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|kanji=影分身の術
 
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|jutsu classification=Ninjutsu, Clone Techniques
 
|jutsu class type=Supplementary
 
|jutsu class type=Supplementary
|users=Deidara, Hayate Gekkō, Hiruzen Sarutobi, Itachi Uchiha, Jiraiya, Kakashi Hatake, Konohamaru Sarutobi, Mahiru, Naruto Uzumaki, Orochimaru~manga, Darui~anime, Ebisu~anime, Hōki (Watari)~anime, Nagato~anime, Omoi~anime, Sabiru~anime, Shizune~anime, A~movie, Anko Mitarashi~game, Yūgao Uzuki~game
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|users=Deidara, Hayate Gekkō, Hiruzen Sarutobi, Itachi Uchiha, Jiraiya, Kakashi Hatake, Kiba Inuzuka, Konohamaru Sarutobi, Madara Uchiha~manga, Mahiru, Minato Namikaze, Naruto Uzumaki, Orochimaru~manga, Tobirama Senju, Darui~anime, Ebisu~anime, Hōki (Watari)~anime, Kosuke Maruboshi~anime, Nagato~anime, Omoi~anime, Sabiru~anime, Shizune~anime, Yūgao Uzuki~anime, A (Fourth Raikage)~movie, Anko Mitarashi~game, Jirōbō~game, Shisui Uchiha~game
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Similar to the [[Clone Technique]], this technique creates clones of the user. However, these clones are actual copies, not illusions. The user's [[chakra]] is evenly distributed among every clone, giving each clone an equal fraction of the user's overall power. The clones are capable of performing techniques on their own and can even bleed, but will usually disperse after one or two solid blows, though even then it may not be enough, as evident when during the Fourth Shinobi World War a few more notable clones of Naruto took heavy hits but didn't disperse. The clones can also disperse on their own. The clones will be created in roughly the same condition as the original.
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The '''Shadow Clone Technique''' is a technique developed by the Second [[Hokage]], [[Tobirama Senju]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 644, page 14</ref>
   
Shadow clones can't be distinguished from the actual person even by the [[Byakugan]] because the clones have the exact same amount of chakra and aren't made from any other substance.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 100, page 5</ref>
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== Overview ==
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Similar to the basic [[Clone Technique]], this technique creates copies of the user. However, these clones are corporeal instead of illusions. The user's [[chakra]] is evenly distributed among every clone, giving each clone an equal fraction of the user's overall power. The clones are capable of performing techniques on their own and can even bleed, but will usually disperse after hit by a strong enough force. The clones can also disperse on their own or be dispelled by the user of the technique. Shadow clones can't be distinguished from the original with [[Sharingan]], [[Byakugan]] or [[Rinnegan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 100, page 5</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 260, pages 8-9</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 428, page 5</ref> However, [[Madara Uchiha]] later demonstrated the ability to detect shadow clones, something that is probably only unique to himself.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 601, page 2</ref> Shadow clones also seem to be able to think for themselves and feel the original's pain to some extent, as evidenced by Naruto's clones feeling pain when the Nine-Tails' cloak awakened while he and Kakashi were fighting Deidara.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 277, page 9</ref>
   
== Uses ==
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== Usage ==
A characteristic that is unique to the Shadow Clone Technique is that any experience the clones gain during their existence is transferred to the user once they are dispersed. This makes the technique ideal for spying, since the user can simply send a clone to spy on a target, then have the clone disperse itself without returning to pass the information back to the user.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 315, pages 3-7</ref>
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[[File:Tailed Beast shadow clone.png|thumb|left|Naruto's Tailed Beast Mode variant.]]
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Because of the manner in which the clones are created, the user must divide their chakra among the clones, potentially using up all their chakra fairly quickly if the user is low on chakra, or makes too many clones. This is especially problematic when the [[Multiple Shadow Clone Technique]] is used; whereas the normal version will only create a few clones, the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique can create hundreds.
   
