Here’s How Old Naruto Was When He Became Hokage

How Old Was Nauto When He Became the Hokage

One of our favorite Shounen protagonists, Naruto, always had an inspiring dream of becoming the Hokage. Even when he was at his lowest, he decided to pursue that dream to the fullest. His ambition was maybe doubted by many at first but he would go on to show everyone that you can turn your luck around. The path to his dream was not an easy one by far, it took a lot of hard work and courage to achieve what he did. You’re probably wondering after following the Naruto franchise, how old was Naruto when he became the Hokage?

  • Article Breakdown:
  • It’s estimated that Naruto became the Hokage at the age of 31 after Kakashi ended his 13-year reign.
  • While the ages of the characters haven’t been confirmed, there are a couple of ways that it can be calculated by looking at some of the implications from different scenes and chapters throughout the franchise.

How old was Naruto when he became the Hokage?

One of the first things Naruto realizes about himself is that he won’t give up on his dreams that easily. As a child, he would pull pranks on the village because he was trying to get attention from them rather than the constant cold stares and running away from him. He didn’t know what was wrong with him but it wasn’t until some time later he found out the truth about himself. That seemed to have motivated him even further to become the person he was and what makes him a great Hokage as well.

At the beginning of Shippuden Naruto is 15 years old, and by the end of the series, he is 17 years old. We know this because he spent his birthday fighting Sasuke at the end of the series. His love interest, Hinata Hyuga starts to slowly fall in love with him. It is estimated that they got married around the age of 19 and 20 and a year later their son Boruto was born. Their wedding took place in episode 500 titled “Konoha Hiden: The Perfect Day for a Wedding.”

That leaves us with the last part of the story, which is that, even though it was never directly stated that Naruto was 31 when he stepped into the Hokage position, it is said that Kakashi’s reign lasted for 13 years. Which ultimately makes Naruto 31 when everything is added up.

His path was full of trials and tribulations, but when he finally got to be the Hokage everything seemed to have fallen into the right place. Watching Naruto’s journey for such a long time and the fans have been patiently waiting for this moment to arrive and it did not disappoint. Although his story does not end there by any means, the ongoing manga series following his son Boruto shows us some of the harder parts of becoming the head of a village.


Every Hokage in Naruto Ranked by Strenght

Who was the youngest Hokage?

You might’ve been wondering out of all of the Hokage we have known so far, who stepped into their position at a younger age. Hiruzen Sarutobi was the youngest appointed Hokage in history, he was around 22 years old when he got the title. Maybe you were expecting it to be Naruto, and he’s definitely in the younger category of Hokage.

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Sarutobi was also among the first important figures in Naruto’s life, he always respected Sarutobi for his teachings to the younger generations. He would always talk about the importance of the Will of Fire and how it drives the village to work for a better future.

His teachings were always on the side of peace and trying to mend broken relationships. It is why he saw something special in Naruto, he knew his story, and his parents Minato and Kushina wanted him to succeed in this life. Sarutobi definitely felt a sense of protectiveness towards Naruto which was clear from their relationship.

Who was the longest-lasting Hokage?

Interestingly, the youngest and the longest-lasting Hokage is, again, Hiruzen Sarutobi. What he always strived for was peace and prosperity for the Konoha village. Even though he made his fair share of mistakes along the way, he always believed in future generations and how they would lead the village to a better place.

The last thing he did before his death was protect Konoha, with his remaining strength left he called upon a forbidden jutsu to stop his student, Orochimaru. Orochimaru one of the main antagonists of the series thought he would win against Hiruzen. He did make it out alive but he lost his hand because of the powerful jutsu Hiruzen placed on him. This way he would disable him from making signs and using jutsu.

Hiruzen could never forget his part in Orochimaru’s turn to the darker side. At first, he didn’t even want to admit it to himself but later on was faced with Orochimaru’s infatuation with forbidden jutsu, his obsession with becoming the strongest shinobi in the world. Orochimaru’s ambitions lead him astray, and when Tsunade and Jiraya realize this as well, it is too late.


Will Boruto Become Hokage? (& When Will That Happen?)

Who became the 8th Hokage?

At the end of the first part of Boruto, Kawaki used the Daikokuten technique to seal Naruto and Hinata in a separate dimension, where they still are, as Chapter 81 of BORUTO -TWO BLUE VORTEX- revealed. Due to the influence of Omnipotence, everyone in Konoha currently thinks that both Naruto and Hinata are dead and that Boruto killed them, as Boruto’s and Kawaki’s pasts have been switched around due to that technique. This is why a new Hokage was chosen, despite the fact that Naruto is actually alive. Still, due to being trapped in a state of slumber in another dimension, he certainly is not able to fulfill his duties as Hokage.

Chapter 81 of Boruto confirms that Shikamaru is, indeed, the 8th Hokage at this time, with Konohamaru Sarutobi serving as his Chief Aide. The details of his election have not yet been revealed, but we assume that Kishimoto will address them at one point or another. Shikamaru Nara seems more like a temporary solution, and he was probably chosen because he was the Hokage’s Chief Aide, which means that the transition was easy in that aspect. But, as Naruto will probably come back, Shikamaru doesn’t seem to be a likely permanent successor of his. Still, a lot of this is just a guess, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the future.

Who became the 9th Hokage?

There is of course even more speculation on who might come next in line for the Hokage position after the 8th Hokage finishes their reign. One of the most logical decisions for the position of the next Hokage would be Konohamaru Sarutobi. The grandson of Hiruzen Sarutobi has been working hard over the years and making his way in the shinobi world.


Since he was a young boy, he and Naruto were competing for the title of Hokage. They would drive each other’s ambitions with their duels. During the Third Shinobi World War, Konohamaru showed his courage and strength when battling one of the Pain clones. This further showed his potential for this title.

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