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Eight Branches Technique
Kanji 八岐の術
Rōmaji Yamata no Jutsu
Viz print media Art of the Eight-Headed Serpent
English anime Eight-Headed Serpent Jutsu
Manga Volume #43, Naruto Chapter #392
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #138
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Classification Ninjutsu
Rank S-rank
Class Offensive, Defensive, Supplementary

This is Orochimaru's greatest and strongest snake-related technique. Using the "power of reincarnation" possessed by the White Snake as an intermediary, he can transform into a giant white serpent with eight heads and eight tails. The serpent boasts a giant body, even larger than that of Manda, who was feared as the "strongest colossal serpent". Just by crawling on the scales of its abdomen it was able to trample the Uchiha hideout, and could destroy most things without difficulty. This technique transcends the "Snake", and becomes like a "Dragon God".[1]

When using this technique, Orochimaru can emerge from the mouth of one of the heads and use his Sword of Kusanagi to attack, even without a host.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Sha no Sho, pages 310-311
  2. Naruto: Shippūden episode 114