25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Although the world of anime is full of various cool and powerful weapons, swords are often featured in a lot of major anime series as one of the most important in-universe weapons. Most of them have some special abilities, and in this article, we are going to talk about the best of these swords, as these weapons definitely deserve some attention. As some of these swords are truly amazing, and we are going to rank the 25 strongest and coolest anime swords.

25. Toyako Bokutō

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: Gintama

Toyako Bokutō is Sakata Gintoki’s primary weapon, and Gintoki regularly uses it as a substitute for a real sword due to the bakufu’s sword ban. It is a wooden sword with the inscription “Lake Toya” that Gin supposedly bought during a school trip to Lake Toya when he was young. In reality, the Bokuto he wears is a Hoshikudaki, a Bokuto created from a ten-thousand-year-old tree from another planet that cuts through almost everything.

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But despite its great strength, especially in the hands of the wielder, the sword sometimes shatters in more intense combat and does not hold up as well against a sword wielded by an equal or stronger opponent. Whenever one breaks or is stolen, Gin replaces it by purchasing it through a teleshopping program and having them write “Lake Toya” on it before delivery, thus replacing his unsuspecting old sword.

24. Wado Ichimonji

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: One Piece

Being one of the thirty-two best katanas in the world (eleven Saijo Ô Wazamono and twenty-one Ô Wazamono), the Wadô Ichimonji is an extremely powerful blade, in the hands of a competent swordsman. He is extremely tough, and has a durable blade, as indicated by Mihawk, when he destroyed both Zoro’s swords and only Zoro resisted.

Used by Zoro, this blade is the one he always places in his mouth. This blade is also the reason why Tashigi seeks to capture Zoro, as according to her, such a blade should not be in the hands of a pirate. Wadô Ichimonji was forged by Shimotsuki Kozaburo, who then left the Land of the Wa more than 50 years ago. The sword then came into the hands of Kuina who rarely used it.

Zoro asked his master Kōshiro to give him the sword and the latter accepted his student’s request after the death of his daughter. Currently, Tashigi is chasing Zoro for that same sword since she doesn’t understand why such a beautiful blade could fall into the hands o

23. Sakanade

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Franchise: Bleach

Sakanade in its sealed form has the appearance of a common katana and has a handle like the scabbard of Shinji Hirako’s Zanpakutō in red. Upon release, Hirako’s Zanpakutō transforms into the edge of a Western sword, with five holes along its entire length. Sakanade’s blade is attached to a rectangular-shaped guard, in turn, assembled to a ring into which Hirako inserts her hand, controlling the movement of her weapon without even having to touch it if that is his wish.

22. Benihime

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: Bleach

Benihime is Kisuke’s Zanpakutō, being one of the few known to have a female spirit inside her. In its sealed form, Benihime presents the form of a Shikomizue, a blade hidden inside the staff that Urahara uses, this stuff is a lighter beige color than Urahara’s hair and also has the skull symbol on the bottom. However, this does not seem to have always been the case, as in the flashbacks in which Kisuke appears as Captain of the Gotei 13, Benihime is found sealed as a conventional katana, with her guard in the form of a flower.

21. Ashisogi Jizō

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Franchise: Bleach

Ashisogi Jizō takes the form of a short, golden, curved, thick trident, with a baby-shaped head near its hilt. The wounds caused by his Shikai sever the nerve endings that send signals from his rival’s brain to his limbs, unlike a sedative, Ashisogi Jizō’s poison does not eliminate the pain in the wounds inflicted, only the movement and although the paralysis is ephemeral, in combat it is a great disadvantage.

20. Shusui

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: One Piece

As O Wazamono, Shusui is among the thirty-two best katanas in the world. It is considered the national treasure of Wano Country and is the sword that enabled the legendary samurai Ryuma’s exploits. After many battles by his side, the sword became a black blade. Before acquiring Enma, Zoro was convinced that Shusui was going to be decisive in the battle against Kaido’s Hundred Beasts Crew.

