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老紫 Rōshi

  • Rōshi of the Lava Release (熔遁の老紫, Yōton no Rōshi; English TV, Roshi of the Lava Style) [3]
Manga Volume #39, Chapter #353
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #121
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Voice Actors
Birthdate Astrological Sign Gemini June 4
Gender Gender Male Male
Status Deceased
  • Part II: 149 cm1.49 m
    4.888 ft
    58.661 in
  • Part II: 55.5 kg122.357 lb
Blood type B
Kekkei Genkai
Tailed Beast Son Gokū (Forms)
Nature Type

Rōshi (老紫, Rōshi) was the jinchūriki of Son Gokū, the Four-Tails, who hailed from Iwagakure. Son Gokū has been captured and sealed by Akatsuki, causing Rōshi's death when the beast was extracted. However, upon his reincarnation, Son Gokū was resealed within Rōshi.[4]


Rōshi became the jinchūriki of Son Gokū over forty years before the Fourth Shinobi World War at a young age.[5] He left his home town of Iwagakure at some point to better understand and control the power of the beast within him.[6]


Son Gokū mentioned that Rōshi was just as hard-headed as Ōnoki, the Third Tsuchikage, suggesting the two had been acquainted. Despite this, upon observing Naruto Uzumaki's battle against Obito and his Six Paths of Pain, as well as his knowledge of the tailed beasts final meeting with the Sage of the Six Paths, he came to regrettably believe that all the jinchūriki could have walked down the right path if they were more like the young man. Also despite being Son's jinchūriki for over forty years,[7] he never referred to the beast by its true name, stating that he had not become soft-hearted enough to do such a thing. Before Son was resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, he revealed to the beast that he never forgot its name, making peace with the giant monkey.


File:Roshi anime2.png

Rōshi had red hair, moustache and beard which tapered off to a point. He was shown wearing a large headpiece consisting of a three pointed crown-like ridge, bearing both his Iwagakure forehead protector, a ring, and a prominent black piece of armour running across his cheeks and the bridge of his nose. He wore a long-sleeved light-red shirt and pants, with mesh-armour shirt and fitted black suit underneath, along with calf-length sandals. Around his waist he wore a brown sash that held a brown armour-like breast plate with a pouch in the front, a brown back plate on the back that is connected to the front with mesh armour, and armoured lapels falling to the sides. Interestingly, his headpiece, hair and beard seemed to model his tailed beast's. After leaving his village, Rōshi discarded his forehead protector[8] and his armour plating battle attire. Instead, he only wore his light-red shirt with a mesh shirt beneath it.[9]


File:Rikudou Roshi.jpg

Rōshi has been noted to be a very powerful shinobi. Kisame, a powerful Akatsuki member himself, stated that he was not one to play around with as he was a tough one to capture.[10] He was also seen using a curved kunai with which it can be assumed that he had proficiency wielding.[11]

After his reincarnation and serving as one of Tobi's Six Paths of Pain, Rōshi is seen with both the Sharingan and Rinnegan. Combining the perceptual and predictive abilities of the former with the shared field of vision ability of the latter, allowed Rōshi to use his attacks in a more precise and coordinated fashion as well as react to enemy attacks more efficiently, both individually and in conjunction and with the other jinchūriki.


Nature Transformation

Shakugaryūgan no Jutsu

Rōshi using his Lava Release: Scorching Stream Rock Technique.

By borrowing Son Gokū's power, Rōshi was able to use its Lava Release ninjutsu, created through simultaneous use of fire and earth-based chakra, to create a torrent of lava that can melt almost anything. In the anime, Tobi referred to him as "Rōshi of the Lava Release" (熔遁の老紫, Yōton no Rōshi),[3] further indicating his prowess with it. He could spit multiple balls of lava at the enemy. He could also create an armour made of lava that not only has defensive purposes but adds lava to his taijutsu attacks increasing their potential damage, which he displayed against Kisame Hoshigaki during their battle.

Jinchūriki Transformations

Main article: Jinchūriki Forms


As Son Gokū's jinchūriki, Rōshi is granted a significant amount of its chakra and stamina. The full extent of his control is unknown, but he could form at least one of Son's tails upon his reincarnation, further enhancing his power and strength. In the anime, he was shown to be able to do this during his battle with Kisame as well, prior to his reincarnation. After being immobilised by B's clone, he transformed into his Version 2 form, in this form, he was able to create an enormous torrent of lava, scorching Gyūki. When Rōshi attacked Naruto and Killer B, Tobi forced him to transform into his Tailed Beast Mode. In this form, he displayed tremendous strength, being able to toss Killer B in his Tailed Beast Mode a considerable distance away.

Part II

Itachi Pursuit Arc

After an unseen and difficult battle with Kisame Hoshigaki of Akatsuki, Rōshi was somehow defeated and captured by the latter.[12] He later died as the result of having the Four-Tails extracted from his body.

Shinobi World War Arc

The Jinchuuriki Revived

Rōshi reincarnated, alongside the other jinchūriki.

In preparation for the Fourth Shinobi World War, Rōshi was reincarnated by Kabuto Yakushi to fight against the Allied Shinobi Forces, before being mobilised alongside the other deceased jinchūriki.

