B-tier contains the highest number of arcs in this tier list. It includes eight arcs of the One-piece storyline but this doesn’t mean that One Piece is an average anime. The arcs that are mentioned in this tier of the One Piece arc tier list are mostly the introduction of the Straw Hats members and the introduction to the Redline. These arcs serve as a baseline or epilogue for future arcs.

Fishman Island Arc

Following the Return to Sabaody storyline, the Fishman Island arc is the twenty-fifth and final storyline in the Fishman Island Saga. Fishman Island is the twelfth island encountered by the straw hat in the Grand Line. It contains 51 manga chapters that were later adapted into 51 anime episodes. The Straw Hat Pirates are on their journey to Fishman Island after a two-year time jump, but there are many surprises in store for them while they sail to their undersea destination and much more once they arrive. Luffy formed a powerful alliance with the Fishmans and Princess Shirahoshi, an ancient weapon. The voice of all things was introduced, and it was subsequently established in future arcs that a large number of individuals throughout the world can hear the voices of inanimate objects and animals who do not speak human language. It is just a baseline arc and can’t compete with the upper-tier arcs in terms of the utmost importance thus we put it below on our One Piece arc tier list.

The arc has a lot of worldbuilding from One Piece, and the graphic approach is unique. Its past is as interesting as the people who live there. It went through the motions of sowing seeds for stronger narratives in the future. The battle on Fishman Island reveals the truth about certain crucial world-building details. Looking at Fishman Island was worthwhile since the preparatory work pays off in the long run and the arc provides valuable insight on the subjects of slavery and racism.

Punk Hazard Arc

The Dressrosa Saga continues from the Fishman Island arc with the Punk Hazar arc, which is the series’ twenty-sixth story arc. It covers 46 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 46 episodes of anime. The Straw Hats’ first meeting in the New World is with Punk Hazard. As soon as the Straw Hat Pirates arrive in the New World, they receive a distress call from a group of people on an island called Punk Hazard, reporting that they are being attacked by a samurai. Luffy launches out without hesitation for the scorching island, with Vice Admiral Smoker closely following. The Straw Hats quickly discover that they are not alone on the death-infested and deserted island, encountering a variety of new and familiar opponents as they investigate the island’s purpose. Punk Hazard has two sides: one that is frozen and one that is blazing. Dr. Vegapunk’s abandoned research facilities are situated on the island.

This arc serves as an introduction to the dangers that lay ahead in the New World beyond the red line, as well as Donquixote Doflamingo’s criminal empire’s next level of cruelty. Caesar Clown, the arc’s villain, is a monster who experiments on children and plays with poisons for the distorted delight of it. He offers the smile fruit, which has been central to the post-time-skip plot for the most part. This arc’s action is more than enough to keep it interesting and secure its place in the B-tier of our One Piece arc tier list.

Drum Island Arc

The Drum Island arc is the series’ tenth story arc and the fourth in the Arabasta Saga continuing from the Little Garden arc. It covers 25 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 14 episodes of anime. Drum Island is the third of the Grand Line’s islands that the Straw Hat Pirates visit. It is a winter island where it snows all year. When the team is forced to halt and seek medical attention for Nami, the story introduces the crew’s doctor, our precious pet, Tony Tony Chopper. It gives us a heavy dose of emotions through Chopper’s past with Dr. Hiriluk and showed us his dream to cure any illness.

The arc emphasizes the politics over an action. It still has plenty of action, a lot of comedy, and some creative winter themed creatures The arc is beyond just simply beating the bad guy, the driving force behind the plot is a social movement to throw off the oppressor and change an island’s self-contained society and this is what most of the arcs of One Piece are about.

Thriller Bark Arc

The Thriller Bark story arc is the eighth in the series and the first and only in the Thriller Bark Saga. It covers 48 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 45 episodes of anime. The plot of the arc starts after the Straw Hats arrive at Thriller Bark, a spooky island/ship in the Florian Triangle, where their shadows are taken by Warlord of the Sea Gecko Moria, and they must race to get them back before the sun rises. After beating Moria, another Warlord appears to exacerbate the Straw Hats’ predicament. The Straw Hats also get a new crew member in the form of Brook, a living skeleton who becomes their musician.

