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'''Sage Mode''' is the result of using [[natural energy]] along with a ninja's normal [[chakra]] to drastically empower all their abilities.
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'''Sage Mode''' is the result of using [[natural energy]] along with a shinobi's normal [[chakra]] to drastically empower all of their abilities.
   
== Usage ==
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== Overview ==
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Sage Mode is the empowered state humans enter when they learn to draw natural energy inside them and blending it with their chakra. By doing so, the human creates new senjutsu chakra that allows them to enter Sage Mode. Sage Mode enhances the combat efficiency of the user by allowing them to tap into the natural force of the world that opens new techniques to the user and allows them to power up existing ones with the new senjutsu chakra.
A prerequisite to being able to use senjutsu is that the user must have a large reservoir of chakra themselves in order to manipulate the natural energy.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 412, page 11</ref>
 
   
== ''Toad'' Sage Mode ==
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Sage Mode can be learned in two places, [[Mount Myōboku]] of the [[toads]] and [[Ryūchi Cave]] of the [[snakes]]. Learning Sage Mode at Mount Myōboku or Ryūchi Cave grants the user with a toad and snake style of Sage Mode respectively, which carries over the same advantages and disadvantages, only differing in application.
=== Advantages ===
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There are numerous advantages while using toad Sage Mode. These include:
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== Training ==
* The user's physical strength, speed, [[Chakra|stamina]], reflexes, and durability dramatically increase.
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[[Image:Perfect Balance.PNG|thumb|left|Jiraiya training to master senjutsu.]]
* The user's [[ninjutsu]], [[genjutsu]], and [[taijutsu]] become more powerful.
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According to Fukasaku, only those who already possess "extreme chakra levels" can utilise natural energy to invoke senjutsu.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 412, page 11</ref> Also, the users body must be strong enough to support Sage Mode; Orochimaru learned senjutsu but was unable to use Sage Mode because [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|his host bodies]] were not strong enough to support this power. Stemming from this and his experiments with [[Jūgo]]'s [[Sage Transformation|unique ability]], however, he was able to create his own brand of unique [[Orochimaru's Juinjutsu|cursed seals]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, pages 16-17</ref>
* The user can [[Frog Kata|harness]] the natural energy surrounding them, turning it into an extension of their body, which increases the reach of their attacks.
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The user is required to balance his/her physical and spiritual energy with the natural energy he/she gathers from nature; [[Gamakichi]] compares the process to adding an extra flavour to a chocolate and vanilla swirl ice cream.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 409, page 12</ref> If the user puts too little natural energy into using senjutsu, the technique will not work.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 410, page 15</ref>
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In order to enter Sage Mode, the gatherer must remain absolutely still in order to be one with nature and balance the natural energy with their own physical and spiritual energies. Those learning from the toads have access to a special toad oil that allows the natural energy to enter their body, but this oil only exists in liquid form in Mount Myōboku's atmosphere. The oil evaporates if it is taken outside, thus rendering it useful only for learning purposes. If the user takes in too much natural energy, the user will start to turn into a toad and, eventually, turn to stone. The petrified remains of one-time apprentice Sages who failed to master senjutsu are spread throughout Mount Myōboku.
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Getting hit by a special staff during the transformation will reverse the toad transformation by knocking all the natural energy out of the gatherer. It is dangerous to learn how to gather natural energy without the staff because there is no other known way to reverse the toad transformation. Furthermore, if the transformation is completed, not even the staff can reverse it, and the user would become a toad statue forever.<ref>''Naruto'' chapters 409-410</ref>
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== Advantages ==
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The advantages afforded to those who learn senjutsu include:
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* The user's physical strength, speed, [[Chakra|stamina]], reflexes, perception and durability are dramatically enhanced.
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* The user's [[ninjutsu]], [[genjutsu]], and [[taijutsu]] become substantially more powerful.
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* The user can manipulate the natural energy that surrounds them in this mode, turning it into an [[Frog Kata|extension]] of their body, which increases the reach of their attacks.
 
