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Dressrosa in One Piece



Dressrosa is one of the twenty countries that established the World Government. The kingdom is located in the New World. It is the second island that Straw Hat Pirates visited while in the New World.


The nation is highly recognized for its battle colosseum, cuisine, passionate women, and flower fields. The high crime rate in the nation is caused by the local women’s propensity for committing violent jealousy-related crimes. According to the locals themselves, the inhabitants of the land also hold the belief that “fairies” exist there and take possessions from people to use as “offerings.”


Living Toys were introduced to the nation during Donquixote Doflamingo’s dictatorship and eventually blended seamlessly with the native people.


All About Dressrosa


Name

Dressrosa

Anime Debut

One Piece Episode 608

Manga Debut

Chapter 682

Region

New World

Affiliates

World Government (Riku Family)

Donquixote Pirates (Former)


History of Dressrosa


Dressrosa was one of the 20 Kingdoms that battled the Great Kingdom. The Riku Family took over Dressrosa from the Donquixote Family after the latter moved to Mary Geoise.


The island was very prosperous 900 years ago under the control of the Donquixote Family, albeit at the expense of the slave labor work done by the Dwarves. The country lost some of its wealth when the Riku Family took power and the Dwarves were set free, but it was also renowned for its unmatched serenity. The Dwarves planted a variety of flora and fauna all over the island as payback for their freedom.



Doflamingo invaded Dressrosa ten years ago and overthrew the Riku ruling family during his time there as a Warlord of the Sea. Due to the benefits and pardons he received for swearing loyalty to the World Government, he was able to take the throne. As a result, the Donquixote Pirates used the island as their base and the castle bore his smiley.


500 Dwarves were kidnapped and forced to work in Doflamingo’s SMILE Factory because the Donquixote Family was back in power. The nation reverted to a prosperous situation like the one it had under the Donquixote Family’s control centuries earlier.


Additionally, Sugar, who possessed the ability to erase one’s past and make those closest to them forget who they were, was taken in by Doflamingo. She has the ability to turn people and animals into living toys, and this ability was one of Doflamingo’s darkest secrets due to which Sugar was protected at all costs and at all times.


Doflamingo established two rules under his rule which the citizens of Dressrosa adhered to: no one was allowed to roam around outside of their homes after midnight; and both people and toys were not permitted inside of each other’s homes.


During the current timeline, following the Punk Hazard Incident, Doflamingo falsely renounced his agreement with the World Government, his rights as a Warlord of the Sea, and his kingly position, which resulted in an uproar among citizens of Dressrosa. This was fixed when CP0 arrived and calmed the citizens by informing them of the fabrications.


Meanwhile, the Straw Hat Pirates, Kin’emon, Momonosuke, and Trafalgar Law were en route to Dressrosa to attack the SMILE Factory. The Thunder Soldier, a member of a group that intends to destroy both the factory and the entire Dressrosa country, met with Franky in particular.


All the toys returned to their original self after Sugar was defeated, and so did the people’s lost memories of the ones who got converted into toys. This included Thunder Soldier, who served Doflamingo’s head after turning back to Kyros. All the inhabitants turned against Doflamingo, causing unrest to spread over the remaining Kingdom.



Doflamingo played the Birdcage as his final card after Sugar was defeated. He used his power to summon a dome of blade-like strings that encircled the entire island and blocked access to the outer world and cut down communication. During this time, Pica changed the island’s topography by lowering the central plateau, raising the Flower Hill and palace even higher, and bringing the SMILE Factory above ground. This created the ideal environment for Doflamingo’s bounty hunting game, which he used to turn the majority of the population against his enemies and act as a metaphor for an election.


Twelve people who had enraged Doflamingo before the Birdcage was built were the target of the game’s hunt. To put an end to Doflamingo’s game, which would have continued indefinitely, the people had the option to either pursue Doflamingo personally or pursue those 12 offenders. As an additional incentive for the hunters to pursue the targets, bounty prizes were also granted; the value of these rewards was correlated with the number of stars assigned to each individual in question.



