Punk Hazard is the first island where the Straw Hats Pirates arrive after the time skip. They arrived on this island after they received a distress signal from someone on the island. A sea of fire and icebergs surrounds this island on the other side.
A sea of fire surrounds this island on one side and with icebergs on the other. In the center of it there is a hole where seawater flows which separates both halves of the island and has sharks living within. This lake was formed due to a crater that was formed during the fight between Akainu and Aoikiji and it was then filled with seawater. The aftermath of that fight was the reason why there are burning patches and frozen waters in the lake.
This lake has fierce wind and currents that run across it. There is an extreme temperature difference that is there between the ice and magma that leads to an extreme difference in the air pressure which leads to the formation of massive gale-force winds. Before the poison gas incident occurred, Punk Hazard was a military base of the World Government where the island’s main port was located, but due to the disaster, it is now abandoned.
The entrance has a danger sign bolted with hazard stripes around it. The external border is heavily fenced in and inside it, the military base lies. Due to the volcano’s heat, the nearby buildings melted and were deformed. Vegapunk’s artificial dragon roams around the melted base.
The Burning Lands is the hot southwest part of the island which is due to Akainu’s devil fruit powers. It has a fiery sea that is filled with dead fish bones that surround the burning lands. This was produced due to the aftermath of the duel between Akainu and Aokiji. It is impossible for ships to dock at this part of Punk Hazard.
The Ice Lands is the cool northeastern half which was due to Aokiji’s devil fruit powers. This half of the island is a frozen region with huge ice mountains and freezing winds. It is surrounded by a large number of icebergs. The Ice Lands contain a harbor full of captured ships.
The river that leads to the harbor is blocked by icebergs which can crush ships. These Ice Lands have a lot of laboratories and underground facilities which were used in chemical warfare. Most of them were destroyed during the poison gas incident and only a few remain.
When Gigantification experiments were being conducted on Punk Hazard, the scientists out there were trying to create the ancient giants. Even though the experiment subjects achieved the desired sizes and strength, they lacked intelligence and were considered a failure. When Kaido came to this island he purchased all the failures and added them to his crew.
Punk Hazard used to be a lush green island that was full of life, the World Government used this island as a base research station for their chemical weapons. Vegapunk was the Head Researcher and Caesar Clown was second in Command. The Pirates who were sent here were used as guinea pigs for their experiments.
Caesar Clown used to conduct a secret experiment with a poison gas bomb. When Vegapunk was finally done with covering up Vegapunk’s messes, he removed him from the team but Caesar took it as a sign of jealousy and activated the poison bomb in anger. The poisonous gas from the bomb spread throughout the island and killed off all the plant life and the majority of the population of Punk Hazard.
The survivors include Vegapunk and Caesar who escaped in the nick of time. After the poison gas incident, the Marines closed off Punk Hazard. After Caesar Clown escaped prison, he returned back to Punk Hazard where he used his devil fruit power to purify the island of the poison gas. He merged the gas with a devil fruit and turned it into a mountain size sentient and named it Smiley.
He kept Smiley locked up and hidden in a warehouse. He then recruited the remaining surviving prisoners and gave them artificial legs in the form of gas-powered balloons since they were paralyzed from their lower bodies. The survivors accepted him as their master not knowing that he was behind their paralysis.
After Marineford War, Punk Hazard was known as the place where Akainu and Aokiji fought over the position of Fleet Admiral. This fight lasted for ten days and the aftermath of this battle caused one side of the island to be permanently in flames and the other side is permanently frozen.
When Kin’emon arrived on this island looking for Momonosuke(his acting son) who managed to arrive at Punk Hazard by sneaking in a boat, he encountered Law. He was defeated by Law and cut into three pieces, his head was taken to the facility but his torsi and legs were left out in different places. His torso still had his arms the two swords that he had.
The Straw Hat arrived at Punk Hazard as they had received a distress call and wanted to investigate it, they were unaware that Smoker and Tashigi were following them. When Smoker and Tashigi arrived near Punk Hazard, they were surprised to see that there were still a lot of poisonous gases that were still coming out of the island even after two years since the poison gas incident took place.
After they navigated their way through the island, they discovered the laboratory and encounter Law who said that the place was his vacation home. Later on, when Caesar is successful in capturing Law, Tashigi, Smoker, Luffy, Robin, and Franky, he spreads the poisonous gas across the island with the help of Smiley.
The poison gas speards across the whole island making it inhabitable except for the area around the research area. Caesar tries to even petrify his enemies by releasing the gas in Section A and B of the lab. In order for that to not happen, Law cuts the research facility in half and then even defeats Vergo who was undercover and was on the island on behalf of Doflamingo.
The people who live on Punk Hazard are:
Dr. Vegapunk is the leading scientist of the SSG. His works include discovering the secrets and uses of seastone, how the devil fruit works, and various other scientific achievements. He currently lives in Egghead, where his lab is.
Caesar Clown is a scientist who used to colleague with Vegapunk. He is cruel, arrogant, scheming, and a really evil person. He takes great pleasure in harming and destroying anything around him without any hesitation. He is also a huge egomaniac.
Monet is a scout and Caesar’s assistant. She used to have her human hands and legs but they got replaced with bird limbs due to the experiments done on her. She was also a member of the Donquixote Pirates and an undercover agent for Doflamingo.
He is famously known as the ‘Surgeon of Death’ and is a pirate from the North Blue. He is Captain of the Heart Pirates.
Aokiji was a Marine Admiral and after he lost his fight to Akainu, he left the Marines and it is rumored that Aokiji then joined the Blackbeard Pirates. Aokiji saved the lives of thousands of Marines during the Marineford War. He possesses the Hie Hie devil fruit which allows him to create, control and transform ice at will.
Akainu was promoted to Fleet Admiral after his battle with Aokiji. He believes in the concept of absolute justice and makes sure that justice is carried out against criminals at any cost. He possesses the Magu Magu devil fruit which gives him the ability to transform and manipulate magma. This gives him incredible attacking power. He was able to fight Whitebeard (the Strongest Man in the World) and even managed to scare away the Blackbeard Pirates.
Smoker also known as 'The White Hunter' is a marine officer and the Commander of the G-5 Marine Base. He was first seen during the Loguetown Arc where he made it clear that he wanted to capture Luffy. After his work in Alabasta, he was promoted to Commodore.
The other people who live on Punk Hazard are Charos Higelyges, Smooge, Fen Bock, Run, Chappe, Hyoutauros, Kirintauros, Momonosuke, Mocha, Sind, Doran, Ally, Konbu, Uzu, Biyo, Jaki, Goki, Nangi, Hatcha, Kunyun, Juki, Kin-emon and the Straw Hat Pirates.
Satyrs are half-sheep and half-human creatures. They are human from the torso with only their horns being the exception. Their lower body is made up of the rear end and they have the hind legs of a sheep.
Harpies are half-bird and half-human creatures. They have the legs and feet of birds and instead of arms, they have wings. Their head and torso are that of a human.
Punk Hazard is located in the Grand Line.