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Yin Release (陰遁, Inton, Viz: Dark Style or Shadow Style) is a nature transformation that exists outside the five basic elemental natures. Like its counterpart, Yang Release, Yin Release is little-explored in the series. Yin Release uses spiritual energy to control imagination, creating form out of nothingness. Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki combined Yin and Yang into Yin–Yang Release, notably allowing him to create the nine tailed beasts.[1]

Yin Release has tended to be inherited among the Uchiha clan, descendants of Hagoromo. Jin no Sho notes, however, that Uchiha clansmen don't usually make any significant use of Yin Release. Certain other clans employ Yin Release via their hiden skills, notably the Nara clan, who use Yin Release to manipulate their own shadows. Most genjutsu also fall under the categorisation of Yin Release.[2]

There have been occasional miscellaneous mentions of Yin Release: Minato Namikaze split the Nine-Tails' Yin and Yang chakra,[3] sealing its Yin half within himself and thus becoming its jinchūriki;[4] Hagoromo's spirit gives his Six Paths Yin Power to Sasuke Uchiha, which takes the form of a crescent moon marking on his left palm;[5] Madara Uchiha, after acquiring Six Paths Senjutsu, uses Yin Release through his Sage Art: Yin Release Lightning Dispatch.[6]


See Also


  1. Naruto chapter 510, page 11
  2. Jin no Sho, page 226
  3. Naruto chapter 503
  4. Naruto chapter 631
  5. Naruto chapter 680
  6. Jin no Sho, page 321
  7. Naruto chapter 72, pages 11-13
  8. Tō no Sho, page 273