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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Wood Release'''|木遁|Mokuton|viz=Wood Style}} is a [[nature transformation]] <noinclude>[[</noinclude>kekkei genkai<noinclude>]]</noinclude>, a combination of [[earth]] and [[water]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 316, page 6</ref> It was famously used by [[Hashirama Senju]], and in fact is not known to have naturally occurred in anyone else. Because of Wood Release's power and versatility, there have been various efforts to reproduce it after Hashirama's death.<section end=summary/> Wood Release techniques are commonly affiliated with the Snake [[hand seal]].
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<section begin=summary />{{translation|'''Wood Release'''|木遁|Mokuton|viz=Wood Style}} is a [[nature transformation]] [[kekkei genkai]], a combination of [[earth]] and [[water]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 316, page 6</ref> It was famously used by [[Hashirama Senju]], and in fact is not known to have naturally occurred in anyone else. Because of Wood Release's power and versatility, there have been various efforts to reproduce it after Hashirama's death.<section end=summary/> Wood Release techniques are commonly affiliated with the Snake [[hand seal]].
   
 
== Usage ==
 
== Usage ==
At its simplest, Wood Release allows the user to create trees, essentially converting their [[chakra]] into a source of life. The trees can sprout from the user's body or grow from the surroundings;<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 120, pages 6-7</ref> Hashirama [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees|created a forest]] that served as a foundation for [[Konohagakure]], contributing to his selection as First [[Hokage]].<ref>''[[Tō no Sho]]'', page 279</ref> Wooden constructs can also be created, ranging in complexity from [[Wood Release: Four-Pillar Prison Technique|cage]]s to [[Wood Release: Four-Pillar House Technique|complete house]]s.<ref name="c286">''Naruto'' chapter 286, pages 12-13</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 287, page 14</ref> It is not necessary that the created wood take any identifiable form, allowing users to focus on its inherent pliability to [[Wood Release: Smothering Binding Technique|ensnare target]]s<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 494, page 15</ref> or its durability for [[Wood Release: Great Forest Technique|brute force attack]]s.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 302, page 7</ref>
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At its simplest, Wood Release allows the user to create wood, essentially converting their [[chakra]] into a source of life before, at it greatest, becoming mighty trees of various size and shape. The vegetation can sprout from the user's body or grow from the surroundings;<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 120, pages 6-7</ref> Hashirama [[Wood Release Secret Technique: Nativity of a World of Trees|created a forest]] that served as a foundation for [[Konohagakure]], contributing to his selection as First [[Hokage]].<ref>''[[Tō no Sho]]'', page 279</ref> Wooden constructs can also be created, ranging in complexity from [[Wood Release: Four-Pillar Prison Technique|cage]]s to [[Wood Release: Four-Pillar House Technique|complete house]]s.<ref name="c286">''Naruto'' chapter 286, pages 12-13</ref><ref>''Naruto'' chapter 287, page 14</ref> It is not necessary that the created wood take any identifiable form, allowing users to focus on its inherent pliability to [[Wood Release: Smothering Binding Technique|ensnare target]]s<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 494, page 15</ref> or its durability for [[Wood Release: Great Forest Technique|brute force attack]]s.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 302, page 7</ref>
   
 
Wood Release can produce very detailed, ornate constructs. [[Wood Release: Transformation]] essentially creates a costume around the user, allowing them to convincingly pass as another person.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 287, page 16</ref> By using [[senjutsu]], Hashirama could create a [[Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands|gigantic, many-armed wooden statue]] that he fully controlled; its [[Top Transformed Buddha|barrage of punch]]es were chiefly responsible for the [[Valley of the End]]'s formation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 4-9</ref> Wood Release's most versatile application is the [[Wood Clone Technique]], which makes a fully-functional duplicate of the user that is indistinguishable from the original and is even capable of performing other [[jutsu]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 577, page 13</ref>
 