* The user gains the ability to [[Sensor|sense]] [[chakra]] around them.
 
* The user gains the ability to [[Sensor|sense]] [[chakra]] around them.
   
=== Disadvantages ===
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== Disadvantages ==
There are a few disadvantages while using toad Sage Mode. These include:
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There are a few disadvantages while using this mode as well, including:
* If the user draws in too much natural energy in the attempt to initiate Sage Mode, they run the risk of transforming into a toad, then into stone. If the transformation is completed, it cannot be reversed.
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* If the user draws in too much natural energy, they run the risk of transforming into a toad, and then into stone. If the petrification is completed, it cannot be reversed. This have only been shown to happen with Toad Sages, therefore it is unknown what will happen to other types.
 
* In order to gather enough natural energy to initiate the transformation into Sage Mode, the user must remain perfectly still. Because of that, the user can be an easy target for an opponent.
 
* In order to gather enough natural energy to initiate the transformation into Sage Mode, the user must remain perfectly still. Because of that, the user can be an easy target for an opponent.
 
* Because the user needs to move during combat, the senjutsu chakra cannot be replenished, which means the user can't stay within this state for extended periods of time.
 
* Because the user needs to move during combat, the senjutsu chakra cannot be replenished, which means the user can't stay within this state for extended periods of time.
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* After Sage Mode has ended, the user appears to experience exhaustion.
 
* After Sage Mode has ended, the user appears to experience exhaustion.
   
=== Forms ===
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== Forms ==
==== Imperfect Toad Sage Mode ====
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=== Imperfect Sage Mode ===
[[File:Sennin Moodo.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya in an imperfect toad Sage Mode, causing noticeable facial and bodily alterations.]]
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[[File:Sennin Moodo.png|thumb|left|Jiraiya in an imperfect form of Sage Mode, with noticeable toad-like facial and bodily alterations.]]
[[Jiraiya]] was not able to properly balance his own chakra with natural energy, resulting in him using an imperfect form of Sage Mode. As a result of the imbalance (and the imperfect nature of his transformation), Jiraiya took a number of toad-like traits when using Sage Mode. His appearance was altered: his nose grows bigger and gains warts, he gains excess hair (his goatee), and toad-like eyes. Further transformational attributes includes him taking on a toad-like stature and the lines on his face become much thicker, taking over each side of his face. Because of these traits, Jiraiya didn't like to use Sage Mode as it "displeases the ladies". He also showed the ability to transform his limbs (e.g. his hands and feet) into those of frogs so as to aid in manoeuvrability.
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[[Jiraiya]] was not able to properly balance his own chakra with natural energy, resulting in him using an imperfect form of Sage Mode. As a result of the imbalance, Jiraiya took a number of toad-like traits when using Sage Mode (such as his big hands or his skin). His appearance was altered: his nose grows bigger and gains warts, his teeth turn sharp, he gains excess hair (his goatee), and toad-like eyes. Further transformational attributes includes him taking on a toad-like stature and the lines on his face become much thicker, taking over each side of his face. Because of these traits, Jiraiya didn't like to use Sage Mode as it "displeased the ladies". Despite his lack of complete mastery, Jiraiya could still use this form effectively in battle to augment his all-around performance. He also showed the ability to transform his limbs (e.g. his hands and feet) into those of frogs so as to aid in manoeuvrability.
   
In order to get around the danger of remaining stationary during a battle to re-enter Sage Mode, Jiraiya would summon [[Shima]] and [[Fukasaku]] by drawing a blood contract on his face.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 375, page 1</ref> The Two Great Sage Toads would fuse to Jiraiya's shoulders with the [[Sage Art: Amphibian Technique]], gathering natural energy from their stationary positions on Jiraiya's shoulders for him to use.
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In order to get around the danger of remaining stationary during a battle to re-enter Sage Mode, Jiraiya would summon [[Shima]] and [[Fukasaku]] by drawing a blood contract on his face.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 375, page 1</ref> The Two Great Sage Toads would fuse to Jiraiya's shoulders with the [[Sage Art: Amphibian Technique]], gathering natural energy from their stationary positions on Jiraiya's shoulders for him to use. This on the other hand leaves Shima and Fukasaku vulnerable to attacks while Jiraiya is in combat.
 
