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28Jun/210

One Piece Filler Episodes Explained (& Which Arcs To Skip)

Here are all of the filler episodes in One Piece, and the story arcs you can safely sail over without missing anything important. Adapting the long-running manga series by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece takes place in a world where piracy reigns supreme on the seas, and Monkey D. Luffy is just one of hundreds seeking the legendary treasure known as One Piece. When it comes to weekly anime series, however, filler episodes are an unfortunate fact of life. Defined as anything not found within the original manga, filler episodes are usually lighter, inconsequential stories written by the animation company to avoid catching up with the manga.

Compared to the likes of Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball Z, the One Piece anime is surprisingly light on filler. Despite clocking up almost 1000 episodes, the TV show doesn't stray into non-canon territory often, and One Piece filler also isn't as bad as you might've seen in other anime series. No Luffy and Zoro learning to drive here. Plenty of One Piece episodes embellish legit manga material with scenes of non-canon filler - an extended fight scene here, some additional dialogue there - and these are definitely worth watching, but others are fabricated entirely, and contain nothing of value.

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If viewers are brave enough to embark on One Piece's 1000-episode journey, they probably won't be daunted by the odd filler adventure here and there. On the other hand, the more episodes you can skip, the quicker you catch up, and omitting the unnecessary bits of One Piece shaves a very worthwhile 100 episodes off the overall length. Here are the One Piece episodes comprised completely of filler material, also including the tales some fans consider "anime canon."

