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All About The 17 Kekkei Genkai Abilities of NARUTO

Bloodline limits (Kekkei Genkai) are special abilities or bodily constitutions passed down genetically. Generally speaking, only those born into the bloodline possess the potential, although the power level may vary. In some cases the power lies dormant until awakened.

There are mainly three types of Kekkei Genkai. One is Doujutsu, represented by Uchiha family’s Sharingan. Another is Nature Transformation, which is to combine two of the five main elements (fire, water, wind, earth, thunder) to create a new nature. The last one is idiosyncrasy type, including Kimimaro’s Shikotsumyaku.

The Three Great Doujutsu (Eye Techniques)

This refers to ninja techniques executed using one’s eyes. They do not require hand seals, but tend to use a great deal of chakra and stamina. The three most famous ones are the Sharingan, Byakugan, and the Rinnegan.

1. Byakugan

Users: Hyuga Family


The Byakugan grants an almost perfect field of vision through even solid objects, except a small blind spot near the second vertebrae behind the individual. The user also gains the ability to see meters to even kilometers further. The Byakugan also detects chakra fields that result from casting ninja techniques, giving the user the ability to detect illusions, and even gives the chakra pathways of other ninja, which led to the development of the signature Hyuuga fighting style.

2. Sharingan

Users: Uchiha Family, Kakashi Hatake, Danzou Shimura


Gives the user the ability to learn and use any ninjutsu, genjutsu, or taijutsu simply by witnessing it. (This excludes other Bloodline Limits, of course.) The user also gains the ability to see faster movements, as well as detect chakra to the point where it’s possible to differ between a clone and the real person.

3. Mangekyou Sharingan

Users: Sasuke Uchiha, Itachi Uchiha, Madara Uchiha, Obito Uchiha, Shisui Uchiha, Izuna Uchiha, Shin Uchiha, Kakashi Uchiha

mangekyou sharingan

The Mangekyou Sharingan is gained upon seeing the dead of a loved one with a regular Sharingan. This upgrade is exponentially more powerful than the original, and grants additional powers that vary from person to person. Using the Mangekyou Sharingan causes excessive strain on the eyes, and the user loses their vision when Mangekyou is activated until they go blind.

The Special Abilities of Mangekyou Sharingan


izanagiUnlike normal genjutsu that project an illusion in the target’s mind, Izanami affects reality. Affecting the user rather than others, it’s possible to turn unfavorable situations into “dreams” and favorable situations into “reality”. This comes at a cost however- the eye that casts Izanagi is rendered blind.


izanamiThe technique created in order to punish abusers of the Izanagi. Like its counterpart, also blinds the eye that it uses. Using Izanami, it’s possible to trap the target in an unending cycle of the same event by feeding the memory and sensations of the event through the Sharingan. Instead of escaping a situation, the target is forced to repeat that moment endlessly until they decide to reject the Izanagi illusion in favor of true reality.


kamuiThe user gains the ability to teleport either themselves or an area in their line of sight into a barrier dimension. This ability can be used to dodge enemy attacks, or absorb enemy projectiles and send them back towards the caster. The amount of time the user can spend in the separate dimension is limited.


amaterasuA black flame that burns through anything for seven days and seven nights is manifested at the point of focus.


kagutsuchiGrants the ability to further manipulate Amaterasu. The user can transform the flames to use defensively as a shield, or shape them into spears of flame for offense.


tsukuyomiCreates an illusion where the user is able to control mass, space, and even time. This technique requires eye contact to be performed. Whatever horrors the victim suffers are not visible to bystanders, although they frequently leave the victim psychologically scarred.


kotoamatsukamiAn undetectable illusion that implants false memories into a target, controlling them even while they believe they are acting of their own free will.


susanooBy bringing shape to the user’s chakra, Susanoo provides heavy defense against all ninjutsu, while attacking on the user’s behalf. Susanoo also has additional powers that vary according to the user.
-The Sword of Totsuka: A katana that can seal anyone it strikes in a genjutsu for eternity. Used by Itachi.
-The Mirror of Yata: A physical and genjutsu shield that provides absolute defense. Used by Itachi.
-Indra’s Arrows: A lightning fast, viciously powerful arrow that pierces the enemy. Used by Sasuke.
-Yasaka Magatama: Orbs of black flame that resemble the magatama shape in Sharingan are created from Susanoo’s hand, then fired as projectiles. Used by Itachi, Sasuke, and Madara.

4. Rinnegan

Users: Nagato, Sasuke Uchiha, Madara Uchiha, Obito Uchiha, Kaguya Otsutsuki, Hagoromo Otsutsuki


The rarest and most powerful of the three Doujutsu. In addition to being able to perform all of the nature transformations, the user gains access to the Six Paths, as well as the seventh, Outer Path. Anything summoned using the Rinnegan borrows the power of the Rinnegan and shares visual information with the original owner, giving them the ultimate defense.

The Seven Paths and other abilities of Rinnegan

1. The Naraka Path

The Naraka PathAllows the user to summon the King of Hell. He can be used to interrogate victims, although torture might be a more appropriate word. When summoned, a monster manifests from black smoke, and pulls out the target’s soul using armlike appendages that come from its mouth. If they lie during the questioning, they are killed.
The Naraka Path also has the ability to resuscitate things, healing any damage.

2. The Preta Path

The Preta PathThis absorbs all other jutsu or forms of chakra using the Blocking Technique Absorption Seal. It’s also possible to absorb someone’s chakra directly with physical contact.

