Body Replacement Technique

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Please note that this is the Narutopedia's article on the general skill. If you are looking for the article on Zetsu's personal technique then you should head to Substitute Technique.
Body Replacement Technique [1]
Body Replacement
Kanji 変わり身の術
Rōmaji Kawarimi no Jutsu
Literal English Body Replacement Technique
English TV Substitution Jutsu
Manga Chapter #5
Anime Naruto Episode #4
Game Naruto: Clash of Ninja
Appears in Anime, Manga and Game
Classification Ninjutsu, General skill
Rank E-rank
Class Supplementary
Hand seals Ram → Boar → Ox → Dog → Snake
Derived jutsu
Orochimaru-Style Body Replacement Technique

With this technique, users replace their own body with some other object, generally with a block of wood, the moment an attack lands. This creates an optical illusion, making the enemy think the attack was successful. From this, the user can use the lapse in the enemy's attention to attack or flee from the battlefield. Explosive tags can be attached to the replacement for an added surprise. It's a basic ninjutsu even taught at the Academy, but it's a useful art that can be applied in variety of situations.


  • This technique is based on a real-life ninja art, kawarimi. It was an ancient ninja art revolving around misdirection and the split-second timing of a switch between a 'body' and a location, or between two or more bodies: A technique utilised by ninja in ancient Japan, involving the ninja and anything that can be mistaken for them, (such as a dummy or a mannequin). As it means "a quick shift in position, or adaptability to changing circumstances", it is also utilised in Sumo.
  • This technique is sometimes referred to as the Empty Cicada Technique (空蝉の術, Utsusemi no Jutsu) in other stories (not to be confused with the Empty Cicada Shell Technique, which bears the exact same kanji). This name refers to the empty shell a cicada leaves after moulting.
  • In Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2, Akamaru is seen using this technique, except instead of using a log, he uses a bone.


  1. First Databook, page 177

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