Kekkei Genkai Naruto

Kekkei genkai usually come in the form or combined transformations of nature. Dōjutsus are abilities concentrated in the eye, and combined transformations of nature are ninjutsus that use two transformations of nature. Those that use three transformations of nature are also called kekkei tota.

Compared with dōjutsu that are almost exclusively passed down through clans, nature-transformation kekkei genkai seem to appear in individuals with no known relationship. Lava release, a combination of fire and earth chakra, appeared in ninjas from , and .

As the genetic prerequisite for forming these abilities requires, they cannot be copied by others. However, there have been attempts to acquire the unique abilities of kekkei genkai through transplants and genetic experimentation. can be transplanted into another person’s body, as is the case with Ao and his or and his . The disadvantage is that activating and using a dōjutsu you haven’t developed naturally requires much greater use of the chakras.

Chakra elements can also be passed on to people outside the clan, as the subjected to DNA remodeling by whoever wanted to acquire Wood Release. However, Yamato’s ability to use it is nowhere near as powerful as that of his creator Hashirama Senju, and the risk of such a process is that Yamato is the only one of the sixty test subjects to survive.

List of Kekkei Gentai (Dōjutsu)


Sharingan is the genkai dōjutsu kekkei of the Uchiha clan that appears selectively among its members. It is considered one of the “Three Great Dōjutsu”, the others being the Byakugan and the .

Mangekyō Sharingan

The Mangekyō Sharingan differs from a normal Sharingan in its appearance, which modifies the shape of the tomato seal. The exact design differs for each user, although they all resemble pinwheels. It is first awakened by the trauma suffered following the death of someone close to the user. The Uchiha historically misunderstood this criterion, as the user had to be responsible for the person’s death, and for this reason they developed the practice of killing their closest friends in order to obtain the Mangekyō Sharingan.


Byakugan is the kekkei genkai dōjutsu of the Hyūga and Ōtsutsuki clans, inherited from . It is considered one of the “Three Great Dōjutsu”, the others being Sharingan and Rinnegan.


Rinnegan is reputed to be the most exalted eye among the “Three Great Dōjutsu”, the others being Sharingan and Byakugan. It is said that in times of disorder, whoever wields the Rinnegan is sent from heaven to become either a “God of Creation” who will calm the world, or a “God of Destruction” who will reduce everything to nothing. The Rinnegan is characterized by a wavy pattern that extends across the eyeball.


The Jōgan is a unique dōjutsu known only to the Ōtsutsuki clan, whose members claim it is troublesome and a power strongly inherited from their clan.

In the manga, the dōjutsu is featureless in appearance with a barely visible pupil. In the anime, the dōjutsu is blue in color, with dark sclera and a visible pupil.


Tenseigan is a dōjutsu introduced in The Last: Naruto the Movie. The film’s novelty explains that Tenseigan can be acquired when a Ōtsutsuki is implanted with the Byakugan of a Hyūga: this combination of the two clans’ chakras transforms the Byakugan into Tenseigan.


Ketsuryugan is a dōjutsu of the Chinoike clan. Ketsuryūgan can be recognized by its reddish color, which gives a special appearance to users of this dōjutsu, characterized as carrying “blood-red eyes.”

Transformations of nature

Wood Release

Wood Release or Wood Style is a kekkei genkai of nature’s transformation, a combination of earth and water. It was used by Hashirama Senju and is actually known to no one else. Because of Wood Release’s power and versatility, various efforts were made to reproduce it after Hashirama’s death.

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Ice Release

Ice Release or Ice Style is the Yuki clan’s nature-transforming genkai kekkei. It allows the user to freely create and manipulate ice by simultaneously combining wind and water chakras. When the user releases his chakra, the surrounding area becomes cold enough to cause snow to fall. The ice created by Haku is also extremely resistant to fire attacks, melting only slightly on contact with Sasuke’s flames.

Steel Release

Steel Release or Steel Style is a combined transformation of the kekkei genkai nature. It is not known what elements this nature comprises.

Magnet Release

Magnet Release or Magnet Style is a combined kekkei genkai of nature transformation that, it is suggested, consists of techniques that blend wind and earth chakras to create magnetic forces with different properties and uses. Various shinobi from , Kumogakure and Ishigakure have possessed this kekkei genkai

Mud Release

Mud Release is a transformation of the kekkei genkai nature, 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 initially believes its very existence is a lie.

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Boil Release

Boil Release or Vapour Style is a combined kekkei genkai of nature’s transformation composed of techniques that blend fire and water-based chakras to create gaseous materials with different properties and uses.

Explosion Release

Explosion Release or Explosive Style is a kekkei genkai combination of nature transformation that, it is suggested, is composed of techniques that blend earth and lightning-based chakras to give the wielder the ability to use explosive chakras in combat.

Lava Release

Lava Release, also known as Corrosion Style or Lava Style, is a kekkei genkai of nature’s transformation, composed of techniques that blend fire and earth chakras to create volcanic materials such as lava or rubber with different properties and uses.

Storm Release

Storm Release, also known as Gale Style or Storm Style, is a kekkei genkai of nature transformation combined with techniques that blend lightning and water-based chakras to create beams of energy that can be guided towards the enemy.

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Kekkei Tōta

Kekkei Tōta is an advanced form of kekkei genkai, using three transformations of nature.

Dust Release

Dust Release or Particle Style is a transformation of nature using earth, wind and fire. To perform Dust Release, users form a small three-dimensional object (e.g. cube, cone, etc.) from a chakra they hold in their hands. The object expands once released by the user and moves surprisingly fast towards its target; anything that passes through it (or is passed through by it) is disintegrated at the molecular level.

Other object types

Kekkei Genkai from the Jūgo clan

The clan’s kekkei genkai is a passive ability that allows its members to absorb and use natural energy without any senjutsu training. Due to the constant supply of natural energy, they are prone to mental instability, sporadically experiencing sudden, uncontrollable urges to kill. The wielder’s body can also secrete special fluids which, through the chakra , enable him to transform certain parts of his body.

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Shikotsumyaku is a kekkei genkai that gives its wielder the ability to manipulate their own skeletal structure (their osteoblasts and osteoclasts). By infusing their calcium with the chakras, they can manipulate the growth and properties of their bones at will. Kaguya Ōtsutsuki has demonstrated a similar, if more lethal, ability to weaponize his bone structure from which Shikotsumyaku originates. This genkai kekkei is inherited by a few rare Kaguya descendants in the Kaguya clan, Kimimaro being the only other known heir to this power.


The concept of special ninja techniques limited by bloodline heritage may have been inspired in part by the work of Futaro Yamada, who strongly influenced later representations of the ninja in fiction. In particular, The Kōga Ninja Scrolls, published in 1959, featured a pair of warring ninja clans who, through selection, had produced ninjas with various deformities, mutations and special abilities, even dōjutsu.

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