Luffy, Ivankov and Inazuma encounter an old enemy of Luffy; Crocodile. Crocodile wants to join them, saying he can create an escape passage in the ceiling with his devil fruit powers. Luffy immediately declines when he remembers who Crocodile is and what he did to Vivi. Crocodile says he has no more interest in the country of Arabasta. Ivankov accepts his offer, telling all of them that he knows a weakness of Crocodile. Then, from behind, Jinbei asks Luffy if he could join too, willing to sacrifice himself to rescue Ace. Inazuma opens up their handcuffs with his powers, and the two are out.
The five prisoners get up to level 5, using Crocodile's ability. They gather the New Kama army (including Mr. 2 Bon Kurei). Crocodile, Jinbei and Luffy, who headed up earlier, are already at level four. The three of them attack the Impel Down guards. As the guards are down, Crocodile heads up in the direction of one particular cell, the one holding his former subordinate, Mr. 1. Meanwhile, Ace is already on the Marine warship, being transferred to his execution ground. Also, Buggy and Mr. 3 are hiding at level 2.