Wood Clone Technique

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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 manga Art of the Wood Doppelganger
English TV Wood Style: Wood Clone Jutsu
Other 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 techniques.[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] Also, unlike the Shadow Clone Technique, which requires the clone to disappear to relay intel back to the user's original body, the wood clone can relay intel back and forth between the user's original body and a clone without having the clone disappear or even coming into contact with each other.[8] These clones can also be dispelled like normal clones.[9]

A weakness of the wood clone technique is the power of the clones are proportional to the power the user focuses on the clones. In the event the main body is busy fighting elsewhere, the wood clone would be unable to fight with it's full potential.[10] However, if the original body focuses on the clones it doesn't appear to impede or inhibit the clones even if there's a large number of them being created.


  • 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 647, page 10
  9. Chapter 638, page 13
  10. Chapter 636, page 14

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