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[[File:Fire Release Fire Dragon Flame Missile.png|thumb|An example of a fire nature transformation technique.]]
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{{translation|'''Nature Transformation'''|性質変化|Seishitsu Henka|engtv=Change in Chakra Nature}} is an advanced form of [[chakra control]]. It entails the moulding and defining of one's [[chakra]] into an innate type of chakra nature, altering its properties and characteristics. Nature transformation is one of two necessary techniques for creating a technique, its counterpart being [[shape transformation]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 314, pages 11-12</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 321, pages 4-5</ref> Few shinobi can use both shape manipulation and nature manipulation.
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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Nature transformation'''|性質変化|Seishitsu Henka|engtv=Change in Chakra Nature}} is an advanced form of [[chakra control]] that entails the moulding and defining of one's [[chakra]] into an innate kind of chakra nature, altering its properties and characteristics for use in [[technique]]s.<section end=summary /> Nature transformation is one of two necessary components for creating or modifying a technique, the second component being [[shape transformation]]. While nature transformation changes the nature of the chakra, shape transformation changes the actual form and movement, altering its abilities.<ref>Chapter 321, pages 4-5</ref>
   
== Basic Types ==
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== Basic Nature Transformations ==
 
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Image:Elemental_Relationships_Diagram.svg|thumb|A circular diagram of the different elemental weaknesses. Clockwise from the top: '''Fire''', '''Wind''', '''Lightning''', '''Earth''', and '''Water'''. The clockwise direction also shows what particular element is strong against.
 
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There are five basic types into which the nature of chakra can be transformed, called the {{translation|'''[[Wikipedia:Five elements (Japanese philosophy)|Five Elements]] Nature Transformations'''|五大性質変化|Godai Seishitsu Henka}}. These five types are also called elements and are not only the origin of the names of the Five Great Shinobi Countries, but also the foundation of all elemental [[ninjutsu]].<ref name="Element">''Naruto'' chapter 315, page 13</ref> The five basic natures are all connected to each other in a circle, each being weaker than one and stronger than another.
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The {{translation|'''[[Wikipedia:Five elements (Japanese philosophy)|Five Elements]] Nature Transformations'''|五大性質変化|Godai Seishitsu Henka}} are the most fundamental chakra natures, which are the foundation of all elemental [[ninjutsu]].<ref name="Element">Chapter 315, page 13</ref> They are so vital to the shinobi lifestyle that each of the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]] are named after one of the five. Each nature is naturally weaker than one nature and stronger than another:
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* {{translation|[[Fire Release]]|火遁|Katon}} is strong against '''Wind''' but weak against '''Water'''.
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* {{translation|[[Wind Release]]|風遁|Fūton}} is strong against '''Lightning''' but weak against '''Fire'''.
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* {{translation|[[Lightning Release]]|雷遁|Raiton}} is strong against '''Earth''' but weak against '''Wind'''.
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* {{translation|[[Earth Release]]|土遁|Doton}} is strong against '''Water''' but weak against '''Lightning'''.
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* {{translation|[[Water Release]]|水遁|Suiton}} is strong against '''Fire''' but weak against '''Earth'''.
   
These elements allow for elemental ninjutsu to be performed:
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Basically, if an elemental technique is put against another elemental technique of the same level, but of a stronger nature, then the technique with the superior nature will prevail. However, a technique with a weaker nature can overpower a technique with a stronger nature if the former is of a higher level. For example, [[Fire Release: Intelligent Hard Work|fire]] can overpower a [[Water Release: Water Formation Wall|water]] technique if it is first strengthened by a [[Wind Release: Pressure Damage|wind]] technique.
* {{translation|'''Fire'''|火|Hi}} natured chakra allows for {{translation|[[Fire Release]]|火遁|Katon}}, which is strong against '''Wind''' but weak against '''Water'''.
 
* {{translation|'''Wind'''|風|Kaze}} natured chakra allows for {{translation|[[Wind Release]]|風遁|Fūton}}, which is strong against '''Lightning''' but weak against '''Fire'''.
 
* {{translation|'''Lightning'''|雷|Kaminari}} natured chakra allows for {{translation|[[Lightning Release]]|雷遁|Raiton}}, which is strong against '''Earth''' but weak against '''Wind'''.
 
* {{translation|'''Earth'''|土|Tsuchi}} natured chakra allows for {{translation|[[Earth Release]]|土遁|Doton}}, which is strong against '''Water''' but weak against '''Lightning'''.
 
* {{translation|'''Water'''|水|Mizu}} natured chakra allows for {{translation|[[Water Release]]|水遁|Suiton}}, which is strong against '''Fire''' but weak against '''Earth'''.
 