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==== Perfect Toad Sage Mode ====
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=== Sage Mode ===
[[File:Naruto AnimeSagemode.png|thumb|Naruto in true toad Sage Mode — the pigmentation around his eyes being the mark of a true sage.]]
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Unlike Jiraiya, [[Naruto Uzumaki]] is able to perfectly balance the natural energy with his own chakra. This allows him to use Sage Mode in perfect balance, which allows him to retain all of his normal physical characteristics except for toad-like eyes: yellow irides<!--irises are flowers -->, horizontal bar-like pupils, and reddish-orange pigmentation around the eyes; the mark of a true sage on each eye. A true sage would still suffer from the weaknesses of Sage Mode, requiring that they use [[Sage Art: Amphibian Technique]] in a battle situation. Because of the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]] sealed within Naruto, however, Fukasaku was rejected whenever he tried to fuse with him.
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Naruto AnimeSagemode.png|Naruto's Sage Mode, learned by the toads.
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Minato's_Sennin.png|Minato's Sage Mode, learned by the toads.
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Kabuto's Sennin Mode.png|Kabuto's Sage Mode, learned by the snakes.
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Hashirama Sage Mode.png|Hashirama's Sage Mode.
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Unlike Jiraiya, [[Naruto Uzumaki]], [[Minato Namikaze]], [[Kabuto Yakushi]] and [[Hashirama Senju]] were able to perfectly balance the natural energy with their own chakra. This allows them to use Sage Mode in perfect balance, which allows them to retain all of their previous physical characteristics. However, those who master Sage Mode have a distinctive marker, which is a dark pigmentation around their eyes. While the actual design of the pigmentation and the user's eyes usually differs from Sage to Sage, Naruto Uzumaki and his father, Minato Namikaze, appear to bear identical such designs.
   
As a workaround, Naruto has some of his [[shadow clones]] gather natural energy elsewhere while he fights. Once he has run out of his own senjutsu chakra, he [[Reverse Summoning Technique|reverse summons]] the clone and has them disperse, giving him the clone's natural energy and allowing him to enter Sage Mode again. This method limits the maximum number of shadow clones that Naruto can create to five for as long as the clones are gathering natural energy, as anything more would interfere with their focus. To make sure he has enough shadow clones for use in battle, Naruto has only two shadow clones gather senjutsu chakra, allowing him to enter Sage Mode a total of three times. Naruto also stated that it is possible to lengthen the time he is in Sage Mode. He now can enter Sage Mode in a shorter span of time.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 535, page 5</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 560, page 11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 610, page 6</ref>
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Naruto and Minato had orange pigmentations around his eyes and with a yellow toad-like iris. Kabuto Yakushi had purple pigmentations around his eyes through to his shoulder blades and with a yellow snake-like iris. His snake-like characteristics progressed further in Sage Mode with him growing four horns, with him stating metaphorically that he'd transcended from "snake" to "dragon". Hashirama had red (black in the anime) pigmentations around his eyes through to his ears and with a yellow iris. He also had a red pigment (black in the anime) on his forehead that resembles an eye. His eyes were different from the Toad and Snake Sage Mode as his did not bear any animal traits.
   
[[File:Fox toad mode.png|thumb|left|The toad Sage Mode's eyes combined with the Nine-Tails'.]]
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A true sage would still suffer from the weaknesses of Sage Mode, requiring that they use [[Sage Art: Amphibian Technique]] in a battle situation so that they could stay mobile. However, [[Kabuto Yakushi]] assimilated the DNA of [[Jūgo]] to replicate his [[Jūgo's Clan|clan]]'s ability to [[Sage Transformation|passively absorb]] natural energy, thus allowing him to continuously collect the energy even while moving, bypassing this particular weakness.
During his meeting with [[Nagato]], Naruto was stabbed in the gut with Nagato's [[Chakra Disruption Blades|chakra disruption blade]]. Nagato thought that he would be able to control Naruto with his own chakra, but Naruto revealed a fusion of his [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms#Initial Jinchūriki Form|initial jinchūriki form]] and Sage Mode characteristics. The exact capabilities of this form are unknown, but it was strong enough to completely resist Nagato's control at a close proximity. The irides<!-- this is a word --> turn red and his pupil resembles that of both the fox's and his own when in Sage Mode, like a cross.
 
