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He can solidify his smoke. Which makes me think Oda will make Smoker stronger in the future to live up to the parallel ''being a Garp figure to Luffy just like what Garp was to Rogers'' because, indeed, he has not made the fullest of his fruit.
So far Smoker relies on his jutte and the mobility of his fruit, which honestly I think any Logia can do. They just turn into elemental form and hover above the ground. Croc did that. Akainu did that. In theory probably all Logia can do that except Kizaru who has to move in perfectly straight light line and BB, who can't turn intangible (maybe in complete darkness, he can). Only that they don't choose it to be their main forte. In short, most Logia so far choose to take advantage of the fact that Logia can produce massive amount of element (I do hope when Croc comes back, he will master that mobility aspect of Logia and becomes super fast, speed is something he kinda lacks in his arsenal compared to other top fighters) while Smoker chooses to use the speed.
Which brings me back to the main point: Smoker has not mastered his fruit. He hasn't used everything it has to offer. Imagine now he also goes the ''massive amount'' route. He can produce big smoke fist(s) like Akainu, solidify it(them), then coat them in Hardening CoA. There we have Smoker's own version of Elephant Gattling Gun, except that he can produce many fists, not just 2 like Luffy. Akainu may not need Hardening because if he coats his magma fist, it would defeat the purpose of using the heat from the magma (unless with superb mastery of CoA, the heat can still fully emit through the Hardening layer which is best of both worlds, really). However, Smoker's smoke does not have destructiveness or deadliness like that to begin with, so coating his smoke fist in Hardening does not make him lose any advantage.
But on the other hand, Oda can also make Smoker's fruit like Kizaru's or BB's, namely it just has something that makes it unable to perform certain feats that should be possible for most Logia.
Assuming Smoker will get significantly stronger, which is not a given, at that point, Luffy will be significantly stronger as well, so people should really move away from that parallel.
That's just side point. Main point is his fruit. I myself don't think Smoker will be that kind of parallel, either. At best he can be parallel in terms of spirit, chasing Luffy everywhere but power level-wise...
Plus the fact that Hunter is not really an animal robs him off his chance of becoming Admiral-level already Leave it to White Stallion Hakuba
ya i dont know what is wrong with you guys, sure smoker got beat by a few high level opponents. but look at them
law- probably around luffy's level only with a much more powerful DF
CC- same guy that beat luffy twice.....kinda twice
vergo- ify here, smoker kinda threw this one on purpose
DD- I am sorry, did you miss that he has been doing the same thing to Luffy and law this entire arc
So far i have been impressed with smoker, in tashigi's body he hurt luffy, and in his body he was able to easily keep pace with luffy, something that made luffy get at a lose for breath, somker was fine. And something subtle, apparently in his body he would of had the destructive power to open the shutters on the lab, something that took zoro AND kinemon to do.
That's just a strength of his fruit. And it has zero application if they fight because fighting is not racing and in fighting (with specific battleground), Luffy only needs to do short burst of Gear 2 instead of running that long distance or stretch his arms to reach Smoker.
True. So? At best you can argue he's in same tier but not exactly as strong. He still lost to Law in a straight up fight.