In Chapter 981 it is revealed that Scratchmen Apoo’s attacks can only reach where the target can hear them.
Well, we have already encountered a devil fruit with the ability to negate sound: Corazon’s Nagi Nagi no Mi!
I recently saw a theory according to which the Marines have the Nagi Nagi no Mi but I believe that Corazon expecting to die put a fruit in Law’s pocket when they had their last embrace.
I think Corazon’s devil fruit was reincarnated into Law’s possession (this only works if the reincarnation cycle was already known). Furthermore I believe a member of Law’s crew has the power of the Nagi Nagi no Mi devil fruit. Now I have a question for you: who on Law’s crew is meek and timid? Obviously Bepo!
This has been shown multiple times with his gag for apologizing! Now I believe Bepo has the Nagi Nagi no Mi devil fruit and with it he will beat Apoo while in his Sulong form.
*Theory by Mugiwara-no-ichimi