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Six Paths (六道, Rikudō) is a term used throughout the Naruto storyline. Its deeper meaning is currently unknown, but it is suggested to be connected to Yin–Yang Release.[1] The term has been used in the following contexts:

Monikers

  • Sage of Six Paths (六道仙人, Rikudō Sennin) — Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki, the founder of ninshū.
    • Six Paths (六道, Rikudō) — The shortened form of this moniker.[2]
  • Second Six Paths (二人目の六道, Futarime no Rikudō) — Obito Uchiha called himself this while impersonating Madara Uchiha.
  • Third Six Paths (三人目の六道, Sanninme no Rikudō) — Nagato, the third wielder of the Rinnegan, was called this by Obito.
  • Sage of Six Paths (六道の神仙, Rikudō no Shinsen) — Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki is called this in the fourth databook.[3]

Techniques and Weapons

Chakra

  • Six Paths Chakra (六道のチャクラ, Rikudō no Chakura) — Hagoromo's special chakra.
  • Six Paths Sage Chakra (六道の仙人チャクラ, Rikudō no Sennin Chakura) — This chakra is used by Naruto Uzumaki to form his Six Paths Rods.

Powers

Other Instances

  • While talking to Tobi about the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique, Kabuto Yakushi uses the term Pain of Six Paths (六道ペイン達, Rikudō Pein-tachi) to refer to the six bodies Nagato used to fight Jiraiya.[7]
  • After Naruto's and Kurama's fight on Genbu, the fox is sealed by Naruto's Torii Seal and makes an allusion to the Six Paths, saying …this is…the Six Paths'…!? (…こりゃあ…六道の…!?, …koryaa… Rikudō no…!?).[8]

References

  1. Fourth databook, page 226 — "Six Paths" is used as a subhead for the Yin–Yang Release part.
  2. Naruto chapter 665
  3. Fourth databook, page 70
  4. Naruto chapter 675
  5. Naruto chapter 375, page 17
  6. Naruto chapter 520, page 15
  7. Naruto chapter 520
  8. Naruto chapter 499