Outer Path — Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique

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Outer Path — Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique
  • The King of Hell releases the souls…
  • …which return to their bodies.
Kanji 外道・輪廻天生の術
Rōmaji Gedō: Rinne Tensei no Jutsu
Literal English Outer Path: Saṃsāra of Heavenly Life Technique
Viz print media Gedo: Art of Rinne Rebirth
Alternative names Rinne Rebirth Jutsu
Manga Volume #48, Naruto Chapter #449
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #174
Movie Naruto 5: Blood Prison
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Classification Rinnegan Kekkei Genkai, Ninjutsu, Reincarnation Ninjutsu, Dōjutsu, Kinjutsu
Class Supplementary
Hand seals Ram → Snake
Other jutsu
Parent jutsu

By channelling their power through the King of Hell, the Rinnegan wielder can re-infuse new life force energy to the bodies of those who have died. With their rejuvenated bodies acting as an anchor, the individual souls are then able to leave even the crossroad between life and the afterlife, returning back to their physical vessels. The technique targets all the individuals killed, even those not necessarily killed by the user. This technique seemingly requires a massive amount of chakra, as Konan feared the worst for Nagato when he used it after having previously expended so much chakra. Nagato also became severely weakened; his hair became white after he performed the technique due to overexertion of his chakra.


As with many of the Rinnegan's techniques, it is influenced by Buddhist terminology. Gedō (外道, lit. "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.


  • Madara Uchiha — and Obito under the guise of Madara — noted that this technique was supposed to be used to revive him.[1][2] Madara would eventually be reincarnated anyway, and expressed surprise and disappointment that his return didn't go as planned, as only a living body can become a jinchūriki, which he wanted to do with the Ten-Tails.[3][4]
  • Because Madara has been reincarnated and not revived, he needs Obito to perform this technique so that he can become the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki. Obito has noted that this would result in his own death, however.[4] Due to Obito's usage of the technique being interrupted and incomplete, he was critically drained and his hair whitened, though he lived to become the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki.[5]
  • When written as 輪廻転生, Rinne Tensei means "the circle of transmigration".


  1. Naruto chapter 453, page 18
  2. Naruto chapter 601, page 11
  3. Naruto, chapter 559, page 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto chapter 614, page 5
  5. Naruto chapter 637

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