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The {{translation|'''Demonic Statue of the Outer Path'''|外道魔像|Gedō Mazō}} was the empty vessel of the [[Ten-Tails]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 594, page 9</ref> Due to having the DNA of both [[Senju]] and [[Uchiha]] and awakening the [[Rinnegan]], [[Madara Uchiha]] was able to break the seal placed on it by the [[Sage of the Six Paths]], who had sealed it within the moon, and [[Summoning Technique|summon]] the body to earth. The Demonic Statue was later used by [[Obito Uchiha]] and [[Nagato]] as the container for the [[tailed beasts]] that were captured and resealed into it by the members of [[Akatsuki]].<ref name="chpt606p145">''Naruto'' chapter 606, pages 14-15</ref>
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The {{translation|'''Demonic Statue of the Outer Path'''|外道魔像|Gedō Mazō|engtv=Gedo Statue}} is the empty vessel of the [[Ten-Tails]].<ref>Chapter 594, page 9</ref> It was sealed within the [[moon]] by [[Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki]] the Sage of the Six Paths where it remained until [[Madara Uchiha]] awakened the [[Rinnegan]]. This allowed him to break the seal and [[Summoning Technique|summon]] the statue, which would later be used by [[Obito Uchiha]] and [[Nagato]] as the container for the [[tailed beasts]] that were captured by [[Akatsuki]].<ref name="chpt606p145">Chapter 606, pages 14-15</ref>
   
 
== Background ==
 
== Background ==
When the Sage of the Six Paths separated its chakra from its body to create the tailed beasts, he sealed the hollowed husk that was the Ten-Tails's body within the [[moon]], where it remained until it was summoned by [[Madara Uchiha]], who had acquired Senju DNA and awakened the Rinnegan. Madara then christened the empty husk the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, page 13</ref>
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After the Sage of the Six Paths separated the Ten-Tails' [[chakra]] from its body to [[Creation of All Things|create]] the nine tailed beasts, he used [[Chibaku Tensei]] to seal the beast's husk within the newly-created moon. Centuries later, Madara Uchiha awakened the Rinnegan and used it to break the seal and summon the husk, which he christened the ''Demonic Statue of the Outer Path''.<ref>Chapter 606, page 13</ref>
   
During his old age, Madara was able to cling onto life by attaching himself to the statue via the living clone where it served as a means of life support by constantly supplying him with chakra.<ref name="chpt602p12">''Naruto'' chapter 602, page 12</ref> Madara also used the power of the statue to catalyse the cells he had obtained from [[Hashirama Senju]] in order to create [[Hashirama's living clone|a mindless replica of Hashirama]], and the [[White Zetsu Army|artificial humans]] it produced.<ref name="chpt606p145"/> It was only after finding [[Obito Uchiha|someone]] to carry on his preparations for the [[Eye of the Moon Plan]], that Madara disconnected himself from the Demonic Statue and with his dying breath told the young man that until the time he was revived he was to act using his name.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, pages 16-17</ref> As Madara explained to Obito, teaching him the methods to control it, the rebirth of the Ten-Tails by feeding the Tailed Beasts to the Demonic Statue is vital to the Eye of the Moon Plan.
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In an attempt to extend his lifespan in his old age, Madara used the Demonic Statue as a [[Wikipedia:Catalysis|catalyst]] to cultivate [[Hashirama Senju]]'s DNA, producing a [[Hashirama's Artificial Body|non-sentient clone of Hashirama]] in the form of a gigantic flowering tree. He was then able to live beyond his natural lifespan by attaching himself to the tree, which served as a means of life support by continuously supplying him with the statue's chakra.<ref name="chpt602p12">Chapter 602, page 12</ref> Madara believed that the Demonic Statue and Hashirama's DNA produced [[White Zetsu Army|artificial humans]], when in actuality [[Black Zetsu]] was removing them from within the Demonic Statue, where they had been stored for centuries.<ref name="chpt606p145"/><ref>Chapter 681, page 14</ref> When [[Obito Uchiha]] later agreed to further Madara's cause, the elderly Uchiha explained to him that reviving the Ten-Tails by sealing the tailed beasts within the statue would be vital to the [[Eye of the Moon Plan]]. It was only after convincing Obito to carry on his plan that Madara disconnected himself from the Demonic Statue, and with his dying breath, told the young man that he was to act using his name until the time of his resurrection.<ref>Chapter 606, pages 12-17</ref>
   
[[File:Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.PNG|thumb|left|Demonic Statue summoned by Nagato.]]
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[[File:Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.PNG|thumb|left|The Demonic Statue summoned by Nagato.]]
During the [[Third Shinobi World War]], when [[Hanzō]] enlisted the aid of [[Danzō Shimura]]'s [[Root]] [[ANBU]] to eliminate the rising threat of the organisation [[Akatsuki]], with [[Konan]] taken hostage and [[Yahiko]] sacrificing himself to save her, an enraged and grief-fueled Nagato [[Summoning: Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|summoned]] the Demonic Statue, which pierced his back with a number of [[Chakra Receiver|black rods]] and emaciated him while giving him the power kill all of Hanzō's men with only Hanzō escaping the altercation alive.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 447, pages 7-13</ref> Since then, as Pain, Nagato would summon the statue whenever a jinchūriki or tailed beast would be caught in order to have the Akatsuki members extract and seal the beast within it.
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In the anime, Nagato unconsciously summoned the Demonic Statue in a fit of rage when [[Ame Orphans|his friends]] were injured in an enemy ambush, though he quickly regained his senses and fell unconscious, at which point the statue disappeared.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 347</ref> During the [[Third Shinobi World War]], an enraged and grief-fueled Nagato summoned the Demonic Statue after being forced to kill [[Yahiko]] by [[Hanzō]]. The statue pierced Nagato's back with a number of [[chakra receiver]]s and drained his life force,<ref name="d4">Fourth Databook, page 247</ref> leaving him emaciated while also granting him a means of killing Hanzō's men, with only Hanzō himself escaping the altercation alive.<ref>Chapter 447, pages 7-13</ref> As Pain, Nagato would summon the Demonic Statue whenever a [[jinchūriki]] or tailed beast was captured by Akatsuki so that the organisation's members could [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|seal]] the beast inside it.
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== Appearance ==
 