In this arc, all of the Straw Hats have a chance to show off their skills as a team against a giant evil zombie Luffy clone. This perfectly tuned default plotline has a bold feeling of identity ambiance thanks to the spooky mystery vibe plot and a heavily tinted, cartoon horror art style. The arc’s plot does not add much to One Piece’s overall plot, but it is a stand-alone adventure, which is why it is placed in the B-tier of our One Piece arc tier list.

Water 7 Arc

The Water 7 arc is the fifteenth story arc in the series and the second in the Water 7 saga. Water 7 is the seventh island visited by the Straw Hats in the Grand Line. It is an aquatic metropolis that was constructed on top of a sunken city. It covers 53 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 35 episodes of anime. The Straw Hats appear to be doing well until a strange group known as CP9 gets involved.

This arc is renowned for its significant use of narrative twists and unexpected storyline twists, as well as the major conflict within the Straw Hat crew. After this arc, Nico Robin, who has been traveling with the crew since the Arabasta storyline, finally joins them. The arc’s location provides fascinating insights into the crucial industries at the core of One Piece’s universe, as well as the skilled craftsmen who make sailing in this dangerous sea possible. We discover how the global government’s shadow overreach threatens their critical mission, and we learn about Franky’s history, which led to him becoming the Straw Hat Pirates’ Shipwright.

Levely Arc

The Levely arc is the thirty-first in the series and the third in the Four Emperors Saga, which began with the Whole Cake Island arc. It is the third last arc on our One Piece arc tier list. It has six chapters that were subsequently turned into 12 anime episodes. The story of the arc begins when the world learns of the Straw Hat Pirates’ efforts against the Big Mom Pirates, and nobility from all across the world comes for the Levely. In the meantime, the Revolutionary Army is planning its next move. The foundation for this arc was laid back in the early days of One Piece. Levely is a council meeting organized by the World Government, which is made up of 50 world leaders from the World Government’s 170 member states.

It’s more of a vignette narrative than the ones we see in One Piece. The events on Arabasta, Dressrosa, Drum Island and Fishman Island are key to it. The arc has many reveals, we get to see the five elders bowing down I’m whose identity is still unknown and holds the highest sovereignty within the world government.   Shanks also met with the five elders to discuss a specific pirate. The Revolutionary Army leaders are presented, and we see Monkey D. Dragon and Sabo plotting an invasion on the levely gathering to overthrow the global government. The arc is brief, but it contains a lot of elements that add to the worldbuilding of One Piece.

Romance Dawn Arc

The Romance Dawn arc is also known as the Captain Morgan arc is the series’ very first story arc and the first in the East Blue Saga. It covers 7 chapters that were later adapted into 4 episodes of anime. This arc combines three storylines into one. The first tells the story of Monkey D. Luffy’s Devil Fruit powers, as well as his motivation to become a pirate. The second narrative concerns his encounter with a little child named Koby and his assistance in rescuing him from a female pirate named Alvida. Luffy seeks to recruit the Pirate Hunter Roronoa Zoro to his crew in the final chapter while battling the Marine Captain Axe-Hand Morgan.

This arc is a beautifully effective beginning, establishing our key Straw Hat members of Luffy, Zoro, and Nami in just four episodes. Sets the stage for the series’ core worldbuilding concepts, notably Haki, over the following thousand episodes. The arc illuminates both sides of the series’ basic battle between centralized authority and piratical freedom, while also revealing how both power and freedom may be misused in Morgan and Alvida’s stories. Romance Dawn is a fantastic tiny taste of everything that makes One Piece so special. The author Oda has grown even better at writing later arcs, which is why it isn’t higher on this ranking.

