|Literal English||Outer Path|
|Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #174|
|Game||Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga and Game|
|Classification||Kekkei Genkai, Ninjutsu, Dōjutsu|
The Outer Path (外道, Gedō) is the seventh path, an ability granted to the wielder of the Rinnegan. With the Outer Path, the user is able to revive the dead, transmit chakra to receivers, as well as manifest chakra chains.
A user of the Outer Path is said to exist outside the realm of life and death, and has the ability to revive the dead with the Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique. Kabuto Yakushi noted that he could force a reincarnated Nagato to remove the jinchūriki's souls and store both their bodies and souls within the King of Hell, then revive them at a later time.
The Outer Path also allows the user to bind and potentially control those who touch the user's chakra receivers. By implanting the receivers into corpses or reincarnated individuals, the user can control up to six bodies, referred to as the Six Paths of Pain. These bodies, as well as the King of Hell and the creatures summoned through the Animal Path, all have the Rinnegan reflected in their eyes and share visual information with the user through the Outer Path. The user can also manifest the chakra chains used by the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, restricting anyone who touches the receivers with an even greater binding power.
- Gedō (外道; Literally meaning "Outer Path"), derived from the Sanskrit Tīrthika, refers to any doctrine which "treads the outer path" to enlightenment. This is opposed to the teachings of orthodox Buddhism, the Naidō (内道; Literally meaning "Inner Path"), and is thus considered misguided and heretical.
- The Demonic Statue of the Outer Path may be related to this ability, due to the name.
- Naruto referred to the control of the Six Paths of Pain as Gedō no Jutsu (外道の術; Literally meaning "Outer Path Technique"), and said that the Paths' ability to share visual information with the original body stemmed from that technique.