Ryuma’s zombie, having come to life thanks to Brook’s shadow, also uses the latter’s Swordsmanship Style. Combined with his original strength and the power of Shusui, Ryuuma totally reinvented this fighting style, making it far more formidable than the version Brook used. Besides, Zoro commented that if the fight had dragged on, Shusui would have broken his Wado Ichimonji and his Sandai Kitetsu, which are however both very good Meito.

This blade greatly increases the power of its user’s attacks. Zoro demonstrated this by first using Hyakuhachi Pound Ho against Oz; the blade of air created by Shusui was so great that it absorbed the blades of air from Zoro’s two other sabers, Wado Ichimonji and Sandai Kitetsu, to form a single blade of air with tenfold destructive power.

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After receiving Shusui, Zoro stated that its greatest quality is its toughness and that even if a dinosaur stepped on it, the blade wouldn’t bend a millimeter. He demonstrated this by deflecting a punch from Oz with the blade in a horizontal position. As exceptional as this blade is, it still has several flaws.

Among them, its high weight, which requires some time to adapt. Indeed, Zoro immediately notices that it is significantly heavier than his old katana rusted by Shû, Yubashiri, and describes it as “difficult to handle”. Moreover, during his fight against Oz, he judged that he was not yet able to fully master this sword. Thanks to his intensive training with Dracule Mihawk, Zoro was able to overcome Shusui’s flaws, which then became his favorite blade. He shows off his newfound mastery of the blade after the timeskip by slicing a pirate ship in half with disconcerting ease.

19. Zangetsu

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Franchise: Bleach

The moment Rukia transferred her powers to Ichigo, he became a shinigami, and as such, he had a Zanpakutō. In its initial form, Ichigo’s weapon was a katana of enormous size, with a blue string (according to the anime) at the end of the handle which was dark red and the guard was in the shape of a rectangle with the cut corners which was adorned on its base with wavy lines, so much so that even Rukia herself is surprised since the size of a weapon is proportional to the spiritual strength of a shinigami except in the case of the strongest shinigami, they can modulate the size of their swords.

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18. Enma

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: One Piece

The masterpiece of legendary swordsmith Shimotsuki Kozaburo and one of the 21 O Wazamono, Enma is one of the best swords in the world, with Kozuki Hiyori considering it a worthy replacement even for the legendary Shuusui. Tenguyama Hitetsu described Enma as being able to “slice into the depths of the underworld” (alongside Ame no Habakiri being able to “slice the sky itself”).

Enma delivers tremendous cutting power when fully mastered. In Oden’s hands, she and Ame no Habakiri became the only known weapons to ever hurt Kaido leaving him with a massive scar. 41 years ago, at the age of 18, Oden used Enma (alongside Ame no Habakiri) to cleanly cut the giant mountain god, hardening him using Armament Haki. Additionally, Oden was able to use both of his swords to oppose Whitebeard’s Murakumogiri, Saijo Ô Wazamono grade naginata.

Enma has the particularity of drawing “Ryuo” (Armament Haki) from its wielder in excessive amounts when used, cutting much harder than intended. This makes him extremely unwieldy, so much so that before she was given to Zoro, Oden was the only one who had ever tamed Enma. After testing the saber for the first time, Zoro accidentally cut off a large section of the cliff while attempting to cut down just one tree, with Enma not only forcing hardening, but also emaciating his entire arm.

Hitetsu then noted that a normal swordsman trying to use Enma would be drained of all his Haki and turn it into a dry husk, but as Zoro demonstrates, with sufficient mastery of Haki, one can force the Haki extracted by Enma to flow back from the blade towards the user’s body. According to Hitetsu, if Zoro manages to make Enma a permanent Dark Blade, she might level up.

17. Katen Kyōkotsu

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Franchise: Bleach

Katen Kyōkotsu is one of the most peculiar Zanpakutō that exists in Soul Society. These are two twin swords. Releasing her, he recites: The wind of the flower is agitated, and the god of flowers weeps. The sky wind is agitated, and the sky demon laughs. Thus, he releases two scimitar-like swords with a kind of “C” on the back, which also turn black. Along with Sōgyo no Kotowari, Jūshirō Ukitake’s Zanpakutō, are the only two swords that become dual weapons upon release. Katen Kyōkotsu remains double and totally independent one sword from the other once the shikai is released.