3. The Animal Path

The Animal PathAllows the user to summon different creatures or animals.

4. The Asura Path

The Asura PathAllows the user to summon weapons and armor by modifying their body.

5. The Human Path

The Human PathAllows the user to read the thoughts and memories of the target by pulling their soul out from their head or chest. The target dies as the soul becomes separated from their body.

6. The Deva Path

The Deva PathAllows the user to manipulate both attractive and repulsive forces. This includes the Shinra Tensei, Banshō Ten'in, and Tengai Shinsei.

7. The Outer Path

The Outer PathGrants the ability to use a high level reincarnation jutsu: Outer Path- Samsara of Heavenly Life. Also allows the user to create chakra paths, as well as control beings via chakra receivers.

Limbo: Border Jail

LimboAllows the user to summon copies of themselves that are undetectable to anyone but the user. They can be used to attack or defend.


AmenotejikaraAllows the user to shift the positions of anything within a fixed radius in an instant. Ambushes and quick escapes are among the many uses of this ability.

Bloodline Limited Nature Transformation

Some shinobi are able to combine two of the five main elements to create a new nature.

1. Ice Release

Users: Haku, Yuki clan

ice release

Created by using Water and Wind Releases simultaneously. This includes the ability to create mirror-like ice blocks in which the user can move freely and quickly.

2. Wood Release

Users: Hashirama Senju, Madara Uchiha, Yamato, Danzou Shimura, Obito Uchiha

wood release

Created by combining Water and Earth Releases. The user’s chakra is used as a life source to grow plants almost anywhere. Useful for offense and defense, this includes techniques such as Four-Pillar House, which creates an undetectable house, as well as God: Nativity of a World of Trees, which ensnared all living beings and sapped their chakra.

3. Storm Release

Users: Darui

storm release

A combination of Water and Lightning Releases. The user can emit a strong laser that can be bent and controlled at will, even avoiding allies and hitting only enemies.

4. Lava Release

Users: Kurotsuchi(the forth Tsuchikage), Dodai, Roushi(Jinchuuriki of the Four-Tails)

lava release

Allows the user to create several different materials, such as lava, rubber, or lime, by combining Earth and Fire Releases.

5. Acid Lava Release

Users: Mei Terumi(the fifth Mizukage)

acid lava release

Enables the users to effuse strongle acid liquid. The liquid dissolves everything it touches.

6. Boil Release

Users: Mei Terumi(the fifth Mizukage)

boil release

By combining Fire and Water Releases, the user can generate various gaseous materials, such as a highly corrosive, acidic mist, or steam created by boiling chakra, granting the user higher damage or propulsion.

7. Explosion Release

Users: Gari

explosion release

Blows things up from the inside with a combination of earth and lightning chakra.

8. Scorch Release

Users: Pakura

scorch release

Combines fire and wind chakra to create temperatures so high they boil targets’ insides, effectively mummifying them.

9. Magnet Release

Users: Gaara, Rasa(the forth Kazekage), the third Kazekage, Sasori, Toroi

magnet release

Allows the user to manipulate magnets and magnetic fields using wind and earth based chakra. Gaara’s sand uses this.

10. Dust Release(Kekkei Touta)

Users: Onoki(the third Tsuchikage), Mu(the second Tsuchikage)

dust release

Dust Release is the only Kekkei Touta that has been identified. Kekkei Touka is a higher grade of Natural Transformation, and its users can combine three of the main chakra types.

Dust Release is a combination of Earth, Wind, and Fire. Creates a cube that expands outwards, destroying everything within it on a molecular level.

11.Kekkei Moura

Users: Kaguya Ōtsuki, Hagoromo Ōtsuki, Naruto Uzumaki, Madara Rikudō, Obito Rikudō

kekkei moura

Kekkei Moura is even upper version of Kekkei Touka. Users of Kekkei Moura are able to combine all chakra types, including the Yin and Yang. These techniques are basically only usable by Kaguya Ōtsuki’s descendants.

The Invincible Techniques of Kekkei Moura

Amenominaka and Yomotsu Hirasaka

amenominaka and yomotsu hirasakaTechniques that allow the user to teleport instantaneously to different dimensions. It is also possible to open a rift to another dimension and put things in it.

Truth-Seeking Balls

truth-seeking ballsBalls of black chakra that float around the user. They can be morphed into different shapes, and serve an offensive and defensive purpose. They neutralize any ninjutsu they touch, and destroy whatever enemy they strike. The drawbacks are that the shape transformations are time limited, and they can be sent to other dimensions and permanently lost if not retrieved.

Sword of Nunoboko

sword of nunobokoRikudō Sennin’s legendary sword. It’s said to have created the world. Shaped like a strand of DNA with a double helix.

All Killing Ash Bones

all killing ash bonesThe user turns their own bones into weapons. Ash bones are fired from the palms, which deteriorate any living thing down to dust.

Bloodline Limited Idiosyncrasy

1. Shikotsumyaku

Users: Kimimaro


Passed down Kaguya’s clan, it allows the user to manipulate their own bone structure, including their osteoblasts, osteoclasts, and calcium concentration. As long as it’s bone-related, the user has complete control, to the point of being able to rapidly generate and shape it.

2. Attack of the Twin Demons

Users: Sakon and Ukon

attack of the twin demons

The technique that allows Sakon and Ukon to share a body. One person is absorbed within the other, while being able to freely shoot their limbs out from the host person. This technique can also be used against enemies by entering their bodies and decomposing them from the inside.