== Appearance ==
The statue is a giant, humanoid entity with most of its body looking decayed. When first summoned it burst out from the ground, with only its upper torso and arms visible. Its back has a number of spike-like protrusions. When it is first summoned by Nagato, the Statue is blindfolded. During subsequent [[Akatsuki]] appearances, nine slots for its (normally closed) eyes are present in the blindfold. In these appearances its arms are also bound in shackles and it has a scroll attach to its mouth. When it was fully seen after being summoned by Tobi, it is seemingly wearing some form of robe, and when seen in Tobi's hideout, its ankles also appeared to be bound in shackles. The long protrusion of chakra amplifying metal from when it connected to Nagato is also present coming from its midsection resembling an [[Wikipedia:Umbilical cord|umbilical cord]]. When summoned into battle the statue breaks the restraints allowing it to move in battle. During its regeneration into the Ten-Tails, the Demonic Statue's appearance starts to change, which is most noticeable around its mouth area, and from the spikes on its body which have begun to extend and in some cases, warp their shape.
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The Demonic Statue is a giant, earthen-coloured humanoid entity with a decayed appearance, a body shaped into a robe, and a number of spike-like protrusions on its back. When fully summoned, it towers over even [[tailed beasts]] in size, with [[Gyūki]] only coming up to its chin, as did members of the [[Akimichi clan]] who had [[Super Multi-Size Technique|enlarged themselves to their maximum size]]. It has nine eyes, one of which gains a light blue iris and pupil each time a tailed beast is sealed inside it, though the eyes remain closed when it is summoned into battle. The statue originally wore a blindfold which completely covered its eyes; after it was summoned by Nagato to defeat Hanzō's men, holes for each of its eyes were present in subsequent appearances. The statue's wrists and ankles are usually bound by shackles and it bites down on a scroll, which is held in place by two ropes extending from beneath its blindfold on either side of its head. At times, a [[Chakra Receiver Manifestation|black rod]] extends from its midsection in a similar manner to an [[Wikipedia:Umbilical cord|umbilical cord]]. When summoned into battle, the statue breaks its restraints, causing the scroll in its mouth to hang from the left rope like an earring. During its transformation into the Ten-Tails, the statue's mouth widens and the protrusions on its back extend and warp in shape.
   
 
== Abilities ==
 
== Abilities ==
[[File:Gedo Mazo soul removal.png|thumb|The dragon-like entity from the statue removing souls.]]
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Only those who possess the [[Rinnegan]] are able to [[Summoning: Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|summon]] the Demonic Statue. It cannot be summoned using an artificial Rinnegan created by [[Impure World Reincarnation]],<ref>Chapter 659, page 7</ref> though the copies of the dōjutsu possessed by the [[Six Paths of Pain]] are sufficient.<ref>Chapter 254, page 16</ref> Even without the Rinnegan, those who possess the power of both [[Uchiha]] and [[Senju]] are capable of controlling the statue.<ref>Chapter 606, page 14</ref> Rather than requiring an offering of blood as other summons do, the Demonic Statue instead drains the summoner's life force, a process which Nagato was able to survive due to the strong life force granted by his [[Uzumaki]] lineage, though he was rendered emaciated.<ref name="d4"/> However, both Madara and Obito were seemingly able to summon the statue without any adverse effects, even utilising a blood offering as if it were an ordinary [[Summoning Technique]].<ref>Chapter 659, pages 3-4</ref> When summoned, the Demonic Statue emerges from the ground either partially or entirely, depending on the situation.
Only those who possess both Uchiha and Senju DNA, or the Rinnegan, are capable of summoning and controlling the Demonic Statue. When summoned, the statue bursts from the ground, emerging either partially or entirely, depending on the situation. When Nagato [[Summoning: Demonic Statue of the Outer Path|summoned]] the Statue, the black rods emerging from its stomach, which Madara stated to be created from his will, pierced his back and the Statue emitted a dragon-like form of energy from its mouth. When this dragons came into contact with ordinary humans, the humans' souls were ripped from their bodies, killing them.
 
   
The members of Akatsuki utilised a [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|sealing technique]] in which nine of these dragons would surround a jinchūriki or tailed beast until the tailed beast's chakra was gathered into the Statue's mouth and stored inside for future use. Nagato wanted to use these beasts to create a weapon that could destroy an entire country. Tobi however, intends to reassemble them into the [[Ten-Tails]]. In combination with the [[Demonic Statue Chains|chakra chains]] of the [[Outer Path]], the stored tailed beast chakra can be directed and stored back into the previous [[jinchūriki]], and can be quickly withdrawn back into the statue should Tobi desire.
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=== Ninjutsu ===
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[[File:Gedo Mazo soul removal.png|thumb|The phantom dragon extracting chakra.]]
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From its mouth, the Demonic Statue can emit phantom dragons formed out of {{translation|absorption chakra|吸引チャクラ|kyūin chakura}},<ref>Third Databook, page 294</ref> which are capable of extracting the chakra of anyone they come in contact with. After it pierced Nagato's back with the [[Chakra Receiver Manifestation|black rods]] extending from its midsection, the statue emitted one such dragon which was able to instantly kill Nagato's enemies upon contact.<ref name="d4"/> The members of Akatsuki utilised a [[fūinjutsu]] in which [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|nine dragons]] would surround a jinchūriki or tailed beast for a period of several days until all of the tailed beast's chakra was sealed into the statue and stored for future use. Nagato wanted to use the sealed chakra to create a [[kinjutsu]] weapon that could destroy an entire country, whereas Madara and Obito intended to reassemble the Ten-Tails.
   