   
Basically, this means that if an elemental technique is put against another elemental technique of the same level, but of a stronger nature, then the technique with the superior nature will prevail. However, a technique with a weaker nature can overpower a technique with a stronger nature if the former is of a higher level, for example a technique that employs only Water Release cannot extinguish a wind-enhanced fire technique, as seen when Kakashi attempted to douse Kakuzu's combined [[Fire Release: Intelligent Hard Work|fire]] and [[Wind Release: Pressure Damage|wind]] release technique with the [[Water Release: Water Encampment Wall]] to no avail, it was however countered with a combination of water and wind: [[Typhoon Water Vortex Technique]].
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A similar principle applies in how technique of the same element interact, what is called {{translation|counterbalancing|相殺|Sōsai}}. If two techniques of the same nature and the same level are used against each other, they will cancel each other out, as when [[Lightning Release: False Darkness]] is deflected with [[Lightning Cutter]]. However, if the two techniques have different levels, the higher-level technique will not only prevail but will grow stronger from interaction with the weaker, as when [[Amaterasu]] (the highest level Fire Release technique) grew stronger by absorbing an opposing [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique]].<ref>Third Databook, page 236</ref>
 
== Counterbalancing ==
 
For relationships between chakra natures, there is a principle known as {{translation|'''counterbalancing'''|相殺|Sōsai}}. This principle states that two techniques of the same nature would cancel each other out if the same amount of chakra was put into them. For example, in [[Kakashi]]'s fight with [[Kakuzu]], he was able to cancel Kakuzu's [[Lightning Release: False Darkness]] by deflecting it with his own technique, the [[Lightning Cutter]].
 
 
However, if one of the techniques had more chakra put into it, it would overcome the other technique. Not only that, but the stronger technique would absorb the weaker one, and the user of the weaker technique would receive more damage than the original amount, as he will have added to the technique. For example, in [[Sasuke]]'s fight with [[Itachi]], they both use the [[Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique]] against each other, and Sasuke's technique begins to overwhelm Itachi's as he activates his [[Cursed Seal of Heaven]]. Itachi would have been hit by both his own technique as well as Sasuke's. Itachi responds to this by using [[Amaterasu]], the highest level Fire Release technique, which absorbs all the fire previously created by the two techniques, growing into a large mass of black flames.<ref>Third Databook, page 236</ref>
 
 
== Affinity ==
 
In general, every person has chakra that has an affinity towards one of these types, a characteristic that seems to be genetic, since whole clans sometimes share the same affinity. Most members of the [[Uchiha clan]], for example, had an affinity towards the Fire nature.<ref name="Element">''Naruto'' chapter 315, page 13</ref>
 
 
To find out what affinity someone has, pieces of paper made from a special type of tree (that are grown and fed with chakra) are used that react to even the slightest hint of chakra in any of a number of ways, depending on the nature latent in the chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 315, page 15</ref>
 
   
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=== Affinity ===
 
[[File:Kakashi's chakra paper.jpg|thumb|The result of Kakashi's chakra in contact with the special paper: it wrinkles.]]
 
[[File:Kakashi's chakra paper.jpg|thumb|The result of Kakashi's chakra in contact with the special paper: it wrinkles.]]
The chakra paper reactions are as follows:
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In general, every person's chakra has an affinity towards one of the five basic nature transformations. Affinity can at times be genetic, or at least common to a particular family; most members of the [[Uchiha clan]] have an affinity towards the Fire nature.<ref name="Element"/> One's affinity can be determined using pieces of paper made from a special type of tree that is grown and fed with chakra: when the paper is exposed to even the slightest hint of chakra, it will react according to the chakra's latent nature:<ref>Chapter 315, page 15</ref>
 
* '''Fire:''' the paper will ignite and turn to ash.
 
* '''Fire:''' the paper will ignite and turn to ash.
 
* '''Wind:''' the paper will split in two.
 
* '''Wind:''' the paper will split in two.
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* '''Water:''' the paper will become wet/damp.
 
* '''Water:''' the paper will become wet/damp.
   