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== ''Snake'' Sage Mode ==
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As his own workaround, Naruto has some of his [[shadow clones]] gather natural energy elsewhere while he fights. Once he has run out of his own senjutsu chakra, he [[Reverse Summoning Technique|reverse summons]] the clone and has them disperse, giving him the clone's natural energy and allowing him to enter Sage Mode again. This method limits the maximum number of shadow clones that Naruto can create to five for as long as the clones are gathering natural energy, as anything more would interfere with their focus. To make sure he has enough shadow clones for use in battle, Naruto has only two shadow clones gather senjutsu chakra, allowing him to enter Sage Mode a total of three times. Naruto has also stated that it is possible to lengthen the time he is in Sage Mode.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 468, page 16</ref> Naruto, Hashirama and Minato's skill in senjutsu is such that they can enter it in moments.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 535, page 5</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 555, pages 10-11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 560, page 11</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 610, page 6</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 614, pages 9-10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 665, page 14</ref> In addition, Naruto's old limit of two [[Rasenshuriken]] has been increased to three,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 614, page 10</ref> five in the anime.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 364</ref>
=== Advantages ===
 
There are numerous advantages granted while using snake Sage Mode. These include:
 
* The user's perception abilities, reflexes, strength, speed, and [[chakra|stamina]] dramatically increase.
 
* The user's [[ninjutsu]], [[genjutsu]] and [[taijutsu]] becomes more powerful.
 
* The user gains further access to snake anatomy, such as their [[Wikipedia:Brille|brille]], which can be used to lock out light as well as stop visual-based genjutsu from affecting them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 580, page 2</ref> They are also able to perform abilities that are characteristic of snakes, such as dislocating their jaw, although this is not exclusive to this mode.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 580, page 5</ref>
 
   
=== Disadvantages ===
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In this mode Hashirama's abilities were drastically increased. This was witnessed through the use of his [[Sage Art: Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands]] technique which created a gargantuan multi-handed structure which easily dwarfed several mountain ranges as well as Kurama.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 621, pages 11-12</ref> Hashirama can also perform [[Sage Art: Gate of the Great God]], a technique that can bind a creature as powerful as the Ten-Tails.
Like Toad Sage Mode, Snake Sage Mode has similar flaws in that moving too much would disable the user from drawing in natural energy and that remaining still to gather the needed energy leaves the user open to attack. However, for his Sage Mode, [[Kabuto]] assimilated the DNA of [[Jūgo]] to replicate his [[Jūgo's Clan|clan]]'s ability to [[Sage Transformation|passively absorb]] natural energy, thus allowing him to continuously collect the energy even while moving.
 
