Now that we have discovered many bounties of the major pirates of One Piece, I think it’s the best time to estimate what might be Mihawk’s bounty.
INDIVIDUAL POWER LEVEL
When it comes to his individual power, Oda hinted many times that Mihawk is one of the best fighter of One Piece. He’s probably at Yonko level.
His power makes him difficult to control, difficult to arrest and difficult to stop if he decides to step over the line the Government has set.
In a SBS, Oda said Enel would have a bounty of 500,000,000 Berries, if he had been a pirate. Ace was at 550,000,000 Berries and Sabo is currently at 602,000,000 Berries.
Enel is often understimated, but he was clearly a threat and a killing machine. Mihawk is without a doubt stronger than Enel and certainly stronger than Sabo and Ace. After all, he’s more experienced and focus entirely on fighting. Still, Sabo is the chief of staff of the Revolutionary Army and Ace was an important figure in Whitebeard’s Crew, those external elements are also factors that weight in in their current bounties.
Shanks is around 4,000,000,000 Berries, but his influence, crew and diplomatic powers are taken in account. Mihawk’s bounty is bit more tricky since it would only reflects his own level of danger, without any external factors.
Katakuri is probably a nice standard of comparison. Katakuri is one of the strongest and most deadly warrior shown so far. Much like Mihawk, he seems to focus entirely on fighting and seems quite chill. He has a bounty of 1,000,0000,000 Berries. Katakuri is also Big Mom’s son, her second in command and has a lot of people under his command. Again, Mihawk would be judged on his strength alone.
DESTRUCTIVE POWER LEVEL
Mihawk might be one of the strongest fighter in duel, or the best at killing people face to face. That still makes him less dangerous, overall, than someone who possesses the power to create earthquakes at will or someone who can control fire and set entire cities ablaze in a sudden fit of rage. Let’s not even speak of someone who can transform into a giant indestructible dragon and fire gigantic laser from his mouth.
The World Government doesn’t care that much about who can beat who, like we are, as readers. What the World Government and the Marines care about (or feint to care about) is world peace and the safety of the people under their protection. The magnitude of destruction one individual can makes certainly play a big factor in bounties level. Mihawk, while dangerous, isn’t in the same league of someone who possesses the Gura Gura no Mi or another highly destructive power or weapons. For example, if Crocodile had succeeded to retrieve Pluton and if Pluton is as destructive as its reputation suggest, he would be one of the most dangerous individual in the world, on the sheer fact he could destruct entire islands at will.
Not much to say here, Mihawk temper is pretty tame and he seems to do his stuff peacefully. It’s even hard to imagine why he had a bounty in the first place. I’m guessing he defeated/killed many powerful marine swordsmen in the past.
One of the most important point of this estimation is that Mihawk doesn’t have a crew or any person under his command. It’s a feat in itself. He’s probably one of the most feared warrior around and yet, he’s cruising and shilling alone, on a remote island with stupid monkeys. Yet, while he’s famous and seems to be friend with dangerous individuals, like Shanks for example, he’s still only one person.
Roger, Whitebeard, Kaido, Big Mom, Shanks not only have crews of powerful people, but they also have a big sphere of influence over the world through their connections and protectorates. They can send their minions to do their evil deeds, like rampage, claim territories and such. Mihawk is a famous figure around the world, he might have some few important connections, but his reach is still quite limited, making him de facto less dangerous than the above mentioned people.
Mihawk became a Shichibukai at some point. His status froze his bounty, like Crocodile and Hancock. We can’t certainly attest when he became part of the Seven Warlords, but we can guess. It was confirmed in his Vivre Card data that he became a Warlord sometime after Roger’s execution, 24 years ago.
Mihawk is around the same age as Shanks and was his rival at one point. Shanks lost his arm when he was 27 and became an Emperor 6 years ago, at the age of 33. I think it’s fair to assume Mihawk became a warlords right after Shanks lost his arm, out of the boredom of losing his main sword rival, while he was around 30, which let him plenty of time to build a solid reputation and a big bounty. Ace was 20 and had a 550,000,000 berries bounty. Luffy is even younger, with an even higher bounty. 30 is plenty enough to have a very high bounty. We also know for a fact that Mihawk was already famous before Roger got executed.
Now, we also know the Shichibukai bounties never surpassed 500 millions berries (480 millions being the highest one). Either Mihawk is an exception, being a legend and all, or his bounty is in the 500 millions range.
As a final point, the recent event of chapter 957 might play a big role in Mihawk’s bounty level. Mihawk bounty was frozen when he became a Shichibukai. Now that the Shichibukai are no more, Mihawk bounty will certainly be updated to his current level of danger. Oda made it clear he was ready to fight against the Marines trying to capture him.
Being who he is, he’ll probably succeed to defeat everyone sent after him, making him a fugitive again and a potential threat. He’s also much more experienced and probably stronger than he was when he became a Warlords. Other than that, his bounty will depend on what he’ll do in the future. Will he stay in his castle and wait for worthy opponents or will he decide to play a role in the future event and join a crew ? Will he negotiate a bounty-hunter status with the Government?
Estimation of Mihawk’s previous bounty : 650,000,000 Berries
Current updated bounty : around 1,500,000,000 Berries
*Theory by Debian47