This affinity makes it easier to learn how to create and control the nature in question, although even with an affinity this process will usually take any number of years. Shinobi are not limited to the nature they have an affinity to, though. By the time they reach the rank of [[jōnin]], most shinobi have mastered two natures.
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Shinobi have an easier time learning to create and control chakra natures that match their affinity, although even then it may take any number of years. Shinobi are not limited to the nature they have an affinity for, and it is in fact common for [[jōnin]] to have mastered two natures. Although it is technically possible to master all five natures, it is very rare because of how much of training is involved; [[Hiruzen Sarutobi]],<ref>Chapter 662, pages 6-7</ref> [[Hashirama Senju]], [[Tobirama Senju]], [[Mū]], [[Kakashi Hatake]], and [[Orochimaru]] are the only shinobi known to have done so via normal means.<ref>Fourth Databook</ref> Other methods of acquiring all five natures include:
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*Possession of the [[Rinnegan]].<ref>Chapter 375, page 11</ref>
Because of the difficulty of mastering a nature and the time required to learn it, it is almost impossible for any one person to master all five natures through natural methods. However, those who possess the [[Rinnegan]] or [[Bashōsen]] can use all five elements, while [[Kakuzu]] got them by [[Earth Grudge Fear|stealing other people's hearts]]. In the anime, [[Fūka]] got them by [[Execution by Kiss|stealing]] other's chakra. In ''[[Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire]]'', it was stated one who absorbs five [[kekkei genkai]] with the [[Chimera Technique]] would gain a mastery over all five elements.
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*Usage of [[Six Paths Senjutsu]]<ref>Fourth Databook, page 310</ref>
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*Usage of the [[Truth-Seeking Ball]]s.<ref>Fourth Databook, page 249</ref><ref name="chpt689">Chapter 689, page 5</ref>
== Advanced Types ==
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*Using [[Earth Grudge Fear]] to gather hearts with other chakra natures.
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*[[Tobi (Zetsu)|Tobi]] and [[White Zetsu]] are mutated humans sharing similar genetic traits to Hashirama, and can use all five elements.<ref>Chapter 662, pages 4-5</ref>
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*In the anime, [[Fūka]] got them by [[Execution by Kiss|stealing]] others' chakra, though due to the accumulated amounts surpassing one body's limits, she had to divide them in various combinations in [[Colour Course Change|multiple bodies]].
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*In ''[[Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire]]'', it was stated one who absorbs five [[kekkei genkai]] with the [[Chimera Technique]] would gain a mastery over all five natures.
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*In ''[[Naruto Shippūden: Dragon Blade Chronicles]]'', Naruto gets the [[Dragon Blade]], which allows him to use all five natures.
   
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== Combined Nature Transformations ==
 
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File:Advanced Elemental Relationships Diagram.svg|thumb|upright=1.5|Advanced elemental relationships.
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File:Advanced Elemental Relationships Diagram.png|thumb|upright=1.5|Combined nature transformation relationships.
   
 
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Besides the five basic nature types, there are several more advanced types. By initiating more than one basic chakra nature transformation simultaneously, one can create a completely new nature of chakra with unique properties, and is referred to as an "''elementally-recomposed nature type''". Doing this requires a special ability and such abilities are rarely seen outside a [[kekkei genkai]] or [[kekkei tōta]]. In the anime, it is stated that those with the ability to utilise advanced natures possess an affinity for the chakra natures they must simultaneously activate.
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By initiating more than one elemental chakra nature transformation simultaneously, one can create a completely new nature of chakra with unique properties, referred to as an "''elementally-recomposed nature transformation''". Doing this requires a special ability rarely seen outside of [[kekkei genkai]] or [[kekkei tōta]]. In the anime, it is stated that those with the ability to combine the elemental nature transformations possess an affinity for the chakra natures they must simultaneously activate.<ref>Chapter 316, pages 4-7</ref><ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'', [[Wind (episode)|episode 55]]</ref>
   