1. Usopp Vs. Daddy The Parent! Showdown At High Noon! (Ep. 50)

2. Fiery Cooking Battle? Sanji Vs. The Beautiful Chef! (Ep. 51)

3. Precursor To A New Adventure! Apis, A Mysterious Girl! (Ep. 54)

4. Miraculous Creature! Apis' Secret And The Legendary Island! (Ep. 55)

5. Eric Attacks! Great Escape From Warship Island! (Ep. 56)

6. A Solitary Island In The Distant Sea! The Legendary Lost Island! (Ep. 57)

7. Showdown In The Ruins! Tense Zoro vs. Eric! (Ep. 58)

8. Luffy, Completely Surrounded! Commodore Nelson's Secret Strategy! (Ep. 59)

9. Through The Sky They Soar! The 1000 Year Legend Lives Again! (Ep. 60)

10. Off To The Desert Kingdom! The Rain-Summoning Powder And The Rebel Army! (Ep. 93)

11. Enter The Desert Pirates! The Men Who Live Freely! (Ep. 98)

12. False Fortitude! Camu, Rebel Soldier At Heart! (Ep. 99)

13. Showdown In A Heat Haze! Ace Vs. The Gallant Scorpion! (Ep. 101)

14. Ruins And Lost Ways! Vivi, Her Friends And The Country's Form! (Ep. 102)

15. The First Patient! The Untold Story of the Rumble Ball! (Ep. 131)

16. Uprising of the Navigator! For The Unyielding Dream! (Ep. 132)

17. A Recipe Handed Down! Sanji, The Iron Man of Curry! (Ep. 133)

18. I Will Make It Bloom! Usopp The Man And The Eight-Foot Shell! (Ep. 134)

19. The Fabled Pirate Hunter! Zoro, The Wandering Swordsman! (Ep. 135)

20. Zenny Of The Island Of Goats And The Pirate Ship In The Mountains! (Ep. 136)

21. How's Tricks? The Designs Of Zenny The Moneylender! (Ep. 137)

22. Whereabouts Of The Island Treasure! Attack Of The Zenny Pirates! (Ep. 138)

23. Legend Of The Rainbow Mist! Old Man Henzo Of The Luluka Island! (Ep. 139)

24. Residents Of The Land Of Eternity! The Pumpkin Pirates! (Ep. 140)

25. Thoughts of Home! The Pirate Graveyard Of No Escape! (Ep. 141)

26. An Inevitable Melee! Wetton's Schemes And The Rainbow Tower! (Ep. 142)

27. And So, The Legend Begins! To The Other Side Of The Rainbow! (Ep. 143)

28. A State Of Emergency Is Issued! A Notorious Pirate Ship Has Infiltrated! (Ep. 196)

29. Sanji The Cook! Proving His Merit At The Marine Dining Hall! (Ep. 197)

30. Captured Zoro! Chopper's Emergency Operation! (Ep. 198)

31. The Marines' Dragnet Closes In! The Second Member Captured! (Ep. 199)

32. Luffy and Sanji's Daring Rescue Mission! (Ep. 200)

33. Enter The Hot-Blooded Special Forces! Battle On The Bridge! (Ep. 201)

34. Breaking Through The Siege! The Going Merry Is Recovered! (Ep. 202)

35. The Pirate Ship Disappears! Fortress Battle, Round 2! (Ep. 203)

36. The Gold And Waver Recovery Operations! (Ep. 204)

37. The One Fell Swoop Plan! Jonathan's Surefire Secret Tactic! (Ep. 205)

38. Farewell, Marine Fortress! The Last Battle For Escape! (Ep. 206)

39. Round 3! The Round-and-Round Roller Race! (Ep. 213)

40. A Seriously Heated Race! Into the Final Round! (Ep. 214)

41. Screaming-Hot Bombardment! Pirate Dodgeball! (Ep. 215)

42. Showdown On The Cliff! Red Light, Green Light! (Ep. 216)

43. Was It Lost? Stolen? Who Are You? (Ep. 220)

44. A Mysterious Boy With A Horn And Robin's Deduction! (Ep. 221)

45. Now, Let's Get Back Our Memories! The Pirate Crew Lands On The Island! (Ep. 222)

46. Zoro Bares His Fangs! A Savage Animal Stands In The Way! (Ep. 223)

47. The Last Counterattack By The Memory Thief Who Reveals His True Colors! (Ep. 224)

48. Proud Man! Silver Fox Foxy! (Ep. 225)

49. The Guy Who’s The Closest To Invincible? And The Most Dangerous Man! (Ep. 226)

50. Jump Towards The Falls! Luffy’s Feelings! (Ep. 279)

51. The Ways Of Men! Zoro's Techniques, Usopp's Dream! (Ep. 280)

52. A Bond Of Friendship Woven By Tears! Nami's World Map! (Ep. 281)

53. Parting Builds A Man's Character! Sanji And Chopper! (Ep. 282)

54. Everything Is For Her Friends! Robin In The Darkness! (Ep. 283)

55. Boss Luffy Returns! Is It A Dream Or Reality? Lottery Ruckus! (Ep. 291)

56. A Big Rice Cake Tossing Race At The Castle! Red Nose's Plot! (Ep. 292)

57. Boss Luffy Is The Culprit? Track Down The Missing Great Cherry Tree! (Ep. 303)

58. The Girl In Search Of Her Yagara! Great Search In The City of Water! (Ep. 317)

59. Mothers Are Strong! Zoro's Hectic Household Chores! (Ep. 318)

60. Sanji's Shock! Mysterious Old Man And His Super Yummy Cooking! (Ep. 319)

61. The Mysterious Band Of Pirates! Sunny And The Dangerous Trap! (Ep. 326)

62. Sunny In A Pinch! Roar, Secret Superspeed Mecha! (Ep. 327)

63. The Dream Sinking In The New World! The Disillusioned Pirate, Puzzle! (Ep. 328)

64. The Assassins Attack! The Great Battle On Ice Begins! (Ep. 329)

65. The Straw Hats' Hard Battles! A Pirate Soul Risking It All for the Flag! (Ep. 330)

66. Hot Full Throttle! The Twins' Magnetic Power Drawing Near! (Ep. 331)

67. Mansion Of Great Chaos! The Enraged Don And The Captured Crew! (Ep. 332)

68. The Return Of The Phoenix! The Dream Of The Pirate Flag Sworn To A Friend! (Ep. 333)

69. The Red Hot Decisive Battle! Luffy Vs. The Scorching Don! (Ep. 334)

70. Waiting In The New World! Farewell To The Brave Pirates! (Ep. 335)

