Demon Slayer: The criteria to become a Hashira explained

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Tanjiro in Demon Slayer Season 4

The Hashira are the nine strongest and most reputable swordsmen in the Demon Slayer Corps. However, the anime has yet to fully explain how someone can become eligible for that position.

In Demon Slayer, Hashira is the highest rank obtained in the Demon Slayer Corps. They are the most skilled and feared soldiers in the entire organization, protecting humanity from more severe dangers that other slayers cannot handle. The Hashira have more responsibilities than any other Corps members, making the rank a big responsibility.

Demon Slayer never clearly reveals how and when the Hashira of this era obtained their ranks. That said, there are certain requirements that everyone must fulfil if they ever want to become the most respected warriors in the Corps.

Tanjiro is learning more about this challenge in Demon Slayer Season 4, as he attempts to move up the rankings himself. While he sweats, delve deeper to find out what the criteria are to become a Hashira.

How does a demon slayer become a Hashira?

A Hashira candidate must be among the strongest warriors in the Demon Slayer Corps to even qualify for training. There are two known techniques for proving one’s competence to become a Hashira, and they’re both exceedingly difficult.

The first is through achieving a certain killcount, either by killing at least 50 demons or slaying a member of the Twelve Kizuki. The second method is to be a Tsuguko of a Hashira, which requires great talent. Tsuguko can also only inherit the rank if their associated Hashira dies or retires. The effort required to achieve each of these ways needs about five years of training.

Tanjiro is undergoing the first method, but he’s seeking guidance from Gyomei Himejima, the Stone Hashira, in order to fully obtain the rank. This will be one of his toughest challenges, but he’ll be one of the all-time greatest Demon Slayers by the end.

Some prodigies just need two or three years. Additionally, two Hashira, Muichiro Tokito and Gyomei Himejima, rose to the rank only two months after becoming Demon Slayers.

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