In chapter 818 we received a lot of information about Raftel or rather how to get there.
One of the most important panels though is this one where Inuarashi subtly confirms what many people have thought that the Ancient Kingdom is in fact Raftel.

He doesn’t say a specific number but only “for centuries”. However we actually know when was the last time someone was there.

It was 8 centuries ago. Yes, 800 years ago when the World Government came to existence.

Before his death professor Clover was just about to say the name of the Ancient Kingdom and we believe the name was ”Raftel”. But since this happened 3 years after Gol D. Roger’s execution, during the Great Age of Pirates, Gorosei didn’t want any more information to be revealed and they ordered to shoot him quickly before he could have done any more harm.

Also when we were shown the image of the Ancient Kingdom it looked like the eastern side could actually be the image of Raftel Crocus and later on Inuarashi “showed” us.

However how come that World Government themselves didn’t destroy Raftel and didn’t claim One Piece after Gol D. Roger’s execution to stop the Great Age of Pirates? Since they knew where Raftel was 800 years ago. Did they lost the information about Raftel’s position? We don’t think so. Since Gorosei know about the history it’s hard to believe they wouldn’t know where Raftel was.

The reason why World Government couldn’t do it is because Raftel is not where it once was.

And the reason for it lies in its name “Raftel”.

Raftel is formed by using two words: Raft meaning something used as a boat or floating platform and El which is a nickname for elevated railway system.

We believe that Raftel, once prosperous and enormous kingdom had such an advanced technology that they were able to relocate their island to another, safer place where enemies couldn’t reach them.

And that place was, as we learned from Inurarashi, between 4 islands.

However since it’s supposed to be an enormous kingdom how come someone just can’t be lucky and get there by using Log Pose? Well we know from Law that Punk Hazard can not be located by using one so this can be somehow avoided but most importantly since Raftel is able to float on the water it’s impossible for it to have magnetic field.

We think that this ancient civilization didn’t choose this spot between 4 islands randomly.

And this is when Nami and her knowledge comes to play. They chose this spot because those 4 islands were 4 different types of islands. Meaning they all had different weather.


It was: Summer Island, Fall Island, Winter Island and finally Spring Island.

We know that each island in Grand Line has its own climate and we believe that this is also one of the reasons Raftel can not be found even by a mistake.

In every picture that Raftel has been shown so far we can see it being sorrounded by fog, mist and haze. This is probably the result of moving Raftel with it’s own climate to the spot between other 4 islands.

Raftel disrupted those hot, windy, humid and cold climates which created its natural protection.

It’s even possible those extreme weather conditions created mirage or an illusion rather that there is no island even though there is supposed to be one. Similar to the Mirage Tempo technique which Nami uses to project an image which isn’t real

or she can even make her image completly disappear and make herself invisible.

However Nami will be able to figure this out since she is familiar with this phenomenon and will realize what’s happening.

So thanks to her the Straw Hat pirates will finally be able to get to Raftel

where awaits the legendary treasure ONE PIECE!

If you would rather watch the video version of this theory then here it is:

*Theory by Manga Detectives


    After 818 i’ve seen many people wondering(myself included) what the use of Oden Kozuki was on Roger’s crew, considering that Roger had the ability to hear the Voice of all Things. If Roger could understand the Poneglyphs with this ability, what was the purpose of having someone that could read the ancient language?

    Well, i think that Oden was in fact the man that created the Rio Poneglyph on Raftel!

    Let’s take a look at what we know about this character so far:
    He’s one of the few people that have been confirmed to be on Roger’s crew, but more importantly, he’s been confirmed to have actually set foot on Raftel! Then Oda continues to reveal that his clan was the one that created Poneglyphs and that this ability unfortunately died with him before he could pass on his knowledge to Momo.

    I don’t think it’s a coincedence that the last man who was able to create a poneglyph was on Roger’s crew.
    Oda didn’t let Roger have this man and this specific ability with him for no reason, cus he’s Oda!

    As we all know from the Poneglyph on Skypiea, Roger gathered its information and took that information to Raftel. Hence, Robin said that the purspose of that Poneglyph had been fulfilled and no longer needed to be protected. So we know that Roger gathered all the pieces of the puzzle and put that puzzle together at Raftel.

    When they reached Raftel and learned the whole truth, for some reason Roger could not act upon it. Whether it was his illness or some other reason we don’t know, but he could not act. That’s why he decided to leave the information, knowing that some day someone with the will and capability to act on it will appear.

    Now, of course, Roger wasn’t just gonna write this combined knowledge about the history of the world on a piece of paper. He wanted it to be found by someone who had the knowledge and Will to find out the truth.
    Also, he didn’t want this information to be able to perish. Now what a coincedence that the one man in the entire world who could create an indesctructible poneglyph was with him on Raftel :smuggrin:.

    So Oden Kozuki used all information that Roger had gathered to create the Poneglyph that tells it all: the
    Rio Poneglyph. Creating this poneglyph might also be (part of) the reason why Roger had his “timeskip” after reaching Raftel!

    That’s it, hope you guys think it makes sense and enjoyed it!

    *Theory by Arasys