This article is about the term. For the chapter, see Jinchūriki…!!.

Each tailed beast's jinchūriki in Part II.

Jinchūriki (人柱力, literally meaning: Power of Human Sacrifice) are humans that have tailed beasts sealed within them. They exhibit extraordinary powers due to the immense chakra reserves they possess.


Hagoromo and Hamura fight the Ten-Tails

The Ōtsutsuki brothers and the Ten-Tails.

A millennium ago, the world was terrorised by a rampaging, colossal monster known as the Ten-Tails. Eventually, through the combined efforts of the twin brothers, Hagoromo and Hamura Ōtsutsuki, the Ten-Tails was defeated and sealed within Hagoromo, becoming its jinchūriki.[1] Throughout his travels, Hagoromo used the Ten-Tails' power to perform many great deeds and promote peace during his lifetime, causing him to be revered as the "Sage of Six Paths". Towards the end of his life, Hagoromo, knowing the Ten-Tails would be unleashed on the world again when he died, split its chakra into nine living entities called the tailed beasts.[2]

Although humanity would for centuries exploit the tailed beasts as sources of power, it would not be until after the establishment of the hidden villages that the practice of creating jinchūriki resumed. The new hidden villages, each with their own tailed beasts, started sealing the beasts into selected villagers:[3] in Konohagakure this was done to protect the village from its beast, the Nine-Tails;[4] in Sunagakure, the abilities that manifested in their jinchūriki were studied so that non-jinchūriki could replicate them; more often than not, though, the jinchūriki were meant to be nothing more than military potential, with little regard for the jinchūriki or even the tailed beast.[5]

Because of the difficulties involved when learning to control a tailed beast and the history the tailed beast itself may have with a village, jinchūriki are often hated and ostracised by their fellow villagers, treated as no different than the beast they contain. Members of Akatsuki report that villages are often glad to be rid of their jinchūriki.[6] However, because a jinchūriki is so valuable an asset, it is not in the village's interest to let them be captured or turn into missing-nin. To strengthen the jinchūriki's bond with the village, it is tradition for them to be related to their village's Kage: for example, Killer B is the adopted brother of the Fourth Raikage and Gaara is the youngest son of the Fourth Kazekage.[7]

While many jinchūriki do indeed experience hardship in their early lives, either being mistreated by the majority of the village or dying in their failed attempts to control their tailed beasts, some are able to earn respect and recognition both within their village and in the wider world: Gaara and Yagura Karatachi becomes their villages' Kage, while Killer B, Yugito Nii, and Naruto Uzumaki become regarded as heroes and icons of their villages, with Naruto also becoming a Kage eventually.


Jinchūriki typically have their tailed beasts sealed into them early in their lives - often shortly after birth - so that they can grow up acclimating to their beast. Which seal is used differs from village to village, with Konoha using the Eight Trigrams Sealing Style and Kumo using the Iron Armour Seal. In order for a jinchūriki to be successful in the long term, it is important for the jinchūriki to have special compatibility[8] or simply unique chakra that can improve their chances.[4] If a jinchūriki has been one for a long time, their chakra will naturally adapt to their tailed beast for better compatibility.[9] In the case of the Ten-Tails, it is also necessary that its jinchūriki have a living body.[10] Even with a powerful enough seal, not just anyone can become a jinchūriki, as a certain level of natural compatibility is still required.[11] Likewise, the greater this compatibility is, the smoother and more potent the jinchūriki can make use of the tailed beast's powers and abilities.[12]

Shukaku Extracted from Gaara

Shukaku being extracted from Gaara by Akatsuki.

There are several ways in which a tailed beast can be removed from its jinchūriki. If the jinchūriki loses control of the beast or if the seal is simply allowed to weaken enough, the beast will be released. For female jinchūriki, seals are at their weakest during childbirth, due to the nurturing of the child in the womb taking precedence over the reinforcement of the seal. As such, another ninja is required to keep the seal intact during childbirth and restore it to full power afterwards.[13] Akatsuki uses the Sealing Technique: Phantom Dragons Nine Consuming Seals to extract the tailed beasts and seal them within the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path for future use.

