This technique allows the user's spirit to leave their body. Versatile in application, this technique can be used in a variety of ways, depending on the user's intentions. By taking possession of a target, the spirit is able to suppress and collapse the victim's spirit, killing them. Should the user intend to, possessing a victim can instead enable the former to freely manipulate their actions. This technique can also be used to communicate information or transfer chakra.[2] Regardless of where the target is, this technique will always reach the who the user intends it to, even if the user has no idea where they are. Having become a living ghost, the spirit has no substance and cannot be affected by enemy attacks.[1]

With the release of the Summoning: Impure World Reincarnation technique, a reincarnated Dan was capable of taking control of his ascending spirit for a short period of time using this technique. Dan Katō noted that this technique had been used to kill a great number of shinobi during his lifetime[3] and that the only way to counteract the technique is to trap the user within a barrier, such as the Four Violet Flames Formation, before it is activated.[4]


  • Dan's ability to cause his soul to exit his body makes him reminiscent of an "ikiryō" (生霊, literally meaning: living ghost), from Japanese folklore. An ikiryō is a person whose soul can dwell outside his or her body.
  • Tobirama Senju is capable of using a similar technique, where he can send his soul into another person's body if they were still alive, but unlike this technique, it is labelled a kinjutsu.[5]

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Fourth Databook, page 312
  2. Naruto chapter 591, pages 7-13
  3. Naruto chapter 591, pages 6-7
  4. Naruto chapter 530, page 7
  5. Naruto chapter 663, page 8
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