16. Sōgyo no Kotowari

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: Bleach

Sōgyo no Kotowari looks like a normal katana which he wields proficiently, as demonstrated by seriously injuring the Hollow Metastacia. As for his appearance, his handle is dark red and his guard is shaped like an elongated octagon. She is one of two known Zanpakutō in Soul Society who are twins. When she releases the Shikai, the blades are thin and remind us of harpoons. By comparison, the point of Sōgyo no Kotowari simply consists of an inverted edge on each sword. They are joined by a cord, from which hang a series of small metal plates.

15. Excalibur

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: Fate

Excalibur: Sword of Promised Victory is the strongest and most majestic holy sword that symbolizes King Arthur. As this can be called the physical manifestation of his ideals and the symbol of his heroism, it is his greatest and most powerful Noble Phantasm on par with Rhongomyniad. Excalibur was forged 14,000 years ago by six great fairies in Avalon. Created as a weapon to be used by the planet against external threats, it was used to defeat the White Titan.

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14. Red Scissor Blade

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: Kill la Kill

The Scissor Blade was created by Isshin Matoi in his lab but it was stolen and the inventor was killed with it. Even so, when the Scissor Blade was still stuck in his stomach, Isshin divided it into two parts with the intention of counterattacking, thus managing to wound Nui Harime in the left eye, and also preventing him from taking both parts. In this way, once divided, a part of the Scissor Blade ended up in the possession of Nui Harime, while the other part went to the hands of Ryuko Matoi, the daughter of its inventor.

The two parts remained separate until Ryuko retrieves Harime’s part after defeating her. Not long after, the Scissor Blade parts were put together again in Earth orbit for the battle against Ragyo Kiryuin. However, after the confrontation, the Scissor Blade was left wandering in space, until it descended, falling back into Ryuuko’s power. Still, in the end the Scissor Blade separated into two parts again and sank into the sea along with Honnoji Academy.

13. Ragnarok

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Franchise: Soul Eater

Ragnarok, also known as the Demon Sword, is Chrona’s weapon. By absorbing innocent souls, Ragnarok went insane and his soul waves spiraled out of control. As a result, Chrona’s soul was overlaid and possibly even completely devoured by Ragnarok. Ragnarok has a muscular body, large white-gloved hands, and spikes on several parts of his body. His face is reminiscent of the stylized form of a ninja.

His face is a large oval with no visible mouth and a huge white X on his face where his nose should be. His spherical eyes also only have an X instead of a pupil. But after his captured souls are confiscated by Shinigami, he shrinks considerably. In this chibi form, he looks similar, but his hands are circles and his muscles are less pronounced.

12. Kyōka Suigetsu

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: Bleach

Kyōka Suigetsu in its sealed form, has the appearance of a normal katana, with a hexagonal guard (with two of its lateral faces wider than the upper and lower ones) and a green handle. Thanks to it, Aizen is able to control the five senses of his victims, modifying his perceptions and using all kinds of illusions that make him, even more so, a fearsome enemy. Total Hypnosis’s effect is permanent, even if the target knows they are being manipulated.

11. Dragon Slayer

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Franchise: Berserk

The Dragon Slayer Sword is Guts’ main weapon. He obtained it after finding it in the blacksmith Godo’s warehouse during the battle against the dog apostle when he started his fight against the apostles after the Eclipse. Long ago, the king issued an order that he wanted a sword capable of slaying a dragon, and the provost entrusted Godo with the task. This, tired of working for the nobles who asked for elegant and beautiful weapons, and who hated the superfluous in weapons and tools, created a huge sword capable of cutting down the hypothetical dragon.

