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The Water Breathing ( (みず) () (きゅう) Mizu no kokyū?) is one of the five main Breathing Styles directly derived from the Sun Breathing. The Water Breathing mimics the element of water, specifically the flow and flexibility of the liquid and infuses it with the users swordsmanship.

This Breathing Style was originally created by one of Yoriichi Tsugikuni's students who attempted to learn the Sun Breathing, but due to not being as innately talented as Yoriichi, they were instead taught and trained an alternative personalized breathing style that focused on their strengths and weaknesses, eventually becoming the Water Breathing.[1]

It is said to be the most common Breathing Style among Demon Slayers due to being the easiest to learn for beginners. The current primary Cultivator for the Demon Slayer Corps is Sakonji Urokodaki, though there are other Cultivators as well.[2] The Eleventh Form is an original technique created by the current Water Hashira Giyu Tomioka.

Breathing Style Relationship Chart



There are ten known Forms, with an eleventh one created and exclusively used by Giyu Tomioka.

  1. First Form: Water Surface Slash ( (いち) (かた) (みな) () () Ichi no kata: Minamo Giri?)[3] - The swordsman generates enough momentum to create a powerful single concentrated slash.
  2. Second Form: Water Wheel ( () (かた) (みず) (ぐるま) Ni no kata: Mizu Guruma?)[4] - The swordsman leaps and vertically spins forward in the air while releasing a flowing attack in a circular motion.
    • Second Form: Improved - Lateral Water Wheel ( () (かた) (かい) (よこ) (みず) (ぐるま) Ni no kata kai: Yoko Mizu Guruma?) - An alternate variation of Second Form: Water Wheel that uses a horizontal spin.[5]
  3. Third Form: Flowing Dance ( (さん) (かた) (りゅう) (りゅう) () San no kata: Ryūryū Mai?)[6] - The swordsman swings their blade at his opponent in a way that mimics the movement of waves on the surface of water.
  4. Fourth Form: Striking Tide ( () (かた) () (しお) Shi no kata: Uchishio?)[7] - The swordsman makes multiple consecutive slashes while twisting their body in a flowing fashion similar to a harsh tide.
  5. Fifth Form: Blessed Rain After the Drought ( () (かた) (かん) (てん) () () Go no kata: Kanten no Jiu?)[8] - A "sword strike of kindness" that kills the target with little to no pain. Used when the enemy surrenders.
  6. Sixth Form: Whirlpool ( (ろく) (かた) ねじれ (うず) Roku no kata: Nejire Uzu?)[9] - The swordsman fiercely twists their upper and lower body, creating a whirlpool that cuts anything caught in it. It can be used in a place without footing, and if used underwater can generate a large whirlpool that draws in anything nearby in addition to cutting them up like a large blade.
    • Whirlpool: Flow (ねじれ (うず) (りゅう) (りゅう) Nejire Uzu - Ryūryū?)[10] - A combination of Third Form: Flowing Dance and Sixth Form: Whirlpool. The swordsman combines the footwork from Flowing Dance and the twisting aspect of Whirlpool, resulting in the swordsman to hack his surrounding, conjuring a twisting, swirling, vicious flow of water to redirect projectiles from multiple angles.
  7. Seventh Form: Piercing Rain Drop ( (しち) (かた) (しずく) () (もん) () Shichi no kata: Shizuku Hamon Tsuki?) - A fast and accurate stab, capable of reducing the impact of a moving target. The fastest form of this Breathing technique.
    • Seventh Form: Piercing Rain Drop - Curve ( (しち) (かた) (しずく) () (もん) () き・ (きょく) Shichi no kata: Shizuku Hamon Tsuki - Kyoku?)[11] (Drop Ripple in English Dub) - A modified strike that hits in an arc from an angle in order to minimize the impact of a moving target.
  8. Eighth Form: Waterfall Basin ( (はち) (かた) (たき) (つぼ) Hachi no kata: Takitsubo?)[12] - The swordsman cuts the target vertically.
  9. Ninth Form: Splashing Water Flow ( () (かた) (すい) (りゅう) 飛沫 (しぶき) Ku no kata: Suiryū Shibuki?)[13] - Minimizes the landing time and surface needed when landing, allowing the user to move without limits. Ideal when fighting in a place with no solid foothold.
    • Ninth Form: Splashing Water Flow - Turbulent ( () (かた) (すい) (りゅう) 飛沫 (しぶき) (らん) Ku no kata: Suiryū Shibuki - Ran?)[14]
  10. Tenth Form: Constant Flux ( (じゅう) (かた) (せい) (せい) () (てん) Jū no kata: Seisei Ruten?)[15] - The most powerful Water Breathing technique. A continuous flowing attack which takes a form of a water dragon that increases in strength and power with each rotation.
  11. Eleventh Form: Dead Calm ( (じゅう) (いち) (かた) (なぎ) Jū Ichi no Kata: Nagi?)[16] - An extremely powerful defensive technique and the personal creation of the current Water Hashira, Giyu Tomioka. Giyu ceases all body movements and enters a state of complete tranquility, deflecting and blocking any incoming attacks with imperceptible speed. However, its effectiveness is limited as fast and numerous attacks can break through.


Sakonji Urokodaki
Giyu Tomioka
Sakonji Urokodaki
(Cultivator and Former Hashira)
Giyu Tomioka
(Current Hashira)
Tanjiro Kamado
Sabito Makomo Tanjiro Kamado


Tanjiro using First Form Water Surface Slash to kill Hand Demon.gif
Tanjiro using Second Style Water Wheel on Hand Demon.gif
Tanjiro using Second Form Modified Horizontal Water Wheel to slice Yahaba's head.gif
Tanjiro using Third Form Flowing Dance on Susamaru.gif
First Form Second Form Second Form: Modified Third Form
Tanjiro using Fourth Form Striking Tide.gif
Tanjiro using Fifth Form on Mother Spider Demon.gif
Tanjiro using Sixth Style Whirlpool against Swamp Demon.gif
Tanjiro use Twisting Whirlpool - Flowing Water.gif
Fourth Form Fifth Form Sixth Form Sixth Form & Third Form (Combo)
Tanjiro using Seventh Form Drop Ripple Thrust-curve on the temari.gif
Tanjiro using Eighth Form Waterfall Basin against Swamp Demon.gif
Tanjiro defeats Kyogai with Ninth Form.gif
Tanjiro using Tenth Form.gif
Seventh Form Eighth Form Ninth Form Tenth Form
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Eleventh Form

— Water Breathing —


  1. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 178 (Page 7).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Vol. 17, Extra Pages.
  3. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 7 (Page 21).
  4. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 6 (Page 18).
  5. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 17 (Page 19).
  6. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 16 (Page 22).
  7. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 6 (Page 13).
  8. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 31 (Page 19).
  9. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 12 (Page 11).
  10. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 17 (Page 18).
  11. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 16 (Page 10).
  12. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 10 (Page 19).
  13. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 25 (Page 11).
  14. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 25 (Page 10).
  15. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 39 (Page 12).
  16. Kimetsu no Yaiba Manga: Chapter 42 (Page 16).

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