How Did Sukuna Die? The King of Curses’ Death Explained

We already know that he is alive, but how did Sukuna die? In this blog, we will attempt to uncover the mysterious death of Ryomen Sukuna, Jujutsu Kaisen’s main villain.

How Sukuna “Lived”: a Quick Recap

Jujutsu Kaisen is an anime and manga about Yuji Itadori, a high school boy. Yuji is an ordinary boy who likes to hang out with friends and have fun.

One day, he got into an entire world that he had never thought about: a world with monsters and sorcerers. When Yuji was in danger, he took the risk and swallowed one mysterious finger. But he didn’t know that this finger was the reason for the awakening of a 1000-year-old monster. That monster helped Yuji get out of danger.

While watching the developments of Jujutsu Kaisen, the identity of this monster slowly unravels. That monster is named Sukuna and owns a power that could destroy the entire world.

When, Why, and How Did Sukuna Die?

How did Sukuna die?

Sukuna died 1,000 years ago, according to the timeline of Jujutsu Kaisen. But why? The golden age of Jujutsu was 1,000 years ago. There were so many powerful sorcerers at that time. But Sukuna was a sorcerer who was simply on top of that world. He was so strong. However, what he did was kill and frighten everybody. In fact, Gege Akutami, author of Jujutsu Kaisen, described Sukuna as a walking “tai hoa”, a natural calamity. Only fear and panic remained wherever he went.

Did Sukuna Really Die?

With that said, other sorcerers couldn’t just let Sukuna do what he wanted. They assembled, honing their power, and finally, they defeated Sukuna.

However, Sukuna wasn’t easy to swallow. Even after Sukuna died, other sorcerers were powerless to destroy Sukuna’s corpse. If they just let it go like that, Sukuna could return or become a cursed spirit.

The Strange Case of Sukuna’s Fingers

Sukuna's fingers
Image Source: Jujutsu Kaisen EN on Twitter

So they decided to cut Sukuna’s fingers and seal his power within them. Because Sukuna had four arms, there were 20 fingers in total.

After hundreds of years, these fingers straggled all over Japan. Due to how dangerous these fingers were, they were made special-grade objects and were chased down by everyone, even cursed spirits and the Jujutsu society.

What Happens If You Eat Sukuna’s Fingers?

If a cursed spirit can eat just one of these fingers, it will get stronger quickly and become a true menace to the human world. That’s why these fingers are usually wrapped inside a seal to stop its cursed energy from leaking to the outside. That could attract other cursed spirits.

On the reverse, these Sukuna fingers are full of poison. Normal people (even sorcerers) will die immediately if they get them in their bodies. That’s why they couldn’t do a thing to use the power from these Sukuna fingers for so long.

Sukuna's Finger

But Yuji is exceptional. He swallowed one of Sukuna’s fingers but was still okay. However, it awakened Sukuna, who was sleeping inside these fingers. Sukuna has returned and will once again frighten the Jujutsu Kaisen world.

However, Sukuna can’t do what he likes. Yuji’s body is the perfect vessel for Sukuna to revive, but in reverse, Yuji could also control Sukuna perfectly. Sukuna has to live and stay under the control of Yuji.


That’s what we know about the death of Sukuna. However, everything is still unclear. Who killed Sukuna? Or, more specifically, how did Sukuna die? To be honest, we still don’t know!

There is very little we know about Sukuna. There are so many mysteries about his death. I’m hoping Akutami-sensei will tell us more about Sukuna’s past soon.