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Wood Clone Technique [1]
  • Sentient clones being formed.
  • The clone used as a wooden dummy.
Kanji 木分身の術
Rōmaji Moku Bunshin no Jutsu
Literal English Wood Clone Technique
Viz print media Art of the Wood Doppelganger
English anime Wood Style: Wood Clone Jutsu
Alternative names Wood Release Clone (木遁分身, Mokuton Bunshin),[2] Wood Release: Wood Clone Technique (木遁・木分身の術, Mokuton: Moku Bunshin no Jutsu)[3]
Manga Volume #33, Chapter #293
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #41
Game Naruto Shippūden: Gekitō Ninja Taisen! EX 2
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Classification Nature Icon Wood Kekkei Genkai, Ninjutsu, Clone Techniques
Class Supplementary
Hand seals Tiger → Dog → Snake
Derived jutsu
Multiple Wood Release Clone Technique


A clone that is created by using chakra to alter the user's own cells into vegetation. The clones can be as simple in function as a wooden dummy for use in the Body Replacement Technique or completely mobile and able to perform jutsu.[4] They have the ability to travel far from the user and are able to communicate with the original. Moreover, since the wood clone has the ability to merge with plants and trees, it is also great for reconnaissance missions.[5] By directly touching the wood clone with his hand, the user can change the shape of the clone.[6]

Unlike other clone techniques, the wood clone doesn't disappear when hit and takes the damage to a certain degree. This, according to Madara Uchiha, makes it the perfect clone technique that only he with his dōjutsu was able to see through.[7] Wood clones are also somewhat inhibited by the actions of the user, so if they are preoccupied with other tasks the wood clones will not be able to act to their full potential.[8] Wood clones can, however, be dispelled like normal clones.[9]


  • When Madara used this technique, he called it a "Wood Release Clone" (木遁分身, Mokuton Bunshin).[2]
  • When Hashirama used this technique, he called it "Wood Release: Wood Clone Technique" (木遁・木分身の術, Mokuton: Moku Bunshin no Jutsu).[3]

See Also


  1. Third Databook, page 309
  2. 2.0 2.1 Chapter 577, page 13
  3. 3.0 3.1 Chapter 632, page 6
  4. Chapter 288, page 11
  5. Chapter 300, page 14
  6. Chapter 301, page 14
  7. Chapter 577 pages 10-11
  8. Chapter 636, page 14
  9. Chapter 638, page 13

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