So far, fourteen advanced natures have been shown:
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In the manga, nine combined nature transformations have been shown:
* The {{translation|'''Ice'''|氷|Kōri}} nature, used by [[Haku]] and the [[Yuki clan]], is created by simultaneously combining the Water and Wind natures. This nature allows for the use of {{translation|[[Ice Release]]|氷遁|Hyōton}} ninjutsu. Used through a kekkei genkai.
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* {{translation|[[Ice Release]]|氷|Hyōton}} is created by simultaneously combining the Water and Wind natures. Infamously used by the [[Yuki clan]], their kekkei genkai.
** [[Yukigakure]]-nin were able to use a different kind of Ice Release, by drawing on already-existing ice, snow, and cold. This was not a kekkei genkai, as Kakashi could copy one of these techniques with his [[Sharingan]]. This is likely a mistake, as the kekkei genkai of the Yuki clan had not been referred to as "Ice Release" yet at that time, and also the details of nature transformation hadn't been revealed yet, allowing the creators of ''[[Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow]]'' to "invent" this "new" nature. Also, while Haku's ice techniques had unusual effects, this type of Ice Release focuses on more obvious effects of ice, such as freezing.
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** In ''[[Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow]]'', [[Yukigakure]]-nin were able to use a different kind of Ice Release by drawing on already-existing ice, snow, and cold. This was not a kekkei genkai, as [[Kakashi]] could copy one of these techniques with his [[Sharingan]].
* The {{translation|'''Wood'''|木|Ki}} nature, used by [[Hashirama Senju]], [[Yamato]], [[Danzō Shimura]], [[Madara Uchiha]], [[Zetsu]], and [[Obito Uchiha]], is created by simultaneously combining the Earth and Water natures. This nature allows for the use of {{translation|[[Wood Release]]|木遁|Mokuton}} ninjutsu. Used through a kekkei genkai.
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* {{translation|[[Wood Release]]|木|Mokuton}} is created by simultaneously combining the Earth and Water natures. Famed as the kekkei genkai of [[Hashirama Senju]], and thus reproduced in those using his cells.
* The {{translation|'''Lava'''|溶|Yōgan}} nature, used by [[Son Gokū]] and its [[jinchūriki]] [[Rōshi]], as well as [[Mei Terumī]], [[Kurotsuchi]] and [[Dodai]], is created by simultaneously combining the Fire and Earth natures. This nature allows for the use of {{translation|[[Lava Release]]|熔遁; 溶遁|Yōton}}. The Four-Tails and Rōshi used it through a [[Tailed Beast Skill]], while Mei, Kurotsuchi and Dodai used it through a kekkei genkai.
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* {{translation|[[Lava Release]]|熔遁; |Yōton}} is created by simultaneously combining the Fire and Earth natures. A characteristic of the [[Four-Tails]] and its [[jinchūriki]], and a kekkei genkai used by ninja of [[Kirigakure]], [[Iwagakure]], and [[Kumogakure]].
** It is implied that the two ways of writing this nature (熔遁; 溶遁) are pointing out that they are different in some way. They are switched around and alternated throughout the plot, with [[Iwagakure]] and [[Kumogakure]] characters using the kanji "熔" and the [[Kirigakure]] character using the kanji "溶". However, the true purpose of this difference is unknown.
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** It is implied that the two ways of writing this nature (熔遁; 溶遁) are pointing out that they are different in some way. They are switched around and alternated throughout the plot, with Iwa and Kumo characters using the kanji "熔" and the Kiri characters using the kanji "溶". However, the true purpose of this difference is unknown.
* The {{translation|'''Crystal'''|結晶|Kesshō}} nature, used by [[Guren]], is possibly created by simultaneously combining the Earth nature and another unspecified nature. This nature allows for the use of {{translation|[[Crystal Release]]|晶遁|Shōton}} ninjutsu.<sup>([[Three-Tails Arc|Anime-only]])</sup>
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* {{translation|[[Storm Release]]|嵐遁|Ranton}} is created by simultaneously combining the Lightning and Water natures. A kekkei genkai used by [[Darui]] and many other nameless [[Kumogakure]] ninja.
* The {{translation|'''Blaze'''|炎|Honō}} nature, used by [[Sasuke Uchiha]], originates from the flames of [[Amaterasu]] and allows the use of {{translation|[[Blaze Release]]|炎遁|Enton}} ninjutsu. It is unknown what this nature entails.
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** In ''[[Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire]]'', the ability to use Storm Release is stolen by [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]] from an unknown shinobi. This version has significant differences from those used elsewhere in the series.
* The {{translation|'''Storm'''|嵐|Arashi}} nature, used by [[Darui]] and stolen by [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]] from an unknown shinobi, is created by simultaneously combining the Lightning and Water natures. This nature allows for the use of {{translation|[[Storm Release]]|嵐遁|Ranton}} ninjutsu. Used through a kekkei genkai.
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* {{translation|[[Boil Release]]|沸遁|Futton}} is created by simultaneously combining the Water and Fire natures. A characteristic of the [[Five-Tails]] and its [[jinchūriki]], and one of the kekkei genkai used by the [[Fifth Mizukage]].
** It is likely that the two users were using a different type of this release, as Hiruko is a character only seen in ''[[Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire]]'', and Darui hadn't been introduced at that time. There is also a significant difference between the techniques of this nature they use.
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* {{translation|[[Dust Release]]|塵遁|Jinton}} is created by simultaneously combining the Fire, Earth, and Wind natures. A [[kekkei tōta]] used by the [[Mū|Second]] and [[Third Tsuchikage]].
* The {{translation|'''Boil'''|沸騰|Futtō}} nature, used by [[Mei Terumī]], is created by simultaneously combining the Water and Fire natures. This nature allows for the use of {{translation|[[Boil Release]]|沸遁|Futton}} ninjutsu. Used through a kekkei genkai.
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* {{translation|[[Explosion Release]]|爆遁|Bakuton}} is stated to be made of the Earth nature,<ref>Chapter 361, page 13</ref> and hinted to be made of Lightning.<ref group=Notes>Since Earth Release is stated to be a component of [[Lava Release]] (along with [[Fire]]), [[Magnet Release]] (along with [[Wind]]), and [[Wood Release]] (along with [[Water]]), the only free slot for a combination with Earth Release is Lightning Release.</ref> A kekkei genkai common to members of [[Iwagakure]]'s [[Explosion Corps]].
* The {{translation|'''Dust'''||Chiri}} nature, used by [[Ōnoki]] and [[Mū]], is created by simultaneously combining the Fire, Earth and Wind natures. This nature allows for the use of {{translation|[[Dust Release]]|塵遁|Jinton}} ninjutsu. Used through a [[kekkei tōta]].
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* {{translation|[[Scorch Release]]|灼遁|Shakuton}} is implied to be created by simultaneously combining the Fire and Wind natures. A kekkei genkai only known to be used by [[Pakura]].
* The {{translation|'''Dark'''|冥暗|Meian}} nature, stolen by [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]], allows the use of {{translation|[[Dark Release]]|冥遁|Meiton}} ninjutsu. It is unknown what this nature entails. Used through a kekkei genkai.<sup>([[Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire|Movie-only]])</sup>
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* {{translation|[[Magnet Release]]|磁遁|Jiton}} is implied to be created by simultaneously combining the Wind and Earth natures. A characteristic of the [[One-Tail]] and its [[jinchūriki]], and one of the kekkei genkai used by ninja of [[Sunagakure]] and [[Kumogakure]].
* The {{translation|'''Steel'''|鋼|Hagane}} nature, stolen by [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]], allows the use of {{translation|[[Steel Release]]|鋼遁|Kōton}} ninjutsu. It is unknown what this nature entails. Used through a kekkei genkai.<sup>([[Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire|Movie-only]])</sup>
 
