One Piece: Does Zoro die in the manga?

Zoro had it pretty rough in the recent arc (Image via One Piece / Shueisha / Toei Animation)
Zoro had it pretty rough in the recent arc (Image via One Piece / Shueisha / Toei Animation)

One Piece manga readers finally know what happened to Zoro after his brush with death.

Before reading ahead, please keep in mind that there will be manga spoilers from the latest chapters. The Onigashima Raid will be used for the sake of context. During the rooftop battle, Zoro took a direct hit from Kaido and Big Mom's combo attack, breaking most of the bones in his body.

Afterwards, a Mink doctor gave him a strong revival medicine. However, once the effect wears off, Zoro would receive double the pain. After defeating King in a difficult battle, the swordsman was seemingly confronted by the Grim Reaper. Many One Piece readers were concerned for his safety.

Note: This article reflects the writer's personal views.

Did Zoro die in the One Piece manga? Here is a definitive answer

He's still alive, but heavily injured

After Zoro's battle with King, he was bleeding heavily on the ground. Parts of the Onigashima islands began to crumble after Big Mom set off explosives in the armory. Before Zoro could fall to his death, Franky managed to save him in time. The swordsman has not been in action since then.

One Piece Chapter 1051 reveals that Zoro is currently being taken care of by Chopper. However, the swordsman is still unconscious, heavily covered in bandages. One Piece readers can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Note the composure of the Straw Hat Pirates in this chapter. When Yamato asks to join them, most of the members are happy, including Chopper himself. If Zoro were really dead, the overall mood would be far different. That's a strong indication that he will recover from his injuries.

Zoro dying was never going to be a possibility

Eiichiro Oda rarely kills off characters in the One Piece series. It's a recurring criticism that's still relevant for the Wano Country arc. If minor characters regularly escape death in this series, there is no way the main characters wouldn't.

Kin'emon and Kiku suffered gruesome injuries in the Onigashima Raid, yet their survival was confirmed in One Piece Chapter 1051. There is also the "Will of P," where the likes of Pell and Pagaya narrowly avoided doom.

Realistically, there is no way that Oda would ever kill off Zoro in Wano Country. He is the second most popular character in the series. Zoro is also a member of the Straw Hat Pirates. His death would negatively affect manga sales, given his very passionate fanbase.

What doesn't kill him makes him stronger


Whether it's fighting Mr. 1 in Alabasta, or King in Wano Country, Zoro knows how to push himself past his limits. His battle experience is what allows him to grow.

Readers have to wonder if there was a narrative purpose for the Grim Reaper scene. They will just have to wait for Zoro to wake up. He may or may not explain the situation entirely.

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