The Son of the Sun and the Universe
The main protagonist of High School DxD, as well as the heroic-neutral protagonist in the fanfiction story, High School DxD: Rise of the Solar God.
Unlike the original depiction of Issei Hyoudou, this version exists in an alternate universe in which he is born from the essence of the Shinto Goddess of the Sun and the Universe, Amaterasu.
Dreading that Takamagahara, and by extension the rest of the supernatural world would be detrimental to her child, Amaterasu sent the infant Issei to live on Earth, where he is found in the Ise Grand Shrine by Mitsuru and Sachiko Hyoudou.
Initially unbeknownst to Issei himself, many dwellers of the supernatural world have all been aware of his existence, and seek either to challenge him, kill him, or to convince him to join their allegiance, much to Issei's own dismay.
Because of this, Issei has come in contact with many of the creatures of the supernatural world. Such entities include the Ouroboros Dragon Ophis; who would mark him as her mate at the age of six, the Apocalypse Dragon Great Red, and much later on, a female incarnation of the Supernatural World.
|“||How can someone so infuriatingly naive and idiotic, be powerful enough to destroy a God whose power was among the Top 10 Strongest Beings in the world?! It doesn't make any sense! This child! He is too dangerous now!||„|
|~ Grim Reaper Pluto's thoughts on Issei Hyoudou.|
Even by the standards of Gods and Buddhas, Issei was said by others to be unnaturally powerful, his natural strength far superior to the ranking of Ultimate-Class Devils, Fallen Angels, Angels, and Grim Reapers. At the time when he fought Riser Phenex, the Seraph Gabriel pondered that Issei's power was comparable to the might of Michael, an Archangel. Serafall Leviathan also mused that Issei had enough force to destroy the entire Underworld. He was also shown to be strong enough to damage Sirzechs Lucifer, a Super Devil.
With the Sun as his primary source of power, Issei's strength continued to increase throughout the story through unlocking new transformations, and meeting the Welsh Dragon Ddraig and the Evil Dragon Yamata-no-Orochi, both beings sealed in the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi.
After his body was altered to the physiology of a star, Issei's power skyrocketed to unimaginable heights. Upon absorbing the massive energy of a red supergiant star (UY Scuti), which resulted in the transformation Morning Star Issei, his power increased exponentially, surpassing all of his previous forms.
Due to the billions of stars that exist, it is likely for Issei to become even stronger, having enough potential to continuously break his own limits.
- Statements by Author
God Beyond Solar Issei is "infinitely stronger" than all of his previous transformations.
Morning Star Issei possesses unfathomably colossal energy.
- Fighting Style
Issei's fighting style primarily consists of perceiving the movements and battle capabilities of his opponents, and countering them with vicious and brutal attack patterns. He is a very observant and astute fighter, as shown during his battle against Loki. When Loki revealed that Fenrir's fangs possessed God-Killing properties, Issei immediately sought to rip one of the fangs out of the wolf's mouth, and stab Loki in the back, heavily damaging the Evil Norse God.
During battle, Issei adopts a frighteningly quiet nature, rarely uttering a single word to his opponents. He often immerses himself in his own thoughts on how to keep the battle to his advantage.
Immense Godly Power: As the child of Amaterasu, Issei possesses a tremendously vast supply of power. His sheer strength is noted enough to rank him as one of the strongest beings of the Shinto Faction, and arguably the most powerful being on planet Earth. As an infant, his power was great enough to be sensed by the inhabitants of Heaven, the Underworld, and the Dimensional Gap.
Immense Strength: As a Shinto God, Issei is endowed with monstrously physical strength, sufficient enough to overpower even the most formidable creatures of the Supernatural World with minor effort. While the level of his strength seemed extraordinary by human standards after growing up with them, by the standards of Gods and Buddhas, Issei's power is considered to be extremely monstrous and overwhelming. He is shown to be strong enough to overpower the likes of Riser Phenex, Fallen Angel Kokabiel, the Evil Norse God Loki, Susanoo-no-Mikoto, and much later on, Indra; who was a God with Ultimate-Class power.
Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Issei is a highly capable unarmed fighter. While mostly relying on the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi in battle, he is not above using unarmed attacks to surprise and incapacitate his opponents.
Highly Perceptive Combatant: Despite his naivety and literal mindset, Issei is a very insightful and crafty fighter. He quickly realizes mistakes in his own battle tactics and corrects them, and almost instantly adapts to his opponent's battle tactics to perfectly counter them.
Indomitable Will: The moment someone has antagonized Issei in any way, he will immediately pursue them, and will absolutely not stop no matter how many obstacles get in his way.
Teleportation: Issei is able to travel almost anywhere instantly without occupying the space in between.
Apportation: He is able to apport himself and anyone else nearby to anywhere he chooses with the snap of his fingers.
Telekinesis: Issei is able to impart kinetic energy on matter with his mind.
Immense Stamina: Due to being a Shinto God, Issei's stamina is tremendous, as he is able to use the power of the Two Heavenly Dragons, and an Evil Dragon without suffering any ill-sided effects.
Regenerative Healing Factor: Issei can heal from any bodily damage given to him completely so long as one cell or even molecule remains. The level of his regeneration increases drastically if he is near the Sun or a star.
Absorption: Issei has the ability to absorb anything that retains solar and/or light essence, as shown during his battle with Riser Phenex. Issei also employed this ability during his fight against Kokabiel, in which he absorbed the Fallen Angel's light spear, which was the size of Kuoh Academy. When his body is physiologically altered to that of a star, he is shown to be able to absorb the stars in space.
Illusion: Issei has shown the ability to cast mirages of himself, in order to catch his opponents off guard. He employed this technique during his battle against Loki.
Solar Power: As a God born from the energies of the Sun, Issei can absorb solar energy, and this in turn augments all of his powers and abilities. Due to being on Earth for years and having adapted to the planet's environment, Issei is far more powerful than most solar deities.
Soul Transfer: By utilizing Ddraig's transfer ability, Issei possesses the power to transfer a portion of his soul into an inanimate object in order to prolong his existence.
Power Multiplication and Transference: Ddraig's ability, which allows Issei to multiply his own power, or transfer that augmented power to anyone or anything.
- Dormant Abilities (Not Yet Unlocked)
Venomous Blood - The ability of the Yamata-no-Orochi.
Light Based Weapons Generation: As a God who was born from the Sun, Issei has a natural affinity to light-based powers, and thus has the potential of generating powerful light spears. This ability is similar to the powers of Angels and Fallen Angels.
- Super Solar Issei
The first evolution of Issei's solar transformations. This form was achieved by Issei during his battle against Riser Phenex in a bout of rage.
While in this state, Issei's hair spikes up in a orange-yellow color, and he loses the pupils and irises in his eyes. His body is surrounded by a golden aura. In this form, he easily overpowered Riser, and was strong enough to inflict great damage to Kokabiel, as evidenced when he bisected the Fallen Angel.
- Hell-Fire/Phoenix Issei
Issei gained this state by absorbing Riser's flames while he was in his Super Solar form. In this form, his hair reverts to its normal style, though it is black in color. His left eye returns to the color of brown, while his right eye acquires a black-grayish color. On occasion, phoenix wings of pure hell-fire would sprout out from his back. In this form, Issei gains the attributes of the Phenex clan, with the exception of being able to produce Phoenix Tears.
Issei's power in this form was shown to be large enough to damage Sirzechs Lucifer, and overpower the Evil Norse God Loki without much effort on Issei's part. Because he attained this form by absorbing Riser's flames while he was in the Underworld, Issei can only access the transformation whenever he is in the location, and therefore, cannot transform into it on Earth or Heaven.
- Super Solar God Issei
Issei's ultimate form which was gained by him absorbing the Sun entirely into his body. His hair lifts up slightly and is now a reddish-purple color. His eyes are sharpened, with his irises gaining a red shade. He is also much taller and thinner compared to his previous transformations. He is surrounded by a explosive and flame-like aura.
