Wind Release: Rasengan
|Literal English||Wind Release: Spiralling Sphere|
|English TV||Wind Style: Rasengan|
|Anime||Naruto Shippūden Episode #81|
|Game||Naruto Shippūden: Dragon Blade Chronicles|
|Appears in||Anime, Manga and Game|
The Wind Release: Rasengan is an original technique created by Naruto Uzumaki, expanding on the original concept for the Rasengan: mixing one's chakra element with the Rasengan, emphasising the combination of the highest forms of Shape Transformation and Nature Transformation. This task proved too difficult to complete for Kakashi Hatake and the creator of the Rasengan, Minato Namikaze, before his death. Yamato noted that adding one's chakra element with the Rasengan takes an incredible amount of skill, or rather natural talent or instinct.
Naruto mixed his wind element with the Rasengan during his training, maintaining its original stability and increasing its power, far beyond that of his ordinary Rasengan. An example of the power that element manipulation adds to the Rasengan is shown when it was tested against Kakashi's standard Rasengan. The fact that it was only partially completed, but still be able to easily overpower Kakashi's Rasengan and damage his hand demonstrates just how far the Rasengan had been pushed when combined with elemental chakra.
To create it, Naruto needs the aid of two shadow clones and, in total, five hands (his hand to release and spin the chakra, one clone to form the shell to maintain the sphere shape, and the other to mix the wind-natured chakra). This technique looks fairly similar to an ordinary Rasengan, except it has four small white blade like protrusions surrounding it, making it look like a miniature fūma shuriken. The concept of a completed Wind Release: Rasengan would be the rotation and power of the Rasengan, and Naruto's wind-natured chakra condensed into a stable sphere.
- The Wind Release: Rasengan has seen very little use in the series, with the Wind Release: Rasenshuriken being the most frequently seen product of Naruto's training. The one time it is used in combat, the Wind Release: Rasengan is combined with Yamato's Water Release: Tearing Torrent to create the Typhoon Water Vortex Technique, which, due to the size and power of the vortex, implies that it can create a powerful twister shaped blast of wind upon impact with a foe.