S-Bear’s ability to use Bartholomew Kuma’s Devil Fruit abilities has all sorts of implications for what the Seraphim are truly capable of.
The Seraphim were already pretty dangerous for a number of reasons. Not only are they the newest model of Pacifista and not only do they have Lunarian traits, but they’re expected to get stronger when they’re aged up. What’s really troubling, however, is their ability to use Devil Fruit Powers.
It was revealed in One Piece Chapter 1065, “Six Vegapunks,” revealed that the Seraphim were able to use Devil Fruits. However, where they got the powers or who got what power was still unknown. However, Chapter 1068, “A Genius’s Dream,” gave readers a better idea of how the Seraphim’s powers work thanks to the Bartholomew Kuma Seraph, S-Bear.
How Do the Seraphim’s Devil Fruit Powers Work?
CP0 used S-Bear’s “power” to fly themselves from their ship into Egghead’s inland. Vegapunk Pythagoras elaborated that this must have been the Seraph’s Paw-Paw Fruit powers at work. Whether this is true or not, it confirms that S-Bear does, in fact, possess the powers of the Paw-Paw Fruit.
However, S-Bear’s Paw-Paw Fruit powers can’t come from Kuma’s fruit. Not only is the former Warlord still active, but he used his power to teleport himself in the very same chapter. This must mean that S-Bear’s Devil Fruit powers are a successful copy of the original.
S-Bear being able to teleport like Kuma suggests a few things about the nature of the Seraphim’s Devil Fruit abilities. First of all, they are all perfect or at least near-perfect replicas of the original; at the very least, they have enough usability to be implemented into some of the World Government’s most expensive cyborgs. Vegapunk must have completed his research on replicating Devil Fruits, which coul have even greater implications for things to come.
The Seraphim using Devil Fruit replicas also means that the original Devil Fruit user doesn’t have to be dead for them to have their powers. For example, S-Shark having Señor Pink’s Swim-Swim powers doesn’t mean that Señor Pink himself is dead. A lot of fans were worried that Franky wouldn’t get to canonically have that drink with him, so this comes as good news to them.
Finally, S-Bear having Kuma’s Devil Fruit suggests that any other Seraphim who show up will also have the abilities of the Warlord they’re modeled after. In the case of Warlords who didn’t originally have devil Fruits like Jimbei and Mihawk, an optimal Devil Fruit power will likely be provided to them. This could make the Seraphim greater than or equal to their respective Warlords when combined with the rest of their cybernetic enhancements.
It’s a small detail, but S-Bear having Paw-Paw powers says a lot about where the story is headed. It also serves to further elaborate on what the Seraphim are and just how big of a threat they can be. This is to say nothing of how one of them just teleported the primary antagonists of the Egghead Arc through a significant portion of Vegapunk’s defenses. Whether they’re as powerful as the original Warlords or not, they’re clearly not meant to be trifled with.