Kenjaku and Sukuna in Jujutsu Kaisen
Kenjaku and Sukuna in the Jujutsu Kaisen manga (Image via Gege Akutami/Shueisha)

Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 221 set the stage for the next big showdown against Sukuna and Kenjaku. Although Satoru Gojo, who is lauded as the strongest sorcerer alive in the Jujutsu Kaisen universe, has been unsealed, the odds of winning this battle remain undecided. This is mainly because both the King of Curses and the body-hopping sorcerer can use multiple cursed techniques.

But the surviving Culling Game participants also have a trump card among them in the form of Yuta Okkotsu, with the special-grade sorcerer being the second-strongest right after Gojo. This article explores the strengths of these three key figures and their abilities in hopes of determining if the sorcerers can really take on the series antagonists and defeat them.

Gojo confidently declares that he can beat Sukuna
Gojo declares that he would win against Sukuna (Image via Gege Akutami/Shueisha)

Disclaimer: This article contains spoilers for the Jujutsu Kaisen manga.

Jujutsu Kaisen characters who have been shown to use multiple cursed techniques in the manga

1. Yuta Okkotsu 

The Sendai Colony arc of Jujutsu Kaisen established that Yuta was one of the most powerful sorcerers participating in the Culling Game. He single handedly broke apart the three-way deadlock between Dhruv Lakdawala, Takako Uro, and Ryu Ishigori, first killing Lakdawala effortlessly. His true potential was revealed during his battle against Uro and Ishigori, when Yuta unveiled his innate cursed technique, Copy.

The ability allowed him to copy Uro’s Sky Manipulation and use it as a shield against Ishigori’s Granite Blast. The battle also revealed that Yuta can likely store and use more than one cursed technique, using Toge Inumaki’s Cursed Speech against his opponents. Yuta’s massive cursed energy reserves also allow him to either decrease or nullify the backlash from most techniques even against powerful enemies. This was first showcased in his fight against Suguru Geto in Jujutsu Kaisen 0, when he used the cursed loudspeaker to utter the command “Die” against the most powerful special-grade spirits in Geto’s arsenal.

Yuta uses cursed speech tool
Yuta uses the Inumaki family cursed tool (Image via Gege Akutami/Shueisha)

Yuta is also capable of using Domain Expansion, although the Jujutsu Kaisen manga is yet to reveal the exact specifics of its appearance or effect. Taking into account his precise control over cursed energy, it would not be far-fetched to theorize that Yuta might even be able to replicate other sorcerers’ domains as well. 

Finally, Yuta’s ultimate weapon is Rika, a manifestation of the now-departed special-grade curse, Rika Orimoto, who Yuta had accidentally cursed as a child. Although Orimoto had since then passed on, Rika remains as the former’s will to protect Yuta, acting as a reservoir of cursed energy and weapons for the special-grade sorcerer. Yuta can also use Reverse Cursed Technique, which he has used multiple times in the series for saving Yuji and Hana, and for killing Kurourushi.

Yuta summons Rika
Yuta uses Rika’s full power against Ishigori and Uro (Image via Gege Akutami/Shueisha)

2. Kenjaku 

Yuki analyses Kenjaku's attacks
Yuki analyses Kenjaku’s attacks and deduces his total number of techniques (Image via Gege Akutami/Shueisha)

Kenjaku’s true identity was revealed during the Shibuya Incident arc of Jujutsu Kaisen when the villain confronted Gojo and startled the Six Eyes sorcerer long enough to seal him into the Prison Realm. Gojo’s thought-process during that moment further confirmed that Six Eyes could not see through Kenjaku’s body-hopping technique, since the all-seeing eyes identified the body as Suguru Geto even though Gojo himself had been forced to kill his best friend the previous year. 

Inhabiting Geto’s body also allowed the ancient sorcerer to access Curse Manipulation, giving him the ability to extract the cursed techniques of spirits ranked grade one or higher. However, he can only use these techniques just once, with his use of Mahito’s Idle Transfiguration to start the Culling Game being a major example. Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 208 clarified that Kenjaku can retain the techniques of sorcerers whose bodies he once possessed even after changing bodies, currently possessing at least four cursed techniques, if not more. 

