The Breath of Thunder ( (かみなり) () (きゅう) Kaminari no kokyū?), or Breath of Lightning in some publications, and Thunder Breathing in the English Dub is one of the five main Breath Styles directly derived from the Breath of the Sun. It was created from one of Yoriichi Tsugikuni's students who attempted to learn the Breath of the Sun, but due to not being as innately powerful as Yoriichi, they were instead taught an alternated breath style that focused on their individual strengths and weaknesses, which eventually evolved into the Breath of Thunder.[1]

It focuses on channeling strength into the user's legs.[2] The primary cultivator for the Demon Slayer Corps was Jigoro Kuwajima.



There are a total of six original styles that can be used with the Breath of Thunder with the first style said to be the foundation for the rest of them. However, Zenitsu Agatsuma developed a seventh style in order to stand on equal ground with Kaigaku, his former senior disciple under Jigoro who had become the Upper Moon Six of the Twelve Demon Moons, replacing Daki and Gyutaro.

  • First Form: Thunderclap and Flash ( (いち) (かた) (へき) (れき) (いっ) (せん) Ichi no kata: Hekireki Issen?)[3] - The user dashes forward and slashes at their opponent with incredible speed. Zenitsu has honed this ability to the extent of being able to repeat the dash multiple times in quick succession.
    • Six Fold ( (ろく) (れん) Rokuren?)[4] - A compilation of the First Form with a series of six dashes. Primarily used by Zenitsu.
    • Eight Fold ( (はち) (れん) Hachiren?)[5] - Zenitsu dashes eight times within one use of this technique.
    • God Speed ( (しん) (そく) Shinsoku?) - Further augments the speed of Thunderclap and Flash.
  • Second Form: Rice Spirit ( () (かた) (いな) (だま) Ni no kata: Inadama?)[6] - The swordsman is able to generate five straight attacks around the user in a single moment.
  • Third Form: Thunder Swarm ( (さん) (かた) (しう) (ぶん) (せい) (らい) San no kata: Shiubun seirai?)[7] - Generates a spinning wave of lightning in all directions.
  • Fourth Form: Distant Thunder ( () (かた) (えん) (らい) Shi no kata: Enrai?)[8] - The user releases multiple ranged strikes towards a target.
  • Fifth Form: Heat Lightning ( () (かた) (れつ) (かい) (らい) Go no kata: Retsu kairai?)[9] - A single, focused, slashing attack.
  • Sixth Form: Rumble and Flash ( (ろく) (かた) (でん) (ごう) (らい) (ごう) Roku no kata: Dengou raigou?)[10] - A series of strong ranged attacks released around the user .
  • Seventh Form: Honoikazuchi no Kami  ( (しち) (かた) (ほの) (いかづちの) (かみ) Shichi no kata: Honoikazuchi no kami?) [11] - A form developed by Zenitsu. The user conjures the image of a dragon-like creature of lightning while attacking at blinding speeds. Info icon


Zenitsu using Thunderclap and Flash on Tongue Demon
Zenitsu using Six Fold
First Form First Form: Six Fold

Breath of Thunder


Jigoro colored profile 2
Kaigaku colored profile
Zenitsu colored profile
Jigoro Kuwajima Kaigaku Zenitsu Agatsuma


  • This Breath Style is very similar to the real-life fighting style of Iaijutsu.
  • The First Form: Thunderclap and Flash is stated to be the basis for the other forms, which was all Zenitsu could learn and hone, while Kaigaku couldn't despite learning the other forms after it. Two unnamed Demon Slayers said that he wouldn't be able to master the others much.[12]


  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 178, Page 7
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 125, Page 5
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 23, Page 9
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 34, Page 9
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 91, Page 15
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145, Page 7
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145, Page 8
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 144, Page 17
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145, Page 9
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145, Page 10
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145, Page 15
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 145, Page 13

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