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{{translation|'''Chakra'''|チャクラ|chakura}} is essential to even the most basic technique; it is the moulding of the {{translation|physical energy|身体エネルギー|shintai enerugī}} present in every cell of the body and the {{translation|spiritual energy|精神エネルギー|seishin enerugī}} gained from exercise and experience. Once moulded, it can be channelled through the chakra circulatory system, which is to chakra as the regular circulatory system is to blood, to any of the 361 chakra points (called [[tenketsu]]) in the body. Through various methods, the most common of which is [[hand seals]], the chakra can then be manipulated to create an effect that would not be possible otherwise, such as [[Water Surface Walking Practice|walking on water]], [[Fire Release|exhaling fire]] or [[Genjutsu|creating illusions]].
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{{translation|'''[[wikipedia:Chakra|Chakra]]'''|チャクラ|chakura}} is essential to even the most basic technique; it is the moulding of the {{translation|physical energy|身体エネルギー|shintai enerugī}} present in every cell of the body and the {{translation|spiritual energy|精神エネルギー|seishin enerugī|engtv=Mental Energy}} gained from the mind. Once moulded, it can be channelled through the [[chakra pathway system]], which is to chakra as the circulatory system is to blood, to any of the 361 [[tenketsu]] in the body. Through various methods, the most common of which is [[hand seals]], the chakra can then be controlled and manipulated to create an effect that would not be possible otherwise, such as [[Water Surface Walking Practice|walking on water]], [[Fire Release|exhaling fire]] or [[Genjutsu|creating illusions]].
   
By moulding different ratios of the two energies, new types of chakra can be formed. Most ninja have a natural affinity to one type of chakra, but they have the capacity to create elemental chakra apart from their own affinity. There are five basic types, each stronger and weaker to another, but their relations, weaknesses, and strengths to each other are all explored. There is also the dealing of Yin and Yang and the balance of mental and physical energies. In addition to these five elements, certain [[kekkei genkai]] can [[Nature Transformation|mix elemental chakra]] to form new natures, for example it is possible to mix [[water]] and [[wind]] into [[ice]]. While many ninja can use more than one type of chakra, very few are able to use them simultaneously.
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Through the process of [[nature transformation]], chakra can be converted into a number of different natures. Most ninja have a natural affinity to one chakra nature, but they have the capacity to use natures apart from their own affinity. There are five basic natures, but in addition to these, certain genetic traits allow multiple natures to be combined into new natures; for example, it is possible to mix [[Water]] and [[Wind]] into [[Ice]]. While many ninja can use more than one chakra nature, very few are able to combine them in this manner.
   
== Normal Chakra ==
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== Origin ==
[[File:Chakra Moulding Diagram (Normal).svg|thumb|The Two Elements of Normal Chakra, Spiritual Energy and Physical Energy.]]
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Chakra was originally something that belonged to the [[Shinju]]. When Princess [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]] ate the fruit the Shinju bore, she became the first person in history to wield chakra. With her newfound power, she ended all the wars that plagued the lands. Her sons, [[Hamura]] and [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]], the latter of whom would become the man known as the Sage of the Six Paths, were the first people to be born with chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 646, pages 6-9</ref> It was Hagoromo who spread chakra to others, intending for the chakra to connect people's spiritual energy so that they would understand one another without even talking. This became known as {{translation|[[ninshū]]|忍宗|lit meaning=Shinobi Sect}}, with his goal being to lead the world toward peace. However, the people did not use chakra in the way the Sage had hoped, instead using it to connect their inner spiritual and physical energies. They kneaded their inner chakra to amplify and weaponise it, creating what is now known as [[ninjutsu]]. In the end, they ended up using their chakra in battle, just as Hagoromo's mother Kaguya did.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 665, pages 6-7</ref>
Normal chakra is a form of energy all living individuals naturally produce to some degree. Contained in the "chakra coils" that mainly surround and connect to each chakra-producing organ, the energy circulates throughout the body in a network called the "[[Chakra Pathway System|chakra circulatory system]]" (similar to the cardiovascular system). Certain groups, such as ninja, have learned to generate more chakra and release it outside their bodies through their "chakra points" ([[tenketsu]]) in order to perform special techniques ([[jutsu]]). Chakra is not normally visible to the human eye, though chakra can be seen in situations where a person releases as much of their chakra as possible. This is rarely seen due to the restrictions of certain chakra points ([[Eight Gates]]), limiting the amount of chakra an individual can release at a single given time. Chakra can also be visible when doing specific techniques (such as the [[Rasengan]]) which take a high degree of chakra control to perform.
 
   
Of the many different types of techniques, [[ninjutsu]], [[genjutsu]], [[dōjutsu]], and so on, all require the use of chakra. However, [[taijutsu]] is different, usually requiring no chakra use whatsoever; stamina is all that is needed. While the ninja still needs a set amount of chakra to live (i.e. life force energy), regular taijutsu doesn't require any active moulding or manipulation of chakra (with few exceptions). A standard attack like a punch or kick falls into this technique category.
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== Overview ==
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[[File:Chakra Moulding Diagram (Normal).svg|thumb|The two components of chakra: physical energy and spiritual energy.]]
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Since being spread by the Sage of the Six Paths, chakra has become a form of life energy that all living individuals produce to some degree and require to survive. Produced within the "chakra coils" that mainly surround and connect to each chakra-producing organ, the energy circulates throughout the body in a network called the "[[Chakra Pathway System]]", which is similar to the cardiovascular system. Certain groups, such as [[shinobi]], have learned to generate more chakra and release it outside their bodies through pressure points called [[tenketsu]] in order to perform [[jutsu]]. Chakra is not normally visible to the human eye, though it can be seen in situations where a person releases as much of their chakra as possible. This is rarely seen due to the restrictions of eight specific tenketsu known as the [[Eight Gates]], which limit the amount of chakra an individual can release at a single given time. Chakra can also be visible when performing certain techniques, such as the [[Rasengan]].
   
