Throughout the series, several shinobi — jinchūriki or not — have demonstrated the ability to gain control of one or more of the nine tailed beasts. The cause and effect of this control varies between those capable of doing so.
The jinchūriki have the potential to control their tailed beasts' power, but require intense training and sheer willpower in order to properly wield it. According to Gerotora, whenever the jinchūriki draws out a certain amount of the tailed beasts' chakra, the beasts' very own psyche will fuse along with it, which usually involves an inner struggle between them as the jinchūriki goes deeper into their tailed beasts' forms. If a jinchūriki were to completely give into its influence, the seal which contains them will break and the tailed beast will be released. For the jinchūriki to have complete control, they must find something to fill in the void of loneliness within their hearts to give them strength.
While some jinchūriki, such as Gaara, Yugito Nii, and Utakata (in the anime), had shown to use their tailed beasts' power to a certain degree, their control over it was lacking compared to Yagura, Killer B, and Naruto Uzumaki's, as they became the only jinchūriki to have complete control.
Once the jinchūriki are on good terms with their tailed beasts, they can act as partners in battle. This advantage allows the jinchūriki to counteract genjutsu without requiring another person to be present, as the tailed beasts can disturb their jinchūriki's chakra flow to break the genjutsu. They can also transform into their tailed beasts without losing control and are able use to their considerable abilities to the fullest extent. However, to achieve the full transformation, the tailed beasts and their jinchūriki must come to an agreement about trading certain amounts of their own chakra, otherwise, if the jinchūriki has complete control over the chakra but does not have the tailed beasts' own cooperation, the transformation will result in failure, and the tailed beasts will then gradually consume their jinchūriki's own chakra whenever they use the tailed beasts' chakra, which can kill the jinchūriki.
Hashirama Senju could completely control the tailed beasts by using his Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands technique, which utilises the power of his Wood Release kekkei genkai to forcibly suppress the tailed beasts' chakra. He was even noted to have had several of the beasts under his control at one point in time. Yamato would later also acquire this power due to his genetic alteration, however, by his own admission, he isn't able to use it to its fullest extent.
The Sharingan has been noted to wield the power to control over the tailed beasts. This ability was first displayed by Madara Uchiha and Obito Uchiha, who can fully control Kurama. Sasuke Uchiha at first also used his Sharingan to suppress a small amount of Kurama's chakra within Naruto's subconscious.
The Rinnegan also has the ability to subjugate the tailed beasts by using its Outer Path ability. This was displayed by Obito when he gained the Rinnegan, and used the combination of chakra chains and chakra receivers to bind the tailed beasts into their reincarnated jinchūriki as well as manipulating their transformations.
- ↑ Naruto chapter 490, pages 10-12
- ↑ Naruto chapter 542, pages 3-4
- ↑ Naruto chapter 313, pages 7-11
- ↑ Naruto: Shippūden episode 151
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Naruto chapter 458, page 3
- ↑ Naruto chapter 571
- ↑ Naruto chapter 413, page 14
- ↑ Naruto chapter 519, pages 8-11
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Naruto chapter 297, page 9
- ↑ Naruto chapter 404, page 14
- ↑ Naruto chapter 501, page 9
- ↑ Naruto chapter 568, page 8
- ↑ Naruto chapter 309, pages 4-6
- ↑ Naruto chapter 478, page 15
- ↑ Naruto chapter 567, page 7
- ↑ Naruto chapter 570, page 5
- ↑ Naruto: Shippūden episode 92