Naruto: Strongest Kekkei Genkai Ranked

Naruto is one of the "Big Three" when it comes to anime and it has been a part of childhood for many people around the world. Created by Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto follows the story of an outcast named Naruto Uzumaki, who wants to grow up to become the Hokage. Over the next couple of decades, Naruto really grew in terms of popularity.

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The Naruto-verse boasts some of the strongest characters that you will ever come across. All of the super-strong characters have some overpowered abilities. Most of these abilities are Kekkei Genkai or Bloodline Limits. These abilities cannot be copied by the Sharingan as they are inherited. In this post, we will be discussing the strongest kekkei genkai abilities in Naruto.

Updated March 25, 2020 By Amanda Bruce: With the Naruto franchise featuring 28 kekkei genkai (so far), looking at just the top ten leaves a lot of powerful abilities out. Expanding to include a few more of some of the most powerful in Naruto’s world allows fans a bigger picture of just what the ninja are capable of.

15 Jogan

Jogan is a relatively new kekkei genkai to the Naruto franchise. It made its debut in the Boruto series where the world of the shinobi is still expanding. Like the byakugan, it can be used to see chakra pathways in an individual. It also has another unique application: seeing the lines between dimensions. Just what else it can see, and what else it can be used for, remains to be seen.

14 Crystal Release

Exclusive to the anime, crystal release is incredibly rare and only has one known user. Guren is a filler character in the anime, a leader of Orochimaru’s forces who ends up defecting, but her kekkei genkai is incredibly formidable. She uses it to crystalize literally any substance - plants, earth, the cellular structure of an individual, and even moisture in the air. It takes someone with incredibly precise control of their abilities to combat it.

13 Kurama Clan’s Super Genjutsu

Also exclusive to the anime is this technically unnamed kekkei genkai. It exists in the Kurama clan and skips a few generations before it appears again. This is essentially a “super genjutsu.” Those who have the ability can create any kind of hallucination they desire. The trouble is that the power is so vast that it can overwhelm a user and turn them into a monstrous version of themselves. It requires intense control or the sealing of their power altogether. Of course, an incredibly strong genjutsu user, like Kurenai Yuhi, can combat it.

12 Boil Release

One of two kekkei genkai that Mei Terumi has, boil release combines the nature releases of fire and water. Just how strong it is depends on who is wielding it. In the case of Mei, she can actually use the ability to create an acid-like vapor that dissolves what it comes in contact with. Kokuo can actually “boil” someone’s chakra to use it to propel his opponent in another direction. It’s a pretty versatile skill.

11 Storm Release

Though its name might sound like it controls the weather, storm release doesn’t do that. Instead, it combines lightning and water release natures in a unique way. Those using it can actually manipulate electricity in a different way than a simple lightning strike. They can control the “flow” electricity like it’s moving water. Only one instance of its use featured a shinobi gathering storm clouds to produce their electricity, providing credence to the name.

10 Lava Release

Lava Release is achieved by combining fire release and earth release. Lava release is a pretty powerful kekkei genkai. This is one of the few kekkei genkai that has different forms depending on the user of the ability. Mei Terumi showed very high proficiency in using the Lava Release. She was able to melt the bones of Sasuke's susanoo with her Lava Release. Roshi was also able to use the Lava Release with help from its tailed beast, Son Goku.

9 Magnet Release

Magnet Release is said to be a combination of wind and earth release. A lot of characters in the series have been shown using this ability. The users of this kekkei genkai generate magnetic form and then use it on other objects. The Third Kazekage manipulated iron sand with the help of his magnet release. He studied the markings on the body of Shukaku and thus, he learned how to use it. Gaara's father also possessed the magnet released and he used it to control gold sand. His gold sand allowed Rasa to subdue Shukaku when it went berserk.

8 Scorch Release

Scorch Release is a unique bloodline ability that only a few characters have shown in the series. It is dubbed the result of combining fire and wind release. The most notable user of this ability was Pakura of the Hidden Sand. She was able to use Scorch Release in order to heat up the body of the target. This would cause the victim's body to desiccate due to the evaporation of all the liquid present in their body. Naruto and Sasuke have also combined their attacks to give rise to a Scorch Release attack.

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7 Shikotsumyaku

Shikotsumyaku is a kekkei genkai ability that allows the user to change their bone structure. It is an ability that was seen in the members of the Kaguya Clan. Kimimaro was the last remaining member of the clan and he possessed the Shikotsumyaku. The ability allows the user to alter their skeletal structure and change the density of the bones. The user can make their bones as hard as steel. Kaguya Otsutsuki also possessed this ability, but she had an even deadlier variant, called All Killing Ash Bones, which is a kekkei mora.

6 Ketsuryugan

The Ketsuryugan is a dojustu that manifests in the users of the Chinoike clan. The only known user of this ability is Chino. One of the main abilities of the Ketsuryugan is to cast genjutsu on people either by skin contact or by meeting the gaze of the user. The user can also hypnotize the target and gain intel from them. Another ability of the Ketsuryugan is that it can manipulate the iron in blood or any liquid that is rich in iron. The power of dojutsu is compared to that of the "Three Great Dojutsu."

5 Byakugan

Byakugan is one of the Three Great Dojutsu. It is a kekkei genkai that originated from the Otsutsuki Clan. It was later developed in the Hyuuga Clan. The Byakugan gives the user almost a 360° vision and the only real opening is at the back of the neck. The Byakugan has a wide range of vision and it can even magnify objects. It is also able to see the chakra pathway system of a person. The Hyuuga Clan has developed the Gentle Fist in order to maximize the use of Byakugan. With the combination of the Gentle Fist and the Byakugan, they are able to hit the chakra points and seal them.

