One Piece is one of the most popular and longest-running anime series of all time, with over 1000 episodes and chapters currently in the story. The sprawling pirate epic set in a fantastical world has captivated viewers since its debut in 1997. However, the sheer length of the series can be daunting for both hardcore fans and newcomers alike. With numerous story arcs spanning over 20 years, it’s easy to get lost.
That’s why this ultimate guide aims to provide an overview of the major One Piece arcs for both loyal nakama and rookie pirates. While providing the list of One Piece arcs, we’ll also briefly summarize each saga, and major plot points, so you can navigate the grand line on Luffy’s journey to become the king of the pirates. Whether you’re an anime-only watcher or manga reader, this guide will help you through the complex world of One Piece with recaps of fan-favorite arcs and sagas. Don’t worry we will enlist one-piece arcs manga chapters.
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What are One Piece Arcs?
Story arcs are multi-episode narrative structures used in anime and manga. They allow for complex plots to unfold across consecutive episodes, chapters, or volumes.
Arcs are significant in long-running shonen series like One Piece because they enable extensive character growth and detailed worldbuilding over hundreds of installments. Arcs focus on specific islands, opponents, or events that help progress the overall narrative.
While there are no official arc designations, the One Piece fan community has divided the story into logical sections based on the manga volumes and anime episodes. These unofficial arcs have become the common way fans refer to stretches of the story. Knowledge of the One-piece arc structure helps fans recommend portions of the massive series to new viewers.
The story is mainly divided into two parts. First is the Sea of Survival and the other is The Final Sea. Here is the breakdown of every saga and arc.
Sea of Survival: Super Rookies Saga
The first half of One Piece (which is a pre-time skip) is titled Sea of Survival: Super Rookies Saga. This part is divided into six sub-sagas and includes several arcs. It consists of 597 manga chapters and 516 anime episodes.
This saga focuses on Luffy’s beginnings and growth as a pirate and the formation of the Straw Hat crew.
Note – The Filler Arcs do not have chapter numbers for the One Piece Arcs Manga version because they are not part of Manga and have been added to the show.
EAST BLUE SAGA
The East Blue Saga is the first saga in the One Piece anime series. It spans the first 61 episodes and introduces Monkey D. Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates as they travel across the East Blue Sea and recruit crew members. The saga contains the following major story arcs:
Romance Dawn Arc (Episodes 1–3) (Manga Chapters 1-7)
Here is where Luffy’s journey began to become the Pirate King. Here he gains his iconic rubber powers forming the foundation of his journey. Begin the journey to know how he got those powers!
Orange Town Arc (Episodes 4–8) (Manga Chapters 8-21)
Luffy and Zoro arrive at Orange Town and join forces with thief Nami to defeat the evil Buggy the Clown and his crew. Even though he might sound funny, he puts Luffy’s determination to become the Pirate King to the test.
Syrup Village Arc (Episodes 9–18) (Manga Chapters 22-41)
The Straw Hats help protect Usopp’s village from the Black Cat Pirates and their captain Kuro. Usopp joins the crew as their sniper.
Baratie Arc (Episodes 19–30) (Manga Chapters 42-68 )
The Straw Hats encounter the floating restaurant Baratie, led by chef “Red Leg” Zeff and his sous-chef Sanji. Luffy helps defeat the pirate Don Krieg after he attacks Baratie, and tries to convince Sanji to join the crew.
Arlong Park Arc (Episodes 31–45) (Manga Chapters 69-95)
Nami reveals she joined Arlong’s crew to buy back her village. Luffy defeats Arlong and breaks Nami free from his control, destroying Arlong Park.
Buggy Side Story (Episodes 46–47) (Serial Covers 35- 75 )
Remember Buggy from Orange Town Arc? It’s his side story where his revenge plans are brewing against Luffy and his crew after his defeat.
Loguetown Arc (Episodes 48–53) (Manga Chapters 96-100 )
Just before entering the Grand Line, Luffy explores the town where Gold Roger was born and executed, then barely escapes from Marine Captain Smoker.
Warship Island Arc (FILLER, Episodes 54–61)
Take a side journey with the Straw Hat Pirates in this filler arc, as they find themself on Warship Island. They also encounter a girl named Apis who has a mysterious past.
This is the second saga in the show. It is named after Alabasta a country where most of the adventures occur. The Arabasta Saga is divided into several arcs all of which are mentioned below:
Reverse Mountain Arc (Episodes 62–63) (Manga Chapters 101-105)
The Straw Hats arrive at the Reverse Mountain to enter the Grand Line. After a dangerous trip up the mountain, they encounter Laboon, a whale who is waiting for a past pirate crew. Luffy decides to give Laboon hope by promising to return and finish their fight.