Return to Sabaody arc

The Return to Sabaody arc, commonly known as the Straw Hats Reunion arc, is the twenty-fourth story arc in the series, the first in the Fish-Man Island Saga, as well as the first after the time, skip continuing from the Post War arc and the Summit War Saga. Two years have passed since the events of Marineford. It covers 5 chapters that were later adapted into 5 episodes of anime. It presents a complete story in only 5 chapters, with the Straw Hats’ attempts to rejoin after the time skip being challenged by a bunch of impersonators who profit off the Straw Hats’ pirate identity. Before moving on to their next major arc, each Straw Hat gets a chance to show off its new post-time-skip capabilities in this arc. It has a really fun excuse plot, with great hilarious characters moments from all of the Straw Hats.  The arc is not linked with any other arc of the Fish-Man island Saga and even if it did it would not rank up any further higher in my One Piece arc tier list.

C-tier

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Below average arcs of One Piece

The C-tier is a below-average tier where I placed most of those One Piece arcs that are part of the first two sagas of One Piece. These arcs lack suspense and competitive storytelling as compared to the other arcs in the series. This tier consists of seven arcs that are very similar to each other. Most of these arcs are informatory to their predecessor arcs which laid the groundwork for them but are somehow better than the last tier of this One Piece arc tier list.

Loguetown Arc

The Loguetown arc is the series’ sixth story arc and the final arc in the East Blue Saga after the Arlong Park arc. It covers 5 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into anime in 7 episodes. In this arc before proceeding to the Grand Line, the Straw Hat Pirates stopped in Loguetown, where Gol D. Roger was born and killed, to obtain supplies. A formidable Marine Captain, Smoker, and some old adversaries, on the other hand, stand in their way.

The arc did important worldbuilding and stake setting work and introduces some of the One piece’s most enduring loving characters. Luffy was about to get executed after getting his bounty by his arch-nemesis Buggy the clown but got saved by his father Monkey D. Dragon who made his first appearance in the series. This arc starts new adventures for the Straw Hat Pirates as they are about to enter the Grand Line for the first time.

Baratie Arc

The Baratie arc is the series’ fourth story arc of the East Blue Saga. It covers 27 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 12 episodes of anime The Straw Hats are welcomed by Johnny and Yosaku, who lead them to the restaurant ship Baratie, a “floating refuge” in the middle of the ocean, where they meet Sanji.  However, a pirate commander named Don Krieg sets his sights on the Baratie as a replacement for his damaged fleet, and the restaurant is soon invaded. This is an introduction arc for the new member of Straw Hats, Sanji.

The arc tells a powerful, personal tale for Sanji while also having more fun with worldbuilding than any of East Blue’s previous arcs. The supporting characters in this arc are lovely, and Sanji’s sad farewell to his father figure Zeff, a former pirate, had many One Piece fans in tears. Dracule Mihawk, the world’s best Swordsman, and Shichibukai are also introduced in this arc. Zoro loses his duel against Mihawk, vowing never to lose again, and receives his first permanent battle scar as a result. Nami betrayed the Straw Hats, laying the groundwork for Arlong Park’s next storyline. The arc is short and leisurely in comparison to the Straw Hats’ future adventures.

Syrup Village Arc

The Syrup Village arc is the series’ is the third story arc of the East Blue Saga also known as the Captain Kuro arc. It covers 20 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 10 episodes of anime. The plot of the arc starts in search of a ship, Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro, and Nami arrive in Syrup Town, where they encounter Usopp, the village liar. They realize they have no option but to assist Usopp in defeating Captain Kuro to save Usopp’s buddy Kaya after learning of a hidden plot against her.

This arc is very similar to its next arc which is the Baratie arc, both are the introduction arcs for the new Straw Hat members. During this arc, the Straw Hats received their first ship, Going Merry, which would accompany them on their journeys for the foreseeable future. Captain Kuro, a clever, scheming archetype of a villain disguised as Kaya’s housekeeper, is the villain of this arc. The arc tells a dramatic, personal story for Usopp, and many fans, including myself, were moved to tears by Usopp’s decision to bid his kiddy crew and pirate play into a real pirate. This arc also features endearing supporting characters, making it a worthy C-tier arc in the One Piece arc tier list.

Post-Enies Lobby Arc

The Post-Enies Lobby arc, also known as the Second Water 7 arc, Return to Water 7 arc, and the Thousand Sunny arc, is the seventeenth story arc in the series and the fourth and last arc in the Water 7 saga following the Enies Lobby arc. It covers 11 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 13 episodes of anime. The tale of this arc begins when the Straw Hats return to Water 7 and are visited by Marines during their stay there after successfully escaping Enies Lobby.

