My Hero Academia: Bakugo & Todoroki’s Quirks Are More Powerful Than Ever

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for My Hero Academia Chapter 336, "Villain” by Kohei Horikoshi, Caleb Cook, and John Hunt, available now in English from Viz Media.

Katsuki Bakugo and Shoto Todoroki recently made their long-awaited reappearance in the My Hero Academia manga. The other two members of the origin trio took a backseat for a period while the story focused on Deku's growth, but now they're back and are wasting no time in showing off what they're currently capable of.

Bakugo was always one of Class 1-A's powerhouses. Even before he enrolled in UA, his Explosion Quirk was as powerful as the average Pro Hero's. Coupled with his razor-sharp battle instinct, Bakugo was already miles ahead of his classmates and was able to handle low-level to mid-tier villains in combat. Now that Endeavor's training regimen has fully sunk in, he should be capable of causing real damage to juggernauts like Tomura Shigaraki and All For One.

While interning under Endeavor, Bakugo trained hard to condense his explosions and release them in a burst to maximize their power. As expected, he mastered it in record time and has now taken it to the next level. Instead of firing off a single explosion, he's practiced how to save up the beads of sweat that power his Quirk and release them as a full barrage. He calls this move Cluster and has already used it to great effect twice as a means of propelling himself over large distances. It'll certainly be a super-move to watch out for when Bakugo goes into battle once again.

To force himself to sweat, Bakugo currently trains in his winter hero costume. It's the only way he can quickly fire off Cluster, although it does tire him out easily if he overeats. Until he finds a support item that serves the same purpose, he'll have to stick with the winter costume.

Meanwhile, Shoto Todoroki is currently training to overcome a similar problem. For a long time, he never used his Fire Quirk. It wasn't until he understood he was only holding himself back by refusing to accept his legacy that he began training to use it. This meant Shoto had a lot to catch up on with his left side, but it looks like he's finally reached a balance -- and it couldn't have come at a better moment in My Hero Academia.

Shoto's previous motivation for balancing his Ice and Fire Quirks was to prevent himself from overheating. After he was helpless to protect himself against Dabi's superior flames in the Paranormal Liberation War, he began training anew. He set out to perfect his Quirk control in order to achieve a body even Dabi couldn't burn, and now he has almost perfect control of his left side as well as his right. It's likely that Shoto has overcome the trademark Todoroki overheating weakness at this point.

Apart from emerging victorious in the war, Shoto and the rest of the Todorokis have a secondary goal of ending Toya's reckless rampage. Shoto's ultimate test in My Hero Academia will be taking on his long-lost brother once again -- and the victor of their battle might well decide the future of the Todoroki family.

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