Chakra is the resulting form of energy when two other forms of energy are mixed together. The two energies are referred to as "physical energy" and "spiritual energy". Physical energy is collected from the body's cells and can be increased through training, stimulants, and exercise. Spiritual energy is derived from the mind's consciousness (i.e. the soul) and can be increased through studying, meditation, and experience. Having these two energies become more powerful will in-turn make the created chakra more powerful. Therefore, practising a technique repeatedly will build-up experience, building up one's spiritual energy, and thus allowing more chakra to be created. As a result, the ninja is able to do that same technique with more power. This same cycle applies for physical energy, except this time, instead of doing things like meditation, the ninja could, say, do push-ups.
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Of the many different types of techniques, [[ninjutsu]], [[genjutsu]], [[dōjutsu]], and so on, all require the use of chakra. However, [[taijutsu]] is different, usually requiring no chakra use whatsoever; stamina is all that is needed. While the ninja still needs a set amount of chakra to live, regular taijutsu doesn't require any active moulding or manipulation of chakra, with few exceptions. A standard attack like a punch or kick falls into this technique category.
   
The general term for the source of chakra, the overall physical and spiritual energy an individual has, is called "''total stamina''". The maximum amount of chakra an individual can create and retain at a given time is called their "''chakra level''".
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Chakra is created when two other forms of energy, known collectively as one's stamina, are moulded together. {{translation|Physical energy|身体エネルギー|shintai enerugī}} is collected from each and every one of the body's cells and can be increased through training, stimulants, and exercise. {{translation|Spiritual energy|精神エネルギー|seishin enerugī|engtv=Mental Energy}} is derived from the mind's consciousness and can be increased through studying, meditation, and experience. These two energies becoming more powerful will in turn make the created chakra more powerful. Therefore, practising a technique repeatedly will build up experience, increasing one's spiritual energy, and thus allowing more chakra to be created. As a result, the ninja is able to do that same technique with more power. This same cycle applies for physical energy, except the ninja needs to increase their endurance instead.
   
== Chakra Control ==
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The general term for the source of chakra, the overall physical and spiritual energy an individual has, is called their "''total stamina''". The maximum amount of chakra an individual can create and retain at a given time is called their "''chakra power-level''".
{{translation|'''Chakra Control'''|チャクラコントロール |chakura kontorōru}} is a term that refers to the control of one's chakra and aptitude at controlling it. In ''Naruto'', chakra takes time and a great deal of training to gradually build up. Thus, the key is not actually having chakra, but being able to sufficiently control and conserve it. Everyone has chakra, but only skilled ninja can correctly "mould" and "manipulate" it to its fullest extent.
 
   
Moulding chakra involves the extraction of energies from both the body's cells and the mind's consciousness, then mixing them together within the individual. The amount of each energy will differ based on the type of technique the ninja wishes to execute. In other words, a ninja could create too much or too little chakra for a given technique, resulting in the chakra being used inefficiently. In addition, even if a ninja is able to mould the correct amount of chakra, if they cannot manipulate the chakra properly, the desired technique will not be as effective or will not execute at all. Wasting energy will also create weaknesses like early exhaustion, which would hinder the ninja's capacity to fight long-term battles. General training methods for improving one's moulding and manipulation of chakra are the [[Leaf Concentration Practice|Leaf Concentration]], [[Tree Climbing Practice|Tree Climbing]], and [[Water Surface Walking Practice|Water Walking]] exercises.
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Each person's chakra is different and as such gives off a unique chakra signature, which [[sensor type]] ninja are able to [[Sensing|detect]]. One's chakra signature can be altered by absorbing DNA from multiple people, as seen in [[Kabuto Yakushi]]'s case. By mixing various chakra signatures together, it became a whole new one, so that not even [[Karin|a sensor type]] who was already familiar with him could recognise him by his chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 667, page 2</ref>
   
As an in-between stage, some ninja can partially manipulate their chakra. This means they can use their chakra, but not effectively control it, which results in a poorly executed technique, a prime example is Naruto trying to use the Academy Clone Technique. To manipulate their chakra more easily, [[hand seals]] can be used. With these hand seals, users can control their chakra with higher efficiency, allowing them to execute their techniques more effectively. Different techniques also require the use of different hand seals.
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Like DNA, chakra seems to be passed from parent to child, with the child inheriting the chakra signatures similar to their parents.
   