Whisky Peak Arc (Episodes 64–67) (Manga Chapters 106-114)
After leaving Reverse Mountain, the Straw Hats land at Whisky Peak, supposedly a lively town of welcoming people. But is it as plain as it seems or do they have any hidden motive?
Koby and Helmeppo Arc (Episodes 68–69) (Serial covers 83-119 )
Once former rivals have teamed up! catching the eye of Vice Admiral Garp. This Arc focuses on their growth and joins their journey to witness their growth.
Little Garden Arc (Episodes 70–77) (Manga Chapters 115-129)
The Straw Hats get stranded on Little Garden, an island trapped in prehistoric times. While there, they get caught up in the 100-year battle between the giants Dorry and Brogy. Luffy and crew help the giants and manage to escape the island before Baroque Works can ambush them.
Drum Island Arc (Episodes 78–91) (Manga Chapters 130-154)
Nami falls deathly ill, so the Straw Hats rush to the winter island of Drum to find a doctor. After an encounter with Baroque Works officer Wapol, Chopper the reindeer doctor joins the crew. Chopper uses his medical skills to cure Nami.
Alabasta Arc (Episodes 92–130) (Manga Chapters 155-217 )
Upon arriving in the desert kingdom of Arabasta, the crew splits up to stop the civil war orchestrated by Crocodile. After many battles, Luffy finally defeats Crocodile and exposes his plot. This liberates Arabasta and prevents massive bloodshed across the nation.
Post-Alabasta Arc (FILLER, 131–135)
After the intense Alabasta Saga, this filler arc proves to be a breath of fresh air, which explores their backstories.
SKY Island Saga
The third saga in the show takes place in Skypiea which is a floating island. Various one-piece arcs for manga and anime make up the Sky Island Saga, which is mentioned below:
Goat Island Arc (FILLER, Episodes 136–138)
The Straw Hat Pirates accidentally stumbled upon an island that is not located on any map. And just as the name suggests, this island is inhabited by goats and a quirky old man named Zenny. What is this all about?
Ruluka Island Arc (FILLER, Episodes 139–143)
Ruluka Island is ruled by a power-hungry dictator who is obsessed with building a rainbow Tower. Soon being lost in the mysterious mist, the crew faces an unexpected challenge!
Jaya Arc (Episodes 144–152) (Manga Chapters 218-236 )
The Jaya Arc focuses on the Straw Hats arriving at Jaya island and encountering Bellamy, a pirate who ridicules their dreams. After being attacked by Bellamy, Luffy still refuses to fight back, confident in achieving his goal of finding the One Piece. The Straw Hats learn about the legendary Skypiea island in the sky from an old map. They set sail on the knock-up stream to reach it.
Skypiea Arc (Episodes 153–195) (Manga Chapters 237- 302)
In the Skypiea Arc, the Straw Hats explore the Skypiea kingdom on the sky island. They get involved in a war between the Skypieans led by God Enel and the native Shandia tribe. The arc expands the world mythology, introduces observation haki and dials, and reveals ancient weapons.
G-8 Arc (FILLER, Episodes 196–206)
After landing in the middle of a marine base called G-8, the Straw Hats were forced to abandon their ships. They have to trick the Marines into escaping from them, and this turns out into a hilarious ride.
WATER 7 Saga
The Water 7 island is considered a Venice-like paradise where the Straw Hat reaches after Skypiea. This is the anime show’s fourth saga, and it is divided into the following arcs:
Long Ring Long Land Arc (Episodes 207–219) (Manga Chapters 303-321 )
The Straw Hats arrive at the Long Ring Long Land Island where everything is unusually long and skinny. Here they compete in the Davy Back Fight games against the Foxy Pirates. After a series of contests, they defeat the Foxy Pirates.
Ocean’s Dream Arc (FILLER, Episodes 220–224)
This filler arc is inspired by a Playstation game named One Piece: Ocean’s Dream. This focuses on an interesting adventure when Straw Hats lose their memories and go back to being their old self forgetting about each other. All except Robin. Will he be able to keep them together in this situation?
Foxy’s Return Arc (FILLER, Episodes 225–226)
When the Straw Hats lend their hands to help the lost Foxy gang members, they encounter Fanged Toad Pirates, the rivals of the Foxy gang.
Water 7 Arc (Episodes 227–263) (Manga Chapters 322-374 )
The Straw Hats reach Water 7, a city renowned for its shipwrights. But their treasured ship Going Merry gets irreparably damaged. When Usopp refuses to part with the ship, he gets into a fight with Luffy and leaves the crew. The Straw Hats also face trouble from the mysterious CP9 group.
