There are three basic types of techniques: ninjutsu, genjutsu and taijutsu. Subcategories exist, including fūinjutsu, juinjutsu and senjutsu. There are also kekkei genkai abilities which aren't techniques, but inherited abilities passed down through certain clans (however, they can be used as base for certain techniques, such as Haku's Demonic Mirroring Ice Crystals). Kekkei genkai can also be attributed to certain parts of the body, such as dōjutsu.
Without proper control of their chakra, a ninja will produce ineffective or weakened technique which will lead to them running out of chakra early in a fight. To manipulate their chakra more easily, hand seals can be used. With these hand seals, users can control their chakra and technique with higher efficiency. Different techniques require different hand seals.
Depending on the difficulty or skill necessary to perform a technique, they are ranked differently. There are six different ranks in techniques:
- E-rank - Learned by Academy students. Are the basic and most fundamental techniques for all ninja.
- D-rank - Genin-level techniques. Can be achieved by all genin, though many ninja only learn their "type" of technique.
- C-rank - Chūnin-level techniques. Sometimes learned by genin who have trained extensively.
- B-rank - Jōnin-level techniques. Require high levels of chakra to use.
- A-rank - Kage or jōnin-level techniques. Require great control over one's chakra and may be forbidden.
- S-rank - Secret, extreme level techniques. Are typically unique to a single user.
Kekkei Genkai and unique abilities normally do not have a rank.
Main article: Ninjutsu
Ninjutsu (忍術, English TV: Ninja Art, literally meaning: Ninja Techniques) is one of the three main jutsu categories. Ninjutsu is the most nebulous of the three, and may most simply be described as anything that is not genjutsu
. Most ninjutsu require chakra
and hand seals
, but this is not always the case since the mere usage of weaponry
qualifies as ninjutsu.
Main article: Genjutsu
Genjutsu (幻術, literally meaning: Illusionary Techniques) is one of the main jutsu categories which uses chakra
. Unlike ninjutsu, the effects of genjutsu are not real, being only sensory illusions experienced by those who fall victim to it. According to the Second Mizukage
, genjutsu falls under the broad category of Yin Release
Main article: Taijutsu
Taijutsu (体術, literally meaning: Body Techniques) is a basic form of techniques
and refers to any techniques involving the martial arts or the optimisation of natural human abilities. Taijutsu is executed by directly accessing the user's physical and mental energies, relying on the stamina and strength gained through training. It typically does not require chakra
, though chakra may be used to enhance its techniques. Taijutsu generally requires no hand seals
to perform, occasionally making use of certain stances or poses, and are far quicker to use than ninjutsu
. Taijutsu is, simply put, hand-to-hand combat.
Main article: Barrier Ninjutsu
Barrier ninjutsu (結界忍術, Kekkai Ninjutsu, literally meaning: Barrier Ninja Techniques) is the incorporation of barriers into techniques. Essentially these techniques allow the users to manipulate barriers. The user can erect barriers that can be used to protect themselves, or to trap an opponent, amongst other various uses.
Main article: Bukijutsu
's use of weaponry
in combat is known as "bukijutsu
" (武器術, literally meaning: Weapon Techniques). All ninja use a weapon at some point in their careers, but not all do so regularly.
Chakra Absorption Techniques
Main article: Chakra Absorption Techniques
Chakra absorption techniques (チャクラ吸引術, Chakura Kyūin Jutsu, English TV: Chakra Absorption Jutsu) allow the user to absorb the chakra
of another individual - usually an opponent's - and utilise it as if it were their own.
Main article: Chakra Flow
Chakra Flow (チャクラ流し, Chakura Nagashi) refers to both the flowing of chakra through an object as well as any technique that increases the potency of a weapon by flowing chakra
through it. Ordinarily, elemental chakra is used to flow through bladed weapons in order to either, dramatically increase their various pre-existing properties, or to gain additional advantageous effects. Usually, the user must be touching the tool to initiate chakra flow but not always as with the Fire Release: Phoenix Sage Flower Nail Crimson
technique, and direct contact with the weapon is not necessary to maintain chakra flow. Similarly, techniques such as Kakuzu
's Earth Release: Earth Spear
's Lava Release Chakra Mode
and the Fourth Raikage
's Lightning Release Chakra Mode
are used to increase close-quarter combat offence and defence by flowing chakra directly through the user's body. However, whether through an individual's body or weapon, the exact effects observed are entirely dependent upon the respective nature and amount of the chakra used.
Main article: Clone Techniques
Clone techniques (分身術, Bunshinjutsu) are techniques that create copies of the user or their tools. Though the standard Clone Technique
is considered the most basic of ninjutsu
, these techniques are highly versatile, often used to distract enemies or fool them into thinking they have landed a hit on the user. Corporeal clones can aid the user in physical combat, and even use techniques independent of the original. There are varying methods of creating clones, some techniques using only chakra
while others require some sort of medium to give the clones form and substance. There are also clone techniques that transform another person or animal into a clone of the user, such as the Beast Human Clone
, as well as genjutsu
which create illusory clones, such as the Mist Servant Technique
Main article: Cooperation Ninjutsu
Cooperation ninjutsu (連携忍術, Renkei Ninjutsu), called collaboration techniques (コンビ術, Konbijutsu, English TV: collaboration jutsu) in the anime, is the combination of two or more jutsu to create a new jutsu with a strength greater than the sum of its components. This "strength" can be measured in terms of the new jutsu's range or destructive power.
