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Wood Release: Wood Dragon Technique [1]
  • The dragon with the trunk-like nose.
  • The generic dragon.
Name
Kanji 木遁・木龍の術
Rōmaji Mokuton: Mokuryū no Jutsu
Literal English Wood Release: Wood Dragon Technique
Viz manga Wood Style: Wood Dragon Jutsu
Games Wood Style: Wooden Dragon Jutsu
Debut
Manga Chapter #607
Anime Naruto Shippūden Episode #362
Game Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game
Data
Classification Nature Icon Wood Kekkei Genkai, Ninjutsu, Chakra Absorption Techniques
Nature
Class Offensive, Defensive
Range Short to Mid range
Hand seals Snake → Ram → Hare → Dog → Technique specific seal or Snake
Other jutsu
Derived jutsu
Related jutsu
Wood Release: Wood Human Technique, Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands
Users

The user creates a gigantic wooden dragon, which they can they use for a multitude of purposes including restraining a target, or for offensive purposes. The dragon that the user creates can vary in terms of appearance. While both instances created a serpentine dragon, Chinese dragon, though the first had a short trunk-like nose, while the other two later created did not. It also has the ability to absorb chakra from its target, slowly rendering them unable to use techniques by biting into the target and draining them almost in a vampiric fashion.[2][3] In the anime, Hashirama was able to cause the dragon to detonate on his target, resulting in a large explosion.[4]

Countering

Despite being a formidable technique, the wood dragon has shown that if its head is destroyed, its ability to consume chakra is eliminated. Both Naruto Uzumaki and Kurama countered it this way by destroying the head with a Body Flicker Technique and Tailed Beast Ball respectively.[5][6] Madara Uchiha would also counter it with his Susanoo, deflecting its attempts to drain his chakra with a sword.[7]

Influence

The dragon created by this technique resembles a creature predominantly seen in Hindu mythology known as the Makara. Over time, the myth surrounding this creature has spread throughout most of Asia, and in Chinese renditions of the creature it most resembles this one: a dragon with an elephant's trunk.

Trivia

  • In the anime, Hashirama's generic dragon is depicted the same as the trunk-like nosed dragon.[8]
  • Hashirama noted that the chakra absorption feature of this technique negates the Chakra Absorption Techniques of a bound target.[9]
  • When the Wood Release: Wood Human Technique was used, this dragon encircles the creature's torso.
  • In certain parts of Japanese mythology dragons are considered deities with power over wood, forests, and water, likely a reference to Hashirama's Wood Release.
  • Obito used a technique similar to this but, instead of creating the dragons with the Wood Release, he used the roots of Shinju to form them.[10]

References

  1. Fourth Databook, page 300
  2. Chapter 608, page 6
  3. Chapter 656, page 4
  4. Naruto: Shippūden episode 368
  5. Chapter 608, page 12
  6. Chapter 620, page 14
  7. Chapter 641, page 2
  8. Naruto: Shippūden episode 388
  9. Chapter 656, page 2
  10. Chapter 650, page 5

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