The following contains spoilers from My Hero Academia. You have been warned.
At the end of the Paranormal Liberation War, the vestige of All For One took over Tomura Shigaraki’s body. As he fled the battlefield, he said that he and Deku would fight again when Shigaraki’s upgraded body was perfected.
The biggest source of hype in the recent story arc revolved around the surgery that Doctor Ujiko gave Shigaraki that would potentially make him stronger than either One For All or All For One. Sadly, Shigaraki was awakened from his surgery a month ahead of schedule at 75 % completion. Even so, Shigaraki demonstrated impressive abilities that allowed him to hold his own against multiple powerful superheroes at the same time. This post will go over what we know about Shigaraki’s new capabilities so far.
Let us start with Shigaraki’s basic physical upgrades. As demonstrated by Aizawa’s power negation, Shigaraki is still a powerful and dangerous supervillain even without any quirks. His enhanced strength has increased to the point in which it is similar to All Might’s. Doctor Ujiko admitted that Shigaraki’s strength is not quite on par with All Might. Even so, Shigaraki was strong enough to physically best several powerful superheroes at once.
Next is Shigaraki’s immense stamina and durability. While his quirks were being negated, Shigaraki proved more than able to take a serious beating and keep on fighting. Even as his body sustains serious injuries, Shigaraki was able to push forward. This endurance is similar to his fight with Re-Destro, but on a much larger scale.
Then comes Shigaraki’s speed and jumping abilities. Shortly after awakening, Shigaraki demonstrated the ability to jump great heights and distances in a single bound. This was due to the enhanced strength of his leg muscles, which is similar to how the Hulk jumps. Shigaraki’s speed is just as intense as his strength and seems to increase when he pushed to his limit.
We move on to Shigaraki’s arsenal of quirks. His original quirk, Decay, has the power to disintegrate entire cities with a single touch. Shigaraki first demonstrated the full extent of his quirk during his fight with Re-Destro. However, this boost came with a drawback where his body would rot as well if Shigaraki pushed too far. After Ujiko’s operation, Shigaraki’s upgraded body combined with regeneration can withstand the self-inflicting nature of his Decay quirk. This will allow Shigaraki to disintegrate larger areas, which was demonstrated in Jaku City where he dusted the city and the surrounding forest.
As a result of Doctor Ujiko’s surgery, Shigaraki was granted the All For One quirk and all the stolen quirks that came with it. Shigaraki’s upgraded body was not only meant to withstand the self-destructive nature of his Decay quirk. It was also upgraded to withstand the strain of all the combined quirks that are within the All For One quirk. The All For One quirk by itself grants Shigaraki the ability to steal quirks and make them his own or grant quirks to others.
So far, Shigaraki has used five quirks that are within the All For One quirk. The first was Super Regeneration, which not only heals any injury he sustains, but also negates the self-destructive side effects of his Decay quirk. When at full strength, Super Regeneration can heal Shigaraki’s body faster than it can sustain damage.
The second stolen quirk Shigaraki used was Search, which allows him to locate up to a hundred people. Search also enables him to see his targets regardless of how many barriers are in the way. It also allows Shigaraki to see his target’s strengths and weaknesses. So, no matter where his target is or what obstacles stand in his way, Shigaraki will be able to find them and use their weaknesses against them.
The third stolen quirk Shigaraki used was Air Cannon, which generates a concentrated blast of air pressure that blows his opponents away. Shigaraki first used this against Endeavor. After Endeavor briefly immobilized Shigaraki’s right hand, Shigaraki was able to fire Air Cannon point blank range at Endeavor’s face. Like All For One, Shigaraki has the potential to combine this quirk with other stolen quirks.
The fourth stolen quirk Shigaraki wielded was Radio Waves, which creates an electromagnetic pulse that shuts down all communication devices within its blast radius. By combining this quirk with Air Cannon, Shigaraki was able to disable the superheroes’ means of communication and coordination. Other than shutting off electronic communication, I do not know if Radio Waves can be used on other forms of technology.
The fifth stolen quirk Shigaraki used was Rivet Stab, which allows him to generate sharp tendrils from either his arms or back. This quirk can be used as a weapon to attack opponents. Shigaraki used this quirk to impale Endeavor and Bakugo like shish kebab. It can also allow Shigaraki suspend himself in mid-air like a humanoid spider so he can keep fighting.
Even though Shigaraki has been granted tremendous powers and abilities that rival those of a demigod, his most powerful weapon was his formidable willpower and tenacity. When Shigaraki woke up, it was revealed that the electric shock he was exposed to was not enough to wake him up from his suspended animation. What woke him up was his unmatchable hatred and tenacity. Even as he took the biggest beating anyone has ever sustained, Shigaraki refused to stay down and kept fighting. No matter how much punishment he took, Shigaraki repeatedly pushed past his limits.
Despite all of these impressive capabilities, we have not seen the true extent of Shigaraki’s power. First, the All For One quirk supposedly contains hundreds or even thousands of quirks to choose from and yet Shigaraki has only used five of them so far. Because he has been using his Decay quirk since he was five-years-old, Shigaraki seems to rely on it too much due to force of habit. Due to waking up from his surgery at 75 %, Shigaraki’s incomplete body cannot keep up with the combined strength of the stolen quirks in All For One. As a result, Shigaraki’s body would tear itself apart if he pushes himself too hard and his regenerative powers slow down significantly. The greatest limitation Shigaraki has is in his own head, where he battles for control of his body with the vestige of All For One. Because of this inner conflict, Shigaraki cannot truly exert the true extent of his new abilities.
Based on all of these powers and their limitations, we have to wonder how powerful Shigaraki will become when his body stabilizes at 100%. When Ujiko woke up the High-End Nomu to fight Mirko, they were incomplete as well. However, as time went by, the Nomu were able to stabilize on their own. I think Shigaraki is going to do the same as the vestige of All For One forces him to rest. As his body rests and stabilizes, Shigaraki’s regeneration will be restored to full strength.
While Shigaraki’s body will reach its full potential with the right amount of time, my main concern is his mind. For the moment, the vestige of All For One is in control of his body, but we don’t know if that will last. I think the vestige of All For One gives Shigaraki the same kind of mental limitation that his childhood trauma did. It messes with his mind and holds back his true power. However, Shigaraki was able to overcome this trauma during his fight with Re-Destro, becoming liberated in every way. I think Shigaraki will overcome the All For One vestige the same way, possibly with some help from Deku in the vestige world.
Overall, Tomura Shigaraki has grown into a highly powerful and dangerous supervillain. He still has plenty of room to grow as a character. When he finally wakes up, Shigaraki’s true power will be realized and unleashed. I cannot wait to see it happen and how it will affect the future battles.