Eight Trigrams Sealing Style

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Eight Trigrams Sealing Style [1]
Kanji 八卦の封印式
Rōmaji Hakke no Fūin Shiki
English anime Eight Sign Seal
Alternative names Eight Trigram Divination Seal Spell Formula[2]
Manga Volume #1, Chapter #1
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Movie Naruto 6: Road to Ninja
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Classification Fūinjutsu
Class Supplementary
Range Short-range
Other jutsu
Parent jutsu
Derived jutsu
Torii Seal

The Eight Trigrams Sealing Style, consisting of two Four Symbols Seals, was used by Minato Namikaze to help Naruto Uzumaki access the chakra of Kurama, the tailed beast sealed within him.

To perform the technique, the user must first summon a ceremonial throne and place the target on it.[3] The seal was not automatically visible on Naruto's belly, but became perceptible whenever he drew Kurama's chakra.[4]

Whenever Naruto and Kurama conversed, it occurred within Naruto's subconscious, which was depicted as a basement of a boiler room or a sub-level of a power plant, with pipes running across the ceiling and the floor being flooded over with water. On the entrance gate of Kurama's cage, there was a parchment of paper that said "seal" (), which covered the lock that kept the fox in.[5][6] Minato also sealed his and Kushina's remaining chakra into Naruto with this seal. Minato appeared in Naruto's subconscious when Naruto transformed into his eight-tailed form,[7] and restored the seal to its original strength, but he could only do it once.[8] Kushina also appeared and assisted Naruto when he later fought Kurama to control its chakra.[9]

Although the seal itself was seemingly destroyed during Naruto and Kurama's fight,[10] it evolved into a new, stronger seal that consisted of massive torii that was capable of imprisoning the fox with ease after Naruto separated it from its chakra and merged with his own. The new seal's gate has the same lock as its previous one.[11]


Because the seal itself would naturally weaken over time, Minato, before his death, created the key, on the abdomen of the scroll toad Gerotora, that can either strengthen or completely remove the seal. He gave it to Jiraiya for safekeeping, with an intention to give it to Naruto by the time he would need Kurama's power to fight against Tobi.[12][13][14]


  1. First Databook, page 216
  2. Naruto Collectible Card Game
  3. Naruto chapter 504, page 7
  4. Naruto chapter 49, page 7
  5. Naruto chapter 95, pages 13-15
  6. Naruto chapter 496, page 11
  7. Naruto chapter 439, page 17
  8. Naruto chapter 440, page 15
  9. Naruto chapter 498, page 8
  10. Naruto chapter 497, pages 2-3
  11. Naruto chapter 499, pages 13-15
  12. Naruto chapter 504, page 9
  13. Naruto chapter 370, pages 7-10
  14. Naruto chapter 489, page 14

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