[[File:Four-Tails Resealed.png|thumb|left|The statue using chakra chains.]]
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[[File:Gedo Mazo vs. Biju.png|thumb|left|The statue using its chains against the tailed beasts.]]
As evident from his enormous size, the Statue possesses great strength, enough to clash with the likes of [[Chōza]] and [[Chōji Akimichi]] in their [[Multi-Size Technique|colossal]] forms. It was also shown to be durable enough to take one of Chōji's [[Butterfly Bullet Bombing]] punches without even being pushed back, and stop [[Kitsuchi]]'s [[Earth Release: Sandwich Technique]], just by outstretching its arms. In the anime, it also displayed a high level of agility despite its massive size, as it could leap tremendous distances. It is also capable of creating [[Demonic Statue Shockwave|shock waves]] capable of devastating an entire battlefield, and from the protrusions on its back, launching [[Demonic Statue Chakra Blast|energy blasts]].
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The Demonic Statue is also capable of emitting [[Demonic Statue Chains|chakra chains]] from its mouth. The chains have a [[cursed seal]] which binds the power of tailed beasts, and can be used to both extract them from their jinchūriki and quickly seal them inside the statue. Using chakra receivers, Obito was able to direct the chakra of the tailed beasts sealed within the statue into their reincarnated former [[jinchūriki]], then quickly withdraw said chakra into the statue using its chains. The statue can also create [[Demonic Statue Shockwave|shockwaves]] capable of devastating an entire battlefield and launch [[Demonic Statue Chakra Blast|blasts of chakra]] from the protrusions on its back.<ref name="ch537">Chapter 537</ref>
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=== Physical Abilities ===
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As evident from its enormous size, the statue possesses great enough strength to clash with the likes of [[Chōza]] and [[Chōji Akimichi]] in their [[Super Multi-Size Technique|colossal]] forms. It is durable enough to both take one of Chōji's [[Butterfly Bullet Bombing]] punches without even being pushed back and stop [[Kitsuchi]]'s [[Earth Release: Sandwich Technique]] by simply outstretching its arms. It also displayed a high level of agility despite its massive size, as it could leap tremendous distances.<ref name="ch537"/>
   
The statue itself was used as a life-support of sort for the elderly [[Madara Uchiha]], who was connected to it via three, thick, long chords stretching from [[Hashirama's living clone]].<ref name="chpt602p12"/> [[White Zetsu]] and his [[White Zetsu Army|clones]] are also able to access the statue's power by connecting themselves to the living clone. [[Spiral Zetsu]] did this to augment his strength, enabling him to break the massive boulder that had been used to seal a passageway out of the hideout.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 604, pages 1, 4</ref>
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=== Chakra and Life Force ===
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According to the [[Yin]] half of [[Kurama]], the statue emanates a tremendous life force. This life force allows a jinchūriki of the Ten-Tails to survive the extraction of all nine tailed beasts as long as the statue remains inside them, though they will still be greatly weakened and rendered paralysed for a period of several months.<ref>Chapter 656, pages 8-9</ref> Madara was able to use the statue as a catalyst to cultivate [[Hashirama Senju]]'s DNA into a [[Hashirama's Artificial Body|non-sentient clone]] and subsequently utilised its chakra as a means of life support.<ref name="chpt602p12"/> The [[White Zetsu Army|White Zetsu]], which were originally stored inside the statue, were also able to access its power by connecting themselves to Hashirama's clone, which [[Tobi (Zetsu)|one]] did to augment his strength, enabling him to break a massive boulder.<ref>Chapter 604, pages 1, 4</ref>
   
 
== Part II ==
 
== Part II ==
=== Kazekage Rescue Arc ===
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=== Kazekage Rescue Mission ===
[[File:Nine Dragons.jpg|thumb|The statue being used to extract the tailed beast.]]
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[[File:Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals.png|thumb|The statue being used to extract Shukaku from Gaara.]]
Years later, Nagato made it the means behind Akatsuki's [[tailed beast]] [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|extraction]]. When [[Sasori]] and [[Deidara]] arrive in an Akatsuki hideout with [[Gaara]], Nagato summons it to extract the [[One-Tailed Shukaku]] over a period of three days, sealing it into the statue. When the sealing begins, the bit falls from the Statue's mouth and nine dragon-like entities burst forth from the statue's mouth. As the sealing nears completion, one of the eyes corresponding to the beast that is being sealed opens. After the sealing finishes, the statue disappears.
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When [[Sasori]] and [[Deidara]] arrived in an Akatsuki hideout with [[Gaara]], Pain summoned the Demonic Statue to [[Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals|extract and seal]] the [[One-Tailed Shukaku]]. When the sealing began, the bit fell from the statue's mouth and nine dragon-like entities burst forth, encompassing the jinchūriki's body. As the sealing neared completion, the statue's eyes opened and the eye corresponding to Shukaku gained its iris and pupil. After three days, the sealing concluded and the statue disappeared.
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=== Hidan and Kakuzu Arc ===
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=== Akatsuki Suppression Mission ===
The statue is summoned to seal two tailed beasts, the [[Two-Tails]] and the [[Three-Tails]], during which process Nagato explains Akatsuki's goals. As a result, [[Yugito Nii]] dies.
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The statue was again summoned to seal two tailed beasts, the [[Two-Tails]] and the [[Three-Tails]], during which time Pain explained Akatsuki's goals to [[Hidan]]. As a result of the extraction, [[Yugito Nii]] died.
   
