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Jutsu (, literally meaning: skills/techniques) are the mystical arts a ninja will utilise in battle. To use a technique, the ninja will need to use their chakra. To perform a technique, the ninja will bring out and release the two energies of chakra. By forming hand seals, the ninja is able to manifest the desired technique. Because of the extensive number of hand seals and different combinations, there are thousands of potential techniques to be discovered.


The Basics

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 Jutsu Types




Sub Jutsu Types

Barrier Ninjutsu


Chakra Absorption Techniques

Chakra Flow

Clone Techniques

Cooperation Ninjutsu







Medical Ninjutsu



Regeneration Techniques

Reincarnation Ninjutsu



Space–Time Ninjutsu

Blood Limit Types

Kekkei Genkai

Kekkei Tōta

Kekkei Mōra



  • Early English volumes of the Naruto series occasionally referred to jutsu under the blanket terms of "spells" and "illusions".
  • In the novels, some jutsu are classified as Tonjutsu (遁術, literally meaning: Escape Techniques).

See Also


  1. Naruto chapter 548, page 18
  2. Naruto chapter 62, pages 8-9
  3. 3.0 3.1 Second Fanbook, page 120
  4. Naruto chapter 548, page 17
  5. Naruto chapter 92, page 13
  6. Naruto chapter 525, page 15
  7. Naruto chapter 658, page 8
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