- Name: Kirin (麒麟)
- Rank: Ninjutsu, S-rank, Offensive, Long range (10m+)
- User: Sasuke Uchiha
- Debut (Manga): Chapter 391
Kirin is a lightning technique that requires a lot of external lightning. It is an extremely powerful, one-shot technique that strikes in the blink of an eye. It uses lightning from chakra manipulation to bring down the natural lightning. The user draws lightning directly from thunder clouds to supplement the power of his or her strike, and controls it with chakra. Because the technique uses natural lightning as opposed to elemental chakra, its power easily outmatches all other Lightning Releases. Normally, techniques are limited in power to the amount of chakra capacity any given person has. Kirin, however, calls on the external lightning, which in terms of a lightning jutsu, makes it far superior to any other. However, the extreme preparation time required also decreases the technique's efficiency. This technique in the absence of active thunder clouds requires Fire Release: Great Dragon Fire Technique or other such techniques to produce the necessary storm conditions to initiate it.
To initiate a lightning storm, and then to take control of lightning in order to guide it to a target while using the shape manipulation shown above, drained even Sasuke of most of his chakra. In addition, usage seems to destroy the thunder clouds as the sky cleared up of clouds after use. As such, this technique can only be used once in a fight. However, natural lightning can reach a temperature of 30,000 °C, so that even if it misses the target, the sizable blast will likely eliminate the enemy, if for some reason it does miss the user will be left vulnerable to attack meaning that it is important to NOT miss. Itachi withstood this technique by using Susanoo.