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4 Wood Release

Wood Release was made famous by Hashirama Senju. This kekkei genkai is a combination of earth and water release. Wood release is a very powerful and dangerous kekkei genkai. Hashirama Senju is the only person who possessed the wood release naturally. Wood release has the ability to tame tailed beasts, which is a very great ability. Hashirama was able to change entire landscapes with his Wood Release. Due to the immense power of the Wood Release, Hashirama was labeled the "God of Shinobi."

3 Sharingan

Sharingan is one of the Three Great Dojutsu along with Byakugan, and Rinnegan. The Sharingan is one of the most powerful abilities without a shadow of a doubt. It is the kekkei genkai unique to the Uchiha Clan. The Sharingan allows the user to see the chakra of an individual, albeit not on the same level as the Byakugan. It also allows the user to copy the ability of another person. The only exceptions to this are bloodline abilities. With the Sharingan, a person can cast genjutsu on their opponent. The Sharingan can be taken to another level known as the Mangekyou Sharingan that grants access to more unique powers and to the susanoo.

2 Tenseigan

Tenseigan is a dojutsu that was introduced in The Last: Naruto The Movie. This kekkei genkai ability can be awakened only by merging the chakra of an Otsutsuki clan member and a Hyuuga. Toneri needed Hanabi's Byakugan in order to awaken the Tenseigan. It takes several days before the Tenseigan can finally be awakened. When the Tenseigan is awakened, it causes blue pupils. Any person who possesses the Tenseigan can also use the Tenseigan Chakra Mode that gives the user access to truth seeking-balls.

1 Rinnegan

The final kekkei genkai ability on the list is the Rinnegan. Like Byakugan and Sharingan, it is also one of the "Three Great Dojutsu." The Rinnegan was first awakened by Hagoromo Otsutsuki, who was one of Kaguya's sons. Hagoromo used the power of the Rinnegan to beat and seal away his mother. The Rinnegan allows its users to master all five nature transformations. Adding to this, the Rinnegan grants access to the Six Paths Techniques. Each Rinnegan user has a unique ability like Madara's Limbo and Sasuke's Space-Time Ninjutsu.

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Kekkei Genkai (血継限界, Literally meaning: Bloodline Limit) are abilities passed down genetically within specific clans. It's possible for a shinobi to have more than one of these abilities. Kekkei genkai abilities that work via the user's eye are called dōjutsu. Other kekkei genkai include mixing one type of elemental chakra with another, creating a new one unique to the users, which is usually impossible for normal ninja, or other bodily manipulations that are usually unachievable by normal standards.
Kekkei genkai and their related techniques cannot be taught to or copied by others. However, these techniques can be given to others. Dōjutsu, or other kekkei genkai isolated to a single organ, can be transplanted into the body of another, as was done with transferring Obito's Sharingan to Kakashi. Use of these organs requires much more chakra than someone born with the kekkei genkai. Chakra elements can also be passed down to people outside of the clan, such as Yamato being subjected to DNA re-modification by Orochimaru who wanted to acquire the Wood Release kekkei genkai. However, Yamato's skill in using it is not nearly as powerful as the originator Hashirama Senju, and the risk of such process was that Yamato was the only one of the sixty test subjects to survive.Kabuto Yakushi managed to gain access to the Kaguya clan's Shikotsumyaku and Sakon and Ukon's Kekkei Genkai by transplanting their DNA into himself, creating a clone of the original wielders connected to his own body and using the abilities through that clone. Some tailed beasts are also known to possess kekkei genkai and can pass them on to their respective jinchūriki, examples include Shukaku's Magnet Release and Kokuō's Boil Release.

Although kekkei genkai, despite its name, is usually genetically shared within a specific clan, sometimes it is unique to one person alone, and that even family relatives do not share it, such as the Wood Release and Shikotsumyaku. Yet other kekkei genkai seem to appear in individuals with no known relation, such as the Lava Release, which has appeared in ninja from Kirigakure, Iwagakure, Kumogakure and Amegakure in the anime and Magnet Release, which has appeared in ninja from both Kumogakure and Sunagakure, though these kekkei genkai are subject to variation in each village.