- God Beyond Solar Issei
|“|| You know, it's strange, really. Out of all the things I've turned into, I didn't think becoming a star would have this much of an impact. What's even weirder is that I'm only in my normal state.
What do you mean?
Well it's just...back then, in order for me to access my full power, I had to absorb the Sun entirely. But now this body might be strong enough to the point that I might not even have to absorb it this time.
|~ Issei to Cao Cao after the former's body attained the physiology of a star.|
This is the form Issei assumed after his body was physiologically altered to that of a star. When Issei achieved this transformation, the form burst forth from his body.
While in this state, his power greatly eclipses that of his previous transformations, and thus any other forms he achieves, are augmented as well.
While in this form, his physical appearance remains mostly unchanged, while his body is imbued by a golden glow, and a double blazing aura of blue and white.
This form is alternatively known as "The God that surpasses the Sun".
- Morning Star Issei
This form was achieved by Issei absorbing the energies of the red supergiant star UY Scuti. In this form, Issei's hair spikes up and adopts a light pink hue in color, with the hair possessing pure-white highlights. The strands of hair that hang down in this transformation are spiked up with the exception of three bangs, which dangle in front of his forehead. Another peculiar characteristic of the transformation, is the small but distinguishable wisp of hair that juts out from the rest of Issei's hair.
His facial features are sharper, and his eyes are more menacing, showing noticeable intensity and sternness. His brown eyes change to a dark green-gray color, while his aura appears to be crimson-red on the inner layer, and the outer layer a darker shade of fire-like orange. The aura is also accompanied by bio-electric sparks, and his body is surrounded by an ominous black glow.
It is hinted that the hair color is in this form was originally white, as Cao Cao noted that Issei's aura when absorbing UY Scuti was pure-white, and that in turn mixed with the red color of the supergiant star, causing it to turn pink.
Despite its seemingly tremendous increase in power, the transformation possesses setbacks as well. This drawback was hinted when Issei noticeably had trouble absorbing the energies of UY Scuti, with him worrying about the notion of trying to fully absorb the red supergiant star into his body.
Because he was unable to absorb UY Scuti entirely into his system, along with the fact that this transformation possesses intense energy that he isn't used to holding, Issei theorizes that he'll start to experience a severe decrease in stamina due to not being adjusted to the form. In order to bypass this flaw, Issei is able to release massive surges of energy from his body, lessening the strain, but not completely depleting the setback.
Additionally, a requirement needed to sustain this form is mental fortitude. If Issei starts to become overwhelmed by rage or stress, his energy becomes unbalanced, therefore losing the compensation needed to prevent the amount of pressure the form puts on his body.
Tier: At least High 6-C, likely far higher | 4-C | 6-B to 4-B | At least 4-B | 5-B | Possibly High 4-A | At least High 4-A | At least 3-B, potentially High 3-A, via extreme battle potential
Name: Hyoudou Issei, Solar God, Red Dragon Emperor (Sekiryuutei), Solar Dragon Emperor, The God That Surpasses The Sun, Morning Star
Origin: High School DxD: Rise of the Solar God
Classification: Shinto God with Solar and Stellar Physiology
Power and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant, Master Swordsman, Pyrokinesis, Heat Manipulation, Solar/Stellar Ki Manipulation, Flight, Afterimage Creation, Energy Absorption, Reactive Evolution (Becomes stronger from being damaged), Reactive Power Level (becomes stronger the longer he is in combat), Regeneration (Likely Low-Godly), Immortality (Types 3, 4, and 8), Teleportation (Via Instantaneous Movement), Telekinesis, Telepathy, Energy Sensing, Transformation (can transform to increase his power even further), Soul Transferal and Power Augmentation (with the fragment of Ddraig and the Yamata-no-Orochi's souls sealed within the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi, he is able to boost his own power and transfer a portion of his soul to survive), access to all five Demon Swords.
