Ryomen Sukuna, the main antagonist of Jujutsu Kaisen quickly climbed the popularity ladder in the anime community. I’m sure that you remember Sukuna’s introduction, a demon sealed in his own 20 fingers. While you know that, do you actually know about his fingers? In this article, we’ll go over various questions that you might have, so let’s get right into it!
What are Sukuna’s fingers?
Sukuna’s fingers are special grade cursed objects that contain the remnants of Sukuna’s soul in the form of a cursed spirit. In all, there are 20 fingers of Ryomen Sukuna that exist currently in the world of Jujutsu Kaisen.
Referred to as a “natural calamity”, Ryomen Sukuna was a shaman who wandered around in the Heian Era, pillaging villages and leaving a trail of blood behind. When he finally met his end against an alliance of all the Jujutsu sorcerers of the era, Sukuna turned into a cursed spirit. However, before turning into a full fledged cursed spirits, the shamans sealed away him in his 20 fingers.
These fingers, preserved in his own grave wax, traversed time and continued to terrorize sorcerers even after Sukuna’s death. Each of these fingers has immense cursed energy and attracts cursed spirits towards them.
Currently (as of chapter 147, post-Shibuya arc) Itadori has consumed 15 fingers of Ryomen Sukuna.
He ate the first finger to rescue Fushigoro. Gojo gave him a second one before admitting him to Tokyo Jujutsu High to test his capacity as a vessel. The third and fourth fingers were consumed by Sukuna himself after retrieving them from finger bearers (cursed womb (prison) arc and Origin of Obedience arc).
He was later fed a finger by Nanako and Mimiko Hasaba during the Shibuya incident. This was followed by Jogo feeding him 10 fingers at once.
What do Sukuna’s fingers taste like?
Gege Akutami revealed in the new Jujutsu Kaisen fanbook that Sukuna’s fingers tasted almost similar to soap. This was because the fingers are coated in grave wax.
Grave wax is the wax-like material that appears on corpses when it starts breaking down. It is orange in colour and tastes grosser than we can imagine it to be.
Why didn’t Shamans just destroy Sukuna’s fingers?
Sukuna’s fingers are classified as special grade cursed objects as mentioned above. Special grade cursed objects, unlike normal cursed objects, are indestructible. Jujutsu is not capable enough to put an end to them. However, there is a way to get rid of them.
If the cursed object has a vessel, then destroying the vessel will ultimately cause the cursed object to die as well.
This is exactly what Gojo is aiming for. The higher-ups want to kill Itadori right away since he’s a vessel, but Gojo wants him to eat the rest of the fingers first. This way, Sukuna will cease to exist. This brings us to our next question;
Can anybody become a vessel?
The simple answer is no. According to Fushigoro, there’s only a one in a million chance that someone who eats one of Sukuna’s fingers can survive and become a vessel. This is the worst-case scenario.
Moreover, both Megumi and the Official Jujutsu Kaisen Fanbook states that in normal circumstances, a person would instantly die after eating one of Sukuna’s fingers. This shows just how strong even one of Sukuna’s finger is. Out of the Cursed Womb: Nine Death Paintings, three are classified as special-grade, namely Choso, Eso and Kechizu. However, they don’t have any specifications as to who can become a vessel.
Any human, even if they don’t have any cursed energy, can become a vessel for the death paintings. Since Sukuna’s fingers seem to be on such a different level, just how strong are they?
How Strong are Sukuna’s Fingers?
While no specific differences between the power levels of the fingers have been provided; we do have some information and specific incidents which give a good idea about the cursed object’s strength.
A finger bearer, i.e. a cursed spirit who has consumed one of Sukuna’s fingers is classified as a special grade. At the Sorcerer level, A Semi-grade 1 or a Grade 1 sorcerer should be able to exorcise it. However, the case seemed to have turned on its head when Sukuna possesses Itadori.
In chapter 5, a two-finger strong Sukuna decimated a special-grade finger bearer with ease. The gap was so big that Sukuna, who only thought of slicing the finger bearer into three pieces through his domain expansion, ended up splitting it into six pieces
In the Origin of Obedience (death painting) arc, Megumi managed to defeat a finger bearer (special-grade cursed spirit) by a slither of hair after achieving an incomplete domain expansion. This shows just how strong a single-finger of Sukuna is.
However, the case is completely different when Sukuna possesses the fingers. This is perhaps due to his experience and mastery over cursed energy. His strength is incomparable to finger bearers and even most curses.
To put this into perspective against other Jujutsu Kaisen characters, Jogo is a strong as 8-9 (eight-nine) Sukuna fingers. A 15 (fifteen) finger completely dominated Jogo, and fought Maharoga with ease, the strongest of Megumi’s Ten Shadows Cursed Technique!
With this explained, we’d like to focus on one detail from the early chapters of JJK which is quite important;
Sukuna’s fingers resonating
When Sukuna manifested in Itadori after the latter consumed a finger, the other fingers which lay dormant for a long time also became active. This is because the other fingers resonated. When Yuji consumed the finger, the cursed energy that was held back in the cursed object got released. Due to the resonance, other fingers of Sukuna’s also released their cursed energy. This caused the curses that had consumed them to awaken.
This was the reason for the curse near the bridge, who consumed Sukuna’s finger became a special-grade cursed spirit and started killing people.
In the early chapters, Gojo said that Itadori will also work as a radar, helping the sorcerers find Sukuna’s fingers. This was possible as Itadori became a vessel, hence Sukuna should be able to track his other fingers since they are active now. To support this, Gojo also said that Sukuna would let them know the locations as this is beneficial for him too and goes well with his plan.
While Gojo wasn’t correct with his assumption, he wasn’t entirely wrong too. The fingers kinda did divert the attention of sorcerers and others to themselves. Is this what Gojo meant by Yuji acting as a radar? Did he know that once a finger is consumed and activated, the others would behave in a same way too? Probably not. But it was an interesting theory he proposed nevertheless.
With this, we’ve explained everything that we know about Sukuna’s fingers so far. What do you think of this concept of having someone’s fingers sealed away with powers? Do you think that it is a good addition to the power system of JJK and makes it more interesting or does it have any plotholes? Let us know in the comments below and keep reading Jujutsu Kaisen!