Spirit Transformation Technique

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Spirit Transformation Technique
Kanji 霊化の術
Rōmaji Reika no Jutsu
Literal English Spirit Transformation Technique
Viz print media Ghost Transformation Jutsu
English anime Ghost Transformation Jutsu
Manga Volume #62, Chapter #591
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #267
Appears in Anime, Manga
Classification Ninjutsu
Class Offensive, Supplementary
Hand seals Ram → Hare

This technique allows the user's spirit to materialise and leave his body, which is then able to take possession of a target, enabling them to freely manipulate the victim's body at will. Dan Katō noted that this technique had been used to kill a great number of shinobi during his lifetime.[1] The only known way to counteract the technique is to trap the user within a barrier, such as the Four Violet Flames Battle Encampment, before they can activate it.[2]

With the release of the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique, a reincarnated Dan was capable of taking control of his ascending spirit for a short period of time using this technique. It crossed a vast distance and was still able to manipulate a person's body as well as transfer chakra to them.[3]


  • Dan's ability to cause his soul to exit his body makes him reminiscent of an "ikiryō" (生霊, Literally meaning: living ghost), from Japanese folklore. An ikiryō is a person whose soul can dwell outside his or her body.
  • The jutsu was first mentioned in The Brilliant Military Advisor of the Hidden Leaf

See Also


  1. Naruto chapter 591, pages 6-7
  2. Naruto chapter 530, page 7
  3. Naruto chapter 591, pages 7-13

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