FANDOM


Shadow Clone Technique[1]

Naruto shadow clones

Name

Kanji

影分身の術

Rōmaji

Kage Bunshin no Jutsu

Literal English

Shadow Clone Technique

Viz manga

Art of the Shadow Doppleganger

English TV

Shadow Clone Jutsu

Other

Art of Shadow Body Splitting

Debut

Appears in

Anime, Manga and Game

Data

Classification

Ninjutsu, Clone Techniques

Rank

B-rank

Class

Supplementary

Hand seals

Technique specific hand seal

Users

  • Angra Mainyu
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Bishamonten
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Gaiaku Uchiha
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Keitō Uzumaki
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Koyoichi Alter
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Koyoichi Ayime
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Styx Uchiha
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Suzaku Masamune
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Yūmei Kokūzō
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Yūmei Luenah
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Yomi
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Uchiha Rinn
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Enryu Uzumaki
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Oogakari Steel
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Kiiro Yuki
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Poji Keisatsu
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
  • Saiteki Miyuu
    The list of properties to be used for the data fields has not been specified properly.
Information contained in this article was retrieved under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

The original article can be found on Narutopedia at Shadow Clone Technique.

Similar to the Clone Technique, this technique creates clones of the user. However, these clones are actual copies, not illusions. The user's chakra is evenly distributed among every clone, giving each clone an equal fraction of the user's overall power. The clones are capable of performing techniques on their own and can even bleed, but will usually disperse after one or two solid blows. They can also disperse on their own. The clones will be created in roughly the same condition as the original.

Shadow clones can't be distinguished from the actual person even by the Byakugan because the clones have the exact same amount of chakra and aren't made from any other substance.

Uses

A characteristic that is unique to the Shadow Clone Technique is that any experience the clones gain during their existence is transferred to the user once they are dispersed. This makes the technique ideal for spying, since the user can simply send a clone to spy on a target, then have the clone disperse itself without returning to pass the information back to the user. Any extra chakra the clone has when it disperses is also returned to the original.

It's also useful for training purposes, since the total amount of experience the user gains is multiplied by the total number of clones being used to train. For example, if a user creates one shadow clone and trains together with this clone for 1 hour, then dispels the clone, the user gains 2 hours of training in 1 hour by adding the hours of clone and the user together. This particular feature is not revealed until Part II by Kakashi Hatake. When done with several hundred, like Naruto does, training that could take weeks or months can be completed in a few hours. While the technique can be extremely beneficial, attempting to use multiple clones for training purposes can be mentally harmful to the user, as not only is all the experience collected by the user, but so is all the mental stress from training each clone.

Disadvantages

Because of the manner in which the clones are created, the user must divide their chakra among the clones, potentially using up all their chakra fairly quickly if the user is low on chakra or makes too many clones. This is especially problematic when the forbidden form of the technique, Multiple Shadow Clone Technique, is used; whereas the normal version will only create a few clones, the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique can create hundreds.

Naruto is able to use this technique to the extremes that he does because of the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox sealed within him, which gives him an abnormally high chakra level. Even without the Nine-Tails' chakra, Naruto can make quite a few clones, but nowhere near on the level he can when he has access to the Nine-Tails' chakra. The clones, however, are apparently more susceptible to the Nine-Tails' influence and can begin to transform unexpectedly. It should also be noted that while Naruto in his two-tails form in his fight with Deidara, the other clones seemed to be choking and dying as if the Nine-Tails' chakra was killing them. If Naruto creates any clones while in his Nine-Tails Chakra Mode, the Nine-Tails will absorb a portion of his chakra per clone, making it very easy for Naruto to die.

Trivia

  • Twice in the anime, Naruto produced shadow clones using the tiger seal.[2]
  • In an episode of the Naruto anime, Sasuke Uchiha claims that the Sharingan can distinguish clones from the original. This contradicts the manga and other anime episodes.
  • An ostrich named Condor appears in the anime using Shadow Clone, but in reality it was just more ostriches.

References

  1. First Databook, page 170
  2. Naruto Episode 156

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.