Weaknesses: Initially, if the Sun is either shielded by an eclipse or destroyed, his body is unable to absorb any more solar energy, leaving him powerless | When his body becomes a star, this weakness no longer hinders him. Has the risk of burning out in the form of a induced supernova if his energy overwhelms him | If used for a long period of time, the form plagues him with intense pain and shaves off his life force, due to being a fusion between a Holy Sword and five Demon Swords.
Attack Potency: At least Large Island Level, likely far higher(far superior to the likes of Kokabiel and Riser. Physically able to compete with Susanoo, an ultimate-class god, without his solar energy.) | Star level (far stronger than six months ago. Able to stall a heavily augmented Indra.) | Country Level to Solar System Level (greatly increases Issei's overall strength, speed and durability. Shook the entire Solar System. His power was enough to destroy a mythological realm's structure.) | At least Solar System Level, likely higher (With the power of Ddraig and Yamato-no-orochi, Issei can further augments his power, making him stronger and stronger. Comparable to Izanami-no-Mikoto.) | Planetery Level (Managed to hold and reflect a planet-sized attack from Amenominakanushi. Was able to tackle Amenominakanushi into the ground, but ultimately failed to do any damage to him.) | Possibly High Multi-Solar System Level (Absorbed a black hole and numerous stars into his being. Fought and overpowered Amenominakanushi with relative ease.) | At least High Multi-Solar System level (Stated to be immensly more powerful than his previous forms. Effortlessly beated Pluto, the ultimate Grim-Reaper across the Greek Underworld. Is even stronger in his Morning Star transformation.) | At least Multi-Galaxy Level, potentially High Universe Level (Comparable to a Samael-Infused Amenominakanushi at his peak. Was able to wipe out huge chunks of the Underworld. His strongest attack shook the entirety of the Supernatural World and fractured Amenominakanushi's being, despite the latter being immune to his dragon's abilities. If properly mastered, Issei's combat potential could be infinite. Potentially, Issei could achieve infinite third dimensional power.)
Range: Poissibly Kilometers(destroyed most of the Underworld Battle Arena) | At least Hundreds of Kilometers(Has unintentionally decimated several of Japan's biggest cities.) | Around Interplanetery(His battle with Yoru shook the Solar System) | Possibly Universal(His strongest attack send strong ripples across the Supernatural World and every entity could feel it)
Speed: Massively Hypersonic+ with the same level of reaction speed (was able to dodge numerous of fast flying attacks, but could not keep up with Amenominakanushi's speed) | Massively FTL+ (Comparable and possibly superior to Amenominakanushi's speed even in his Anti-Solar God form)
Durability: Large Island Level | Star Level | Country Level to Solar System Level | Unknown | Planet level | High Multi-Solar System Level | Potentially High Universe level
Lifting Strength: Unknown (never shown the exact scale of how much he can lift) | Class Y (likely his limit, as he had struggle holding a planet-sized sphere from Amenominakanushi, though it is possible that due to the sphere's astronomical power, it may have weighted heavier. Either way, this is the only time Issei has been seen struggling to hold/lift something after the timeskip) | Stellar Class | Possibly Immeasurable
'Striking Strength: At least Large Island class | Star class | Solar System Class' | At least Solar System Class | Planet Class | Multi-Solar System Class | Multi-Solar System Class | Multi-Galactic Class
Stamina: Extremely High | Godlike | Unknown
Reactions: Massively Hypersonic+ perception | Relativistic+ perception | Massively FTL perception
Standard Equipment: Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi (carrying the souls of the Welsh Dragon and the Yamata-no-Orochi), Fenrir's fang, Grendel's Scale, Morning Star Halo, Demon Swords.
Intelligence: Though somewhat literal-minded and naive, he is an insightful and serious fighter who is capable of thinking up clever strategies on the fly.