When Doflamingo used his “Parasite” technique on several civilians and Marines, battles broke out all around the nation, with residents seeking to subdue the controlled people while also trying to apprehend the “criminals.” The strongest competitors in the colosseum joined Luffy and Zoro as they rushed towards the palace. They were all united in their desire to remove Doflamingo’s head.


With the exception of Baby 5, who defected, the participants ultimately faced and defeated the Donquixote Family executives. Zoro defeated Pica, Kyros defeated Diamante, and Franky defeated Senor Pink. This final victory allowed the destruction of the SMILE Factory which freed all of the imprisoned dwarves. Additionally, Leo and Usopp separately defeated Giolla and Sugar twice, with the former’s triumph resulting in the rescue of the Dwarf princess Masherry. Sabo fought Admiral Fujitora at a different location, but the conflict came to a halt when the Revolutionary gave Fujitora a chance to speak.


Meanwhile, Law and Luffy left to take on Doflamingo and Trebol. After attacking Doflamingo a few times, Luffy was stopped by Bellamy, leaving Law to go up against the monarch and his executive alone. Doflamingo chose to initiate his “end game” and began constructing the Birdcage with the intention of eliminating everyone on the island who was aware of his secret within an hour, believing that he had already “defeated” Law and won the battle.



Law’s defeat was actually a cunning trick to create a gap for his final, deadly attacks which rendered the Surgeon of Death immobile, as Luffy engaged Doflamingo once more. Doflamingo, however, still got up, giving Luffy the opportunity to confront the Warlord. At the same time, Law attacked Trebol with a fatal wound despite his unconsciousness. Trebol attempted to defeat Law alongside him, but failed, thus Luffy immediately separated the Surgeon of Death from his allies so that the Straw Hats captain could take on Doflamingo alone.


When the Birdcage began to progress close, more and more buildings started to pile up. While battling Doflamingo, Luffy’s attacks were not enough to push the Warlord, which prompted him to engage Gear Fourth. Doflamingo was sent flying from the palace top and crashed into multiple buildings due to the speed and force alone.



Doflamingo, however, was still standing and used his entirely new awakened Devil Fruit powers to transform the surrounding buildings into strings before attacking Luffy. The weaker residents were in trouble of being taken over by the Birdcage, but Riku delivered a stirring speech that lifted the citizens’ spirits and inspired them to keep moving. Meanwhile, Luffy dealt Doflamingo a crushing blow that sent him crashing into the palace as Zoro, Kin’emon, and Kanjuro moved in on the Birdcage with the intention of stopping it.


Doflamingo was not yet knocked unconscious, and Luffy had lost his Gear Fourth skills. Jesus Burgess and Doflamingo both tried to take advantage of this by trying to kill Luffy, but Sabo interfered and stopped Burgess and they engaged in a fierce battle that further damaged what was left of the city. While Luffy regained his Haki, Gatz from the Corrida Colosseum and several other gladiators came to his aid as they fought Doflamingo.


The Warlord, however, killed them with ease and, in a fit of rage, made the Birdcage shrink quicker. But almost everyone on Dressrosa made the decision to help Zoro hold back the Birdcage, and they temporarily succeeded in doing so. This gave Luffy enough time to regain his Haki and face Doflamingo once more. When he did, Luffy defeated the Warlord with a single, colossal punch, causing the Birdcage to vanish.



Everyone on Dressrosa rejoiced at the end of Doflamingo’s rule, and even though virtually the entire town was reduced to ruins, everyone was still joyful since they were now free.


Several Dressrosa residents intentionally blocked Admiral Frujitora’s way during the Straw Hats’ escape to stop him from attacking Luffy and the others with the debris he had gathered with his Devil Fruit.


