skills/techniques, are the mystical arts a ninja will utilize in
battle. To use a jutsu, the ninja will need to use his chakra.
Chakra comes from two places. (1) the body energy inherent in your
trillions of cells and (2) the mental & spiritual energy gained
from exercise and
To perform a jutsu,
the ninja will bring out and release these two energies. By forming
handseals, the ninja is able manifest the desired jutsu. Because of
the extensive number of hand seals and different combinations, there
are thousands of potential jutsu to be
Based on which jutsu the ninja uses,
the type and amount of chakra will be different as would the
elements you would be to employ. The five main elemental styles are
also the five names for the Five Great Shinobi Countries: Fire,
Wind, Lightning, Earth and Water. Each ninja has the potential to
better utilize one of these styles and potentially more. A special
elemental detecting paper is used to determine ones type. The paper
comes from trees which are specially grown with chakra. When the
ninja imbues the paper with a portion of their chakra, the paper
will alter to reveal one's type. The paper will rip in two for Wind,
burn for Fire, become wet for Water, fall apart for Earth and
crumple for Lightning. For example Kakashi is a predisposed
Lightning type, while Sasuke is both Lightning and Fire for the
Uchiha clan specialty.
elements themselves form a cyclical strong and weak relationship
against each other. The element of Fire is stronger than Wind, as
the usage of Wind merely increases the strength of Fire. So if a
Fire jutsu came up against an equal strength Wind jutsu, the Fire
jutsu is more likely to win out. Wind in turn is stronger than
Lightning. Lightning is stronger than Earth and Earth in stronger
than Water. Water finishes the cycle by naturally winning out over
- The Five Elements
Katon, or Fire Element, takes the form of fire and flame
attacks. These can be fire balls or extended flame
Fuuton, or Wind Element, takes the form of wind based
attacks. These can be huge gusts or sustained wind
Raiton, or Lightning Element takes the form of electrical and
lightning based attacks.
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based attacks. These can be walls made from mud or the ninja
maneuvering himself below ground to attack his opponent from
Suiton, or Water Element, takes the form of water based
attacks. These can be walls of water used as shields or water formed
into large striking jets.
Mokuton, or Wood Element, takes the form of wood attacks and
defenses. The usage of this elemental style is a hidden technique
unique to Shodai Hokage and others who possess his same exact genes.
Mokuton is formed through the simultaneous usage of Water and Earth
Hyouton, or Ice Element, takes the form of Ice attacks and
defenses. The usage of this elemental style has been seen by Haku
and ninja from Hidden Snow, however the manga has stated this
ability was unique to Haku's bloodline. Hyouton is formed through
the simultaneous usage of Water and Wind styles.
E-Rank jutsu are the general skills every ninja
learns at the Ninja Academy. The students are expected to know these
skills before graduating to Genin.
no Jutsu, Kawarimi no Jutsu, Henge no Jutsu
D-Rank jutsu are Genin-level techniques. These
skills will make up most of a Genin's
Examples: Kage Shuriken no Jutsu, Juujin
Bunshin, Shunshin no Jutsu, Narakumi no Jutsu
C-Rank jutsu are Chuunin-level techniques. Some
Genin will have one to two skills at this level, serving as their
"trump cards" to pass the Chuunin Exams.
Kuchiyose no Jutsu, Nikudan Sensha, Shintenshin no Jutsu, Shishi
B-Rank jutsu are Jounin-level techniques.
Chuunin and Special Jounin are able to utilize most jutsu at this
Examples: Kage Bunshin no Jutsu, Omote Renge,
A-Rank jutsu are Jounin-level and forbidden
techniques. Some Jounin will develop their own unique jutsu from
this level to serve as their "trump card" but these are mainly known
to Kage-level ninja.
Examples: Chidori, Tajuu Kage
Bunshin no Jutsu, Juin Jutsu, Gogyou Kaiin
S-Rank jutsu are the generally forbidden or
secret techniques known only to one ninja.