- Super Solar (スーパー太陽): A unique and formidable advanced transformation assumed by Issei, which augments his base attributes by a great magnitude. The Super Solar form is succeeded by two further transformations; Hell-Fire/Solar Phoenix Form (which was achieved by Issei absorbing the flames of Riser Phenex) and Super Solar God (the result of him fully absorbing the Sun into his body). Later on, Issei's body was altered to the physiology of a star, and as a result, he is granted an astronomical power-up, along with new transformations; God Beyond Solar (his new and permanent base state), and Morning Star Issei (gained by him absorbing the red supergiant star UY Scuti).
- Instantaneous Movement: Issei places his index and middle finger on his forehead, and instantaneously moves from one point to another. He can also perform this technique by snapping his fingers.
- Disintegrated Riser Phenex.
- Bisected Kokabiel, and would have destroyed him if not for the arrival of Vali Lucifer.
- Successfully defeated Fenrir by ripping out one of his fangs, which are said to be able to kill even the most powerful beings, including Gods. Overpowered the Evil Norse God Loki by stabbing him with one of Fenrir's fangs, leaving Loki heavily damaged and weakened.
- After a brief struggle, he destroyed Susanoo-no-Mikoto.
- Was completely unharmed when Cao Cao tried to stab him with the True Longinus. And he regenerated instantly after Cao Cao turned him into stone with Medusa's Eye, and shattered him into pieces.
- Destroyed the heavily augmented Indra, while receiving minimum damage from him.
- Freed Izanami-no-Mikoto from Yomi.
- By utilizing the Dividing Inferno and Domination Supremecy, Issei(with Vali's help) managed to destroy Amenominakanushi.
'Key: Base (Pre-Time Skip) | Base (post-timeskip) | Solar Evolution | 'Solar Dragon Emperor | God-Killer | Dead Star God | Stellar Evolution | Paradoxical Dragon Emperor
Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi (天叢雲剣, lit. "Sword of the Gathering Clouds of Heaven") is a Holy Sword of Shinto legends that rivals the original Excalibur and Durandal. It is also known as the Kusanagi no Tsurugi ("Grass-Cutting Sword"). Unlike the other Holy Swords, that are said to be forged by God, the Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi was found inside the body of the legendary 8-headed Evil Dragon, Yamata no Orochi.
The Ame no Murakumo no Tsurugi was originally a gift handed to Amaterasu by Susanoo as a sign of the latter asking for his sister's forgiveness. Years later, around the time of the Great War, the Angels, Devils, and Fallen Angels interrupted the battle between the Welsh Dragon Ddriag and the Vanishing Dragon Albion, causing the Dragons to attack the leaders of the Three Factions. In retaliation, the leaders destroyed the Dragons' bodies, and opted to seal them. However, while Albion was sealed in the Divine Dividing Sacred Gear, Ddraig was sealed in the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi by Amaterasu, marking him as the second soul to be sealed in the Kusanagi, the first being the Yamata-no-Orochi.
While its standard form is a regular Holy Sword, the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi can also take the form of a Black Dragon Armor with red jewels, due to it encasing the spirits of two Dragons. When infused with Grendel's scale, the jewels change to a dark green hue, representing the color of the Crime Force Dragon.
In this form, the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi takes the form of a black, claw-shaped armored gauntlet with a crimson-red jewel on top of the palm area.
- Kusanagi no Tsurugi: Scale Mail
The 'Balance Breaker' of the Kusanagi which creates a Black Dragon Armor with red jewels. It covers Issei's body and strengthens his powers and abilities. The armor has a pair of retractable Dragon wings that grants Issei an alternate way of flight.
- Kusanagi no Tsurugi: Dividing Gear
The Dividing Gear resembles the Kusanagi's gauntlet form, but is white in color and has a blue jewel. With Dividing Gear fused with the Kusanagi, Issei gains all the powers of Divine Dividing.
