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One Piece Arcs, Sagas & Fillers – The Complete Guide (2022)

One Piece is one of the longest running anime series and manga series out there, and that is proof enough of just how amazing it is. If you haven’t watched the show or read the manga but are interested in it, then I am at your service. This article will help you out with all the information you need about the One Piece arcs and sagas and introduce you to the awe-inspiring world of pirates!

Since you landed on this page, I will assume that you are either one of those otakus who haven’t started One Piece because it’s long, really long, and it requires a commitment to get through it. Or, you have just started watching anime and you were looking for anime recommendations and this title was at the top of every list you read.

One Piece will always be that one title which will always come up when we talk about the best anime shows of all time. It’s just that amazing!

It isn’t just one of the longest running anime series, but it’s also the best-selling manga series of all time, and I am sure it will retain its top spot till its completion, and beyond.

This anime has 994 episodes at the time of writing this, and over a 1000 manga chapters that have been collected in 99 volumes. I personally am a fan of reading manga when talking about a huge series One Piece because it’s faster and you are only reading what’s important, unlike anime which might have filler episodes too.

But that’s your decision. What you are going to find here is all the information you need on various One Piece sagas and story arcs, so you can break your watching time based on that and enjoy this thrilling story at your own pace. So, let’s not waste any more time and get right to it!

All One Piece Arcs & Complete Sagas!

The entirety of One Piece story can be divided into two parts because there’s a time-skip between them, so I’ll also write it the same way

Sea of Survival: Super Rookies Saga (The First Half)

The first half of the One Piece storyline is separated into 6 different sagas, which further are separated into different story arcs. This 6 sagas are:

  • East Blue Saga
  • Arabasta Saga
  • Sky Island Saga
  • Water 7 Saga
  • Thriller Bark Saga
  • Summit War Saga

Let’s break them down one by one!

East Blue Saga

This is the introductory saga in this epic storyline and it introduces many of the main characters. East Blue is also the name of one of the major oceans in the world of One Piece.

We are introduced to the main character Monkey D. Luffy, who aspires to be the King of the Pirates. He starts his journey and meets and recruits 4 of his crewmates namely Zoro, Nami, Usopp and Sanji. We also see the introduction of Buggy The Clown who’s one of the recurring characters in the story!

one piece east blue saga

The saga is further divided into the following story arcs:

  • Romance Dawn Arc

    • Chapters 1-7 (Volume 1)
    • Episodes 1-3
  • Orange Town Arc

    • Chapters 8-21 (Volumes 1-3)
    • Episodes 4-8
  • Syrup Village Arc

    • Chapters 22-41 (Volumes 3-5)
    • Episodes 9-18
  • Baratie Arc

    • Chapters 42-68 (Volumes 5-8)
    • Episodes 19-30
  • Arlong Park Arc

    • Chapters 69-95 (Volumes 8-11)
    • Episodes 31-44
  • Loguetown Arc

    • Chapters 96-100 (Volumes 11-12)
    • Episodes 45, 48-53
  • Buggy’s Crew Adventure Chronicles

    • Special Covers of Chapters 35-75 (Volumes 4-7)
    • Episodes 46-47
  • Warship Island Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 54-61

The final arc, which is the Warship Island Arc, is a filler arc and you can skip it if you want because it adds nothing to the main story.

Arabasta Saga

This is the saga where things start getting more serious and we are shown that the world of pirates is indeed a dangerous place. The saga is titled after the island which the Straw Hats are trying to reach.

one piece arabasta saga

The entire saga is divided into the following story arcs:

  • Reverse Mountain Arc

    • Chapters 101-105 (Volume 12)
    • Episodes 62-63
  • Whisky Peak Arc

    • Chapters 106-114 (Volumes 12-13)
    • Episodes 64-67
  • Diary of Koby-Meppo

    • Special Covers of Chapters 89-119 (Volumes 10-14)
    • Episodes 68-69
  • Little Garden Arc

    • Chapters 115-129 (Volumes 13-15)
    • Episodes 70-77
  • Drum Island Arc

    • Chapters 130-154 (Volumes 15-17)
    • Episodes 78-91
  • Alabasta Arc

    • Chapters 155-217 (Volumes 17-24)
    • Episodes 92 -130
  • Post-Alabasta Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 131-135

This is one of the major arcs in the storyline as it introduces a ton of plot points that will shape the story going forward and give you a glimpse of what’s in store for you in the future. Also, Luffy’s brother is introduced in the Alabasta Arc!

