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The Truth about Kaido’s Unexpected Devil Fruit!

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In Chapter 999 Big Mom revealed that on the day Rocks fell, she was the one who gave Kaido his Devil Fruit: the mythical Uo Uo no Mi (Fish-Fish Fruit). Because of that, she believes he owes her a debt for life.

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Ironically, despite a series of Zoans (the Ryu Ryu no Mi) being named after dragons, and this being the only Devil Fruit seen so far that actually enables transformation into a dragon (with the fruits seen so far in the Ryu Ryu series granting dinosaur transformations), this fruit is not named after dragons but after fish.

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The Uo Uo no Mi, Model: Seiryu is currently the only known Zoan fruit named after an aquatic species, although any potential underwater abilities it may grant are canceled out due to being deactivated by water.

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Due to this fruit being named for fish, its transformation is possibly based on the mythical dragon-fish hybrid Chiwen, although Kaido’s transformed body more resembles a typical serpent-like Eastern dragon.

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The fruit’s power could also potentially be based on the Chinese myth of the Dragon’s Gate, in which carp transform into dragons upon swimming up to the top of a great waterfall. Wano, where Kaido resides, is located atop a waterfall which giant carp swim up.

Oda left us so many hints that Kaido had the Fish-Fish Fruit all along and it’s only in retrospect that we can truly appreciate it:

– The opening to Wano is literally Koi/Carp jumping over a waterfall just like in the popular eastern legend that involves a Carp climbing a waterfall and being transformed into a dragon by the gods. Honestly surprised more of us didn’t connect the possibility right here.

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