Ace ultimately gets up to Blackbeard on Banora Island a few days before and confronts him but lost and gets captured. Throughout this story, Franky joins the Straw Hats and becomes their shipwright. Despite how vital Franky is to the team, I have to put this arc in the C tier of our One Piece arc tier list. The arc doesn’t have a plot; it’s essentially just a continuation of Enies Lobby.

Amazon Lilly Arc

The Summit War Saga’s second story arc is the Amazon Lilly arc, which is the series’ twentieth. It covers 11 chapters that were later adapted into 14 episodes of anime. The plot of the arc starts after Luffy is sent flying after getting defeated by Kuma in the Sabaody Archipelago, and crashes landing on Amazon Lily, a female-only island that kills males on sight. The arc introduces us to Boa Hancock, the beautiful and charmingly egotistical queen of the Island, who has a sweet crush on Luffy. As it depicts the aftermath of the Straw Hat Pirates’ first big loss and even more awful circumstances, it touches on a few difficult concerns.

The arc shows how all the Straw Hats are separated from each other and how they are barely surviving alone in the Grand Line. It has a good worldbuilding storyline for the future which is connected to Boa Hancock’s past later explained in the Fishman Island arc. This arc intended to provide some heavy-duty anime relief at that moment. The arc achieves a wonderful combination between comedy, drama, and action, serving as one final enjoyable, self-contained adventure before One Piece’s most important battle at Marineford.

Jaya Arc

The next arc on the C Tier of our One Piece arc tier list is the Jaya arc in the series’ twelfth story arc and it’s more like a transition arc to the Skypiea arc. On the Grand Line, the Straw Hat Pirates come across Jaya as their fifth Island. It covers 18 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into 9 episodes of anime. The island is covered in a rain forest and includes a port town notorious for being full of pirates called “Mock Town.” The theme of this arc is that dreams are what define a man while establishing two of Luffy’’s most important rivals in Bellamy and Blackbeard.

The Jaya arc is considered the first act of Skypiea. The Cricket and the Saruyama alliance as characters in this arc don’t resolve until the end of the Skypiea arc without that closure the Jaya arc itself is just about the Straw Hats fighting pirates and upgrading their ship. The Jaya arc is considered the first act of Skypiea. It introduced us to the seven-warlord system for the first time by showing Doflamingo and Bartholomeo Kuma attending the Marines meeting. The arc overshadowed many important stories of the future which One piece will explore later on.

Reverse Mountain Arc

The Reverse Mountain arc which is commonly known as the Laboon arc is the series’ seventh story arc and the first arc in the Arabasta Saga after the Loguetown arc. It covers 5 chapters in the manga that were later adapted into anime in 2 episodes. The plot of the arc starts with the Straw Hat Pirates traveling to Reverse Mountain and beginning the difficult job of climbing the mountain’s deadly rapids to access the Grand Line in this arc. They discover that something massive is blocking the entryway as they descend the mountain.

The arc is short and does not have any important storytelling and world-building like the other arcs except for the details of the geography of Grand Line. The arc introduced us to the doctor of the king of the pirate’s ship, Crocus. This arc feels too fragmented, which differs from arcs that convey whole stories on their own.

D-tier

Worst Arcs of One Piece
Bad arcs of One Piece

The D-tier is considered the bad or the worst tier in the tier lists. However, worst is a strong word for One piece arcs because I think there is no arc in One Piece which is bad it’s just that the author Oda gets better at writing or crafting the later arcs which make fans think that the earlier arcs are nothing compared to the later arcs. This tier of the One Piece arc tier list includes only four arcs of the series. The arcs in this tier have dull fights and zero worldbuilding and have no suspense in their plot which makes the anime boring for quite some time.

Foxy Arc

The Foxy story arc is the series’ fourteenth story arc and the first in the Water 7 saga. The arc is also known by a variety of titles in the fandom, including Davy Black Fight and Long Ring Long Land. It contains 19 manga chapters that were later adapted into 13 anime episodes. The “Davy Back Fight,” a rivalry between the Straw Hat Pirates and the Foxy Pirates, is the arc’s theme. The battle between Admiral Aokiji and Monkey D. Luffy takes place here as well. The Straw Hat Pirates visit the seventh island on the Grand Line, Long Ring Long Land.

