The Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba might have started as a Koyoharu Gotouge-penned Japanese manga, but it has garnered a considerable following since its introduction in 2016.
From Manga, the series jumped into Anime before culminating into a full-length film in February 2023 – proof of the creation’s popularity. Unsurprisingly, many cosplayers love donning their favorite characters, including their famous (and legendary) Demon Slayer swords.
And if you’re a Demon Slayer fan and an avid cosplayer, you’ll want to check out the following Demon Slayer swords to complete your attire.
Yoriichi Tsugikuni’s Obsidian Black Sun Breathing Sword
Although not the titular character in the series, nobody – even demons – dared underestimate Yoriichi Tsugikuni. After all, Yoriichi was the first breath user and the creator of the mystical Sun Breathing style – the progenitor of all other techniques.
A Demon Slayer with immense strength and unparalleled fighting skills deserves only the rarest and most powerful Demon Slayer sword.
Featuring an obsidian black blade that turns fiery red during battle, the Sun Breathing Sword has immense power.
Combining the sword’s strength with Yoriichi’s phenomenal demon-fighting gifts makes this sword and wielder duo feared even by the seven-hearted and five-brained Demon Slayer Corps’ archenemy, Muzan.
Tanjiro Kamado’s Black Sun Breathing Sword
Like Yoriichi, Tanjiro’s sword also has a rare color – black. Many believe that wielders of Black Breathing Swords die young, or they could be harbingers of bad luck. However, Yoriichi Tsugikini died of old age, burying speculations that Tanjiro’s life would be short-lived.
As the principal character of the series, we cannot see Tanjiro dying untimely. Moreover, the Black Sun Breathing Sword’s powers are as immense as Yoriichi’s Obsidian Black Sword, leading some followers to think the two are related.
It is worth noting that black is the most effective absorber of the sun’s energy, making Black Swords the most potent weapon against demons.
Tanjiro Kamado’s Demon Slayer sword. Photo by Hobby Zone.
Giyu Tomioka’s Blue Water Sword
When Koyoharu Gotouge created Demon Slayer in 2016, one of the first Demon Slayer swords to captivate readers was the Blue Nichirin blade.
This weapon symbolizes water, allowing its wielder to leverage water’s unique properties to defeat enemies. It also makes Giyu one of the most formidable and steadfast Hashira in the Demon Slayer Corps.
Giyu’s fighting skills and movements are very fluid, like water. His prowess in combat is evident in how Giyu defeated the Father Spider Demon in one quick and fluid motion.
It is the same technique Giyu used to end the life (and carnage) of the Lower Moon Five Oni. His technique is reminiscent of the skillful katana-drawing and slashing techniques of the Samurai.
Giyu Tomioka’s Demon Slayer sword. Photo by Cool Katana.
Gyomei Himejima’s Gray Stone Breathing Flail and Axe
Like Tengen Uzui’s nunchuck-like dual Amber Sound Breathing dual blades, Gyomei’s Flail and Axe are a deadly combo. It is not as powerful as Yoriichi’s and Tanjiro’s Sun Breathing Swords, but Gyomei’s flail and axe are guaranteed to defeat even the meanest demons.
And yes, even Kokushibo is fearful of this weapon combo. After all, the 12 Kizuki’s Upper Rank One couldn’t destroy these flail and axe.
Although Stone Hashiras are stoic, objective, and can impeccably detach emotions, Gyomei is an exception. This Hashira is never afraid to express his sentiments and even shed a tear or two.
Despite wielding two deadly Demon Slayer swords (though not actually “swords”), Gyomei can pray for someone struggling, showing his incredibly compassionate nature. No such thing as a “stone-cold” individual for this Hashira.
Gyomei Himejima’s flail and axe. Photo by ACG Fandom.
Mitsuri Kanroji’s Dark Pink Love Breathing Katana
Wielding one of Japan’s 8 main types of swords, the katana, Mitsuri is a Demon Slayer loved by many. After all, this Hashira breathes love into her sword. But never underestimate this katana because it is uber-flexible.
Its whip-like properties allow Mitsuri to unleash lightning-fast attacks. Although the sword cannot beat Hantengu, the 12 Kizuki’s Upper Rank 3, it can keep up with Zohakuten (Upper Rank 4).
Although the Dark Pink Love Breathing Katana is not as rare as Yoriichi’s Obsidian Black Sun Breathing Sword or Tanjiro’s Black Sun Breathing Sword, it remains unique.
No other Hashira can wield the katana’s immense powers, making Mitsuri a significant member of the Demon Slayer Corps. She’s the fastest, too.
Mitsuri Himejima’s Demon Slayer sword. Photo by Cool Katana.
Muichiro Tokito’s White Mist Breathing Sword
One is never too young to become a Demon Slayer, especially if one of the finest Demon Slayer swords happens to be in your hands. That’s what Muichiro is. A Demon Slayer prodigy and the youngest to become a Hashira EVER,
This attribute is hardly questionable. After all, this Mist Breathing Hashira is a descendant of Kokushibo, the 12 Kizuki’s Upper Rank 1.