=== Itachi Pursuit Arc ===
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=== Itachi Pursuit Mission ===
After [[Kisame]] captures [[Rōshi]], the [[Four-Tails]] jinchūriki, he and Itachi discuss the sealing of the tailed-beasts. Itachi says that they don't need to rush to capture the Nine-Tails, since that beast is supposed to be the last one sealed, or else the statue would break apart.
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After [[Kisame]] captured [[Rōshi]], the [[Four-Tails]]' jinchūriki, he and Itachi discussed the sealing of the tailed-beasts. Itachi explained that they wouldn't need to rush the capture of the [[Nine-Tails]], since that beast must be sealed last or else the statue would break.
   
=== Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc ===
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=== Six-Tails Unleashed ===
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After the [[Six Paths of Pain]] capture [[Utakata]], the [[Six-Tails]] is extracted and sealed into the statue, resulting in his death.
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After the [[Six Paths of Pain]] captured [[Utakata]], the [[Six-Tails]] was extracted and sealed into the statue, resulting in his death.
   
=== Invasion of Pain Arc ===
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=== Pain's Assault ===
After [[Sasuke Uchiha]] captured ''"[[Killer B]]"'', the [[Eight-Tails]] jinchūriki, Akatsuki tried to seal the beast in the statue, only to see that it's actually a [[Octopus Leg Clone|fake]].
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After [[Sasuke Uchiha]] captured ''"[[Killer B]]"'', the [[Eight-Tails]]' jinchūriki, Akatsuki tried to seal the beast in the statue, only to discover that it was actually a [[Octopus Leg Clone|fake]], though they were able to seal a small portion of the Eight-Tails' chakra.
   
=== Five Kage Summit Arc ===
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=== Five Kage Summit ===
After Nagato's death, [[Tobi]] indicates that Nagato was just a pawn that the Demonic Statue had been synchronised with. He states he would like [[Sasuke Uchiha]] to be Nagato's replacement, but decided to wait until Sasuke was easier to manipulate.
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After Nagato's death, [[Tobi]] indicated that Nagato was just a pawn that the Demonic Statue had been synchronised with. He stated he would like [[Sasuke Uchiha]] to be Nagato's replacement, but decided to wait until Sasuke was easier to manipulate.
   
=== Shinobi World War Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown ===
After accepting the terms of [[Kabuto Yakushi]]'s alliance, Tobi reveals the statue located within the depths of his [[Mountains' Graveyard|headquarters]], seated atop of a giant lotus flower, whose stem harbours a [[Hashirama's Living Clone|copy]] of [[Hashirama Senju]]. Directing Kabuto's vision downwards to the flower's roots, housed in a deeper underground cave, Tobi presents the [[White Zetsu Army|army of enhanced White Zetsu]] that he had created using the chakra of the tailed beasts imprisoned within the statue.
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After accepting the terms of [[Kabuto Yakushi]]'s alliance, [[Tobi]] revealed to him the statue located within the depths of his [[Mountains' Graveyard|headquarters]], seated atop the giant flowering tree which harbours a [[Hashirama's Living Clone|clone]] of Hashirama. Directing Kabuto's vision downward to the tree's roots housed in a deeper underground cave, Tobi presented the [[White Zetsu Army|army of White Zetsu clones]] that he had supposedly created using the chakra of the tailed beasts imprisoned within the statue.
   
[[File:Gedo Statue appear.png|thumb|left|The statue is summoned into the battlefield.]]
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation ===
During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], the statue was summoned to the battlefield in order to assist Tobi in obtaining a substitute for the Nine-Tails' chakra, rampaging amongst the [[First Division]] as [[Chōza]] and [[Chōji Akimichi]] use their [[Super Multi-Size Technique]] to fight the statue. However, the statue withstood their combined assault and with the [[Demonic Statue Shockwave|shock-wave]] following a bellowing roar, sent the two of them reeling. In the wake of its destruction and in retaliation to [[Kitsuchi]]'s [[Earth Release: Sandwich Technique]], it releases another powerful [[Demonic Statue Chakra Blast|blast of chakra]], devastating the battlefield further. The statue later attempted to crush [[Darui]] and [[Shikamaru Nara]] underfoot, when they tried to prevent Tobi from taking the [[Benihisago]] and [[Kohaku no Jōhei]].
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[[File:Gedo Statue appear.png|thumb|left|The statue summoned to the battlefield.]]
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During the [[Fourth Shinobi World War]], Tobi summoned the Demonic Statue to the battlefield in order to him Tobi in obtaining a substitute for the Nine-Tails, and it proceeded to rampage against the [[Allied Shinobi Forces]]' [[First Division]] as [[Chōza]] and [[Chōji Akimichi]] used their [[Super Multi-Size Technique]] to combat it. However, the statue withstood their combined assault and with the [[Demonic Statue Shockwave|shockwave]] following a bellowing roar, sent the two of them reeling. In the wake of its destruction and in retaliation to [[Kitsuchi]]'s [[Earth Release: Sandwich Technique]], it released powerful [[Demonic Statue Chakra Blast|bolts of chakra]], devastating the battlefield further. The statue then attempted to crush [[Darui]] and [[Shikamaru Nara]] underfoot when they tried to prevent Tobi from taking the [[Benihisago]] and [[Kohaku no Jōhei]] before disappearing. Retreating to a forested area, Tobi stood upon the statue's palms alongside his [[Six Paths of Pain#Obito's Paths|new Six Paths of Pain]] as dawn broke on the second day of the war.
   
