Highlights

  1. Delve into the unique abilities and compelling backstories of the nine elite Hashiras in Demon Slayer.
  2. Discover the heroic exploits of the Hashira, including their legendary battles against the strongest demons in the series, Twelve Kizuki. 
  3. Learn about the factors that determine every Hashira ranking, such as physical strength, combat strategy, and the impact of their emotional journeys.

In the anime “Demon Slayer,” the Hashira are the top fighters of the Demon Slayer Corps, each mastering unique breathing techniques. These nine warriors are celebrated for their strength and heroic commitment to fight demons and protect people. Our guide dives into the stories and skills of these elite members.

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For dedicated fans and new viewers alike, we’ll explore how these strongest demon slayers have become the core of the “Demon Slayer” story, leaving a lasting impression on anime fans worldwide. Join us as we rank and honor the powerful and courageous Hashira.

Demon Slayer All 9 Hashira: Ranked and Reviewed From Weakest To Strongest

One must show excellent fighting skills to become a Hashira, a top-ranking demon slayer. This is usually proven by killing many demons or defeating one of the Twelve Kizuki, the strongest demons. Some demon slayers might also get there by being an apprentice, called a Tsuguko, to a current Hashira, which takes a lot of talent and years of training. Yet, exceptional fighters like Muichiro Tokito and Gyomei Himejima have reached this level very quickly because of their extraordinary abilities.

09 The Insect Hashira – Shinobu Kocho

Shinobu Kocho, known as the Insect Pillar, is regarded as the weakest Hashira when it comes to physical strength, mainly because she lacks the brute force to behead demons. However, her strategic approach to battle, demonstrated by using wisteria-based poison and Insect Breathing techniques, compensates for her physical limitations. Shinobu utilizes quick, piercing strikes with her sword, emulating an insect’s stinger, which allows her to inject lethal poison into her foes, capable of taking down even the most formidable demons with a single touch.


Her determination and resilience shine through as she battles against the Upper Rank 2 demon, Doma, proving her status as a strong and respected Hashira. This clash is not just a physical confrontation but also a testament to Shinobu’s unwavering spirit and commitment to protecting humanity from the threat of demons.

08 The Flame Hashira – Kyojuro Rengoku

Kyojuro Rengoku, the renowned Flame Hashira from “Demon Slayer,” stands out for his extraordinary swordsmanship and remarkable resolve, which shone brightly in his legendary battle against Akaza, an Upper Rank 3 demon. A testament to the esteemed Rengoku lineage known for their Flame Hashira heritage, Kyojuro excelled in the flame-breathing technique and was admired for his unwavering dedication to safeguarding humanity.


Even in the face of grave injuries, his unwavering spirit and strategic sense left an unforgettable mark on his peers and fans. Beyond his combat prowess, Rengoku’s mentoring approach, infused with humility and a deep sense of duty, profoundly impacted the Demon Slayer Corps, distinguishing him as a uniquely memorable and inspirational figure.

07 The Love Hashira – Mitsuri Kanroji

Mitsuri Kanroji, the Love Hashira, is a figure of immense strength and passion. She possesses an extraordinary muscular density, eight times that of an ordinary human, allowing her to exhibit superhuman strength, which was shown against her battle with an Upper Rank 4 demon in the swordsmith village arc. Her flexible Nichirin sword complements her unique Love Breathing technique, enabling her to execute powerful long-range attacks. 


Despite not being the fastest, her reflexes are incredibly sharp, allowing her to dodge and counter high-level demon attacks. Mitsuri completed the Demon Slayer Corps’ final selection in six months, a testament to her skill and determination. Her kindness and emotional depth belie a fierce warrior who takes her role seriously, never showing mercy to demons.

06 The Snake Hashira – Obanai Iguro

Obanai Iguro is the enigmatic Serpent Hashira in the “Demon Slayer.” He stands out for his strict and unforgiving personality, shaped by a harrowing childhood with a family that sacrificed their own to a demon they worshiped. His deep-seated self-loathing is rooted in this dark past. Yet, he shows a surprising depth of care for individuals like Mitsuri Kanroji and Kagaya Ubuyashiki. Renowned for his exemplary swordsmanship, Obanai employs the unique Serpent Breathing style with his specially designed Nichirin Blade, which he can turn crimson red, enhancing its demon-slaying capabilities. 