   
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=== Tailed Beast Influence ===
[[File:Snake Sage Mode.png|thumb|Kabuto in true snake Sage Mode.]]
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[[File:Fox toad mode.png|thumb|left|Naruto's Sage Mode's eyes combined with Kurama's influence.]]
While retaining most of his normal physical characteristics in Sage Mode, [[Kabuto Yakushi]] did display greater areas of darkened pigmentation of the markings around his eyes which tapered off rafter reaching his shoulder blades. More noticeably, he gained four horns growing out from the back of his head as well as darkened [[Wikipedia:Sclera|sclerae]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 579, page 18</ref>
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During his meeting with [[Nagato]], Naruto was stabbed in the stomach with one of Nagato's [[chakra receiver]]s. Nagato noted from that distance he would have been able to easily control the jinchūriki. However, while the young man was in Sage Mode, the fox's rage also spilled over into the form,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 645, page 4</ref> and was reflected by Kurama's eyes being reflected in those of Naruto's Sage Mode: the irides turn red, and his pupil resembles that of both the fox's and his own when in Sage Mode, reminiscent of a cross. Some time later during Naruto's battle against the [[Ten-Tails]]' jinchūriki [[Obito Uchiha]], Naruto once again used these two powers to create powerful attacks bolstered by the [[natural energy]] from Sage Mode even going as far as to mix natural energy with the [[Tailed Beast Ball]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 645, pages 8-9</ref> [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode#Sage Tailed Beast Mode|In this form]], Naruto's eyes take on the same appearance as before. The markings of the Sage are also reflected on Kurama's Tailed Beast Mode shroud. After gaining a portion of chakra from all the nine tailed beasts and having Yin-Kurama sealed into him by Obito, Naruto becomes able to enter Sage Mode without manifesting the pigmentation around his eyes, though the pupils still take on a cross-like shape. In this state, Naruto is able to combine senjutsu with the tailed beasts' chakra to create powerful techniques like the [[Sage Art: Lava Release Rasenshuriken]] and [[Sage Art: Magnet Release Rasengan]].
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=== Six Paths Sage Technique ===
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[[File:Naruto New Jinchuriki Mode.png|thumb|right|150px|Naruto's new cloak after obtaining Hagoromo's power.]]
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The '''Six Paths Sage Technique''' is an empowered state, similar to [[Sage Mode]], which drastically empowers all of the user's abilities to a far greater extent. Naruto can extend the capabilities of the form by drawing on the [[Chakra#Tailed Beast Chakra|chakra]] of the nine [[tailed beasts]], causing him to don a new chakra mode which is noticeably more powerful than the [[Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]] referred to as {{translation|Six Paths Sage Technique|六道仙術|Rikudō Senjutsu}} to combat Madara. In this new mode, like his original Tailed Beast Mode cloak, the chakra forms into a light-coloured coat but with a dark-coloured bodysuit underneath. Unlike his Sage Mode, Nine-Tails Chakra Mode and Tailed Beast Mode cloak, there is no orange pigmentation around his eyes, his skin does not glow like the rest of his body, and his eyes are yellow instead of orange or red. <ref>''Naruto'' [[Naruto and the Sage of the Six Paths…!! (volume)|volume 70]] cover</ref> The "bodysuit" covers his torso, reaches down his arms to the knuckles, and down his legs, stopping just above his sandals. It has a light coloured circle where the original seal was placed as well as magatama around his collar. The coat has the typical markings of the Six Paths Sage Technique, a [[Rinnegan]] above nine magatama, on its back. Furthermore, Naruto is able to manifest the [[Truth-Seeking Ball]]s, wielding two of them as short staffs.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 673, pages 14-17</ref>
 
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== Trivia ==
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== Trivia ==
* In the film ''[[Naruto 5: Blood Prison]]'', the red coat Naruto wore during his return in the [[Invasion of Pain]] would appear when he enters Sage Mode. Like every other physical change with the form, it would disappear when he turned back to normal.
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* In the film ''[[Naruto 5: Blood Prison]]'', the red coat Naruto wore during his return in the [[Invasion of Pain]] would appear when he enters Sage Mode. Like every other physical change with the form, it would disappear when he turns back to normal.
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* The manifestation of animal like traits through the activation of natural energy and the performance of senjutsu, is a reference to the Jiraiya Ninja folk tale, where Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru came to study specific animal magic into their ninjutsu use.
   
 
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Please note that this is the Narutopedia's article on the technique. If you are looking for the article on the chapter then you should head to Sage Mode!!.

Sage Mode[1]

Jiraiya Sage Mode
Name
Kanji 仙人モード
Rōmaji Sennin Mōdo
Viz manga Honoured Sage Mode
English TV Sage Mode
Other Hermit Mode
Debut
Manga Chapter #375
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #131
Movie Naruto 5: Blood Prison
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3
OVA Naruto x UT
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Data
Classification Senjutsu
Class Supplementary
Other jutsu
Derived jutsu

Related jutsu

Six Paths Sage Technique

Users

Sage Mode is the result of using natural energy along with a shinobi's normal chakra to drastically empower all of their abilities.