Now that the threat was vanquished, the island’s residents began to rebuild the nation. To honor the four heroes of Dressrrosa and Green Bit, four sculptures were constructed; Monkey D. Luffy (as Lucy), Usopp, Kyros, and Mont Blanc. Additionally, the Tontatta Kingdom’s dwarves currently live side by side with the locals.


The Fire Tank Pirates arrived at Dressrosa after the incident in Totto Land to look for Lola. Riku Doldo III was gone on the Levely when the Germ Pirates launched their attack on the nation. Later, they were defeated by Capone Bege and his band of thugs.


Architecture of Dressrosa


The architecture at Dressrosa appears to have Spanish influences. Many buildings have wavy designs and checkered rooftops, giving the impression that they are vibrant and luxurious. The architecture of these buildings was simpler and more rural-like ten years ago, with several of them displaying cracks and patches. The abrupt increase of riches Dressrosa experienced under Donquixote Doflamingo’s leadership is attributed to this striking contrast in architecture. It was mentioned that some buildings were strong enough to resist being put by the cords in Doflamingo’s Birdcage.


One of Dressrosa’s top sights, the Corrida Colosseum, appears to be inspired by the original Roman Colosseum. It towers over every other building in the nation and is only surpassed in size by the SMILE Factory. However, the King’s Plateau, which is nearby, dwarfs it.


The entrance of the Toys House, at the foot of the King’s Plateau, seems as if it were built of enormous blocks. Several common, non-living toys are used to decorate its interior.


Geography of Dressrosa


Dressrosa is a luxury island with Spanish-themed design. The island’s biggest geological feature is the existence of enormous rock formations along its boundaries, which were separated by harbors. The island’s exterior was described as “rough-looking” by Luffy.


The Corrida Colosseum is situated at the port city of Acacia, which is on the southwest coast of the island. On the island’s northwest side, Primula is a different settlement. The town of Sebo is located to the south of the island. The town of Carta can be found in the east. The King’s Plateau, a massive rocky structure in the middle of the island, serves as support for the Royal Palace, which is perched on it.



A bridge made of iron connects Dressrosa and Green Bit in the north of the nation. The bridge has been shut for 200 years because of the Fighting Fish’s presence. In order to learn more about Green Bit, Law, Robin, Usopp, and Caesar Clown visited the “Cafe Bar La Baltad” restaurant next to the bridge.



The underground of Dressrosa, which housed the SMILE Factory and a harbor for Doflamingo’s Underworld customers, is one of the city’s best-kept secrets. The Corrida Colosseum is underneath the SMILE Factory. The Underground is also connected to the Toys House and the Royal Palace by an elevator.



Given how quickly one can travel between the two islands, Dressrosa and Punk Hazard are not too far apart. Three more islands, including Applenine Island, are located nearby. The distance between those three islands and Dressrosa allows them to receive Den Den Mushi broadcast signals.


By the time Doflamingo was defeated, nearly the entire kingdom was in ruins. The Birdcage had done significant damage to the country, and Pica’s powers had moved and altered various locations.


Locations at Dressrosa


Dressrosa is a vast nation with multiple locations with hundreds of thousands civilians residing in it. Given below is a list of locations and some information about them.


Acacia



Acacia is a harbor city located at the southwest of Dressrosa. This is also where the Corrida Colosseum is located.


Sebio


Sebio is a port town located at the south of the nation. The town was destroyed when Doflamingo controlled King Riku Doldo III to take control of Dressrosa. It was eventually rebuilt during Doflamingo's reign as the monarch.


Primula



Primula town is located at the northwest of Dressrosa. It is the location of the Lover’s Lane, a popular hangout point for couples.


Carta

Carta is a town located at the east of Dressrosa. It is a port town with a forest surrounding it. Most of it is currently in ruins. After Doflamingo was defeated, the Straw Hats and their allies used the town’s wreckage as a means of escaping the nation. The house of Kyros and Scarlett is situated at the top of a flower-covered hill.


