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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, Naruto 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 cm
    1.49 m
    4.888 ft
    58.661 in
  • Part II: 55.5 kg
    122.357 lb
Blood type B
Kekkei Genkai
Tailed Beast Son Gokū (Forms)
Nature Type

Rōshi (老紫, Rōshi) was a shinobi of Iwagakure and the jinchūriki of the Four-Tails.


Rōshi became the jinchūriki of Son Gokū over forty years before the Fourth Shinobi World War at a young age.[4] He left his home town of Iwagakure at some point to better understand and control the power of the beast within him.[1]


Son Gokū mentioned that Rōshi was just as hard-headed as Ōnoki, the Third Tsuchikage. 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,[5] 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.


Roshi render


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[6] and his armour plating battle attire. Instead, he only wore his light-red shirt with a mesh shirt beneath it.[7]


Lava Release Chakra Mode

Rōshi manifesting his Lava Release Chakra Mode.

Rōshi had been noted to be a powerful shinobi. Kisame Hoshigaki, a powerful Akatsuki member, stated that Rōshi was not one to play around with as he was a tough one to capture.[8] He was also seen using a curved kunai with which it can be assumed that he had proficiency wielding.[9] After his reincarnation and serving as one of Tobi's Six Paths of Pain, Rōshi was 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. Even though Kisame and Samehada came out victorious, in the anime, Killer B noted Samehada was deeply disturbed when running into the reincarnated Rōshi, suggesting it was not fond of the memory of facing him.


Nature Transformation

Shakugaryūgan no Jutsu

Rōshi using his Lava Release: Scorching Stream Rock Technique.

Like his tailed beast, Rōshi was able to use the Lava Release kekkei genkai, allowing him to simultaneously use 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 molten rocks 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.

Jinchūriki Transformations

Main article: Jinchūriki Forms

Rōshi transformed into Son

Rōshi transformed into Son Gokū.

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 Mission

After an unseen and difficult battle with Kisame Hoshigaki of Akatsuki, Rōshi was somehow defeated and captured by the latter.[10] He later died as the result of having the Four-Tails extracted from his body.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation

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.

Fourth Shinobi World War: Climax

Rōshi Attacks Naruto

Rōshi attacks Naruto.

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. 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.

Naruto vs Rōshi

Rōshi fights Naruto in his Version 2 form.

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. Regrouping with the other reincarnated jinchūriki, after Kakashi Hatake and Might Guy's intervention, Rōshi charged past the pair towards Naruto and B.

Roshi vs Killer B

Rōshi transformed as Son Gokū battling Killer B transformed as Gyūki.

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.

In Other Media

Video Games

Rōshi is a playable character in the following video games:

Game nameJapanese releaseEnglish release
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 318 April 20135 March 2013
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 44 February 20169 February 2016
Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution11 September 201416 September 2014
Naruto: Shinobi Collection2014


  • The name "Rōshi" is made up of the kanji for "old/elderly" () and "purple" (). It can also mean "old teacher/master" (老師).
  • 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. Due to Son's mention, is suggested that Rōshi and Third Tsuchikage had been acquainted.
  • 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.
  • Rōshi is the only jinchūriki whose name Naruto does not know in any media outside of the Tailed Beasts Counting Song due to him not having formally met Rōshi in the meeting with the other tailed beasts and their jinchūriki.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Third Databook, page 183
  2. Fourth Databook, page 204
  3. 3.0 3.1 Naruto: Shippūden episode 205
  4. Naruto chapter 572, page 8
  5. Naruto chapter 572, page 10
  6. Naruto chapter 353, page 2
  7. Naruto: Shippūden episode 325
  8. Naruto chapter 353, page 3
  9. Second Artbook, page 4
  10. Naruto chapter 353, pages 1-2