Issei obtained this form when he placed one of the jewels from Vali's armor to his, creating the Dividing Gear. This allowed him to use Albion's dividing powers. Initially, unbeknownst to Issei, the jewel from the Divine Dividing Sacred Gear contained a fragment of Albion's spirit, with the soul serving as the embodiment of the Dividing Gear's abilities. Later on, the portion of Albion's soul is returned to Vali, and thus, Issei no longer has this ability.
- Kusanagi no Tsurugi: Grendel's Scale (Not Yet Unlocked)
The result of merging Grendel's sphere-shaped scale into the Scale Mail armor of the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi. While this armor retains the same appearance as Issei's regular 'Balance Breaker', the jewels are a dark-green shade instead of the usual red.
In this state, the defense capabilities of the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi: Scale Mail increase on a exponential level, due to the properties of Grendel's scale being incorporated into the armor. As a result, Issei's endurance and durability is greatly augmented. A unique feature this form possesses due to having Grendel's scale as the base of its power, is that the armor is able to automatically react to any potential threat without Issei needing to acknowledge it.
Despite the great advantage, this state has weaknesses. When in this form, attacking is difficult as Issei normally focuses on strategies and ways to attack his opponents before moving. This slows him down as a result, and he is unable to physically strike with his full strength. The armor also drains Issei's stamina, and the moment it is depleted, it will dissipate.
- Demon Swords
|“|| Quick, what was Siegfried doing before you captured him?
What was Siegfried doing before you took him to your team for interrogation? Was he fighting someone or something beforehand?
Yeah, he was fighting Hyoudou. But why is any of that important?
He was fighting Issei Hyoudou? Oh no. No, no, no, no, no, no!
What is it? What does Siegfried fighting Hyoudou have to do with the Demon Swords?
Don't you get it?! The Demon Swords didn't show any signs of rebelling against Siegfried before he fought Issei Hyoudou!
So what are you saying?
I'm saying that perhaps all five of the Demon Swords have chosen Issei Hyoudou as their new wielder.
|~ Georg and Vali Lucifer, discussing about Siegfried and the Demon Swords.|
- Gram (グラム, Guramu): The Demonic Emperor Sword, and the Sword of the Sun. It is a Dragon Slayer sword with massive destructive power, and is sharper than most Holy Demonic Swords. Georg reveals that after Siegfried's battle with Issei Hyoudou, Gram was the first of the Demonic Swords to reject Siegfried, and choose Issei as its new wielder.
Balmung (バルムンク Barumunku) is a Demon Sword from Norse mythology with a drill-like aura. It is capable of creating powerful whirlwinds.
Dáinsleif (ダインスレイヴ Dainsureivu) is a Demon Sword that creates huge pillars of ice from the ground.
Nothung (ノートゥング Nōtungu) is a Demon Sword that specialises in sharpness.
Tyrfing (ディルヴィング Diruvingu) is a Demon Sword that specialises in destruction.
Main article: Demonic Kusanagi
An extremely powerful weapon born between the union of the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi and the five Demon Swords. In addition to it being a Holy Demonic Sword, it retains the draconic properties that are present in the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi; i.e, the souls of Ddraig the Red Dragon Emperor and the Yamata-no-Orochi. Due to this, it has the ability to produce a Dragon Armor that is far more powerful than the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi: Scale Mail.
The Morning Star Halo is a double halo of light with five spikes that was created by the effects of the True Longinus' forbidden form, The Truth Idea. It was granted to Issei by the blessing and will of the God from the Bible.
The Morning Star Halo imbues its user with several powers, due to it being blessed by the will of the God from the Bible, and he retains these abilities so long as the halo is present.
- Unbreakable Skin: The Morning Star Halo grants its user with formidably dense skin that is impervious to harm.
- Immunity to Samael's Curse: Due to being created by the effects of the True Longinus; with the Longinus containing the will of the God from the Bible, the user is unaffected by Samael's poison, as it is God's Curse.
Despite its immense power, Issei's body can only sustain the halo for a brief period of time. It is also possible for it to be destroyed, leaving Issei without any access to its abilities.