There is an advanced variant of kekkei genkai known as kekkei tōta, which is a combination of three different nature transformations.
Boil Release (沸遁, Futton, Viz: Vapour Style) is a combined nature transformation kekkei genkai made up of techniques that mix fire and water-based chakra to create gaseous materials in different properties and usages.
The Byakugan (白眼, Literally meaning: White Eye, Meaning (Viz): All Seeing White Eye) is the dōjutsu kekkei genkai of the Hyūga and Ōtsutsuki clans, inherited from Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.[4] It is regarded as one of the "Three Great Dōjutsu", the others being the Sharingan and the Rinnegan.
Crystal Release (晶遁, Shōton, English TV: Crystal Style) is a rare nature that is seen only in the anime, used by Guren.
Dark Release (冥遁, Meiton, Viz: Shade Style) is a combined nature transformation kekkei genkai that can be used to absorb, manipulate, and release chakra taken from an opponent. Hiruko used techniques of this nature through a mark on his left hand. This mark resembles two diamonds, one overlapping the other. Chakra is absorbed through the upper square, while it is released and manipulated through the lower.
Explosion Release (爆遁, Bakuton, Viz: Explosion Style) is a combined nature transformation kekkei genkai suggested to be made up of techniques that mix earth and lightning-based chakra[Notes 1] to give the wielder the ability to utilise explosive chakra in combat.
Iburi Clan's Kekkei Genkai
This unique kekkei genkai is possessed by the members of the Iburi clan, which allows them to turn their bodies, either partially or fully, into smoke to serve various purposes. While in their smoke form the user becomes impervious to damage and can use this trait to gain an opportunity in battle, for example by allowing weapons to slip through them without any effects. However, if needed, they can still interact with physical objects.
Ice Release (氷遁, Hyōton, Viz: Ice Style) is a combined nature transformation which is the kekkei genkai of the Yuki clan, as well as a rare kekkei genkai of the Land of Snow shinobi. It allows the user to freely create and manipulate ice by simultaneously combining wind and water-based chakra. When the user releases their chakra, the surrounding vicinity becomes cold enough to cause snow to fall. The ice Haku creates is also extremely resistant to fire-based attacks, only melting slightly when coming into contact with Sasuke's flames.
The Jōgan is a unique dōjutsu that was awoken by Boruto Uzumaki in his right eye. Though the dōjutsu is mysterious to Boruto, Toneri Ōtsutsuki seemingly is aware of its capabilities and function, while Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki claims that it is a power strongly inherited from the Ōtsutsuki clan. In the manga, this dōjutsu is featureless in appearance with a barely visible pupil. When depicted in the anime, the dōjutsu is blue in colour with a darkened sclera and visible pupil.
Jūgo's Clan's Kekkei Genkai
The kekkei genkai of Jūgo's clan is a passive ability which allows its members to absorb and make use of natural energy without any training in senjutsu. Due to the constant intake of natural energy, they are prone to mental instability, sporadically feeling sudden and uncontrollable urges to kill. The wielder's body can also secrete special fluids which, through means of Senjutsu chakra, allow them to transform parts of their bodies.
The Ketsuryūgan (血龍眼, Literally meaning: Blood Dragon Eye) is a dōjutsu kekkei genkai, which appears in certain individuals of the Chinoike clan. The Ketsuryūgan is recognised by its reddish colour, giving a special appearance for the users of this dōjutsu, characterised as holders of "eyes as red as blood".
Kurama Clan's Kekkei Genkai
Every few generations, a member of the Kurama Clan will be born with an incredible talent for genjutsu. The clan member's prowess in that field is so absolute that their genjutsu is simply overwhelming. Furthermore, the genjutsu is so powerful that it causes the brain to believe anything that happens to the victim to the point where the genjutsu physically harms the victim's body. This fearsome ability allows the clan member to potentially kill their opponents with genjutsu.
Magnet Release (磁遁, Jiton, Viz: Magnet Style) is a combined nature transformation kekkei genkai suggested to be made up of techniques that mix wind and earth-based chakra to create magnetic forces in different properties and usages. Various shinobi of Sunagakure, Kumogakure and Ishigakure have possessed this kekkei genkai.
Lava Release (溶遁; 熔遁, Yōton, English TV: "Corrosion Style" or "Lava Style") is a combined nature transformation kekkei genkai made up of techniques that mix fire and earth-based chakra to create volcanic materials such as lava or rubber in different properties and usages.
A Mangekyō Sharingan is distinguished from a normal Sharingan by its appearance, which changes the form of the tomoe seal. The exact design differs for each user, though all resemble pinwheels. It is initially awakened by the trauma suffered from witnessing the death of someone close to the user. Uchiha have historically misunderstood this criteria as the user needing to be responsible for the person's death, and for that reason they developed the practice of killing their closest friends in order to gain the Mangekyō Sharingan.
Mud Release (泥遁, Deiton) is a nature transformation kekkei genkai, a combination of water and earth. Because these same natures are used to create Wood Release, and because Wood Release is so famous, few people have ever heard of Mud Release, to the point that Hidan initially believes its very existence is a lie.
Ranmaru possessed a dōjutsu kekkei genkai which, when activated, causes his eyes to glow red in colour. It grants him abilities such as penetrative vision as well as the ability to hinder other dōjutsu such as the Byakugan which his own dōjutsu has been likened to.
Rinha Clan's Kekkei Genkai
The kekkei genkai of the Rinha clan allows them to absorb a person's chakra and duplicate their appearance and memories.
The Rinnegan (輪廻眼, Literally meaning: Saṃsāra Eye) is reputed as the most exalted eye amongst the "Three Great Dōjutsu", the others being the Sharingan and the Byakugan. It is said that in times of disorder, one who wields the Rinnegan is sent down from the heavens to become either a "God of Creation" who will calm the world or a "God of Destruction" who will reduce everything to nothingness. The Rinnegan is characterised by a ripple pattern that spreads over the eyeball.
This unnamed kekkei genkai apparently allows the user to perform Reincarnation Ninjutsu as it allowed Ryūzetsu to perform the Dragon Life Reincarnation technique. It was seen only in Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison and Ryūzetsu was the only known user. Other details, such as whether it was common or rare and whether any other technique could be performed using it, are unknown.
Sakon and Ukon's Kekkei Genkai
Sakon and Ukon's unnamed kekkei genkai gives them the unique ability to break their bodies down to a molecular level. The two brothers usually use this ability to share the same body but can also use it to merge with the bodies of others and destroy the host's cells from the inside. When Sakon is in need of assistance, Ukon can bring out some of his body parts to aid Sakon in blocking or attacking. Ukon's arms and legs can emerge from those of Sakon's to increase the force and quantity to his physical attacks.
Scorch Release (灼遁, Shakuton, Viz: Scorch Style) is a combined nature transformation kekkei genkai made up of techniques that mix fire and wind-based chakra to create scorching heat which is capable of heating up an enemy to the point where all the liquid inside their body evaporates, killing the victim and leaving them as a desiccated corpse.
The Sharingan (写輪眼, Literally meaning: Copy Wheel Eye, Meaning (Viz): Mirror Wheel Eye) is the dōjutsu kekkei genkai of the Uchiha clan that appears selectively among its members. It is regarded as one of the "Three Great Dōjutsu", the others being the Byakugan and the Rinnegan.
Shikotsumyaku (屍骨脈, Literally meaning: Dead Bone Pulse, Meaning (Viz): Macabre Bone Pulse) is a kekkei genkai which gives its wielder the ability to manipulate their own skeletal structure (their osteoblasts and osteoclasts). By infusing their calcium with chakra, they could manipulate the growth and properties of their bones to their liking. Kaguya Ōtsutsuki manifested a similar, albeit more lethal, ability to weaponise her bone structure from which Shikotsumyaku originates. This kekkei genkai is inherited into a rare few amongst Kaguya's descendants in the Kaguya clan, Kimimaro being the only other known inheritor of this power.
The Steel Release (鋼遁, Kōton, Viz: Steel Style) is a combined nature transformation kekkei genkai. It is unknown what elements this nature entails.
Storm Release (嵐遁, Ranton, Viz: "Gale Style" or "Storm Style") is a combined nature transformation kekkei genkai made up of techniques that mix lightning and water-based chakra to create energy beams that can be guided towards the enemy.
Swift Release (迅遁, Jinton, Viz: Quick Style) is a combined nature transformation kekkei genkai that can be used to move with incredible speed, becoming nothing more than a blur when in motion. Therefore, taijutsu becomes ineffective if the opponent is not fast enough.
The Tenseigan (転生眼, Literally meaning: Reincarnation Eye) is a dōjutsu possessed by Hamura Ōtsutsuki and his descendants. It is characterised by blue pupils and irides which contain a white, floral pattern.
Wood Release (木遁, Mokuton, Viz: Wood Style) is a combined nature transformation kekkei genkai which originated from the Senju clan in the shinobi world. It is made up of techniques that mix earth-based chakra in one hand and water-based chakra in the other to create wood as well as various plants, from simple seeds to even flowering trees. Wood and plants can be produced from any surface, including the user's own body, as the user's chakra is literally converted into a source of life. Wood Release techniques are commonly affiliated with the Snake seal.
The concept of special ninja techniques limited by bloodline inheritance may have been inspired in part by the works of Futaro Yamada, which strongly influenced later depictions of ninja in fiction. In particular, The Kōga Ninja Scrolls (甲賀忍法帖, Kōga Ninpōchō), published in 1959, featured a pair of warring ninja clans that, through selective breeding, had produced ninja with a variety of deformities, mutations, and special abilities, even dōjutsu.
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Naruto: 7 Strongest Kekkei Genkai (& 7 Weakest)

