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Multiple Shadow Clone Technique
Kanji 多重影分身の術
Rōmaji Tajū Kage Bunshin no Jutsu
Viz print media Multiple Shadow Doppelgangers Technique
English anime Multi Shadow Clone Jutsu
Manga Volume #1, Naruto Chapter #1
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Novel Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
Movie Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Game Naruto: Konoha Ninpōchō
OVA Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Novel, Game, Movie
Classification Kinjutsu, Ninjutsu, Clone Techniques
Rank A-rank
Class Supplementary
Hand seals Clone seal
Other jutsu
Parent jutsu
Derived jutsu

This technique is essentially a massive version of the Shadow Clone Technique. Instead of a few clones, it creates a few hundred clones (or a number of equal grandeur). This is considered a kinjutsu, because it can potentially be dangerous to the person performing it, seeing as how all of the clones are given an equal amount of chakra directly from the user. Naruto learned the technique from the scroll of forbidden seals.

Few people are able to use this technique effectively, due to the large amount of chakra it consumes. However, this weakness is not an issue to Naruto, due to his massive chakra reserves. Having such reserves allows him to create hundreds of clones while maintaining a decent supply of chakra in each one. This technique is also used by Naruto to train quickly, since all the clones share their experiences with Naruto, but it causes extreme fatigue with repeated use.

Naruto is shown to use this technique on multiple occasions to form human chains, for both offensive and supplementary reasons.[2][3]


  • Sometimes Naruto simply refers to this technique as just the "Shadow Clone Technique", regardless of how many clones he creates.
  • At the end of Prologue — Land of Waves, Kakashi despite not having enough chakra left to defeat Gatō's thugs, Kakashi uses a "Kakashi Version" (カカシVer.) to create several dozen copies of himself as a bluff, scaring them away.[4]
  • Since Naruto lost right his arm, he was forced to perform this technique with one hand until he gained a prosthetic one. This is done by intertwining his left hand’s index finger with the middle finger to create the necessary hand seal.[5]
  • Hōki created the facade of using this technique by using a visual projector.[6]
  • Boruto Uzumaki created the facade of using this technique by having his Academy class all replicate his appearance during the Genin Exams,[7] and again in the Chūnin Exams by releasing many stored shadow clones with his Shinobi Gauntlet.[8]

See Also


  1. Rin no Sho, page 208
  2. Naruto chapter 219, pages 15-17
  3. Naruto: Shippūden episode 291
  4. Naruto chapter 33, page 9
  5. Kakashi Hiden: Lightning in the Icy Sky
  6. Naruto episode 167
  7. Boruto episode 37
  8. Boruto: Naruto the Movie