Wood Release can produce very detailed, ornate constructs. [[Wood Release: Transformation]] essentially creates a costume around the user, allowing them to convincingly pass as another person.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 287, page 16</ref> By using [[senjutsu]], Hashirama could create a [[Sage Art Wood Release: True Several Thousand Hands|gigantic, many-armed wooden statue]] that he fully controlled; its [[Top Transformed Buddha|barrage of punch]]es were chiefly responsible for the [[Valley of the End]]'s formation.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 626, pages 4-9</ref> Wood Release's most versatile application is the [[Wood Clone Technique]], which makes a fully-functional duplicate of the user that is indistinguishable from the original and is even capable of performing other [[jutsu]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 577, page 13</ref>
   
Hashirama was famous for using his Wood Release to subdue [[tailed beast]]s, earning him recognition as one of the few people able to fully control one.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 458, page 3</ref> He would create [[wood dragon]]s that engaged with and wrapped around the tailed beast, absorbing their chakra through physical contact until they were finally too weak to escape.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 609, page 2</ref> Once he subdued them, the tailed beasts remained under his control, which allowed him to distribute several to the early [[hidden village]]s.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 648, page 11</ref> This ability also extended to a tailed beast's [[jinchūriki]], enabling Wood Release users to [[Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands|suppress]] a tailed beast's influence over and access to their jinchūriki.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 296, pages 14-16</ref>
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The Wood Release was also equally famous for its power to [[Hokage-Style Sixty-Year-Old Technique — Kakuan Entering Society with Bliss-Bringing Hands|manipulate, suppress, and/or absorb]] a targets chakra. Hashirama's mastery of this ability earning him recognition as one of the few people able to fully control a tailed beast.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 458, page 3</ref> This would be done by ensnaring a target with the Wood Release and upon such physical contact would then control the chakra until they were finally too weak to escape.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 609, page 2</ref> Hashirama's usage of this skill let him subdue many of the tailed beasts, keeping them under his control and allowed him to distribute several to the early [[hidden village]]s.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 648, page 11</ref>
 
Hashirama possessed a [[Regeneration Ability]], which passively healed all of his injuries.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 576, page 15</ref> The ability itself was not Wood Release and it has never been stated to be part of his kekkei genkai, but efforts to reproduce his Wood Release also reproduce this Regeneration Ability.<ref>''[[Rin no Sho]]'', page 165</ref>
 
   
 
== Users ==
 
== Users ==
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Orochimaru also developed a method of infusing Hashirama's cells into part of a subject's body in order to grant them Wood Release. One such infusion was given to [[Danzō Shimura]], applied to his [[Shin Uchiha|specialised right arm]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 700+7, page 14</ref> Danzō's Wood Release is quite taxing to perform and crude in function, for which reason he avoids using it directly;<ref name="c478">''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 11-12</ref> he more often uses Hashirama's cells to prolong the use of his implanted [[Sharingan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 479, page 5</ref> [[Kabuto Yakushi]] later furthers Orochimaru's research, enabling him to apply a graft of Hashirama's cells to [[Madara Uchiha]]'s [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated body]].<ref name="c579">''Naruto'' chapter 575, page 14</ref> Madara's Wood Release is much more extensive than Danzō's, being similar in scale and power to Hashirama's.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, pages 12-14</ref> In both Danzō's and Madara's cases, a replica of Hashirama's face grows on their body.<ref name="c478"/><ref name="c579"/>
 
Orochimaru also developed a method of infusing Hashirama's cells into part of a subject's body in order to grant them Wood Release. One such infusion was given to [[Danzō Shimura]], applied to his [[Shin Uchiha|specialised right arm]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 700+7, page 14</ref> Danzō's Wood Release is quite taxing to perform and crude in function, for which reason he avoids using it directly;<ref name="c478">''Naruto'' chapter 478, page 11-12</ref> he more often uses Hashirama's cells to prolong the use of his implanted [[Sharingan]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 479, page 5</ref> [[Kabuto Yakushi]] later furthers Orochimaru's research, enabling him to apply a graft of Hashirama's cells to [[Madara Uchiha]]'s [[Impure World Reincarnation|reincarnated body]].<ref name="c579">''Naruto'' chapter 575, page 14</ref> Madara's Wood Release is much more extensive than Danzō's, being similar in scale and power to Hashirama's.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 561, pages 12-14</ref> In both Danzō's and Madara's cases, a replica of Hashirama's face grows on their body.<ref name="c478"/><ref name="c579"/>
   