It's also useful for training purposes, since the total amount of experience the user gains is multiplied by the total number of clones being used to train. For example, if a user creates one shadow clone and trains together with this clone for one hour, then dispels the clone, the user gains two hours of training in one hour by adding the hours of clone and the user together. This particular feature is not revealed until Part II by [[Kakashi Hatake]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 315, pages 8-9</ref> When done with several hundred, like Naruto does, training that could take weeks or months can be completed in a few hours.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 319, page 7</ref> While the technique can be extremely beneficial, attempting to use multiple clones for training purposes can be mentally harmful to the user, as not only is all the experience collected by the user, but so is all the mental stress from training each clone.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 318, page 4</ref>
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A characteristic that is unique to the Shadow Clone Technique is that any experience the clones gain during their existence is transferred to the user once they are dispersed. This makes the technique ideal for spying, since the user can simply send a clone to spy on a target, then have the clone disperse itself without returning, to pass the information back to the user.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 315, pages 3-7</ref> Similarly, because they are clones of the original, any chakra that the clone possesses will return to the original after being dispelled.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 433, pages 6-8</ref> Conversely, the reverse is also true and the original is still able to manipulate the chakra of the clones.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 644, page 15</ref>
   
Naruto also uses shadow clones in order to counter the limit of [[Sage Mode]], the need to stay still on a battlefield to gather more senjutsu chakra, as well as the inability of the [[Two Great Sage Toads]] to [[Sage Art: Amphibian Technique|merge]] with him due to the presence of the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]] inside him.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 425, pages 5-7</ref> By infusing his shadow clones with senjutsu chakra and leaving them at [[Mount Myōboku]], Naruto can [[Reverse Summoning Technique|recall]] them to him on the battlefield and dispel the technique causing the chakra they have stored up to return to the original body.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 433, pages 6-8</ref>
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It's also useful for training purposes, since the total amount of experience the user gains is multiplied by the total number of clones being used to train. For example, if a user creates one shadow clone and trains together with this clone for one hour, then dispels the clone, the user gains two hours of training in one hour by adding the hours of clone and the user together. This particular feature is not revealed until Part II by [[Kakashi Hatake]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 315, pages 8-9</ref> When done with several hundred, like Naruto does, training that could take weeks or months can be completed in a few hours.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 319, page 7</ref> While the technique can be extremely beneficial, attempting to use multiple clones for training purposes can be mentally harmful to the user, as not only is all the experience collected by the user, but so is all the mental stress from training each clone.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 318, page 4</ref> Kakashi stated that Naruto is the only person able to can do this type of training, due to the amount of chakra that Naruto has.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 315, pages 10-11</ref>
 
== Disadvantages ==
 
Because of the manner in which the clones are created, the user must divide their chakra among the clones, potentially using up all their chakra fairly quickly if the user is low on chakra or makes too many clones. This is especially problematic when the forbidden form of the technique, [[Multiple Shadow Clone Technique]], is used; whereas the normal version will only create a few clones, the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique can create hundreds.
 
 
Naruto is able to use this technique to the extremes that he does because of the [[Nine-Tailed Demon Fox]] sealed within him, which gives him an abnormally high chakra level. Even without Kurama's chakra, Naruto can make quite a few clones, but nowhere near on the level he can when he has access to the Nine-Tails' chakra. The clones, however, are apparently more susceptible to the Nine-Tails' influence and can begin to transform unexpectedly.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 322, pages 9-10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 329, page 1</ref> It should also be noted that while Naruto in his two-tails form in his fight with [[Deidara]], the other clones seemed to be choking and dying as if Kurama's chakra was killing them.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 277, page 9</ref><ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 30</ref> If Naruto creates any clones while in his [[Naruto Uzumaki's Jinchūriki Forms#Nine-Tails Chakra Mode|Nine-Tails Chakra Mode]], Kurama could absorb a portion of his chakra per clone, making it very easy for Naruto to die.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 519, pages 10-11</ref> However, due to Naruto and Kurama's recently developed friendship, this weakness is no longer an issue.
 
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Twice in the anime, Naruto produced shadow clones using the tiger seal.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 156</ref>
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* Due to Naruto Uzumaki's extensive usage of this technique, [[Sasuke Uchiha]] sees it as a symbolic way for Naruto to avoid loneliness.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 696, page 9</ref>
* In the anime episode ''[[Brothers: Distance Among the Uchiha]]'', [[Sasuke Uchiha]] claims that the [[Sharingan]] can distinguish clones from the original. This contradicts the manga and other anime episodes.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 129</ref>
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* In ''Naruto'' episode 129, Sasuke Uchiha claims that the Sharingan can distinguish clones from the original. This contradicts the manga and other anime episodes.<ref>''Naruto'' episode 129</ref>
 
* An ostrich named [[Condor]] appears in the anime using this technique, but in reality it was just other ostriches.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 185</ref>
 
* An ostrich named [[Condor]] appears in the anime using this technique, but in reality it was just other ostriches.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 185</ref>
   
