In the past, I have been seeing many people saying Shanks isn’t as strong as Kaido and Big Mom just because his bounty is less compared to them.
This is wrong.
Firstly, Bounty does not mean the strength of the particular pirate alone. It is a combination of stuff like Strength, Political Power, Influence, Allies, Actions taken against World Government, etc.
While, I do not have problems for anyone claiming Big Mom and Kaido are stronger than Shanks but just basing it off stuff like Bounty is wrong and is an ill practice. This has also been shown in the series as a whole.
Long before, when Luffy fought in Alabasta Kingdom and defeated Crocodile, his Bounty jumped to 100 Million Berries.
However, after Sanji beat an opponent like Jabra he just got a bounty of 77 Million Berries.
This displays that bounty and strength are not exactly the same in One Piece. Which brings me to my next point.
Shanks having a bounty of 4 Billion Berries is far far more impressive than Big Mom and Kaido.
>Shanks is the youngest Yonko. He’s 39 years old while Kaido is 59 years old and Big Mom is 70 years old.
>Kaido, Big Mom and Whitebeard were all part of the Rocks Pirates which were held in high regard while Shanks probably was a kid or wasn’t born then. They kept fighting for all these years and still their bounty is just a few thousand Berries above Shanks.
>Shanks is nonchalant and keeps his cool unlike people like Big Mom and Kaido.
>Shanks doesn’t have dictatorship over entire islands like Big Mom and Kaido, at least he doesn’t look like a man who would have it as of now.
>Shanks’ crew probably doesn’t have as many affiliates like Big Mom and Kaido and he holds a small but overpowered crew.
>Shanks doesn’t cause havoc for the World Government unlike the others.
>Shanks does not even have a devil fruit and has even lost his hand but that hasn’t stopped him at all to become a Yonko. He only grew stronger after losing his hand as well.
>Shanks has been implied to have the best crew out of all the current Yonko and he would no doubt win in a full out pirate war among all the Yonkos.