* The {{translation|'''Swift'''|迅速|Jinsoku}} nature, stolen by [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]], allows the use of {{translation|[[Swift Release]]|迅遁|Jinton}} ninjutsu. It is unknown what this nature entails. Used through a kekkei genkai.<sup>([[Naruto Shippūden 3: Inheritors of the Will of Fire|Movie-only]])</sup>
 
* The {{translation|'''Explosion'''|爆発|Bakuhatsu}} nature, used by [[Gari]] and [[Deidara]], allows for the use of {{translation|[[Explosion Release]]|爆遁|Bakuton}} ninjutsu. It is unknown what this nature entails. Used through a kekkei genkai.
 
* The {{translation|'''Scorching Heat'''|灼熱|Shakunetsu}} nature, used by [[Pakura]], allows for the use of {{translation|[[Scorch Release]]|灼遁|Shakuton}} ninjutsu. It is unknown what this nature entails. Used through a kekkei genkai.
 
* The {{translation|'''Magnetism'''|磁力|Jiryoku}} nature, used by [[Toroi]], the [[Third Kazekage|Third]] and [[Fourth Kazekage]], allows for the use of {{translation|[[Magnet Release]]|磁遁|Jiton}} ninjutsu. It is unknown what this nature entails. Used through a kekkei genkai.
 
   
== Combining with Shape Transformation ==
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In the anime and movies, four additional chakra nature transformations have been shown:
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* Used in the anime, {{translation|[[Crystal Release]]|晶遁|Shōton}} is suggested to be made of at least the Earth nature. Used by [[Guren]].
While nature transformation changes the actual nature of the chakra, [[shape transformation]] allows a ninja to change the actual shape and actions of the chakra, altering its abilities. Because of this, a technique like the [[Rasengan]] can be turned into the [[Wind Release: Rasengan]] or the [[Wind Release: Rasenshuriken]], because of Wind Release being joined with the movement of chakra. The cutting nature of [[Wind Release|wind-natured chakra]] is used in conjunction with the form of millions of minuscule blades in a spiralling formation, resulting in a much more powerful technique, as seen when used against [[Kakuzu]].
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* Used in ''Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire'', {{translation|[[Dark Release]]|冥遁|Meiton}} is a kekkei genkai stolen by [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]].
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* Used in ''Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire'', {{translation|[[Steel Release]]|鋼遁|Kōton}} is a kekkei genkai stolen by [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]].
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* Used in ''Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire'', {{translation|[[Swift Release]]|迅遁|Jinton}} is a kekkei genkai stolen by [[Hiruko (missing-nin)|Hiruko]].
   
 
== Yin and Yang ==
 
== Yin and Yang ==
Aside from the five basic types of nature transformation, there is also a sixth type: the {{translation|'''Yin'''|陰|In}}, the basis of imagination and spiritual energy, used to perform {{translation|[[Yin Release]]|陰遁|Inton}}; and the {{translation|'''Yang'''|陽|Yō}}, the basis of vitality and physical energy, used to perform {{translation|[[Yang Release]]|陽遁|Yōton}}. Together, they are used to perform {{translation|[[Yin–Yang Release]]|陰陽遁|Onmyōton}}.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 510, page 11</ref> [[Yamato]] implied that the Yin and Yang are the source of non-elemental techniques such as the [[Shadow Imitation Technique]], [[Multi-Size Technique]], [[medical ninjutsu]], [[genjutsu]], etc.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 316, page 9</ref>
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[[File:Kurama shares chakra.png|thumb|right|The Yin and Yang chakra of the Nine-Tails.]]
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Aside from the five elemental nature transformations, there is a second set of "natures" that are implied to be the source of all non-elemental techniques such as the [[Shadow Imitation Technique]], [[Multi-Size Technique]], [[medical ninjutsu]], [[genjutsu]], etc.<ref>Chapter 316, page 9</ref> There is {{translation|[[Yin Release]]|陰遁|Inton}}, the basis of imagination and spiritual energy, and {{translation|[[Yang Release]]|陽遁|Yōton}}, the basis of vitality and physical energy. Together, they are used to perform {{translation|[[Yin–Yang Release]]|陰陽遁|Onmyōton}}.<ref>Chapter 510, page 11</ref>
   
