I've seen Shanks has a scar on his eyes because of Teach, since Luffy was just a kid, meaning that Ace was not a pirate at that time. Does that mean that Teach had a bad nature at the beginning? Because I think it was stated that blackbeard was a nice person until he saw the darkness devil fruit.

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Marshall D. Teech (Aka Blackbeard) was always a twisted and very calculating person, right from the start. He just never really showed his true personality to the rest of his crewmates, until he found the fruit he was looking for; he said so himself during his battle with Ace.

During Shanks conversation with Whitebeard, Shanks told Whitebeard the real truth about Blackbeard, when he stated that: "Blackbeard was quietly waiting for a chance. He didn't take the title of commander to be renowned, but rather to conceal himself."

Since Shanks and Whitebeard were on good terms, Shanks would most likely have visited Whitebeard a couple times previously, and apparently, during one of those visits, Blackbeard was able to catch Shanks off guard (which is still surprising, considering how adept Shanks is at Haki) and injured him.

  • oh so, Teach is being low-key all the times Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 8:50
  • Not like all the time @InUtero , Teech was hiding under Whitebeards influence and staying low until he could get his hands on a powerful devil fruit. Commented Dec 3, 2018 at 12:01
  • I disagree with the part, "Since Shanks and Whitebeard were on good terms". They were not. They had respect for each other but don't forget that they are still enemy pirate crews. It is stated in the story that when Shanks was still an apprentice under Roger, their crew had fought with Shirohige's many times. That was when he got the scar.
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    Commented Jan 24, 2019 at 0:49
  • If they weren't on good terms then how could shanks come over and have a drink with his "enemy rival". Also, if shanks got his scar so far back then why was he reporting it to whitebeard? who is supposed to be his "Enemy". I don't really see the connection there @VXD Commented Jan 24, 2019 at 4:01
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    Another addition, when shanks was reporting teech to whitebeard, note his wordings, shanks stated: "This isn't a scar i got from an adventure or a fight. It's not like i was being careless. Do you know what I mean? He was quietly waiting for a chance." This expressly means that Teech attacked him unexpectedly and not in a battle type scenario. Therefore disproving your claim. Commented Jan 24, 2019 at 4:08

I will answer the question on the title, "When did Shanks get scarred by Blackbeard?"

Consider the following facts:

  1. Shanks did not have the scar when Roger's crew fought with Shiki. That was 27 yrs before the current time line (Let's call this BCT).

  2. According to Shirohige, his and Roger's crew fought many times in the past. This was 25 or more years BCT.

  3. Teach was with Shirohige's crew for decades.

  4. By order of Roger, his crew was disbanded around 25 yrs BCT.

  5. The left side of Shanks' face was not shown in the flashback of Roger's execution. That was 24 yrs BCT.

  6. According to Yassop, Shanks did not have a pirate flag when he was recruited. That was 22 yrs BCT.

  7. Shanks had the scar in the flashbacks at Fusha Village when Luffy was a kid. That was 13 yrs BCT.

Based on the above facts, we can assume the following:

a. Shanks got the scar sometime after the fight with Shiki (27 yrs BCT).

b. Oda sensei hid the left side of Shanks' face on purpose in the scenes of Roger's execution. The reason for this may be revealed later.

c. We can assume that pirate crews do not just easily change flags. So it is not logical to assume that Shanks had a different flag (without the scar) to his current one. Therefore his flag has always been the same.

Bonus info: Not really connected to the scar, but would like to share that since Shanks did not have a pirate flag 22 yrs BCT, it is logical to assume that he did not yet have his own crew at the time. Meaning, Yassop may have been his first nakama.

Conclusion: Shanks probably got the scar from Teach sometime between 27 yrs and 22 yrs BCT. It was most likely when he was still an apprentice at Roger's ship in one of their many encounters with Shirohige's crew.

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