This arc’s character design is a pleasure, and it falls between the two quite major sagas. The Davy Back fight’s lighthearted, breezy humor is among the best in all of One Piece. Foxy is a fantastic villain, and the arc has some worldbuilding. It introduces Admiral Aokiji, one of the Marines’ most powerful troops, and foreshadows Robin’s strange history. For me, the arc can easily secure its spot at the top of the D-tier of the One Piece arc tier list.

Whiskey Peak Arc

The Whiskey Peak arc is the series’ eighth story arc and the second arc in the Arabasta Saga after the Reverse Mountain arc. It covers 9 chapters that were later adapted into anime in 4 episodes. The story starts with the Straw Hat Pirates on their way to Whisky Peak, a town that welcomes pirates with wide arms and treats them like stars, now that they have a Log Pose. It’s too good to be true, and the islanders quickly reveal their true colors. Furthermore, a larger surprise is soon to be revealed.

Whisky Peak is a village on Cactus Island, the first island seen on the Grand Line by the Straw Hat Pirates. With a cowboy town full of undercover bounty hunters, the location and preparations for its combat are a little more exciting. It establishes a new Grand Line danger baseline. Except for the fact that Miss Wednesday is disguised as the princess of Arabasta towards the end of the arc, this arc is nothing more than a huge battle royale.

Little Garden Arc

The Little Garden arc is the series’ ninth story arc and the third in the Arabasta Saga continuing from the Whiskey Peak arc.  It covers 15 chapters that were later adapted into 8 episodes of anime and depicts the Straw Hats’ halt on a prehistoric island as well as their clashes with four officers from the Baroque Works. In the Grand Line, the Straw Hat Pirates come across Little Garden Island as their second island.

It’s a summer island with only prehistoric plants and creatures, as well as two giants named Dorry and Brogy. For the first time, the anime exposes us to the enormous giant race. The two Giant Vikings who have been battling on the island for almost 100 years enjoy a friendly rivalry in the arc. Ussop’s character grew over the arc, and he aspired to meet the entire gigantic race on Elbaf and become a fearless warrior. Except for the confrontations against the devil fruit users of Baroque Workers, the arc is short and lacks the worldbuilding like the other arcs so it found a place on the worst tier of our One Piece arc tier list.

Orange Town Arc

The Orange Town arc also known as the Buggy Clown arc is the series’ second story arc in the East blue saga after the Romance Dawn arc. It covers 14 chapters that were later adapted into anime in 5 episodes. Monkey D. Luffy and Roronoa Zoro unintentionally cross encounters with pirate clown Buggy and his crew, as well as meeting their future navigator, Nami, in this arc. As a villain, I prefer Buggy, but someone had to be at the bottom of this tier chart. The Orange Town arc is a fun little shounen fighting arc that shows off One Piece’s basic power system for the first time with a clash between two devil fruit users, but that’s about it.

One piece is about finding each new location’s unique powers and stories, whereas the orange town is about three old men and a dog who is being assaulted by pirates. Every arc after this is better and more intriguing by design, but this one serves as a good introduction to traditional shounen. This arc contributes significantly to the misconception that it takes One Piece a long time to become good, leaving new One Piece fans disoriented.

Conclusion

This is it, I’ve ranked down my favorite arcs in the One Piece arc tier list. Every One Piece arc is good on its own but Oda’s writing skills have improved with the progression of the plot of One Piece. One Piece is a great anime and has a lovely fandom and I would like to recommend every anime fan out there to try watching One Piece once in their lifetime so they can know what they are missing out in their lives. The anime needs a lot of patience from the fans and the plot takes quite a while to get good but it is all worth it and I can assure you that it gets good after some episodes. The placements of arcs in this tier list are of my personal opinion and can vary, I’m not saying that any of the One Piece arcs is bad it’s just that I like some arcs more than the others.

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Tier list for One Piece arcs

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