Overview Edit

Sage Mode is the empowered state humans enter when they learn to draw natural energy inside them and blending it with their chakra. By doing so, the human creates new senjutsu chakra that allows them to enter Sage Mode. Sage Mode enhances the combat efficiency of the user by allowing them to tap into the natural force of the world that opens new techniques to the user and allows them to power up existing ones with the new senjutsu chakra.

Sage Mode can be learned in two places, Mount Myōboku of the toads and Ryūchi Cave of the snakes. Learning Sage Mode at Mount Myōboku or Ryūchi Cave grants the user with a toad and snake style of Sage Mode respectively, which carries over the same advantages and disadvantages, only differing in application.

Training Edit

Perfect Balance

Jiraiya training to master senjutsu.

According to Fukasaku, only those who already possess "extreme chakra levels" can utilise natural energy to invoke senjutsu.[2] Also, the users body must be strong enough to support Sage Mode; Orochimaru learned senjutsu but was unable to use Sage Mode because his host bodies were not strong enough to support this power. Stemming from this and his experiments with Jūgo's unique ability, however, he was able to create his own brand of unique cursed seals.[3]

The user is required to balance his/her physical and spiritual energy with the natural energy he/she gathers from nature; Gamakichi compares the process to adding an extra flavour to a chocolate and vanilla swirl ice cream.[4] If the user puts too little natural energy into using senjutsu, the technique will not work.[5]

In order to enter Sage Mode, the gatherer must remain absolutely still in order to be one with nature and balance the natural energy with their own physical and spiritual energies. Those learning from the toads have access to a special toad oil that allows the natural energy to enter their body, but this oil only exists in liquid form in Mount Myōboku's atmosphere. The oil evaporates if it is taken outside, thus rendering it useful only for learning purposes. If the user takes in too much natural energy, the user will start to turn into a toad and, eventually, turn to stone. The petrified remains of one-time apprentice Sages who failed to master senjutsu are spread throughout Mount Myōboku.

Getting hit by a special staff during the transformation will reverse the toad transformation by knocking all the natural energy out of the gatherer. It is dangerous to learn how to gather natural energy without the staff because there is no other known way to reverse the toad transformation. Furthermore, if the transformation is completed, not even the staff can reverse it, and the user would become a toad statue forever.[6]

Advantages Edit

The advantages afforded to those who learn senjutsu include:

  • The user's physical strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, perception and durability are dramatically enhanced.
  • The user's ninjutsu, genjutsu, and taijutsu become substantially more powerful.
  • The user can manipulate the natural energy that surrounds them in this mode, turning it into an extension of their body, which increases the reach of their attacks.
  • The user gains the ability to sense chakra around them.

Disadvantages Edit

There are a few disadvantages while using this mode as well, including:

  • If the user draws in too much natural energy, they run the risk of transforming into a toad, and then into stone. If the petrification is completed, it cannot be reversed. This have only been shown to happen with Toad Sages, therefore it is unknown what will happen to other types.
  • In order to gather enough natural energy to initiate the transformation into Sage Mode, the user must remain perfectly still. Because of that, the user can be an easy target for an opponent.
  • Because the user needs to move during combat, the senjutsu chakra cannot be replenished, which means the user can't stay within this state for extended periods of time.
    • The second and third weaknesses mentioned above can be bypassed through the Sage Art: Amphibian Technique, where one Sage gathers chakra for another or as in Naruto's case, shadow clones can be used for the same purpose.
  • After Sage Mode has ended, the user appears to experience exhaustion.

Forms Edit

Imperfect Sage Mode Edit

Sennin Moodo

Jiraiya in an imperfect form of Sage Mode, with noticeable toad-like facial and bodily alterations.

