Suigetsu was born in the Hidden Mist Village where he was often referred to as the reincarnation of Zabuza. Suigetsu and his brother dreamt of joining the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist but their ambitions were cut short when Suigetsu's brother was killed and Suigetsu was later captured by Orochimaru. Suigetsu now plans on collecting all seven deadly swords of the mist and follows Uchiha Sasuke, as a member of his group Hebi which is later referred to as Taka.
Suigetsu was rescued from his liquid prison by Sasuke after he killed Orochimaru. Suigetsu agreed to join Sasuke, but only if Sasuke would help him retrieve Zabuza's legendary sword, the Decapitating Carving Knife, which they eventually did. However, the blade was later cracked during a failed attempt to capture the Eight-tails jinchuuriki Killer Bee and then broken in half by his older brother, the Fourth Raikage. Suigetsu was later captured at the Five Kage Summit by the samurais with his teammate Juugo.