Can Rika beat Sukuna in Jujutsu Kaisen manga?

Rika in Jujutsu Kaisen manga

To answer the question ‘Can Rika beat Sukuna?’, we have to first understand what role Rika plays in this battle against Sukuna. From the very beginning of Jujutsu Kaisen, we have seen Rika being coined as the Queen of Curses. Is it possible that Rika is indeed fated to stop Sukuna in the end?

The Rika vs Sukuna battle is part of the larger battle of Yuta and Yuji against Sukuna, and that implies that Rika’s might is indeed an integral element in demolishing the structure that has been constructed around Sukuna. In this article, we will assess Rika’s role in Jujutsu Kaisen and try to answer the most pertinent question – ‘Can Rika beat Sukuna?’

Rika vs. Sukuna – Queen of Curses full potential might have a chance of defeating the King of Curses

Yuta’s appearance on the battlefield after defeating Kenjaku is perhaps one of the most important elements of the Jujutsu Kaisen story in the recent past. After defeating Kenjaku, it was Rika’s ability that solely obliterated all of those cursed spirits that were released like a flash flood. Yuta is simply not powerful enough all alone to be able to hold off such a great army, but Rika manages to do it with ease.

Rika, Sukuna and Yuta in Jujutsu Kaisen manga
Can Rika beat Sukuna in the battle? (Image credit goes to Shueisha)

Now that the Queen of Curses is on the battlefield, it will be a decisive series of events in the near future. Rika and her powers are something that even Sukuna is aware of, and he clearly doesn’t take it lightly. It has been after a thousand years and probably the first time in his lifetime that a queen of curses emerged before he was the sole ruler of this universe. Rika will therefore play the role of the mirror, she will become Sukuna’s reflection of power and she will emerge to be his natural rival.

Can Rika beat Sukuna or is it just a mere assumption?

The Rika vs Sukuna battle is only supposed to be a fragment of the Yuta vs Sukuna battle. However, Yuta is only partially relevant in this entire scheme of events. Rika and Yuta complement each other and therefore, it is Rika’s ability to conceive Yuta’s vision that will make them an able team to face Sukuna. Rika vs Sukuna is the battle that will either be the ultimate showdown of the plot or will simply prove to be a tragedy.

Rika and Sukuna battle in Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 249
Rika vs Sukuna in JJK Chapter 249. (Image credit goes to Shueisha)
  • Moreover, Rika is filled with an endless reserve of cursed energy. She holds the ability to withstand Sukuna’s might and at the same time dissolve his attacks into nothingness.
  • She also holds the ability to entirely face him alone and still damage his core.
  • Rika is like the antidote for Sukuna’s poison and her love for Yuta is the antithesis to Sukuna’s hate.

Rika can defeat Sukuna only if she releases her true potential, but it might also mean that she has to die with him, as she can truly wipe out his existence by engulfing him in her powers and destroying him in the process.

Is this battle more than what it seems? Yuji’s critical role

It has been revealed through Sukuna’s monologue that Yuji is the ultimate weapon of the sorcerers’ plan. Moreover, it has also been stated by Sukuna that Yuta’s Domain Expansion is fatal for him if he takes down his Hollow Wicker Basket. That being said, there was also a mention towards the end of Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 249 that the ‘new and old’ will finally go against each other, possibly referring to Yuji vs Sukuna.

Rika and Yuta from Jujutsu Kaisen
Rika Orimoto in Jujutsu Kaisen anime. (Image credit goes to Studio MAPPA)

However, Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 249 ends with the Sukuna saying “You’ve finally been given a role”, and the panel shows Rika, Yuta, Sukuna, and Yuji in a serial order. Who was Sukuna referring to? Was it Rika, Yuta or Yuji?

While Yuji and Yuta have already been playing major roles throughout, it is highly possible that Sukuna might’ve been referring to Rika, and that implies the fact that it will be a battle of consequences if Sukuna vs Rika were to actually materialize. Therefore, Rika might actually be the hidden weapon and her role against Sukuna might be something bigger than we have anticipated.


Rika vs Sukuna is a battle of monsters. It is a battle where two curses will go against each other, and one will emerge as the winner. No matter who stands tall in the end, it will be coined the victory of a curse. Therefore, Gege might actually tweak this narrative and not give Rika all the credit, while at the same time, it is simply not possible to predict what he will do.

Gege might be unpredictable, but we are not – and that brings us to our conclusion where you subscribe to our newsletter at Spiel Anime and we provide you with regular updates on anime that are detailed and accurate. What are you waiting for?

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