Jiraiya was not able to properly balance his own chakra with natural energy, resulting in him using an imperfect form of Sage Mode. As a result of the imbalance, Jiraiya took a number of toad-like traits when using Sage Mode (such as his big hands or his skin). His appearance was altered: his nose grows bigger and gains warts, his teeth turn sharp, he gains excess hair (his goatee), and toad-like eyes. Further transformational attributes includes him taking on a toad-like stature and the lines on his face become much thicker, taking over each side of his face. Because of these traits, Jiraiya didn't like to use Sage Mode as it "displeased the ladies". Despite his lack of complete mastery, Jiraiya could still use this form effectively in battle to augment his all-around performance. He also showed the ability to transform his limbs (e.g. his hands and feet) into those of frogs so as to aid in manoeuvrability.

In order to get around the danger of remaining stationary during a battle to re-enter Sage Mode, Jiraiya would summon Shima and Fukasaku by drawing a blood contract on his face.[7] The Two Great Sage Toads would fuse to Jiraiya's shoulders with the Sage Art: Amphibian Technique, gathering natural energy from their stationary positions on Jiraiya's shoulders for him to use. This on the other hand leaves Shima and Fukasaku vulnerable to attacks while Jiraiya is in combat.

Sage Mode Edit

  • Naruto's Sage Mode, learned by the toads.
  • Minato's Sage Mode, learned by the toads.
  • Kabuto's Sage Mode, learned by the snakes.
  • Hashirama's Sage Mode.

Unlike Jiraiya, Naruto Uzumaki, Minato Namikaze, Kabuto Yakushi and Hashirama Senju were able to perfectly balance the natural energy with their own chakra. This allows them to use Sage Mode in perfect balance, which allows them to retain all of their previous physical characteristics. However, those who master Sage Mode have a distinctive marker, which is a dark pigmentation around their eyes. While the actual design of the pigmentation and the user's eyes usually differs from Sage to Sage, Naruto Uzumaki and his father, Minato Namikaze, appear to bear identical such designs.

Naruto and Minato had orange pigmentations around his eyes and with a yellow toad-like iris. Kabuto Yakushi had purple pigmentations around his eyes through to his shoulder blades and with a yellow snake-like iris. His snake-like characteristics progressed further in Sage Mode with him growing four horns, with him stating metaphorically that he'd transcended from "snake" to "dragon". Hashirama had red (black in the anime) pigmentations around his eyes through to his ears and with a yellow iris. He also had a red pigment (black in the anime) on his forehead that resembles an eye. His eyes were different from the Toad and Snake Sage Mode as his did not bear any animal traits.

A true sage would still suffer from the weaknesses of Sage Mode, requiring that they use Sage Art: Amphibian Technique in a battle situation so that they could stay mobile. However, Kabuto Yakushi assimilated the DNA of Jūgo to replicate his clan's ability to passively absorb natural energy, thus allowing him to continuously collect the energy even while moving, bypassing this particular weakness.

As his own workaround, Naruto has some of his shadow clones gather natural energy elsewhere while he fights. Once he has run out of his own senjutsu chakra, he reverse summons the clone and has them disperse, giving him the clone's natural energy and allowing him to enter Sage Mode again. This method limits the maximum number of shadow clones that Naruto can create to five for as long as the clones are gathering natural energy, as anything more would interfere with their focus. To make sure he has enough shadow clones for use in battle, Naruto has only two shadow clones gather senjutsu chakra, allowing him to enter Sage Mode a total of three times. Naruto has also stated that it is possible to lengthen the time he is in Sage Mode.[8] Naruto, Hashirama and Minato's skill in senjutsu is such that they can enter it in moments.[9][10][11][12][13][14] In addition, Naruto's old limit of two Rasenshuriken has been increased to three,[15] five in the anime.[16]

In this mode Hashirama's abilities were drastically increased. This was witnessed through the use of his Sage Art: Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands technique which created a gargantuan multi-handed structure which easily dwarfed several mountain ranges as well as Kurama.[17] Hashirama can also perform Sage Art: Gate of the Great God, a technique that can bind a creature as powerful as the Ten-Tails.

Tailed Beast Influence Edit

Fox toad mode

Naruto's Sage Mode's eyes combined with Kurama's influence.