[[File:Tobi and his Six Paths.png|thumb|The statue holding Tobi and his Paths in its palm.]]
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Later, when [[Son Gokū]] was freed from Tobi's control during his confrontation with [[Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[Killer B]], he immediately summoned the statue to his location, where it proceeded to draw the [[Demonic Statue Chains|bound]] tailed beast into its awaiting maw. As Tobi continued to observe the ensuing battle from atop the statue, he was ultimately forced to reseal the remaining tailed beasts in the same manner as Son when they too were freed by Naruto. The statue then remained on the battlefield, aiding Tobi in his fight against Naruto, B, [[Kakashi Hatake]] and [[Might Guy]].
Retreating to a forested area, Tobi stands atop of the statue's palms alongside his [[Six Paths of Pain#Tobi's Six Paths of Pain|Six Paths of Pain]], as dawn breaks on the second day. After [[Son Gokū]] is freed from Tobi's control during his confrontation with [[Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[Killer B]], he immediately summons the statue to his present location, where it proceeds to draw the [[Demonic Statue Chains|bound]] beast into its awaiting maw and reseals the Four-Tails inside itself. As Tobi continues to observe the ensuing battle from atop the statue, he is ultimately forced to reseal the remaining [[tailed beasts]] in the same manner as Son, when they too are freed by Naruto. The statue remained on the battlefield aiding Tobi in his fight against Naruto, B, Kakashi and Guy.
 
   
=== Ten-Tails Revival Arc ===
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=== Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax ===
[[File:Demonic Statue transformation.jpg|thumb|left|The statue transforming.]]
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[[File:Gedo Mazo transformation.png|thumb|right|The statue transforming into the Ten-Tails.]]
As a combined assault from Naruto, B, Kakashi and Guy knocks the statue down, goading from Naruto forces Obito to summon the Kohaku no Jōhei and the Benihisago to give the statue Kurama's chakra sealed in the relics. Having sealed the portion of the Eight-Tails they had received during [[Taka]]'s battle earlier, the Demonic Statue now had all nine tailed beasts' chakra within it and undergoes a painful regeneration to its original form. Refusing let anyone interfere, Obito protects the statue with the [[Uchiha Flame Battle Encampment]] long before Madara's arrival. Realising that [[Gyūki]] and [[Kurama]] have not been sealed into the statue like the other tailed beasts, Madara moves to correct this while there is still time.
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After a combined assault from Naruto, B, Kakashi and Guy knocked the statue down, Naruto's goading prompted Tobi to summon the Kohaku no Jōhei and Benihisago and feed them to the statue, allowing it to consume the Nine-Tails' chakra sealed within the relics. Having previously sealed a portion of the Eight-Tails' chakra, the Demonic Statue contained all nine tailed beasts' chakra and began painfully regressing to its original form. Refusing to let anyone interfere, Obito protected the statue with the [[Uchiha Flame Formation]] long before Madara's arrival on the battlefield. Realising that [[Gyūki]] and Kurama had not been sealed into the statue like the other tailed beasts, Madara attempted to correct this before the statue could finish its transformation.
   
[[File:Ten-Tails rvived.png|thumb|The Ten-Tails reborn.]]
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[[File:Jubi's revival.png|thumb|left|The Ten-Tails reborn.]]
As a final attempt to eradicate the statue with one attack, a transformed [[Naruto Uzumaki]] and [[Killer B]] create a giant [[Tailed Beast Ball]], and fired it at the statue. As the two noted that the statue's chakra had vanished, they began to celebrate before the smoke clears and the fully regenerated [[Ten-Tails]] is revealed.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 609, pages 13-17</ref>
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As a final attempt to eradicate the statue, a [[Tailed Beast Mode|transformed]] Naruto and B produced a giant collaborative [[Tailed Beast Ball]] and launched it at the statue. Noting that the statue's evil chakra had vanished, they began celebrating before the smoke cleared and the resurrected Ten-Tails was revealed.<ref>Chapter 609, pages 13-17</ref><!-- All other information about the statue as the Ten-Tails is to go in the Ten-Tails' article -->
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=== Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki ===
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[[File:Statue sumoned.png|thumb|right|The statue summoned after losing an arm.]]
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After the Allied Shinobi Forces managed to extract the tailed beasts from Obito, the statue remained sealed inside him. Its life force kept Obito alive, despite the severe debilitation caused by the extraction. After regaining one of his original Rinnegan, Madara was able to summon the statue out of Obito's body, though Kakashi's quick use of [[Kamui]] did sever its right arm. Under Madara's control, the statue then [[Demonic Statue Chains|absorbed]] all the tailed beasts and opened its eyes as it began transforming once more.
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=== Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes ===
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[[File:Statue being sealed.png|thumb|left|The statue being sealed.]]
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When [[Kaguya Ōtsutsuki]] was subdued by Naruto and Sasuke's [[Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei|collaborative fūinjutsu]], the tailed beasts and Madara's unconscious form escaped from her body, which then reverted back to the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. The statue was then sealed in the core of the new moon along with [[Black Zetsu]], left isolated in Kaguya's [[Kaguya's Dimensions|core dimension]].<ref>Chapter 690</ref>
 