10. Yoru

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Fracnchise: One Piece

The Yoru, often called Kokuto Yoru, is a sword that is among the most powerful Sabers in the world. It belongs to the category of 12 Saijo Ô Wazamono and is the property of Mihawk, a former member of the Seven Warlords of the Sea. It’s a black blade. In the anime, it is described by Tashigi as being one of the best swordsmen in the world.

Combined with the very great physical strength of its user, Kokuto Yoru seems to be able to slice through anything the latter desires, even gigantic things, such as Don Krieg’s flagship or the tsunami frozen by Admiral Aokiji during the Battle of Marineford. Mihawk uses it subtly, however, easily deflecting bullets aimed at him with his blade. He can notably attack from a distance by creating sharp air blades or whirling air blades.

The only thing that effectively stopped one of Kokuto Yoru’s attacks was Joz, commander of the Whitebeard Pirates’ Third Fleet, who blocked one of his attacks with his diamond body. As a saber with a black blade, this weapon is then known to be simply indestructible as Roronoa Zoro revealed: “They say that the black blades are so strong that the charge of a rabid dinosaur would not even chip them “.

9. Kurikara

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Franchise: Blue Exorcist

Kurikara, also called the Kouma Sword, is a unique fabrication created by Mephisto Pheles and then given to Myōō Dharani’s founder, Fukaku, who used it against the Impure King and left it in the possession of their sect. He was then taken by Shiro Fujimoto to “kill a child” before accidentally sealing his demon heart. It quickly became Rin Okumura’s weapon as a container for his demon heart until his blade broke and his heart returned to him.

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8. Ryūjin Jakka

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: Bleach

In his sealed form, Ryūjin Jakka spends most of his time in the guise of the thick wooden staff that Yamamoto uses to support himself but which, whenever he wishes, can disappear to reveal a katana with a purple handle and ellipse-shaped guard. His power is so great that the mere sight of him makes the highest level Shinigami shudder, even though he is in his sealed state. Yamamoto’s mastery of his Zanpakutō is such that he has come to develop some techniques for handling it even without the need to proceed to release it.

7. Lostvayne

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: The Seven Deadly Sins

The Demon Sword Lostvayne is the Sacred Treasure of Meliodas, the Dragon’s Sin of Wrath. Before the start of the series, Meliodas sold it so he could buy himself the Boar Hat, but it is known that Merlin found it in the market in the Kingdom of Camelot and bought it. Like the rest of the Sacred Treasures, Lostvayne was a gift from King Bartra Liones. In order to raise the Boar Hat, Meliodas decided to sell it to the Kingdom of Camelot. Merlin found her in the market of said kingdom and kept her in his possession.

6. The Sword of Totsuka

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: Naruto

The Sword of Totsuka is a spiritual sword and one of the legendary weapons of Susanoo, as well as being a technique of Itachi Uchiha’s Mangekyō Sharingan. It is a non-corporeal weapon whose handle is a bottle of sake. The blade is formed from said liquid, which emanates from the bottle and takes the shape of a sword, while in the anime the blade has a more fire-like appearance.

This sword is obtained by Itachi in a mysterious way. It has tremendous power and is capable of cutting through anything, but its main ability is based on sealing any person or object it passes through in a world of Genjutsu for eternity, the bodies of the people it seals are absorbed into the sword. The sword itself carries powerful Fūinjutsu.

5. Murasame

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Franchise: Akame ga Kill!

One-Cut Killer: Murasame was one of the 48 Teigu created by order of the First Emperor. She was in the power of Akame, a member of Night Raid until his destruction. At an undetermined moment in the past, the Teigu came into the hands of Gozuki, a deeply proud and ambitious man who spent his days committing murders in conjunction with his companions, the Rakshasa Demons of the Kouken Temple.

Eight years before the events of the main plot, and faced with the seductive opportunity to wipe out the newly established Revolutionary Army, Gozuki finds himself in charge of a fledgling division of elite Imperial assassins known as “The Elite Seven”, which was made up of seven young men who would become future expert assassins.

