Devil Fruits grant amazing powers to those who eat them, but they aren't the only way to kick butt in the One Piece world. There are plenty of other skills, like Haki, swordsmanship, and good old-fashioned fist-fighting that can be just as useful if not more so than any powers a Devil Fruit can bestow.
For this list, we're counting down some of the strongest non-Devil Fruit users in One Piece. From legendary characters like Gol D. Roger to familiar Straw Hat crew members like Zoro and Sanji, these characters prove that while Devil Fruits might be cool, they're far from necessary.
As the legendary Pirate King, Gol D. Roger is considered to be one of the strongest people in the One Piece universe. He not only conquered the Grand Line, he's responsible for ushering in the Golden Age of Piracy. He did that through a combination of swordsmanship, multiple forms of Haki, incredible physical strength, and the ability to "hear the voice of all things."
Even as his body was breaking down from an incurable terminal illness, he still managed to hold his own against even the toughest of opponents. With power like that, who needs a Devil Fruit?Powerful?
Shanks is one of the Four Yonko, which means that he's recognized as one of the four strongest pirates in the modern world. But since he's only rarely seen in combat, the full extent of his power is still unknown. Here's what we do know. He's mastered all three forms of Haki, and fights with a sword called Gryphon. His endurance is through the roof, as he manages to handle having his arm bitten off, and withstand Akainu's magma fist. He's a master of stealth, incredibly fast, and an excellent swimmer - he'd have to give that last one up if he did ever decide to eat a Devil Fruit.Powerful?
Once the first mate of the Roger Pirates, Silvers Rayleigh is now a retired pirate who spends his days as a coating mechanic. But just because he's retired doesn't mean he's gone soft - he's still as strong as he ever was. He's responsible for teaching Luffy how to use Haki, so as you might imagine he's a Haki master himself. He boasts incredible speed, strength, and stamina that lets him do things like throw bullets, destroy cannonballs, and slay multiple Sea Kings while swimming long distance.Powerful?
Monkey D. Garp
Monkey D. Garp is one of the only pirates thought to be on par with Gol D. Roger - and in fact the two of them have been through a number of dangerous battles together. Known as "Garp the Fist", he tends to fight with super-powered punches, or by throwing cannonballs as if they were baseballs. He can also imbue his punches with Haki, a move that can bypass even Luffy's rubbery body. The fact that he's getting on in years doesn't slow him down a bit.Powerful?