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== Influences ==
 
== Influences ==
* The decayed appearance of the statue, and its posture when not in use, is similar to a {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Sokushinbutsu|Sokushinbutsu]]|即身仏|}}, a practice by Buddhist monks to commit ritualistic suicide by self-mummification.
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* The decayed appearance of the statue and its posture when not in use are similar to a {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Sokushinbutsu|Sokushinbutsu]]|即身仏|}}, a practice by Buddhist monks to commit ritualistic suicide by self-mummification.
* As with the Sage of Six Paths, the statue is influenced by Buddhist terminology. {{translation|''Gedō''|外道|lit meaning=Outer Path}}, derived from the Sanskrit ''[[Wikipedia:Tirthika|Tīrthika]]'', refers to any doctrine which "treads the outer path" to enlightenment. This is opposed to the teachings of orthodox Buddhism, the {{translation|''Naidō''|内道|lit meaning=Inner Path}}, and is thus considered misguided and heretical, which led to a translation of this statue being the ''Demonic Statue of Heretical Doctrine''.
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* As with many things related to the Rinnegan, the statue is influenced by Buddhist terminology. {{translation|''Gedō''|外道| lit meaning=Outer Path}}, derived from the Sanskrit ''[[Wikipedia:Tirthika|Tīrthika]]'', refers to any doctrine which "treads the outer path" to enlightenment. This is opposed to the teachings of orthodox Buddhism, the {{translation|''Naidō''|内道|lit meaning=Inner Path}}, and is thus considered misguided and heretical, resulting in an alternate translation of the statue as the ''Demonic Statue of Heretical Doctrine''.
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== Trivia ==
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* In the manga, the shackles on the Demonic Statue's ankles are missing in all appearances following [[The Truth about Zetsu!!|chapter 512]]. This was corrected in the anime.
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* When the Demonic Statue reappeared during Kaguya's [[Six Paths — Chibaku Tensei|sealing]], it appeared to have both its arms despite previously losing its right arm to Kakashi's Kamui.
   
 
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Gedo Mazo
(外道魔像, Gedō Mazō)

  • Sealing Statue (封印像, Fūinzō)[1]
Debut
Manga Chapter #254
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #10
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Personal
Status Incapacitated
Classification
Affiliation
Family
Jutsu

The Demonic Statue of the Outer Path (外道魔像, Gedō Mazō, English TV: Gedo Statue) is the empty vessel of the Ten-Tails.[2] It was sealed within the moon by Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki — the Sage of the Six Paths — where it remained until Madara Uchiha awakened the Rinnegan. This allowed him to break the seal and summon the statue, which would later be used by Obito Uchiha and Nagato as the container for the tailed beasts that were captured by Akatsuki.[3]

Background Edit

After the Sage of the Six Paths separated the Ten-Tails' chakra from its body to create the nine tailed beasts, he used Chibaku Tensei to seal the beast's husk within the newly-created moon. Centuries later, Madara Uchiha awakened the Rinnegan and used it to break the seal and summon the husk, which he christened the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.[4]

In an attempt to extend his lifespan in his old age, Madara used the Demonic Statue as a catalyst to cultivate Hashirama Senju's DNA, producing a non-sentient clone of Hashirama in the form of a gigantic flowering tree. He was then able to live beyond his natural lifespan by attaching himself to the tree, which served as a means of life support by continuously supplying him with the statue's chakra.[5] Madara believed that the Demonic Statue and Hashirama's DNA produced artificial humans, when in actuality Black Zetsu was removing them from within the Demonic Statue, where they had been stored for centuries.[3][6] When Obito Uchiha later agreed to further Madara's cause, the elderly Uchiha explained to him that reviving the Ten-Tails by sealing the tailed beasts within the statue would be vital to the Eye of the Moon Plan. It was only after convincing Obito to carry on his plan that Madara disconnected himself from the Demonic Statue, and with his dying breath, told the young man that he was to act using his name until the time of his resurrection.[7]

Demonic Statue of the Outer Path

The Demonic Statue summoned by Nagato.

In the anime, Nagato unconsciously summoned the Demonic Statue in a fit of rage when his friends were injured in an enemy ambush, though he quickly regained his senses and fell unconscious, at which point the statue disappeared.[8] During the Third Shinobi World War, an enraged and grief-fueled Nagato summoned the Demonic Statue after being forced to kill Yahiko by Hanzō. The statue pierced Nagato's back with a number of chakra receivers and drained his life force,[9] leaving him emaciated while also granting him a means of killing Hanzō's men, with only Hanzō himself escaping the altercation alive.[10] As Pain, Nagato would summon the Demonic Statue whenever a jinchūriki or tailed beast was captured by Akatsuki so that the organisation's members could seal the beast inside it.

Appearance Edit

The Demonic Statue is a giant, earthen-coloured humanoid entity with a decayed appearance, a body shaped into a robe, and a number of spike-like protrusions on its back. When fully summoned, it towers over even tailed beasts in size, with Gyūki only coming up to its chin, as did members of the Akimichi clan who had enlarged themselves to their maximum size. It has nine eyes, one of which gains a light blue iris and pupil each time a tailed beast is sealed inside it, though the eyes remain closed when it is summoned into battle. The statue originally wore a blindfold which completely covered its eyes; after it was summoned by Nagato to defeat Hanzō's men, holes for each of its eyes were present in subsequent appearances. The statue's wrists and ankles are usually bound by shackles and it bites down on a scroll, which is held in place by two ropes extending from beneath its blindfold on either side of its head. At times, a black rod extends from its midsection in a similar manner to an umbilical cord. When summoned into battle, the statue breaks its restraints, causing the scroll in its mouth to hang from the left rope like an earring. During its transformation into the Ten-Tails, the statue's mouth widens and the protrusions on its back extend and warp in shape.