His Demon Slayer Mark increases his remarkable combat skills, boosting his physical prowess, speed, and reflexes. Obanai’s tragic backstory, his compelling blend of harshness and vulnerability, and his distinct fighting techniques render him a complex and formidable figure within the Demon Slayer Corps.

05 The Mist Hashira – Muichiro Tokito

Muichiro Tokito, the Mist Hashira, is recognized as a child prodigy within the Demon Slayer Corps, achieving the Hashira status faster than any other at just fourteen years old. Known for his impressive speed and masterful swordsmanship, he wields a unique Nichirin sword to deadly effect. His Mist Breathing technique creates confusion, allowing him to strike unseen. At the same time, his extraordinary ability, the See-Through World, lets him perceive actions in slow motion, giving him a significant edge in combat. His feats include landing a critical blow on Upper Rank 1 demon Kokushibo, showcasing his remarkable strength and combat prowess.

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He also possesses exceptional senses, enabling him to distinguish between human and demon auras, and his rage-driven willpower allows him to fight with relentless brutality despite grave injuries. Muichiro’s speed and reflexes are such that he can move in ways that defy the limits of human capability, as evidenced when he outpaced Upper Rank 5, Gyokko, with ease. His stamina and endurance are also notable, maintaining composure and strength even under pressure.

04 The Sound Hashira – Tengen Uzui

Tengen Uzui, the former Sound Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, emerges as a formidable character, marked by his harrowing upbringing in a strict ninja clan. Trained brutally in a family that lost many to its harsh practices, Tengen rejected his father’s cruel beliefs and chose a path of empathy and individualism, particularly in his caring attitude towards his wives. His resilience and strength are profoundly displayed in the Entertainment District arc, where his leadership and protective instincts shine, especially in guiding and inspiring Tanjiro, Zenitsu, and Inosuke during a critical battle, ultimately saving a village from demons.


In terms of abilities, Tengen possesses superhuman speed, a product of his intensive shinobi training. This training also endowed him with enhanced hearing, enabling him to use echolocation for locating enemies and strategic points, and a remarkable resistance to poison, crucial in his fight against an Upper Rank 6 demon, Gyutaro. His ability to easily wield dual Nichirin blades demonstrates his exceptional physical strength. 

03 The Wind Hashira – Sanemi Shinazugawa

Sanemi Shinazugawa, the Wind Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, is distinguished by his exceptional combat skills. Characterized as abrasive, hot-blooded, and stubborn, his deep-seated hatred towards demons and his tragic past, including killing his own mother to protect his younger brother Genya, have shaped his approach to demon slaying. Despite his rough exterior, Sanemi displays moments of kindness and a softer side towards elders, women, and children.

Sanemi’s fighting style is marked by his mastery of Wind Breathing, making him the most skilled user of this technique in his generation. He is known for several techniques, including Dust Whirlwind Cutter, Gale, and Sudden Gusts, and his blood’s potency makes him particularly intoxicating to demons, adding to his value in battle. 

02 The Water Hashira – Giyu Tomioka

Giyu Tomioka, a key figure in “Demon Slayer,” is marked by a tumultuous inner life, grappling with intense feelings of regret and a sense of inadequacy due to his traumatic past. He excels as a Hashira, a top-tier swordsman in the Demon Slayer Corps, demonstrating extraordinary physical prowess and strategic intelligence. 

His battles, especially against the formidable Upper Rank demon Akaza and Muzan Kibutsuji, highlight his mastery of Water Breathing techniques and his strategic depth. Giyu’s evolution over the series from a warrior burdened by emotional turmoil to one who acknowledges and accepts his emotional depth mirrors his significant accomplishments in his combative endeavors, which makes him one of the strongest hashira in the world of Demon Slayer.

01 The Stone Hashira – Gyomei Himejima

Gyomei Himejima is recognized as the strongest hashira in his generation of the Demon Slayer Corps. He overcomes his initial weakness and blindness to become an exceptional fighter. His notable strength is showcased in the Hashira Training arc, where he moves a large boulder and withstands a powerful waterfall. As a mentor, Gyomei inspires others with his leadership and skilled swordsmanship. 

He uniquely wields a hand axe with a spiked flail, adapting his fighting style to his blindness. His key abilities include immense physical strength, enhanced reflexes, and heightened hearing. In his significant battle against Kokushibo, the Upper Moon One, Gyomei’s Demon Slayer Mark enhances his physical abilities, illustrating his resolve and determination to protect humanity from demons.

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