Luffy recruits two new crew members by the end of this arc – Tony Tony Chopper as the ship’s doctor and Nico Robin as the archeologist!

The final arc, the Post-Alabasta arc, is a filler arc but I would recommend you to watch it because it provides a fun and light-hearted conclusion to this intense saga.

Sky Island Saga

Next up is the Sky Island Saga which focuses on the legendary island in the sky called Skypiea, and the Straw Hats’ efforts to find out whether it’s real or not, and finally making it up there.

one piece sky island saga

The saga is divided into the following story arcs:

  • Goat Island Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 136-138
  • Ruluka Island Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 139-143
  • Jaya Arc

    • Chapters 218-236 (Volumes 24-25)
    • Episodes 144-152
  • Skypiea Arc

    • Chapters 237-302 (Volumes 26-32)
    • Episodes 153-195
  • G-8 Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 196-206

In the Sky Island saga, the Straw Hats crew discover the legend of the floating island and Luffy, being an adventurous fellow, wants to go to the island in the sky.

So the crew starts researching about the legend and figure out if it’s true or not, and as it turns out the island is indeed real and people can reach there given certain conditions are fulfilled. Our crew manage to reach the island in the sky only to find that instead of a fun-filled adventure, there are tons of dangerous elements lurking around.

This saga also introduces one of the major power systems that will become an integral part of the story in the future One Piece arcs!

Water 7 Saga

The Water 7 Saga takes the Straw Hats to the island called Water 7 which is famous for its talented shipwrights. Following their trip to the Sky Island, the crew wants to get their ship fixed as it’s been through a lot, and Water 7 is the place where they can get it done.

one piece water 7 saga

The entire saga is divided into the following story arcs:

  • Long Ring Long Land Arc

    • Chapters 303-321 (Volumes 32-34)
    • Episodes 207-219
  • Ocean’s Dream Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 220-224
  • Foxy’s Return Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 225-228
  • Water 7 Arc

    • Chapters 322-374 (Volumes 34-39)
    • Episodes 229-263
  • Enies Lobby Arc

    • Chapters 375-430 (Volumes 39-44)
    • Episodes 264-290, 293-302, 304-312
  • Boss Luffy Historical Special

    • Episodes 291-292, 303, 406-407
  • Post-Enies Lobby Arc

    • Chapters 431-441 (Volumes 45-46)
    • Episodes 313-325

The Enies Lobby arc in the Water 7 Saga is one of my favorite One Piece arcs of all time because it had so many memorable moments.

The arc reinforces that the entire crew aren’t just friends, but a big family who will do anything for each other, even make the entire world their enemy. Plus, we saw the tearful goodbye to Going Merry, the ship that the Straw Hat Pirates started their journey on!

Some major developments happen in the saga as well because the crew gets their own shipwright in the form of Franky. He also builds a new ship, Thousand Sunny, to continue their pirate adventures.

Luffy’s father and grandfather are also introduced in the final chapters of this saga, and they are kind of a big deal in the world of One Piece.

The Saga also reveals who Shanks really is, and we are introduced to the The Four Emperors of the Sea!

Thriller Bark Saga

This is the second last saga in the first half of the story and this particular saga depicts a story that is quite different than the rest of the story arcs that we’ve been through.

one piece thriller bark saga

The Thriller Bark Saga is divided into the following arcs:

  • Ice Hunter Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 326-335
  • Chopper Man Special

    • Episode 336
  • Thriller Bark Arc

    • Chapters 442-489 (Volumes 46-50)
    • Episodes 337-381
  • Spa Island Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 382-384

This saga shows the crew of the Thousand Sunny ending up on a Ghost Island, filled with ghosts, zombies and a lot of weird animals. One of the Warlords of the Sea is introduced as the main villain of the saga!

Here, the crew recruits Brook as the crew’s musician, something Luffy wanted from the very beginning, and by the end of the saga, we witness one of the most epic moments in the entire series featuring Zoro the badass!