Enies Lobby Arc (Episodes 264–312) (Manga Chapters 375-430 )
To get back Robin who was taken by the CP9, the Straw Hats launched an assault on the judicial island Enies Lobby. This results in an all-out war between CP9 and the Straw Hat crew. They successfully rescue Robin in this intense arc.
Post-Enies Lobby Arc (Episodes 313–325) (Manga Chapters 431-441 )
Will the Straw Hats be able to get some rest after the intense battle of Enies Lobby? But Garp’s sudden involvement raises suspicion. Some new characters step into the scene. Follow the journey to know more.
THRILLER BARK SAGA
Luffy and his friends explored the spooky Thriller Bark island after Water 7 island inspired the name for this saga. The fifth saga of the show and manga includes the following arcs:
Ice Hunter Arc (FILLER, Episodes 326–336)
The Straw Hats travel through the mysterious Florian Triangle which resembles the qualities of the mysterious Bermuda Triangle. Many sailors are lost forever or the ships sail without any crew! What is this all about? Will our crew get to the root of this secret?
Thriller Bark Arc (Episodes 337–381) (Manga Chapters 442-489 )
In this spooky arc, the Straw Hats meet with Brook a skeleton musician whose shadow is been stolen! Creepy isn’t it? Well, they find a huge ship under the control of Gecko Moria and his Zombie army. After this scary adventure, the crew welcomes Brook with them.
Spa Island Arc (FILLER, Episodes 382–384)
After all the drama and adventures the Straw Hats wanted some time to relax. But it seems it’s not as relaxing time as they thought as Foxy returns to the scene!
SUMMIT WAR SAGA
The sixth and last saga of One Piece’s first half is called Summit War Saga. It is called so because of the grand conflict that occurs in the anime series. The following is the list of One Piece arcs which are included in this saga:
Sabaody Archipelago Arc (Episodes 385–405) (Manga Chapters 490-513 )
The Sabaody Archipelago Arc focuses on the Straw Hats’ arrival at Sabaody Archipelago, where they prepare to head into the New World. However, they face trouble with the World Nobles and an admiral before being scattered across the sea by Bartholomew Kuma.
Amazon Lily Arc (Episodes 408–421) (Manga Chapters 514-524 )
After being sent flying from Sabaody, Luffy lands on Amazon Lily, an island of female warriors called the Kuja Tribe. He befriends Boa Hancock, who helps Luffy infiltrate the notorious prison Impel Down.
Impel Down Arc Part 1 and 2 (Episodes 422–425, 430–456
) (Manga Chapters 525-549)
At Impel Down prison, Luffy reunites with old friends like Buggy as they descend to the lowest level and eventually break out. Their goal is to reach Marineford in time to save Luffy’s brother Ace from execution.
Little East Blue Arc (FILLER, Episodes 426–429)
This light-hearted filler arc is a four-episode arc that ties into a movie named One Piece Film: Strong World.
Marineford Arc (Episodes 457–489) (Manga Chapters 550-580)
The Marineford Arc depicts the massive war between the Navy and Whitebeard Pirates over Ace’s pending execution. Many revelations and iconic moments occur, which lead to shaping the future of the One Piece world.
Post-War Arc (Episodes 490–516) (Manga Chapters 581-597)
After the intense Marineford battle, Luffy reflects on the events. This arc sets out the environment for new adventures. This arc marks the end of Sea of Survival, the first part of One Piece.
The Final Sea: The New World Saga
The Final Sea: The New World Saga is the second half of the One Piece series. It takes place after a major time skip in the series. It includes five sub-sagas and several arcs (just like the first half), this saga contains 500+ manga chapters and episodes so far, and the best part is the story is still ongoing.
FISH-MAN ISLAND SAGA
The Fish-Man Island Saga is the seventh saga in the One Piece anime series. It takes place after the two-year time skip and marks the start of the second half of the One Piece story.
The Straw Hat Pirates reunite after training for two years and head for the New World, where their next destination is Fish-Man Island. This saga contains the following story arcs:
Return to Sabaody Arc (Episodes 517–522) (Manga Chapters 598-602 )
After training for two years, the Straw Hat Pirates finally reunite at Sabaody Archipelago. Luffy arrives last and is nearly captured by fake Straw Hats, but the real crew assembles just in time to save him. They finally set sail for Fish-Man Island.
Fish-Man Island Arc (Episodes 523–574) (Manga Chapters 603-653 )
The Straw Hats travel 10,000 meters under the sea to reach Fish-Man Island. They are nearly captured as slaves but escape. Luffy asks for the cooperation of Jinbe and the island’s princes for protection against Hody Jones and the New Fish-Man Pirates. After a massive battle, the Straw Hats emerge victorious.
Dressrosa saga is the eighth saga in the anime and manga. One-piece arcs for this saga are mentioned below.