Balsa

Balsa is a town located to the absolute north of Dressrosa. It is an anime-only location. Its name might have been inspired by a plant, like some of the locations in the nation. The term “balsa” can apply to either the balsa tree or the light wood it makes. After deploying the Birdcage, Doflamingo moved the Dressrosa Royal Palace here. The palace is still there, at the top of the New Royal Plateau, after Doflamingo’s defeat.


Corrida Colosseum



One of Dressrosa’s most iconic landmarks is the Corrida Colosseum. It is a structure that mainly serves as a venue for fight events. It was damaged during the finals to expose the SMILE Factory underneath by Sabo.


Flower Hill

The Flower Hill was located side by side to the King’s Plateau in the center of the island. This is where Scarlett’s grave is located. The top is covered by sunflowers, grown by the Tontatta Tribe of dwarves after they were set free from slavery 800 years ago by the Riku Family. During Operation SOP, it served as the dwarves’ secret headquarters as well. The hill and the underground trade port were joined by a tunnel that the dwarves excavated. Additionally, it featured a tunnel that led straight to Green Bit.



Dressrosa’s Royal Palace was built on top of the hill, creating a new King’s Plateau, after Pica altered the landscape. The ground below the hill also rose as a result of Pica’s powers.


King’s Plateau

The King Plateau is a huge monument, a crown-shaped landmark. It is located in the center of the island and served to sustain both the Toys House and the Royal House of Dressrosa. Its center included an elevator that connected the two buildings.


The base of the King’s Plateau sank into the earth after Pica altered Dressrosa’s topography, possibly burying the Toys House beneath the surface. Additionally, it developed ties to the Corrida Colosseum. In the end, Pica also produced a brand-new King’s Plateau with four levels, the fourth of which was the Flower Hill. The “Old King’s Plateau” was the original plateau’s nickname.


Dressrosa’s Royal Palace

Dressrosa’s Royal Palace stood on top of the King’s Plateau. It was made up of a three-story exterior wall tower built atop a five-story building. The Hall of Suits, a chamber with four chairs designed like card suits, is located on the second floor. This is where Doflamingo and his main executives held meetings.



A lift at the middle of the plateau connected the Underground Trade Port with the first main floor of the palace after passing through the Toys House neighborhood at the base of the plateau, in three stories, the outer wall tower, and its three floors. There is a hidden staircase that only members of the Riku Family are aware of. It was only formerly accessible via lift from the plateau’s base.


Toys House

The Toys House was a building located at the base of the King’s Plateau. Despite its name, it was basically a point of access that the toys used to go to the Underground Trade Port. In order for the Toys to work at the Underground Trade Port, they had to go back there every night. It featured four main entrances, each of which was composed of enormous building blocks and was situated at one of the four cardinal points. A wallpaper featuring images of city buildings and several lifeless doll figurines were used to decorate the interior.


Underground Trade Port



The Underground Trade Port was a vast, secret port where Doflamingo conducted his underworld business in part of Dressrosa. The majority of the Sugar-turned-Toys that worked there did so at night. The SMILE Factory was situated right next to it. The building known as the Officer’s Tower sat in the middle of the underground port and was where Sugar did her business turning humans into toys. Trebol and three soldiers guarded it closely, though Trebol ultimately destroyed it.


Scrap Heap



The Scrap Heap was a big underground chamber situated below the Officer’s Tower, and it connected through pipes to several entrances above ground, including the Corrida Colosseum. Along with the losers from the Corrida Colosseum, who were seized by Trebol so that Sugar could turn them into toys, misbehaving toys were also put there under the pretext of being defective.


SMILE Factory



The SMILE Factory was a massive building located just below the Corrida Colosseum. The fake SMILE Devil Fruits were manufactured here. The factory emerged from the ground when Pica altered Dressrosa’s landscape.