The transformation of the Yin and Yang seemingly has to do with altering the amounts of and balance between spiritual and physical energy in chakra. As explained by [[Shikamaru Nara]], [[Tayuya]]'s [[Revolt of the Demon World|spirit worms]] were forms of spiritual energy that have small amounts of physical energy, thus they require stability and feed upon the physical energy they lack. Shikamaru also mentioned that Tayuya was the same type of ninja as he is, being able to use such kinds of "special chakra" in battle, supporting the belief that the [[Nara clan]]'s shadow-based techniques are also Yin and Yang-based.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 207, pages 8-9</ref>
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The transformation of the Yin and Yang seemingly has to do with altering the balance between spiritual and physical energy in chakra. As explained by [[Shikamaru Nara]], [[Tayuya]]'s [[Revolt of the Demon World|spirit worms]] were forms of spiritual energy that have small amounts of physical energy, thus they require stability and feed upon the physical energy they lack. Shikamaru also mentioned that Tayuya was the same type of ninja as he is, being able to use such kinds of "special chakra" in battle, supporting the belief that the [[Nara clan]]'s shadow-based techniques are also Yin and Yang-based.<ref>Chapter 207, pages 8-9</ref>
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
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* The concept of nature transformation parallels the real-life art, {{translation|'''''[[wikipedia:Onmyōdō|Onmyōdō]]'''''|陰陽道|lit meaning=The Way of Yin and Yang}}, which is a mixture of natural sciences and occultism. It largely features [[Wikipedia:Wu Xing|Wu Xing]] and [[Wikipedia:Yin and yang|Yin and Yang]].
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* The concept of nature transformation parallels the real-life art, {{translation|[[wikipedia:Onmyōdō|Onmyōdō]]|陰陽道|lit meaning=The Way of Yin and Yang}}, which is a mixture of natural sciences and occultism. It largely features [[Wikipedia:Wu Xing|Wu Xing]] and [[Wikipedia:Yin and yang|Yin and Yang]].
* Techniques such as the [[Toad Oil Bullet]] and the [[Poison Mist]] mention "converting" or "kneading" chakra into materials or substances, but have never been mentioned to use certain chakra natures. Also, they cannot be advanced natures due to the fact that they are ranked, and therefore cannot be [[kekkei genkai]].
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* Techniques such as the [[Toad Oil Bullet]] and the [[Poison Mist]] mention "converting" or "kneading" chakra into materials or substances, but have never been mentioned to use certain chakra natures.
* Certain other techniques involved in manipulating substances are also often confused to be chakra natures, such as [[Spider Sticky Gold|silk]], [[Shikotsumyaku|bone]], and [[Super Beast Imitating Drawing|ink]]. However, these substances cannot be produced from chakra alone, meaning the chakra is not changed in nature, and it is rather used to change already-existing substances.
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** Certain other techniques involved in manipulating substances are also often confused to be chakra natures, such as [[Spider Sticky Gold|silk]], [[Shikotsumyaku|bone]], and [[Super Beast Imitating Drawing|ink]]. However, these substances cannot be produced from chakra alone, meaning the chakra is not changed in nature, and it is rather used to change already-existing substances.
* Some natures, such as Explosion and Magnetism, were not revealed to be advanced natures until very long after their débuts.
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* In [[The Two Kings|''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 63]], Yamato incorrectly says that no known shinobi has ever mastered all five nature transformations.
* [[Shukaku]] and [[Gaara]]'s sand manipulation abilities are often speculated as chakra natures. Due to Shukaku's power over wind and Gaara being able to use Shukaku's sand to grind nearby earth into more sand, it is often believed that it is a combination of Wind and Earth natures. However, no "Sand Release" has ever been mentioned, and it is only known that Shukaku possessed an ability to infuse sand with its chakra to manipulate it.
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* In [[Impossible! Celebrity Ninja Art: Money Style Jutsu!|''Naruto'' episode 174]], [[Kunihisa]] used something he called {{Translation|"Money Release Technique"|金遁の術|Kinton no Jutsu|engtv=Money Style Jutsu}} which was used to simply buy whatever he wanted.
* The [[Yata Mirror]] was said to be imbued with all nature transformations to change its own characteristics to deflect any attack.<ref>Third Databook, pages 274-275</ref> Whether this means it contains advanced elements is unknown.
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* The [[Yata Mirror]] was said to be imbued with all nature transformations to change its own characteristics to deflect any attack.<ref>Third Databook, pages 274-275</ref> Whether this means it contains combination nature transformations is unknown.
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Tobi using 5 natures

All five elemental nature transformations being used simultaneously.