Kenjaku uses Itadori's mom's cursed technique
Kenjaku uses Kaori Itadori’s technique (Image via Gege Akutami/Shueisha)

Kenjaku’s battle against Choso and Yuki Tsukumo in Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 208 revealed that the ancient sorcerer can access the late Kaori Itadori’s Anti-Gravity technique, which he used in tandem with Reverse Cursed Technique to fool his opponents into making wrong assumptions regarding the nature of the ability. Having captured and absorbed Tengen, Kenjaku currently possesses the former’s Immortality technique as well, which he intends to use for merging humanity with Tengen after ending the Culling Game.

Moreover, Kenjaku can use Domain Expansion, and is the only other jujutsu user after Sukuna to master a barrierless domain. Although the manga revealed the appearance of his domain, Womb Profusion, the effects of the technique remain unexplored.

3. Sukuna

Sukuna uses Cleave: Spiderweb
Sukuna uses Cleave: Spiderweb against Yuji and Maki (Image via Gege Akutami/Shueisha)

Dubbed the ‘King of Curses,’ Ryomen Sukuna is the biggest threat in the Jujutsu Kaisen universe due to his immense cursed energy reserves, centuries of experience and knowledge of jujutsu, and sheer bloodlust. He reached the height of his glory during the Heian era, also known as the golden era of jujutsu, and became a cursed spirit after his death.

Angel’s confession in Chapter 220 revealed that Sukuna was the only one which had achieved a way to become a cursed object, prompting other ancient sorcerers to agree to Kenjaku’s terms and reincarnate during the Culling Game. The name of Sukuna’s innate cursed technique is unknown, although he uses two specific attacks multiple times in the series. Dismantle is used mostly against inanimate objects, and curses like the special-grade at the detention center at the beginning of the series. Cleave can adjust itself to counter an enemy’s toughness and cursed energy level. 

Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 215 showed Sukuna using an extension technique of Cleave called Spiderweb, after being overwhelmed by Maki and Yuji’s barrage of attacks and his own fluctuating energy levels within Megumi’s body. Sukuna was also seen using an unnamed fire technique when fighting Jogo in Shibuya, easily overwhelming the special-grade volcano curse. The King of Curses can use Domain Expansion, with Malevolent Shrine being one of the only two domains which do not require a barrier to be complete. 

After changing vessels and taking over Megumi Fushiguro’s body, Sukuna has gained the ability to use the Zenin clan’s Ten Shadows technique. Since the potential of every technique depends on the user’s cursed energy levels, Ten Shadows is significantly stronger when bolstered by Sukuna’s huge energy levels. The King of Curses appears to have summoned and tamed nine of the ten shikigami bound to the Ten Shadows technique, and might even be able to use Megumi’s Domain Expansion, Chimera Shadow Garden.

Sukuna can use Reverse Cursed Technique, using it to heal Yuji’s injuries in battle several times in Jujutsu Kaisen, even reviving his vessel from a state of certain death by forcing him into a Binding vow. He further healed Megumi during the Shibuya Incident, proving that Sukuna can heal both himself and others.

Concluding thoughts

Jujutsu Kaisen has developed several powerful characters throughout the story, setting them up to play significant roles in the finale of the series. While Sukuna and Gojo sit at the apex of the jujutsu food chain, Kenjaku and Yuta also form the creme de la creme among sorcerers.

But mangaka Gege Akutami balances the overwhelming jujutsu talent with characters like Maki Zenin and Yuji Itadori, whose superhuman reflexes and brute strength make them terrifying opponents in combat. Although Sukuna and Kenjaku are probably the strongest characters due to their multiple cursed techniques, the Jujutsu High sorcerers and their allies might still have hope for winning this final battle.

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Arundhoti Palit is a literature post-graduate and an anime content writer at Spiel Times. A bit of a Japanophile, Arundhoti enjoys reading manga and Murakami during her spare time. Be it books, movies, manga or anime, she tends to dive deep into theories and background research, picking up weird trivia and info-dumping along the way.