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[[File:Earth Golem.png|thumb|[[Akatsuchi]] using an Earth Release technique.]]
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[[File:Banri Doryūheki.png|thumb|An Earth Release technique.]]
{{translation|'''Earth Release'''|土遁|Doton|engtv=Earth Style}} is one of the basic elemental [[nature transformation]] techniques and allows the user to manipulate the surrounding earth for offensive and defensive purposes or create it; be it dirt, mud, or rock.
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{{translation|'''Earth Release'''|土遁|Doton|engtv=Earth Style}} is one of the five basic [[nature transformation]]s. Earth Release is commonly affiliated with the Snake [[hand seal]].
   
Earth Release techniques have the ability to change the strength and composition of the earth from being as hard as metal to as soft as clay,<ref>Third Databook</ref> as well as manipulating their density, making them [[Earth Release: Added-Weight Rock Technique|heavier]] or [[Earth Release: Light-Weight Rock Technique|lighter]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 557, page 3</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 563, page 12</ref> This includes allowing the user to travel through ground and rock in various ways which can be essential for both transportation and for setting up attacks or creating defences or for offence.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 423, page 6</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 423, page 10</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 466, page 13</ref> Indeed, this makes earth techniques one of the most versatile of the elemental techniques. Pre-existing earth is not necessary though, for the user can create it with their own chakra.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 120, page 5</ref>
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== Overview ==
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Earth Release encompasses any earthen material, from dirt to stone to clay, and in fact often entails changing one to another.<ref>''[[Sha no Sho]]'', page 214</ref> For most Earth Release [[jutsu]], users place their hands on the ground and use their [[chakra]] to alter its form.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 420</ref> Less commonly, users create earth within their bodies, which they eject from their mouth.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 120</ref> Simpler applications of Earth Release involve [[Earth Release: Moving Earth Core|changing the terrain]] around the user. Offensively, Earth Release can be [[Earth Release: Earth Mausoleum Dumpling|clumped together]] for use as a projectile or [[Earth Release: Rock Lodging Destruction|broken up]] to create hazards for enemies. Targets can be trapped by creating an [[Earth Release Barrier: Earth Prison Dome of Magnificent Nothingness|rock dome]] around them or a [[Earth Release: Swamp of the Underworld|muddy pit]] that they sink into. Defensively, earth can be raised around the user as a fortification against attack, [[Earth-Style Wall]] being one of the more common options. Alternatively, Earth Release users can [[Earth Release: Hiding Like a Mole Technique|burrow underground]] in order to escape harm and, indeed, combat.
   
Earth Release affinities are the most common amongst the ninja of [[Iwagakure]], and is commonly affiliated with the Snake [[Hand seals|seal]] and/or slamming their palm onto the ground.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 244, page 5</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 420, page 9</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 244, page 7</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 396, page 9</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 517, page 10</ref>
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Earth Release is common among ninja of [[Iwagakure]], who make varied applications of it: [[Deidara]]'s [[Explosive Clay]] is partly-earth based, meaning it can be countered in the same way as Earth Release; [[Ōnoki]], by touching targets, can make them [[Earth Release: Added-Weight Rock Technique|too heavy]] to move or [[Earth Release: Light-Weight Rock Technique|so light]] that they can fly; [[Akatsuchi]] creates [[Rock Golem]]s to fight alongside himself and his allies; [[Kitsuchi]] uses a mountain's worth of earth to [[Earth Release: Sandwich Technique|crush targets]]. During the [[Third Shinobi World War]], [[Obito Uchiha]] was believed to be killed because of an [[Kakkō|Iwa-nin]]'s [[Earth Release: Rock Lodging Destruction|cave-in]], a favourite tactic of the village's ninja.
   
== Relationship with other Natures ==
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Earth Release is naturally strong against [[Water Release]] and weak against [[Lightning Release]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 333</ref> When Earth Release is combined with other natures, certain [[kekkei genkai]] are produced: earth and water make [[Wood Release]]; earth and [[fire]] make [[Lava Release]]; earth and [[wind]] are suggested to make [[Magnet Release]]; earth and lightning are suggested to make [[Explosion Release]]; earth is suggested to have some role in [[Crystal Release]]; in ''[[Akatsuki Hiden]]'', earth and water make [[Mud Release]]. The combination of earth, wind, and fire produces the [[kekkei tōta]], [[Dust Release]].
* Earth is strong against [[water]] because earth naturally contains water or absorbs water to the point when it becomes muddy then dries up but weak against [[lightning]] because it can easily travel through and break the ground apart.
 