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
 
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Latest revision as of 19:45, December 17, 2014

Shadow Clone Technique[1]

Shadow clones
Name
Kanji 影分身の術
Rōmaji Kage Bunshin no Jutsu
Literal English Shadow Clone Technique
Viz manga Art of the Shadow Doppelgänger
English TV Shadow Clone Jutsu
Other Art of Shadow Body Splitting
Debut
Manga Chapter #1
Anime Naruto Episode #1
Movie Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Game Naruto: Clash of Ninja
OVA Find the Four-Leaf Red Clover!
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game and Movie
Data
Classification Ninjutsu, Clone Techniques
Rank B-rank
Class Supplementary
Hand seals Clone seal or Tiger seal
Derived jutsu

Users
  • A (Movie only)

The Shadow Clone Technique is a technique developed by the Second Hokage, Tobirama Senju.[2]

Overview Edit

Similar to the basic Clone Technique, this technique creates copies of the user. However, these clones are corporeal instead of illusions. The user's chakra is evenly distributed among every clone, giving each clone an equal fraction of the user's overall power. The clones are capable of performing techniques on their own and can even bleed, but will usually disperse after hit by a strong enough force. The clones can also disperse on their own or be dispelled by the user of the technique. Shadow clones can't be distinguished from the original with Sharingan, Byakugan or Rinnegan.[3][4][5] However, Madara Uchiha later demonstrated the ability to detect shadow clones, something that is probably only unique to himself.[6] Shadow clones also seem to be able to think for themselves and feel the original's pain to some extent, as evidenced by Naruto's clones feeling pain when the Nine-Tails' cloak awakened while he and Kakashi were fighting Deidara.[7]

Usage Edit

Tailed Beast shadow clone

Naruto's Tailed Beast Mode variant.

Because of the manner in which the clones are created, the user must divide their chakra among the clones, potentially using up all their chakra fairly quickly if the user is low on chakra, or makes too many clones. This is especially problematic when the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique is used; whereas the normal version will only create a few clones, the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique can create hundreds.

A characteristic that is unique to the Shadow Clone Technique is that any experience the clones gain during their existence is transferred to the user once they are dispersed. This makes the technique ideal for spying, since the user can simply send a clone to spy on a target, then have the clone disperse itself without returning, to pass the information back to the user.[8] Similarly, because they are clones of the original, any chakra that the clone possesses will return to the original after being dispelled.[9] Conversely, the reverse is also true and the original is still able to manipulate the chakra of the clones.[10]

It's also useful for training purposes, since the total amount of experience the user gains is multiplied by the total number of clones being used to train. For example, if a user creates one shadow clone and trains together with this clone for one hour, then dispels the clone, the user gains two hours of training in one hour by adding the hours of clone and the user together. This particular feature is not revealed until Part II by Kakashi Hatake.[11] When done with several hundred, like Naruto does, training that could take weeks or months can be completed in a few hours.[12] While the technique can be extremely beneficial, attempting to use multiple clones for training purposes can be mentally harmful to the user, as not only is all the experience collected by the user, but so is all the mental stress from training each clone.[13] Kakashi stated that Naruto is the only person able to can do this type of training, due to the amount of chakra that Naruto has.[14]

Trivia Edit

  • Due to Naruto Uzumaki's extensive usage of this technique, Sasuke Uchiha sees it as a symbolic way for Naruto to avoid loneliness.[15]
  • In Naruto episode 129, Sasuke Uchiha claims that the Sharingan can distinguish clones from the original. This contradicts the manga and other anime episodes.[16]
  • An ostrich named Condor appears in the anime using this technique, but in reality it was just other ostriches.[17]

References Edit

  1. First Databook, page 170
  2. Naruto chapter 644, page 14
  3. Naruto chapter 100, page 5
  4. Naruto chapter 260, pages 8-9
  5. Naruto chapter 428, page 5
  6. Naruto chapter 601, page 2
  7. Naruto chapter 277, page 9
  8. Naruto chapter 315, pages 3-7
  9. Naruto chapter 433, pages 6-8
  10. Naruto chapter 644, page 15
  11. Naruto chapter 315, pages 8-9
  12. Naruto chapter 319, page 7
  13. Naruto chapter 318, page 4
  14. Naruto chapter 315, pages 10-11
  15. Naruto chapter 696, page 9
  16. Naruto episode 129
  17. Naruto: Shippūden episode 185

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