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Navigating the Seas: A guide to One Piece filler

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One Piece, the adventurous tale of Monkey D. Luffy and his Straw Hat Pirates, is renowned for its epic length. While the vast majority is dedicated to the core narrative, there are also pockets of filler scattered throughout its hundreds of episodes. These filler arcs and episodes can be a detour for some viewers eager to reach the next plot point. But for others, they offer a chance to delve deeper into the crew’s dynamics or explore side stories.

This article will equip you with the knowledge to navigate the seas of One Piece filler arcs and episodes.

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What is filler?

Filler refers to episodes or arcs in an anime that are not based on the original source material (manga in One Piece’s case). These are created to extend the anime’s runtime or bridge gaps between manga chapters.


Should you skip filler?

While some filler arcs are considered weak or repetitive, others offer lighthearted adventures or interesting character insights. Ultimately, the decision to skip filler is up to you. Here’s a breakdown to help you decide:

  • Focus on the main story: If you’re primarily interested in the core plot of One Piece, you can safely skip most filler arcs and episodes.
  • Enjoy a break from the adventure: Some filler arcs provide a fun change of pace with lighthearted stories or focus on specific characters.
  • Explore the world: Filler can introduce non-canon locations and characters that add depth to the world of One Piece.

One Piece filler list

There are 94 filler episodes scattered throughout One Piece. Knowing which episodes are filler can be helpful. Here is the list of One Piece filler arcs and episodes:

EpisodeEpisode/Arc title
54 – 60Worship Island Arc
98 – 99Enter the Desert Pirates! The Men Who Live Freely!, False Fortitude! Camu, Rebel Soldier at Heart!
102Ruins and Lost Ways! Vivi, Her Friends and the Country’s Form!
131 – 135Post-Alabasta Arc
136 – 138Goat Island Arc
139 – 143Ruluka Island Arc
196 – 206G-8 Arc
220 – 225Ocean’s Dream Arc
279 – 283Mid-Enies Lobby Flashback Mini Arc
291 – 292Boss Luffy Returns! Is It a Dream or Reality? Lottery Ruckus!, A Big Rice Cake Tossing Race at the Castle! Red Nose’s Plot!
303Boss Luffy Is the Culprit? Track Down the Missing Great Cherry Tree!
317 – 319Mid Post-Enies Lobby Side Stories
326 – 336Ice Hunter Arc
382 – 384Spa Island Arc
406 – 407Special Historical Arc
426 – 429Little East Blue Arc
457 – 458A Special Retrospective Before Marineford
492The Strongest Tag-Team! Luffy and Toriko’s Hard Struggle!
542A Team Is Formed! Save Chopper
575 – 578Z’s Ambition Arc
590History’s Strongest Collaboration vs. Glutton of the Sea
626 – 628Caesar Retrieval Arc
747 – 750Silver Mine Arc
780 – 782Marine Rookie Arc
895 – 896Cidre Guild Arc
90720th Anniversary Special! Romance Dawn
1029 – 1030One Piece Film Red Tie-in Mini Arc

  • G-8 Arc (episodes 196-206): The Straw Hats get caught in a marine base and must use their wit to escape. This arc is praised for its action and comedic moments.
  • Ice Hunter Arc (episodes 326-336): Aokiji, the ice admiral, joins the crew on a winter island adventure. This arc delves into Aokiji’s character and offers a glimpse into the harshness of the New World.

Filler can be a double-edged sword in One Piece. While some might find it distracting, others might enjoy the occasional detour. With the help of the list in this guide, you can tailor your One Piece viewing experience to suit your preferences and set sail for a grand adventure.

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