Muichiro’s White Mist Breathing Sword turns a fiery red in the heat of battle. This sword might look an ordinary katana, but it can replicate mist’s unique properties to obscure the surroundings, leaving demons “blind.”
As a branch of Wind Breathing style, Mist Breathing allows Muichiro to amplify his movements, abilities, and techniques. Unsurprisingly, even Muichiro’s ancestor, Kokushibo, is impressed.
Muichiro Tokito’s Demon Slayer sword. Photo by Funglr.
Obanai Iguro’s Lavender Serpent Breathing Sword
Few Demon Slayers can go head-to-head against the Demon King, Muzan Kibutsuji’s prowess. Obanai Iguro, the Serpent Hashira, is one of them. Although the Serpent Breathing technique branches from Water Breathing, it is a more powerful weapon, especially in the hands of an expert swordsman, such as Obanai.
Like water that flows through spaces with the least resistance, the Lavender Serpent Sword can create unpredictable attacks.
When a demon thinks a blow will come from the front or side, Obanai’s strikes can originate from anywhere. No opening is ever so tiny for the Serpent Sword, slithering through crevices and cutting a demon’s head with surgical strikes.
Obanai Iguro’s Demon Slayer sword. Photo by DPCI Wholesale.
Sanemi Shinazugawa’s Emerald Green Wind Breathing Sword
Gale-force winds and tornadoes are formidable natural forces in the real world. And if you combine this with the magical world of Manga, you’ll get the Emerald Green Wind Breathing Sword.
The destruction it brings to opposing demons is unthinkable. You could almost feel sorry for Oni straying in Sanemi’s path.
And while the Wind Sword is formidable enough, adding Sanemi’s boisterous nature can be a deadly mix. This Hashira is hell-bent on eliminating all demons from Earth. His fighting style might be uber-violent, but demons deserve every bit of tornado slash from the Emerald Green Sword.
Shinobu Kocho’s Lavender-Blue Insect Breathing Sword
Even someone as Kawaii as Shinobu can be as deadly as the DC Universe’s Poison Ivy. Although this Hashira’s lavender-blue sword is as slender as an insect’s proboscis, its wide dip is enough to make efficient (and deadly) sword cuts.
The sword doesn’t behead demons like a Kaishakunin delivering the coup de grace to someone performing Seppuku.
Shinobu doesn’t need to exert too much force in her sword to ensure the death of demonic opponents. Instead, a small cut is enough to deliver the wisteria poison to bring down even the largest foe. And if a shallow sword cut is insufficient, Shinobu can still defeat demons with stinger-inspired thrusts.
Shinobu Kocho’s Demon Slayer sword. Photo by Cool Katana.
Tengen Uzui’s Amber Sound Breathing Blades
The flamboyant Tengen Uzui might not be as adorable as other Demon Slayers, but his impressive hearing and crafty Shinobi skills make Tengen one of the most efficient killing machines in the series.
Wielding two heavyweight and gigantic Nichirin blades linked by a chain, these amber swords can make short work of demons wreaking havoc on Earth.
These Demon Slayer swords represent sound, allowing Tengen to defeat Onis below the Upper Rank 6 with a single blow from the nunchuck-like weapon. The blades are huge, but it’s not an issue with Tengen’s remarkable strength.
Life-sized replica of Tengen Uzui’s Demon Slayer swords. Photo by Hypebeast.
Inosuke Hashibira’s Indigo-Gray Beast Breathing Swords
First-time Demon Slayer readers might think Inosuke isn’t a Demon Slayer. After all, his boar-headed attire is as beastly as it gets. Although Inosuke’s “animal-like” qualities, overt aggression, and short fuse make him the quintessential Beast Hashira, nobody can question his fighting skills.
Unlike other Demon Slayers, Inosuke wields not one but two deadly Indigo-Gray katanas.
Combined with the Beast Breathing style, these slashers can cut opposing demons with the unpredictability and ferocity of wild beasts. It is like Obanai’s Lavender Serpent Sword, allowing Inosuke to strike from anywhere with abandon.
Inosuke Hashibira’s Demon Slayer sword. Photo by Frikanime.
Zenitsu Agatsuma’s Yellow Thunder Breathing Sword
Call it Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba’s answer to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor: God of Thunder.
But instead of wielding the mighty Mjollnir or Stormbreaker, Zenitsu carries the katana with a yellow Hamon and Tsuka wrapped in silvery white. The “yellow” motif on the Nagasa represents a lightning bolt, allowing Zenitsu to deliver devastating blows to enemy demons. But there’s a catch.
Zenitsu must overcome his “fear.” Unlike other Demon Slayers, Zenitsu has low self-esteem, often bordering on cowardice. However, when push becomes shove, Zenitsu can unleash deadly lightning bolts and project them to opponents. You don’t want to get in the way of this Thunder Hashira.
Zenitsu Agatsuma’s Demon Slayer sword. Photo by P-Bandai.
The Bottom Line
Although Demon Slayer Swords are fictional, no one can deny their exceptional capabilities, especially in the hands of gifted Hashiras. However, we can safely assume these swords are only as deadly as their user’s skills. It is similar in the real world. An excellent swordsman can only reach such a status if he can maximize the strengths of his sword.