Typically, the removal of a tailed beast will cause immediate death for a jinchūriki. Two jinchūriki from the Uzumaki clan, however, have been shown to survive the removal of their tailed beast, but they are left severely weakened and/or left in a critical state.[14] If a jinchūriki is able to hold on to or receive some of their beast's chakra, that will also enable them to survive.[15] The Ten-Tails' jinchūriki can survive its removal so long as the Demonic Statue remains within them, though they will be completely paralysed for a time.[16] Reincarnated jinchūriki can "survive" their beast's removal since they are already dead, but they may lose consciousness depending on the process.[17]


Ink Creation

Killer B demonstrating a tailed beast ability.

Main articles: Jinchūriki Forms and Nine-Tails Chakra Mode A jinchūriki has access to their tailed beast's massive chakra reserves. Most jinchūriki learn how to access this chakra on their own and take it by force, but they can also form a symbiosis with their tailed beast and take only what chakra is offered to them. A tailed beast may even give chakra to its jinchūriki without them knowing it, either to try and exert control over the jinchūriki, or simply to protect the jinchūriki and, by extension, itself. If a jinchūriki shares a good relationship with their tailed beast, they can have the beast in question to help them cancel a genjutsu for them.[18]

In addition to the chakra reserves, jinchūriki gain abilities unique to the respective beast. If they are able to survive their beast's removal, they will still have access .[19] At the same time, only while possessing the tailed beast will the jinchūriki have access to forming chakra cloaks, powerful healing of themselves or others.[12] and even transforming of various degrees into said tailed beast. As the jinchūriki transform themselves into the likeness of their tailed beasts, it further increases the power of their abilities. Jinchūriki that have tamed their tailed beast can summon it outside of their bodies while retaining enough of their tailed beast's chakra to avoid suffering the effects of death or critical condition that comes with a tailed beast extraction to fight on their behalf. Afterwards, the tailed beast has to either be resealed or is de-summoned back into the jinchūriki.

List of Jinchūriki[]

Bunpuku[Notes 1]
Unspecified Jinchūriki[20]
Obito Uchiha
Naruto Uzumaki
Yugito Nii
Naruto Uzumaki
Rin Nohara
Yagura Karatachi
Naruto Uzumaki
Son Gokū
Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki
Blue B's Father[8]
Blue B's Uncle[8]
Blue B
Killer B
Obito Uchiha
Naruto Uzumaki
Mito Uzumaki
Kushina Uzumaki
Naruto Uzumaki
Himawari Uzumaki
Menma Namikaze (dream only)
Yin half
Minato Namikaze
Black Zetsu
Obito Uchiha[21]
Naruto Uzumaki
Kushina Uzumaki (dream only)
Yang half
Naruto Uzumaki
Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki
Obito Uchiha
Madara Uchiha

Similar Cases[]

  • In the anime, when someone has had tailed beast's chakra sealed into themselves, but not the beast itself, that person is considered a pseudo-jinchūriki (人柱力もどき, jinchūrikimodoki, English TV: Simulated-jinchūriki).[22] Sora, Hōichi and the reincarnation of Blue B are examples of this.
    • Naruto Uzumaki received chakra from eight of the tailed beasts without having them truly sealed in him, with the exception of the Nine-Tails. However, Naruto has been called their jinchūriki as well.[23]
  • The Gold and Silver Brothers were able to gain abilities similar to a jinchūriki by consuming some of the Nine-Tails' flesh. Kumo ninja's subsequent attempts to replicate this by eating the Eight-Tails' tentacles caused only death. The Gold and Silver Brothers' success was only because they are distantly related to the Sage of Six Paths.[24]
  • During the Three-Tails' Appearance arc in the anime, Yūkimaru displayed the ability to synchronise with the Three-Tails, allowing him to summon and later control it through unknown means.
  • In Sakura Hiden: Thoughts of Love, Riding Upon a Spring Breeze, Kido Tsumiki and his aid Magire use DNA samples of Naruto taken after his battle with Sasuke from the Valley of the End to create a Tailed Beast Drug that grants the consumer a chakra cloak with tails that can range from one to nine tails. The tails are capable of being used as a shield for deflecting kunai, taijutsu, or ninjutsu and are able to manifest into Tailed Beast Chakra Arms. However, if the user is rendered unconscious, the cloak will disappear.
  • In the anime, Kabuto Yakushi used his Body Recreation Technique with some of Kurama's chakra in order to create a clone of Naruto's four-tailed form. Proving too powerful for Kabuto's control, the clone is able to siphon Kurama's chakra to temporarily increase his power.[25]
  • In the Konohamaru's Love Arc, Kankitsu Akitsuki is possessed by the demon Sōma, during which he shows the ability to use its memory-stealing abilities.
  • During the end of the Fourth Shinobi World War, Kakashi Hatake functionally became similar to Obito Uchiha's jinchūriki while being inhabited by his soul; he displayed the ability to fully channel Obito's kekkei genkai, his unique reserves of Six Paths Chakra, and even commune with him within his own mind.
  • Following the Fourth Shinobi World War, Naruto and Killer B became the only two jinchūriki left in the world, as a result of the many changes that came about.[26] However, after Naruto lost Kurama via the Baryon Mode, Kurama was revived within Himawari.[27]