4. Ace

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Fracnchise: One Piece

Ace is a saber worn by Pirate King Gol D. Roger, who used it as his primary weapon in combat. It is one of the 12 best quality Meito, the Saijo Ô Wazamono. Ace is a full-sized saber, with a slightly curved blade, with an ornate saw pattern on both sides. The sword has a yellow/orange hilt, with a diamond-shaped pattern, a golden hilt, as well as a thin hand guard, covering from the top of the hilt to the sheath, black.

As one of the 12 highest quality Meito, the Saijo Ô Wazamono, Ace is a superior blade, one of the strongest and toughest ever forged, only equaled by the other eleven Saijo Ô Wazamono. At the time, Ace was used by the former Pirate King for most of his life and during many of his exploits, from the God Valley Incident, through his multiple fights against Edward Newgate, who also possessed one of the 12 First Rank Blades, Murakumogiri.

The sword has never taken visual damage, attesting to its strong durability, being able to withstand the blows of a powerful opponent like Whitebeard. Roger has also demonstrated the ability to imbue Ace with Armament Haki as well as Kings Haki.

3. Ea

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: Fate

Sword of Rupture, Ea is the most powerful Noble Phantasm contained within the Gate of Babylon and the pinnacle of all those used by Servants. Unlike all of his other nameless weapons that may have been passed down to other wielders throughout history, Ea is a sword that only Gilgamesh possesses; a completely unique existence that can only be possessed by him, that is only suitable for a ruler, and what makes him transcendent.

Rider comments that the nature of the sword becomes more absurd as he sees its power. It can be used as a melee slashing weapon wielded much like a normal sword, as shown in Fate/Unlimited Codes, even going straight through Rider’s chest with its blunt tip. It has an abnormal shape that doesn’t match what would normally be classified as something specialized in the case of a sword.

2. Venuzdonoa

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Franchise: The Misfit of Demon King Academy

Venuzdonoa, the Abolisher of Reason, is the demonic sword of Anos Voldigoad, capable of destroying all things that have ever been created, including the laws and principles that make up the world as we know it. Venuzdonoa is a demonic sword created by Anos Voldigoad capable of destroying all reason. When the sword is summoned, shadows gather on the ground and black particles rise, while a sword’s shadow reverses to form a dark longsword that glows faintly. Anos uses Demon King Castle Delsgade, which serves as a giant three-dimensional magic circle, to summon Venuzdonoa.

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1. Tessaiga

25 Coolest & Strongest Swords in Anime (Ranked)

Franchise: InuYasha

Tessaiga is Inuyasha’s yōkai sword, forged from his father’s fang by Tōtōsai. Inuyasha and his half-brother Sesshōmaru keep fighting over the sword as it has the power to kill 100 yōkai with a single swing of the sword. However, the sword is meant for Inuyasha because his father had it forged to keep Inuyasha’s yokai blood in check.

In general, the sword only transforms if you intend to use it to protect a human, otherwise it remains in its katana form. The sword repels demons with a sigil or spell, so full-blooded demons are repelled if they are no stronger than Tessaiga. Normal people can touch the sword, but cannot use its abilities. In principle, only hanyō like Inuyasha can lead Tessaiga.

Tessaiga was sealed in Inu no Taishō’s tomb after his death and could only be unsealed by a hanyō or human. In itself, it is a rusty blade, but in action its blade thickens, and the blade length is about 1.8 m. Tessaiga also includes Tessaiga no Saya, Tessaiga’s scabbard. It is used to suppress Tessaiga’s demonic power when not in use.

You can also call the Tessaiga with the scabbard and it will come flying if you lose it. This annoys Sesshōmaru at first because he is a full-fledged yōkai and he “only” got Tenseiga, which he doesn’t know much about because Tensaiga is the sword that can save 100 lives, but only once each life. Sesshōmaru finds his sword useless, but it saved him from death when Inuyasha wounded him with the Kaze no Kizu.

  • Arthur S. Poe has been fascinated by fiction ever since he saw Digimon and read Harry Potter as a child. Since then, he has seen several thousand movies and anime, read several hundred books and comics, and played several hundred games of all genres.