Summit War Saga

The first half of One Piece ends with this saga, the Summit War Saga, which features the biggest war we have seen so far in the series. Luffy’s brother, Ace, is captured by the Navy and is sentenced to be executed. Whitebeard, one of the Four Emperors of the Sea, goes to war with the Marines in order to save Ace!

one piece summit war saga

The entire saga is huge as it consists of multiple story arcs and introduces a ton of new characters while also bringing back some of the old ones. The Summit War Saga is divided into the following story arcs:

  • Sabaody Archipelago Arc

    • Chapters 490-513 (Volumes 50-53)
    • Episodes 385-405
  • Amazon Lily Arc

    • Chapters 514-524 (Volumes 53-54)
    • Episodes 408-417
  • Straw Hat’s Separation Serial

    • Covers of Chapters 543-560 (Volumes 56-57)
    • Episodes 418-421, 453-456
  • Impel Down Arc

    • Chapters 525-549 (Volumes 54-56)
    • Episodes 422-425, 430-452
  • Little East Blue Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 426-429
  • Marineford Arc

    • Chapters 550-580 (Volumes 56-59)
    • Episodes 457-489
  • Post-War Arc

    • Chapters 581-597 (Volumes 59-61)
    • Episodes 490-491, 493-516
  • Toriko Crossover Special Episode

    • Episode 492

This final saga of the first half of the story is as intense as you’d think because we don’t just meet several new characters, but we also learn a lot about the world and how big it really is. We again get a glimpse of a power system that will play a major role in the future sagas and of course, we see one of the most epic battle sequences ever!

And if you think that action and action is all you are going to get in this saga, then you are wrong because there are a ton of sad moments too. The Straw Hat Pirates are utterly defeated when the come across a Warlord and a Marine Admiral.

This helps them understand just how weak they are and they take up this chance to train themselves so that they can become powerful and be ready for whatever threats they face in the future.

Other than these, we are also introduced to the Worst Generation of Pirates and the fan-favorite Trafalgar Law makes his debut in the show! And Buggy returns to the scene too!

I don’t want to spoil how the Marineford Arc ends because it’s really intense; it is something that you should experience firsthand. So, I’ll just stop right here!

The Final Sea: The New World Saga (The Second Half)

The second half of One Piece starts with a 2-year time skip, during which the world has changed drastically.

Following the events of Summit War Saga, the Straw Hat crew find themselves on their own in different parts of the world. They take this time to train themselves and become stronger, and the second half starts with them reuniting on the very island they were separated on!

The second half of One Piece is still going on and is currently divided into the follow 3 sagas:

  • Fish-Man Island Saga
  • Dressrosa Saga
  • Four Emperors Saga

Fish-Man Island Saga

The first saga in the second half of the story is titled after the Fish-Man Island, which is the underwater island that the crew heads to after reuniting with each other on Sabaody Archipelago!

one piece fishman island saga

The entire saga is divided into the following story arcs:

  • Return to Sabaody Arc

    • Chapters 598-602 (Volume 61)
    • Episodes 517-522
  • Fish-Man Island Arc

    • Chapters 603-653 (Volumes 61-66)
    • Episodes 523-541, 543-574
  • Toriko Crossover

    • Episode 542

The saga begins with all the crew members returning to the Sabaody Archipelago following their 2-year training. We immediately see just how strong they have gotten in this short time as they are able to fight off the same opponents with ease that they were helpless against just two years prior.

The crew meet up, say goodbye to their friends waiting at the island, board the Thousand Sunny and head off to the underwater island of the Fish-Man and begin their journey once again!

Dressrosa Saga

It was always foreshadowed that the New World is going to be filled with dangers far exceeding the capabilities of the Straw Hat Pirates, and Dressrosa Saga proves that to be true. This is one of the longest running One Piece sagas so far in the entire story.

one piece dressrosa saga

The saga is further divided into the following story arcs:

  • Z’s Ambition Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 575-578
  • Punk Hazard Arc

    • Chapters 654-699 (Volumes 66-70)
    • Episodes 779-589, 591-625
  • Toriko & Dragon Ball Crossover Special

    • Episode 591
  • Caesar Retrieval Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 626-628
  • Dressrosa Arc

    • Chapters 700-801 (Volumes 70-80)
    • Episodes 629-746

The Straw Hats Pirates head to Punk Hazard where they find out that Trafalgar Law has become one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. They meet up with a Samurai who’s been looking for his son, and go up against Caesar Clown who’s been developing fake Devil Fruits for Donquixote Doflamingo.