  • The fictional term jinchūriki (人柱力, literally meaning: Power of Human Sacrifice) bears strong resemblance to the real Japanese word for supernatural or magical power, jintsūriki (神通力, literally meaning: God-Reaching Power).
  • A full-term pregnancy for a female jinchūriki is about ten months.
  • Offspring of jinchūriki may display characteristics of a tailed beast. Naruto had whisker marks at birth, before becoming a jinchūriki himself, and his children have also inherited whisker marks.
  • Takigakure is the only village not belonging to one of the Five Great Shinobi Countries known to have had a jinchūriki.[28]
  • There have been cases that both the tailed beasts and their jinchūriki are affected to a certain degree during a full moon:
    • According to Gaara, Shukaku's blood-lust is especially strong during a full moon.[29]
    • In the anime, Blue B, during his time as Gyūki's jinchūriki, noted that he would have trouble sleeping during the nights of the full moon, because anytime he would stare at it, it would reflect the loneliness in his heart. Gyūki would take advantage of those moments of weakness and try to control over Blue B's body. Blue B was also shown to take sleeping pills to help with this side-effect.[30]
  • In the anime, the six tailed beasts that were used by Tobi shared a voice actor with one of each other's respective jinchūriki.
  • If a person with a summoning contract with a tailed beast attempts to summon one while it is sealed within a jinchūriki, the summoning will fail, but the jinchūriki will experience excruciating pain.[31]
  • While it was strongly believed that jinchūriki who has their tailed beast remove will inevitably die, in the anime, certain cases showed otherwise. Harusame was confident he could safely remove Saiken from Utakata.[32] Also, Menma Uzumaki[33] and Menma Namikaze[34] respectively received their tailed beasts without losing their mother, who was the previous jinchūriki of said tailed beast.


  1. In the anime, it was stated that Bunpuku was Shukaku's first jinchūriki.


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  2. Naruto chapter 510, pages 11-12
  3. Naruto chapter 404, page 14
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto chapter 500, page 5
  5. Naruto chapter 568, page 13
  6. Naruto chapter 266, pages 14-15
  7. Naruto chapter 493, page 14
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Naruto chapter 542, page 3
  9. Naruto chapter 617, page 5
  10. Naruto chapter 614, page 5
  11. Naruto chapter 547, page 3
  12. 12.0 12.1 Boruto: Twin Blue Vortex', Chapter 11, page 33
  13. Naruto chapter 500, pages 8-9
  14. Naruto chapter 662, page 16
  15. Naruto chapter 677, pages 8
  16. Naruto chapter 656, pages 12-13
  17. Naruto chapter 572, page 1
  18. Naruto chapter 413, page 15
  19. Naruto chapter 278, pages 16-19
  20. Naruto chapter 261, page 5
  21. Naruto chapter 666, page 11
  22. Naruto: Shippūden episode 68
  23. Naruto chapter 693, page 1
  24. Fourth Databook, page 93
  25. Naruto: Shippūden episode 292
  26. Boruto episode 55
  27. Boruto: Two Blue Vortex chapter 8
  28. Naruto chapter 420, pages 1-2
  29. Naruto chapter 91, page 19
  30. Naruto: Shippūden episode 318
  31. Naruto chapter 561, page 11
  32. Naruto: Shippūden episode 148
  33. Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie
  34. Naruto: Shippūden episode 428