When creating a ninjutsu, the two methods of manipulating chakra are referred to as [[Shape Transformation]] and [[Nature Transformation]]:
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== Chakra Control ==
* Shape Transformation deals with controlling the form, movement, and potency of chakra.
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{{translation|'''Chakra Control'''|チャクラコントロール |chakura kontorōru}} is a term that refers to the control of one's chakra and aptitude at controlling it. In ''Naruto'', chakra takes time and a great deal of training to gradually build up. Thus, the key is not actually having chakra, but being able to sufficiently control and conserve it. Everyone has chakra, but only skilled ninja can correctly "mould" and "manipulate" it to its fullest extent.
* Nature Transformation usually deals with changing the physical properties of chakra into an element. There is also the Nature Transformation of [[Yin Release|Yin]] and [[Yang Release|Yang]], which deals with changing the ratio of spiritual and physical energies within chakra.
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Moulding chakra involves the extraction of physical energy from the body's cells and spiritual energy from the mind's consciousness, and then mixing them together within the body. In other words, a ninja could create too much or too little chakra for a given technique, resulting in the chakra being used inefficiently. In addition, even if a ninja is able to mould the correct amount of chakra, if they cannot manipulate the chakra properly, the desired technique will not be as effective or will not execute at all. Wasting stamina and chakra will also create weaknesses like early exhaustion, which would hinder the ninja's capacity to fight long-term battles. General training methods for improving one's moulding and manipulation of chakra are the [[Leaf Concentration Practice|Leaf Concentration]], [[Tree Climbing Practice|Tree Climbing]], and [[Water Surface Walking Practice|Water Surface Walking]] exercises.
   
These two methods can be implemented separately or together in order to create a technique.
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As an in-between stage, some ninja can partially manipulate their chakra. This means they can use their chakra, but not effectively control it, which results in a poorly executed technique. A prime example is when [[Naruto Uzumaki]] tried to use the [[Clone Technique]] during his [[Academy]] graduation exam. To manipulate their chakra more easily, [[hand seals]] can be used. With these hand seals, users can control their chakra with higher efficiency, allowing them to execute their techniques more effectively. Different techniques also require the use of different hand seals. Shinobi who are extremely skilled at chakra control can become [[medical-nin]] or make more effective use of genjutsu.
   
The general term for the exact moulding and proper manipulation of chakra is called "''chakra control''". People with skilled chakra control are usually [[Medical-nin]] or [[Sensor]]-types, both of which requires extreme control over chakra to be effective. [[Genjutsu]] apparently also requires good chakra control.
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When creating a ninjutsu, the two methods of manipulating chakra are referred to as [[shape transformation]] and [[nature transformation]]:
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* Shape transformation deals with controlling the form, movement, and potency of chakra.
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* Nature transformation deals with changing the physical properties of chakra into an element. There is also the nature transformation of [[Yin]] and [[Yang]], which deals with changing the ratio of spiritual and physical energies within chakra.
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These two methods can be implemented separately or together in order to create a technique, though ninja who can use both simultaneously are said to be rare.
   
 
A good way to build up chakra in the body is to spin it into a tight spiral. Whether to spin the chakra left or right is dependent on the way the user's hair grows, either to the right or left.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 87</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 151, page 11</ref> An opponent can negate a technique by [[Chakra Absorption Techniques|absorbing it]] and reversing the spin of the chakra within their own body.<ref>Third Databook, page 296</ref>
 
A good way to build up chakra in the body is to spin it into a tight spiral. Whether to spin the chakra left or right is dependent on the way the user's hair grows, either to the right or left.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 87</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 151, page 11</ref> An opponent can negate a technique by [[Chakra Absorption Techniques|absorbing it]] and reversing the spin of the chakra within their own body.<ref>Third Databook, page 296</ref>
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[[File:Elemental Relationships Diagram.svg|thumb|A circular diagram of the different elemental weaknesses. Clockwise from the top: Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, and Water.]]
 
[[File:Elemental Relationships Diagram.svg|thumb|A circular diagram of the different elemental weaknesses. Clockwise from the top: Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, and Water.]]
 
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Based on which ninjutsu the ninja uses, the amount of chakra will be different, as would the element the ninja employs. The five main elemental types are also the names for the Five Great Shinobi Nations: [[Land of Fire|Fire]], [[Land of Wind|Wind]], [[Land of Lightning|Lightning]], [[Land of Earth|Earth]] and [[Land of Water|Water]]. Each ninja has the potential to better utilise one of these styles and potentially more. [[Rinnegan]] users somehow have the ability to more easily control all five elements.
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Based on which ninjutsu the ninja uses, the amount of chakra will be different, as would the element the ninja employs. The five main elemental types are also the names for the Five Great Shinobi Nations: [[Land of Fire|Fire]], [[Land of Wind|Wind]], [[Land of Lightning|Lightning]], [[Land of Earth|Earth]] and [[Land of Water|Water]]. Each ninja has the potential to better utilise one of these styles and potentially more. [[Rinnegan]] users somehow have the ability to easily control all five elements.
   
Advanced elements such as [[Wood Release]] and [[Ice Release]] are created by combining different elemental chakra types. Doing this is only possible with a [[kekkei genkai]] or having a [[tailed beast]] with such an element in canon.
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Highly advanced power-levels elements such as [[Wood Release]] and [[Ice Release]] are created by combining different elemental chakra types. Doing this is only possible with a [[kekkei genkai]] or having a [[tailed beast]] with such an element in canon.
   
However, the first movie has shown that shinobi of the [[Land of Snow]] are able to perform Ice Release techniques without a bloodline by manipulating the ice around them. [[Kajika]] was also able to use a water technique that produces ice.
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However, the first movie has shown that shinobi of the [[Land of Snow]] are able to perform Ice Release techniques without a bloodline by manipulating the ice around them. [[Kajika]] was also able to use a water technique that produces solid ice, snow and frost.
 
