Samurai on guard in the Land of Iron.

Samurai () are a military power similar to shinobi, though not nearly as widespread. In Gaara Hiden, samurai and shinobi are noted to have first diverged in how they received the teachings of ninshū: samurai were more spiritual and idealistic, while shinobi focused on using their chakra to keep people's bonds alive. Only the Land of Iron continues to use samurai, with all other countries having since opted to use shinobi.[1] In the anime, the Land of This consisted of former samurai, what Tatewaki calls rogue samurai (浪人, rōnin).


Samurai usually wear heavy, segmented plate armour that covers the shoulders, chest, stomach and lower back (anime only), upper back, lower sides, and thighs. They also wear gauntlets, shin guards, and helmets; senior officers adorn their helmets with horns.[2] The face masks they wear have built-in radios and double as respirators to combat poison regularly used by shinobi. Samurai wield as many as four swords, the scabbards of which are mounted directly onto their faulds.


The samurai channelling chakra through their swords.

The Third Tsuchikage claims that any shinobi would be foolish to challenge the samurai of the Land of Iron. All samurai are practised sword users, into which they channel their chakra. This allows them to extend the reach of their swords, alter the shape to appear as other weapons, and launch the chakra across distances as crescents of energy.[3] Samurai are typically taught Iaidō (居合道) to increase the speed at which they draw and sheath their swords, allowing them to attack before opposing shinobi can perform the hand seals required to use ninjutsu.[4]


See Also


  1. Naruto chapter 531, pages 6-7, 10-12
  2. Second Fanbook, page 201
  3. Naruto chapter 460, page 12
  4. Naruto chapter 531, page 13
  5. Naruto chapter 18, page 13
  6. Naruto chapter 523, page 4