Z’s Ambition Arc (FILLER, Episodes 575–578)
This filler arc connects with the movie One Piece Film: Z. Shuzo emerges as the new antagonist who turns out to be a member of Neo Marines. Their motive is to kill all pirates and thus they are the main antagonist of the movie.
Punk Hazard Arc (Episodes 579–625) (Manga Chapters 654-699)
An island half frozen and half on fire! Yes, that’s Punk Hazard Island. The Straw Hats get a call from this island as soon as they land in a new world. Upon their arrival, they also encounter an evil scientist Caesar Clown, who has a lab and conducts experiments. New and old faces emerge in this arc, and follow the journey to what secrets this island beholds.
Caesar Retrieval Arc (FILLER, Episodes 626–628)
Caesar Clown fled away from the Straw Hats captivation. They teamed up with the Heart Pirates who are led by Trafalgar Law, to retrieve Caesar back, who will play a crucial role in taking down Donquixote Doflamingo. If failed to do so, the evil Donquixote Doflamingo can cause mass destruction! Yes, he knows those mass-destruction weapons.
Dressrosa Arc (Episodes 629–746) (Manga Chapters 700-750 )
The Straw Hats, alongside Trafalgar Law, set off towards Dressrosa to take down Donquixote Doflamingo. However, the island is way more complex than they expected. Unexpected alliances and events are waiting for them, and Donquixote Doflamingo proves to be one of the toughest foes.
This saga follows the crew where they encounter four powerful pirate emperors. This is the ninth saga in the series with the following One Piece arcs:
Silver Mine Arc (FILLER, Episodes 747–750)
This filler arc leads into One Piece Film: Gold, where Luffy and Bartolomeo get kidnapped by the Silver Pirate Alliance. They find their way to escape with the help of a female crew called Sweet Pirates.
Zou Arc (Episodes 751–779) (Manga Chapters 802-824 )
In this arch, the focus shifts towards Sanji when he finds himself caught up between past commitments and personal problems that may force him to part away from the Straw Hats. Meanwhile trying to help their teammate, the crew learns crucial information about One Piece and sets off to take down the Emperor Kaido.
Marine Rookie Arc (FILLER, Episodes 780–782)
This filler turns out to be a light-hearted pause from the main One Piece narrative. But wait! Did Luffy accidentally trespass the Marine base to steal food? How will this accidental trespassing end up?
Whole Cake Island Arc (Episodes 783–877) (Manga Chapters 825-902 )
Luffy and his team along with a few alliances, reach Whole Cake Island to rescue Sanji from a politically forced arranged marriage. This arc will help in learning more about Sanji and his family. But will Big Mom let them go without a tough fight?
Reverie Arc (Episodes 878–889) (Manga Chapters 903-908)
The world reacts to the events of the previous arc, which strengthens the Straw Hats’ reputation, attracting attention from both friends and foes, especially after Luffy’s bounty increases.
Land of Wano Arc Act 1,2 &3 (Episodes 890–894, 897–906, 908–1085) (Manga Chapters 909-1057)
Straw Hats join hands with various groups to free Wano country from the control of Kaido and Kurozumi Orochi. But what happens a an old foe reappears with evil intentions? Act 2 intensifies when Luffy faces defeat at the hands of Kaido and is being held prisoner in Udon Prison. On the other hand, Robin goes underground and keeps an eye on Wano’s Shogun Orochi. Other Straw members, work towards the coup which they planned for the Fire Festival. Act 3 brings Luffy and their alliances to the ruins of Oden Castle, where Kin’emon reveals the past and outlines the battle plan to them. Will Kaido let them operate freely when he is keeping an eye on them?
Carbonic King Arc (FILLER, Episodes 895–896)
This filler arc leads into a movie named One Piece: Stampede. Just a simple cola shopping ended up being a new quest when he learns Cidre Guild is monopolizing it with not-so-good intentions.
Romance Dawn Arc (Episode 907) (Special one short)
This is a special adaptation of a one-short Romance Dawn, taking a nostalgic trip with the initial phase of Luffy’s adventures.
Note – Because of the difference between manga and anime chapters and episodes respectively, the wano act arc is being summarized together.
This saga might be the beginning of the grand ending of One Piece. Here on the story becomes even more intense and groundbreaking. This is the ongoing saga with only Egghead Arc out now which is still ongoing from episodes 1086 onwards and as of manga chapter 1058 onwards.
Reaching the end of this comprehensive guide to One Piece arcs, we’ve traced the journey of Luffy and the Straw Hats through over 24 years of anime and 26 years of manga storytelling. For those who’ve yet to watch the series, this overview hopefully provides a helpful roadmap with this list of One Piece Arcs. For Manga fans, we have also mentioned One Piece Arcs Manga, in chapter order.