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== Other Types of Chakra ==
 
== Other Types of Chakra ==
 
=== Tailed Beast Chakra ===
 
=== Tailed Beast Chakra ===
[[Image:Glowingnaruto.jpg|thumb|Tailed beast chakra.]]
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[[Image:Naruto kyuubi.png|thumb|Tailed beast chakra.]]
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In the ''Naruto'' world, there are nine tailed beasts, ancient demons with immense supplies of chakra. In fact, they are nothing more than concentrations of chakra that have taken on a corporeal form (mind and body). During the Great Shinobi Wars, each country's Hidden Village tried to make use of the tailed beasts for military purposes and competed for them. However, no one was ever able to truly bring the tailed beasts under control. The only way to partially control them is to seal them within a human with powerful sealing techniques. The hosts of the tailed beasts are called [[jinchūriki]].
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The {{translation|'''tailed beasts'''|尾獣|bijū}} are the nine titanic behemoths within the ''Naruto'' series. They are living forms of chakra, sometimes referred to as {{translation|"'''Chakra Monsters'''"|チャクラのバケモノ|Chakura no Bakemono}},<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 256, page 14</ref><ref name="ch404">''Naruto'' chapter 404, page 14</ref> giving them immense reserves of especially strong chakra that far outmatches most shinobi. The tailed beasts' chakra is coloured red.
   
The jinchūriki can tap into the tailed beast's chakra for his or her own power; however, using such chakra can be harmful to the jinchūriki, with the host's body and mind being influenced or even taken over by his or her demon. In the case of [[Naruto Uzumaki]], when he used the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]]'s chakra and reached his [[Version 2|four-tailed form]], the chakra was so concentrated around his body that it constantly burned his flesh and repaired his body right away, shortening his lifespan. Tapping into such unnatural chakra is very harmful to the host, as the host's personality gets suppressed by the animalistic blood lust of the tailed beasts and the intensity of chakra will harm the host if used for extended periods of time. As an exception, where the jinchūriki has control over his tailed beasts, these ill-effects are not evident as in the case of [[Killer B]], when he creates a chakra cloak by drawing on part of his tailed beast's power or fully releasing the Eight-Tails' body, no physical damage can be seen from his body.
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Over the centuries, countless humans failed to regard the tailed beasts as sapient individuals, treating them with great disdain and fear. Because of their immense power, they sought the tailed beasts out as mere tools to be controlled, a sentiment they detest.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 568, page 13</ref> Eventually, they found the way to partially [[Tailed Beast Control|control their power]], by using powerful [[fūinjutsu]] to seal them within humans. The hosts of the tailed beasts are called {{translation|'''jinchūriki'''|人柱力|lit meaning=Power of Human Sacrifice}}.
   
 
=== Senjutsu Chakra ===
 
=== Senjutsu Chakra ===
 
{{main|Senjutsu}}
 
{{main|Senjutsu}}
[[File:Chakra Moulding Diagram (Senjutsu).svg|thumb|The Three Elements of Senjutsu Chakra. Spiritual, Physical, and Natural Energy in Complete Balance.]]
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[[File:Chakra Moulding Diagram (Senjutsu).svg|thumb|The three components of senjutsu chakra: physical energy, spiritual energy, and natural energy.]]
{{translation|[[Senjutsu]] chakra|仙術チャクラ|Senjutsu Chakura|engtv=Sage Jutsu Chakra}} is the chakra needed to perform senjutsu, which contains the energy found in nature itself. It is a powerful source of energy, able to grant a ninja increased strength, speed, and endurance for taijutsu, as well as enhancing the power of one's ninjutsu and genjutsu. Sage chakra is created through the three-way mixing and balancing of one's physical energy and spiritual energy, as well as the {{translation|[[natural energy]]|自然エネルギー|shizen enerugī}} from the atmosphere/air and terrain/ground. Since the three energies need to be equally balanced, the higher one's personal chakra capacity (physical energy and spiritual energy), the more natural energy they can add to the mix. Only those with a such large chakra capacity can gather the natural energy needed for entering a powerful state called [[Sage Mode]]. Also, only when a person remains "''perfectly still''", no longer disrupting the flow of nature around them like ripples in a pond, can they properly feel and harness natural energy. Remaining completely still for a period of time takes a great deal of concentration and patience, requiring a highly motivated and calm state of mind.
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{{translation|'''Senjutsu chakra'''|仙術チャクラ|Senjutsu Chakura|engtv=Sage Jutsu Chakra}} is the chakra needed to perform senjutsu. It is a powerful source of energy, able to grant a ninja increased strength, speed, and endurance for taijutsu, as well as enhancing the power of one's ninjutsu and genjutsu. Senjutsu chakra is created through the three-way mixing and balancing of one's physical energy and spiritual energy, as well as the {{translation|[[natural energy]]|自然エネルギー|shizen enerugī|engtv=Nature Energy}} from the atmosphere/air and terrain/ground. Since the three energies need to be equally balanced, the higher one's personal chakra capacity is, the more natural energy they can add to the mix. Only those with a large chakra capacity can gather the natural energy needed for entering the powerful state called [[Sage Mode]]. Also, only when a person remains "''perfectly still''", no longer disrupting the flow of nature around them like ripples in a pond, can they properly feel and harness natural energy. Remaining completely still for a period of time takes a great deal of concentration and patience, requiring a highly motivated and calm state of mind.
 
