In order to defeat the Demon King, Tanjiro must first eliminate the Twelve Kizuki or the 12 Demon Moons. But who are the 12 Demon Moons, and what are their powers? Will Tanjiro be strong enough to defeat them all?
What Are the 12 Demon Moons?
The 12 Demon Moons is an organization comprised of the most powerful demons in existence. They are all under the command of Muzan Kibutsuji.
They all received a portion of Muzan’s blood to increase their strength and abilities. However, not all of them got the same amount of blood.
Some received more blood as Muzan believes that these demons are stronger compared to the others.
This is also the reason they are divided into two groups: Upper Ranks and Lower Ranks, with each group comprising six members.
The members are numbered from one to six based on their strength, which means Upper Rank 1 is the strongest and Lower Rank 6 is the weakest.
To identify them by rank, the Lower Ranks have their number engraved into one eye.
On the other hand, the Upper Ranks have the kanji “Upper Rank” in one eye while the other eye has their number.
Who Are the Members of the 12 Demon Moons?
Lower Rank 6 – Kyogai
Those who watched the anime will be familiar with Kyogai, as he is the Drum Demon. He made his appearance in the Tsuzumi Mansion arc.
His blood demon art is drumming, as he has six Tsuzumi drums in his body.
Each drum can have a certain effect on his surroundings, but this is limited to the interior of the mansion.
The drums on his right shoulder can rotate the room to the right. Aside from that, he can do Rapid Drumming, which increases his drumming speed to boost his technique.
Kamanue replaced him after he was eliminated by Tanjiro and the others.
Lower Rank 5 – Rui
Rui is the primary antagonist in the Natagumo Mountain arc in Demon Slayer Season 1.
Since he has a large portion of Muzan’s blood, he has immense strength that can conquer and cohere demons in the mountain.
He has enhanced strength and durability as well. Like the Demon King, Rui can strengthen another demon with his blood, give them spider-related abilities, and even change their physical appearance.
His main combat skill is Thread Manipulation, in which he uses threads for defense and offense.
He can also increase the durability and sharpness of the threads that are so powerful they can break a Nichirin Blade.
Lower Rank 4 – Mukago
Unfortunately, there isn’t much information about Mukago aside from being a Lower Rank Demon.
She appeared during the Rehabilitation arc wherein she and the rest of the Lower Ranks were called by Muzan.
From the moment she appeared on screen, she appeared to be tensed and scared of Muzan (but who wouldn't be?).
She was eventually killed after denying Muzan’s words.
Lower Rank 3 – Wakuraba
Although he did not have much screen time, some of Wakuraba’s abilities were seen during the Rehabilitation arc.
He can regenerate, but this ability is not powerful enough to regrow his body after Muzan decapitated him.
He also had enhanced speed, as he showed how fast he can be when he attempted to escape the Infinity Castle.
Lower Rank 2 – Rokuro
Like Mukago, there isn’t much information about Rokuro’s abilities. During the Rehabilitation arc, he had brief screen time when he tried to convince Muzan that he needed more blood to become stronger.
Muzan seemed offended by Rokuro's “order” and decided to kill him. This incident triggered Muzan to eliminate all of the Lower Rank demons, except for Enmu.
Lower Rank 1 – Enmu
Those who watched the Mugen Train movie will surely know Enmu. He made his first appearance during the Rehabilitation arc with the other Lower Rank demons and appeared again during the Mugen Train arc.
Like all the other 12 Kizuki, he has enhanced speed and reflexes. His supernatural ability is flesh manipulation, in which he can fuse with large and inanimate objects like the train.
He can also create flesh detachments that allow his other body parts to be detached from his main body.
His blood demon art is Dream Manipulation, where he can enter, manipulate, and control someone’s dream.
He can kill his victims by destroying their Spiritual Core. He can also cause people to sleep directly or indirectly.
Upper Rank 6 – Kaigaku
Kaigaku is the one who replaced Daki and Gyutaro, the former Upper Rank 6.
He was a former demon slayer and a senior of Zenitsu, which explains his Hashira-level swordsmanship. He committed treason and became the archenemy of Zenitsu.
The two trained together and mastered the Thunder Breathing technique. He was determined to become strong but all of those changed when their master revealed that Zenitsu would be his successor. This encouraged Kaigaku to betray them and joined Muzan.
Since he was a former demon slayer, his reflexes and speed are above average.
His blood demon art is electrokinesis, which allows him to manipulate electricity and lightning.
Upper Rank 5 – Gyokko
Gyokko will appear in the Swordsmith Village arc. His supernatural ability is regeneration.
He can re-attach his severed head without issues and heal injuries almost immediately.
His blood demon art is the magical pots that allow him to do the following:
- Aquatic Creature Manipulation (in which he can summon fish-like demons)
- Cell Manipulation (in which he can manipulate the cells of the people he trapped in the pots)
- Water Manipulation (in which he can create and even use water from the pots)
- Teleportation (in which he can teleport from one pot to another)
Aside from those, he can molt to change his appearance to increase his strength.
Upper Rank 4 – Nakime
Originally, she was the Biwa Demon who was in charge of summoning demons to the Infinity Castle, but she became Upper Rank 4 after Hantengu’s death.
She can detach and create several eyeballs from her body to spy on people from a long range. She can also locate everyone hiding in the castle.
Her blood demon art is Castle Manipulation. This allows her to create and manipulate an Infinity Castle with her Biwa. She can also shape and create rooms for offensive purposes.
It also gives her the power to ram her enemies and kill them. Other than those, she can manipulate the space to teleport those inside the castle to other locations.
Upper Rank 3 – Akaza
Akaza appeared during the Mugen Train arc, wherein he defeated Rengoku, the Flame Hashira. He has immense strength, speed, durability, stamina, and reflexes, as seen during their fight.
Unlike lower-ranked demons, his tactical intellect is high, which gives him an advantage during battle. He can regenerate and has enhanced senses as well.
His blood demon art is violent death, which takes the form of martial arts. He incorporated his moves with attacks and blasts to hit his opponents.
He is a formidable opponent with his blood demon art and superhuman strength.
Upper Rank 2 – Doma
Like the other Upper-Rank demons, Doma has immense strength, speed, reflexes, and durability. He also has unlimited stamina and endurance. If those were not enough, he has a keen and tactical intellect.
Doma’s blood demon art is cryokinesis, which lets him generate ice and frost from his blood and flesh. He can also make a demonic powdered ice lethal to those inhaling it.
Usually, he channels his cryokinesis through his war fans to enhance his abilities.
He can freeze people and objects at will too. His final technique is the Bodhisattva statue, which has freezing attacks and deadly ice powder.
Upper Rank 1 – Kokushibo
He is a former demon slayer and the twin of Yoriichi Tsugikuni. As expected from the Upper Rank 1 Demon, Kokushibo’s strength and power are above all the members of the 12 Demon Moons.
Moreover, he has enhanced physical and mental abilities and above-average supernatural abilities.
Crescent Moon Blades is his blood demon art, complementing his combat style, which is Moon Breathing.
With this ability, he can manipulate and create sharp blades from his katana that can change in speed, length, and size.
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