While he was alive, Madara acquired a sample of Hashirama's flesh. He initially applied it to himself in order to heal the injuries he received from Hashirama. Decades later, after acquiring the [[Rinnegan]], Madara combined the flesh sample with the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] to produce a [[Hashirama's artificial body|mindless clone of Hashirama]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, pages 13-14</ref> From this clone he could harvest a substance capable of replacing lost limbs,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 602, page 13</ref> giving recipients, such as [[Obito Uchiha]], limited Wood Release abilities.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 614, page 7</ref> Madara used this same substance to make the [[White Zetsu Army]], rendering each Zetsu an application of Wood Release.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 545, page 3</ref> Orochimaru, by [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|taking over]] one of these White Zetsu,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 618, page 15</ref> finally gains Wood Release for himself.<ref>''[[Rin no Sho]]'', page 72</ref>
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While he was alive, Madara acquired a sample of Hashirama's flesh. He initially applied it to himself in order to heal the injuries he received from Hashirama. Decades later, after acquiring the [[Rinnegan]], Madara combined the flesh sample with the [[Demonic Statue of the Outer Path]] to produce a [[Hashirama's artificial body|mindless clone of Hashirama]].<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 606, pages 13-14</ref> From this clone he could harvest a substance capable of replacing lost limbs,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 602, page 13</ref> giving recipients, such as [[Obito Uchiha]], limited Wood Release abilities.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 614, page 7</ref> Madara used this same substance to make the [[White Zetsu Army]], rendering each Zetsu an application of Wood Release.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 545, page 3</ref> Orochimaru, by [[Living Corpse Reincarnation|taking over]] one of these White Zetsu,<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 618, page 15</ref> finally gains Wood Release for himself.<ref>''[[Jin no Sho]]'', page 72</ref>
   
 
[[Moegi Kazamatsuri]] is able to use Wood Release in adulthood,<ref>''Boruto'' volume 4, Moegi's profile</ref> but it's not known how.
 
[[Moegi Kazamatsuri]] is able to use Wood Release in adulthood,<ref>''Boruto'' volume 4, Moegi's profile</ref> but it's not known how.
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
 
* {{translation|"''[[Wikipedia:Ninja#Tactics|Mokuton-no-jutsu]]''"|lit=techniques of wood/trees}} is a real-life ninja art where the user climbs a tree and camouflages themselves within the foliage.
 
* {{translation|"''[[Wikipedia:Ninja#Tactics|Mokuton-no-jutsu]]''"|lit=techniques of wood/trees}} is a real-life ninja art where the user climbs a tree and camouflages themselves within the foliage.
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* Hashirama possessed a [[Regeneration Ability]], which passively healed all of his injuries.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 576, page 15</ref> The ability itself was not Wood Release and it has never been stated to be part of his kekkei genkai, but efforts to reproduce his Wood Release also reproduce this Regeneration Ability.<ref>''[[Jin no Sho]]'', page 165</ref> In addition, people with Hashirama's genetic tissue transplanted also no longer required any food or water to survive. However, it is also unknown if this trait is related or if Hashirama himself was also endowed with the latter.
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**Also, it is unknown if Naruto gained this self-sustenance capacity or the Wood Release from his own artificial arm of Hashirama' genes.
 
* In the anime, Hashirama left behind a scroll detailing his various Wood Release techniques. Danzō later obtained this scroll and gave it to Yamato in the hopes that he would one day refine his Wood Release to Hashirama's level.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 355</ref>
 
* In the anime, Hashirama left behind a scroll detailing his various Wood Release techniques. Danzō later obtained this scroll and gave it to Yamato in the hopes that he would one day refine his Wood Release to Hashirama's level.<ref>''Naruto: Shippūden'' episode 355</ref>
 
* In ''[[Akatsuki Hiden]]'', earth and water natures are also components in [[Mud Release]]. Because Wood Release is so much more famous, few people have ever heard of Mud Release.
 