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=== Star Chakra ===
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=== Six Paths Chakra ===
[[Image:Peacock Method.jpg|thumb|Mysterious Peacock Method Chakra.]]
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[[File:Hagoromo Naruto and Sasuke.png|thumb|Hagoromo giving Six Paths Chakra to Naruto and Sasuke.]]
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{{translation|'''[[Six Paths]] Chakra'''|六道チャクラ|Rikudō Chakura}} is the unique chakra of [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]], otherwise known as the Sage of the Six Paths. Hagoromo's chakra can be acquired by combining the chakra of both his sons, [[Indra]] and [[Asura]], which can evolve a [[Sharingan]] into Hagoromo's own [[dōjutsu]], the [[Rinnegan]]. This chakra can also be acquired from having the Rinnegan implanted. The Six Paths chakra, when combined with [[natural energy]], brings forth the {{translation|'''Six Paths Sage Chakra'''|六道の仙人チャクラ|Rikudō no Sennin Chakura}}, which is necessary for the usage and formation of the [[Truth-Seeking Ball]]. [[Six Paths Ten-Tails Coffin Seal|Becoming]] the [[Ten-Tails]]' [[jinchūriki]] or [[Six Paths Sage Mode|combining]] the Six Paths Sage Chakra with the chakra of the nine [[tailed beasts]] brings forth the [[Six Paths Sage Technique]], which can allow the usage of multiple Truth-Seeking Balls. The chakra can also allow its wielder to [[Six Paths Flight|float]].
By using the chakra enhancing [[meteorite]], shinobi from [[Hoshigakure]] can manipulate their chakra into a wide variety of skills at the cost of extreme damage to their bodies. Hoshigakure's method gets its name, Mysterious Peacock, from the chakra's raw manifestation as pinkish purple chakra tails similar to a peacock's tail feathers.
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Hagoromo [[Chakra Transfer Technique|transferred]] his Six Paths chakra to [[Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[Sasuke Uchiha]] when they were near death, causing them to gain the Six Paths Sage Technique and Rinnegan, respectively.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 681, page 3</ref> This chakra allowed Naruto and Sasuke to directly harm [[Madara Uchiha]] when he was the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, the latter of the two even [[Chidori Sharp Spear|bisecting]] him despite not having any [[senjutsu]] training.
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[[Obito Uchiha]] stole the Six Paths Sage Chakra from Madara, to create his own Truth-Seeking Ball, despite no longer being the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki. From this, Obito was able to temporarily give the {{translation|'''Six Paths Power'''|六道の力|Rikudō no Chikara}} to [[Kakashi Hatake]] when he transferred his chakra to him as a spirit during the former's battle against [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]]. This power can amplify any technique and can also change its colour, as seen with Sasuke's [[Chidori]] and Kakashi's [[Lightning Cutter]].
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There are also Six Paths [[Six Paths Yin Power|Yin]] and [[Six Paths Yang Power|Yang]] powers, which can be transferred between individuals. Incredible feats can be achieved when the two powers are [[Yin–Yang Release|combined]], such as unleashing a [[Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei|massive Chibaku Tensei]] capable of creating a [[moon]] and [[Fūinjutsu|sealing]] a being as powerful as [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]].
 
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=== Dark Chakra ===
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=== Non-Canon Types ===
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==== Star Chakra ====
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[[Image:Mysterious Peacock Method.png|thumb|Mysterious Peacock Method chakra.]]
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By using the chakra enhancing [[meteorite]], shinobi from [[Hoshigakure]] can manipulate their chakra into a wide variety of skills at the cost of extreme damage to their bodies. Hoshigakure's method gets its name, Mysterious Peacock, from the chakra's raw manifestation as pinkish purple chakra tails similar to a peacock's tail feathers.
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==== Dark Chakra ====
 
[[File:Shadow arms.png|thumb|The Zero-Tails' shadow arms.]]
 
[[File:Shadow arms.png|thumb|The Zero-Tails' shadow arms.]]
 
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=== Priestess Chakra ===
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==== Priestess Chakra ====
 
[[File:Protective Sphere of Light.JPG|thumb|The priestess light chakra.]]
 
[[File:Protective Sphere of Light.JPG|thumb|The priestess light chakra.]]
 
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{{main|Mystic Safety Bell}}
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Although chakra is usually invisible, those with certain dōjutsu, like the [[Sharingan]], [[Rinnegan]] or [[Byakugan]], can see the colour of someone's chakra. Each person's chakra apparently has a different colour. It is also interesting to note the fact that sufficiently immense amounts of chakra are visible to the naked eye.
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* Although chakra is usually invisible, those with dōjutsu such as the [[Sharingan]], [[Rinnegan]] and [[Byakugan]] can see the colour of someone's chakra. Each person's chakra apparently has a different colour, though all regular chakra is depicted as light blue in the anime. Sufficiently immense amounts of chakra are also visible to the naked eye.
* It is said that the [[Sage of the Six Paths]] was the first to unravel the mysteries of chakra.
 
 
* People who are related share similar chakra signatures.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 525, page 3</ref>
 
* People who are related share similar chakra signatures.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 525, page 3</ref>
 
* Chakra signatures also vary among different populations.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 547, page 2</ref>
 
* Chakra signatures also vary among different populations.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 547, page 2</ref>
* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden 4: The Lost Tower]]'', [[Minato Namikaze]] and partially supported in the anime episode: ''[[Resonance]]'', chakra with similar signatures resonate when they are near.
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* In ''[[Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower]]'', as stated by [[Minato Namikaze]] and partially supported in ''Shippūden'' episode [[Resonance|70]], chakra with similar signatures resonate when they are near.
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* The strength and properties of one's chakra are determined by their genetics, and there are specific genes for strong chakra which can be inherited. Even if one does not inherit said genes, it is possible to obtain similarly powerful chakra through training.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 671</ref>
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* In addition to their genetics, chakra seems to reflect its owner's personality and emotions to some extent, as [[Karin]] noted Sasuke's chakra had grown darker and colder when he increasingly fell victim to the [[Curse of Hatred]], while she described Naruto's chakra as bright and warm.
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* It seems when there is a sufficient amount of a being's chakra present, it will create a new but similar conscience of said entity. There are examples of both humans and tailed beasts doing such, with Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki sealing their chakra into their son before their deaths in order to speak to him later in his life, and the tailed beasts all giving a portion of their chakra to Naruto Uzumaki. However, because these consciences have no way to replenish their chakra without their original bodies, they will fade away once their chakra has run out.
   