Inhabitants of Dressrosa


Dressrosa is inhabited by the Riku Family and Tontatta Tribe, majorly. Apart from them hundreds of thousands of citizens reside here. The main inhabitants of the nation are listed below:


Riku Doldo III



King Riku Doldo III is the current monarch of the Riku Family and the re-crowned king of Dressrosa after Donquixote Doflamingo’s defeat.


Scarlett



Scarlett was the former crown prince of Dressrosa and the first child of the Riku Family. She fabricated her own demise to marry Kyros. She was also Rebecca’s mother and Viola’s older sister. When the Donquixote Pirates seized Dressrosa ten years ago, Diamante killed her.


Viola



Viola is the second daughter of the Riku Family, and the current crown princess of Dressrosa. After her niece Rebecca retired from her role as the crown princess, Viola took over her position.


Rebecca



Rebecca is Viola’s niece, grandchild of Riku Doldo III, and the daughter of Scarlet and Kyros. She was once the royal princess of Dressrosa, but she gave up her position to live with her father, and she now looks after her aunt Viola.


Kyros



Kyros is the former legendary gladiator who battled in the Corrida Colosseum until he fled to take on the position of captain in Dressrosa’s regal army. He formerly served as the captain of the Riku Royal Army. He is the son-in-law of Riku Doldo III, the father of Rebecca, and the spouse of Scarlett.


Donquixote Pirates



After overthrowing King Riku Doldo III, Donquixote Pirates took control over the entire Dressrosa until they were defeated by the Straw Hat Pirates.


Tontatta Tribe



The Tontatta Tribe resides in Dressrosa freely alongside the rest of the citizens after the Straw Hat Pirates freed the nation from the evil rule of Donquixote Doflamingo. The Tontatta Tribe is basically an army of dwarves that live in the nation who were assumed to be “fairies.”


Trivia


  • As can be witnessed by the architecture, costumes, flamenco dancers, paella (a dish typical of the Valencian Community) and gazpacho (a dish typical of Andalusia), as well as Spanish terminology, Dressrosa draws an inspiration from the real-world nation of Spain, in particular the autonomous communities of Andalusia and Catalonia. The architecture of Dressrosa is reminiscent of Park Güell, an Antoni Gaudí designed garden complex in Barcelona. Spanish literature frequently reflects the impassioned killings that are so prevalent in Dressrosa, especially during the Romantic era in the early 19th century. Last but not least, three towns and districts in Dressrosa appear to have names derived from real-world Spanish cities: Balsa (from Barcelona) Sevio (from Sevilla), and Carta (from Cartagena).


  • The most well-known Spanish classic Don Quixote, whose title protagonist has the same name, is the source of the Donquixote Family, which has occasionally ruled over Dressrosa.


  • The native fighting fish of the island resemble bulls in both appearance and attitude. The sport of bullfighting itself is popular in Spain.


  • Dressrosa’s entertainment is also influenced by Roman culture because it contains a huge Colosseum where gladiators would battle to the death for the entertainment of the crowd.


  • The word “corrida" comes from the Corrida Colosseum and refers to the traditional Spanish bullfighting sport.


  • The majority of the natives of Dressrosa are given Spanish accents in the Funimation dub, which adds to the theme.


  • Luffy and Sabo claim that Dressrosa, albeit ruled by Doflamingo, is comparable to their native Goa Kingdom in that both nations’ royal families and nobility maintain a severe system of class distinction and discrimination.


  • The biggest prize ever quoted in the series was told when Doflamingo attempted to sell King Riku the privilege to reign Dressrosa from 10,000,000,000 Beli.


FAQs


Q. Where is Dressrosa in One Piece?

A. Dressrosa is one of the twenty countries that established the World Government. The kingdom is located in the New World.


Q. In which episode of One Piece is Dressrosa shown?

A. Dressrosa debuts in the One Piece episode 608 titled, “The Mastermind in the Shadows! Doflamingo Moves!”, and in chapter 682 of the manga, titled, “Puppet Master.”


Q. Is the Dressrosa arc a filler?

A. No, Dressrosa is a canon arc in One Piece.


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