In the anime antagonist hall of fame, Sukuna from Jujutsu Kaisen has made a recent yet prominent place for himself. Originating from a thousand years prior to the current timeline of the story, Ryomen Sukuna is known as the strongest jujutsu sorcerer of time who defeated every other sorcerer of his era and their joined force, and came to be known as the King of Curses. In this article, we will be discussing Sukuna’s Cursed Techniques.
Sukuna is one of the most powerful characters in the story. In fact, his power rivals that of Satoru Gojo, the strongest jujutsu sorcerer of the current era. His powers are not only dangerous but his control and creativity over them make him so much more formidable. He is adaptable to every situation, thanks to his keen intellect, and coupling that with his innate cursed energy, he becomes a force not to be reckoned with.
Usually Sukuna is a passive spectator, observing everything from within Yuji. But in reality, he’s just biding his time to strike. In the story, he takes over his vessels’ bodies a few times, demonstrating his powers by fighting some very strong opponents, one of them being Gojo himself.
So, without further ado, let’s talk about Sukuna’s Cursed Techniques. But before that, we’d issue a spoiler alert for those who aren’t caught up with the manga.
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Sukuna’s Cursed Techniques
Despite being a very powerful character, the true name of Sukuna’s Innate Cursed Technique is unknown. But he’s demonstrated his powers several times in the story. His Innate Cursed Technique has the ability of rapid slicing of the target. The target can be any person, cursed spirit or even immovable objects like buildings.
One of his most used techniques is Dismantle which is a technique of rapid slashing. Sukuna is so proficient in this technique that he hardly has to make a move to implement it, often activating it with one swipe of his hand.
Dismantle is effective against both animate objects and living things, cursed spirits and jujutsu sorcerers included.
While Dismantle is rapid in its attack, Sukuna’s second technique Cleave is much more focused. This is also a slashing technique in which Sukuna targets someone with a swipe of his hand. But unlike Dismantle, Cleave hits the target and adjusts its strength to the cursed energy level and strength of the target. The goal of this technique is to cut the target in one hit.
The third slashing technique that Sukuna uses is Spiderweb. This technique is similar to Cleave in principle, but differs from it in range. With Spiderweb, Sukuna activates the technique by putting his hands on the ground. The technique broadens and takes a shape similar to the spider web, and affects any animate and inanimate object in its range.
Like Cleave, Spiderweb also adjusts its strength based on how tough the target is or how much cursed energy the target possesses. This technique also defeats the target in one go.
4) Reverse Cursed Technique
In the world of jujutsu, Reverse Cursed Technique is a pretty difficult technique to master, and its users are only a handful, the most prominent being Shoko Ieiri who acts as the doctor for the jujutsu sorcerers. But no one other than Shoko can use the Reverse Cursed Technique to heal someone else as almost all of its users can only use it to the extent of healing themselves.
Sukuna is one of the few people who can use the Reverse Cursed Technique. The technique, as its name implies, works on the opposite principle of normal cursed techniques as it uses the positive emotions of the user instead of negative ones.
Reverse Cursed Technique can not only heal the physical damage of the user, but can also replenish their burned cursed energy. Throughout the story, Sukuna rarely makes an active participation, and when he does, he is strong enough not to have to use the Reverse Cursed Technique all that much. He uses it to heal the body of Yuji during his fight against the Finger-Bearer.
But during his fight against Gojo, Sukuna is pushed to his limit, and uses it to replenish his burned cursed energy after his domain shatters. Despite being seen using it only a very few times, he’s very skilled in it and his skills challenge that of Gojo.
5) Domain Expansion: Malevolent Shrine
Sukuna has one of the strongest and most unique domain expansions in the whole story. His domain expansion, the Malevolent Shrine, takes the shapes of the Buddhist temple surrounded by morbid imageries of skulls and bones, and water. His innate slashing technique is imbued in the domain, and its sure-hit effect makes it all the more dangerous.
However, the most unique thing about Malevolent Shrine is its lack of a barrier. Sukuna’s domain is one of the only two barrierless domains, the other being Kenjaku’s Womb Profusion. Malevolent Shrine has a Heavenly Restriction in which his domain expansion has a range of 200 meters instead of a barrier. Anyone can enter or exit his domain expansion, but everyone and everything in the 200 meters range of the Malevolent Shrine will be affected by the domain and its sure-hit effect.
Thanks to being barrierless, Malevolent Shrine has an edge over domains with barriers as it can attack the other domain’s barrier with his sure-hit effect. Sukuna can even decrease his effect range to concentrate the slashing technique, and can relentlessly attack another’s domain barrier from the outside. This is a very effective move as it shatters Gojo’s Unlimited Void multiple times during their fight.
6) Domain Amplification
Not only domain expansion, but Sukuna is also proficient in Domain Amplification. In domain amplification, he covers himself with a thin domain that makes it unable for other domains or cursed techniques to affect him, and provides him immunity to the domain expansion of someone else as he cannot be trapped within a domain expansion when he’s using domain amplification.
During his fight against Gojo, Sukuna uses domain amplification multiple times. But while domain amplification is very useful against cursed spirits and jujutsu sorcerers, as it neutralizes every cursed technique that touches its barrier, it has a few setbacks. One of them is that Sukuna cannot use his Innate Cursed Technique while using domain amplification. In that case, he has to completely rely on hand-to-hand combat.
7) Fire Based Cursed Technique
Another of Sukuna’s cursed techniques is an unnamed technique in which Sukuna can manifest flames and manipulate them into the shape of an arrow to attack his target. This fire-based power of Sukuna is powerful enough to overpower that of Jogo who has pyrokinetic powers and is an unregistered Special Grade cursed spirit.
8) Ten Shadows Technique
After Sukuna takes over the body of Megumi Fushiguro, he comes to possess not only Megumi’s cursed energy but also his inherited cursed technique: the Ten Shadows Technique. Thanks to this technique, Sukuna can summon all of the Shikigami under Megumi’s control, and even the very powerful Mahoraga.
Despite it not being his own innate technique, Sukuna is very skilled with Ten Shadows Technique. Not only is he familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of every Shikigami, but he can also manipulate their emergence by limiting his cursed energy output on them, and making them blurry on purpose.
This makes the Shikigami unpredictable and difficult to attack. Sukuna uses this while fighting against Yorozu.
Another thing to mention here is that Sukuna skillfully uses Mahoraga, and that’d make him one of the most powerful characters in the story even if he wasn’t the King of the Curses.
Those were Sukuna’s Cursed Techniques in Jujutsu Kaisen, and the evidence of why he is one of the strongest characters in the series. Sukuna is currently fighting against Gojo, and the odds are still 50/50. Let’s wait to see who ultimately claims the title of the strongest.
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