Main article: Fūinjutsu
Fūinjutsu (封印術, English TV: Sealing Jutsu, literally meaning: Sealing Techniques) are a type of jutsu that seal objects, living beings, chakra
, along with a wide variety of other things within another object. Fūinjutsu can also be used to restrict movement or unseal objects either from within something or someone.
Main article: Hiden
Hiden (秘伝, literally meaning: secret tradition) or simply "secret" techniques are passed down from generation to generation in certain regions or clans
. The groups who possess these techniques are usually extremely secretive about them in order to ensure that no one other than the members of the group or clan learns them. As such, they are passed down through oral means instead of being written down or recorded. A few hiden techniques require a special ability or lineage and as such are usually the pride and fame of the clan that possesses them.
Main article: Juinjutsu
Juinjutsu (呪印術, Viz: Curse Mark Jutsu, literally meaning: Cursed Seal Techniques) are a type of techniques used to bring someone under the control of the user. By applying a seal to the victim's body, the user brings the victim's abilities and actions under their control.
Main article: Jujutsu
Jujutsu (呪術, Viz: Curse Jutsu, literally meaning: Curse Technique) are a type of techniques that harm the enemy by cursing them. They work similar to juinjutsu
, however, the user doesn't have to apply a seal on the enemy to curse them.
Main article: Kenjutsu Kenjutsu
(剣術, literally meaning: Sword Technique) pertains to techniques that entail the use of swords
, whether the users be shinobi
, or samurai
. Kenjutsu can be used in combination with taijutsu
, chakra flow
and even genjutsu
in order to achieve more devastating techniques. It is regarded as a branch of bukijutsu
Main article: Kinjutsu
Kinjutsu (禁術, literally meaning: Forbidden Techniques) are techniques
that have been banned from being taught or used.
Main article: Medical Ninjutsu
Medical ninjutsu (医療忍術, Iryō Ninjutsu, literally meaning: Medical Ninja Techniques) is a branch of ninjutsu
associated with healing, as well as the manipulation of their own, or another's body, practised by shinobi categorised as "medical-nin
". The use of medical ninjutsu requires very advanced chakra control
, as well as extensive knowledge on such things as herbs, medicines, the human body and even poisons.
Main article: Ninshū
Ninshū (忍宗, Viz: Ninja Creed, literally meaning: Shinobi Sect) is the religion and the peaceful precursor of modern ninjutsu
created by Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki
, the first one to understand and teach the mystery of chakra
. The teachings of ninshū were meant to give people a better understanding of themselves, as well as others, and lead the world into an era of peace. Ninshū would eventually come to be known as ninjutsu, a more weaponised version of the Sage's teachings.
Main article: Nintaijutsu
Nintaijutsu (忍体術, literally meaning: Ninja Body Techniques)
is a term used to describe the fighting style
that incorporates the use of ninjutsu
. This fighting style is most prominent in Kumogakure
with the Third
and Fourth Raikage
being its foremost users. By surrounding themselves in their Lightning Release Chakra Mode
, the two's strength, durability, speed, and reflexes are augmented to an exceptional degree.
Main article: Reincarnation Ninjutsu
Reincarnation ninjutsu (転生忍術, Tensei Ninjutsu, literally meaning: Life Transfer Ninja Techniques" or "Reincarnation Ninja Techniques) are techniques that usually require or accomplish the transfer of life force between people. These techniques are generally classified as kinjutsu
because the restoration of one life typically requires the sacrifice of the life of another, or that it violates the laws of nature and morality.
Main article: Senjutsu
Senjutsu (仙術, English TV: Sage Jutsu, literally meaning: Sage Techniques) are a specialised field of jutsu
that involve the use of natural energy
. Senjutsu practitioners, known as sages
, learn to draw natural energy inside their bodies, blending it with their own chakra
to create senjutsu chakra (仙術チャクラ, senjutsu chakura, English TV: Sage Jutsu Chakra). This chakra adds a new dimension of power to the user's techniques, while also allowing for the use of techniques that would not otherwise be possible.
Main article: Shurikenjutsu Shurikenjutsu
(手裏剣術, literally meaning: concealed hand blade techniques) pertains to techniques that entail the throwing of shuriken
, or any other number of bladed, hand-held weapons. Shurikenjutsu can be used in combination with taijutsu
, and/or chakra flow
in order to create more devastating techniques. Additionally, shurikenjutsu can pertain to techniques used through ninjutsu-made weapons.
Main article: Space–Time Ninjutsu
Space–Time Ninjutsu (時空間忍術, Jikūkan Ninjutsu, English TV: "Teleportation Ninjutsu" or "Transportation Techniques", literally meaning: Space–Time Ninja Techniques)
are techniques that allow the users to manipulate the space–time continuum