Nature transformation (性質変化, Seishitsu Henka, English TV: Change in Chakra Nature) is an advanced form of chakra control that entails the moulding and defining of one's chakra into an innate kind of chakra nature, altering its properties and characteristics for use in techniques. Nature transformation is one of two necessary components for creating or modifying a technique, the second component being shape transformation. While nature transformation changes the nature of the chakra, shape transformation changes the actual form and movement, altering its abilities.[1]

Basic Nature Transformations Edit

Fire ReleaseWater ReleaseWind ReleaseEarth ReleaseLightning ReleaseElemental Relationships Diagram

A circular diagram of the different elemental weaknesses. Clockwise from the top: Fire, Wind, Lightning, Earth, and Water. The clockwise direction also shows what particular element is strong against.

The Five Elements Nature Transformations (五大性質変化, Godai Seishitsu Henka) are the most fundamental chakra natures, which are the foundation of all elemental ninjutsu.[2] They are so vital to the shinobi lifestyle that each of the Five Great Shinobi Countries are named after one of the five. Each nature is naturally weaker than one nature and stronger than another:

  • Fire Release (火遁, Katon) is strong against Wind but weak against Water.
  • Wind Release (風遁, Fūton) is strong against Lightning but weak against Fire.
  • Lightning Release (雷遁, Raiton) is strong against Earth but weak against Wind.
  • Earth Release (土遁, Doton) is strong against Water but weak against Lightning.
  • Water Release (水遁, Suiton) is strong against Fire but weak against Earth.

Basically, if an elemental technique is put against another elemental technique of the same level, but of a stronger nature, then the technique with the superior nature will prevail. However, a technique with a weaker nature can overpower a technique with a stronger nature if the former is of a higher level. For example, fire can overpower a water technique if it is first strengthened by a wind technique.

A similar principle applies in how technique of the same element interact, what is called counterbalancing (相殺, Sōsai). If two techniques of the same nature and the same level are used against each other, they will cancel each other out, as when Lightning Release: False Darkness is deflected with Lightning Cutter. However, if the two techniques have different levels, the higher-level technique will not only prevail but will grow stronger from interaction with the weaker, as when Amaterasu (the highest level Fire Release technique) grew stronger by absorbing an opposing Fire Release: Great Fireball Technique.[3]

Affinity Edit

Kakashi&#039;s chakra paper

The result of Kakashi's chakra in contact with the special paper: it wrinkles.

In general, every person's chakra has an affinity towards one of the five basic nature transformations. Affinity can at times be genetic, or at least common to a particular family; most members of the Uchiha clan have an affinity towards the Fire nature.[2] One's affinity can be determined using pieces of paper made from a special type of tree that is grown and fed with chakra: when the paper is exposed to even the slightest hint of chakra, it will react according to the chakra's latent nature:[4]

  • Fire: the paper will ignite and turn to ash.
  • Wind: the paper will split in two.
  • Lightning: the paper will wrinkle.
  • Earth: the paper will turn to dirt and crumble away.
  • Water: the paper will become wet/damp.

Shinobi have an easier time learning to create and control chakra natures that match their affinity, although even then it may take any number of years. Shinobi are not limited to the nature they have an affinity for, and it is in fact common for jōnin to have mastered two natures. Although it is technically possible to master all five natures, it is very rare because of how much of training is involved; Hiruzen Sarutobi,[5] Hashirama Senju, Tobirama Senju, Kakashi Hatake, and Orochimaru are the only shinobi known to have done so via normal means.[6] Other methods of acquiring all five natures include:

Combined Nature Transformations Edit

Fire ReleaseWind ReleaseLightning ReleaseEarth ReleaseWater ReleaseIce ReleaseScorch ReleaseStorm ReleaseWood ReleaseLava ReleaseBoil ReleaseExplosion ReleaseMagnet ReleaseDust ReleaseYang ReleaseYin ReleaseYin–Yang ReleaseAdvanced Elemental Relationships Diagram

Combined nature transformation relationships.

By initiating more than one elemental chakra nature transformation simultaneously, one can create a completely new nature of chakra with unique properties, referred to as an "elementally-recomposed nature transformation". Doing this requires a special ability rarely seen outside of kekkei genkai or kekkei tōta. In the anime, it is stated that those with the ability to combine the elemental nature transformations possess an affinity for the chakra natures they must simultaneously activate.[12][13]

In the manga, nine combined nature transformations have been shown:

