Feigning Sleep Technique

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Feigning Sleep Technique [1]
Play Possom Jutsu
Kanji 狸寝入りの術
Rōmaji Tanuki Neiri no Jutsu
Literal English Feigning Sleep Technique
English anime Play Possum Jutsu
English games Playing Possum Jutsu
Manga Volume #15, Chapter #135
Anime Naruto Episode #78
Game Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Classification Ninjutsu
Class Supplementary
Hand seals Ram

This technique forces the user to fall asleep. However, since the user is left vulnerable, the enemy can wake the user up using a direct blow; the difficulty on how to wake the user up is dependent on how long they have fallen asleep.

Only Gaara has shown to know this technique, which he only used if he wished to release Shukaku's full power.


  • This technique also translates to something akin to "Tanuki Sleep Technique", which is significant as Shukaku is a tanuki.
  • In Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, Naruto uses a similar technique while in a pyjama costume, he falls asleep while his health bar is recovering.
  • It is currently unknown if former jinchūriki of Shukaku are able to use this technique.


  1. Second Databook, page 245

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