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 Chidori
Sasuke using Chidori
Sasuke using Chidori
  • Name: Chidori, 千鳥, literally "One Thousand Birds"
  • Type: A-rank, Offensive, Short range (0-5m)
  • Users: Kakashi Hatake, Sasuke Uchiha

This jutsu is Kakashi's only original technique, though he now uses an S-ranked version known as the Lightning Blade. He created it around the time he was promoted to Jonin, and later taught it to Sasuke. This jutsu channels a large amount of chakra into the user's arm. The amount of chakra is so great that it becomes visible to the naked eye. The technique actually alters the nature of the user's chakra, effectively converting it into electricity. As a side effect of the conversion process, the large amount of chakra, and the speed at which the user moves, this technique makes a loud noise similar to many birds chirping, hence the name (if the user is not in motion, it merely makes an electric crackling sound). Once the technique is completed, the user charges forward and stabs their enemy with it. The amount of thrust combined with the large concentration of chakra allows the user to stab through almost anything; as such it is usually fatal to the enemy. This technique is classified as an assassination technique because of the speed at which it is performed, despite the loud noise it produces.

This jutsu has a major drawback, however. The speed at which the attack must be done, combined with the fact that the user must run in a straight line, causes a tunnel vision-like effect for the user. This allows their enemy to easily counter the attack, making it a potentially lethal move for the user. Though this drawback would seem to make learning the technique fairly pointless, Sasuke and Kakashi are able to avoid the drawback because of their Sharingan eyes, which take in every detail regardless of how fast the user is moving. As an additional drawback, the large amount of chakra required limits its use to a few times a day (two for Sasuke, four for Kakashi). Sasuke can manage one more than normal with the use of his cursed seal. Should the user attempt to go beyond their limit, all of their chakra will be drained and their very life force could go along with it, killing them. An additional problem, though not necessarily a debilitating one, is the fact that the large amount of chakra can also injure the user's hand if they put too much force into the attack. Sasuke does this while battling his brother, Itachi, causing some of the skin to peel from his hand and leaving it slightly smoldering after the attack was finished.

In real history, Chidori was the name of katana owned by famous samurai Dousetsu Tachibana. The legend says that one day Dousetsu was nearly hit by a lightning bolt while taking shelter from rain under a tree. He escaped by using his katana, Chidori, to split the lightning in half. Thereafter the name of the katana was changed to Raikiri (雷切), in this context meaning "lightning cutter". Chidori also means plover.

Lightning Blade

Kakashi using Lightning Blade.
Kakashi using Lightning Blade.
  • Name: Raikiri, 雷切, literally "Lightning Blade"
  • Type: S-rank, Offensive, Short range (0-5m)
  • Users: Kakashi Hatake

This jutsu is an enhanced form of the Chidori, and has the same, albeit more powerful, effect. Kakashi is the only one able to use it, and it is named as such because he once cut a lightning bolt with it before it hit the ground. This jutsu requires a larger amount of chakra and better chakra control. This is exemplified in their respective appearances. Whereas the Chidori creates a large mass of chakra in one hand that appears near-white, the Lightning Blade is considerably more concentrated and appears in the normal blue color of chakra. Kakashi can only use this technique four times in a given day.

After the timeskip, Kakashi is able to create a Lightning Blade in each hand to attack two targets in unison, similar to the Twin Lightning Blade introduced in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2. Unlike its video game predecessor, however, Kakashi merely creates a Lightning Blade in each hand instead of splitting an existing one. He also demonstrates the ability to surround his own hand in electricity to increase the effectiveness of a chop. Doing so doesn't appear to be as stressful as the full technique, since he can do it in addition to his four-time limit.

Rasengan

Naruto using the Rasengan
Naruto using the Rasengan

The Rasengan is a technique invented by the Fourth Hokage after three years of development. It requires a very high level of chakra control. The Rasengan incorporates the chakra control learned from the tree-climbing and water-walking exercises to create a ball of concentrated, spinning chakra in the user's hand that is slightly larger than a baseball. For training purposes, teaching the technique is broken into three steps. The first, emphasizing rotation, the user has to learn to pop a water balloon by spinning the water inside in multiple directions with their chakra. The second step, emphasizing power, they do the same with a solid rubber ball. Since the rubber is thicker and air is completely different from water, it forces the user to rely mostly on denser chakra to break it. The final step, emphasizing control, the user has to form a complete Rasengan by combining what they learned in the previous two steps and making a ball shape shell around the spinning chakra to hold it in regular shape. A regular balloon is often used to train making the shell. In Part II, Naruto develops an improved version known as the Great Ball Rasengan.

