|This is the article on wind ninjutsu. For other uses, see Wind (disambiguation).|
Wind Release (風遁, Fūton, English TV: Wind Style) is one of the five basic nature transformations.
Wind Release is the rarest of the five nature transformations, but those who can use it are able to cut through anything. Asuma Sarutobi uses it by channelling wind chakra into his Chakra Blades, making the blades far sharper and giving them greater reach. Wind Release can also be exhaled from the user's mouth, such as to blow away everything in the area, or generated with the user's hands, allowing precision strikes. Although Wind Release has naturally good range and power, it can be further enhanced by compressing it or layering different wind streams together.
Wind Release can easily launch particles into the air, whether to create dust clouds that conceal the user's movements or sand storms that perforate targets. Naruto Uzumaki adds Wind Release to the Rasengan so that he can throw it, as seen with its Rasenshuriken variant. Temari, rather than create winds on her own, instead generates wind by waving her Giant Folding Fan at targets; Temari's summon, Kamatari, rides these wind currents towards her opponents so that it can slice them apart. Despite its rarity, the wind nature is apparently common in Sunagakure ninja, to which the practice of using fans to create wind is a seemingly reoccurring trait amongst their forces.
Wind Release is naturally strong against Lightning Release and weak against Fire Release. Wind's weakness to fire makes it an effective way to, when used collaboratively, make flames more powerful. If Wind Release is used with Water Release, as with the Typhoon Water Vortex Technique, the wind churns the water, increasing its damage and coverage area. When Wind Release is combined with other natures, certain kekkei genkai are produced: wind and water make Ice Release; wind and fire make Scorch Release; wind and earth are suggested to make Magnet Release. The combination of wind, earth, and fire produces the kekkei tōta, Dust Release.
- In Konoha Hiden, Temari is referred to as the best Wind Release user in Sunagakure, and possibly the world.