During his meeting with Nagato, Naruto was stabbed in the stomach with one of Nagato's chakra receivers. Nagato noted from that distance he would have been able to easily control the jinchūriki. However, while the young man was in Sage Mode, the fox's rage also spilled over into the form,[18] and was reflected by Kurama's eyes being reflected in those of Naruto's Sage Mode: the irides turn red, and his pupil resembles that of both the fox's and his own when in Sage Mode, reminiscent of a cross. Some time later during Naruto's battle against the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki Obito Uchiha, Naruto once again used these two powers to create powerful attacks bolstered by the natural energy from Sage Mode even going as far as to mix natural energy with the Tailed Beast Ball.[19] In this form, Naruto's eyes take on the same appearance as before. The markings of the Sage are also reflected on Kurama's Tailed Beast Mode shroud. After gaining a portion of chakra from all the nine tailed beasts and having Yin-Kurama sealed into him by Obito, Naruto becomes able to enter Sage Mode without manifesting the pigmentation around his eyes, though the pupils still take on a cross-like shape. In this state, Naruto is able to combine senjutsu with the tailed beasts' chakra to create powerful techniques like the Sage Art: Lava Release Rasenshuriken and Sage Art: Magnet Release Rasengan.

Six Paths Sage Technique Edit

Main article: Six Paths Sage Technique

Naruto New Jinchuriki Mode

Naruto's new cloak after obtaining Hagoromo's power.

The Six Paths Sage Technique is an empowered state, similar to Sage Mode, which drastically empowers all of the user's abilities to a far greater extent. Naruto can extend the capabilities of the form by drawing on the chakra of the nine tailed beasts, causing him to don a new chakra mode which is noticeably more powerful than the Nine-Tails Chakra Mode referred to as Six Paths Sage Technique (六道仙術, Rikudō Senjutsu) to combat Madara. In this new mode, like his original Tailed Beast Mode cloak, the chakra forms into a light-coloured coat but with a dark-coloured bodysuit underneath. Unlike his Sage Mode, Nine-Tails Chakra Mode and Tailed Beast Mode cloak, there is no orange pigmentation around his eyes, his skin does not glow like the rest of his body, and his eyes are yellow instead of orange or red. [20] The "bodysuit" covers his torso, reaches down his arms to the knuckles, and down his legs, stopping just above his sandals. It has a light coloured circle where the original seal was placed as well as magatama around his collar. The coat has the typical markings of the Six Paths Sage Technique, a Rinnegan above nine magatama, on its back. Furthermore, Naruto is able to manifest the Truth-Seeking Balls, wielding two of them as short staffs.[21]

Techniques Edit

Trivia Edit

  • In the film Naruto 5: Blood Prison, the red coat Naruto wore during his return in the Invasion of Pain would appear when he enters Sage Mode. Like every other physical change with the form, it would disappear when he turns back to normal.
  • The manifestation of animal like traits through the activation of natural energy and the performance of senjutsu, is a reference to the Jiraiya Ninja folk tale, where Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Orochimaru came to study specific animal magic into their ninjutsu use.

References Edit

  1. Third Databook, page 279
  2. Naruto chapter 412, page 11
  3. Naruto chapter 579, pages 16-17
  4. Naruto chapter 409, page 12
  5. Naruto chapter 410, page 15
  6. Naruto chapters 409-410
  7. Naruto chapter 375, page 1
  8. Naruto chapter 468, page 16
  9. Naruto chapter 535, page 5
  10. Naruto chapter 555, pages 10-11
  11. Naruto chapter 560, page 11
  12. Naruto chapter 610, page 6
  13. Naruto chapter 614, pages 9-10
  14. Naruto chapter 665, page 14
  15. Naruto chapter 614, page 10
  16. Naruto: Shippūden episode 364
  17. Naruto chapter 621, pages 11-12
  18. Naruto chapter 645, page 4
  19. Naruto chapter 645, pages 8-9
  20. Naruto volume 70 cover
  21. Naruto chapter 673, pages 14-17

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