So far, all of the Mythical Zoan Devil Fruits we have seen in One Piece; the Yamata no Orochi, Kyuubi no Kitsune, Daibutsu, Seiryu, Onyudo, and Okuchi no Makami have all been based off of Eastern mythical creatures. The only exceptions being the Phoenix, although the design of the phoenix form taken by Marco (with its long slender neck, flaming head crest, and lengthy tail feathers) is somewhat more in line with traditional depictions of the Fenghuang in Chinese mythology or the Japanese Hō-ō and the Chicken-and-Egg Paradox, which isn’t confirmed as Mythical Zoan as of this writing. This leads me to believe that at this point Oda will not venture into mythical creatures from Western cultures. This still leaves many more Eastern mythical creatures to choose from. Below is a list of the eight more potential Mythical Zoan Devil Fruits that have the best chance to appear before One Piece ends its run.
Neku Neku no Mi,
(Cat-Cat Fruit, Model: Lion-Dog)
Komainu, often called lion-dogs in English, are noble, holy lion-like creatures either guarding the entrance or inner shrine of many Japanese Shinto shrines. They can sometimes be found also at Buddhist temples, nobility residences or even private homes. They have thick, curly manes and tails. The user would gain the ability to transform into a full or hybrid lion-dog at will. The user would also gain animalistic strength powerful, muscular bodies, and sharp teeth and claws.
Tori Tori no Mi,
(Bird-Bird Fruit, Model: Three-legged Crow)
In Japanese mythology, the appearance of Yatagarasu is construed as evidence of the will of Heaven or divine intervention in human affairs. It is depicted as a black or red crow with three legs. Each leg has a meaning: the first leg representing the sky, the second one is the earth and the third one is the people. This great bird cleaned up after great battles and symbolized the renaissance after such tragedy. Yatagarasu is a symbol of guidance, rebirth, and rejuvenation. The user would gain the ability to transform into a full or hybrid three-legged crow. The user would also gain animalistic strength, flight, the ability to shapeshift, and increased dexterity in combat. This could be a potential Devil Fruit for Karasu.
Inu Inu no Mi,
(Dog-Dog Fruit, Model: Thunder Beast)
Raijū is a legendary creature from Japanese mythology. Its body takes the form of a white and blue wolf or dog wrapped in lightning. Raiju is the companion of the Raijin, the Shinto god of lightning. While the beast is generally calm and harmless, during thunderstorms it becomes agitated. Trees that have been struck by lightning are said to have been scratched by Raiju’s claws. The user would gain the ability to transform into a full or hybrid thunder beast at will. The user would also gain animalistic strength, sharp claws and fangs, and the ability to generate, control, and transform into electricity.
Hebi Hebi no Mi,
Model: Hakuja no Myojin
(Snake-Snake Fruit, Model: White Snake God)
Hakuja no Myojin is a white serpent deity in Japanese mythology. Considered as one of the seven gods of luck, it is a messenger of the goddess Benzaiten. The user would gain the ability to transform into a full or hybrid white snake god at will. The user would also gain animalistic strength, a long, muscular, and versatile body that they can use to constrict enemies with powerful coils, as well as sharp fangs, durable skin made of strong scales, and extremely good luck in combat.
Itachi Itachi no Mi,
(Weasel Weasel Fruit,
Model: Sickle-clawed Weasel)
The kamaitachi is a yōkai from the folklore of central Japan. It is described as having the fur of a hedgehog with limbs like that of a sickle or razor. They appear riding on dust devils and they cut people using the sickle-like nails on both their paws. The user would gain the ability to transform into a full or hybrid kamaitachi at will. The user would also gain animalistic strength, flight via wind control, and powerful sickle-like claws.
Uo Uo no Mi,
(Fish-Fish Fruit, Model: Dragon God)
Ryūjin is the guardian deity of the sea in Japanese mythology. Ryūjin lived in his palace under the sea built out of red and white coral, from where he controlled the tides with magical tide jewels. The user would gain the ability to transform into a full or hybrid Dragon God at will. The user would also gain animalistic strength, flight, durable skin made of strong scales, the ability to breathe fire, shapeshift, heal, and control the weather. This could potentially be the Devil Fruit of Monkey D. Dragon due to the weather drastically changing whenever he appears.
Tori Tori no Mi,
Model: Tsuru no Ongaeshi
(Bird-Bird Fruit, Model: Grateful Crane)
Tsuru no Ongaeshi is a story from Japanese folklore about a magical crane who returns a favor to a man who saved her life by becoming his wife. Although he is poor, she provides for the family with a never-ending bag of rice and plucks her own feathers to weave silk and make clothes for the man to sell. The user would gain the ability to transform into a full or hybrid magical crane. The user would also gain animalistic strength, flight, and the ability to shapeshift and weave their feathers into strong beautiful silk to capture enemies or make clothes.
Zou Zou no Mi,
(Elephant-Elephant Fruit, Model: Ganesha)
Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. He is widely revered, more specifically, as the remover of obstructions, the patron of arts and sciences, and the god of intellect and wisdom. Although Ganesha has many features, he is identified as having the head of an elephant, reddish-brown with four arms and a big belly. The user would gain the ability to transform into a full or hybrid Ganesha at will. The user would also gain animalistic strength, increased intelligence and wisdom, and increased dexterity in combat. This could be a potential Devil Fruit for Commander-in-Chief Kong.
With five of the seven confirmed Mythical Zoan Devil Fruits appearing in the Wano Country Arc, it’ll be interesting to see when we see more appear in One Piece. Especially since they are considered rarer than Logia Devil Fruits, which there are currently only eleven confirmed types. Best bet is we’ll see more Mythical Zoans if Luffy and crew visit Elbaf.
What other Mythical Zoan Devil Fruits do you think we’ll see in One Piece? What do you think of my list? Leave your comments below!