Summoning: Demonic Statue of the Outer Path is a technique used through the power of the Rinnegan.
One who possesses the Rinnegan is able to summon and control the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path; artificial Rinnegan created by the Impure World Reincarnation will not suffice. Non-wielders, as long as they possess powers of both Uchiha and Senju, can still control it. Rather than requiring a blood offering as other summons do, the statue instead drains the user's life force. In one instance, when Nagato summoned the statue, black receivers extended from its abdomen and pierced his back, rendering his body emaciated. The statue's mouth then emitted chakra in the form of a dragon capable of extracting the chakra of anything it touched, killing humans immediately. After serving its purpose, the statue disappeared while the receivers broke off and remained embedded in Nagato's back.
- As with many of Nagato's techniques, it is influenced by Buddhist terminology. Gedō (外道, literally meaning: Outer Path), derived from the Sanskrit Tīrthika, refers to any doctrine which "treads the outer path" to enlightenment. This is opposed to the teachings of orthodox Buddhism, the Naidō (内道, literally meaning: Inner Path), and is thus considered misguided and heretical.
- Both Obito and Madara were able to summon the statue without any adverse effects, instead utilising an offering of blood. When they use this technique, they refer to it simply as "Summoning Technique".
- In Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3, Obito summons the Demonic Statue which then launches bolts of chakra at the opponent.
- In the anime, when unconsciously summoned by Nagato, the statue didn't drain his life force.
- Fourth Databook, page 247
- Naruto chapter 606, pages 13-14
- Naruto chapter 659, page 7
- Naruto chapter 606, page 15
- Naruto chapter 447, pages 7-13
- Naruto chapter 536, pages 15-17
- Naruto chapter 659, pages 3-4
- Naruto: Shippūden episode 347