As dawn broke on the second day of war, it was revealed that Tobi had turned the reincarnated jinchūriki into his own customised Six Paths of Pain, with each having a Rinnegan and Sharingan in place of their left and right eyes respectively. Each jinchūriki also had their particular tailed beast resealed within them and a chakra receiver embedded into their bodies.

File:Tobi's Pein Rikudō.png

Rōshi later travelled together with Tobi, in pursuit of Naruto and Killer B. Encountering their targets, the reincarnated jinchūriki were sent into battle with Rōshi leading the offensive, using his Lava Release: Scorching Stream Rock Technique to pressure the enemy. When this initial assault failed, he, like the others, unleashed the power of their respective tailed beast by materialising the first of its tails.

Obito's Jinchūriki V2

Rōshi and the other jinchūriki forced into their Version 2 state.

Whilst Naruto and B conversed, Rōshi exploited this opportunity to attack the former directly, after covering his body in lava. Despite evading the strike, Naruto's face was still scorched by the heat, but when Rōshi attacked again, Naruto endured the blow in an attempt to destroy the chakra receiver embedded in Rōshi's chest. However, this was thwarted by Han. Incapacitated in the wake of the Eight-Tails' devastating attack, after B's recent transformation, Rōshi was then restrained by the latter's sealing technique. However, before the technique's completion, he managed to escape by adopting his Version 2 form, where he then proceeded to burn the Eight-Tails.


A controlled Son battling Gyūki on the battlefield.

Regrouping with the other reincarnated jinchūriki, after Kakashi Hatake and Might Guy's intervention, Rōshi charged past the pair towards Naruto and B. When he clashes with the former, Tobi forcefully transformed him into his full Four-Tails form, where he then proceeded to assault the Eight-Tails. Grabbing one of the beast's tails, Rōshi hurled the two jinchūriki upwards and, after dislodging Naruto in the process, prepared to swallow him. However, despite Naruto's efforts to lodge himself between the beast's jaws, and B's attempts to restrain the ape, the former is ultimately swallowed whole.

While Naruto conversed subconsciously with Son Gokū, Rōshi resisted B's efforts to free his captive comrade, only to be forced to eject Naruto when the young man multiplied. He then tried to impede Naruto from removing the chakra receiver embedded in the beast's chest, but failed to do so thanks to a coordinated strike, leaving Rōshi's incapacitated body behind as Son Gokū was resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path.

Son and Roshi's final moments

Rōshi and Son part ways on good terms.

When a transformed Naruto's Tailed Beast Ball later clashed with the collaborative one formed by the other tailed beasts, Rōshi's unconscious body was protected by the Eight-Tails from the resulting blast. Afterwards, Naruto subconsciously met with the other beasts and their jinchūriki, where it was revealed that shortly before Son was resealed, Rōshi questioned his beast as to whether it thought they too had taken the wrong path during life. He then stated that despite not being considerate enough to have spoken it, he had not forgotten the beast's real name. As the two fade away, a smiling Rōshi asked the beast if calling it "Son" would be all right.

After Son was resealed into the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path, Rōshi and the other jinchūriki's corpses were collected by B and held in Gyūki's tentacles. With the release of the Impure World Reincarnation, Rōshi and the others are enveloped in a light of sorts before their bodies start to deconstruct and Rōshi's soul returned to the afterlife.

Video Games

Rōshi is a playable character in the following video games:

Game name Japanese release English release
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 18 April 2013 5 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 4 February 2016 9 February 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution 11 September 2014 16 September 2014


  • Rō () means "old age" or "elderly". Shi () means "purple". It is possible Rōshi was named after the Dragon Ball character Master Rōshi, considering that the Four-Tails' design was also inspired by Dragon Ball.
  • In order to prevent the jinchūriki from turning traitor, it is tradition for the host to be selected from the family of the village's own Kage. It might be that Rōshi somehow was connected with one of the Tsuchikage.
  • In the manga, Rōshi's headpiece is depicted as having a golden ring on the left side. The golden ring on Rōshi's headpiece was not present in the anime. This was later added as of episode 256.


  1. Third Databook, page 183
  2. Fourth Databook, page 204
  3. 3.0 3.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 205
  4. Naruto chapter 565, page 1
  5. Naruto chapter 572, page 8
  6. Third Databook, page 183
  7. Naruto chapter 572, page 10
  8. Naruto chapter 353, page 2
  9. Naruto: Shippūden episode 325
  10. Naruto chapter 353, page 3
  11. Second Artbook, page 4
  12. Naruto chapter 353, pages 1-2
Facts about "Rōshi"RDF feed
Appears inAnime +, Manga + and Game +
BirthdateJune 4 +
Blood typeB +
Chakra NatureLava Release +, Fire Release + and Earth Release +
ClassificationJinchūriki +
Debut anime341 +
Debut gameNaruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Impact +
Debut manga353 +
Debut manga typeChapter +
GenderMale +
Height149 cm (1.49 m, 4.888 ft, 58.661 in) +
Kekkei GenkaiLava Release (null) +
LoyaltyIwagakure +
NameRōshi +
PictureRoushi +
SpeciesHuman +
StatusDeceased +
Voice ActorsShigenori Sōya + and Chris Edgerly +
Weight55.5 kg (122.357 lb) +

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