This is the arc that puts the crew in collision course with the Four Emperors of the Sea. This is also the arc where we finally see the crew showing off all their new powers by fighting and defeating some of the strongest characters in the show so far!

Also, the Straw Hat Grand Fleet is created consisting of 7 pirate crews who vow to serve under Luffy and his crew!

Four Emperors Saga

This is the ongoing saga in the story, and it focuses on the Four Emperors, the strongest pirates in the sea, who reside in the New World. This is probably the longest saga of the entire story so far, and it still hasn’t concluded yet.

one piece four emperors saga

The entire Four Emperors Saga is divided into the following story arcs:

  • Silver Mine Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 747-750
  • Zou Arc

    • Chapters 802-824 (Volumes 80-82)
    • Episodes 751-779
  • Marine Rookie Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 780-782
  • Whole Cake Island Arc

    • Chapters 825-902 (Volumes 82-90)
    • Episodes 783-877
  • Levely Arc

    • Chapters 903-908 (Volume 90)
    • Episodes 878-889
  • Wano Country Arc

    • Chapters 909 -TBA (Volumes 90-TBA)
    • Episodes 890-894, 897-906, 908-TBA
  • Cidre Guild Arc (Filler)

    • Episodes 895-896
  • Anime 20th Anniversary Special

    • Episode 907

The entire saga is like an info-dump as so many things are revealed, many plot points are resolved while newer mysteries are introduced. New characters appear, a little bit of the history of the world is revealed, we see a flashback arc featuring Oden Kozuki and we also get to see Gol D. Roger when he was a pirate!

Jimbei joins the crew as the helmsman of the Straw Hat Pirates, the Ninja-Mink-Pirate-Samurai Alliance is formed and the alliance takes on not only Kaido but also Big Mom, another one of the Four Emperors!

This saga also features the Levely Arc, or the Reverie Arc, and it was supposed to throw some light on most of the major plot points in the story, but all it ended up doing was introduce a ton of new mysteries and left us with even more questions.

The saga is still ongoing as the Straw Hat Pirates and their alliance members are currently in Wano Country and taking the battle to Kaido in a bid to overthrow him once and for all!

Where to Watch One Piece in 2022?

Watching anime without interruption is quite a bit of task because there aren’t many places where you can watch your favorite titles. There are licensing limitations which restrict you from viewing your favorite anime if you are from a particular region or country.

But I am just going to tell you about some of the sites where you can watch One Piece, if you live in the right place where the show is available.

The first and probably the most popular site is Crunchyroll which have divided the entire show according to the arcs and sagas as listed above. Next up, we have Funimation as well. You can find the entire show in Japanese language, and if you want to watch the English Dub, they have that as well, but it might not be up-to-date.

Conclusion

This brings us to the end of the article as I have listed down all the One Piece arcs and sagas in the story so far. But there is still something that I want to talk about.

If you ask for my opinion though, I would recommend you to read the manga instead of watching the anime. I agree that anime adaptations are really good, and up to Dressrosa Saga, you can watch One Piece anime without any issues.

But after that, the anime catches up to the latest chapters of the manga, and the episodes start getting dragged out too much without a lot happening.

You can give it a try and watch the episodes to see if you like it or not. And if you do decide to read the manga, you can head over to VIZ and read the entire series there.

I hope you liked the article listing down all the One Piece arcs as well as the filler episodes, and I would appreciate it if you shared it with your friends too. And don’t forget that you have a duty of recommending this series to a friend and making sure that they too become a One Piece fan if they aren’t already!

Arbaz Khan

My name's Arbaz Khan, and I am the guy behind SlushTimes.com! Since I spent most of my time watching anime and reading manga, I thought of creating a website where I can talk about things I like. So here we are!

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