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Naraka Path

Naraka

(地獄道, Jigokudō)
Debut
Manga Chapter #379
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #127
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3
OVA Naruto x UT
Appears in Anime, Manga and Game
Voice Actors
Japanese
English
Personal
Gender Gender Male Male
Status Deceased
Height
  • Part II: 185 cm1.85 m
    6.07 ft
    72.835 in
Occupation
  • Priest

This man was a priest of burnt village that Jiraiya met during his journey to find his disciple. Years later, his body was used by Nagato to channel the power of the Naraka Path in Nagato's Six Paths of Pain.

Personality

While as a priest he emphasised prayer to his followers. He seemed to be a calm, level-headed individual, devout to his religion.

Appearance

In the anime, while alive, he was a tall, stocky, dark-skinned man with grey hair and eyes. He wore a green poncho-like top and matching coloured pants.

When he became one of Nagato's Six Paths, he gained Nagato's Rinnegan. It also had a spiky mop of orange hair. It had multiple body piercings, such as a circular stud on the bridge of its nose, a diagonal row of studs on each of its cheeks, three spike piercings in each of its ears, and a stud on each of its shoulders near its neck.

Abilities

Soul ripping technique
The Naraka Path using the King of Hell.

Although it was physically strong enough to lift a man with one hand, the only ability exhibited by the Naraka Path lay in the use of summoning the King of Hell. The King of Hell is a large head which sprouts out of the ground surrounded by purple flames and possesses the Rinnegan.[1] The King of Hell could fulfil two purposes: interrogation and restoration.

To interrogate, the Naraka Path need only catch hold of a person, causing the King of Hell to appear before them. With the victim seemingly paralysed, the Naraka Path begins questioning them. After answers are given, the King of Hell will unzip its mouth to release tendril-like arms and would draw out an apparition of the victim's life force energy in the form of an enlarged tongue. The King of Hell then proceeds to pass its judgement. If the person was lying or refused to answer the questions, the King of Hell would remove their tongue and consume it, apparently killing them. However, if they told the truth, they would be spared, although left extremely exhausted.

The second ability the Naraka Path possessed is the ability to repair any damage. To do so the Naraka Path has the King of Hell ingest the damaged body with its tendril-like arms into its mouth. Then, after some time, the destroyed body will emerge from its mouth, completely healed and rejuvenated. It did this for example to the Asura Path after it was destroyed by Chōji and Chōza Akimichi.

In all situations where Pain's bodies were shown in a combat formation, the Naraka Path always took a rear position with the others protecting it, behind even the Deva Path. This indicates that the Naraka Path's healing ability made it one of Pain's most important bodies.

Part II

Itachi Pursuit Arc

During Nagato's fight with Jiraiya, the Naraka Path was summoned with the other Six Paths of Pain to battle him. Ultimately, they were able to defeat and kill Jiraiya.

Invasion of Pain Arc

Konohamaru attacks Naraka
The Naraka Path defeated by Konohamaru.

During the invasion instigated by Nagato to acquire the Nine-Tails' jinchūriki, the Naraka Path was assigned to reconnaissance. Using the King of Hell, it interrogated the shinobi of Konoha. After being confronted by Ebisu whom it easily dispatched, the Path was confronted by a young Konohamaru Sarutobi who was able to land an attack on it, decommissioning it, albeit temporarily. Later when the Deva Path confronted Naruto Uzumaki, the Path took to the rear of their formation where it used to King of Hell statue to rejuvenate the other destroyed Paths before being destroyed itself, by Naruto.

Trivia

  • He didn't appear to be a ninja, displaying no techniques or insignia to class him as such. That being the case, it makes him only one of two people that were not ninja before becoming one of the Six Paths, the other being the second Animal Path, whose status prior to her death is unknown.

References

  1. Naruto chapter 422, page 4

Influence

this word is taken from sanskrit language and 
the literary meaning of 'naraka' in sanskrit is 'hell'. . .
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