* In ''[[Akatsuki Hiden]]'', earth and water natures are also components in [[Mud Release]]. Because Wood Release is so much more famous, few people have ever heard of Mud Release.

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Wood Release
Mokuton no Tenzo
Name
Kanji 木遁
Rōmaji Mokuton
Literal English Wood Release
English TV Wood Style
Debut
Manga Volume #14, Naruto Chapter #120
Anime Naruto Episode #71
Movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower
Game Naruto: Ultimate Ninja
OVA Naruto Shippūden: UNSG anime cutscenes
Appears in Anime, Manga, Game, Movie
Data
Clan
Classification Kekkei Genkai, Ninjutsu
Basic Natures
Known Wielders

Jutsu

Wood Release (木遁, Mokuton, Viz: Wood Style) is a nature transformation kekkei genkai, a combination of earth and water.[1] It was famously used by Hashirama Senju, and in fact is not known to have naturally occurred in anyone else. Because of Wood Release's power and versatility, there have been various efforts to reproduce it after Hashirama's death. Wood Release techniques are commonly affiliated with the Snake hand seal.

Usage Edit

At its simplest, Wood Release allows the user to create wood, essentially converting their chakra into a source of life before, at it greatest, becoming mighty trees of various size and shape. The vegetation can sprout from the user's body or grow from the surroundings;[2] Hashirama created a forest that served as a foundation for Konohagakure, contributing to his selection as First Hokage.[3] Wooden constructs can also be created, ranging in complexity from cages to complete houses.[4][5] It is not necessary that the created wood take any identifiable form, allowing users to focus on its inherent pliability to ensnare targets[6] or its durability for brute force attacks.[7]

Wood Release can produce very detailed, ornate constructs. Wood Release: Transformation essentially creates a costume around the user, allowing them to convincingly pass as another person.[8] By using senjutsu, Hashirama could create a gigantic, many-armed wooden statue that he fully controlled; its barrage of punches were chiefly responsible for the Valley of the End's formation.[9] Wood Release's most versatile application is the Wood Clone Technique, which makes a fully-functional duplicate of the user that is indistinguishable from the original and is even capable of performing other jutsu.[10]

The Wood Release was also equally famous for its power to manipulate, suppress, and/or absorb a targets chakra. Hashirama's mastery of this ability earning him recognition as one of the few people able to fully control a tailed beast.[11] This would be done by ensnaring a target with the Wood Release and upon such physical contact would then control the chakra until they were finally too weak to escape.[12] Hashirama's usage of this skill let him subdue many of the tailed beasts, keeping them under his control and allowed him to distribute several to the early hidden villages.[13]

Users Edit

Hashirama possessed Wood Release naturally, which he used famously throughout his life. None of his descendants are known to have inherited his Wood Release,[4] nor is he known to have inherited Wood Release from anyone; in the anime, his ancestor, Asura Ōtsutsuki, could perform Wood Release.[14] Because of Wood Release's sheer usefulness, there have been various efforts to replicate it. In the anime, Konoha sanctioned several of these attempts, but all met with disastrous failure and further study was forbidden.[15] Part of the difficulty lies in the vitality of Hashirama's cells, which can overwhelm and potentially kill those who try to use them.[16]

Decades after Hashirama died, Orochimaru exhumed his body and infused sixty child test subjects with cells harvested from the remains in the hopes that one would prove able to use Wood Release. Only Yamato survived the process.[17] Yamato became Hashirama's genetic double and thus could use Wood Release, but his version pales in comparison to Hashirama's. Most notably, he relies on the aid of Hashirama's necklace to suppress jinchūriki,[18] something that is difficult for him otherwise.[19]

