This is a variation of the Shadow Imitation Technique, designed for offensive purposes.[1] The user extends their shadow along a target's body, which, because the shadow has physical properties, the target can feel.[2] There, the shadow can be used for restraint, replacing or adding to the binding of the Shadow Imitation;[3] the closer the user is to their target, the stronger this binding becomes.[4] Like the Shadow Imitation, the Shadow–Neck Binding requires a great deal of chakra to maintain, making it weaker over extended periods of time.[5] For this reason, it is most effective when immediately used to strangle a target, hence the name.[1]

The Shadow–Neck Binding's ability to apply pressure to a body gives the user some additional options. If the user falls victim to a genjutsu, they can use their shadow to break their own finger, freeing themselves from the genjutsu's influence.[6] In The Last: Naruto the Movie, Shikamaru Nara uses the Shadow–Neck Binding to control the Ōtsutsuki clan's puppet, forcing them to fight among themselves.[7]


  • Its full name is "Leaf Secret: Shadow–Neck Binding Technique" (木ノ葉秘伝・影首縛りの術, Konoha Hiden: Kage–Kubishibari no Jutsu, Literally meaning: Tree Leaf Secret: Shadow–Neck Binding Technique).[8]
  • In the anime, it was shown that this technique can be manipulated in a similar manner to the Shadow Sewing Technique.[9]
  • The technique appears in Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm as Shikamaru's ultimate technique. However, rather than strangling the opponent, it binds them to a nearby rock and then tightly squeezes them, destroying the rock and crushing the opponent.
  • In Naruto: Path of the Ninja 2, using this technique on multiple opponents at once gives it the name "Shadow Sinking Technique".


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Tō no Sho, page 203
  2. Naruto chapter 208, page 13
  3. Naruto chapter 324, pages 11-13
  4. Naruto chapter 208, page 19
  5. Naruto chapter 212, page 7
  6. Naruto chapter 208, page 18
  7. The Last: Naruto the Movie novelisation
  8. Naruto chapter 137, page 10
  9. Naruto: Shippūden episode 234
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