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Generally speaking, pandas are such peaceful creatures. Known mostly for eating bamboo, lying around, and generally being very bad at reproducing, there are few other animals on the planet who seem quite so harmless while also being large enough to kill you at any given moment. DreamWorks, of course, capitalized on this disparity with the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise. However, that isn't the only series out there that has gone out of its way to make pandas seem more threatening. The anime "Jujutsu Kaisen" makes its own panda character so much more than just a big, fuzzy bear.

In a world where sorcerers dedicate themselves to fighting evil spirits, you'd never expect that a major part of that force is occupied by a talking panda, but that's the way it is. Thankfully, that panda (who is named Panda) iis more than just an ordinary bear. He is a very special type of cursed corpse (an autonomous puppet created by sorcerers) that is sentient; in fact, he is a second-year student at Jujutsu High School. Created by Principal Yaga, Panda is unique in design and ability, able to outperform any other cursed corpse (and more than a few legit sorcerers). But, what exactly can Panda do in a fight, and how do his powers work?

Panda is a cursed corpse unlike any other

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As noted, Panda is a very unique type of cursed corpse. Most cursed corpses are simply nonliving objects that have been possessed by a curse. This gives the object a certain amount of sentience. However, it is impermanent and will eventually run out of cursed energy. They can occur naturally, but a sorcerer can also create one by imbuing an object with a core containing the curse. From there, the cursed corpse can act autonomously or be used directly as a puppet.

Panda is what is called an "Abrupt-Mutated Cursed Corpse" created by Jujutsu High's principal, Masamichi Yaga. For a time, the method of Panda's creation was kept a well-guarded secret. However, Yaga eventually reveals that he created Panda by imbuing the creature with three cores, each containing a different soul. Through some means, these souls balance each other out and allow the corpse to constantly create its own cursed energy. Still, that doesn't exactly tell us what Panda is capable of.

Panda is a talented sorcerer

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The fact that he can perpetually create his own cursed energy means that, unlike other cursed corpses in "Jujutsu Kaisen,"Panda can be a full-time sorcerer. He is classified as a Grade 2 sorcerer, which makes him something of a middleweight among sorcerers, but certainly more talented than the average student. More impressive than his rank, however, are his actual abilities.

As a magical undead bear, Panda already has physical abilities that are well above average. His strength, endurance, and speed alone are things to admire. On top of that, his sentience grants him a high level of intelligence. This makes him especially strategic for a fighter whose comfort zone is brawling up close and personal with his custom panda knuckle dusters.

When he's not simply throwing out punches, however, Panda can manipulate his cursed energy for a variety of purposes. A common trick of his is to use his cursed energy as a defensive shield. Using this ability, Panda can tank many attacks that other sorcerers would rather dodge. However, that isn't the most potent trick up his sleeve. For Panda's ace-in-the-hole, you have to look at his transformations.

Panda's transformations are overpowered

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Remember when we said that Panda has three cores, each with its own soul? Well, that wasn't just to grant him sentience and let him create cursed energy. Panda can actually "switch" between these three cores to spark physical transformations that help him in combat. His first core is his default form, in which he looks like an ordinary panda. It's when he activates the core of his "brother" that he can really go ape.

We mean that literally, too. Panda's second core transitions him into Gorilla Mode, where he gains the appearance of a gorilla whilst keeping the white-and-black color scheme. In this form, Panda's physical abilities are enhanced even further, making him a more effective brawler. His strikes also gain an "Unblockable Drumming Beat" that fires damaging shockwaves through the target's body regardless of whether or not they blocked the attack. The only downside is that this form depletes his cursed energy at a higher rate.

Panda's last form is still a secret. However, if the wily bear hasn't felt the need to break it out thus far, you can bet that it's something seriously powerful. Gorilla form allowed Panda to take down opponents as powerful as Mechamaru, a highly advanced cursed corpse controlled by the sorcerer Kokichi Muta, and come out the other end with only minor injuries. Soft and fuzzy as he may be, Panda is one cute critter that you wouldn't want to tango with.


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What is Panda's ability in Jujutsu Kaisen? ›

Panda can manipulate his cursed energy to fake the location of these cores, effectively compensating for these weak points. Gorilla Mode: By switching to his "brother's" core, Panda can transform into a muscular gorilla that retains his normal color scheme.

What is Panda's third core? ›

In Gege Akutami's Jujutsu Kaisen chapter #185, readers find that Panda envisions his three cores as three siblings, namely an older sister who is a Triceratops, a middle brother who is a Gorilla, and a younger baby brother who is a Panda. Panda's primary core is clearly the younger baby brother.