Kekkei Genkai, also known as Bloodline Limits, are powerful abilities in the world of Naruto that are only accessible to certain clans, which is what makes them extremely powerful. Often, these powers see two natures being combined together to form a completely different ability.

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There are all sorts of Kekkei Genkai in the world of Naruto, and while some of them are powerful enough to destroy the world, others are quite weak.

Updated on October 18th, 2020 by Josh Davison:The worlds of Naruto and Boruto are largely shaped by shinobi with powerful inherited abilities, also known as Kekkei Genkai. These powers are passed down throughout the generations and tend to shape the kind of shinobi an individual will become. Dojutsu, or eye techniques, are among the most famous and often powerful forms of Kekkei Genkai. There are countless variety of Kekkei Genkai in the ninja world, but many often seem quite weak compared to others. With that in mind, let's further explore the concept and expand this list of strongest and weakest Kekkei Genkai with another two in each column.

14 STRONGEST: Jugo's Kekkei Genkai (Curse Mark)

The Kekkei Genkai of Jugo's Clan may be one of the most consequential in the entire Naruto world. On its own, it's very powerful, allowing the user to absorb, transform, and emit the natural energies of the world. It made Jugo himself a deadly powerhouse, even if it and Orochimaru's experiments frayed his sanity beyond repair.

What has made it more destructive is the creation of the Curse Seal or Curse Mark, created by Orochimaru, which has transmitted Jugo's powers and its subsequential physical transformation to several shinobi across the ninja world. Sasuke Uchiha, Anko Mitarashi, Kimimaro Kaguya, and the Sound Ninja Four all received versions of the Curse Mark which granted them greater power than they already had. Furthermore, it made them vulnerable to Orochimaru's control.

13 WEAKEST: Akimichi Clan Kekkei Genkai

The Kekkei Genkai of the Akimichi Clan, most commonly seen used by Choji, Choza, and Chocho Akimichi, allows the user to turn calories into chakra and manipulate ones on body mass to great effect. This includes general size increase, manipulating the mass of arms and legs, torso inflation, and rounding for attacks such as the Human Boulder.

This Kekkei Genkei is by no means weak, and it has made the Akimichi Clan one of the most respected families in Konohagakure. However, it is far outshined by Wood Release, the Dojutsus, or even the Kekkei Genkei of the Yamanaka and Nara Clans.

12 STRONGEST: Shikotsumyaku (Bone Manipulation)

One of the most oft-forgotten Kekkei Genkei, the Shikotsumyaku, or Bone Manipulation, of the Kaguya Clan is a fearsome ability. It allows the user to manipulate their own skeletal structure, weaponize it, and even fire bones like projectiles. In its most extreme usage, it even allowed Kimimaro Kaguya to form a forest of bone spikes.

