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|Literal English||Asura Path|
|Manga||Volume #42, Chapter #383|
|Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #133|
|Game||Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga, Game|
|Classification||Kekkei Genkai, Ninjutsu, Dōjutsu|
The Asura Path (修羅道, Shuradō) grants the user the ability to summon mechanised armour, augmenting their body with extra limbs and various robotic weaponry. In life, Nagato channeled the Asura Path through the body of a ninja puppeteer.
Through the Asura Path, the user is able to form four additional arms and two additional faces, as well as a folded, serrated blade-like sash around their waist. These additional appendages, as well as the user's body as a whole, are augmented with a variety of mechanical weaponry, which they can access at will. The user can fire their forearms as long-range projectiles or pull them off to reveal and fire a cluster of segmented missiles at targets. They are also able to protrude a set of flexible blades and drills or mechanical tendrils from their arms and quickly propel themself forward with a burst of chakra from their feet. The user can also release a powerful chakra blast, which is capable of destroying numerous buildings at once, either by forming a cannon from one of their arms or opening the crown of their head.
Nagato's Asura Path's raw physical power was enough to rip Jiraiya's arm off and crush his throat with basic taijutsu, as well as to throw the Animal Path all the way into Konohagakure from the outskirts of the village. Additionally, the Asura Path was able to survive otherwise fatal damage due to its mechanised insides. All of these abilities befitted the "warring demon" name that the Asura Path held, whilst giving it a considerably higher degree of versatility than the other Six Paths of Pain had (aside from the Deva Path).
In Buddhism, the Asura realm is the plane of semi-divine warring demons which people are reincarnated in due to actions based on jealousy, struggle, combat or rationalisation in a previous life. Following a common depiction of Asura, this ability allows the user to possess six arms and three faces, each of which display a different emotion. Like Deva, Asura are also featured in Hindu mythlogy as a type of demon. Both depictions play in the abilities of the Asura Path.
- ↑ Naruto chapter 551, page 6