Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique

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Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique [1]
  • As a ball of flames
  • As a continuous flame-thrower
Kanji 火遁・豪火球の術
Rōmaji Katon: Gōkakyū no Jutsu
Literal English Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique
English TV Fire Style: Fireball Jutsu
Other Fire Style: Grand Fireball Technique
Manga Chapter #7
Anime Naruto Episode #5
Movie Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Game Naruto: Clash of Ninja
OVA Find the Four-Leaf Red Clover!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Classification Ninjutsu
Rank C-rank
Class Offensive
Range Short-range
Hand seals Horse → Tiger[2] or Snake → Ram or Tiger → Monkey → Boar → Horse → Tiger
Derived jutsu
Fire Release: Great Fire Annihilation


A technique where chakra kneaded inside the body is converted into fire and expelled from the mouth either as a massive orb of roaring flame or as a continuous flame-thrower. The scope of the attack is altered by controlling the volume of chakra that is mustered. The released flames will engulf their target, and leave a crater on the ground's surface. This technique apparently requires more than average chakra reserves and most genin should not be able to do this technique.

The Uchiha clan also uses this technique as a "coming of age" rite and as such was a common and one of the more favoured technique amongst them.[3]


  • According to Kakashi Hatake, this technique was originally created by the Uchiha clan, becoming one of their favoured moves at which they became very adept.[4]
  • The characters for Fireball (火球) also means a "bolide", a "comet", and a "shooting star".
  • The manga portrays use of this technique as unique to the Uchiha clan, while the anime has portrayed it as a common Fire Release technique used by several non-Uchiha.
  • In the video game Naruto Shippūden: Dragon Blade Chronicles, Naruto's Dragon Blade enables him to perform this technique (though he refers to it as Fire Shot) despite Fire not being his nature type.
  • In Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 4, after learning all other techniques and beating Kakashi in battle, he will teach the player this technique and allows the player to customise it to characters in free battle.
  • In Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja 5, during The Chambers of the Darkness: The White Chapter, you get a scroll with this technique in the last room of Orochimaru's Hideout.
  • During his battle with Kakashi, Naruto, Sakura and Chiyo, Itachi was seen using the hand seals: Boar, Horse, and Tiger to create this technique.


  1. First Databook, page 174
  2. First Fanbook, page 162
  3. Naruto chapter 223, page 9
  4. Naruto chapter 260, page 15

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