Kimimaro could have easily gone on to become one of the most powerful shinobi in the world if his chronic disease hadn't weakened him and, ultimately, claimed his life. On top of everything else, his clan, the Kaguya Clan, is a direct descendent of the great Kaguya Otsutsuki.

11 WEAKEST: Byakugan

The weakest of the great Dojutsus and not all that impressive when compared to many non-Kekkei Genkai abilities, the Byakugan was considered a very powerful ability early on in the Naruto saga. It made Neji Hyuga among the strongest of his generation of shinobi. However, it allowed him to see everything around him and easily locate the chakra points on an opponent's body. The Hyuga Clan also has a variety of powerful taijutsu techniques intended to manipulate a foe's chakra.

However, that just isn't that impressive when many battles become more about apocalyptic ninjutsu, mind-controlling genjutsu, Bijuu, Susano'o, and other manner of unfathomably powerful techniques. This tragically seemed to come full circle when Neji was cut down during the Fourth Great Shinobi War, and all his great powers proved to be nothing before the likes of Madara and Obito Uchiha.

10 STRONGEST: Mangekyo Sharingan

The Mangekyo Sharingan is the Kekkei Genkai of the Uchiha Clan and is the evolved form of the Sharingan. This eye can only be awakened by a person when experiencing some heavy emotional trauma, usually triggered by the death of someone close.

The Mangekyo Sharingan gives its user the ability to read the movements of the opponent, along with two unique powers. It also grants the power of the Susanoo.

9 WEAKEST: Sakon and Ukon's Kekkei Genkai

Sakon and Ukon were members of the Sound Five from Otogakure and they possessed quite a unique Kekkei Genkai that allowed them to break down their bodies on a molecular level. Using this technique, the two could even share a single body.

Its most frightening ability is that this Kekkei Genkai allowed them to merge with the bodies of other people and destroy them from within. Despite that, even Kiba managed to counter it, which makes it weak.

8 STRONGEST: Tenseigan

Another powerful ocular Kekkei Genkai, the Tenseigan is unique to some members of the Otsutsuki clan, such as Toneri. Its powers are quite similar to that of the Rinnegan as it allows the user to control magnetic forces, produce chakra receivers, and grants the ability of flight.

Furthermore, this power also gives a massive power boost to the user in the form of the Tenseigan Chakra Mode.

7 WEAKEST: Magnet Release

Magnet Release is often wielded by certain individuals from the Sand Village, and it allows the user to control magnetic fields, as the name suggests. In terms of destructive powers offered, this Kekkei Genkai isn't all that powerful.

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However, it does provide the user with a wide array of Sealing Jutsu. Furthermore, someone like the Third Kazekage could incorporate it into his Jutsu and create the deadly Iron Sand.

6 STRONGEST: Wood Release

One of the most powerful known Kekkei Genkai in Naruto, Wood Release was unique to the First Hokage of Konohagakure, Hashirama Senju. It allowed him to mix the use of Water Release and Earth Release and use powerful techniques as a result.

Wood Release allows the user to create a forest out of nowhere and even use Wood Golems strong enough to fight Bijuu. Perhaps its biggest strength is that it can restrain Tailed Beasts.

5 WEAKEST: Ice Release

Ice Release is one of the earliest Kekkei Genkai to have been introduced in the Naruto series through Haku. Its powers are accessible only to a handful of people, such as those of the Yuki clan.

Ice Release allows the user to create Ice and manipulate it in a variety of ways. The Jutsu is basically as powerful as its user, however, from what has been seen so far, it certainly is a tad weaker when compared to the like of the Mangekyo Sharingan.


One of the Kekkei Genkai of the Otsutsuki, the Jougan is a rather mysterious power that hasn't been fully explained to us yet. Boruto Uzumaki is the only wielder of this power so far, however, what we do know is that its powers allow the user to see rifts in space-time.

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It also lets the user see the chakra circulation system of others and even spot their weak points. Undoubtedly, more powers of this eye will be revealed to us in the future.

3 WEAKEST: Explosion Release

A Kekkei Genkai that's usually possessed by people from the Iwagakure, Explosion Release is thought to be a combination of Earth and Lightning Release.

It gives explosive properties to the chakra of the user and makes them deadly in combat. Explosion Release is quite powerful when it comes to close-combat. However, it is definitely one of the weakest Kekkei Genkai we've seen so far.

2 STRONGEST: Rinnegan

The Rinnegan is one of the strongest known Kekkei Genkai in the series, if not the strongest. It is considered to be the strongest of the Three Great Dojutsu and can only be awakened by a few people.

A user of this power can control the Six Paths, and even have control over life and death itself. The capabilities of the Rinnegan make it a massive weapon that can even destroy the world.

1 WEAKEST: Ketsuryugan

Said to hold powers comparable to the Three Great Dojutsu, the Ketsuryugan is a Kekkei Genkai of the Chinoike Clan. It allows the wielder the power to control fluids with a high concentration of iron, such as blood.

Perhaps its strongest power is that it lets the user cast powerful Genjutsu on others via skin contact or through their gaze. While it is powerful, it doesn't stand a chance when up against the likes of the Sharingan or the Byakugan.

