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Demon Slayer is one of the popular series that love by a lot of fans by its amazing, yet bloody adventures of Kamado Tanjiro, the protagonist of the series.
The story revolves around the world full of inhumane and brutal demons roaming in the world of Demon Slayer when the night comes. Demons are powerful creatures that exceeds human understanding. Because of that, humanity created a powerful attacks as well in order for them to kill all the demons, knowing that common weapons such as guns and blades aren’t enough to kill them.
That attack was called ‘Breathing Styles’ that has different forms and different abilities depends on the user that was used by everyone in Demon Slayer Corps. Mastering one’s Breathing Styles or techniques requires a lot of time and effort that could even put the user in the brink of death to master. Because of that…
Here are the Top 10 Strongest Breathing Styles in Demon Slayer
10. Insect Breathing
User: Shinobu Kocho
Insect Breathing could be considered as the weakest among the strongest breathing styles in the series that was made and used by none other Shinobu Kocho. Insect Breathing is different from other Breathing styles knowing that Insect Breathing doesn’t requires to decapitate the demon in order to kill them.
Shinobu Kocho is the weakest among the Hashiras when it comes to physical strength to the point that she couldn’t even cut the demon’s head with her bare hands. Because of that, Shinobu Kocho invented a powerful poison that she fused with her sword, and especially within her body.
Throughout the whole series, Shinobu Kocho was the only Demon Slayer that doesn’t need to decapitate demon’s head in order to kill them. Once the demon consumed her poison, the demon will die in a matter of seconds. Insect Breathing, or similar breathing styles was passed down to one another in Kocho Family, until Kanao Tsuyuri inherited the Flower Breathing, which is close relative of Insect Breathing.
9. Sound Breathing
User: Tengen Uzui
Sound Breathing is one and only breathing style in the series which was used by Tengen Uzui, one of the 9 powerful Hashiras. Sound Breathing was derived by Thunder Breathing and has a powerful abilities.
Tengen Uzui wasn’t truly a swordsman unlike most of the Demon Slayers. He was born from shinobi(ninja) family, yet after his family was wiped out by a demon, he became a swordsman. Sound Breathing makes a strange sound when it use, making it a unique Breathing Style. Just like sound, Tengen Uzui allows himself to move in a incredible speed to the way that Upper 6 Demon didn’t even realized that her head was already cut by Tengen.
Also, Tengen Uzui used two nichirin swords, making him and Inosuke the only swordsmen who yield two blades. Along with his massive physique, Tengen Uzui could used the full potential of Sound Breathing.
What makes Sound Breathing truly a powerful breathing style is its special attack that only Sound Breathing could do, yet takes time to activate. Tengen Uzui called it ‘Score’, which involving the reading of his opponents movements and deconstructing them into sound by analyzing the rhythm of their movements, which he used as his final attack when he fought the Upper 6 Demon along with Tanjiro and others.
8. Mist Breathing
Mist Breathing isn’t truly a powerful Breathing Style compare to others, yet when Muichiro Tokito mastered it, it changed everything. Mist Breathing was derived from Wind Breathing, which is the Breathing Style of Sanemi Shinazugawa.
At the age of 14, Muichiro Tokito mastered the all the breathing forms of Mist Breathing and became a Hashira despite of his age. According to narrator, Tokito was the most skilled when it comes to swordsmanship regardless of his Breathing Technique.
Compare to other Hashira, Tokito was a calm and silent person that often wonder in his own thoughts. Tokito has a cruel past, which led him to become a demon slayer. What makes Tokito special was he defeated Upper Moon 5 on his own despite of unexpected confrontation. Tokito wasn’t just a extraordinary when it comes to swordsmanship, but also when it comes to intellect, making him truly worthy of being Hashira. Tokito used 6 different powerful forms of Mist Breathing when he confronted a demon.
7. Wind Breathing
User: Sanemi Shinazugawa
Wind Breathing is a powerful Breathing Style of Sanemi Shinazugawa and considered as one of the foundations of breathing Styles. Wind Breathing is one of the strongest Breathing Style when it comes to offense, yet inferior when it comes to defense. Showing how powerful truly it is, Wind Breathing could cause massive destruction in just one swing.
Sanemi Shinazugawa has a terrifying attitude, especially those who below him, knowing that he is also part of 9 Hashiras. Sanemi’s full power along with his Wind Breathing was fully shown when they confronted the Moon Breather, the Upper Moon 1. Even though his breathing techniques wasn’t enough to kill the Upper 1, its shows how threatening and devastating it was when they fought.Wind Breathing has 9 different powerful forms that was created and mastered by none other than Sanemi.
6. Flame Breathing
User: Rengoku Kyojuro
Flame Breathing is one of the basic Breathing styles and considered as one of the strongest breathing styles in the series. Because of that, those who can master it will become a Pillar, or known also as Hashira, the small group of the most powerful demon slayers. Flame Breathing resides to Rengoku Clan that was passed down to every generations.
