Wood Clone Technique

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Wood Clone Technique [1]
  • The tracking seeds.
Kanji 木分身の術
Rōmaji Moku Bunshin no Jutsu
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]
Manga Volume #33, Naruto 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 altering the user's own cells with chakra. It has more endurance than the normal shadow clones and doesn't disappear when hit by the enemies' attacks. Moreover, since it has the ability to merge with plants and trees, it is also great for reconnaissance missions.[3] They have the ability to travel far from the user and are able to communicate with the original. The clones can be as simple in function as a wooden dummy for use in the Body Replacement Technique.[4] The basic concept of the Shadow Clone Technique also applies to the Wood Clone Technique. However, the chakra-composed shadow clone and the cell-based wood clone are completely distinct techniques. By directly touching the wood clone with his hand, the user can absorb the information it gathered and change the shape of the clone.[5] Unlike the Shadow Clone Technique the clone made of this technique doesn't disappear when it's hit and even appears to take the damage the same way the original body would take it, making it far more useful for deception than the Shadow Clone Technique.[6]

The clone is made up of the user's own cells, transformed into vegetation. Because of this, when it is changed into a seed and ingested into the body or left on a target, it can be used as a transmission device of sorts. The user can use these to track their target as the seeds respond to their chakra only.[7] This and all other uses make this technique extremely convenient and, according to Madara Uchiha, the perfect clone technique that only he, with his dōjutsu, was able to see through.[2]


  • When Madara used this technique, he called it a "Wood Release Clone" (木遁分身, Mokuton Bunshin).[2]


  1. Third Databook, page 309
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Naruto chapter 577, page 13
  3. Naruto chapter 300, page 14
  4. Naruto chapter 288, page 11
  5. Naruto chapter 301, page 14
  6. Naruto chapter 577 pages 10-11
  7. Naruto chapter 301, pages 14-16

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