71. Chopperman To The Rescue! Protect The TV Station By The Shore! (Ep. 336)

72. The Slow-Slow Menace! "Silver Fox" Foxy Returns! (Ep. 382)

73. The Great Scramble For Treasure! Collapse! Spa Island! (Ep. 383)

74. Brook's Great Struggle! Is The Path To Becoming A True Comrade Rigorous? (Ep. 384)

75. Feudal Era Side Story! Boss Luffy Appears Again (Ep. 406)

76. Feudal Era Side Story! Defeat Thriller Company's Trap (Ep. 407)

77. The Friends' Whereabouts! The Science Of Weather And The Mechanical Island! (Ep. 418)

78. The Friends' Whereabouts! An Island Of Giant Birds And A Pink Paradise! (Ep. 419)

79. The Friends' Whereabouts! Bridging The Islands And Vicious Vegetations! (Ep. 420)

80. A Special Presentation Related To The Movie! A Gold Lion's Ambition On The Move! (Ep. 426)

81. A Special Presentation Related To The Movie! Little East Blue In Danger! (Ep. 427)

82. A Special Presentation Related To The Movie! The Fierce Onslaught Of The Amigo Pirates! (Ep. 428)

83. A Special Presentation Related to the Movie! Luffy vs. Largo - The Battle Is On! (Ep. 429)

84. The Friends' Whereabouts! A Cheeper Of Giant Birds And A Pink Showdown! (Ep. 454)

85. The Friends' Whereabouts! Revolutionaries And The Gorging Forest's Trap! (Ep. 455)

86. The Friends' Whereabouts! A Huge Tomb And The Panty Debt! (Ep. 456)

87. A Special Retrospective Before Marineford! The Vow Of The Brotherhood! (Ep. 457)

88. A Special Retrospective Before Marineford! The Three Navy Admirals Come Together! (Ep. 458)

89. The Strongest Tag-Team! Luffy And Toriko's Hard Struggle! (Ep. 492)

90. Leaving The Dadan Family For Good? The Kids' Hideout Has Been Built! (Ep. 497)

91. Luffy Becoming An Apprentice?! A Man Who Fought Against The King Of The Pirates! (Ep. 498)

92. The Battle Against The Big Tiger! Who Is Going To Be Captain?! (Ep. 499)

93. Straw Hats In Shock! The Bad News Has Reached Them! (Ep. 506)

94. A Team Is Formed! Save Chopper (Ep. 542)

95. Z's Ambition! Lily The Little Giant! (Ep. 575)

96. Z's Ambition! A Dark And Powerful Army! (Ep. 576)

97. Z's Ambition! A Great And Desperate Escape Plan! (Ep. 577)

98. Z's Ambition! Luffy Vs. Shuzo! (Ep. 578)

99. History's Strongest Collaboration Vs. Glutton Of The Sea (Ep. 590)

100. Caesar Goes Missing! The Pirate Alliance Makes A Sortie! (Ep. 626)

101. Luffy Dies At Sea!? The Pirate Alliance Comes Apart! (Ep. 627)

102. A Major Turnaround! Luffy's Angry Iron Fist Strikes! (Ep. 628)

103. The Birth Of The Legend! The Adventures Of The Revolutionary Warrior Sabo! (Ep. 737)

104. The Silver Fortress! Luffy And Barto's Great Adventure! (Ep. 747)

105. An Underground Maze! Luffy Vs. The Tram Human! (Ep. 748)

106. The Sword Technique Heats Up! Law And Zoro Finally Appear! (Ep. 749)

107. A Desperate Situation! Luffy Fights A Battle In Extreme Heat! (Ep. 750)

108. Save Zunesha! The Straw Hats' Rescue Operation! (Ep. 775)

109. A Hungry Front! Luffy And The Navy Rookies! (Ep. 780)

110. The Implacable Three! A Big Chase After the Straw Hats! (Ep. 781)

111. The Devil's Fist! A Show Down! Luffy Vs. Grount! (Ep. 782)

112. Going Into Action - The Implacable New Fleet Admiral Sakazuki (Ep. 881)

113. Side Story! The World's Greatest Bounty Hunter, Cidre! (Ep. 895)

114. Side Story! Clash! Luffy Vs. The King Of Carbonation! (Ep. 896)

115. Romance Dawn (Ep. 907)

Related: Naruto: Every Tailed Beast & Jinchuriki In The Series

Thankfully, One Piece filler arcs generally stop at the 10-episode mark, but these are still large enough to be considered arcs in their own right. Excluding one-off crossovers, anime canon and single-use filler stories, One Piece's anime-original arcs can be collated into sections as follows. These are the batches of episodes it's safe to avoid without detracting from the experience.

Warship Island Arc (episodes 54-61) - A short, light-hearted adventure just before Luffy and co. enter the Grand Line.

Post-Alabasta Arc (episodes 131-135) -  Character-focused recap episodes.

Goat Island Arc (episodes 136-138) - Introduces the non-canon pirate money lender known as Zenny.

Ruluka Island Arc (episodes 139-143) - The Straw Hats go up against a dictator called Rapanui.

G-8 Arc (episodes 196-206) - Deviating from the manga, the Going Merry drops out of Skypiea directly into a Marine base.

Ocean's Dream Arc (episodes 220-224) - A tie-in to the PlayStation 1 game of the same name.

Foxy Returns Arc (episodes 225-226) - More sport-based Shenanigans with the hapless Foxy.

Ice Hunter Arc (episodes 326-335) - The Straw Hats lose their flag to another pirate.

Spa Island Arc (episodes 382-384) - Because a story set in a spa was never going to be canon.

Little East Blue Arc (episodes 426-429) - A prequel to the One Piece: Strong World movie.

Z's Ambition Arc (episodes 575-578) - Leads into One Piece Film: Z.

Caesar Retrieval Arc (episodes 626-628) - One Piece's Straw Hats lose their prisoner, Caesar Clown, on the way to Dressrosa.

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