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Stone Breathing ( (いわ) () (きゅう) Iwa no kokyū?) is one of the five main Breathing Styles derived from Sun Breathing.

Description

Stone Breathing is a Breathing Style that mimics earth and stone and replicates it with the user's movements, techniques and abilities. Most, if not all, known techniques and forms utilizes the ground beneath the user and the vast surroundings to generate powerful and sturdy attacks that specialize in both offense and defense.

The Breathing Style was originally created by one of Yoriichi Tsugikuni's students who attempted to learn the Sun Breathing, but, due them to not being as innately powerful as Yoriichi, unable to master it and was instead taught an alternative personalized breathing style by their teacher that focused specifically on their strengths and weaknesses, eventually branching out completely and becoming the Stone Breathing.[1]

Based on the only user in the series, Gyomei Himejima, it can be assumed that Stone Breathing can only be used with a flail and/or axe. However, in Kokushibo's flashback, the progenitor of Stone Breathing is seen wielding a giant Kusarigama-like weapon.

Breathing Style Relationship Chart

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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Known Users

Known Users
Gyomei Himejima
Gyomei Himejima

Known Techniques

Stone Breathing has 5 known techniques and forms at minimum.

  • First Form: Serpentinite Bipolar ( (いち) (かた) (じゃ) (もん) (がん) (そう) (きょく) Ichi no kata: Jamongan - Sōkyoku?)[2] - The user throws both the flail and axe towards their intended target and manipulates the chain by rotating it thus causing the axe and flail to also rotate in order to drill and grind right through his target.
  • Second Form: Upper Smash ( () (かた) (てん) (めん) (くだ) Ni no kata: Tenmen Kudaki?)[3] - The user throws both his axe and spiked flail for a pincer move before smashing down on the chain to cause the flail to then rebound and smash his target from afar.
  • Third Form: Stone Skin ( (さん) (かた) (がん) () (はだえ) San no kata: Ganku no Hadae?) [4] - The user unleashes a series of slashes with his axe deflecting nearby attacks.
  • Fourth Form: Volcanic Rock, Rapid Conquest ( () (かた) (りゅう) (もん) (がん) (そく) (せい) Shi no kata: Ryūmongan - Sokusei?)[5] - The user manipulates both the flail and axe weapons at both ends of the chain by swinging the chain on both sides in order to strike his opponents using a two pronged wide ranged attack.
  • Fifth Form: Arcs of Justice ( () (かた) () (りん) (ぎょう) () Go no kata: Garin Gyōbu?)[6] - The user utilizes a powerful barrage with his flail and axe, doing a great amount of damage. The axe is destined to hit first with the trajectory of the flail following from the opposite side and slamming into the opponent.

Demonstrations

— Stone Breathing —

References

  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 178 (Page 7).
  2. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 171 (Pages 12-13).
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 169 (Page 8).
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 139 (Page 8).
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 169 (Pages 15-16).
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 176 (Page 7).