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Truth-Seeking Ball[1]

Madara Jinchuriki
Name
Kanji 求道玉
Rōmaji Gudōdama
Literal English Truth-Seeking Ball
Viz manga Truthseeker Orb
Other Black Weapons (黒い武器, Kuroi Buki)
Debut
Manga Chapter #638
Appears in Manga only
Data
Classification Kekkei Mōra, Tailed Beast Skill, Senjutsu
Type
Class Offensive, Defensive, Supplementary
Range All ranges
Other jutsu
Related jutsu

Six Paths Sage Technique

Users

Truth-Seeking Balls are spheres of black, malleable chakra that are composed of all five basic nature transformations, in addition to Yin-Yang Release,[2] as well as natural energy,[3][4] and are capable of negating ninjutsu.

Usage

The Truth-Seeking Balls can be shaped into a variety of forms, allowing them to be used for offensive, defensive and supplementary purposes. Obito shaped the balls by having them pierce through holes that temporarily formed in his hands,[5] whereas other users forego this process and simply grab them.[6] The balls can wrap around the user to act as a defensive shield,[7] or be launched to serve as high-speed projectiles.[8] They are also capable of causing massive explosions by rapidly expanding in size.[9]

According to Hiruzen Sarutobi, this technique uses attacks that turn their target to dust in an instant on a similar basis to Dust Release, but on a greater level in terms of shape transformation, allowing it to constantly be used for either offensive or defensive purposes. Hiruzen also noted that, since the substance is a combination of more than four nature transformations, it is beyond both kekkei genkai and kekkei tōta.[5] Tobirama Senju discovered that this technique can makes use of Yin–Yang Release to nullify all ninjutsu the balls touch. As a result, any damage done by this technique to a reincarnated individual cannot be repaired and they could die as it neutralises their immortality.[10] However, for unknown reasons, Obito's Truth-Seeking Balls did not nullify ninjutsu prior to him gaining control over the Ten-Tails' power.[5]

Obito used the black substance as chakra receivers, shooting them in six directions to perform the Six Red Yang Formation.[11] The balls can also be used to create the Sword of Nunoboko.[12] The black substance is highly durable, only taking damage from powerful techniques such as the Evening Elephant and a senjutsu-enhanced Tailed Beast Ball.[13][14] According to Sasuke Uchiha, Naruto's orbs are comprised of "Six Paths Sage Chakra" (六道の仙人チャクラ, Rikudō no Sennin Chakura).[15] When Kaguya summoned a huge Truth-Seeking Ball, Black Zetsu noted that it could be used to create a new dimension.[2]

Shape Variants

The balls can be manipulated into a variety of shapes for various purposes.

Drawbacks

According to Minato Namikaze, the user can only control the chakra within 70 metres of their location. He also noted that the chakra simply exists, and can't be deactivated.[16] Hiruzen noted that there is likely a limit to the amount of time that the balls can take on another form.[5] After seeing the effects of Gamakichi's natural energy-imbued technique on Obito, Naruto and Tobirama discovered that the balls were incapable of negating senjutsu. This was further proven when Naruto managed to land a hit on Obito while in Sage Mode. It was also shown that when the transformed balls come in direct contact with natural energy-based techniques, their form becomes disrupted.[10] Additionally, the rapid expansion of the balls is capable of damaging the user's own body if they are not protected by other balls.[9]

Similar to the chakra receivers, the balls will disintegrate if the user's chakra disappears.[17] Any clones produced by the user will not have their own Truth-Seeking Balls.[18] The clones can, however, have the balls passed on to them.[19]

Trivia

  • When a jinchūriki of the Ten-Tails gains control over the beast, the shakujō variant seems to instinctively form in their hand. Obito and Madara each wielded one half of Hagoromo's complete shakujō.
  • In the original publication of chapter 689, Black Zetsu lists Wood as one of the component natures of Kaguya's Truth-Seeking Ball, rather than Water.[2] Masashi Kishimoto confirmed this was an error in Issue #41 of Weekly Shōnen Jump, and stated that it would be corrected in the tankōbon release of the chapter.[20]

References

  1. Naruto chapter 672, page 14
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Naruto chapter 689, page 7
  3. Naruto chapter 666, page 6
  4. Naruto chapter 673, page 13
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Naruto chapter 639, pages 7-8
  6. Naruto chapter 673, page 1
  7. Naruto chapter 643, page 12
  8. Naruto chapter 666, page 5
  9. 9.0 9.1 Naruto chapter 640, pages 5-8
  10. 10.0 10.1 Naruto chapter 642
  11. Naruto chapter 643
  12. Naruto chapter 651
  13. Naruto chapter 669, pages 15-16
  14. Naruto chapter 649, pages 4-5
  15. Naruto chapter 674, pages 9-10
  16. Naruto chapter 669, pages 6-7
  17. Naruto chapter 680, pages 10-11
  18. Naruto chapter 675, pages 10-11
  19. Naruto chapter 686, pages 10-11
  20. Weekly Shōnen Jump Issue 41 Author Comments

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