The Rasengan requires no hand seals to perform, instead relying entirely on the chakra control of the user. Once the user creates a stable Rasengan, however, it becomes self-sustaining, so the user does not need to provide any more chakra after forming it. The force of the spinning chakra grinds into whatever it touches, causing major damage. The force of the attack also causes significant internal injury. The user can also release the spinning chakra, creating a violent explosive force at the point of contact. The one drawback of the Rasengan, if it can be considered as such, is that it requires great chakra control. Of course, this will not be a drawback if the user has learned the technique, because they already possess the necessary chakra control. It can be a problem if some force is disrupting the user's ability to mold chakra. Unlike the Chidori, there is no definite limit to the amount of times this technique can be used in a day. Because it uses far less chakra in comparison, it doesn't carry the same over-use risk as the Chidori, either.

Despite the Rasengan being a one-handed technique, Naruto actually uses three or more hands to form it (his one hand makes a shell and his clones spin the chakra) in the first part of the series due to his poor chakra control (which would require spinning it several directions), but in the second part of the series Naruto has been shown to be capable of making a one-handed Rasengan, though he still prefers using clones. When Naruto accesses his tailed transformation states, he can form the Rasengan with one hand by using demon fox chakra to form the shell, which likely provides better control and power. It also forms irregularly and grows as it mixes with the demon fox's chakra, giving it a purple color.

The anime makes light of the Rasengan by making it an "all-purpose jutsu". During episode 168, Naruto uses it to mix the ingredients for noodles quickly and evenly. In episode 177, Jiraiya uses it to create a path through a maze of houses, in order to see through everything behind the walls (inadvertently blasting through a woman's bathroom). While outrunning some ninja, Jiraiya uses it to as a propeller for a boat; in this episode, Naruto even commented that it had become a "cheap trick", even though he himself uses it at Jiraiya's insistence. In episode 194 of the anime, Naruto actually throws a Rasengan to free himself and his friends from a mansion. The last event is a significant deviation on the standard Rasengan, since it is normally hand-held, and may not be canon since these are filler episodes. He does, however, do something similar when first using the technique against Kabuto.

Kakashi explains after the timeskip that the Rasengan is an incomplete technique, since the Fourth Hokage originally planned on combining his own nature manipulation with it, but could not due to his premature death. Naruto, however, is capable of doing so, though his technique is only half finished. Since his chakra is wind-based, his version is known as Wind Release: Rasengan, with a further variation known as Wind Release: Spiraling Shuriken.

Additional variants of the Rasengan were used near the end of the Naruto movies. The first movie's variant used the legendary seven-colored chakra. In the second movie, Temujin aided Naruto in creating Rasengans for both hands so that he could defeat Haido (one red from the demon fox's chakra, the other being green from the energy of the gelel stone). In the third, when used on the island Moon Country when the moon was out, the Rasengan became purple and had the image of a crescent moon and star in it.

Shadow Clone Technique

Naruto using the Shadow Clone Technique.
Naruto using the Shadow Clone Technique.
  • Name: Kage Bunshin no Jutsu, 影分身の術, literally "Shadow Clone Technique", "Shadow Doppelganger Technique", or "Shadow Replication Technique", Early Viz "Art of the Doppelganger", Recent Viz "Art of the Shadow Doppelganger", English TV "Shadow Clone Jutsu", UK DVD "Art of Shadow Body Splitting"
  • Type: B-rank, Supplementary
  • Users: Naruto Uzumaki, Third Hokage, Konohamaru, Orochimaru, Itachi Uchiha, some Jonin-level ninja

Similar to the Clone Technique, this jutsu creates clones of the user. Unlike the Clone Technique, these clones are actual copies, not illusions. The user's chakra is evenly distributed among every clone, giving each clone an equal fraction of the user's overall power. The clones are capable of performing jutsu on their own and can even bleed, but will usually disperse after one or two solid blows. They can also disperse on their own. Unlike other clones, they can't be detected by the Byakugan because the clones have the exact same amount of chakra and aren't made from any other substance, making them indistinguishable from the actual person. Sasuke Uchiha claims that the Sharingan can tell the difference during his battle with Naruto at the Valley of the End.