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Naruto: The 10 Most Powerful Kekkei Genkai, Ranked

Kekkei Genkai are incredible abilities that are extremely unique in the Naruto world. These powers are considered to emerge from an anomaly in the DNA of the user, as seen with several clans in the Naruto world. Kekkei Genkai are usually considered to be exclusive to certain clans, all members of which wield this power.

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While some manifest themselves as eye techniques, others see the combination of two nature transformations together to give rise to a stronger ability. The rarity of these powers is what makes them extremely special but only a handful can be considered to be truly powerful.

10 Ketsuryugan

The Ketsuryugan is a powerful Dojutsu that manifests in the yes of the Chinoike clan members. These eyes are said to be extremely powerful as they can cast strong Genjutsu on others via visual or skin contact.

The Ketsuryugan's strongest ability is to manipulate any fluid that has a high concentration of iron, making it extremely unique. The power of this eye is such that it has earned comparison to the Three Great Dojutsu of the Naruto world.

9 Byakugan

The Byakugan is a Kekkei Genkai of the Otsutsuki clan which also manifested within the members of the Hyuga of the Konohagakure, who are the descendants of Hamura Otsutsuki. This Dojutsu allows the user a near-360° vision, which is extremely impressive.

It also grants X-ray vision and lets the user see through most obstructions and visualize the flow of chakra within one's body. When combined with the power of the Gentle Fist, the Byakugan becomes dangerous as it can stop the chakra flow within one's body entirely by hitting the Tenketsu.

8 Shikotsumyaku

Known to be a Kekkei Genkai of the Kaguya Clan, Shikotsumyaku is an incredible ability that lets the user manipulate the size and the density of their bones and use them as weapons in combat.

One of the strongest users of this Kekkei Genkai was Kimimaro, a member of the Sound Five. Using the Shikotsumyaku Kekkei Genkai, Kimimaro could fight both Gaara and Rock Lee at the same time. His defenses were tough enough to hold Naruto Uzumaki at bay and when healthy, Orochimaru considered his power to be superior to that of Sasuke Uchiha.

7 Sharingan

The Sharingan ranks among the "Three Great Dojutsu" of the Naruto world. Passing down to the members of the Uchiha clan from Indra Otsutsuki, this eye is extremely special. It allows the user to read movements clearly and see through all Ninjutsu, Genjutsu, and Taijutsu.

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What's more, this eye grants one the power to copy any Jutsu, except the Kekkei Genkai and the Hiden techniques. The Sharingan's power is heavily sought after in the Naruto world because of the tremendous abilities that it offers.

6 Mangekyo Sharingan

The Mangekyo Sharingan is an evolved form of Sharingan which awakens when one witnesses the loss of someone extremely close to them. This eye does everything the Sharingan does, but better.

At the same time, it also grants abilities that are unique to the user, such as Amaterasu for Itachi, or Kamui for Obito Uchiha. Perhaps the biggest power of the Mangekyo Sharingan is its ability to utilize the Susano'o, a body of chakra that fights on the user's behalf.

5 Wood Release

Unique to Hashirama Senju, the First Hokage, Wood Release is an incredible power that allows the user to create and manipulate vegetation around them. When used by Hashirama Senju, this power was great enough to create a forest out of nowhere and completely change the terrain.

What makes this Kekkei Genkai special is its ability to control Tailed Beasts. Using this power, Hashirama Senju collected all the Tailed Beasts and then distributed them among the shinobi villages.

4 Jougan

Introduced in Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, Jougan is a Kekkei Genkai of the Otsutsuki clan that rarely, if ever, manifests itself. This power is deemed to be extremely dangerous by the members of the clan and so far, only Boruto Uzumaki wields it.

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The Jougan can see through space-time barriers and perceive the flow of chakra as well. Like the Byakugan, it can also see the chakra pathway system clearly, but on top of that, it can determine the weak point on one's body. It can also sense negative emotions quite easily, but its true powers are yet to be seen.

3 Isshiki Otsutsuki's Dojutsu

Isshiki Otsutsuki possessed an unnamed Dojutsu that was unique to him. With its powers, he could shrink himself and any inanimate object down to microscopic sizes instantaneously using Sukunahikona, making it quite a troublesome ability.

Its other ability, known as Daikokuten, allowed Isshiki Otsutsuki to store anything that he had shrunk in a different dimension where time doesn't flow and summon it instantly. Isshiki could also summon giant cubes using this ability and crush others under it, as seen during his fight against Kashin Koji and even Naruto Uzumaki.

2 Tenseigan

The Tenseigan is another powerful Kekkei Genkai of the Otsutsuki clan. To date, it has only manifested itself in Hamura Otsutsuki and then his descendant, Toneri Otsutsuki. Much like the Six Paths Powers, this power grants the ability to use the Truth-Seeking Balls to the user.

It also grants a chakra shroud similar to Naruto's Kurama Chakra Mode that is strong enough to keep up with the Six Paths Sage Mode. Using the powers of the Tenseigan, Toneri could completely destroy the moon and planned to do the same to the earth as well.

1 Rinnegan

The Rinnegan is known to be the strongest Kekkei Genkai in the story. It was first wielded by Hagoromo Otsutsuki, the Sage of Six Paths, and later by Madara Uchiha and Sasuke Uchiha. Several Otsutsuki clan members also possess this eye.

The Rinnegan grants its user abilities called Six Paths Powers which are extremely dangerous. They allow the user to control powers such as the attractive and repulsive forces, summon giant animals, rip apart souls, and most importantly, this Dojutsu gives one complete control over life and death itself. The Rinnegan also offers abilities that are unique to the user, such as Limbo in Madara's case and Amenotejikara in Sasuke's.

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