 
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Chakra (チャクラ, chakura) is essential to even the most basic technique; it is the moulding of the physical energy (身体エネルギー, shintai enerugī) present in every cell of the body and the spiritual energy (精神エネルギー, seishin enerugī; English TV "Mental Energy") gained from the mind. Once moulded, it can be channelled through the chakra pathway system, which is to chakra as the circulatory system is to blood, to any of the 361 tenketsu in the body. Through various methods, the most common of which is hand seals, the chakra can then be controlled and manipulated to create an effect that would not be possible otherwise, such as walking on water, exhaling fire or creating illusions.

Through the process of nature transformation, chakra can be converted into a number of different natures. Most ninja have a natural affinity to one chakra nature, but they have the capacity to use natures apart from their own affinity. There are five basic natures, but in addition to these, certain genetic traits allow multiple natures to be combined into new natures; for example, it is possible to mix Water and Wind into Ice. While many ninja can use more than one chakra nature, very few are able to combine them in this manner.

Origin Edit

Chakra was originally something that belonged to the Shinju. When Princess Kaguya Ōtsutsuki ate the fruit the Shinju bore, she became the first person in history to wield chakra. With her newfound power, she ended all the wars that plagued the lands. Her sons, Hamura and Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki, the latter of whom would become the man known as the Sage of the Six Paths, were the first people to be born with chakra.[1] It was Hagoromo who spread chakra to others, intending for the chakra to connect people's spiritual energy so that they would understand one another without even talking. This became known as ninshū (忍宗; Literally meaning "Shinobi Sect"), with his goal being to lead the world toward peace. However, the people did not use chakra in the way the Sage had hoped, instead using it to connect their inner spiritual and physical energies. They kneaded their inner chakra to amplify and weaponise it, creating what is now known as ninjutsu. In the end, they ended up using their chakra in battle, just as Hagoromo's mother Kaguya did.[2]

Overview Edit

Chakra Moulding Diagram (Normal)

The two components of chakra: physical energy and spiritual energy.

Since being spread by the Sage of the Six Paths, chakra has become a form of life energy that all living individuals produce to some degree and require to survive. Produced within the "chakra coils" that mainly surround and connect to each chakra-producing organ, the energy circulates throughout the body in a network called the "Chakra Pathway System", which is similar to the cardiovascular system. Certain groups, such as shinobi, have learned to generate more chakra and release it outside their bodies through pressure points called tenketsu in order to perform jutsu. Chakra is not normally visible to the human eye, though it can be seen in situations where a person releases as much of their chakra as possible. This is rarely seen due to the restrictions of eight specific tenketsu known as the Eight Gates, which limit the amount of chakra an individual can release at a single given time. Chakra can also be visible when performing certain techniques, such as the Rasengan.

Of the many different types of techniques, ninjutsu, genjutsu, dōjutsu, and so on, all require the use of chakra. However, taijutsu is different, usually requiring no chakra use whatsoever; stamina is all that is needed. While the ninja still needs a set amount of chakra to live, regular taijutsu doesn't require any active moulding or manipulation of chakra, with few exceptions. A standard attack like a punch or kick falls into this technique category.

Chakra is created when two other forms of energy, known collectively as one's stamina, are moulded together. Physical energy (身体エネルギー, shintai enerugī) is collected from each and every one of the body's cells and can be increased through training, stimulants, and exercise. Spiritual energy (精神エネルギー, seishin enerugī; English TV "Mental Energy") is derived from the mind's consciousness and can be increased through studying, meditation, and experience. These two energies becoming more powerful will in turn make the created chakra more powerful. Therefore, practising a technique repeatedly will build up experience, increasing one's spiritual energy, and thus allowing more chakra to be created. As a result, the ninja is able to do that same technique with more power. This same cycle applies for physical energy, except the ninja needs to increase their endurance instead.

The general term for the source of chakra, the overall physical and spiritual energy an individual has, is called their "total stamina". The maximum amount of chakra an individual can create and retain at a given time is called their "chakra power-level".

Each person's chakra is different and as such gives off a unique chakra signature, which sensor type ninja are able to detect. One's chakra signature can be altered by absorbing DNA from multiple people, as seen in Kabuto Yakushi's case. By mixing various chakra signatures together, it became a whole new one, so that not even a sensor type who was already familiar with him could recognise him by his chakra.[3]

Like DNA, chakra seems to be passed from parent to child, with the child inheriting the chakra signatures similar to their parents.

Chakra Control Edit

Chakra Control (チャクラコントロール, chakura kontorōru) is a term that refers to the control of one's chakra and aptitude at controlling it. In Naruto, chakra takes time and a great deal of training to gradually build up. Thus, the key is not actually having chakra, but being able to sufficiently control and conserve it. Everyone has chakra, but only skilled ninja can correctly "mould" and "manipulate" it to its fullest extent.

