The Breath of Thunder ( (かみなり) () (きゅう) Kaminari no kokyū?), or Breath of Lightning in some publications, is one of the five main Breath Styles directly derived from the Breath of the Sun. The Breath Style has been developed by Yoriichi Tsugikuni for Demon Slayers, who could not use the Breath of the Sun. The same is applicable for the other main Branch Breath Styles. [1]

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


There are a total of six original styles that can be used with the Breath of Thunder. However, Zenitsu Agatsuma developed a seventh style in order to stand on equal ground with Kaigaku, his former senior disciple under Jigoro.

  • First Style: 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 Style 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 Style: Lightning Ball ( () (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 Style: Buzzing Mosquito Thunder ( (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 Style: Distant Thunder ( () (かた) (えん) (らい) Shi no kata: Enrai?)[8] - The user releases multiple ranged strikes towards a target.
  • Fifth Style: Heat Lightning ( () (かた) (れつ) (かい) (らい) Go no kata: Retsu kairai?)[9] - A single, focused, slashing attack.
  • Sixth Style: Electric Lightning Shower ( (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 Style: Flaming Thunder God  ( (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.


Zenitsu Agatsuma Portrait
Jigoro Kuwajima Kaigaku Agatsuma Zenitsu


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


  • This Breath Style is very similar to the real life fighting style of Iaijutsu.


  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

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