Orochimaru also developed a method of infusing Hashirama's cells into part of a subject's body in order to grant them Wood Release. One such infusion was given to Danzō Shimura, applied to his specialised right arm.[20] Danzō's Wood Release is quite taxing to perform and crude in function, for which reason he avoids using it directly;[21] he more often uses Hashirama's cells to prolong the use of his implanted Sharingan.[22] Kabuto Yakushi later furthers Orochimaru's research, enabling him to apply a graft of Hashirama's cells to Madara Uchiha's reincarnated body.[23] Madara's Wood Release is much more extensive than Danzō's, being similar in scale and power to Hashirama's.[24] In both Danzō's and Madara's cases, a replica of Hashirama's face grows on their body.[21][23]

While he was alive, Madara acquired a sample of Hashirama's flesh. He initially applied it to himself in order to heal the injuries he received from Hashirama. Decades later, after acquiring the Rinnegan, Madara combined the flesh sample with the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path to produce a mindless clone of Hashirama.[25] From this clone he could harvest a substance capable of replacing lost limbs,[26] giving recipients, such as Obito Uchiha, limited Wood Release abilities.[27] Madara used this same substance to make the White Zetsu Army, rendering each Zetsu an application of Wood Release.[28] Orochimaru, by taking over one of these White Zetsu,[29] finally gains Wood Release for himself.[30]

Moegi Kazamatsuri is able to use Wood Release in adulthood,[31] but it's not known how.

Trivia Edit

  • "Mokuton-no-jutsu" is a real-life ninja art where the user climbs a tree and camouflages themselves within the foliage.
  • Hashirama possessed a Regeneration Ability, which passively healed all of his injuries.[32] The ability itself was not Wood Release and it has never been stated to be part of his kekkei genkai, but efforts to reproduce his Wood Release also reproduce this Regeneration Ability.[33] In addition, people with Hashirama's genetic tissue transplanted also no longer required any food or water to survive. However, it is also unknown if this trait is related or if Hashirama himself was also endowed with the latter.
    • Also, it is unknown if Naruto gained this self-sustenance capacity or the Wood Release from his own artificial arm of Hashirama' genes.
  • In the anime, Hashirama left behind a scroll detailing his various Wood Release techniques. Danzō later obtained this scroll and gave it to Yamato in the hopes that he would one day refine his Wood Release to Hashirama's level.[34]
  • In Akatsuki Hiden, earth and water natures are also components in Mud Release. Because Wood Release is so much more famous, few people have ever heard of Mud Release.
  • In the novelisation of Boruto: Naruto the Movie, Katasuke uses Wood Release through his Shinobi Gauntlet. His Wood Release is in turn absorbed by Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki.

References Edit

  1. Naruto chapter 316, page 6
  2. Naruto chapter 120, pages 6-7
  3. Tō no Sho, page 279
  4. 4.0 4.1 Naruto chapter 286, pages 12-13
  5. Naruto chapter 287, page 14
  6. Naruto chapter 494, page 15
  7. Naruto chapter 302, page 7
  8. Naruto chapter 287, page 16
  9. Naruto chapter 626, pages 4-9
  10. Naruto chapter 577, page 13
  11. Naruto chapter 458, page 3
  12. Naruto chapter 609, page 2
  13. Naruto chapter 648, page 11
  14. Naruto: Shippūden episode 468
  15. Naruto: Shippūden episode 351
  16. Naruto chapter 480, page 10
  17. Naruto chapter 291, pages 15-16
  18. Naruto chapter 297, pages 8-9
  19. Naruto chapter 455, page 12
  20. Naruto chapter 700+7, page 14
  21. 21.0 21.1 Naruto chapter 478, page 11-12
  22. Naruto chapter 479, page 5
  23. 23.0 23.1 Naruto chapter 575, page 14
  24. Naruto chapter 561, pages 12-14
  25. Naruto chapter 606, pages 13-14
  26. Naruto chapter 602, page 13
  27. Naruto chapter 614, page 7
  28. Naruto chapter 545, page 3
  29. Naruto chapter 618, page 15
  30. Jin no Sho, page 72
  31. Boruto volume 4, Moegi's profile
  32. Naruto chapter 576, page 15
  33. Jin no Sho, page 165
  34. Naruto: Shippūden episode 355
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