Moulding chakra involves the extraction of physical energy from the body's cells and spiritual energy from the mind's consciousness, and then mixing them together within the body. In other words, a ninja could create too much or too little chakra for a given technique, resulting in the chakra being used inefficiently. In addition, even if a ninja is able to mould the correct amount of chakra, if they cannot manipulate the chakra properly, the desired technique will not be as effective or will not execute at all. Wasting stamina and chakra will also create weaknesses like early exhaustion, which would hinder the ninja's capacity to fight long-term battles. General training methods for improving one's moulding and manipulation of chakra are the Leaf Concentration, Tree Climbing, and Water Surface Walking exercises.

As an in-between stage, some ninja can partially manipulate their chakra. This means they can use their chakra, but not effectively control it, which results in a poorly executed technique. A prime example is when Naruto Uzumaki tried to use the Clone Technique during his Academy graduation exam. To manipulate their chakra more easily, hand seals can be used. With these hand seals, users can control their chakra with higher efficiency, allowing them to execute their techniques more effectively. Different techniques also require the use of different hand seals. Shinobi who are extremely skilled at chakra control can become medical-nin or make more effective use of genjutsu.

When creating a ninjutsu, the two methods of manipulating chakra are referred to as shape transformation and nature transformation:

  • Shape transformation deals with controlling the form, movement, and potency of chakra.
  • Nature transformation deals with changing the physical properties of chakra into an element. There is also the nature transformation of Yin and Yang, which deals with changing the ratio of spiritual and physical energies within chakra.

These two methods can be implemented separately or together in order to create a technique, though ninja who can use both simultaneously are said to be rare.

A good way to build up chakra in the body is to spin it into a tight spiral. Whether to spin the chakra left or right is dependent on the way the user's hair grows, either to the right or left.[4][5] An opponent can negate a technique by absorbing it and reversing the spin of the chakra within their own body.[6]

Shape of Chakra Edit

Main article: Shape Transformation Most techniques take a certain shape that is usually precisely controlled from one hand to another, through chakra. A good example of this is the Rasengan. Naruto uses one of his hands to control chakra, and moves it over the other in a circular motion, which eventually creates a sphere of pure chakra.

Elemental Chakra Edit

Elemental Relationships Diagram

A circular diagram of the different elemental weaknesses. Clockwise from the top: Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, and Water.

Main article: Nature Transformation Based on which ninjutsu the ninja uses, the amount of chakra will be different, as would the element the ninja employs. The five main elemental types are also the names for the Five Great Shinobi Nations: Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth and Water. Each ninja has the potential to better utilise one of these styles and potentially more. Rinnegan users somehow have the ability to easily control all five elements.

Highly advanced power-levels elements such as Wood Release and Ice Release are created by combining different elemental chakra types. Doing this is only possible with a kekkei genkai or having a tailed beast with such an element in canon.

However, the first movie has shown that shinobi of the Land of Snow are able to perform Ice Release techniques without a bloodline by manipulating the ice around them. Kajika was also able to use a water technique that produces solid ice, snow and frost.

Other Types of Chakra Edit

Tailed Beast Chakra Edit

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Tailed beast chakra.

Main articles: Tailed Beasts and Jinchūriki The tailed beasts (尾獣, bijū) are the nine titanic behemoths within the Naruto series. They are living forms of chakra, sometimes referred to as "Chakra Monsters" (チャクラのバケモノ, Chakura no Bakemono),[7][8] giving them immense reserves of especially strong chakra that far outmatches most shinobi. The tailed beasts' chakra is coloured red.

Over the centuries, countless humans failed to regard the tailed beasts as sapient individuals, treating them with great disdain and fear. Because of their immense power, they sought the tailed beasts out as mere tools to be controlled, a sentiment they detest.[9] Eventually, they found the way to partially control their power, by using powerful fūinjutsu to seal them within humans. The hosts of the tailed beasts are called jinchūriki (人柱力; Literally meaning "Power of Human Sacrifice").

Senjutsu Chakra Edit

Main article: Senjutsu

Chakra Moulding Diagram (Senjutsu)

The three components of senjutsu chakra: physical energy, spiritual energy, and natural energy.

Senjutsu chakra (仙術チャクラ, Senjutsu Chakura; English TV "Sage Jutsu Chakra") is the chakra needed to perform senjutsu. It is a powerful source of energy, able to grant a ninja increased strength, speed, and endurance for taijutsu, as well as enhancing the power of one's ninjutsu and genjutsu. Senjutsu chakra is created through the three-way mixing and balancing of one's physical energy and spiritual energy, as well as the natural energy (自然エネルギー, shizen enerugī; English TV "Nature Energy") from the atmosphere/air and terrain/ground. Since the three energies need to be equally balanced, the higher one's personal chakra capacity is, the more natural energy they can add to the mix. Only those with a large chakra capacity can gather the natural energy needed for entering the powerful state called Sage Mode. Also, only when a person remains "perfectly still", no longer disrupting the flow of nature around them like ripples in a pond, can they properly feel and harness natural energy. Remaining completely still for a period of time takes a great deal of concentration and patience, requiring a highly motivated and calm state of mind.

Six Paths Chakra Edit

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Hagoromo giving Six Paths Chakra to Naruto and Sasuke.

Six Paths Chakra (六道チャクラ, Rikudō Chakura) is the unique chakra of Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki, otherwise known as the Sage of the Six Paths. Hagoromo's chakra can be acquired by combining the chakra of both his sons, Indra and Asura, which can evolve a Sharingan into Hagoromo's own dōjutsu, the Rinnegan. This chakra can also be acquired from having the Rinnegan implanted. The Six Paths chakra, when combined with natural energy, brings forth the Six Paths Sage Chakra (六道の仙人チャクラ, Rikudō no Sennin Chakura), which is necessary for the usage and formation of the Truth-Seeking Ball. Becoming the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki or combining the Six Paths Sage Chakra with the chakra of the nine tailed beasts brings forth the Six Paths Sage Technique, which can allow the usage of multiple Truth-Seeking Balls. The chakra can also allow its wielder to float.