Abilities Edit

Only those who possess the Rinnegan are able to summon the Demonic Statue. It cannot be summoned using an artificial Rinnegan created by Impure World Reincarnation,[11] though the copies of the dōjutsu possessed by the Six Paths of Pain are sufficient.[12] Even without the Rinnegan, those who possess the power of both Uchiha and Senju are capable of controlling the statue.[13] Rather than requiring an offering of blood as other summons do, the Demonic Statue instead drains the summoner's life force, a process which Nagato was able to survive due to the strong life force granted by his Uzumaki lineage, though he was rendered emaciated.[9] However, both Madara and Obito were seemingly able to summon the statue without any adverse effects, even utilising a blood offering as if it were an ordinary Summoning Technique.[14] When summoned, the Demonic Statue emerges from the ground either partially or entirely, depending on the situation.

Ninjutsu Edit

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The phantom dragon extracting chakra.

From its mouth, the Demonic Statue can emit phantom dragons formed out of absorption chakra (吸引チャクラ, kyūin chakura),[15] which are capable of extracting the chakra of anyone they come in contact with. After it pierced Nagato's back with the black rods extending from its midsection, the statue emitted one such dragon which was able to instantly kill Nagato's enemies upon contact.[9] The members of Akatsuki utilised a fūinjutsu in which nine dragons would surround a jinchūriki or tailed beast for a period of several days until all of the tailed beast's chakra was sealed into the statue and stored for future use. Nagato wanted to use the sealed chakra to create a kinjutsu weapon that could destroy an entire country, whereas Madara and Obito intended to reassemble the Ten-Tails.

Gedo Mazo vs. Biju

The statue using its chains against the tailed beasts.

The Demonic Statue is also capable of emitting chakra chains from its mouth. The chains have a cursed seal which binds the power of tailed beasts, and can be used to both extract them from their jinchūriki and quickly seal them inside the statue. Using chakra receivers, Obito was able to direct the chakra of the tailed beasts sealed within the statue into their reincarnated former jinchūriki, then quickly withdraw said chakra into the statue using its chains. The statue can also create shockwaves capable of devastating an entire battlefield and launch blasts of chakra from the protrusions on its back.[16]

Physical Abilities Edit

As evident from its enormous size, the statue possesses great enough strength to clash with the likes of Chōza and Chōji Akimichi in their colossal forms. It is durable enough to both take one of Chōji's Butterfly Bullet Bombing punches without even being pushed back and stop Kitsuchi's Earth Release: Sandwich Technique by simply outstretching its arms. It also displayed a high level of agility despite its massive size, as it could leap tremendous distances.[16]

Chakra and Life Force Edit

According to the Yin half of Kurama, the statue emanates a tremendous life force. This life force allows a jinchūriki of the Ten-Tails to survive the extraction of all nine tailed beasts as long as the statue remains inside them, though they will still be greatly weakened and rendered paralysed for a period of several months.[17] Madara was able to use the statue as a catalyst to cultivate Hashirama Senju's DNA into a non-sentient clone and subsequently utilised its chakra as a means of life support.[5] The White Zetsu, which were originally stored inside the statue, were also able to access its power by connecting themselves to Hashirama's clone, which one did to augment his strength, enabling him to break a massive boulder.[18]

Part II Edit

Kazekage Rescue Mission Edit

Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals

The statue being used to extract Shukaku from Gaara.

When Sasori and Deidara arrived in an Akatsuki hideout with Gaara, Pain summoned the Demonic Statue to extract and seal the One-Tailed Shukaku. When the sealing began, the bit fell from the statue's mouth and nine dragon-like entities burst forth, encompassing the jinchūriki's body. As the sealing neared completion, the statue's eyes opened and the eye corresponding to Shukaku gained its iris and pupil. After three days, the sealing concluded and the statue disappeared.

Akatsuki Suppression Mission Edit

The statue was again summoned to seal two tailed beasts, the Two-Tails and the Three-Tails, during which time Pain explained Akatsuki's goals to Hidan. As a result of the extraction, Yugito Nii died.

Itachi Pursuit Mission Edit

After Kisame captured Rōshi, the Four-Tails' jinchūriki, he and Itachi discussed the sealing of the tailed-beasts. Itachi explained that they wouldn't need to rush the capture of the Nine-Tails, since that beast must be sealed last or else the statue would break.

Six-Tails Unleashed Edit

Main article: Six-Tails Unleashed After the Six Paths of Pain captured Utakata, the Six-Tails was extracted and sealed into the statue, resulting in his death.

Pain's Assault Edit

After Sasuke Uchiha captured "Killer B", the Eight-Tails' jinchūriki, Akatsuki tried to seal the beast in the statue, only to discover that it was actually a fake, though they were able to seal a small portion of the Eight-Tails' chakra.