The Demonic Kusanagi, also known as The Paradoxical Kusanagi, is a powerful Holy Demonic Sword that is formed by the union of the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi and all five of the Demon Swords; Gram, Balmung, Nothung, Tyrfing, and Dáinsleif.
As the fusion of a Holy Sword and the five Demon Swords, the Demonic Kusanagi wields tremendous offensive power that far exceeds its components, possessing all of their abilities expanded to colossal degrees. Due to carrying the souls of Ddraig and the Yamata-no-Orochi, the Demonic Kusanagi retains the ability to create a Dragon Armor that surpasses its Holy Sword component.
The sealed form of the Demonic Kusanagi appears as a curved broadsword with a crimson jewel embedded into it.
- Initial Release
The Demonic Kusanagi in its released form greatly resembles the Durandal, as one of its components is a Holy Sword itself. It is a uniquely-shaped broadsword with a black blade and a crimson-red edge. Like the Durandal, this sword has a semicircular guard on the left side of the handle that extends to the bottom just above the pommel, with a small extension on the right side of the handle.
- Final Evolution
In its evolved state, the Demonic Kusanagi resembles the Mjölnir, the hammer of Thor the Lightning God of Norse Mythology. The Holy Demonic Sword takes the appearance of a giant hammer with a black outer frame with a red structure throughout its entire design from the head to the handle. There is a Norse symbol on its middle piece, with the mark representing one of the Demonic Kusanagi's components, Balmung.
- Paradoxical Scale Mail
Though it shares similar features to the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi: Scale Mail, the Scale Mail of the Demonic Kusanagi is muscular and bulkier. The armor and hair is black with glowing crimson-red highlights, and the eyes on the armor are red as well. The 'ears' give the impression of straight angled devil-horns.
The biggest contrast it has compared to the Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi: Scale Mail, is that this particular armor has a face with blazing red eyes and a mouth full of sharp fangs. The pauldrons also have teeth and horns like those on its head, and it has red glowing crystals on its hips. The armor is also able to sprout out large wings that have the appearance of a universe-like substance.
The Demonic Kusanagi possesses all the powers of Red Dragon Emperor Ddraig, the Yamata-no-Orochi, and the five Demon Swords; Gram, Balmung, Nothung, Tyrfing, and Dáinsleif. Due to its nature as a Holy Demonic Sword with draconic properties, it also wields divine and demonic abilities, with each of them strengthened by the power of Ddraig and the Yamata-no-Orochi.
Due to being a form of a Holy Demonic Sword, the Paradoxical Scale Mail also possesses the weakness of the latter component, in that the form devours the user's lifespan as long as they remain in the armor. Because this Dragon Armor is a fusion of five Demon Swords and only one Holy Sword, the consumption of the user's life-force is quintupled, placing them in an great amount of pain. While Issei is able to bypass the danger to his life-force by employing his godly power as proxy, he still feels intense pain within the armor.
Conversely, this weakness has the effect of a double-edged sword, as Issei becomes much stronger from any pain or damage inflicted upon him, leaving him in a paradoxical state of chronic agony and regeneration. This trait dramatically increases Issei's raw might after instantly recovering from the pain done to him.
However, while Issei grows more powerful from the damage he takes, he has a limit to how much he can endure. Therefore, if he can not withstand the amount of pain he is unable to recover from, the armor will dissipate, rendering him defenseless. The amount of power he gained from the armor's effects, will then rebound on him, leaving Issei with a heavily damaged body.
A trait this Issei shares with his original counterpart, is the fact that he has also died more than once:
- He first died in his battle against the Shinto God of the Storms Susanoo, due to Issei being weakened by the Solar Eclipse. This prevented him from being able to recover from the wounds Susanoo inflicted upon him.
- The second time was when Amenominakanushi, the first Kami of Shintoism, summoned a black hole to destroy Issei. The attack completely obliterated Issei's physical body, and as a result, his soul descended to Yomi.
Notable Victories N/A
Notable Losses N/A
Notable Draws N/A