  • Ice Release (氷遁, Hyōton) is created by simultaneously combining the Water and Wind natures. Infamously used by the Yuki clan, their kekkei genkai.
  • Wood Release (木遁, Mokuton) is created by simultaneously combining the Earth and Water natures. Famed as the kekkei genkai of Hashirama Senju, and thus reproduced in those using his cells.
  • Lava Release (熔遁; 溶遁, Yōton) is created by simultaneously combining the Fire and Earth natures. A characteristic of the Four-Tails and its jinchūriki, and a kekkei genkai used by ninja of Kirigakure, Iwagakure, and Kumogakure.
    • It is implied that the two ways of writing this nature (熔遁; 溶遁) are pointing out that they are different in some way. They are switched around and alternated throughout the plot, with Iwa and Kumo characters using the kanji "熔" and the Kiri characters using the kanji "溶". However, the true purpose of this difference is unknown.
  • Storm Release (嵐遁, Ranton) is created by simultaneously combining the Lightning and Water natures. A kekkei genkai used by Darui and many other nameless Kumogakure ninja.
  • Boil Release (沸遁, Futton) is created by simultaneously combining the Water and Fire natures. A characteristic of the Five-Tails and its jinchūriki, and one of the kekkei genkai used by the Fifth Mizukage.
  • Dust Release (塵遁, Jinton) is created by simultaneously combining the Fire, Earth, and Wind natures. A kekkei tōta used by the Second and Third Tsuchikage.
  • Explosion Release (爆遁, Bakuton) is stated to be made of the Earth nature,[14] and hinted to be made of Lightning.[Notes 1] A kekkei genkai common to members of Iwagakure's Explosion Corps.
  • Scorch Release (灼遁, Shakuton) is implied to be created by simultaneously combining the Fire and Wind natures. A kekkei genkai only known to be used by Pakura.
  • Magnet Release (磁遁, Jiton) is implied to be created by simultaneously combining the Wind and Earth natures. A characteristic of the One-Tail and its jinchūriki, and one of the kekkei genkai used by ninja of Sunagakure and Kumogakure.

In the anime and movies, four additional chakra nature transformations have been shown:

  • Used in the anime, Crystal Release (晶遁, Shōton) is suggested to be made of at least the Earth nature. Used by Guren.
  • Used in Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire, Dark Release (冥遁, Meiton) is a kekkei genkai stolen by Hiruko.
  • Used in Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire, Steel Release (鋼遁, Kōton) is a kekkei genkai stolen by Hiruko.
  • Used in Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Will of Fire, Swift Release (迅遁, Jinton) is a kekkei genkai stolen by Hiruko.

Yin and Yang Edit

Kurama shares chakra

The Yin and Yang chakra of the Nine-Tails.

Aside from the five elemental nature transformations, there is a second set of "natures" that are implied to be the source of all non-elemental techniques such as the Shadow Imitation Technique, Multi-Size Technique, medical ninjutsu, genjutsu, etc.[15] There is Yin Release (陰遁, Inton), the basis of imagination and spiritual energy, and Yang Release (陽遁, Yōton), the basis of vitality and physical energy. Together, they are used to perform Yin–Yang Release (陰陽遁, Onmyōton).[16]

The transformation of the Yin and Yang seemingly has to do with altering the balance between spiritual and physical energy in chakra. As explained by Shikamaru Nara, Tayuya's spirit worms were forms of spiritual energy that have small amounts of physical energy, thus they require stability and feed upon the physical energy they lack. Shikamaru also mentioned that Tayuya was the same type of ninja as he is, being able to use such kinds of "special chakra" in battle, supporting the belief that the Nara clan's shadow-based techniques are also Yin and Yang-based.[17]

Trivia Edit

  • The concept of nature transformation parallels the real-life art, Onmyōdō (陰陽道, Literally meaning: The Way of Yin and Yang), which is a mixture of natural sciences and occultism. It largely features Wu Xing and Yin and Yang.
  • Techniques such as the Toad Oil Bullet and the Poison Mist mention "converting" or "kneading" chakra into materials or substances, but have never been mentioned to use certain chakra natures.
    • Certain other techniques involved in manipulating substances are also often confused to be chakra natures, such as silk, bone, and ink. However, these substances cannot be produced from chakra alone, meaning the chakra is not changed in nature, and it is rather used to change already-existing substances.
  • In Naruto: Shippūden episode 63, Yamato incorrectly says that no known shinobi has ever mastered all five nature transformations.
  • In Naruto episode 174, Kunihisa used something he called "Money Release Technique" (金遁の術, Kinton no Jutsu, English TV: Money Style Jutsu) which was used to simply buy whatever he wanted.
  • The Yata Mirror was said to be imbued with all nature transformations to change its own characteristics to deflect any attack.[18] Whether this means it contains combination nature transformations is unknown.

NotesEdit

  1. Since Earth Release is stated to be a component of Lava Release (along with Fire), Magnet Release (along with Wind), and Wood Release (along with Water), the only free slot for a combination with Earth Release is Lightning Release.

References Edit

  1. Chapter 321, pages 4-5
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chapter 315, page 13
  3. Third Databook, page 236
  4. Chapter 315, page 15
  5. Chapter 662, pages 6-7
  6. Fourth Databook
  7. Chapter 375, page 11
  8. Fourth Databook, page 310
  9. Fourth Databook, page 249
  10. Chapter 689, page 5
  11. Chapter 662, pages 4-5
  12. Chapter 316, pages 4-7
  13. Naruto: Shippūden, episode 55
  14. Chapter 361, page 13
  15. Chapter 316, page 9
  16. Chapter 510, page 11
  17. Chapter 207, pages 8-9
  18. Third Databook, pages 274-275

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