Hagoromo transferred his Six Paths chakra to Naruto Uzumaki and Sasuke Uchiha when they were near death, causing them to gain the Six Paths Sage Technique and Rinnegan, respectively.[10] This chakra allowed Naruto and Sasuke to directly harm Madara Uchiha when he was the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, the latter of the two even bisecting him despite not having any senjutsu training.

Obito Uchiha stole the Six Paths Sage Chakra from Madara, to create his own Truth-Seeking Ball, despite no longer being the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki. From this, Obito was able to temporarily give the Six Paths Power (六道の力, Rikudō no Chikara) to Kakashi Hatake when he transferred his chakra to him as a spirit during the former's battle against Kaguya Ōtsutsuki. This power can amplify any technique and can also change its colour, as seen with Sasuke's Chidori and Kakashi's Lightning Cutter.

There are also Six Paths Yin and Yang powers, which can be transferred between individuals. Incredible feats can be achieved when the two powers are combined, such as unleashing a massive Chibaku Tensei capable of creating a moon and sealing a being as powerful as Kaguya Ōtsutsuki.

Gift of the Hermit Group Edit

Gift of the Hermit Group

Gift of the Hermit Group chakra.

Main article: Gift of the Hermit Group The Gift of the Hermit Group (仙族の才, Senzoku no Sai; English TV "Gift of the Sages") is a special kind of chakra used by the ninja monks of the Fire Temple. It requires daily, unrelenting training to master. This chakra is required to unseal the Sealed Iron Wall granting access to the Fire Temple. It is also required for the technique Welcoming Approach: Thousand-Armed Murder.

Non-Canon Types Edit

Star Chakra Edit

Mysterious Peacock Method

Mysterious Peacock Method chakra.

Main article: Mysterious Peacock Method By using the chakra enhancing meteorite, shinobi from Hoshigakure can manipulate their chakra into a wide variety of skills at the cost of extreme damage to their bodies. Hoshigakure's method gets its name, Mysterious Peacock, from the chakra's raw manifestation as pinkish purple chakra tails similar to a peacock's tail feathers.

Dark Chakra Edit

Shadow arms

The Zero-Tails' shadow arms.

Main article: Zero-Tails Dark Chakra (闇のチャクラ, Yami no Chakura) is a special chakra formed from the negative emotions of the heart. Created by the Zero-Tails, as it feeds on the negative emotions of the people around it, it is shown to be extremely powerful, being used to power the Land of the Sky's Ancor Vantian and grants Shinnō powerful techniques with seemingly no drawbacks, though it eventually destroys the mind, and rots the soul of the user.

Priestess Chakra Edit

Protective Sphere of Light

The priestess light chakra.

Main article: Mystic Safety Bell Priestess Chakra (巫女チャクラ, Miko Chakura) has a bright and unique aspect. It can send pink rays of severing light at the user, Shion's, opponents, create a light barrier to shield her from darkness, and transform her into an angelic form. She also used the mystical chakra of the bell to create a protective sphere around a designated target, as she did for Naruto Uzumaki, and use the chakra with Naruto to form the Super Chakra Rasengan. Miroku feared that if Shion is corrupted, her powers would be deadlier than a gigantic demon's.

Trivia Edit

  • Although chakra is usually invisible, those with dōjutsu such as the Sharingan, Rinnegan and Byakugan can see the colour of someone's chakra. Each person's chakra apparently has a different colour, though all regular chakra is depicted as light blue in the anime. Sufficiently immense amounts of chakra are also visible to the naked eye.
  • People who are related share similar chakra signatures.[11]
  • Chakra signatures also vary among different populations.[12]
  • In Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower, as stated by Minato Namikaze and partially supported in Shippūden episode 70, chakra with similar signatures resonate when they are near.
  • The strength and properties of one's chakra are determined by their genetics, and there are specific genes for strong chakra which can be inherited. Even if one does not inherit said genes, it is possible to obtain similarly powerful chakra through training.[13]
  • In addition to their genetics, chakra seems to reflect its owner's personality and emotions to some extent, as Karin noted Sasuke's chakra had grown darker and colder when he increasingly fell victim to the Curse of Hatred, while she described Naruto's chakra as bright and warm.
  • It seems when there is a sufficient amount of a being's chakra present, it will create a new but similar conscience of said entity. There are examples of both humans and tailed beasts doing such, with Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki sealing their chakra into their son before their deaths in order to speak to him later in his life, and the tailed beasts all giving a portion of their chakra to Naruto Uzumaki. However, because these consciences have no way to replenish their chakra without their original bodies, they will fade away once their chakra has run out.

See Also Edit

References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 646, pages 6-9
  2. Naruto chapter 665, pages 6-7
  3. Naruto chapter 667, page 2
  4. Naruto episode 87
  5. Naruto chapter 151, page 11
  6. Third Databook, page 296
  7. Naruto chapter 256, page 14
  8. Naruto chapter 404, page 14
  9. Naruto chapter 568, page 13
  10. Naruto chapter 681, page 3
  11. Naruto chapter 525, page 3
  12. Naruto chapter 547, page 2
  13. Naruto chapter 671
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