Compare to other Breathing Styles, Flame Breathing has a lot of different forms and abilities that he used when Kyojuro Rengoku fought demons inside the train and especially, when he confronted Akaza, one of the most powerful demon in the entire series. Through Flame Breathing, Rengoku allows himself to move in an incredible speed and make numbers of devastating attacks. Rengoku could almost kill Akaza all by himself if not just because of their intense regeneration.
Flame Breathing is very similar to Sun Breathing, yet compare to Sun Breathing, Flame Breathing is much more inferior. Having an ability of flames are common when it comes Rengoku Clan, which could literally make them one of the strongest bloodline along with the Flame Breathing that resides within them.
5. Stone Breathing
Stone Breathing is one of the strongest Breathing Style that was derived from Sun Breathing, making it one of the foundations of Breathing Styles. Stone Breathing was used by Gyomei Himejima, the strongest demon slayer among all the demon slayers.
What makes him truly a remarkable demon slayer was because of his blindness. Despite of him being blind, Gyomei Himejima was undeniably powerful Hashira for being be able to survived from Upper 1 in direct combat. Stone Breathing has only 5 forms, yet powerful enough to kill numbers of demons.
Gyomei Himejima has often teary eyes for having an extreme sympathy towards to everyone. Being a blind, Gyomei’s senses reached its full capabilities, allowing him to fight in spite of lacked of vision. His Breathing Style, Stone Breathing is one of the breathing styles that matched Moon Breathing even though it was only a short period of time. Gyomei also was the also demon slayer that used different weapons, which is long spiked flails.
4. Water Breathing
User: Kamado Tanjiro, Giyu Tomioka..
Water Breathing is one of the foundation of Breathing Styles and has one of the highest numbers of forms compare to others, knowing that a water takes the shape of its container, making it flexible and powerful at the same time. Water Breathing has 10 forms, yet after Giyu Tomioka, one of the 9 Pillars invented ‘Dead Calm’, Water Breathing became more powerful with 11 different forms.
Just like Flame Breathing, those who could master the abilities of Water Breathing will become a Pillar without exceptions, because mastering the Water Breathing requires a lot of training compare to other Breathing Styles. Tanjiro, one of the user of Water Breathing that was trained to death in order to master its abilities. Water Breathing is good for defense and offense, which makes it undeniably reliable unlike to other Breathing Styles.
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3. Thunder Breathing
User: Zenitsu Agatsuma
Thunder Breathing is one of the most popular Breathing Form that was used mostly by Zenitsu Agatsuma. Thunder Breathing is undeniably a powerful Breathing Style that could even match to Sun Breathing. Just like a normal thunder, Thunder Breathing allows Zenitsu to move in a place to another in an incredible speed before you can even blink. Despite of having only 7 forms, Thunder Breathing is a terrifying style for every demons.
After mastering the full power of Thunder Breathing, Zenitsu created another form of Thunder Breathing on his own when he fought Kaigaku, his former classmate that became a demon. Thunder Breathing originally has 6 forms, yet Zenitsu created 1 form which he called ‘Flaming Thunder God’ that could even surpass every Breathing Styles when it comes to its God-like speed. His 7th form cut everything on his way and gives him almost an ability to fly.
What makes it more threatening was Zenitsu used it while awake, knowing that Zenitsu could only fight when he’s sleeping. Later on, Zenitsu overcame his fear to demon and he could be consider as Hashira Level.
2. Moon Breathing
Moon Breathing is one of the earliest Breathing Style in the series just like Sun Breathing. The man who created Moon Breathing was the older brother of the one who created Sun Breathing, making them a completely opposite.
Among all the Breathing Styles, Moon Breathing has the highest forms, which has 16 different forms that he enhanced from hundreds of years of living. What makes it more interesting was Kokushibo, the one who created Moon Breathing was the first demon slayer that became a demon because of his hatred and envy against his younger brother, the creator of Sun Breathing.
Showing how powerful Moon Breathing was, even numbers of Hashiras wasn’t enough to take him down alone easily. Kokushibo killed Hashira while fighting the other Hashiras, making him truly a lethal opponent along with his numbers of breathing forms. What makes Kokushibo difficult to defeat was his similarities to every demon slayer, knowing that he was also a demon slayer himself back in hundreds of years ago.
1. Sun Breathing
User: Tanjiro Kamado, Tanjuro Kamado..
Sun Breathing or also known as ‘Hinokami Kagura’, which often used by Tanjiro is the Father of All Breathing Styles, making it the most powerful Breathing Technique in the entire series. Sun Breathing was first used by the first demon slayer, Yoriichi Tsugikuni which was the reason why Muzan hid for a long time, waiting for Yoriichi’s death. Also, Yoriichi was the first human who defeated Muzan without even breaking a sweat.
Because of that, Yoriichi died because of old age and not because of demon. Sun Breathing was passed down to Kamado Clan and became the successor of the powerful Breathing Style. Despite of its intense abilities, Sun Breathing could only be use for a short period of time because of its immense power and endurance it requires. Sun Breathing was first shown when Tanjiro unexpectedly used it during the brink of his death fighting Rui, a powerful demon and belong to lower moons. Throughout the whole series, Tanjiro, Tanjuro(his father), and Yoriichi(the 1st demon slayer) were the only Demon Slayers that could be able to used the Sun Breathing.