How did Yaga make panda? ›

Panda was born when Yaga placed the soul information and physical information of three compatible souls into the core of a cursed corpse. With each soul able to observe the others over three months, they stabilized into a coherent sentience.

How strong is Panda Jujutsu Kaisen? ›

Enhanced Strength: As a grade two sorcerer and is a mutated corpse, he is able to land very powerful blow, strong enough to exorcise curses one hit, even without using his Gorilla Mode. He landed a blow on Aoi Todo, a very resistant fighter.

What is the red panda ability? ›

Red pandas are skilled climbers, using trees for shelter, to escape predators and to sunbathe in the winter. Their ankles are extremely flexible, and the fibula and tibia are attached in such a way as to allow the fibula to rotate about its axis.

Did Panda lose his cores? ›

In the last Chapter, Panda came across Hajime Kashimo in Tokyo No. 2 Colony while searching for Angel. As they clashed, Kashimo easily overpowered Panda's original and Gorilla cores. For the first time, Panda's sister's core was revealed, and she appeared to be modeled after a triceratops.

Is Maki dead 253? ›

Clearly, Maki is not dead. Sukuna only landed one powerful Black Flash on her, which means that she still can fight.

Does Yuta still have Rika? ›

Rika (りカ, Rika?) is a character in the Jujutsu Kaisen series. She is the cursed spirit that remains with Yuta Okkotsu even after Rika Orimoto's soul was unbound from it. Orimoto bequeathed the last vestiges of her will to the cursed spirit, symbolizing a manifestation of her love that she left behind to protect Yuta.

How strong is a panda? ›

Giant pandas have one of the strongest bite strengths of land mammals, ranked closely among hippopotamuses, polar bears, tigers, brown bears and lions. Their teeth and jaws are designed to break and crush bamboo stalks, and they can inflict serious damage on other animals or humans if they need to do so.

Is Yaga panda's dad? ›

He is essentially Panda's father and raised him throughout his youth.

Is panda still alive in JJK? ›

Luckily, Panda is still alive for now. This is possible because Panda had three cores: his brother, his sister, and himself. Each of these cores were located at different areas throughout his body. The panda core is found in his head, so as long as his head isn't destroyed, he can survive.

How did panda escape Sukuna? ›

After listening to their story, Panda prepares to fight the two but is shocked when he notices Sukuna's fight with Jogo. Panda and Atsuya start to escape but Sukuna stops them. Sukuna threatens them to not move until he says so, which Panda escape once Sukuna lets them.

Who is the No 1 powerful character in Jujutsu Kaisen? ›

1 Satoru Gojo Has No Equal in Jujutsu Kaisen's World

It didn't take long for the sorcerer Satoru Gojo to become one of anime's most overpowered characters of all time, to the point author Gege Akutami openly regrets designing him that way.

Who defeated Panda JJK? ›

Basically, Kashimo destroys Panda and kills his other cores, hence a whole sad scene in what I assume is Panda's inner world. So far so good, good guys dying in some kind of heroic sacrifice is nothing unusual for JJK.

Who is the most overpowered character in Jujutsu Kaisen? ›

Satoru Gojo is undoubtedly the most powerful sorcerer to appear in the story of Jujutsu Kaisen. He is introduced as a central character in the story in the first chapter of the manga and the first anime episode. Gojo is one of few Special Grade Sorcerers, and even among them, he is considered the very best.

What is the most powerful ability in Jujutsu Kaisen? ›

1 Limitless

Limitless is an awe-inspiring and unparalleled cursed technique in Jujutsu Kaisen. Satoru Gojo, the world's strongest sorcerer, wields this remarkable ability with remarkable mastery.

Is Panda a cursed spirit? ›

Panda (パンダ, Panda?) is a major supporting character in Jujutsu Kaisen and one of the main protagonists of its prequel, Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Jujutsu High. Despite his name, Panda is not an actual panda, he's an Abrupt-Mutation Cursed Corpse created by Masamichi Yaga.

What is Miguel's ability Jujutsu Kaisen? ›

Miguel Oduol's debut in Chapter 255 of Jujutsu Kaisen showcased his unique Cursed Technique, Prayer Song, enhancing his physical abilities. Miguel's Prayer Song technique, coupled with his Black Rope Cursed Tool, makes him a formidable opponent even against strong sorcerers like Gojo.

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