Any experience the clones gain during their existence is transferred to the user once they are dispersed. This makes the technique ideal for spying, since the user can simply send a clone to spy on a target, then have the clone disperse itself without returning to pass the information back to the user. It's also useful for training purposes, since the total amount of experience the user gains is multiplied by the total number of clones being used to train. Using it in this manner is far more difficult, however, since a large number of clones are needed to make a significant difference in the training time. It's unclear if other types of clones possess this advantage.

This technique is considered dangerous because of the manner in which the clones are created. Because the user divides their chakra among the clones, the user could potentially use up all their chakra fairly quickly if the user is low on chakra or makes too many clones, such as Naruto does with Multiple Shadow Clone Technique, this jutsu's enhanced (and forbidden) form. Naruto is able to use this technique to the extremes that he does because of his tailed beast, the nine-tailed demon fox, which gives him an abnormally high chakra level. Even without the demon fox's chakra, Naruto can make quite a few clones, but nowhere near on the level he can when he has access to the demon fox's chakra. The technique can also be dangerous if the user is injured or has some otherwise debilitating physical condition at the time of the cloning, since all of the clones will be created in roughly the same state.

Summoning: Impure World Resurrection

  • Name: Kuchiyose: Edo Tensei, 口寄せ・穢土転生, literally "Summoning: Impure World Resurrection", English "Summoning Jutsu: Reanimation"
  • Type: Kinjutsu, S-rank, Supplementary
  • Users: Orochimaru

This forbidden summoning technique allows the user to revive the dead. The user must first sacrifice a living human in order to tie the deceased person's soul to the world (unlike the normal summoning technique, which only requires some of the user's blood). The sacrificed body is then surrounded with dirt and dust that compacts into the shape of the summoned soul's original body. The resurrected person then rises from the ground in a wooden coffin. At first, the person appears pale and dirty, as most undead are portrayed. The user has to restore their appearance through a special seal.

When revived, the person retains all of their memories. Because of this, the revived person is not completely under the user's control. With the same seal that restores the revived person's appearance, their free will can be erased, thus putting them under the user's complete control. The summoned person can't be killed and any damage to them regenerates. The soul must be removed from the body in order to kill the resurrected person. This technique can also be used to summon multiple people at once, depending on the amount of sacrifices and the chakra level of the user.

Orochimaru uses this technique during his battle with the Third Hokage in the Invasion of Konoha arc to summon the First and Second Hokages. He had also intended to summon someone else, but the Third prevented the final summon. In the anime, the coffin partially rises from the ground, and the symbol 四 on it suggests that the Fourth Hokage was the final summon. In the manga, the coffin did not appear as the Third stops the final summon before it can even be attempted, so the occupant of the coffin is left more ambiguous.

Uzumaki Naruto Combo

  • Name: Uzumaki Naruto Rendan, うずまきナルト連弾, literally "Uzumaki Naruto Combo", Viz "Uzumaki Naruto Barrage", English TV ""Naruto Uzumaki Barrage"
  • Type: B-rank, Offensive, Short range (0-5m)
  • Users: Naruto Uzumaki

This jutsu is Naruto's version of Sasuke Uchiha's Lion Combo, which he uses to defeat Kiba Inuzuka in the Chunin exam. Naruto uses his Shadow Clone Technique to make up for his lack of speed. In its debut, he makes four clones, which shout "U!" "Zu!" "Ma!" "Ki!" as they kick the opponent into the air, and the real Naruto finishes the combo with "Naruto Rendan!" and a kick from above. In the English dub, the corresponding shouts are "Na", "Ru", "To", "Uzumaki Barrage!" On each occasion Naruto has used this technique, he has performed it differently. Though Naruto's version of the technique is no more effective than Sasuke's, his is ranked higher due to his use of shadow clones.

[edit] Uzumaki Naruto Two Thousand Combo

  • Name: Uzumaki Naruto Nisen Rendan, うずまきナルト二千連弾, literally "Uzumaki Naruto Two Thousand Combo", English TV "Naruto 2K Uzumaki Barrage"
  • Type: A-rank, Offensive, Short range (0-5m)
  • Users: Naruto Uzumaki

This jutsu was made by Naruto to fight against the transformed Gaara. Basically, it is the same as the Uzumaki Naruto Combo, only 400 times larger. 1,999 shadow clones are formed, making 2,000 Narutos combined. Like the original, the clones shout the syllables of the technique, followed by the whole name, while performing it. Unlike the other, however, they end with punches instead of kicks. It is a technique requiring unbelievable amounts of chakra, but can easily pummel almost any opponent.