Sasuke Uchiha is one of the most important characters in the whole Naruto franchise. The antihero of the series, Sasuke, has been it all – the villain, the hero, and, finally, an antihero that beautifully complements Naruto’s heroic ideals. On top of that, Sasuke is also one of the strongest characters in the whole series. Many of his powers and abilities stem from the fact that he could use the Rinnegan, but he lost it in Boruto after being stabbed by Momoshiki, who possessed Boruto at the time. Still, Sasuke has a lot of other powers and abilities, among which is the Tsukuyomi – or is it? In this article, you will find out why Sasuke cannot use Tsukuyomi in Naruto.
Sasuke cannot use Tsukuyomi. There has been a lot of confusion surrounding Sasuke’s supposed usage of the Tsukuyomi, but he cannot use it. He does have a comparable technique, but he cannot use Tsukuyomi because both of his eyes are already occupied by a technique: his left eye creates Amaterasu, while his right eye controls the Blaze Release: Kagutsuchi technique. There is simply no space for the Tsukuyomi.
In this article, we will tell you more about Sasuke and the Tsukuyomi, i.e., we will explain in more detail whether Sasuke Uchiha can use the Tsukuyomi or not, which is relevant because we now definitely know that he has never used it in the series. We will review his powers and abilities, revealing and explaining to you how powerful he is and why he did or did not need Tsukuyomi. We will also answer some additional questions related to his powers and abilities.
Sasuke & Tsukuyomi
For years, fans have speculated whether Sasuke Uchiha has Tsukuyomi or not. It has been one of the most burning questions in the world of Naruto, and the answers have changed over the years, with some fans still arguing that Sasuke can (and has!) use the Tsukuyomi, with others repeatedly trying to prove that he cannot. Sasuke did use some similar techniques, but it is worth noting that these were never ever called “Tsukuyomi” by anyone in the manga. It was only due to the similarities with the actual Tsukuyomi that fans found deduced that it could be that. But, as far as it is known, Sasuke only rarely “named” these techniques, and on the two occasions that he did, he called them “Sharingan” and “Genjutsu – Sharingan” respectively. So no, this was not the Tsukuyomi.
Fans then return to the manga scene where Sasuke attacked Killer B with a genjutsu that produced a similar visual effect to the Tsukuyomi. And while the similarities cannot be denied, we know for sure that it was not the Tsukuyomi, thanks to a well-known fact about dispelling it. Namely, a Tsukuyomi can be deactivated only with the use of a Sharingan, i.e., by someone who is an Uchiha. Since Killer B managed to deactivate it with a simple genjutsu dispel technique, we know for certain that it was not the Tsukuyomi. On top of that, this visual effect was produced only then and never again, which is why it was not proof of Sasuke’s ability to use Tsukuyomi.
So no, Sasuke Uchiha cannot use the Tsukuyomi in Naruto. Despite all the theories and speculations, we know officially that Sasuke cannot use this technique and that his brother, Itachi Uchiha, was the only known user of the technique in the whole series. Sasuke might have had the prerequisites to use it, but he could not do it. And that is official.
Why can’t Sasuke use Tsukuyomi?
And while there is a very long and complex explanation for this, which you can check out here and here (thanks to the respective authors for these thorough analyses), the real reason is quite simple. Yes, we do mean the in-universe one, not Kishimoto’s out-of-universe reasons for deciding not to give Sasuke the Tsukuyomi. So, why? Well, there’s simply no space for it, as Sasuke has only two eyes, and each of these eyes already had a technique attached to it.
In Itachi’s case, his eyes were used to activate Amaterasu and Tsukuyomi, individually, while together, they produced Susanoo. In Sasuke’s case, his left eye was also able to produce Amaterasu, while both of his eyes produced Susanoo, but his right eye did not produce Tsukuyomi because another technique, the Blaze Release, had already occupied it: Kagutsuchi technique, which was used to control the flames of Sasuke’s Amaterasu and provide him with a significant power boost in the fights. And that is the simplest explanation you can find and the most correct one, but as we have said, if you want a longer answer, we advise you to click on the links provided.