* In the anime, Earth Release was shown being used in [[Cooperation Ninjutsu|conjunction]] with [[Fire Release]].<ref>''Naruto'' episode 69</ref>
 
* It seems that [[Explosion Release]] chakra can be infused into clay using the [[Iwagakure Kinjutsu]] to form [[explosive clay]]. This clay is earth-based, and is weak to Lightning Release.
 
* Earth-natured chakra is a component of the following [[kekkei genkai]]: [[Wood Release]], [[Lava Release]], [[Explosion Release]], [[Magnet Release]] and [[Mud Release]].
 
** It is also a component of the [[kekkei tōta]] [[Dust Release]].
 
* Earth Release is suggested to be related to [[Crystal Release]] due to [[Guren]]'s crystal dragons being shattered by [[Kakashi]]'s [[Lightning Cutter]]<ref name="ship104">''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 104</ref> and [[Kiba]] having mistaken the actual element for an Earth Release technique.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 91</ref>
 
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* Earth Release parallels the real-life ninja art {{translation|"''[[wikipedia:Ninja#Tactics|doton-no-jutsu]]''"|lit=techniques of earth}}. One example of real-life doton-no-jutsu is Uzura-gakure: the practice of curling into a ball and remaining motionless in order to appear like a stone.
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* "''[[Wikipedia:Ninja#Tactics|Doton-no-jutsu]]''" is a real-life ninja art, examples of which include curling into a ball and remaining motionless in order to appear like a stone.
   
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==

Revision as of 22:48, June 4, 2019

Banri Doryūheki

An Earth Release technique.

Earth Release (土遁, Doton, English TV: Earth Style) is one of the five basic nature transformations. Earth Release is commonly affiliated with the Snake hand seal.

Overview

Earth Release encompasses any earthen material, from dirt to stone to clay, and in fact often entails changing one to another.[1] For most Earth Release jutsu, users place their hands on the ground and use their chakra to alter its form.[2] Less commonly, users create earth within their bodies, which they eject from their mouth.[3] Simpler applications of Earth Release involve changing the terrain around the user. Offensively, Earth Release can be clumped together for use as a projectile or broken up to create hazards for enemies. Targets can be trapped by creating an rock dome around them or a muddy pit that they sink into. Defensively, earth can be raised around the user as a fortification against attack, Earth-Style Wall being one of the more common options. Alternatively, Earth Release users can burrow underground in order to escape harm and, indeed, combat.

Earth Release is common among ninja of Iwagakure, who make varied applications of it: Deidara's Explosive Clay is partly-earth based, meaning it can be countered in the same way as Earth Release; Ōnoki, by touching targets, can make them too heavy to move or so light that they can fly; Akatsuchi creates Rock Golems to fight alongside himself and his allies; Kitsuchi uses a mountain's worth of earth to crush targets. During the Third Shinobi World War, Obito Uchiha was believed to be killed because of an Iwa-nin's cave-in, a favourite tactic of the village's ninja.

Earth Release is naturally strong against Water Release and weak against Lightning Release.[4] When Earth Release is combined with other natures, certain kekkei genkai are produced: earth and water make Wood Release; earth and fire make Lava Release; earth and wind are suggested to make Magnet Release; earth and lightning are suggested to make Explosion Release; earth is suggested to have some role in Crystal Release; in Akatsuki Hiden, earth and water make Mud Release. The combination of earth, wind, and fire produces the kekkei tōta, Dust Release.

Trivia

  • "Doton-no-jutsu" is a real-life ninja art, examples of which include curling into a ball and remaining motionless in order to appear like a stone.

See Also

References

  1. Sha no Sho, page 214
  2. Naruto chapter 420
  3. Naruto chapter 120
  4. Naruto chapter 333
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