Five Kage Summit Edit

After Nagato's death, Tobi indicated that Nagato was just a pawn that the Demonic Statue had been synchronised with. He stated he would like Sasuke Uchiha to be Nagato's replacement, but decided to wait until Sasuke was easier to manipulate.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Countdown Edit

After accepting the terms of Kabuto Yakushi's alliance, Tobi revealed to him the statue located within the depths of his headquarters, seated atop the giant flowering tree which harbours a clone of Hashirama. Directing Kabuto's vision downward to the tree's roots housed in a deeper underground cave, Tobi presented the army of White Zetsu clones that he had supposedly created using the chakra of the tailed beasts imprisoned within the statue.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation Edit

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The statue summoned to the battlefield.

During the Fourth Shinobi World War, Tobi summoned the Demonic Statue to the battlefield in order to him Tobi in obtaining a substitute for the Nine-Tails, and it proceeded to rampage against the Allied Shinobi Forces' First Division as Chōza and Chōji Akimichi used their Super Multi-Size Technique to combat it. However, the statue withstood their combined assault and with the shockwave following a bellowing roar, sent the two of them reeling. In the wake of its destruction and in retaliation to Kitsuchi's Earth Release: Sandwich Technique, it released powerful bolts of chakra, devastating the battlefield further. The statue then attempted to crush Darui and Shikamaru Nara underfoot when they tried to prevent Tobi from taking the Benihisago and Kohaku no Jōhei before disappearing. Retreating to a forested area, Tobi stood upon the statue's palms alongside his new Six Paths of Pain as dawn broke on the second day of the war.

Later, when Son Gokū was freed from Tobi's control during his confrontation with Naruto Uzumaki and Killer B, he immediately summoned the statue to his location, where it proceeded to draw the bound tailed beast into its awaiting maw. As Tobi continued to observe the ensuing battle from atop the statue, he was ultimately forced to reseal the remaining tailed beasts in the same manner as Son when they too were freed by Naruto. The statue then remained on the battlefield, aiding Tobi in his fight against Naruto, B, Kakashi Hatake and Might Guy.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax Edit

Gedo Mazo transformation

The statue transforming into the Ten-Tails.

After a combined assault from Naruto, B, Kakashi and Guy knocked the statue down, Naruto's goading prompted Tobi to summon the Kohaku no Jōhei and Benihisago and feed them to the statue, allowing it to consume the Nine-Tails' chakra sealed within the relics. Having previously sealed a portion of the Eight-Tails' chakra, the Demonic Statue contained all nine tailed beasts' chakra and began painfully regressing to its original form. Refusing to let anyone interfere, Obito protected the statue with the Uchiha Flame Formation long before Madara's arrival on the battlefield. Realising that Gyūki and Kurama had not been sealed into the statue like the other tailed beasts, Madara attempted to correct this before the statue could finish its transformation.

Jubi&#039;s revival

The Ten-Tails reborn.

As a final attempt to eradicate the statue, a transformed Naruto and B produced a giant collaborative Tailed Beast Ball and launched it at the statue. Noting that the statue's evil chakra had vanished, they began celebrating before the smoke cleared and the resurrected Ten-Tails was revealed.[19]

Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchūriki Edit

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The statue summoned after losing an arm.

After the Allied Shinobi Forces managed to extract the tailed beasts from Obito, the statue remained sealed inside him. Its life force kept Obito alive, despite the severe debilitation caused by the extraction. After regaining one of his original Rinnegan, Madara was able to summon the statue out of Obito's body, though Kakashi's quick use of Kamui did sever its right arm. Under Madara's control, the statue then absorbed all the tailed beasts and opened its eyes as it began transforming once more.

Kaguya Ōtsutsuki Strikes Edit

Statue being sealed

The statue being sealed.

When Kaguya Ōtsutsuki was subdued by Naruto and Sasuke's collaborative fūinjutsu, the tailed beasts and Madara's unconscious form escaped from her body, which then reverted back to the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. The statue was then sealed in the core of the new moon along with Black Zetsu, left isolated in Kaguya's core dimension.[20]

Influences Edit

  • The decayed appearance of the statue and its posture when not in use are similar to a Sokushinbutsu (即身仏), a practice by Buddhist monks to commit ritualistic suicide by self-mummification.
  • As with many things related to the Rinnegan, the statue is influenced by Buddhist terminology. Gedō (外道, Literally meaning: Outer Path), derived from the Sanskrit Tīrthika, refers to any doctrine which "treads the outer path" to enlightenment. This is opposed to the teachings of orthodox Buddhism, the Naidō (内道, Literally meaning: Inner Path), and is thus considered misguided and heretical, resulting in an alternate translation of the statue as the Demonic Statue of Heretical Doctrine.

Trivia Edit

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  • In the manga, the shackles on the Demonic Statue's ankles are missing in all appearances following chapter 512. This was corrected in the anime.
  • When the Demonic Statue reappeared during Kaguya's sealing, it appeared to have both its arms despite previously losing its right arm to Kakashi's Kamui.

References Edit

  1. Third Databook, page 198
  2. Chapter 594, page 9
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chapter 606, pages 14-15
  4. Chapter 606, page 13
  5. 5.0 5.1 Chapter 602, page 12
  6. Chapter 681, page 14
  7. Chapter 606, pages 12-17
  8. Naruto: Shippūden episode 347
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Fourth Databook, page 247
  10. Chapter 447, pages 7-13
  11. Chapter 659, page 7
  12. Chapter 254, page 16
  13. Chapter 606, page 14
  14. Chapter 659, pages 3-4
  15. Third Databook, page 294
  16. 16.0 16.1 Chapter 537
  17. Chapter 656, pages 8-9
  18. Chapter 604, pages 1, 4
  19. Chapter 609, pages 13-17
  20. Chapter 690

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